Meet LITA’s Presidents: Zoe Stewart-Marshall, 2012-2013

One way LITA is celebrating its 50th anniversary is by profiling our presidents. Zoe Stewart-Marshall was LITA President from 2012-2013.

Zoe Stewart MarshallCurrent Position: Branch Manager, Kapolei Public Library, Hawaii State Public Library System

Three words that best describe you: Dedicated, Pragmatic, Caring

What was one of your most defining moments of your presidential year? Presidential Program: Cory Doctorow

Why did you join LITA?
I joined LITA when I was in Library School. I found it to be an extremely open and welcoming ALA Division. There were lots of opportunities for personal and professional growth and the LITA members I met in the beginning were wonderful mentors and became some of my very best friends.

Any advice for future LITA Leaders?
Join or start an Interest Group and just start making things happen to share with your fellow professionals. If you start from a desire to give back to your profession, everything else will fall into place.

What book has influenced you the most? How?
One of the most influential books that I have read is “The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia” by Grand Master, Ursula K. Le Guin. When I first read this book in college, it challenged my assumptions about time and society. Although I loved science fiction and fantasy from early age, it was this book and “The Left Hand of Darkness” that opened my mind to seeing the world from a radically different perspective.

Who has been the most influential person in your life and why?
I was lucky enough to have several strong, inspiring, female bosses who mentored me throughout my career. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank: Ruth Marie Quirk, Lindy, Naj, Thelma Diercks, Jean Ehrhorn, Susan Murata Kazama, and Karen Calhoun. These women were welcoming role models who gave of their time to share their time and thoughts and inspired me to help others and ‘pay it forward’.