Margaret Heller, 2017 Candidate for LITA Director-at-Large

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I have been a dedicated member of LITA for a number of years because I believe that is a very special division of ALA with a strong community and values. Information technology and digital services are central to library functions, and as such must be an embodiment of library values. LITA provides education and community-building to support those aims, and is only getting stronger. I was an Emerging Leader sponsored by LITA in 2013, which gave me the opportunity to see how division governance functions. Since that time I have been a committee chair and member of many committees where I have worked closely with the LITA Board and staff. If elected as a Director-at-Large, I will work collaboratively with the board, staff, and across the division to ensure that LITA maintains a strong community and is a leader in library technology research, education, and advocacy.

Current Position

Digital Services Librarian, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL

Type of Library


Previous Positions

Web Services Librarian, Dominican University, 2010-2013
Reference/Instruction Librarian, Dominican University, 2009-2010

Degrees and Certificates

University of Illinois, MSLIS, 2008; College of Wooster, BA Classical Languages, 2006

Division Affiliations


Were you a Spectrum Scholar?


Were you an Emerging Leader?


ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities

America's Libraries in the 21st Century Subcommittee (Office for Information Technology Policy Advisory Committee) (2013-2016)
ALA Election Committee (2015-present)
Library Information Technology Association (LITA), Chair, LITA Web Coordinating Committee (2013-2015)
Member Guide for LITA Project, 2017 ALA Emerging Leaders Program (2017)
Member, LITA Chair Coordinator (2016-present)
LITA Communications and Marketing Committee (2016-present)
Member, LITA/OCLC Kilgour Award Committee (2015-2016)
Member, LITA Education Committee (2011-2014)
Member, LITA Forum 2013 Planning Committee (2011-2013)

Offices Held in State, Regional, and Other Library Associations

Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois, Member, Created Content Committee (2013-present)
Chair, Created Content Committee (2016-present)
Member, Code4Lib Conference 2013 Planning Committee (2012-2013)
Member, Chicago Collections Consortium Controlled Vocabulary Working Group (2014-present)

Honors and Awards

2013: Participated in American Library Association’s Emerging Leaders program, sponsored by Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)
2011: 'Social Networking the Catalog' presentation winner of the 'Risky Business' award for experimental and risk-taking projects; LITA National Forum
2011: Awarded an ACRL 2011 Librarian scholarship to defray costs of attending ACRL 2011 conference. Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

Major Accomplishments

As a member of LITA I have undertaken a number of large projects, including launching the LITA Blog Editor position and writing a committee chair guide.


M. Heller and H. Ma (2016). “Collaborative Growth Towards Discovery: Becoming Stronger Through Change”. In: Exploring Discovery. ALA Editions.

M. Heller and F. Gaede (2016). “Measuring Altruistic Impact: A Model for Understanding the Social Justice of Open Access.” Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication. 4(General Issue), eP2132.

Bedoya, J., M. Heller, C. Salazar, and M. Yan. “How to Hack It as a Working Parent.” The Code4Lib Journal, no. 28 (April 15, 2015).

Links to Further Information

Number of Years as an ALA Member



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