One way LITA is celebrating its 50th anniversary is by profiling our presidents. Aimee Fifarek is LITA’s current President.
Current Position: Deputy Library Director – Customer Support, IT and Digital Initiatives, Phoenix Public Library
Three words that best describe you: Pragmatic, Curious, Determined
What was one of your most defining moments of your presidential year?
Having to release public statements on the police shooting in Dallas (in advance of the Ft. Worth Forum) and on LITA Board’s support of diversity, equity, and inclusion after the presidential election. It really brought home to me the fact that I’m not just President of an ALA Division, I’m President of a Community.
Why did you join LITA?
My first professional job was Systems Librarian at LSU Libraries in Baton Rouge. My boss, Nancy Colyar, told me I needed to join LITA because I would meet all kinds of wonderful people who would help me throughout my career. She was right. Thanks Nancy!
Any advice for future LITA Leaders?
You don’t have to be an expert to do this job – all it takes is to be curious and willing to give back. There are entire aspects of librarianship that you don’t see unless you are in a leadership level, and getting that exposure in LITA will help teach you valuable professional lessons that you can apply throughout your career.
Which invention from a science fiction book, movie or tv show do you wish existed today and why?
Without a doubt the transporter from Star Trek or Earth: Final Conflict. It would be so amazing to get from one place to another immediately without pollution, having to find parking, or having to squeeze into a middle seat on an airplane.
What book do you recommend the most and why?
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It’s about what happens when an angel and a demon team up to thwart the Apocalypse. Hilarity ensues. I love the works of both authors separately, and together they are an awesome pair with Pratchett’s wit nicely offsetting Gaiman’s darkness. The footnotes are the best! But more importantly it is the ultimate story of resisting the status quo to make a better future. It’s just sense.
Is there a picture from your presidential year that captures the experience?
This photo is from ALA Annual in Orlando when we kicked off our 50th Anniversary campaign. I got in a bit early so I could get me nails done in LITA blue in celebration. I am so excited to be President of LITA at the half-century mark, and am looking forward to the next 50 years.