Caryn Anderson

Adjunct Faculty
  • School of Library and Information Science

About Me

Caryn Anderson is a civic society development specialist focused on information services. She is motivated by a vision of societies where all members are informed critical thinkers cooperatively engaged in the health of their communities. Caryn leverages her cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary management, teaching, and research skills to strengthen organizational capacity and effectiveness. Her extensive experience includes consultation and training for libraries, higher education, nonprofits, and government departments coordinating with these sectors, especially in developing countries in the Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

Caryn currently serves on the faculty at the Simmons University School of Library and Information Science, teaching graduate-level technology classes online and library best practices for international programs (most recently in Iraq). She conducts grant-writing, communications, and operations management for Community Supported Film, a nonprofit organization amplifying the voices of under-represented populations through documentary film training, production, and public engagement (AfghansHaitiansUS immigrants). She is Associate Editor of the high impact journal Library and Information Science Research and a Fulbright Specialist.

She has published on knowledge management in the Iraq war, the global research environment, cross-disciplinary research, and socio-technical data analytics. Caryn holds a bachelor of science degree from the College of Communication at Boston University and a master of science degree from School of Library and Information Science at Simmons University.

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Prior to rejoining Simmons University in 2016, Caryn was affiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Information Sciences where she conducted research to improve data re-use by researchers using health data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). As a doctoral student in the Socio-technical Data Analytics specialization, she worked on developing methods for synthesizing evidence from text to improve the usability of scientific research relevant to foreign policy in conflict and post-conflict environments.

Caryn served four years in Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan with the U.S. Department of State strengthening libraries in order to better support the informed citizenry necessary for a strong democracy. She also coordinated the Knowledge Management Transition in Iraq – a country-wide, inter-agency effort to ensure that all the all the intelligence, relationships, capacity building and reconstruction developed by the U.S. Government in Iraq since 2003 could continue to be leveraged by the U.S. Mission after the U.S. military departure in 2011. For a general discussion of the Knowledge Management Transition, see Chapter 8 in "Ending the War in Iraq" by Dr. Richard Brennan, et al. You can download the eBook free from the RAND Corporation.

After serving the Simmons University School of Library and Information Science from 2005-2008 as Doctoral Studies Program Manager, Adjunct Faculty, and Research Assistant, Caryn became Integration Research Manager for the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security at Australian National University in Canberra. In Australia, she assisted in the development of a series of methods for integrating diverse research and worldviews to assist in solving complex social problems in the areas of security, environment, and public health in The Australian National University program on Integration and Implementation Sciences. She coordinated programs in translating research into policy and practice change for researchers in developing countries of the Asia Pacific regions. She also applied her experience evaluating the Harvard Executive Sessions methodology and serving as process expert to the Australasian Policing Forum.