Berika S. Williams, 2018 Candidate for LITA Director-at-Large

Photo of Berika S. WilliamsStatement

I believe that LITA should balance experienced leadership with fresh, new perspectives. I am an advocate for LITA to sharpen and use the talents and skill sets of its members to increase knowledge about technology in the library field. This knowledge is inclusive of library professionals, of all backgrounds and skill levels. I am active, enthusiastic, and committed to serving. I want to help LITA realize its vision of lifelong learning and optimizing member experience by being of value, useful, and informative of current technology and what’s on the horizon in our profession.

Current Position

Emerging Technologies and Web Librarian, Tufts University, Boston, MA

Type of Organization

Academic Library

Previous Positions

Web Services Librarian, University of Houston-Victoria, Nov 2010 - Dec 2013

Degrees and Certificates

University of North Texas, Digital Content Management Certificate, 2013
University of North Texas, MS Information Science, 2010
University of North Texas, BA Communications, 2000

Division Affiliations


Were you a Spectrum Scholar?


Were you an Emerging Leader?


ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities

ALA, LITA Appointments Committee, Member, 2017 - 2019
ALA, LITA Forum Program Subcommittee, Member, 2017 - 2018
ALA, LITA Top Tech Trends Committee, Chair, 2016 - 2017
ALA, LITA Top Tech Trends Committee, Vice-Chair, 2015 – 2016 
ALA, LITA Web Coordinating Committee, Member, 2013 - 2017

Offices Held in State, Regional, and Other Library Associations

Texas Library Association, Web Coordinator, Automation and Technology Round Table 2013 – 2014
Special Libraries Association, Web Management Chair, Information Technology Board, 2012 – 2013
Special Libraries Association, Public Relations Chair, Information Technology Board, 2011 – 2012
University of North Texas Library Information Science Student Association, President, 2009 - 2010

Honors and Awards

American Library Association Emerging Leader, 2013
University of North Texas Faculty Recognition Award, 2011
Beta Phi Mu – International Library & Information Studies Honor Society, 2010

Major Accomplishments

In all of my accomplishments, I have recognized the strengths in others and within myself to create solutions to problems and work towards a common goal. Such accomplishments include working with committee members and panelists to run two successful 2017 LITA Top Tech programs or collaborating with a sub-group of Web Coordinating Committee (WCC) Members to previously reorganize the LITA “Get Involved” page, which was later styled by another talented WCC member. In my work at a previous institution, I have identified needs within the ILL department and worked with them to apply spam filters, which increased efficiency in their work. In my current role, I have been responsible for leading efforts to create a responsive, dynamic website that impacts my university community and practicing clinicians.


Author: “Less is More: How to App-ify Your Library Services”, Computers in Libraries, June 2012

Number of Years as an ALA Member



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