Christopher Cunningham, Ph.D., joined the iSchool faculty at Kent State University in 2019. He frequently teaches the MLIS introductory course, The Information Landscape. In addition, he teaches Information Policy as well as Research & Assessment in LIS. Cunningham received his Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina and his M.L.I.S. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. As an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Cunningham majored in History and had two minors, Physics and Mathematics. Cunningham’s major interests in the field of Library and Information Science are Digital Divide Issues and Analytics.
Cunningham has worked in both the non-profit and business world, working as the Chief Information Officer in several companies as well as a program director for a College of Business. He is currently working as a business analyst while still teaching and staying in touch with students. In addition, he’s working on a grant proposal to develop a training program for health information professionals. Cunningham is working with the Building Strong Library and Information Science Education (BSLISE) working group. This international group has over 35 members, representing 19 countries and 18 languages.
*The School of Information faculty are superstars in the field. Therefore, it is impossible to list all of the great work they do on one page. Listed below is a small selection of Dr. Cunningham’s recent work. Further information can be viewed in Dr. Cunningham’s CV.
Library and Information Science
LIS 60010 The Information Landscape
LIS 60050 Research and Assessment in Library and Information Science
LIS 60650 Information Policy
Chow, A., Cunningham, C., and Shibaeva, E. (2020) The Professional Preparation of Librarians - A Global Study. Libri (Submitted).
IFLA BSLISE Working Group (2018). Building strong LIS education: A call to global and local action – An IFLA BSLISE working group white paper. University of Cape Town Libraries. https://doi.org/10.15641/0-7992-2542-6
Cunningham, C., Dressler, V., Grguric, E., Gamble, A. & Khan, N. (2017). Digital liaisons virtual uncommons: Connecting information and people in order to enhance lives via digital librarianship. In S. Erdelez & N.K. Agarwal (Eds.), Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 556-558. John Wiley and Sons Inc. https://doi.org/10.1002/pra2.2017.14505401071
Cunningham, C., Grguric, E. and Gamble, A. (2016). Digital liaisons virtual uncommons: Creating knowledge, enhancing lives via digital libraries. Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 53(1), 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1002/pra2.2016.14505301015
Storing and Accessing Data, Algorithms, and Programs in Libraries: Training Institute (submitted) – IMLS 2020
Ready to Code Fellowship (Not Funded) (2017)
Proquest Doctoral Dissertation Award (2015)
Reviewer for Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Services (2015 - Present)
Reviewer for the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) 2020 Annual Meeting
Co-Chair of Building Strong Library and Information Science Education (BSLISE) Working Group A in conjunction with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), Member (2009 - Present)
Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), Member (2009 - Present)
North Carolina Library Association (NCLA), Member (2007 - 2015)
Special Libraries Association (SLA), Member (2007 - 2012)
Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina, M.L.I.S. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, M.B.A. from Kent State (In progress), B.A. in History with a Minor in Mathematics and a Minor in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte