If elected as LITA Director at Large I expect to be actively involved with the important issues the organization is currently wrestling with, including realizing a new vision for LITA in today's technologically challenging environment. With the rise of eBooks, mobile devices, and information gathering, I believe that now more than ever LITA can be a means of providing the expertise that the library profession needs. If elected I will do my best to contribute my knowledge to the organization in meaningful ways. LITA has always been an important part of my professional career. I look forward to the opportunity to give back to the organization that has given me so much over the last 17 years.
IT and Digital Initiatives Deputy Director, Phoenix Public Library, Phoenix, AZ
Library Technologies and Content Senior Manager, Scottsdale Public Library March 2009 - March, 2013; Library Technology Supervisor, Scottsdale Public Library, June 2003 - March 2009; Systems Librarian, Louisiana State University Libraries, August 1997 - June 2003
Degrees and Certificates:
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, MLIS, 1997; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, MA English, 1997; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, BA English, 1991
ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
ALA Advocacy Coordinating Committee, LITA Liaison, 2010-Present; LITA Library Hi-Tech Award Committee Chair & Past Chair – 2009 – 2011; LITA Bylaws Committee, Member – 2009-2012; Freedom to Read Foundation, LITA Liaison – 2006 to 2008; ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee, LITA Liaison – 2005 to 2006; LITA Technology and Access Committee, Chair - 2004 to 2006; LITA Technology and Access Committee, Member – 2002 – 2004; IFRT Publications Committee, 1998-2002
Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:
Innovative Users Group Vice Chair/Chair/Past Chair 2010-2013; Innovative Users Group Steering Committee Member/Enhancements Co-Coordinator, 2008-2010
Honors and Awards:
Arizona Library Association's 2006 Outstanding Service Award
Top Technology Trends Panelist, ALA Annual 2013; Contributing Editor for Public Libraries, Library Hi-Tech News – 2006 to 2007
"Blazing the Tech Trail: Tips for Implementing New Technologies in a Risk-Adverse Environment," Library Hi Tech News, Vol 24, No 1, 2007.; "Technology and Privacy in the Academic Library," Online Information Review (Emerald Publishing), Volume 26, No 6, 2002.; “‘Mind and Heart with Spirit Joined': The Buffyverse as an Information System" Slayage, the Online International Journal of Buffy Studies http://slayageonline.com/essays/slayage3/afifarek.htm). Vol 1, No 3, 2001.