My name is Aimee Fifarek and I am the Deputy Library Director for IT and Digital Initiatives at Phoenix Public Library in Phoenix, AZ. I am currently filling a 1-year Director At Large term on the LITA Board. I've been involved with LITA since my first professional job at LSU Libraries in Baton Rouge, LA in the late 1990's. Over the years LITA has provided me with extraordinary resources that have allowed me to excel throughout my career. Like everything else in our profession today, LITA is entering a time of great change. In a time of decreasing membership and increasing difficulty of finding professional development funds, LITA's challenge to figure out how to continue delivering extraordinary value to our members while knowing that they are less likely to be able to travel to conferences to reap the benefits. If elected as LITA Vice President I will work with the rest of the LITA Board to prepare our organization to meet these and other challenges.
Deputy Library Director, Customer Support Services, IT and Digital Initiatives, Phoenix Public Library
Library Technologies and Content Senior Manager, Scottsdale Public Library, 2009-2013; Library Technology Supervisor, Scottsdale Public Library, 2003-2009; Systems Librarian, Louisiana State University Libraries, 1997-2003
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:
LITA Board Director at Large, 2014-2015; 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, 2006-2008; ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee, LITA Liaison, 2005-2006; LITA Technology and Access Committee, Chair, 2004-2006; LITA Technology and Access Committee, Member, 2002-2004; IFRT Publications Committee, 1998-2002
Honors and Awards:
2012 Scottsdale City Managers Award of Excellence, Plan and Innovate for the Future; Arizona Library Association's 2006 Outstanding Service Award
Top Technology Trends Panelist, ALA Annual 2013; Contributing Editor for Public Libraries, Library Hi-Tech News, 2006-2007