Meet LITA’s Presidents: Thomas C. Wilson, 2003-2004

One way LITA is celebrating its 50th anniversary is by profiling our presidents. Thomas C. Wilson was LITA President from 2003-2004.

Current position: Associate Dean for Research and Technology, The University of Alabama, University Libraries

Position you held when serving as LITA President: Director, Information Technology Division, The University of Maryland, University Libraries

Three words that best describe you: Curious, inventive and persistent

What was one of your most defining moments of your presidential year? Sponsoring an international librarian for attendance.

Why did you join LITA? Found myself in an Interest Group meeting discussion on planning an upcoming preconference on expert systems and artificial intelligence, volunteered…the rest is history. An organization that immediately included people into the process who simply raised their hands impressed me and was worthy of my time. That hasn’t changed in 30 years. 

Any advice for future LITA Leaders? Lean in, take risks, build community

Which invention from a science fiction book, movie or tv show do you wish existed today and why? Time transport, as portrayed in many different books and movies. Why? See other answer on talk show.

What do you think is the greatest invention in your lifetime and why? The Internet: It is the glue that links together and facilitates so many options. It has been a privilege to experience the Internet from its early days on and to participate in some small way in making it more ubiquitous.

If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be? Siyali Ramamrita Ranganathan, Vannevar Bush, and Douglas Engelbart, followed quickly by Hedy Lamarr, Radia Perlman, and Henriette Avram.

Is there a picture from your presidential year that captures the experience.
This is what happens when you are halfway through the presidential year!