The LIS Advisory Board provides strategic insight and expert guidance as part of the department's systematic efforts to continuously develop and improve our M.S.L.I.S. program. The membership of the Board includes representatives from each of our constituency groups – alumni, students, adjuncts, employers, and full-time faculty – and reflects our diverse and ever-evolving community.

Board Charge

The overarching purpose of the Advisory Board is to:

  • Provide the Department of LIbrary and Information Science with input on the current and future needs of the library and information science profession to ensure the department is responsive to the continually evolving needs of the profession.
  • Identify opportunities for the department to meet the current and future needs of the profession through its for-credit, non-credit, and extracurricular offerings.
  • Recommend new initiatives, degree offerings or programs to continually improve, refresh, expand, or enhance the program and its educational quality.
  • Engage in long-term strategic planning by providing input and advice to library and information science representatives related to its strategic planning initiatives.
  • Provide advice, as appropriate, to the department regarding key administrative areas, most notably enrollment, funding, and technology resources and support.
  • Understand the history of library and information science at The Catholic University of America and advise the department on its efforts to advance its mission and the mission of the University.
  • Advocate, as appropriate, for the program and its students and faculty in a public capacity.
  • Serve as a representative and liaison between the department and the constituency groups its individual Board members represent.
  • Recommend approaches for engaging and involving the department's internal and external constituents to realize the department's goals and strengthen relationships with the field and within its community.

Board Recruitment

Interested in being considered for a seat on the LIS Advisory Board? If so, please email us two short paragraphs on you and what you'd bring to the board, and also attach your résumé.

Board Members

  • Young Choi, Associate Professor and Chair of the Library and Information Science Department
  • Danna Bell,  Educational Outreach Team, Library of Congress and Past-President of the Society of American Archivists and
  • Nicholas Brown, Recent Graduate, Director of Special Productions and Initiatives, Washington Performing Arts
  • Steve Connaghan, Alumnus and University Librarian, Catholic University Libraries
  • James King, Alumnus and Chief, Information Resources and Services Branch, National Institutes of Health
  • Christopher Needham, Recent Graduate
  • Dan Odenwald, Recent Graduate
  • Sue Yeon Syn, Catholic University Associate Professor
  • Trevor Riley, Alumnus and Head, Public Services, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration