SLIS welcomes new faculty, staffPosted Dec. 30, 2010
Kent State University's School of Library and Information Science is pleased to announce the addition of five new full-time faculty members, each bringing a unique range of experience and expertise to enhance our academic and research programs: Michael Bice, Dr. Rosemary Du Mont, Dr. Kiersten F. Latham, Nancy Lensenmayer and Dr. Catherine L. Smith. Three new staff members also have joined the department: Aaron Rosenberg as manager of the ScanPath Usability Lab, and Tiffany Holler and Andrew Shipka as educational technology designers.
Michael O. Bice has joined Kent State University's School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) with the charge to further develop and implement a new concentration in health information management, offered in conjunction with a graduate degree in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM). The concentration will include a core curriculum as well as four additional courses focused completely on health information management, such as the legal aspects of electronic health records, health care data mining and security of health care records. Bice earned his Bachelor of Arts at the State University of New York at Binghamton and his Master of Health Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He served as a hospital executive for 30 years and taught various graduate level courses, most recently in the University of Florida's College of Public Health and Health Professions.
Dr. Rosemary Du Mont
Dr. Rosemary Du Mont returns to the School of Library and Information Science as professor in spring 2011. Prior to coming to Kent State in 1986, she taught in the library science programs at the University of Oklahoma and University of Kentucky. From 1986 to 1995 she served as dean and director of Kent State's SLIS, after which she held various administrative posts in Libraries and Media Services and in the Division of Information Services. Most recently she was Director of Research and Instructional Initiatives for the College of Communication and Information. In SLIS, she will teach courses on management, diversity, information policy, and information use and religion. Her primary areas of research include distance learning technologies, multiculturalism and diversity in the library profession, and health information-seeking behaviors of older adults. Rosemary earned her B.S. from Northwestern University, an M.S.L.S. from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently pursuing a master's in theology from Walsh University in Canton.
Dr. Kiersten F. Latham
Dr. Kiersten F. Latham received her Ph.D. in library and information management from Emporia State University, Kansas. She holds a master's in historical administration and museum studies from the University of Kansas and a bachelor's in anthropology from the University of Michigan. Before coming to Kent State, she taught at the University of Kansas, Lawrence; Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio; and Michigan State University, East Lansing, as well as online courses for the Northern States Conservation Center. She has more than 20 years' experience working in museums in various capacities – as curator, collection manager, director, volunteer, program coordinator, archivist, historic interpreter, board member, exhibit designer and consultant. Her research interests center on the relationship between physical objects and humans, especially the role of affect and lived experience; document theory; and convergence issues surrounding libraries, archives and museums.
Nancy Lensenmayer has joined SLIS as a full-time faculty member at the Columbus site, where she has previously taught as a part-time instructor. Nancy will teach core curriculum courses, as well as courses on reference and information services, library automation and marketing. She has more than 30 years' experience as a library and information professional, working in public, academic and corporate libraries. She also serves currently as program director, Education and Professional Development, at OCLC (Online Computer Library Center Inc.) in Dublin, Ohio. Her focus areas are reference and information services, international librarianship, and education and professional development opportunities for librarians. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan, and her Master of Arts in Library Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Dr. Catherine L. Smith
Dr. Catherine Smith most recently was a post-doctoral research associate at Rutgers University, working as co-PI with Dr. Nina Wacholder on a study funded by a Google Research Award. She completed her Ph.D. in Information Science at Rutgers University School of Communication and Information; she also received a Certificate in Cognitive Science from the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science, an MBA from Simmons College, Boston, and a B.A. from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. Her research bridges information retrieval and human-computer interaction, centering on the psychology of interactive search and the design of adaptive search systems. She also is interested in search expertise and the design of systems that help users gain search skills. Dr. Smith designed, developed and launched the International Documentary Library Service, a database-driven digital library for documentary film, television and radio. Her experience also includes management in various capacities in banking and investment services, including systems, operations, marketing, and business strategy, for BankBoston.
Manager, ScanPath Usability Lab
Aaron Rosenberg returns to SLIS as manager of the ScanPath Usability Lab. A 2010 graduate of the IAKM program, Aaron worked as student lab manager of ScanPath from 2006-08, helping university departments as well as major clients such as EBSCO redesign their sites to be more effective. Most recently, Aaron was user experience product analyst for American Greetings Corp., where he conducted user research and made design recommendations to help AG integrate its newly purchased sites, Photoworks.com and Webshots.com, into its corporate family design. His role here will be to launch ScanPath as an entrepreneurial start-up that provides research and consulting to help corporate and other clients improve their websites.
Tiffany Holler will develop workshops to assist primarily adjunct faculty, but will reach out to full-time faculty as well. She also will be looking to develop a community of practice for library and information science professionals teaching at Kent State. In addition, she will be building online courses. She previously worked for FedEx Custom Critical leading corporate training sessions. She has a degree in studio art from the University of Akron.
Andrew Shipka, a graduate of the SLIS and IAKM programs, will assist with placing course information and materials online primarily for online classes. He is continuing and expanding his work as a graduate assistant for the department by building online courses as well as compiling and editing lectures. He also focuses on using WordPress as a platform for student portfolios as well as synchronous communication tools to be used in online courses.