Hong Ma, 2019 Candidate for LITA Director-at-Large

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As a dedicated member of LITA for over 10 years, I have gained significant knowledge and understanding of LITA community, including needs and value of LITA members as well as areas of improvements for LITA through the involvements of a variety of committees, interesting groups and task forces. If elected as a Director-at-Large, I will focus my attention to further foster inclusive, transparent and diverse culture. I want to help LITA to better define our identity by aligning program, services and opportunities with members’ growing needs, and to deliver best value to current and prospective members.

Current Position

Head of Library Systems
Loyola University Chicago 

Previous Positions

  • Information Systems Librarian, University of Miami, 2008 - 2013 
  • Electronic Resources/Systems/Reference Librarian, Misericordia University, 2006-2008

Major Accomplishments

As a member of LITA I have undertaken a number of large projects, including leading a task force to develop LITA personas to find out different types of membership, to analyze needs for each type of membership. 


  • Hong Ma, “Leading Changes in Library as an Architect of Library Technology Infrastructure” (Book Chapter), the LITA Leadership Guide: The Librarian as Entrepreneur, Leader, and Technologist , 2017 
  • Hong Ma, Margaret Heller “Setting Our Values as Library Technology Leaders and Women” (Book Chapter), We Can do I.T. , 2018 
  • Margaret Heller, Hong Ma, “Collaborative Growth towards Discovery: Becoming Stronger through Change.” (Book Chapter) Exploring Discovery: The Front Door to Library’s Licensed and Digitized Content, 2016

Degrees and Certificates

  • University of Alabama, MLIS, Library and Information Studies 2005
  • University of Alabama, MS, Computer Science, 2003

Division Affiliations

  • LITA

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ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities

  • LITA/ALCTS/LLAMA Operational Working Group, 2018 -
  • LITA Appointment Committee, 2018 -
  • LITA Bylaws and Organizational Committee (Vice Chair), 2018 -
  • LITA Forum Program Planning Committee,  2013, 2018 
  • LITA Nominating Committee, 2018 -
  • LITA Personas Task Force (Co-Chair), 2016 - 2017
  • LITA Forum Assessment Task Force, 2016 - 2017
  • LITA Top Technology Trends Committee, 2014 - 2018
  • LITA Head of Library Technology (HoLT) Interesting Group (Chair), 2013 - 2015
  • LITA Membership Development Committee, 2011-2013
  • LITA LSSI/OCLC Minority Scholarship Committee (Chair), 2012 - 2013

Offices Held in State, Regional, and Other Library Associations

  • ER&L Workshop Committee, 2018 - 
  • EDUCAUSE Connect Proposal Reviewer, 2016 - 
  • ELUNA Steering Committee Nominations Committee, 2016  
  • Chinese American Librarian Association (CALA) Midwest Chapter Web Committee (Chair), 2013 – 2015 
  • CALA Membership Committee, (2010-2011, Co-Chair) 
  • CALA Web Committee (Member), 2010 – 2011 

Links to Further Information


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