As a long-time LITA member, I have been proud to witness the substantial levels of transformation that have been achieved in libraries and information organizations over the past 20 years. But there is much more work to be done, especially when it comes to strengthening our professional associations. I believe that an ALA division focusing on empowering our organizations with emerging and new information technologies is fundamental and a critical need within our profession, but we must work together in a focused, strategic way to ensure that LITA will remain a valuable, sustainable resource for our members and communities now and into the future. We must leverage new service models and technologies to enhance our programs and advocacy efforts, and to create new areas of growth. I would be honored to serve as LITA president to work with you toward these very important goals.
Dean, University Libraries, Oakland University, Rochester, MI
Interim University Librarian, Associate UL, Head of Library Technologies, Portland State University, 2005-2011; Head, Digital Library Services, Wayne State University, 2001-2005; Head of Database Management and Systems Librarian, Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET), 1997-2001
Degrees and Certificates:
Simmons College, Ph.D., Library and Information Science, 2012; Emory University, Frye Leadership Institute Fellow, 2008; Wayne State University, MLIS Summa cum Laude, 1996; Wayne State University, BFA, Summa cum Laude, 1993.
ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
ALA Nominating Committee, Member, 2012-2013; ACRL Professional Values Committee, 2013-2014; LITA/ALA Councilor, 2010-2013; LITA Executive Committee, Member, 2010-2013; LITA Board Member, 2010-2013; LITA ExLibris Student Writing Award Committee, Chair, 2007-2008; LITA Endeavor Student Writing Award Committee, Member, 2006-2007; ACRL Racial and Ethnic Diversity Committee, Member, 2005-2008; ACRL Virtual Conference Subcommittee, Member, 2005-2007; LSSI/OCLC Minority Scholarships Committee, 2003-2004, Chair, 2004-2005, Past-Chair, 2005-2006; LITA Best Practices Task Force, Member, 2003; LITA TER Editorial Board, Member, 2003-2005; LITA TER Editor-in-Chief, 2000-2003; LITA Publication Committee, Member, 2000-2002; ALA Feminist Task Force, Co-Coordinator, 1999-2000.
Offices held in state and/or regional library associations, and other associations:
Council of Library Deans/Directors (COLD) in Michigan, Chair, 2013-2014, Member, 2011-present; Michigan Library Association, Member, 2011-present; Orbis Cascade Alliance Council, Member, 2010-2011, Network Level Services (NLS) Task Force, Member, 2009-2010, New Summit (WorldCat Navigator) Implementation Team, Member, 2008-2009; Emerald’s OCLC Systems and Services Journal, Editorial Board Member, 2002-2004; Michigan Electronic Library Catalog (MeLCat) Resource Sharing System, Statewide Policy Committee, Member, 2004-2005; MiLE (Michigan Library Exchange) Technology Implementation Team, Member, 2001-2003; Library Technologies Division of the Michigan Library Association, Board Member 2000-2001, Technical Services RoundTable, Member, 1999-2000.
Honors and Awards:
In my current and past libraries, I have received several million dollars in technology-related campus grants, and received substantial permanent annual funding for new librarian positions, new technologist positions, and new programs and technologies related to distance learning and learning commons. Because I have worked at public universities with fiscal and staffing challenges, I am especially proud of my abilities to advocate effectively and provide strategic visioning and planning in order to implement maximum services with limited resources -- abilities I would be eager to contribute to LITA as its President. A major external leadership contribution was my extensive work on the Orbis Cascade Alliance's Summit Implementation Team, where we partnered with OCLC to develop and implement a new network-level resource sharing system. Examples of ALA accomplishments include my leadership in LITA as TER editor, as Chair on several committees, and from 2010 to 2013, as LITA Councilor, Executive Committee member, and Board member.
Lim, A. "Assigned Leaders in Unionized Environments: Coping with the Economic Recession and Its Aftermath in Academic Libraries.” Doctoral dissertation. Simmons College, 2012.; Lim, A. “The Readability of Information Literacy Content on Academic Library Web Sites.” Journal of Academic Librarianship, 36(4), 2010.; Wang, J. & Lim, A. "Local Touch and Global Reach: The Next Generation of Network-Level Information Discovery and Delivery Services in a Digital Landscape." Library Management, 30(1/2), 2009.