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NIU library faculty among top in publications

July 13, 2011

NIU’s Founders Memorial Library staff has been ranked 11th in the country for being prolific in writing and publishing material.

NIU library faculty members Rob Ridinger, subject specialist; Patrick J. Dawson, dean of the University’s Libraries; Wendell Johnson, social science librarian; and Lynne M. Thomas, curator of Rare Books and Special Collections, hold some of the publications they and their colleagues have published.

NIU library faculty members Rob Ridinger, subject specialist; Patrick J. Dawson, dean of the University’s Libraries; Wendell Johnson, social science librarian; and Lynne M. Thomas, curator of Rare Books and Special Collections, hold some of the publications they and their colleagues have published.

Officials of the Special Library Association credit Founders’ 24 faculty librarians with outshining Harvard, Cornell University and the University of Michigan.

“This is in a great accomplishment,” said Patrick Dawson, NIU’s dean of University Libraries. “It is the first time we have ranked this highly.”

The rankings were issued by the academic division of the Special Library Association. The association represents SLA represents information professionals who collect, analyze, evaluate, package and disseminate information to facilitate strategic decision-making.

SLA’s members work for corporations, private companies, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, technical and academic institutions, museums, law firms, and medical facilities.

NIU librarians are considered faculty members and regularly publish dozens of articles every year, Dawson said.

“For a library staff our size, this is an honor,” Dawson said. “The SLA is a prestigious organization.”