Within LITA, I have founded an Interest Group, been committee chair for both the Program Planning and the Bylaws Committees, was appointed as a member of multiple Forum Planning committees (including Chair of the Program Committee for the 2018 Forum), was both an elected and appointed member of the Board of Directors and a Director-at-Large and Parliamentarian, respectively. In those positions, I have helped to start LITABlog, completely revised the program planning process from analog to digital, pushed to make the operations of the Board more transparent through open meetings, and am currently working with my fellow Program Committee members to completely revisit and revise LITA Forum for 2018. LITA is nothing but its members, and I've worked for over a decade to improve what LITA can do for those members. If elected, I will listen to the concerns of the LITA members and work to empower them to make change and create impact in the profession. I will work to expand the membership to be more inclusive, and more representative of the profession.
I also believe that a number of key issues in technology are of increasing importance, and require some careful analysis and action plans. Privacy and the security of patron information are increasingly going to be a risk for libraries, and attention to how this information is shared with vendors and non-library actors is ever more important.
The rise of machine learning and the application of machine learning systems in the world require a careful analysis of the biases intrinsic to these systems. Librarians with a knowledge of technology are the perfect set of people to work on the policies associated with the emergence of machine learning systems, and I will work to ensure that librarians are at the forefront of the prevention of bias and their responsible use.
While my CV lists all of my activities, here are a few direct links to things that will give you an idea of my activity and interests.
Pattern Recognition - My blog, active since 2003
Measure the Future
My primary professional concerns are the near-future risks and opportunities which come from the rise of machine learning, the continual march of job automation, and the potential that comes with decentralization technologies. LITA members are ideally situated to help lead the profession through the next decade of radical change emerging from these technologies. Should I be elected, I will work with LITA to empower members and help to educate the profession to prepare for these changes, as well as the related problematic areas of privacy and algorithmic bias. We cannot risk the cementing of power structures that disadvantage the marginalized and that reinforce existing social hegemonies. I want to help LITA members create a better future while ensuring that existing prejudice, privilege, and hate does not become embedded in the technologies of tomorrow.