SLIS Welcomes Cybersafety Expert as the 2018 Allen Smith Visiting Scholar

February 06, 2018

Frederick Lane

Frederick Lane will share his insights on staying safe online.

In March 2018, SLIS welcomes Frederick Lane as our Allen Smith Visiting Scholar. An author, attorney, educational consultant, and lecturer based in Brooklyn, NY, Lane is a nationally-recognized expert in the areas of cybersafety, digital misconduct, personal privacy, and other topics at the intersection of law, technology, and society. Lane has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, the BBC, and MSNBC. He has written nine books, including most recently Cybertraps for Educators (Mathom Press 2015) and Cybertraps for Expecting Moms & Dads (Mathom Press 2016).

“We are pleased to welcome Fred Lane,” says Dean Eileen Abels, “and look forward to the opportunity to engage in conversations about these issues that impact all of us.”

During his time as Visiting Scholar, Lane will lead two panel discussions: “Free Speech, Civil Discourse, and Libraries” on March 13, 6-8 p.m., and “Cybertraps for Librarians” on March 16, 2-5 p.m. Register Now

He will also teach a short course during Spring Break, “Cyber Security and Information Literacy.”

The Allen Smith Visiting Scholars Program was established in 2008, following the death of Dr. Allen Smith, a beloved faculty member at SLIS for 31 years. Smith taught primarily in the areas of reference, humanities, and oral history. He was also an advocate for the development of the Children’s Literature (MA)/Library Services to Children (MS) dual degree. Dr. Smith earned a Master of Library Science degree at the University of Denver and a Ph.D. at the Institute of Dialect and Folklife Studies at the University of Leeds, England. This fund has brought distinguished scholars to Simmons SLIS annually, most recently including Dr. Wayne WiegandDr. Paul Sturges, and Jack Gantos. In the selection process, preference is given to scholars whose areas of expertise include oral history, reference, or the humanities.