LINDA SCHAMBER

Associate Professor and Associate Dean

Biography


Like many people, Dr. Linda Schamber has had several careers. Her careers are united by common themes of information, communication, and education. She joined the faculty of the University of North Texas (UNT) School of Library and Information Sciences (SLIS) in 1991 and was appointed Associate Dean in 2005. She is also a faculty member of the UNT Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Information Science. Before coming to UNT, she taught information studies and communications at Syracuse University, where she earned her doctoral degree, and communications at Ohio State University.

At UNT, Dr, Schamber was among the first faculty to begin teaching in an electronic distributed learning environment. Since 1998, she has designed and taught large and small courses and managed teaching teams to deliver instruction via combinations of web-based, video, and face-to-face methods. Her courses include SLIS 5000: Foundations of Library and Information Science; SLIS 5040: Information Behavior; SLIS 5200: Introduction to Information Organization; SLIS 6945: Doctoral Seminar in Information Issues; SLIS 6700: Seminar in Communication and Use of Information; and SLIS 6940: Seminar in Research and Research Methodology. Her student guide, Tips for Coursework, contains advice for improving writing, citations, and presentations.

Dr. Schamber's teaching and research interests include information and communication theory, human information behavior, information organization, research methods and design, and information skills development. She has long been intrigued by behavior models and relevance criteria that help explain how people seek, evaluate, and use information in different formats and situations. She has conducted funded studies and published on a number of topics, including work on relevance research and on the impact of technology on library education. These topics and others on research methods, distributed communications, and electronic publishing are represented in Selected Publications and Presentations. She is a research fellow in the Texas Center for Digital Knowledge.

Dr. Schamber's career as a professional editor predates her career as an educator and continues to the present. She is an editorial board member for the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST) and past staff editor of the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology (ARIST). She is active in the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), where she served as conference proceedings editor for the 2004 Annual Meeting as well as technical program committee chair. Previously, she worked as a newspaper editor and as a freelance copy editor, writer/photographer, and publication designer.

In addition to her ASIS&T activities, she is a member of the American Library Association (ALA), Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), Special Libraries Association (SLA), and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). At UNT, she has chaired and participated in many faculty governance committees at the School and University levels.


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