LITA Listening Tour Episode 6: Bohyun Kim

As part of my campaign for LITA Board, I’m interviewing a wide range of library techonology people about their involvement with the association. Today’s interviewee is Bohyun Kim.

About Bohyun Kim

Bohyun Kim is the Digital Access Librarian at Florida International University Medical Library in Miami, FL. She has been a LITA member since 2008, chaired the Mobile Computing IG from 2010-2012, and is a member of LITA Top Tech Trends committee and LITA Web committee. She was also a 2011 American Library Association Emerging Leader sponsored by LITA and currently serves as the founding editor of ACRL TechConnect blog and on the executive board of ALA New Members Roundtable as the Outreach Director. She blogs at Library Hat and can be found at @bohyunkim on Twitter. More information is found at her website, bohyunkim.net.

The boilerplate

  1. As ever, being interviewed does not imply an endorsement of my candidacy.
  2. Thanks, Bohyun, for participating!
  3. Dear readers: who should be next?

LITA Listening Tour Episode 5: Evviva Weinraub Lajoie

As part of my campaign for LITA Board, I’m interviewing a wide range of library techonology people about their involvement with the association. Today’s interviewee is Evviva Weinraub Lajoie.

About Evviva Weinraub Lajoie

Evviva Weinraub Lajoie is the Director of Emerging Technologies & Services at Oregon State University Libraries & Press. Her team is responsible for all IT services within the library including mobile, and open source tools development. Her interests include mobile technologies, digital publishing, digital humanities, and open source development.

She has served on the LITA International Relations committee and the Research & Assessment Committee, and is currently chair of both the Heads of Library Technology IG and the Mobile IG.

You can learn more about Evviva at her departmental web site and on Google+ and Twitter (@evviva).

The boilerplate

  1. As ever, being interviewed does not imply an endorsement of my candidacy.
  2. Thanks, Evviva, for participating!
  3. Dear readers: who should be next?

LITA Listening Tour Episode 4: Emily Ford

As part of my campaign for LITA Board, I’m interviewing a wide range of library techonology people about their involvement with the association. Today’s interviewee is Emily Ford.

This interview is a bit different from the others: Emily is a former LITA member who left. I’m really glad to have had the chance to talk to someone from that perspective. Diversity and outreach are important to me, which means it’s every bit as important to hear from people for whom the association isn’t working as those for whom it is, and learn from that.

About Emily Ford

After following her local public library and the ACLU’s fight against the Children’s Internet Protection Act in the Supreme Court in 2003, Emily decided to become a librarian. A few years later she earned an MLS and an MIS from Indiana University Bloomington. She was a member of the 2008 class of ALA Emerging Leaders and continued her involvement in ALA first with LITA, and then with RUSA and ACRL.

Emily frequently contributes articles to In the Library with the Lead Pipe where she is also an Editorial Board member and one of the journal’s co-founders. She has two active research projects. One examines the changing practices in scholarly publishing and peer review practices; the second investigates the research and information habits of returning and professional students. She is currently Urban & Public Affairs Librarian at Portland State University.

You can learn more about Emily at her web site and on Slideshare, Google+, and Twitter (@femilyr).

The boilerplate

  1. As ever, being interviewed does not imply an endorsement of my candidacy.
  2. Thanks, Emily, for participating!
  3. Dear readers: who should be next?

LITA Listening Tour Episode 2: Ken Varnum

As part of my campaign for LITA Board, I’m interviewing a wide range of LITAns about their involvement with the association. Today’s interviewee is Ken Varnum.

About Ken Varnum

Ken Varnum is the Web Systems Manager at the University of Michigan Library, where he manages the library web site and development of new features and functionality. He received a masters degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Information and his Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College. He has worked in a range of library settings — large and small academic, corporate, and special. He led the University of Michigan’s implementation of Summon using the Summon API in a Drupal site in 2010. An active member of the library technology world for 18 years, Ken’s research and professional interests range from Drupal and site redesign to user-generated content. His first book, Drupal in Libraries, was published by ALA TechSource in late spring 2012.

You can learn more about Ken at his work web page and on Twitter, @varnum.

The Boilerplate

  1. As ever, being interviewed does not imply an endorsement of my candidacy.
  2. Thanks, Ken, for participating!
  3. Dear readers: who should be next?

LITA Listening Tour Episode 1: Frank Skornia

In case you missed it, I’m running for LITA Board, as a Director-at-Large for 2013-2016. (Check out the full list of candidates.)

Win or lose, I want to make sure my campaign is a learning experience that produces something of value. And it turns out being a candidate is a great excuse to meet people and learn about their perspectives!

I also thought my 2011 Emerging Leaders classmates on Team M — the Branding LITA project — had some really good ideas. In particular, I loved their idea of an “I am LITA” video series. I’ve been sad ever since that the Board didn’t follow up on their recommendations. And I realized this is a “be the change you want to see in the world” moment — I may not know a thing about videography or market identity, but Google has kindly given us this Hangouts on Air tool, so what the heck! I’m going to talk to people and find out what LITA means to them.

So here’s my very first interviewee: Frank Skornia. Thanks, Frank, for being my guinea pig.

About Frank Skornia

Frank Skornia is a recent library school graduate with experience in digital archives and interest in all sorts of things: library instruction, emerging technologies, sci-fi, and gaming, to name a few. He’s on LITA’s Membership Development Committee. You can follow him at his blog and on Twitter, @fskornia.

Your turn

Dear readers: whom do you want to hear from? I’d like to chat with lots more people! People from all types of libraries, people involved with tech from all sorts of angles, people who joined LITA just yesterday or have been heavily involved for years (even people who dropped their membership, or are wondering if they should join, or never joined even though they’re in library technology). Would you like to chat with me about LITA? Have someone you think I should interview? Drop me a comment or an email.

Obligatory disclaimer: being interviewed does not, of course, constitute an endorsement of my campaign.

Some thanks

Lauren Comito, Emily Daly, Bohyun Kim, Pearl Ly, Andreas Orphanides, my sparkling Emerging Leader classmates: this series is for you.