Library Legend Peter Hernon Becomes Simmons GSLIS Professor Emeritus

January 27, 2014

"His well-deserved new title recognizes his accomplishments and distinguished service," said Eileen Abels, Dean of Simmons GSLIS.

After serving the Simmons GSLIS community for three decades as an educator and scholar, Professor Peter Hernon retired at the end of 2013. As one of the top five most cited people in the LIS profession, Hernon is the "Who" in the "Who's Who" in the library and information science (LIS) field. He was recently awarded the Professor Emeritus designation.

"His well-deserved new title recognizes his accomplishments and distinguished service," said Eileen Abels, Dean of Simmons GSLIS.

As a prolific writer and researcher, Hernonhe has written, edited, and contributed to 56 books, and authored more than 250 articles and editorials. He is co-editor of Library & Information Science Research, former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Academic Librarianship, and founding editor of Government Information Quarterly. As a renowned international LIS expert, he has lectured in many countries including Britain, Canada, Denmark, France, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, and South Africa. He has been the chair of the American Library Association's nominating, research, and steering committees and has presented at meetings held by the Medical Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the American Association of Law Libraries, among many others.

In the LIS discipline, Hernon has as many awards as a Hollywood A-list star. Hernon was the first library educator to receive the Association of College and Research Libraries' Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award in 2008. He received the 2010 ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for Best Book in Library Literature with co-authors Robert E. Dugan and Danuta A. Nitecki, and the American Library Association's Highsmith Award for the best LIS book with co-author Ellen Altman in 1999.

Specializing in leadership, U.S. government information, and research evaluation and assessment in the social sciences, Hernon most recently taught LIS 428 U.S. Government as Publisher, LIS 403 Evaluation and Information, and LIS 451 Academic Libraries at Simmons GSLIS, as well as doctoral courses in research and evaluation.

In addition, Hernon and Professor Candy Schwartz were the chief architects behind two Institute of Museum and Library Services for the 21st Century grants for the development of the Simmons GSLIS Ph.D. in Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions (PhD/MLIP) program. Hernon led the development of the program which accepted its first cohort in 2006. He has instructed and mentored doctoral candidates, and to date, eight dissertations have been successfully defended.

Simmons GSLIS is grateful for Hernon's distinguished contributions, dedication, and scholarship, which have advanced the discipline of library and information science. We wish him all the best in his retirement and in his role as Professor Emeritus.

By Dean's Editorial Fellow Jennifer Moyer