As we reflect on 2014-2015, it’s fair to say that LITA, despite some financial challenges, has had numerous successes and remains a thriving organization. Three areas – membership, education, and publications – bring in the most revenue for LITA. Of those, membership is the largest money generator. However, membership has been on a decline, a trend that’s been seen across the American Library Association (ALA) for the past decade. In response, the Board, committees, interest groups, and many and individuals have been focused on improving the member experience to retain current members and attract potential ones.
Some Stats and Facts Found in the Report
- LITA Has 2803 Members
- During 2014-2015: 531 New Members
- 27o LITA Forum Participants
- 37 Countries Represented in LITA
Direct to Full Text Annual Report (31 pages; PDF)
Re: Overall ALA Membership Decline (as noted in the Blog Post)
ALA reports that in 2014 the organization had 55,316 members. In 2005, ALA membership was 66,075 (largest ever).
A recently released data set from the U.S. Census (linked below; 2013 data) shows 111,952 librarians in the U.S. (92,225 women/19,727 men).