Suzanne (Suzie) L. Allard, an associate professor and assistant director in the School of Information Sciences, so far this year has been awarded nearly $4 million for grants on which she is the primary investigator or co-investigator. Her research focuses on how scientists use and communicate information in the electronic environment. She is co-investigator and primary UT contact on “DataONE,” a multi-institutional project led by the University of New Mexico, which focuses on electronic data sets in the environmental sciences. DataONE is one of the first two DataNet projects funded by the National Science Foundation. Allard is also a principal investigator on the following grants:
- “ScienceLinks2: PhD” will build a curriculum, provide mentoring, and support the development of research agendas for six doctoral students who will become educators of the next generation of science data and information specialists.
- “Increasing Biodiversity Information Sources” focuses on providing enhanced services and products to the scientists, policy makers, and citizens who use the National Biological Information Infrastructure SAIN web portal.
- “Scholarly Journal Brands” examines how journal brands are perceived by scientists.
In 2009, the Association of Library and Information Science Educators initiated the ALISE Academy and tapped Allard to develop and lead a workshop for doctoral candidates and early career faculty, entitled “Launching the Research Agenda.” Based on the feedback of participants, she has been asked to reprise that workshop for the 2010 Academy.
Allard currently serves on the board of directors of the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, a non-profit organization that promotes scholarship in the electronic environment by supporting digital library development and encouraging young scholars to gain the skills needed to best use the electronic environment to promote learning and innovation. She has also served on the board of directors of the American Society of Information Science and Technology, the professional society for scholars and practitioners in the information disciplines, and is currently a candidate for the society’s presidency.
Allard, S. (2009). “Library Managers and Information in World 2.0” Library Management. 30(1/2), 57-68.
Allard, S., Levine, K.J., & Tenopir, C. (2009). “Design Engineers and Technical Professionals at Work: Observing Information Usage in the Workplace.” Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. 60(3), 443-454.
Allard, S., Mehra, B., and Qayyum, M.A. (2007). Intercultural leadership toolkit for librarians: Building awareness to effectively serve diverse multicultural populations. Education Libraries, 30(1).
Johnson, J.D., Case, D.O., Andrews, J.E., and Allard, S.L. (2006). Fields and/or pathways: Contrasting and/or complementary views of information seeking. Information Processing and Management, 42(2).