New LITA officers elected

Contact: Mary Taylor, LITA Executive Director


For Immediate Release

July 11, 2003

New LITA officers elected

Colby Mariva Riggs, systems librarian at the University of California - Irvine, is the new vice-president/president-elect of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).
Her term, and that of newly elected LITA Board members, began after the 2003 ALA Annual Conference in Toronto.

“Colby Riggs has been an active and valuable contributor to the LITA organization for many years,”
said Thomas C. Wilson, current LITA president.
“It is fitting that she be chosen to lead.
I look forward to continuing to work closely with her during vice-presidential and presidential years

Prior to her current position, Riggs was head of the Catalog Maintenance Section, Catalog Department, University of California, Irvine, 1990-1991; catalog librarian, Special Projects Catalog Department, University of California, Irvine, 1989-1990; and head, DLC Copy Cataloging Unit, Catalog Department, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 1987-1989.

Riggs completed a three-year term as a LITA Board of Directors Member at Large.
During her term she was selected by the other directors to represent them on the LITA Executive Committee and Budget Review Committee in 2001-2002.
She served as chair of the LITA Program Planning Committee, 2000-2001; the LITA Nominating Committee, 1998-1999; and the LITA Emerging Technologies Interest Group, 1991-1994.
From 1993 through 1996 she was the LITA Interest Group coordinator.
She has served as a member of the LITA/OCLC Kilgour Award Committee, 1998-1999 and the LITA Program Planning Committee, 1996-1999.
She represented LITA on the ALA Conference Program Coordinating Committee, 2001-2002.

“As I have grown professionally through LITA, I have strived to repay the organization by contributing to its endeavors and as vice-president/president elect I will work to ensure that LITA continues to provide timely information about current, new and emerging technologies through our programs, publications, regional institutes and national forums,” said Riggs.

New board members, who will serve for three years, include Kristin Antelman, associate director for Information Technology at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.; Mark Beatty, automation & training librarian at the Wisconsin Interlibrary Service, Madison, Wisc.; and Jennie McKee, systems librarian, Reed College, Portland, Ore.