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Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science is pleased to announce the addition of five new full-time faculty members, each bringing a unique range of experience and expertise to enhance our academic and research programs.


Kent State offers the only Master of Library and Information Science degree program in Ohio that is accredited by the American Library Association, and one of the nation’s few master’s degrees in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management. The school is recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s top 20 graduate schools, and is one of the largest library schools in the country, with more than 700 students enrolled.



Michael Bice


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Michael O. Bice has joined Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) with the charge to further develop and implement a new concentration in health information management, offered in conjunction with a graduate degree in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM). The concentration will include a core curriculum as well as four additional courses focused completely on health information management, such as the legal aspects of electronic health records, health care data mining and security of health care records. Bice earned his Bachelor of Arts at the State University of New York at Binghamton and his Master of Health Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He served as a hospital executive for 30 years and taught various graduate level courses, most recently in the University of Florida’s College of Public Health and Health Professions.


Dr. Rosemary Du Mont


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Dr. Rosemary Du Mont returns to the School of Library and Information Science as professor in spring 2011. Prior to coming to Kent State in 1986, she taught in the library science programs at the University of Oklahoma and University of Kentucky. From 1986 to 1995 she served as dean and director of Kent State’s SLIS, after which she held various administrative posts in Libraries and Media Services and in the Division of Information Services. Most recently she was Director of Research and Instructional Initiatives for the College of Communication and Information. In SLIS, she will teach courses on management, diversity, information policy, and information use and religion. Her primary areas of research include distance learning technologies, multiculturalism and diversity in the library profession, and health information-seeking behaviors of older adults. Rosemary earned her B.S. from Northwestern University, an M.S.L.S. from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently pursuing a master’s in theology from Walsh University in Canton.   



Dr. Kiersten F. Latham

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Kiersten F. Latham received her Ph.D. in library and information management from Emporia State University, Kansas. She holds a master’s in historical administration and museum studies from the University of Kansas and a bachelor’s in anthropology from the University of Michigan. Before coming to Kent State, she taught at the University of Kansas, Lawrence; Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio; and Michigan State University, East Lansing, as well as online courses for the Northern States Conservation Center. She has more than 20 years’ experience working in museums in various capacities – as curator, collection manager, director, volunteer, program coordinator, archivist, historic interpreter, board member, exhibit designer and consultant. Her research interests center on the relationship between physical objects and humans, especially the role of affect and lived experience; document theory; and convergence issues surrounding libraries, archives and museums.



Nancy Lensenmayer


SLIS Columbus

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Nancy Lensenmayer has joined SLIS as a full-time faculty member at the Columbus site, where she has previously taught as a part-time instructor. Nancy will teach core curriculum courses, as well as courses on reference and information services, library automation and marketing. She has more than 30 years’ experience as a library and information professional, working in public, academic and corporate libraries. She also serves currently as program director, Education and Professional Development, at OCLC (Online Computer Library Center Inc.) in Dublin, Ohio. Her focus areas are reference and information services, international librarianship, and education and professional development opportunities for librarians. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan, and her Master of Arts in Library Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  



Dr. Catherine L. Smith

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Catherine Smith most recently was a post-doctoral research associate at Rutgers University, working as co-PI with Dr. Nina Wacholder on a study funded by a Google Research Award. She completed her Ph.D. in Information Science at Rutgers University School of Communication and Information; she also received a Certificate in Cognitive Science from the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science, an MBA from Simmons College, Boston, and a B.A. from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y. Her research bridges information retrieval and human-computer interaction, centering on the psychology of interactive search and the design of adaptive search systems. She also is interested in search expertise and the design of systems that help users gain search skills. Dr. Smith designed, developed and launched the International Documentary Library Service, a database-driven digital library for documentary film, television and radio. Her experience also includes management in various capacities in banking and investment services, including systems, operations, marketing, and business strategy, for BankBoston.





Flo Cunningham

Marketing Communications and Public Relations Director

School of Library and Information Science

Kent State University


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I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. -- Jorge Luis Borges