Board of Advisors Members

Members of the Department of Information Science Board of Advisors serve for a period of three years renewable once upon recommendation by the chair and approval of the faculty. Members can return to the board for a new three-year period after a three-year break.  The purpose of this Board is to: 

  • Provide advice to the department chair and faculty on strategy, issues, and trends affecting the future of the IS Programs in general and accreditation process in particular; 
  • Assist in public relations and strengthen relationships with libraries, archives, industry, and other key information and knowledge agencies; 
  • Provide input for assessing the quality of the IS programs, faculty and students; 
  • Assist in identifying skills and competencies as well as performance levels for target professions; 
  • Act as a vital link to the community of practice for faculty and students to facilitate research, teaching, and service; and 
  • Act as advocate to the department and support fundraising efforts of IS programs.
     
  • DIS Board of Advisors Bylaws
  • Minutes of October 2021 BOA meeting

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS

Jim Ashley
VP & CIO 
Ben E. Keith Company

Bridget Barry-Thias
Manager, Medical Library
Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas

Jennifer Bekker
Director
Denton Public Libraries

Diane Bruxvoort
Dean
UNT Libraries

Lisa Casto
Director of Library Services
The Art Institute of Dallas

Aamer Charania
Director
Capital One

Hsin-liang (Oliver) Chen
Director
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Dianne Connery
Director
Pottsboro Library

Rohini Devabhaktuni
Researcher
PTC Pharmaceuticals

Jo Giudice 
Director of Dallas Library Systems 
City of Dallas

Mark Hopkins
Director of Data Science
Mercy System

Athena Jackson
Dean
University Libraries and Elizabeth D. Rockwell Chair
University of Houston

Tom Kimbrough (Past Chair)
Associate Director of Collection Development
Underwood Law Library
Southern Methodist University

 

 

 

Rhea Lawson
Director
Houston Public Library

Edward Melton
Library Director
Harris County Public Library

Tuan Nguyen
Sales Consultant
Mackin Educational Resources

Mark Phillips
Associate Dean
UNT Libraries

Melissa Rethlefsen
Director
Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center
New Mexico Health Sciences Center


Shirley Robinson
Director
Texas Library Association

Manya Shorr
Director
Fort Worth Public Library

Lynne Simpson
Director
Library Service at Langston University

James Spence
Manager
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Pharmacy Quality Improvement and Analytics

Nigel Thurlow
Chief of Agile
Toyota Connected

Roosevelt Weeks (Chair)
Director
Austin Public Library

Donghui Wu
Lead Data Scientist
Texas Health Resources