History

Starting with ALA Annual Conference 2016 and ending at ALA Annual Conference 2017, LITA celebrates fifty years of service to its members.

In 1966, ALA Council approved the creation of the Information Science and Automation Division (ISAD). The name was changed in 1978 to the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA).

LITA was organized to respond quickly to changing technology trends to better meet its members needs. LITA has a record of five decades of dynamic programming at conferences, Forums, regional institutes, webinars and web courses. It’s publications have evolved with technological changes offering members print and electronic content on the latest trends and issues. LITA members have consistently taken leadership roles in standards development and technological advancement in libraries. LITA recognizes the contributions of its members and leaders in library technology through its awards and encourages future librarians through its scholarships.

Most importantly, LITA provides networking opportunities for its members. LITA members benefit from each other’s expertise and make important professional connections.

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