One way LITA is celebrating its 50th anniversary is by profiling our presidents. Andrew K. Pace was LITA President from 2008-2009.
Current position: Executive Director, WorldShare Community Development, OCLC
Position you held when serving as LITA President: Executive Director, Networked Library Services, OCLC
Three words that best describe you: Strategic, friendly, funny
What was one of your most defining moments of your presidential year?
I actually think the most important thing a LITA President does occurs in the first year as President-elect. I put a great deal of effort into committee appointments. This is the lasting legacy for any division president. Many of the people I appointed have gone on to serve on LITA Board, as LITA Presidents, ALA Council, and many ALA committees. As for my presidential year, I’m very proud to have been at the forefront of LITA supporting the ALA Emerging Leaders.
Why did you join LITA?
I was looking for a way to learn more, share more, and give back to the profession. Lynne Lysiak actually gets the credit for pushing me into LITA service. There I found “my people” and a third place. I owe so much to LITA for my professional successes.
Any advice for future LITA Leaders?
Volunteer. Do the work. Pay it forward. Some of the smartest most dedicated people in the profession are associated with LITA and you have to tap into that pool of talent. To LITA Presidents, I always give the same advice—work hard on committee appointments, it’s your legacy; and don’t be too ambitious about your presidential platform. It’s hard to move the needle in one year, so put your efforts into one or two important things. And don’t forget there’s very little new under the sun, even in technology.
What book do you recommend the most and why?
How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie (the LITA Board actually gave me a beautiful copy signed by the Board when I rolled off). I read this for the first time as a teenager and it was transformative. I don’t think there’s been a better self-help book since. Everything since is a cheap imitation or overly complicated on the very simple topic of how to have impactful influence.
What do you think is the greatest invention in your lifetime and why?
The sharing economy. In a technological world that threatens to separate us, isolate us, and homogenize us, I find hope in people sharing. It’s the ethos of our profession and I think the saving grace of hyper-individualism.