Michael Robert Bolam, 2017 Candidate for LITA Director-at-Large

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Over the past decade, LITA has afforded me plenty of opportunities for professional growth. I have served on a variety of committees, worked alongside many smart, funny, and thoughtful people, and even made some new friends. During my time serving on committees, I have come to value the hard work of the LITA Directors-at-Large as Committee and Task force liaisons. The team serves as a source of institutional memory that can help control the chaos of the regular turnover on committees. It is an interesting opportunity, and I am excited to take on these new responsibilities. I will strive to continue the great work started by previous directors. LITA is great at allowing new members to get involved and flourish, but we still have a lot of work we can do.

Current Position

Metadata Librarian, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Type of Library


Previous Positions

Adjunct Faculty, University of Pittsburgh, 2013-2017
Metadata Librarian for Digital Production, University of Pittsburgh, 2005-2015
Public Services Librarian, University of Pittsburgh, 2000-2005

Degrees and Certificates

University of Pittsburgh, MLIS, 2000
University of Pittsburgh, BS Psychology/History and Philosophy of Science, 1997.

Division Affiliations


Round Table Affiliations

Games & Gaming (GAMERT)

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ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities

LITA/ALCTS Metadata Standards Committee
LITA Education Committee
LITA Program Planning Committee
LITA Membership Development Committee
LITA Assessment and Research Committee
ALCTS Metadata Interest Group, chair
ACRL-IS Emerging Technologies Committee
NMRT Web Committee, chair
NMRT Student and Student Chapter Outreach Committee
NMRT Midwinter Activities Committee, chair
NMRT 3M/NMRT Grant Committee
LIRT Research Committee
NMRT Liaison to LITA

Offices Held in State, Regional, and Other Library Associations

Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Chapter ACRL, Chair, Web Committee, 2004-2008.

Major Accomplishments

Adjunct faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences and College of Arts and Sciences; Metadata lead for Historic Pittsburgh and Documenting Pitt digital collections; Metadata lead for emerging University of Pittsburgh library system research data management service.


Stein, Ayla and Michael Bolam: "Report of the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Meeting. American Library Association Annual Conference. Orlando, June 2016," Technical Services Quarterly (Taylor & Francis), Volume 34, Issue 1. 2017 

Number of Years as an ALA Member



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