Solidarity in Words, Solidarity in Action

For Immediate Release
Tue, 11/15/2016


Jenny Levine

Executive Director

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.

The LITA Forum, being held this week in Fort Worth, Texas, will embody and reaffirm these principles of diversity and inclusion by providing a harassment-free environment for all attendees. At a time when our nation is deeply divided, we gather together, we learn together, we solve problems together. We will use this time to reflect on how to work harder on building more inclusive spaces, both physical and online, for our colleagues and our communities. Learn more about how we plan to provide a welcoming and safe Forum space.
The LITA Board will continue to work tirelessly to make these values permeate and bolster everything that LITA does now and in the future. We will continue to promote, embrace, and celebrate diversity. This will not change.  LITA is here to support and empower all LITA members to thrive. We invite all LITA members to join the LITA Board in re-affirming diversity and inclusiveness, our shared and cherished values, with pride.
LITA Board of Directors


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