One way LITA is celebrating its 50th anniversary is by profiling our presidents. Michelle Frisque was LITA President from 2009-2010.
Current position: Chief, Technology, Content and Innovation, Chicago Public Library
Position you held when serving as LITA President: Head, Information Systems, Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University
Three words that best describe you: Strategic, Collaborative, Persistent
What was one of your most defining moments of your presidential year? Developing and coordinating the first year implementation of the LITA Strategic Plan.
Why did you join LITA? I was a new Web Manager/Reference Librarian at Wright State University Library and wanted to become active in ALA. My supervisor, Kathi Herick, recommended that I join LITA. I attended the LITA Open House and instantly felt welcomed. I never looked back. LITA will always be my home.
Any advice for future LITA Leaders? Raise your hand and volunteer. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. The various roles I had in LITA including committee member, Chair of the Web Committee, Director at Large, Vice President and President have shaped me into the leader I am today.
Which invention from a science fiction book, movie or tv show do you wish existed today and why?
I would say the transporter from Star Trek or the gate from Stargate. I have spent too much time chilling in airports waiting to depart to my destination of choice. The idea of being able to visit other parts of this world or others in an instant is so very appealing.
Is there a picture from your presidential year that captures the experience.
The 2010 LITA Forum was held in Atlanta. I am a big Coca Cola fan and joked that I thought the Coca Cola bear should make an appearance. Little did I know that plans were afoot to do just that. When he arrived I was completely surprised. This was just one of so many surprises and experiences I never thought I would have while I served my Presidential year.