Evviva Weinraub Lajoie, 2014 Candidate for LITA Director-at-large

Statement: 

Innovation and exemplary information technology are central to the service mission of all libraries. Library technology is the hub that connects patrons to information and to wider community projects involving knowledge creation and dissemination. However, it is more than just the foundation upon which other library services are built; it is an integral piece of all library operations. Through increased educational initiatives, advocacy, and improved information sharing, LITA has the potential to be the most effective voice for library technology on a national and international level. The power of LITA is in its membership, providing the ability to research and implement professional transformations while committing to a culture of inclusion and diversity. We should promote shared infrastructure, collaborative development, training, documentation, and take advantage of the talents and commitments of our colleagues by increasing partnerships and clearly articulating our vision within ALA and throughout our profession. 

Current Position:

Director, Emerging Technologies & Services, Oregon State University Libraries & Press, Corvallis, OR

Previous Positions:

Assistant Director for IT, The Fletcher School at Tufts University, 2008 – 2010; OARE Program Support Librarian, Yale University, 2006 - 2008

Degrees and Certificates:

University of Oregon, MS in Applied Information Management, Expected 2016; University of Maryland, College Park, MLS, 2006; Boston University, BLS History, 2000.

ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:

2013 – Present – LLAMA Mentor; 2012 – 2014 – ALA LITA Assessment and Research Committee; 2012 – 2014 – ALA LLAMA/HRS Leadership Skills Committee; 2013 – 2015 – ALA LITA Program Planning Committee; 2013 – 2015– ALA ACRL International Perspectives on Academic & Research Libraries Discussion Group – Chair; 2012 – 2013 – Co-Chair LITA Mobile Interest Group; 2012 – 2013 – Chair LITA Heads of Library Technology IG; 2011 – 2012 – Vice-Chair LITA Heads of Library Technology IG; 2008 – 2012 – LITA International Relations; 2006 – 2010 – IRRT Membership Chair

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

2013 - Present - Library Publishing Coalition, Program Planning Committee; 2012 - Educause LIBIT - Digital Publishing Webinar Planning Committee; 2011 - 2012 - Educause Program Reviewer; 2011 - Present - MetaArchive Cooperative Content Committee Member; 2011 - Present - Educause Member

Honors and Awards:

2013 - LSTA Grant Recipient; 2012 - ACRL Harvard Leadership Institute, Harvard Graduate School of Education; 2011 - OSU Libraries & Press - Robert Lundeen Faculty Award Recipient; 2009 - Tufts University - Foundations of Leadership

Major Accomplishments:

One of 12 members of OSU Libraries & Press community who created our 5 year strategic plan, leading us on the path for where we want our library to be in 20 years.  My work on the strategic plan and our implementation outline my leadership, administrative skills, and organizational commitment.

Collaborating with Maria’s Libraries, a NGO operating in rural Kenya developed a mobile eBook platform, allowing for crowd-sourced textual translation in multiple languages and dialects.  This project is an example of my work in digital publishing and international collaborations.

Led our cross campus collaboration with the University of Oregon to research, develop, and migrate our collections from a shared instance of ContentDM to Hydra.  Oregon Digital is an example of my commitment to collaborative development and information sharing based on research we did on eReader use and adoption, led effort to move away from lending eReaders and implemented tablet lending. This project is an example of evidence based decision making, and a commitment to information sharing.

Publications:

Hussong-Christian, Uta, Jane Nichols, Laurie Bridges, Evviva Weinraub Lajoie (vol 4, No 2 (2013)) Academic Library Staff and eReaders: Understanding Adoption, Rejection, and Service Development Journal of Library Innovation (JOLI); Weinraub, Evviva Lajoie (2013) Building an open source, mobile optimized, crowd-source translation tool for literacy engagement in rural Kenya. International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) – Conference Proceeding. Singapore, Republic of Singapore; Weinraub, Evviva Lajoie, Laurie Bridges and Hannah Gascho Rempel “Oregon State University Libraries Go Mobile,” a chapter in Mobile Library Services: Best Practices, ed. Charles Harman Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, published March 2013.

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