SLIS Director Announces New Faculty and Program

SLIS Director Announces New Faculty and Program

Colleagues and members of the SLIS community,

I hope you take the opportunity to get acquainted with two new faculty faces in the School of Library and Information Science this fall, Lindsay Mattock and Iulian Vamanu.

Lindsay Kistler Mattock recently completed her doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences. She also holds a MLIS with a concentration in Archives, Preservation and Records Management and a BA in Film Studies. Her professional experience as a video-technician and training in filmmaking and photography have shaped her academic interest in the preservation of visual media and visual culture. Mattock has taught in the areas of digital preservation, preservation management, archival representation, and moving image archives. Her recent research connects these areas of interest, investigating the development of archival practices developed within non-profit media organizations, including media arts centers and media collectives. This research reframes these maker-spaces as archives, critiquing professional archival practices and suggests new frameworks for the preservation and archivization of audiovisual media.

Iulian Vamanu recently completed his PhD in Communication, Information, and Library Studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. His research interests include theoretical, methodological, and institutional aspects of the production and circulation of cultural heritage and knowledge. In his dissertation he explored discursive constructions of indigenous knowledge by indigenous curators working in North American museums. His work has appeared in Information Research, a collective volume published with NYU Press, and various conference proceedings (ASIS&T and iConference).

Drs. Mattock and Vamanu, in addition to other SLIS faculty (including James Elmborg as certificate director), will be involved in the new Digital Humanities Certificate, which received final approval this last spring semester. The certificate, administratively housed in SLIS, will enroll students who wish to add credentials for working on digital humanities projects. Likely candidates for the certificate include SLIS students who want to develop a DH specialty, Informatics students who want to work in humanities, humanities graduate students who wish to learn digital scholarship techniques, and working professionals who want to return to school for professional development. The certificate is 15 semester hours. Courses include Theory and Practice in Digital Humanities, Archives and Media, Design, Mapping, and 3D Environments, an elective, and a Capstone project. There will be an informational meeting for interested students early in fall semester with instructions for applying forthcoming.

Please join me in welcoming the three newcomers to the School and the University!