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 Association.


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

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