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LIS Faculty

 
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Denice Adkins

Associate Professor | LIS Program Chair

221L Townsend Hall
(573) 884-9804
adkinsde@missouri.edu
 
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Jenny Bossaller

Associate Professor

221H Townsend Hall
(573) 882-9130
bossallerj@missouri.edu
 
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Beth Brendler

Assistant Professor

221A Townsend Hall
(573) 882-3910
brendlerb@missouri.edu
 
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Sarah Buchanan

Assistant Professor

221O Townsend Hall
(573) 884-9487
buchanans@missouri.edu
 
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Sanda Erdelez

Professor

221E Townsend Hall
(573) 882-5088
erdelezs@missouri.edu
 
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Twyla Gibson

Assistant Professor

221K Townsend Hall
(573) 882-5981
gibsontg@missouri.edu
 
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Chris Le Beau

Assistant Teaching Professor

303 Townsend Hall
(816) 235-6371
lebeauc@umkc.edu
 
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Heather Moulaison Sandy

Assistant Professor

221O Townsend Hall
(573) 882-8323
moulaisonhe@missouri.edu
 
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Karen Robinson

Assistant Teaching Professor

303 Townsend Hall
(314) 516-5070
robinsonkar@missouri.edu
 

LIS Program Liaisons Go to top of page. Top

 
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Laura England-Biggs

Nebraska LIS Program Liaison

englandle@missouri.edu
 
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Sharla Lair

Springfield (MO) LIS Program Liaison

lairs@missouri.edu
 

Student Services Staff Go to top of page. Top

 
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Amy Adam

Student Coordinator

304 Townsend Hall (573) 884-1391 adamae@missouri.edu
 
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Brooke Hartman

Student Services Specialist

304 Townsend Hall (573) 882-4546 hartmanem@missouri.edu
 

LIS Advisory Council Go to top of page. Top

The LIS Advisory Council is made up of practicing librarians and information professionals from across Missouri and Nebraska. The purpose of the council is two-fold. They advise the LIS faculty regarding curriculum needs and hiring trends, providing guidance and correction when necessary. They also serve as spokespersons for the LIS program in Missouri and Nebraska, helping others to understand the program and what its strengths are. The Advisory Council currently has ten voting members, made up of representatives from a variety of library and information environments.

 

  • Mariann Amass — Librarian, Waynesville Middle School, Waynesville, MO
  • Susan Burton — Executive Director, Mid-America Library Alliance, Kansas City Metro
  • Melissa Carr — Director, Daniel Boone Regional Library, Columbia MO
  • Jacque Gage — Director, Joplin Public Library, Joplin, MO
  • Kathy Hart — Director for Library Services and Operations, Northwest Missouri State University
  • Angela Knoerr — Academic Technology Liaison, University of Missouri
  • Steven Potter — Library Director and CEO, Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, MO
  • Barbara Reading — State Librarian, Missouri State Library
  • Ann Campion Riley — Interim Director, MU Libraries
  • Dr. Stephanie Tolson — Dean of Learning Resources and Academic Support, St. Charles Community College
  • Sarah Colbert — Library & Information Science Graduate Student Association President
  • Amanda Sebaugh — Distance Student Representative

Students Go to top of page. Top

LIS students at MU come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, and they bring those experiences to bear on their academics and professional careers. Many of our students have undergraduate degrees from the arts and humanities, and some come from computer science, engineering, and business administration. Some of our students have advanced graduate degrees. Most live in Missouri, Nebraska, or neighboring states and attend classes and activities in our five program sites (Columbia, Kansas City, St. Louis, and Springfield, Missouri and Omaha, Nebraska). Some of our students live in other states and earn their degrees through online courses. There is no prototypical SISLT LIS student!

Student Groups Go to top of page. Top

Library and Information Science Graduate Student Association (LISGSA)

The purpose of LISGSA shall be to advance the academic, intellectual, social and professional interests of the Library and Information Science graduate students at the University of Missouri-Columbia. All graduate students enrolled in the Library Information Science program (LIS) shall automatically be members of LISGSA. President: Sarah Colbert

American Society for Information Science & Technology Student Group (ASIS&T)

The American Society for Information Science & Technology is an organization devoted to research. The Student Chapter at the University of Missouri is a student organization meant to forge new paths in Information Science research at MU through collaborations among individuals in the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies. Like our national organization, we seek “to stimulate participation and interaction among its members by affording them an environment for substantive professional exchange”. This includes encouraging and supporting our members in their professional growth through opportunities and access to funding sources to attend conferences that will assist them in increasing their knowledge and skills in building professional networks, developing career opportunities and providing leadership roles. President: Shann Bossaller