Emily Morton-Owens Elected 2019-20 LITA President; Tabatha Farney and Berika S. Williams elected to Board

For Immediate Release
Thu, 04/12/2018


Jenny Levine

Executive Director

Library and Information Technology Association



Emily Morton-Owens, Assistant University Librarian for Digital Library Development and Systems at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, has been elected the 2019-20 president of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). She will serve as vice-president during 2018-19 and will assume the presidency in July 2019. Upon learning the outcome of the election, Morton-Owens remarked, “I’m honored to have this opportunity to serve LITA, an organization that has meant so much to me through my professional life. This is a transformational moment for LITA in how it supports library technology professionals, and I’m excited to work with the association’s leadership to meet these challenges."

Morton-Owens has served on the Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) Editorial Board, Assessment and Research Committee, and Top Tech Trends Committee, going on to chair TTT and implement a new selection process that helped diversify the participating panelists. She has served as an adjunct LIS instructor at Drexel University's College of Computing & Informatics since 2013, and several of her articles in ITAL are among the most downloaded of recent years.

Previously she worked in a public library, an academic medical library, a botany library, and a business library; and before library school in several small suburban public libraries, a bustling undergraduate library, and a university archive. She received her MSLIS from Drexel (2007) and a Master's in Computer Science from NYU (2012, thesis), as well as a BA from Yale (German Studies with a concentration in History of Art). Personal interests include classical music, foreign languages (especially German, French, and Dutch), playing the piano, urbanism, and (of course) reading.

LITA members also elected Tabatha Farney and Berika S. Williams as new Board members-at-large, both of whom will start their term in July 2018 and will serve through June 2021.

We thank the candidates who stood for election, as well as all of our members who voted. Your efforts are crucial to the success of LITA and will help us continue to grow in the future.

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