The School of Library and Information Science in association with the Graduate School of Indiana University has a rich and diverse history of doctoral students. Over 150 have received the Ph.D. since 1965. At least 30 have held or currently hold a professorship in ALA-accredited graduate education programs. Nearly half of those have served or currently serve as Dean, Associate Dean, or Director. A dozen others serve as the Director of a major research library. Academic institutions employing SLIS doctoral graduates for teaching and research, or information services management include UCLA, Simmons, University of North Carolina, University of Hawaii, Kent State University, Oklahoma State University, Ohio State University, Alabama University, University of South Carolina, University of Illinois, University of Oklahoma, San Jose State University, Emporia State University, and the University of Iowa as well as Indiana University.
Dissertations reflect a wide spectrum of interests and expertise. Even the earliest dissertations defended in 1968 and 1969 investigate the use of technology to manage information: "Computer based Selective Dissemination of Information" and "Automated Vocabulary Control." Management of academic, school or public libraries, analysis of information sources and instructional services for children and young adults, and evaluation of information systems have also frequently been the focus area for doctoral studies. Recently, SLIS information science doctoral students have defended research on "information filtering systems," "hyperlinking processes for scholarly electronic journals," and "utility of state public library standards for planning and evaluation."
Diversity is reflected not only in the information user audiences studied (from children with disabilities, to homeless parents, to areospace engineers), but also by over thirty international students who have completed doctoral studies at SLIS. The program has always sought and supported ethnic minorities and many of those who hold the PhD in library and information science from IU have African-American, Latin-American, or Native-American heritage. Nearly 20% of the doctoral degrees have been awarded to ethnic minority students or international students. Doctoral students have come to Indiana University from Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Central and South America.
Information science continues to be a frequent minor for Ph.D. students from other graduate programs, including Instructional Systems Technology, Computer Science, Folklore, Cognitive Science and Sociology.
Several SLIS PhD graduates from SLIS are listed below along with their current positions and brief descriptions of recent accomplishments. E-mail addresses are given for those willing to respond to questions concerning graduate programs at Indiana University and their academic and cultural experiences in Bloomington.
Faculty of Humanities, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand.
Member of the Committee on the Quality Assurance of Library and Information
Science Education, The University of Thai Chamber of Commerce.
Future research, Development of Community Libraries, Kensai, Japan, funded
by the National Research Council of Thailand and the Japan Society for the
Promotion of Science.
Senior Fellow, Indiana University.
Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois.
College Librarian and Professor, Austin College.
President of ACRL, 1999-2000, Instruction Section Publication of the Year 1996.
Hardesty, Larry. Books, Bytes, and Bridges: Libraries and Computer Centers in
Academic Institutions. 2000. Chicago: ALA.
Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina Greensboro.
Nominated for Teaching Excellence Award, 1999-2000.
Hersberger, Julia. 2000. "Internal Control and Financial Misconduct
in Public Libraries." Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science.
Recent presentations at the International Network for Social Network
Analysis in Vancouver, BC and ISIC 2000 at Gothenburg, Sweden.
Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii.
Chair, Communications and Information Science Doctoral Program.
Associate Professor and Head, Special Collections and University Archives
and Puterbaugh Professor of Library Service at Oklahoma State University.
Greenberg/Howland Personnel Development Award, 1998.
Paustenbaugh, Jennifer and Lynn Trojahn. 2000. "Annual Fund Programs for
Academic Libraries." Library Trends. 48:3. 579-596.
Technology and Distance Education Officer, NASA Langley Research Center.
Elected Fellow, Society for Technical Communication.
Recipient of two Emmy Awards for instructional programming, 2000.
In development of "Destination Tomorrow," a distance education program for
parents, teachers and other adults to debut this fall on cable access.
Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee.
Excellence in Refereeing Award, Library Quarterly, 1998.
"Public Images of the Role of Information Technology in Public Libraries: Alternatives and Controversies," Public Libraries 38 (May/June 1999) : 180-186. (with John M. Budd).
"Free Speech in Cyberspace." Tennessee Paris Landing State Park, Tennessee.
Professor, University of California Los Angeles.
Editor, The Library Quarterly.
Sponsor, St. Petersburg State University Culture Exchange Program.
Richardson, John V., Jr. 1995 Knowledge-based Systems for General
Reference Work: Applications, Problems, and Progress. Academic Press.
Head of Reference and Information Services, Indiana University-
Purdue University Fort Wayne.
Grant received for development of Integrated Information Foraging
Environment, a redesign of web structures to match disciplinary microhabitats.
Sandstrom, Pamela. 1999. "Scholars as Subsistence Foragers." Bulletin of the
American Society for Information Science. 25:3. 17-20.
Presentations in 2000 at the Central State Anthropological Society and
with Alan Sandstrom at Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland.
Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Nominated for UNC-SILS Outstanding Teacher Award 2000.
Sturm, Brian. 2000. "The Storylistening Trance Experience."
Journal of American Folklore.
Presented at the Cape Breton Storytelling Symposium, Sydney,
Nova Scotia, May 2000.
Principal Usability Engineer, Oracle
Chancellor's Fellow, Indiana University, 1997
"Identifying Regularities in Users' Conceptions of Information Spaces."
Assistant Dean, Graduate College, University of Iowa.
Distinguished Educator Award 2000.
Welburn, William. 1999. "Multicultural Curriculum and Higher Education."
Journal of Library Administration. 27:1/2. 157-69.
Presented with Janice Simmons-Welburn, "Cultivating Partnerships/
Realizing Diversity," Big 12 Plus Libraries Consortium, University
of Texas Austin, April 2000.
Librarian Emeritus, Indiana University
Skolnik Award of the American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical
Information for outstanding contributions in the theory and practice of chemical
information science, 1998.
Wiggins, Gary. 1998. "Chemistry on the Internet." Journal of Chemical Information
and Computer Sciences. 38:6. 956-965.