SILS student and alumni provide research for new book

March 16, 2011

Led by Cynthia Reifsnider (MSLS '95), a team of UNC at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science alumni including, Betsy Herzog (MSLS '08), Gretchen Ptacek (MSLS '08), and Brian A. Schneider (MSLS '09) and current student  Elizabeth Hogenson, had the opportunity to serve on a research team for Dr. John Kasarda's new book Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next. A world-renowned expert on airport planning and development, Kasarda is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and director of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School. Reifsnider is currently the director of the Office of Research Services and Knowledge Management at the Institute.

As part of their contribution to Kasarda's book, Reifsnider's research team had the opportunity to gain valuable real-world research experience on a wide range of topics associated with airports and the effect they will have on economies in the 21st century.

"It's been wonderful to work with such a talented and dedicated team during the three-year research and editing process for this book," said Reifsnider.

The next issue of UNC at Chapel Hill's Endeavors magazine will include an article that describes in detail the research process behind the book.

Congratulations to Kasarda, Reifsnider, and everyone else on the research team for the wonderful news!