The Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island
University is pleased to welcome Linda M. Ryan as the Director of the
Palmer School, effective August 1st.  We are also delighted to announce
Dr. Jody Howard and Dr. David Jank as the newest members of the full
time faculty beginning in September.  Each of these distinguished
professionals brings a distinctive background with broad experience in
the library field and success in their scholarly endeavors.  


Linda M. Ryan, B.S., M.L.S., J.D. 

Ms. Ryan received her B.S. from Rutgers University (summa cum laude);
M.L.S. from St. John's University and J.D. from New York Law School.
She served for more than thirteen years as Director of the Rittenberg
Law Library of St. John's University School of Law, where she was also
Research Professor of Law.  While at St. John's she taught Legal
Research and Writing and Advanced Legal Research in the law school as
well as Legal Research to students in the St. John's University M.L.S.
program.  She is the author of the second edition of Legal Research and
Law Library Management (Law Journal Press), a leading title in the
field, and various articles on teaching legal research in law school.


Ms. Ryan served as a Chair of the Executive Committee of the Association
of American Law School's Section on Libraries and Technology;
Secretary/Treasurer of the American Association of Law Libraries
Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section, as well as Chair of its
Placement Committee; and was member of the Editorial Board of CALI - The
Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction.  She has also served as
a member several ABA law school reaccreditation site teams.   




Jody K. Howard, B.A., M.A., M.L.S., PhD has been appointed  to the
Palmer School as Associate Professor of Library and Information Science
specializing in School Librarianship.  Dr. Howard comes to the Palmer
School from Colorado where she has worked as a teacher, a school
librarian and a district library administrator. She also was the
Director of the NCATE approved School Library Program at the University
of Colorado -Denver and an affiliate professor in the School of Library
and Information Science at the ALA accredited program at the University
of Denver. Jody has a B.A. in Secondary English with teacher
certification, an M.A. in Educational Media from the University of
Colorado-Boulder and an M.L.S. from the University of Denver. 


Dr. Howard's Ph.D. is in Library and Information Management from Emporia
State University, Emporia, Kansas. Her research includes identifying
cultural trends that support having effective school library programs in
K-12 schools. Jody is also interested in leadership, organizational
structure and culture, and action research and has published a variety
of articles and presented workshop and conference sessions in these
areas. Among her many professional activities she is the incoming Chair
of the Educators of Library Media Specialists Section of the American
Association of School Librarians and Past President of the Colorado
Association of Libraries.




David Jank, B.A., M.S., M.L.S, PhD, has been appointed as Assistant
Professor of Library and Information Science to the Palmer School
specializing in the area of Knowledge Organization.  Dr. Jank has more
than 25 years experience in the information industry, holding a variety
of positions in public, academic, and special libraries. He also has
been prominent in many business service segments of library and
information services, working in database design, software programming,
corporate training, and systems integration. He holds a dual-Bachelor's
degree in Journalism and Political Science from Northeastern University,
a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science from
Simmons College, a Master of Science degree in Psychology from the City
University of New York, and a Ph.D. in Information Studies from Long
Island University.


After beginning his career in public libraries in Massachusetts, Dr.
Jank later worked in various academic and special libraries in the
Boston area, transitioning into the services industry, holding a variety
of senior level positions in library technology product development and
marketing, including assignments with MIT, CLSI, GEAC, OCLC, Dialog,
SilverPlatter, the New York Public Library, and Find/SVP. Most recently,
Dr. Jank has served as a full-time faculty librarian at Dowling College,
NY, where he also taught in the Psychology and Computer Information
Systems departments. Dr. Jank also has many years experience as an
adjunct professor of Library and Information Science, and is a former
member of the national advisory council of the Special Libraries


Dr. Jank's research has appeared in both scholarly and trade
publications, as well as in two editions of the Encyclopedia of Library
and Information Science and the Ablex Monograph Series on Human-Computer
Interaction. He is co-author of The Internet Fact-Finder for Lawyers,
published by the American Bar Association. Dr. Jank is also recognized
for his development of the model for the human-information dyad, which
utilizes social relationship theory and behavioral analysis techniques
as approaches to the study of human-information interaction.



Jerry Nichols, Interim Director

Palmer School of Library and Information Science

Long Island University

720 Northern Blvd.

Brookville, New York 11548-1300

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