Solidarity in Words, Solidarity in Action
For Immediate Release
Library and Information Technology Association
An election is one of the strongest forms of democracy in action. As such, it should also be one of our most joyful celebrations. The year’s particularly divisive campaign, however, revealed a chasm of which many of us were not fully aware.
For 50 years, LITA has been a welcoming place that supports and empowers technologists who work in the intersection of libraries and information technology. Members of LITA come from all different walks of life. We welcome them regardless of what they look like, how they identify their gender, what their faiths are, what disabilities they may have, who they love, where they come from, what languages they speak, or where they live.
As a group of technologists and library professionals, LITA greatly values curiosity and experimentation. The surest way we know to realize those values is through diversity, equity, and inclusion. LITA and its members are smarter, more resourceful, and ultimately most successful when we build upon and tap into our differences. Our differences are our assets. Brilliant ideas and remarkable solutions have come from open-mindedness and collaboration, never from biases, intolerance, and isolation. This is why diversity and inclusion are among LITA’s guiding principles.
Aimee Fifarek, LITA President
Andromeda Yelton, LITA President-Elect
Thomas P. Dowling, LITA Past President
S.G. Ranti Junus, LITA Director-at-Large
Bohyun Kim, LITA Director-at-Large
Christopher Lawton, LITA Director-at-Large
Susan Sharpless Smith, LITA Director-at-Large
Jennifer Emanuel Taylor, LITA Director-at-Large
Ken Varnum, LITA Director-at-Large
Evviva R. Weinraub, LITA Director-at-Large
Aaron W Dobbs, LITA Councilor
H. Frank Cervone, LITA Parliamentarian
Jenny Levine, LITA Executive Director
Mark A. Beatty, LITA Staff Liaison
Renee LeBeau-Ford, LITA Financial Advisory Committee