From the LIS Department: Dr. O. Lee Shiflett has been appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Library and Information Studies at The University of University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), effective August 1, 2014. He replaces Dr. Clara M. Chu who served as Department Chair from 2009 and returns to the faculty to work with students and pursue her research and professional interests.
Shiflett has had a long distinguished career in the library and information field, having served as Director of Graduate Study (2010-11, 2012-14) and as Department Chair at UNCG (2001-09), held a tenured faculty appointment at Louisiana State University (Assistant to Full Professor, 1977-2001), and held librarian appointments at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse Library (1971-78). Shiflett’s teaching and research areas include cataloging and classification, history of books and libraries and information policy issues. He is the author of several books, including Louis Shores: Defining Educational Librarianship (Scarecrow, 1996) and The Origins of American Academic Librarianship (Ablex, 1981), and many articles and presentations. He served as Editor of “Dissertation Reviews,” a column in the journal Library and Information Science Research, 1982-1988, and Associate Editor of Library and Information Science Research, 1982-1988
Shiflett has also been active on campus, state, and national organizations, including the Association for Library and Information Science Education, and American Library Association. He received his Ph.D. at Florida State University and his MLIS at Rutgers University. The Department looks to his experienced and steadfast leadership.