Dr. Carol Barry Named Director of the School of Library & Information Science

05/17/17

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 Dr. Carol Barry, Director of the School of Library & Information Science

The College of Human Sciences & Education is pleased to announce Dr. Carol Barry has been appointed director of the School of Library & Information Science (SLIS).

"I am excited and gratified about this opportunity," said Barry. "The field of library and information science in the 21st century is incredibly diverse, encompassing career opportunities, not just for librarians, but for archivists, records managers, information officers and website professionals, just to name a few. As Director, I feel as if I have the opportunity to educate a very large audience about who we are and what we do."

Barry’s background includes significant leadership experience within her profession and at the school, college, and university levels at LSU.  She served her profession in numerous capacities, including as Associate Editor and Editorial Board Member for the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Guest Editor for the LLA Bulletin Theme Issue on Networked Access in Libraries, and Board Member of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. 

At the university level, Barry served terms as Vice President, Secretary, and Senator on the LSU Faculty Senate, and she chaired the Academic Computing Committee and Courses and Curricula Committee while serving as a member of the Grievance Committee and Budget Committee.  Along the way, she has been tasked by university leadership to serve on a number of important ad hoc committees related to realignment, review and assessment, and PS-36 revision.  At the college level, she served as a member of the Strategic Planning Council, Courses and Curriculum Committee, and on the Awards Committee, and she chaired five SLIS committees on various occasions. 

Barry has served as Interim Director of the school since March 2015. During this time, she oversaw the launch of the Records and Information Management Certificate (in partnership with the ICRM), the School Librarianship Certificate, and the first undergraduate general education course and minor offered by SLIS. She is working on future partnerships with the LSU LAW School and the College of Art + Design.

About SLIS
The LSU School of Library & Information Science prepares individuals for positions of responsibility in the field of library and information service and strives to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field.

About CHSE
The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. Formed in 2012, CHSE brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.