Cliff Missen

Clinical Associate Professor, UNC School of Information and Library Science; Director of WiderNet@UNC
Manning Hall 06
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Faculty Expertise:

Off-line information access and appropriate information technologies for underserved populations; the eGranary Digital Library; libraries in the developing world; digital libraries, user group-centric information services, asynchronous and distance education; information classification, retrieval and interfaces; information services for incarcerated populations


The WiderNetProject

BA (International Affairs), The Evergreen State College
MA (Journalism/Development Support Communication), University of Iowa

Cliff Missen is a clinical associate professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS). He directs the WiderNet@UNC research lab and the non-profit WiderNet Project, where he oversees efforts to improve digital communication in developing countries through hands-on training and research into low-cost applications of information technology. Missen leads development of the eGranary Digital Library, an information store that aims to deliver the world’s knowledge to people and institutions lacking Internet access. He was also a TED fellow in 2007 and a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria in 1999.

Courses Recently Taught:
539: Going the Last Mile: Information Services for Underserved Populations
523-001: Database Systems 1

Selected Publications, Papers, Presentations:
Incarcerated in Iowa Conference. Invited presentation. Univ. of Iowa. Fall, 2014.

American Library Association Conference in Las Vegas, NV. Panel Chair, Africa subcommittee. June 28 -30, 2014

SCESCAL XXI Conference in Malawi. Conducted pre-conference workshop on Course Digitization. Standing Conference of Eastern, Central and Southern African Library and Information Associations. June, 2014

"Lo-Fi to Hi-Fi": A New Metadata Approach in the Third World with the eGranary Digital Library. Proceedings of the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications. Published by the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. December, 2014. (With Deborah. Maron and Jane Greenberg.)

Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL) Project, Final Monitoring and Evaluation Report, including the results of four subscriber surveys. World Learning and USAID. December 2012.

Global Access to Aging Information and the Gerontology Healthy Ageing Portal. Journal of Gerontological Nursing. (With Lisa E. Skemp, J.W. Ko, Diane Peterson) December 2010.

Three Hundred Libraries Later: Evaluating the eGranary Digital Library and off-line information delivery in education. 100-page report on study for the Rockefeller Foundation. (With Mary White and Karen Chappel) September 2010.

Manual drilling series PERCUSSION; Technical Training Handbook on Affordable Manual Well Drilling. Book published by PRACTICA Foundation. June 2010. (With Robert Vuik, Don de Koning, Arjen van der Wal)

Using Digital Libraries and Web-Conferencing to Support Human Resources for Health. WHO (With Thomas M. Cook, Alena Petrakova.)

Casting a Wider Net: Improving Access to Medical Literature in Developing Countries. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, July 2007, Vol. 82 Issue 7 (with Lewis R. Roberts and Gil Grimes)

Delivering the Goods: How Internet-Centric Projects can Stress African Universities. Innovation Journal of Appropriate Librarianship and Information Work in Southern Africa. Issue No. 34 - June 2007

Appropriate Information-Communications Technologies for Developing Countries. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. Volume 85, Number 4, April 2007, 245-324 (with Thomas Cook)

Internet in a Box: The eGranary Digital Library Serves Scholars Lacking Internet Bandwidth New Review of Information Networking. May 2006.

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