ALCTS, LITA and LLAMA will hold first joint President's Program featuring Meredith Clark

For Immediate Release
Wed, 03/11/2020


Brooke Morris-Chott

Program Officer, Communications


CHICAGO—Join the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) and the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) on Sunday, June 28 at 4 p.m. for a joint President’s Program featuring Dr. Meredith Clark, assistant professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia (UVA).

 A longtime member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Dr. Clark is the advisor for the newly chartered chapter of NABJ-UVA. She spent 10 years working in print and digital news media before making the transition into academia, and she is a 2010 graduate of the Maynard Institute Media Leadership Academy. Clark's research, teaching and professional writing focuses on the intersections of race, media and power. In 2015, she was named No. 66 on's Root 100, a list of the 100 most influential African Americans under 40 in the country.

Dr. Clark was one of the inaugural co-contributors to's diversity column. In her newsroom career, Clark worked through the ranks as a copy editor, reporter, editorial board member and columnist at the Tallahassee Democrat in Tallahassee, Fla., and served as editor of the North Raleigh News and Midtown Raleigh News, two neighborhood weeklies produced by the Raleigh News & Observer. She was a contributor to "Hashtag Publics: The Power and Politics of Discursive Networks" (Peter Lang Press, 2015), and co-author of the reports "Beyond the Hashtags: #Ferguson, #BlackLivesMatter, and the Online Struggle for Offline Justice" (published by the Center for Media & Social Impact), and "How Black Twitter and Other Social Media Communities Interact with Mainstream News" (published by the Knight Foundation).

Dr. Clark's original research has been published in the academic journals New Media & Society, Electronic News, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator and The Journal of Social Media in Society. She is currently writing a book about Black Twitter and serves as academic lead on "Documenting the Now 2," a social media and web archiving project funded through a $1.2 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She can be found on Twitter @meredithdclark.

To enhance the impact of Dr. Clark’s Sunday talk, a follow-up panel discussion will take place on Monday, June 29 at 10:30 am. Three panelists will tell the experience of their libraries’ responding to traumatic/sudden events in their communities, both short and long term. Public and academic libraries will be represented, and Jeanette Pierce of the University of Missouri will moderate.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, preservation and continuing resources in digital and print formats.

As the center of expertise about information technology, the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) leads in exploring and enabling new technologies to empower libraries.

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) advances outstanding leadership and management practices in library and information services. ALCTS, LITA and LLAMA are divisions of the American Library Association.