Smiraglia Named Visiting Professor

Dr. Richard P. Smiraglia has been appointed Visiting Professor in the School of Information Studies (SOIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and will take up his new position in Fall 2009.

Dr. Smiraglia, a leading authority on the concept of the “work” and on music cataloging, brings to SOIS a diverse background in library and information science as well as music studies. He teaches courses in knowledge organization, research methods and occasional survey courses. Recently returned from an appointment as Visiting Fellow with the Virtual Knowledge Studio at the Royal Netherlands Academy of the Arts and Sciences, Smiraglia has more than 30 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.

“We welcome Richard’s knowledge and experience, which will enhance SOIS’s position as one of the nation’s leading library and information science programs in information organization through research, online teaching, and mentoring,” said Dean Johannes Britz. “He will join Hope Olson, Hur-Li Lee, Steve Miller and Micki Breitenstein in developing the newly founded Information Organization Research Group based at SOIS, the information organization focus in our doctoral program, and our recently established official MLIS concentration in Information Organization.”

Dr. Smiraglia earned his doctorate from the University of Chicago Graduate Library School in 1992; his dissertation, “Authority Control and the Extent of Derivative Bibliographic Relationships,” was published that year. He has authored, co-authored, or edited fifteen books on topics as diverse as his background, from Danish emigrant ballads to knowledge organization, and has published more than 60 refereed articles and presented nearly as many conference papers. Dr. Smiraglia is Editor-in-Chief of Knowledge Organization, the quarterly journal of the International Society for Knowledge Organization (previously edited by SOIS Associate Dean Hope A. Olson), was previously editor of Library Resources & Technical Services, and is a member of the editorial board of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly.


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