When I decided to write about my time as LITA Vice-President/President-Elect, I knew I would be writing about LITA committees and making appointments to them, about LITA Forum and my experience there, and about my experience with the LITA Board in general. I’m delighted to learn that there are other responsibilities of the Vice-President, and my hope is that by writing about them, I might help others who are interested in division leadership, be it LITA or not.
My first phone call with Mary Taylor, LITA’s Executive Director (ALA Staff) earlier this year was very pleasant. She called to deliver the news that I had won the election, and that my term as Vice-President/President-Elect would start after the Annual conference in Anaheim. She was clearly excited about the upcoming year, and reminded me of these Vice-Presidential duties:
- Attend training that would help Mary and me establish a working relationship.
- Attend two CNI meetings as LITA’s representative.
- Appoint members to LITA’s committees.
- Appoint LITA representatives to a few ALA committees.
- Plan and run the LITA Town Meeting at the Midwinter meeting in Seattle.
Some of these I already knew about, and some were new to me. I actually have already attended the training (which I have yet to write about, boo), and I had my first conference call as LITA’s representative to the ALA Committee on Appointments, which is the official way of stating #4.
I have been LITA VP for a month and a half now, and things are really starting to ramp up. Stay tuned here to learn what I’m doing, and I hope, to learn more about what LITA and ALA are all about.
Questions? Please ask!