Bohyun Kim, 2017 Candidate for LITA Vice-President/President-Elect

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LITA is a dynamic association that strives to practice its values –freedom to experiment, questioning the status quo, and making innovative changes– in everyday work. We consciously recruit diverse speakers for webinars/programs, engage members with the #LITAchat on Twitter, and created member personas to make LITA activities better match LITA members’ professional development needs.

To further propel these positive changes, I believe it is time for LITA to revisit some of the long-standing wish-list items such as lower membership fees, a comprehensive online streaming and attendance option for conference programs, and ways for LITA members with a limited travel budget to fully participate and serve in LITA leadership positions. While difficult, the logistical challenges at the ALA level, which these changes may require, can be overcome. If elected, I will work towards LITA as a vocal advocate and an active leader in bringing about these changes.

Current Position

Associate Director for Library Applications and Knowledge Systems, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

Type of Library


Previous Positions

Digital Access Librarian, Florida International University, 2008 - 2014.
Instructional Technology / Information Systems Assistant, Harvard University, Frances Loeb Library, 2007-2008.
E-resources Support Assistant, Harvard University, HUL-Office For Information Systems, 2006-2007.

Degrees and Certificates

Simmons College, MSLIS, 2008;
Harvard University, MA, Classical Philosophy;
Seoul National University (South Korea), MA, Western Philosophy;
Seoul National University (South Korea), BA, Philosophy.

Division Affiliations


Were/are you a Spectrum Scholar?


Were/are you an Emerging Leader?


ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities

Member, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) Advisory Committee, 2016 – 2018
Member, ALA Center for the Future of Libraries Advisory Group, 2016 – 2018
Member, ALA Public Awareness Committee, 2010 – 2012
Board of Directors, Library Information Technology Association (LITA), 2014 – 2017. (Elected position)
Founding editor (2012-2015) & Author (2012-Present), Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRLTechConnect Blog.
Chair, LITA/OCLC Kilgour Award Committee, 2015 – 2016
Chair, LITA International Relations Committee, 2014 – 2015
Chair, LITA User Experience Interest Group, 2014 – 2015
Chair, LITA Mobile Computing Interest Group, 2010 – 2012
Co-chair, ACRL New Members Discussion Group, 2011 – 2012
Past-chair & Member, LITA/OCLC Kilgour Award Committee, 2016 – 2017
Member, ACRL Conference #critlib Unconference Planning Committee, 2016 – 2017
Member, ACRL Conference Local Planning Committee, 2015 – 2017
Member, LITA 2015 President’s Program Task Force, 2015
Member, LITA Top Technology Trends Committee, 2011 – 2014
Member, LITA Web Coordinating Committee, 2012- 2014
Member, ACRL Health Sciences Interest Group Advisory Board, 2010 – 2011
Member, ACRL HSIG Web & Communications Committee, 2009 – 2010
Outreach Director & Executive Board Member, New Members Round Table (NMRT), 2012 – 2014. (Elected position)
Chair, NMRT Annual Program Committee, 2010 – 2012
Member, NMRT Emerging Leaders Selection Committee, 2012.

Offices Held in State, Regional, and Other Library Associations

Member, 2017 NMC Horizon Report Library Expert Panel, 2016 – 2017
Member, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Southeast Atlantic Region, Technology Program Advisory Committee, 2014 – 2016
Member, Code for Libraries (Code4Lib),  Social Activities Committee, 2014, 2016, 2017
Member, Code4Lib, Diversity Scholarship Committee, 2014 – 2016
Member, Code4Lib Regional Group for Maryland, DC, Virginia, 2015 Regional Conference Organization Committee, 2014 – 2015
Member, Medical Library Association (MLA), Continuing Education Committee, 2010 – 2012
Co-chair, Southern Chapter of Medical Library Association, Web Committee, 2010

Honors and Awards

Build-a-Gene Scholarship, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology & Baltimore Underground Science Space, 2015
Nominated for 2013 Florida International University Faculty Award, 2013
2013 Recipient of Association of College and Research Libraries Conference Scholarship, ALA – ACRL, 2013
2011 Class of American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders (Recipient of LITA sponsorship), ALA – LITA, 2010 - 2011
Code4Lib Conference Minority Scholarship, Code4Lib, 2011
Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Member of the Week for June 21~28ALA – ACRL, 2010
Beta Phi Mu, a Library and Information Studies Honor Society. 2009

Major Accomplishments

For the past three years, I served on the LITA Board of Directors. This gave me an opportunity to learn how LITA operates as an association and allowed me to participate in creating positive changes and differences in LITA. I drafted LITA’s official post-election statement on diversity, provided the charge for the LITA Personas Task Force and recruited its members, and participated in creating the LITA Strategic Plan 2016-2018. The LITA Board exists to better serve diverse interests of LITA members, and I am honored that I was able to play a role in that. 

I also chaired and served on many LITA committees and interest groups (IG). Most recently, I chaired the LITA User Experience IG and the LITA/OCLC Kilgour Award Committee. Currently, I am serving on the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) Advisory Committee and the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries Advisory Group. Through this experience, I learned a great deal about how to work together with people from diverse backgrounds with shared interests for a common goal.


Bohyun Kim, “Academic Libraries and the 2017 Top Ten IT Issues in Higher Education,” EDUCAUSE Review, 52(1), 2017.

Bohyun Kim, Understanding Gamification, American Library Association TechSource, 2015.

Bohyun Kim, The Library Mobile Experience: Practices and User Expectations, American Library Association TechSource, 2013.

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Number of Years as an ALA Member



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