David Lee King, 2016 Candidate for LITA Vice-President/President-Elect

David Lee KingStatement

LITA is full of cool people, doing cool stuff. I always walk away from a LITA event feeling like I’ve learned something, or made a connection with someone who “gets it.”

I also feel like LITA has been in transition mode for a few years. Especially with a new Executive Director.

Because of that, it’s a great time to be involved in LITA and to help remake LITA.

That’s why I’m running for LITA president - I want to help set that fire.

LITA has some major needs, including a new strategic plan, and permission to remake itself. Guess what? That's what I do.

If elected, my goals will be to make sure a new strategic plan is in place, and to help kickstart LITA in a new direction. I’ll also help clear the rocks out of your path so you can do the cool stuff that LITA and ALA needs.

Current Position

Digital Services Director, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka, KS

Previous Positions

Assistant IT Director, Kansas City Public Library, 1999-2006
Biomedical Reference Librarian, University of Kansas Medical Center Library, 1998-1999
Electronic Services Librarian, University of Southern Mississippi, 1995-1998

Degrees and Certificates

University of Tennessee, MSLIS, 1994
Recording Workshop, Certificate of Completion, Basic and Advanced Recording Engineering programs, Studio Maintenance and Troubleshooting program, 1991
William Jewell College, Bachelor of Arts in Communication, 1988
William Jewell College, Bachelor of Arts in Religion, 1988

Division Affiliations


Offices Held in the ALA/APA, State, & Regional Library Associations, and Other Associations

ALA Nominating Committee, 2015
LITA Board of Directors, 2011-2014
LITA Executive Committee, 2013-2014
LITA Forum Planning Committee, 2009-2011
Chair, LITA Electronic Participation Implementation Taskforce, 2008-2009
LITA Representative to the OITP Advisory Committee, 2015-present
LITA Representative to the ALA Legislative Assembly, 2015-2016
2008 IMLS National Leadership Grant Panel.
Information Network of Kansas Board of Directors, 2007-2013 (Chair in 2013)
Chair, Grants Committee, Information Network of Kansas, 2007-2013
Digital Imaging Grant Review Committee, Missouri State Library, 2004-2006
Digital Technology Taskforce, Missouri State Library, 2004-2006
Chair, Mississippi Library Association Copyright Committee, 1996-1997
Mississippi Library Association Continuing Education Committee, 1996
Chair, Mississippi Library Association Publicity Committee, 1997

Honors and Awards

Library Journal Mover & Shaker, 2008

Major Accomplishments

David Lee King is the Digital Services Director at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, where he plans, implements, and experiments with emerging technology trends. He speaks internationally about emerging trends, website management, digital experience, and social media, and has been published in many library-related journals. David is a Library Journal Mover and Shaker. His newest book is Face2Face: Using Facebook, Twitter, and Other Social Media Tools to Create Great Customer Connections. David blogs at http://www.davidleeking.com.


Managing your Library’s Social Media Channels. Library Technology Reports, Jan 2015, Vol 51/No. 1.
Face2Face: Using Facebook, Twitter, and Other Social Media Tools to Create Great Customer Connections. David Lee King. CyberAge Books, August 2012.
See davidleeking.com/publications for full list of publications

Links to Further Information


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