Fulbright Professor Heading to Slovenia

Release date: 
August 29, 2002

Dr. Jerry Saye, a professor at SILS, has been named a Fulbright scholar for the spring 2003 semester. From February through June, he will be based in the Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies, Faculty of Arts, at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia.

As a lecturer at the university, Saye will address topics such as the organization of information approaches and initiatives in the United States and the history of the book in the Western Hemisphere.

“I look forward to building contacts and ties in Slovenia and bringing back that country’s wonderful culture to our students at SILS,” Saye said.

During his five-month stay, Saye will work with his former doctoral advisee Dr. Alenka Sauperl (Ph.D. ’99), an assistant professor at the University of Ljubljana. For the past four years, Saye and Sauperl have co-presented papers at the Annual Conference of the Union of Associations of Slovene Librarians, of which they are both members.

Saye earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and his master’s of library science and doctoral degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. His areas of research interest include organization of information, the history of books and libraries, metadata, cataloging and classification, and technical services.

While at SILS, Saye has received a number of top honors, including the Association for Library and Information Science Education’s (ALISE) 2002 Award for Excellence in Teaching. He also garnered UNC’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction in 1999 and SILS’ Outstanding Teacher Award in 1998.

Saye will be one of five American scholars to teach for a semester in Slovenia through a Fulbright grant this year. Since 1946, the Fulbright Teacher and Administrator Exchange Program has helped nearly 23,000 teachers and administrators contribute to mutual understanding between the United States and countries around the world.