New LITA officers elected

Contact: Mary Taylor
LITA Executive Director

For Immediate Release
May 9, 2006

New LITA officers elected

CHICAGO - Mark Beatty, training and automation librarian, Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS), 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, and that of newly elected LITA board members, begins after the 2006 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, June 22 to 28.

Beatty has served on the LITA board of directors since 2003 and joined the executive committee in 2005.
He has extensive experience with LITA programming, having served as a member and then chair of the Regional Institutes Committee, as a member of the National Forum Planning Committee, and as a member of the National Conference Program Planning Committee.
In addition, Beatty has served as a member of the Top Technology Trends Committee and currently is the board liaison to that committee.
He has been active in the Wisconsin Library Association and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Librarians Assembly.

"Each year adds to my fundamental belief in the power of collaboration and cooperation for libraries," said Beatty. "LITA is built on the idea of colleague collaboration by using its publications, regional institutes, forums, preconferences, workshops and ALA programs.
I look forward to serving as president to continue the work of enhancing those efforts."

Newly elected board members, who will serve for three years, are Jonathan Rothman, senior systems librarian/analyst, University of Michigan, and Debra Shapiro, continuing education specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison SLIS.
Elected to complete reduced terms due to board vacancies are David Bretthauer, network services librarian, University of Connecticut-Storrs, who will serve for two years; and, Karen Starr, assistant administrator for Library & Archives Development, Nevada State Library & Archives, who will serve for one year.

LITA, with nearly 4,000 members, has been serving the needs of the library and information technology community since 1966. Its mission is to educate, serve, and reach out to that community through its programs, publications and other activities.