My first national presentation was at the 2008 LITA Forum. I can’t say I rocked my first presentation, but I met a great group of innovative, welcoming and fun library technologists. I learned so much at that first conference—especially that some of the best discussions happen after the sessions. Since then, I have had the honor to contribute to several LITA committees and even formed LITA’s Altmetrics and Digital Analytics Interest Group which is open to anyone interested in discussing data. LITA is my home in ALA and I now feel I have skills and knowledge to give back to this amazing organization so I’m happy to run as a candidate for Director-at-large. I’m approachable and willing to listen to all ideas, but I’m also a strong proponent of using data to drive decision making. If elected I will continue to strengthen and promote LITA’s innovative and approachable nature.
Director of Web Services and Emerging Technologies, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO
Type of Organization
Reference and Web Services Graduate Assistant, Education and Social Sciences Library, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2005-2007
Degrees and Certificates
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, MSLIS, 2007
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, BA English Literature and Minor in Information Technology, 2005
Were you a Spectrum Scholar?
Were you an Emerging Leader?
ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities
2017 LITA Forum Planning Committee, member
2016 LITA Forum Planning Committee, member
2015 LITA Forum Planning Committee, member
LITA/OCLC Frederick G. Kilgour Award Committee, chair in 2017, 2016-2018
Altmetrics and Digital Analytics Interest Group, co-chair, 2015-2018.
Assistant Web Editor, Education and Behavioral Sciences Section in ACRL, 2011-2014
Offices Held in State, Regional, and Other Library Associations
CAL Conference Planning Committee, Colorado Association of Libraries, 2010-2013 (chair in 2012)
Honors and Awards
I Love My Librarian Award recipient, American Library Association, 2016
AvramCamp Scholarship recipient, 2017
ACRL Mid-career Scholarship recipient, 2017
University of Colorado’s Excellence in Leadership Program, 2014-2015 cohort
2014 ALA Leadership Institute, participant
2011 ALA Emerging Leader.
Farney, Tabatha. Using Digital Analytics for Smart Assessment. ALA Editions, Chicago, 2018.
Farney, Tabatha. Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager. Library Technology Reports (ALA TechSource), Volume 52, Number 7, 2016.
Farney, Tabatha A. "Click Analytics: Visualizing Website Use Data." Information Technology and Libraries. 30(3): 141-148.
Number of Years as an ALA Member