David Lee King, 2018 Candidate for LITA Vice-President/President-Elect

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I love LITA - that's where a lot of my friends and colleagues can be found, and it’s why I'm an active member. I also love helping to improve and grow organizations that I’m a part of, which is why I've been on LITA's Board of Directors and have served on LITA committees. I think the next 5 years are crucial to LITA and to ALA, so I want to continue helping LITA improve and grow by keeping us focused on major LITA and ALA goals, and to help build a strategy for LITA going forward that focuses on member needs and is adaptable, sustainable, and fast-moving.

Current Position

Digital Services Director, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS

Type of Organization

Public Library

Previous Positions

Assistant IT Director, Kansas City Public Library, 1999-2006
Biomedical Reference Librarian, University of Kansas Medical Center Library, 1998-1999
Electronic Services Librarian, University of Southern Mississippi, 1995-1998

Degrees and Certificates

University of Tennessee, MSLIS, 1994
Recording Workshop, Certificate of Completion, Basic and Advanced Recording Engineering programs, Studio Maintenance and Troubleshooting program, 1991
William Jewell College, Bachelor of Arts in Communication, 1988
William Jewell College, Bachelor of Arts in Religion, 1988

Division Affiliations


Were/are you a Spectrum Scholar?


Were/are you an Emerging Leader?


ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities

ALA Nominating Committee, 2015
LITA Board of Directors, 2011-2014
LITA Executive Committee, 2013-2014
LITA Representative to the OITP Advisory Committee, 2015-present
LITA Representative to the ALA Legislative Assembly, 2015-2016
LITA Appointments Committee, 2016-2017
LITA Forum Planning Committee, 2009-2011
Chair, LITA Electronic Participation Implementation Taskforce, 2008-2009

Offices Held in State, Regional, and Other Library Associations

Chair, Information Network of Kansas Board of Directors. 2013
Information Network of Kansas Board of Directors, 2007-2013
Chair, Grants Committee, Information Network of Kansas, 2007-2013
2008 IMLS National Leadership Grant Panel
Digital Imaging Grant Review Committee, Missouri State Library, 2004-2006
Digital Technology Taskforce, Missouri State Library, 2004-2006
Chair, Mississippi Library Association Copyright Committee, 1996-1997
Chair, Mississippi Library Association Publicity Committee, 1997
Mississippi Library Association Continuing Education Committee, 1996

Honors and Awards

2012 Salem Press Library Blog Awards winner, public library blog, honorable mention
Library Journal Mover & Shaker, 2008

Major Accomplishments

David Lee King is the Digital Services Director at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, where he plans, implements, and experiments with emerging technology trends. He speaks internationally about emerging trends, social media, websites and libraries, and has been published in many library-related journals. David is a Library Journal Mover and Shaker. He has written two books: Face2Face: Using Facebook, Twitter, and Other Social Media Tools to Create Great Customer Connections, and Designing the Digital Experience: How to Use Experience Design Tools & Techniques to Build Websites Customers Love. David blogs at http://www.davidleeking.com.


How to Keep Up With Emerging Technology. Computers in Libraries, December 2017, Vol 37/No. 10. p12-14.

Digital Inclusion in Topeka. Rob Banks and David Lee King. Library Journal, 5/1/2017, Vol. 142, Issue 8, p17-17. 

Managing your Library’s Social Media Channels. Library Technology Reports, Jan 2015, Vol 51/No. 1.

Links to Further Information

My full list of presentations, publications, and blog is found at www.davidleeking.com

Number of Years as an ALA Member



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