GSLIS faculty are distinguished leaders who practice the professions they teach--and pride themselves on being personal mentors to their students. Our faculty includes award-winning teachers, accomplished storytellers, and international consultants whose achievements cover a wide range of areas, from school libraries to high-tech corporations in the United States, Asia, and beyond.
Dean Eileen G. Abels, a longtime library and information science practitioner and educator with a specialty in digital reference education and remote reference services, leads the faculty. She and other GSLIS professors regularly serve as consultants and serve on panels for government agencies, such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. They also serve as presidents and executive officers of leading professional organizations, including the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), specialized divisions of the American Library Association (ALA), and others.
We are proud that GSLIS faculty rank among the most published and highly quoted experts in the library and information science profession.
Associate Professor Melanie Kimball's quest to prove the value of children's and young adult (YA) library services has not always been easy. "You will never get a job," she was told by a university dean after she declared her doctoral research interests: the history of youth services in early twentieth century public libraries and literature for children and young adults. Inspired by her mother, an elementary school librarian, Kimball left New York City to become a scholar in the children's and YA library services field. Despite the dire prediction from the dean, Kimball was hired to teach children's and YA library services to LIS master's students at the University at Buffalo after she completed her Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. "There was a need for professors to teach children's and YA literature and library services and there were few people who specialized in the area at the time," Kimball says.