Dr. Edward Benoit, III receives distinguished alumni award from the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


LSU School of Library & Information Science (SLIS) Assistant Professor Dr. Benoit was chosen as a distinguished alumni of the UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies (SOIS) because his life and work exemplifies “the breadth, diversity, culture, and spirit of the School of Information Studies and its research, academics, practice and community engagement.” His nomination recalled his community service following the Louisiana Floods of 2016 providing important public information on salvaging family photographs, documents, and heirlooms through various media outlets and continued workshops in the subsequent months.

Additionally, the award recognizes the Virtual Footlocker Project (VFP), one of his recent research developments. The VFP focuses on the development of a cross platform open source application to assist veterans with the digital preservation of their personal records (e.g., photographs, video, email, etc.). While not specifically directed towards immediate archival impact, this project will preserve future potential manuscript collections for donation. Likewise, the application will have further IT uses beyond its immediate goals.

"Dr. Benoit's recognition as a leader in the field of archival studies at this early stage of his academic career is both gratifying and well-deserved," said Dr. Carol Barry, Director of SLIS. "We are lucky to have such a dedicated scholar and teacher in our program."

Dr. Benoit holds a PhD in Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2014) as well as an MLIS (2009), MA in History (2009), and BA in History (2006). Then Interim Chancellor of UW-Milwaukee, Marc A. Mone, highlighted Dr. Benoit’s achievements during the 2014 commencement ceremony reflecting on his decade long academic career at UWM. He noted, “Not only is he working in his field, he is paying it forward by helping to build the next generation. Ed is helping to build the next generation of information scientists through his position at Louisiana State University.”

The award is part of SOIS’ 50th Anniversary Gala in September. He will be honored at a special anniversary event on September 16, 2017 in Milwaukee, WI.

Dr. Benoit’s areas of research expertise include: Community Archives, Participatory Archives, Archival Access, Digital Collections, Audiovisual Materials, and Archival Pedagogy. Currently, his research continues focusing on social tagging, commenting, and crowdsourcing in the archives. As an educator, he integrates emerging technology into online courses blending practical applications and theory built upon constructivist and apprenticeship learning styles. In addition to archival courses, he also teaches a required core course for the MLIS and an undergraduate general education course. He has worked at LSU since 2014.

About SLIS

The School of Library & Information Science (SLIS) provides a 100% online education in library and information science. SLIS offers an undergraduate minor and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in library science, an ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science, and Graduate Certificates in Archival Studies, Records & Information Management, and School Librarianship. SLIS is part of the College of Human Sciences & Education.

Visit the School of Library & Information Science at lsu.edu/chse/slis.

About CHSE

The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree programs, enrolling more than 2,020 undergraduate and 879 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

Visit the College of Human Sciences & Education at lsu.edu/chse.