Philip B. Eppard has been named Chair of the Information Studies Department
Philip B. Eppard has been named Chair of the Information Studies Department. Eppard, a specialist in archives and manuscripts administration, succeeds Professor Terrence Maxwell who retired as department chair and full-time Information Studies professor at the end of 2010.
Eppard holds a Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University and an M.S.in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. He joined the University at Albany faculty in 1988 and served as dean of the School of Information Science and Policy from 1995 to 2003. He has worked to develop a specialization in archives and records administration. In addition to archives, he teaches courses in preservation management, rare books, contemporary publishing, and the history of recorded information.
“Dr. Eppard's leadership will continue to strengthen the department's Masters in Information Science degree programs,” CCI Dean Peter Bloniarz said. “Phil was instrumental in securing the reaccreditation of the MSIS program by the American Library Association.”
“Graduating from an ALA-accredited program ensures that our students are able to qualify for a wide range of positions in libraries, archives, and many other information environments. ALA accreditation give prospective students real confidence about the quality of our program,” said Information Studies (IS) Department Chair Phil Eppard. “Most employers require an ALA-accredited Master's degree for professional-level positions, and some states require an ALA-accredited degree to work as a professional librarian in public or school libraries.”
Dr. Eppard said that one of his primary goals as department chair is “to build stronger ties with our alumni and with prospective employers.”