Debra Shapiro, 2016 Candidate for LITA Councilor

Debra ShapiroStatement

I've been an ALA member for 26 years, and a LITA member for at least 22 of those years. As a long-time member, I would like to serve as LITA councilor to represent LITA's concerns to the larger organization and promote the benefits of LITA. As the technology division, what LITA does has an impact on all areas of the profession, which should be recognized. My goal is to make it possible for LITA to function more effectively with other ALA divisions and units to provide services and programs that members want and need. It goes without saying that ALA is a large and complex organization, and as someone who has served on a number of boards and executive committees, and attended what seems like thousands of committee meetings, I am certain that I can make a valuable contribution as LITA Councilor on ALA Council.

Current Position

Instructor & Coordinator of the online masters program, University of WI-Madison, School of Library & Info. Studies, Madison, WI

Previous Positions

Internet Cataloger, Internet Scout Project, April 1998 - Dec. 1999 (grant funded)
Picture researcher & corporate archivist, Pleasant Company, August 1995 - March 1998
Photo archivist and Assistant curator of prints & photographs, Chicago Historical Society, Sept. 1992 - August 1995

Degrees and Certificates

University of IL at Chicago, Certificate in Museum Studies, 1994
University of WI-Madison, MA, Library & Information Studies, 1991
University of Pittsburgh, BA, Art History, 1977

Division Affiliations:


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

LITA Program Planning Committee, member, 2011–2013; Chair 2013–2015
Co-chair, ALCTS FRBR IG, 2012-13
LITA/ALCTS Library Linked Data IG, chair for program planning for 2012 ALA conference preconference; co-chair, 2012-2013
LITA Liaison to ALA Committee on Professional Ethics, 2010-2012
LITA Board, 2006-2009
Chair, LITA Forum committee, 2003 conference; member 2004 and 2005
LITA Optical Information Systems IG, secretary, 1994-1995; co-chair, 1995-1997; initiated name change for the IG - Technical Issues of Digital Data
Wisconsin Library Association; Literary awards committee, 2009-2010, and 2015-
Chair, Media & Technology Section, 2007-2009
Chair, Technical Services Section, 2003-2004
Annual conference, Program planning committee, 2002
University of WI-Madison
Assembly representative, Academic Staff Assembly, 2012-2014
Member, Academic Staff Executive Committee, 2014-
Member, Teaching Academy Executive Committee, 2012-2014
Co-chair, Teaching Academy Executive Committee, 2014-2016
Williamson Street Grocery Co-op, Madison WI; Board of directors, 2005-2012

Honors and Awards

Fellow, University of WI Teaching Academy, inducted 2011

Major Accomplishments

I've been teaching online at UW-Madison since 2000, designing online courses and professional development workshops, and I regard the instructional materials I've created through this work as the major achievement of my career.


"The masters in library & information studies via distance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison" IN Sigal, Ari. 2013. Advancing library education: technological innovation and instructional design. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Links to Further Information

Debra Shapiro's Faculty page at UW-Madison SLIS:
Personal web page:
Twitter: @DebsLunch

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