Thomas P. Dowling, 2014 Candidate for LITA Vice-President/President-Elect
I have benefited from LITA's programs and gatherings for 25 years. Back when it was a big win to get your PC to talk to a file server down the hall, LITA gave me my first exposure to the Internet. Similar programs, cutting edge at their time, introduced me to the Web, usability, open source, and open access. The list goes on, and each time, LITA has made us early adopters while focusing on how the technology serves library users.
I want the organization to draw strength and good ideas from the members, and for the members to find in the organization a professional home that is (re) energized, adaptive, and open. I want to face LITA's financial challenges as an opportunity to reinvent and reimagine what we do, and why. I want the LITA word cloud to feature both "Insanely Cool" and "Incredibly Useful."
Director of Technologies, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
Assistant Director of Library Systems, Web Presence and Interface Development, OhioLINK, 1995-2012; Reference and Systems Librarian, University of Washington, 1990-1995; Reference Librarian, Illinois Institute of Technology, 1988-1990
Degrees and Certificates:
University of Michigan, MLIS, 1988; University of Michigan, BM, 1985
ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
LITA Board of Directors, 2000-2002; Chair, LITA Publications Committee, 2012-2014
Honors and Awards:
ETD Leadership Award, NDLTD (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations), 2009