Contact: Mary Taylor

LITA Executive Director

(312) 280-4267


For Immediate Release

June 10, 2008

New LITA officers elected

CHICAGO-Michelle Frisque, head of Information Systems at Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University, 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, begins after the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., June 26-July 2.

Frisque has served on the LITA board of directors since 2005. She has extensive experience with the Web, having served as chair of the ALA Web Advisory Committee and the LITA Web Coordinating Committee and as a member of the Web Policy Task Force. In addition, Frisque has served on the Regional Institutes and Research Committees.

“LITA, through all of its activities, creates an environment that supports the development of emerging technologies, explores how technologies impact librarians, the library and their users; but most importantly fosters an environment where members can discuss and share their ideas, concerns, successes and failures,” said Frisque.

Newly elected board members, who will serve for three years, are Mona Couts, director, Triangle Research Libraries; Colleen Cuddy, deputy director, NYU Health Sciences Libraries, New York University School of Medicine; and Lorre Smith, librarian for Digital Library Initiatives, University at Albany, State University of New York.

LITA, with over 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.