New Interim Dean Sees Rapid Changes for Information Sciences

Philip Eppard, an associate professor in the School of Information Science and Policy, has been named interim dean. A member of the University faculty since 1988, Eppard specializes in archives and manuscripts, the history of the book and libraries, rare books, and book collecting. He received his Ph.D. from Brown University.

"The rapid social and technological changes affecting the management of information are requiring a broader, more interdisciplinary education," Eppard said. "The faculty of the School of Information Science and Policy and I will be working to meet these new challenges to ensure that Albany maintains its reputation as one of the leading schools for educating librarians, archivists, and a wide variety of other information professionals."

Among his many contributions to the University are Eppard's past and current membership on the University Senate. In 1992 he was the recipient of a University Faculty Research Award for a study entitled "Reading Patterns in a Victorian Industrial City: An Analysis of the Records of the Troy Young Men's Association Library."

"We are delighted that Philip Eppard has agreed to serve as Interim Dean of Information Science and Policy," said Judy Genshaft, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. "He brings to the position broad knowledge of the field and where it is going nationally and internationally, and a strong commitment to the University and its students."

Eppard is the co-author of Epitome of Bibliography of American Literature and Bibliography of American Literature: A Selective Index. He also was editor of First Printings of American Authors V, and Critical Essays on John O'Hara (1994) and has contributed to numerous books and scholarly journals. In addition, he has recently been named editor of The American Archivist, the quarterly journal of the Society of American Archivists.

Eppard is currently serving as co-principal investigator for a project at SUNY System Administration titled "Online Electronic Documents and Distributed Databases: An Examination of Archival Policy and Preservation Options," which has been funded by the National Historical Records and Publications Commission with a grant of $132,000.

Prior to joining the University, Eppard was the archivist for the archives of the Archdiocese of Boston.

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