New LITA officers elected

Contact: Mary Taylor


For Immediate Release

June 2002

New LITA officers elected

Tom Wilson, head of systems, University of Houston Libraries, is the new vice-president/president-elect of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). His term begins after the 2002 ALA Annual Conference in Atlanta.

Wilson has served as one of LITA's Top Technology Trend Experts since 1999. He is currently a member of the ALA Editions Advisory Group and chair of the LITA Publications Committee. In 1999 he lead the first delegation of United States librarians to the National Library of Cuba and he was a delegate to the ALA Congress on Professional Education. He founded LITA Telecommunications Electronic Reviews.

Among his extensive service through committees, he has served as a member of the LITA/Library and Administration and Management Association (LAMA) National Conference Networking/Technology Committee, the LITA Internet Room Steering Committee, and the OCLC Collections and Technical Systems Advisory Committee. He is the 2001 recipient of the University of Houston Libraries Individual Trailblazer Lib Award for Leading Organizational Change.

In his candidate statement, Wilson said, "As national and international networking efforts around the globe expand, LITA should be actively engaged in fostering professional relationships, engendering diversity in people and approaches, and supporting collaborative projects that explore common library and information technology issues."

New Board members, who will serve for three years, include Patrick Mullin, associate university librarian for Access Services and Systems, Davis Library, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Bonnie Postlethwaite, director, Information Services at Baker University. New Board members will begin their term after the ALA Annual Conference.