About the Faculty
The Department of Information Studies faculty are renowned for excellence in teaching and research. They represent a variety of perspectives and rich professional experience that combine to create a stimulating educational environment.
In addition, adjunct faculty, outstanding practitioners in the Southern Californian library and information science community add professional depth in specialized areas.
Members of the Information Studies faculty have been senior managers or consultants in all types of libraries and in the wider information industry. They have made numerous contributions to the advancement of professional practice: developing standards for libraries, leading workshops, and serving as officers of national professional associations. Known for distinguished scholarship in the field, they have published extensively and delivered lectures around the globe.
Susan Allen, Director of the California Rare Book School
Susan M. Allen became director of California Rare Book School at UCLA/GSEIS in March 2011. Previously, she was associate director and chief librarian of the Getty Research Institute from 1999 to 2011; head of the Department of Special Collections, Young Research Library, UCLA, from January 1997 to 1999; and director of Libraries and Media Services at Kalamazoo College from 1993 to 1997. Prior to 1993, she held several posts in the Libraries of the Claremont Colleges [now the Claremont Colleges Library], including head of Special Collections.
Currently Dr. Allen serves on the boards of the Zamorano Club of Los Angeles and The Book Club of California, and she is a member of the California Preservation Program (CPP) Steering Committee. She was chair of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Standing Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations and of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of ACRL, a division of the American Library Association. She has also served on the Council of the Bibliographical Society of America; the board of the American Printing History Association; and the Board of Visitors and Governors of St. John's College.
She has spoken often and published extensively on undergraduate use of rare books and manuscripts, the future of research libraries, history of the book topics, rare book theft, and library security. She teaches regularly at California Rare Book School, and previously she taught at Rare Book School, the University of Virginia. As a consultant for the CPP, she has conducted a number of preservation assessment surveys of special collections in academic libraries, public libraries, and archives. She is proprietor of The Oldtown Press.
Dr. Allen received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a second master's from St. John's College in New Mexico, and her Ph.D. from UCLA.
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Murtha Baca, Adjunct Faculty
Research Interests: descriptive metadata; integrated access to diverse information resources; controlled vocabularies; multilingual thesauri; vocabulary-assisted searching; new methods of electronic publishing for the humanities; documentation of visual materials.
Murtha Baca is Head of Digital Art History Access at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Her publications include Introduction to Metadata (revised edition, 2008) and Introduction to Art Image Access (2002), and she is one of the editors of Cataloging Cultural Objects: a Guide to Describing Cultural Works and Their Images (American Library Association Editions, 2006). She is currently working on a collaborative digital facsimile edition of a late 17th-century Italian inventory of works of art, written in the form of a poem. Dr. Baca has taught workshops and seminars on metadata, visual resources cataloging, and thesaurus construction at museums, universities, and other organizations in North and South America and in Europe and Asia.
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Teresa Barnett, Adjunct Faculty
Marcia J. Bates, Professor Emerita
PhD and MLS, UC Berkeley
Research Interests: information seeking behavior; search
strategy; subject access in manual and automated systems;
user-centered design of information retrieval systems. Marcia
J. Bates is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement
of Science, and a recipient of the American Society for Information
Science's Research Award and Best Paper Award. She was Department
Stuart Biegel, Faculty Member, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies and
School of Law
Stuart Biegel is a recognized expert in the fields of Education Law and Technology Law, having completed major works of scholarship in both areas. His education-related publications include an exploration of Fourteenth Amendment rights (Cornell Law Review), an overview of church-state issues (American Journal of Education, University of Chicago), a retrospective on bilingual education (Chicano-Latino Law Review), and an analysis of school choice policy (Hastings Law Journal). His Internet-related publications include a 2001 book on cyberspace regulation (MIT Press).
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Jean-François Blanchette, Associate Professor
PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; MSc, Université de Montréal
Research Interests: Authenticity of electronic information; Social and political dimensions of
information security; Digital preservation; Sociology of mathematics; Privacy
and data retention. Jean-François Blanchette's research has been funded by Canada's Social Science and Humanities Research Council and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the National Science Foundation, and France's 'Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). He was an invited researcher at the CNRS in Paris from 1999 to 2001.
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Christine L. Borgman, Professor & Presidential Chair in Information Studies
PhD Stanford (Communication), MLS Pittsburgh, BA Michigan State (Math)
Christine Borgman teaches and conducts research in data practices, scholarly communication, digital libraries, information retrieval, human-computer interaction, and bibliometrics. She leads the Knowledge Infrastructures team, which is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She is the author of more than 200 publications in information studies, computer science, and communication. Her next book, Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World, will be published by the MIT Press in January, 2015. Two earlier books, Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet (MIT Press, 2007) and From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure: Access to Information in a Networked World (MIT Press, 2000), each won the Best Information Science Book of the Year award from the Association for Information Science and Technology. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Association for Computing Machinery. Personal Homepage.
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Botello, Adjunct Faculty
Current Position: Director, Multimedia & Information Technology Lab; Internship Coordinator
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Lynn Boyden, Adjunct Faculty
After spending years in misery in administration at UCLA, Lynn Boyden earned the MLIS at the UCLA library school (please don't judge my web cred by this site) in the late 90s and started her first job as an information architect the day that the web bubble burst in 2000. After working for a series of now-defunct web agencies (a process akin to playing "Survivor" on the Titanic), she returned to UCLA to bring up the administration of the Moving Image Archive Studies program. After graduating three classes of film archivists she moved back into information architecture on the Symantec web team, where she owned the user experience of search and pioneered the use of search analytics to improve findability of key content.
On February 29, 2008 she joined FatDUX as Analytics Maven and head of the Los Angeles office. She regularly teaches information architecture in the MLIS program in Information Studies at UCLA. And since 2004 she has been an instigator of the IA Slam team, and as a result can now hold forth ad nauseam on such valuable topics as refrigeration technology, retail marketing and service, business entertainment destinations, time travel, and 18th century piracy in the Spanish Main.
Michelle Caswell, Assistant Professor
MTS Harvard University, MLIS University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison
Michelle Caswell is Assistant Professor of Archival Studies at UCLA. Her current research explores the role of records and archival institutions in the construction of memory about the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and traces a collection of mug shots taken at Tuol Sleng prison from their creation as bureaucratic documents, to their inclusion in archives, digitization, and use by survivors and the family members of victims to spark narratives about the regime and memorialize the dead.
Her research interests include: archival theory and practice; information ethics; the intersection of archival studies with social justice, human rights, and pluralism; community archives; the politics of accountability, ownership, and access; collective memory of violence; archival pedagogy; visual culture; and digital history. Her articles have appeared in Archival Science, Archivaria, American Archivist, The Journal of Documentation, InterActions, First Monday, and Libri.
Caswell is also the co-founder and a board member of the South Asian American Digital Archive (http://www.saadigitalarchive.org).
Andra Darlington, Adjunct Professor
MLIS, UCLA; MA, UC Riverside, Art History
Current position: Head of Special Collections Cataloging & Metadata at the Getty Research Institute
Johanna Drucker, Bernard and Martin Breslauer Professor of Bibliography
Johanna Drucker is the inaugural Bernard and Martin Breslauer Professor of Bibliography in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She has published extensively on the history of written forms, typography, design, and visual poetics. In addition to her scholarly work, Drucker is internationally known as a book artist and experimental, visual poet. Recent titles include: Sweet Dreams: Contemporary Art and Complicity (Chicago, 2005); Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide, with Emily McVarish (Pearson, 2008), and Testament of Women (Druckwerk, 2006). For the academic year 2008-09 she is the Digital Humanities Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center working on a project called “Diagramming Interpretation.” Her book, SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Speculative Computing is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press in early 2009.
Jonathan Furner, Associate Professor
PhD and MS, Sheffield; MA, Cambridge
Jonathan Furner studies cultural informatics, and the history and philosophy of information science. He is interested in the theoretical foundations of services that provide access to texts, images, and other cultural artifacts, and he draws on the ideas and methods of analytical philosophy and cultural history, as well as on library, archive, and museum studies. He writes papers and teaches courses on concepts of information; information ethics; metadata; library classification; archival description; museum informatics; visual resources; information services in the arts and humanities; and bibliometrics. He is editor of the "Advances in Information Science" series of review articles in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology; co-editor of the MIT Press book series on "History and Foundations of Information Science"; a member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions' Working Group on Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Records; and a member of the Dewey Decimal Classification's Editorial Policy Committee.
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Loretta Gaffney, Adjunct Professor, Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D., University of Illinois M.S., University of Illinois
Loretta Gaffney's research lies at the intersection of intellectual freedom, media studies, and library history, where she investigates how conservative activist challenges to public and school libraries frame youth, reading, and librarianship. Loretta is particularly interested in how activist groups have responded to library ethics, practices, and policies in the wake of technological and social change. She teaches courses in Young Adult Literature and Services, Children's Literature and Services, Censorship and the Politics of Reading, and Literacy, Readers, and Reading. Before returning to academia, Loretta was a Middle School Librarian at the University of Chicago Lab Schools.
Anne J. Gilliland, Professor
PhD, Michigan; MS and CAS, Illinois; MA, Trinity College Dublin
Anne Gilliland is Professor and Chair of the Department of
Information Studies at the University of California Los
Angeles, and Director of the Center for Information as
Evidence. She is also a faculty member in the M.A.
Program in Moving Image Archive Studies. A Fellow of the
Society of American Archivists (SAA), her research and teaching
interests address the various intersections of information
technology, recordkeeping and cultural heritage; social
justice and human rights issues as they relate to archives
and records; and archival education.
Anne Gilliland has received major grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She has served as a member of the Council of the Society of American Archivists and of numerous editorial boards. She is a recipient of the SAA's C.F.W. Coker Award and the Midwest Archives Conference Margaret Cross Norton Award.
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Esther Grassian, Adjunct Facutly
Current Position: Information Literacy Librarian, UCLA College Library
Areas of interest include information literacy, teaching and learning, critical thinking, elearning, immersive learning, instructional technology, virtual worlds and emerging technology. Esther Grassian’s publications include include the co-authored (with Joan Kaplowitz) Information Literacy Instruction: Theory & Practice, Neal-Schuman, 2001 (ACRL Instruction Section Publication of the Year Award, 2003), and Learning to Lead and Manage Information Literacy Instruction, Neal-Schuman, 2005. She has been active in various local, regional and national organizations, including serving as Co-Chair of the ACRL 2007 Conference, Panel Sessions Sub-Committee. She is the former Chair of the ACRL Instruction Section, as well as former President of Librarians Association of UC (LAUC) statewide, and former Chair of LAUC-LA, as well as former Chair of the California Clearinghouse on Library Instruction, South (now called SCIL, an ACRL California Chapter Interest Group). She has made numerous presentations to local, regional and national groups, in person and virtually through Second Life and using other online systems. In 2003, she established LILi (Lifelong Information Literacy), an informal group of librarians from all types of California libraries, investigating and developing a sequential, lifelong information literacy curriculum for all levels.
Robert M. Hayes, Professor Emeritus
PhD, UCLA, Mathematics
Research Interests: information systems analysis and design; information policy.
Joan Kaplowitz, Adjunct Faculty
MLIS, UCLA; PHD Psychology
Dr. Kaplowitz was heavily involved in information literacy instruction at the local, state, and national levels for her entire career and continues to be active in this area despite her retirement from the UCLA library system. During her early years at UCLA she taught several sections of UCLA’s undergraduate course “Library and Information Resources.” In 1989 she collaborated with UCLA’s Esther Grassian to propose and develop the UCLA graduate library program’s course “Information Literacy Instruction: Theory and Technique.” She and Ms. Grassian have alternated presenting this course since 1990 and Dr. Kaplowitz is continuing to teach this course despite her retirement from the library. Dr. Kaplowitz was also part of the faculty development team for Association of College and Research Libraries’ Institute for Information Literacy’s Immersion Program and taught in six of the programs between 1999 and 2004.
I specialize in science and technology studies; specifically internet culture and history, intellectual property, the public sphere, free and open source software, public domains, commons, authorship and ownership, and the history and philosophy of science and technology, in the US, Europe and India. I also coordinate (with Hannah Landecker) research project in the comparative study of ethics and politics in science and technology (including computer science and nanotechnology). Finally, I'm working on an historical and philosophical book project on software and networking protocols conceived of as linguistic and textual phenomena. In particular, the relationship between abstraction in computer science (automata theory and logic) and practical implementation of particular machines and software (regular expressions, compilers and the Unix-like operating systems).
Julie Kwan, Adjunct Faculty
MS, University of Illinois
Current position: Library Network Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region housed at the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library.
Areas of interest include: health sciences librarianship, professional certification, sharing research data, and requirements elucidation for software system development. Julie’s work experience spans health sciences libraries, science and engineering libraries, and business libraries. She has extensive experience with the Medical Library Association’s certification program, the Academy of Health Information Professionals. Since 1996 she has provided real-life projects for graduate software engineering courses offered through the Center for Software and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California.
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Gregory H. Leazer, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Information Studies
DLS and MS, Columbia
Research Interests: bibliographic control; organization of information; bibliographic works and relationships; cataloging and classification; evaluation of bibliographic retrieval systems. Gregory Leazer was a 1999 recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), "the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers." He also works with the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST).
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Leah A. Lievrouw, Professor
PhD, University of Southern California
Research Interests: information society; social and cultural aspects of communication/information technologies; scholarly communication; communication and knowledge. Leah Lievrouw is co-editor (with Sonia M. Livingstone) of The Handbook of New Media: Social Shaping and Consequences of ICTs (in preparation for Sage London). She is also co-editor, with Jorge Reina Schement, of Competing Visions, Complex Realities: Social Aspects of the Information Society (Ablex, 1987), and with Brent Ruben, of Mediation, Information and Communication: Information and Behavior, vol. 3 (Transaction, 1990).
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Beverly P. Lynch, Professor
PhD, Wisconsin, Madison; MS, Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Research Interests: structures of complex organizations; organizational environments; measurement and evaluation of library performance; libraries as organizations. Beverly P. Lynch has served as President of the American Library Association, Chair of the ALA Committee on Accreditation, Interim President of the Center for Research Libraries, and Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Information Standards Organization. She was Dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science 1989-1994.
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Mary Niles Maack, Professor Emerita
DLS and MLS, Columbia
Research Interests: professionalization; gender issues; literacy; comparative studies. Mary Niles Maack is the recipient of the Fulbright Award, the Harold Lancour Scholarship for Foreign Study, an A.A.U.W. Doctoral Fellowship, and the ALA's Justin Winsor Essay Prize and Jesse H. Shera Research Award. She is former Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
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Stacey McKeever, Adjunct Faculty
Cindy Mediavilla, Adjunct Faculty
MLS, PhD UCLA
Research interests: after-school homework assistance in public libraries; history of public libraries in California; history of the California Library Association.
Cindy is currently a library programs consultant for the California State Library, following an 18-year-long career as a public librarian. She is also a well-known trainer, having led workshops on a variety of topics nationwide and in Canada. In 1998, she was awarded ALA's Loleta D. Fyan grant to study public library homework centers throughout the country, which led to the publication of her book Creating the Full-Service Homework Center (ALA, 2001). She is currently working on a companion volume for ALA, called Helping Kids Succeed in School: Providing Effective Homework Assistance. In 2006, she edited Public Library Internships: Advice From the Field (Scarecrow Press). Cindy is past president of the California Library Association (2001) and was named "distinguished alumni" by the UCLA Information & Library Studies Alumni Association in 2005.
Luiz H. Mendes, Adjunct Faculty
MLIS, San Jose State University
Current position: Electronic Resources Librarian, CSU, Northridge.
Areas of interest: structures and standards for information organization; descriptive and subject metadata; e-resources cataloging and management. Luiz is a national trainer for Cataloging for the 21st Century courses on cataloging electronic resources as well as metadata standards and applications for digital library projects. He has been actively involved in ALA’s Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) and has chaired the Electronic Resources Interest Group and interned for the Cataloging & Classification Section Committee on Education, Training, and Recruitment for Cataloging (CETRC).
Mary Menzel, Adjunct Faculty
BA Stanford, MLIS UCLA
Current position: Director, California Center for the Book, a reading promotion agency affiliated with the California State Library and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.
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Safiya U. Noble, Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Safiya Umoja Noble, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She conducts research in socio-cultural informatics; including feminist, historical and political-economic perspectives on computing platforms and software in the public interest. Her research is at the intersection of transnational culture and technology in the design and use of applications on the Internet. She is currently writing a book about Google and information bias (forthcoming on NYU Press).
Teresa Omidsalar, Adjunct Faculty
BA California State University; MLS, UCLA
Professional Positions: Liaison Librarian for the Charter College of Education, CSULA, 1997-01, 2003- now, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, UCLA, Adjunct Lecturer, 2000-now, Interim Associate University Librarian, 2001-03, College Library, UCLA, Reference/Instruction Librarian, 1980-96 Reference Services Coordinator, 1996-97, University Research Library, UCLA, Reference Librarian, 1986-87, 1993-94, English Reading Room, UCLA, Librarian, 1982-91, Graduate School of Library& Information Science, UCLA, Adjunct Lecturer, 1980-93.
Alma Ortega, Adjunct Faculty
Ellen J. Pearlstein, Associate Professor, UCLA Information Studies and UCLA / Getty Master’s Program in the Conservation of Ethnographic and Archaeological Materials
M.A. Degree, Columbia University;
Advanced Certificate in Conservation, New York University
Ellen is interested in preventive care as a preservation method, a subject on which she is writing a graduate level text book and on which she has lectured at three North American graduate training programs in conservation. As part of her involvement in conservation training she chaired a committee on curriculum development at the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and served as adjunct faculty there in 1991-2004. Ellen was an invited member of the curriculum development committee for the UCLA/Getty Master’s Program. Ellen was Senior Objects Conservator at the Brooklyn Museum in 1983-2005 where she directed a team responsible for the preservation of archaeological, ethnographic, historic and modern works in the collection. Ellen has chaired the Publications Committee of the American Institute for Conservation and is a corresponding member of the Education and Training Committee. She has developed curriculum and taught in Luxor, Amsterdam, and throughout the U.S.
Research interests: Ellen's research and teaching address interests in American Indian tribal museums and how museum staff defines cultural preservation; the effects of environmental agents on ethnographic and natural history materials and how display and storage standards are devised; introducing context into cultural materials’ conservation education; and curriculum development.
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Mark Quigley. Adjunct Faculty
John V. Richardson Jr., Professor Emeritus
PhD, Indiana; MLS, Vanderbilt
Research Interests: history of education for library and information science; decision-making and information policy (United States, federal level); process of general question answering--numerical modeling and implementation as expert/knowledge-based systems. John Richardson Jr. is Editor Emeritus of The Library Quarterly. Dr. Richardson has served as the first Presidential Scholar at LSSI, Inc., as well as a Visiting Distinguished Scholar at OCLC's Office of Research. In addition, he was the 1999 recipient of the OCLC LIS Research Grant and the Beta Phi Mu, Harold Lancour Scholarship for Foreign Study. He has also been awarded ASIS Best Information Science Book (1995), ALA Outstanding Paper (1992) and the ALA Justin Winsor Prize (1990).
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Romelia Salinas, Adjunct Faculty
Ramesh Srinivasan, Associate Professor
Srinivasan, who holds an M.S Degree from MIT and a Doctorate degree from Harvard, has focused his research globally on the development of information systems within the context of culturally-differentiated communities. He is interested in how an information system can function as a cultural artifact, as a repository of knowledge that is commensurable with the ontologies of a community. As a complement, he is also interested in how an information system can engage and re-question the notion of diaspora and how ethnicity and culture function across distance. This research allows one to uncover mechanisms by which indigenously-articulated forms of development can begin to occur, as relating to his current work in pastoral and tribal communities in Southern India. His research therefore involves engaging communities to serve as the designers, authors, and librarians/archivists of their own information systems. His research has spanned such bounds as Native Americans, Somali refugees, Indian villages, Aboriginal Australia, and Maori New Zealand.
Kristen St. John, Adjunct Faculty
MLIS with Advanced Certificate in Conservation, University of Texas at Austin
Current Position: Collections Conservator for the UCLA Library
Research Interests: Book and paper conservation; leather history, manufacture, and deterioration; construction and renovation of conservation labs; fume hood and ventilation systems; and book and bookbinding history.
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Elaine Svenonius, Professor Emerita
Research Interests: bibliographical control, including cataloging, classification, and indexing. Her focus has been on the design and evaluation of cataloging systems and documentary languages in the automated environment. Elaine Svenonious was the recipient of the 1998 Ranganathan Award.
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Hillary Theyer, Adjunct Faculty
MLS, UCLA; MPA, California State University Long Beach
Current Postition: Principal Librarian of Public Services, Torrance Public Library
I have been a Children’s Librarian for Beverly Hills Public Library, Sacramento Public Library, and the Palos Verdes Library District. I managed branch libraries for the Palos Verdes Library District and the Torrance Public Library. I now am administrator for branch libraries, youth services, outreach, and public programming for the Torrance Public Library. I teach Public Libraries.
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Diana M. Thomas, Professor Emerita.
PhD, UC Berkeley
Virginia A. Walter, Professor Emerita
PhD, USC; MLS, UC Berkeley
Research Interests: children's information needs and information resources; sociology of children's literature and childhood reading; childhood and family literacy; evaluation of library services; citizen participation and volunteerism in public libraries. Virginia Walter has worked extensively in public libraries. She was Children's Services Coordinator at LAPL 1987-1990 where she developed the Grandparents and Books reading program which has since been implemented throughout California. She has served as President of the ALA's Association for Library Service to Children, and is author of the children's book, Hi, Pizza Man (1995), and a book for young adults, Making Up Megaboy (1998)
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