Dr. Richard P. Smiraglia has been appointed Professor in the School of Information Studies (SOIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and will take up his new position in Fall 2013 teaching and conducting research in information organization.
Dr. Smiraglia, a leading authority on the concept of the “work,” brings to SOIS a diverse background in information studies. He teaches courses in information organization, domain analysis and bibliography. Since 2009 he has been a Visiting Professor at SOIS. He is associate researcher with the e-Humanities Group, Royal Netherlands Academy of the Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam and has almost 40 years of professional and scholarly experience. Beginning as a music cataloger at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, he subsequently moved to the east coast where he taught at Columbia University and then Long Island University where he developed and headed the doctoral program in information studies.
Dr. Smiraglia earned his doctorate from the University of Chicago Graduate Library School in 1992. He has authored, co-authored, or edited nineteen books, most recently Cultural Frames of Knowledge(co-edited with Hur-Li Lee) on epistemology; his latest monograph Cultural Synergy in Information Institutionsis expected in the fall of 2013. He has published more than 100 refereed articles and conference papers. Dr. Smiraglia is Editor-in-Chief of Knowledge Organization, the bimonthly journal of the International Society for Knowledge Organization and is a member of the editorial board of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly.“I am very excited and honored to join my SOIS colleagues full-time in the enterprise of leading our new iSchool in this powerful information age.”