The School of Information and Library Science is pleased to welcome Cliff Missen as clinical associate professor on January 1, 2013. Missen is the director of the WiderNet Project and has previously been an instructor in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa.
The WiderNet Project works to improve digital communication in developing countries through the development of human capacity and program planning. With over 20 years professional experience in computers, networking, multimedia design, teaching and applications development, Missen oversees the development of the eGranary Digital Library, an innovative way to deliver the world’s knowledge to people and institutions with inadequate Internet access.
His first visit to Africa was with a medical team in 1982 and he continues to teach and promote appropriate water well drilling technology through the U.S. non-profit organization Wellspring Africa.
Following a year as a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Jos (Nigeria) in 1999, he founded the WiderNet Project which has delivered technology training programs for over 3,000 African university administrators, librarians, and technicians with funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, USAID, and the U.S. Department of State. Missen brings Widernet with him to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“It is a pleasure to welcome Cliff and his important projects to SILS,” said Dr. Gary Marchionini, dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor. “His passion to assist those who are in need and the energy he projects are contagious. The work he has done and continues to do fits in with the goals and objectives of the School. We are excited to welcome him to Carolina.”