The School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington has announced the appointment of Dr. Pnina Fichman (Ph.D. ’03) as the new chair of the Department of Information and Library Science (formerly the School of Library and Information Science). She takes over the position from Dr. Debora Shaw, who retired at the end of May.
Dr. Fichman, who is an alumna of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, brings substantial academic and administrative experience to her new position. She serves as the director of the Master’s in Library Science Program, and is also co-director of the Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics and the Doctoral minor in Social Informatics. Dr. Fichman has been at IU since 2004.
She earned her Ph.D. from UNC at Chapel Hill and her research focus has been in social informatics. Her dissertation title was "Global Virtual Teams: The Impact of Cultural Diversity and Information and Communication Technology on Team Effectiveness." Just within this past year, Dr. Fichman has published three books with colleagues: Social informatics: Past, present and future published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing; Global Wikipedia: International and cross cultural issues in online collaboration published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; and Multiculturalism and Information and Communication Technology published by Morgan & Claypool Publishers.
Dean Bobby Schnabel noted Fichman’s compelling vision for progress and growth in a time of exciting opportunities for the Department of Information and Library Science (ILS) and the School as a whole.
“The leadership of the chair, working effectively with the faculty, will have a major impact,” he said, “and Pnina is an excellent person to assure that ILS sustains and builds upon its well-deserved national excellence, and evolves with the changing times in the world of information and library science.”
Dr. Fichman looks forward to contributing to the future of the department and the school, with its commitment to innovation in the education of librarians and other information professionals, the creation of knowledge and service in a diverse and changing global information environment. Dean Schnabel and Dr. Fichman have emphasized continuing this tradition of excellence in the MLS, MIS and Ph.D. programs, as well as focusing on the growth and development of the department and the school.