Bohyun Kim, 2014 Candidate for LITA Director-at-large

Bohyun Kim, 2014 Candidate for LITA Director-at-largeStatement:

LITA excels at providing opportunities for networking and service. But I believe there is a growing consensus among LITA members that LITA needs to change more quickly. As a LITA member for the last several years, I have been wanting LITA to have the more user-friendly and flat division structure, faster communication, and transparency, so that many LITA members, who are willing to take advantage of LITA whichever way they deem useful, can freely and easily do so without being frustrated or left alone without organizational support. I would like to see LITA (a) encouraging and supporting IGs to offer virtual meetings filled with presentations & discussions for the wider audience, (b) enabling collaborative learning opportunities, (c) substantial mentoring program for both new and mid-career librarians without requiring the physical attendance of ALA conferences. This may require shift in budget and direction. But I would love the challenge.

Current Position:

Associate Director, Library Applications and Knowledge Systems, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Human Services and Health Sciences Library

Previous Positions:

Digital Access Librarian, Florida International University Medical Library.

Degrees and Certificates:

Simmons College, MSLIS Library and Information Science; Harvard University, MA Classical Philosophy; Seoul National University (South Korea), MA Western Philosophy; Seoul National University (South Korea), BA Philosophy.

ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:

ALA Public Awareness Committee, Member, 2010-2012.; LITA Mobile Computing Interest Group, Chair and Co-Chair, 2010 – 2012.; LITA Top Technology Trends Committee, Member, 2011 – Present.; LITA Web Coordinating Committee, Member, 2012 - Present.; LITA International Relations Committee, Member, 2012 - Present.; ACRL New Members Discussion Group, Co-Chair, 2011 - 2012.; ACRL Health Sciences Interest Group (HSIG) Advisory Board, Member, 2010 - 2011.; ACRL Health Sciences Interest Group Web & Communications Committee, Member, 2009 - 2010.Round Table/Committee Offices; NMRT Executive Board, Outreach Director, 2012 – Present.; NMRT Emerging Leaders Selection Committee, Member, 2012.; NMRT Annual Program Committee, Chair and Co-Chair, American Library Association, 2010-2012.; NMRT Liaison to Medical Library Association, 2009 - 2010.; ACRL TechConnect Online Blog (, Founding editor and contributor, 2012 – Present.; The Newbie & Veteran Librarian Tweet-up at ALA Annual and Midwinter conferences, Organizer, 2009 - Present

Offices held in state and/or regional library associations, and other associations:

Southern Chapter of Medical Library Association, Web committee, Co-chair, 2010.; Medical Library Association, Continuing Education Committee, Member, 2010 - 2012

Awards and Honors:

Nominated for Florida International University Faculty Award, 2013.; ACRL Conference Scholarship, 2013.; ALA 2011 Class of Emerging Leaders (with the Sponsorship from LITA), 2010 - 2011.; Code4Lib Conference Minority Scholarship, Code4Lib, 2011.; ACRL Member of the Week for June 21-28,2010.; Beta Phi Mu, a Library and Information Studies Honor Society, 2009

Major Accomplishments:

I have tremendously benefited from LITA Interest Group (IG) meetings, which offers a wonderful informal opportunity for learning and discussion.

As a member of LITA Emerging Technologies IG, I proposed and moderated a LITA program "What Is Your Library Doing about Emerging Technologies" at the Annual conference with 14 other librarians in 2010 ( From 2010 to 2012, I chaired LITA Mobile Computing IG and started offering multiple short presentations at IG meetings for lively discussion and holding the Midwinter IG meetings online for those who don't attend the Midwinter in person. I have been also serving on LITA Top Tech Trends (TTT) Committee since 2011, and I am very proud of the work we have been doing in terms of improving the gender equality in the panelist selection and creating a more user-friendly TTT section in the LITA website. (

Lastly, as a member of the 2011 Emerging Leaders Team M, I participated in creating the report, "Branding LITA: A Market Identity for the 21st Century," which was presented to the LITA board. (


Bohyun Kim, The Library Mobile Experience: Practices and User Expectations. American Library Association TechSource, 2013.; Bohyun Kim and Marissa Ball, “Mobile Use in Medicine: Taking a Cue from Specialized Resources and Devices.” The Reference Librarian 52(1), 2011.; Bohyun Kim, “Organizational and Social Factors in the Adoption of Intranet 2.0: A Case Study.” The Journal of Web Librarianship 4(2/3), 2010

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