Aimee Fifarek, 2014 Candidate for LITA Director-at-large

Statement:

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.

Current Position:

IT and Digital Initiatives Deputy Director, Phoenix Public Library, Phoenix, AZ

Previous Positions:

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

Major Accomplishments:

Top Technology Trends Panelist, ALA Annual 2013; Contributing Editor for Public Libraries, Library Hi-Tech News – 2006 to 2007 

Publications:

"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.

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