While I have been influencing my "community" through writing, speaking and project work, I have decided to do something that allows me to influence the next generation of information professionals even more. In January, I'll be joining the School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Syracuse University (SU). Some of you may know that I have been associated with SU since 2001. This year, I decided that teaching full-time would move me towards my goal of influencing the industry more, and SU decided that adding me to their faculty would be a good thing! As a Professor of Practice, I will be charged with connecting the iSchool to "the practice" (that which occurs outside of academia). That means that the things that you know me for -- writing, speaking, consulting, and committee work -- will continue. It also means that I'll be looking for ways to connect students to you (the industry) in ways that are beneficial for them and you. And -- yes -- I'll be teaching. I'll be teaching three classes a semester (spring and fall). How will I continue to write, speak and consult with that course load? Carefully!
If you know nothing about the iSchool at Syracuse University, I hope that, through me, you'll learn more about it -- about the faculty, the research centers, its degree & certificates programs, and its students. The 40+ member full-time faculty includes people such as:
- Dave Lankes (digital libraries and participatory librarianship)
- Scott Nicholson (gaming and data mining)
- Ken Lavender (preservation and digital preservation)
- Derrick Cogburn (socio-technical infrastructure for geographically distributed collaboration in knowledge work)
- Ruth Small (school media)
- Carsten Osterlund (organizational implications of information systems)
- Liz Liddy (application of linguistic theory to information retrieval)
Now I suspect that a few students will see this blog post and wonder who is this "new" faculty member, so let me give them a few pieces of information:
- What will I be teaching in spring 2009? IST 677 (Creating, Managing and Preserving Digital Assets), IST 626 (Business Information Resources & Strategic Intelligence) and one other course (to be named).
- Where can you find me on campus besides the iSchool? Wherever there is good coffee. (Honest, I'm not a coffee-aholic!)
- Where do I hang out online? Twitter, Facebook, and FriendFeed.
- Do I "bleed orange"? Not exactly, but I do enjoy sports and listen to ESPN every day (especially Mike & Mike in the Morning).
- Seriously, how can you learn more about me? Google.
10/23/2008 addendum: The iSchool's press release.
Congratulations! I think it's wonderful that you will be "Professor of Practice," and I hope that your example will influence LIS faculty everywhere.
They could not have made a wiser decision, Jill. You very personable style will create brilliant librarians of the future. The Syracuse students are very lucky.
CONGRATULATIONS. x 50.
Congratulations! This is a great step towards reconnecting the degree with actual practice. Best of luck!
Congratulations, Jill! Glad the educational community has realized that you're the gold mine we all knew you were. Wishing you much success. Self-actualization -- it does a body good :-D
Congrats! That seems like a really heavy course load though. Hopefully not too many new preps.
Outstanding! Good for you, Jill!
Great news. You're going to be a change agent extraordinaire!
Congratulations! What a wonderful way to look at professorialship--connecting to real world. Good for you.
Dear Jill Hurst-Wahl, I am interested in your articles and i read your posts regularly. I am librarian but i work in sound archive. because there is no Archive field in our country. I will want to write an article about the "role of archive especially audio and visual archives in broadcasting companies" and the importance of archive in broadcasting institutions. unfortunately i couldn't find any useful and good article in this subject via searching in the internet. could i ask you to introduce or send me any possible article in this subject. Thanks a lot for your help. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to everyone for your well wishes! I know now that I'll be co-teaching "Library Planning, Marketing, and Assessment" (IST613) with Megan Oakleaf. Megan has been teaching this course for a while. Megan teaches two sections (one on campus and one online).
Ali, off the top of my head, I don't know of any articles on this subject. However, I would expect that this is something that news librarians have discussed. The Special Libraries Association (SLA) has a very active news division. I would suggest contacting them and seeing if they can point you towards appropriate information. See http://www.ibiblio.org/slanews/
I do think that one powerful argument can be made for retaining audio and video, when you talk about what would be lost. Take any moment in history where there is audio and video of the event, and imagine no longer having access to those materials. Consider the impact that video has had on telling the news. Do we really want to lose that?
Now think of the news stories that are current being discussed. Imagine that you could not play older relevant news stories because you had lost them? It is doubtful that equivalent text would exist, so you would truly be losing history.
Congratulations, Jill! I'm happy dancing for you!
Nice Post. Thanks for sharing this information with us.
Congratulations! What great news.
We are lucky to have you
Fantastic news, Jill! Syracuse is lucky to have you full-time. I think library schools should all have professors of practice on the faculty -- it's so important to tie LIS education to what's actually going on in the profession.
Congrats! Just saw this article on Tame the Web.
Congratulations! I am very happy for you.
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