The Catholic University of America

CUA LIS Advisory Board

The LIS Advisory Board provides strategic insight and expert guidance as part of LIS’s systematic efforts to continuously develop and improve our MSLIS 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 LIS Advisory Board is to:

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

The LIS Advisory Board’s strategic goals for 2015 – 2016 included:

  • Accreditation/Assessment: Review draft Program Presentation chapters and assessment reports, identify challenges, strengths, and weaknesses, provide feedback and input to inform revisions and developments to the Program Presentation and LIS’s plans for continuous program development and improvement.
  • Curriculum: Review current and proposed curriculum offerings based on professional expertise and suggest improvements to help ensure LIS equips its students with the knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences needed to meet the current and future needs of the LIS professions.
  • Board Membership: Identify areas of the field and constituent groups, institutions, and professional associations that should be more fully represented on the Board and help assess Board candidate applications.

Board Members

Young Choi, Associate Professor and Chair of the LIS Department

Danna Bell,  Past-President of the Society of American Archivists

Steve Connaghan, CUA LIS Alumnus and University Librarian, CUA Libraries

Ingrid Hsieh-Yee, CUA LIS Ordinary Professor

Marie Kaddell,  Past-President of the Special Libraries Association’s DC Chapter and Senior Information Professional Consultant, LexisNexis

Martin Kalfatovic, CUA LIS Alumnus and Associate Director, Digital Services Division and Program Director, Biodiversity Heritage Library, Smithsonian Libraries

James King, CUA LIS Alumnus and Chief, Information Resources and Services Branch, National Institutes of Health

David Mao, CUA LIS Alumnus and Associate Librarian of the Library of Congress

Christopher Needham, CUA LIS Recent Graduate

Cristina Ramirez, CUA LIS Alumna and Adjunct Faculty, and Library Community Services Manager, Richmond Public Library

Board Meeting Materials            

Board meeting agendas, presentations, and adopted minutes will be posted here as part of LIS’s systematic planning activities, which includes “communication of planning policies, programs, and processes, assessment activities, and results of assessment to program constituents.”

April 9, 2015 Meeting: Agenda , Minutes, Board Charge, 2015-2016 Goals

November 20, 2014 Meeting: Agenda, Presentation, Minutes