News / New Faculty at SIS


The School of Information Sciences is pleased to welcome Leanne Bowler to the faculty. She will be teaching in the Library and Information Science Program, beginning in January 2008. Bowler will receive her doctorate from McGill University's Graduate School of Library and Information Studies; her dissertation investigates the metacognitive knowledge of adolescent students during the information search process. She will be teaching courses in the Services to Children and Young Adult area of interest.

Bowler received her Master's degree in Education and her MLS from McGill, where she also taught courses in subjects such as Children's Literature, Information Services, and Library Services and Materials for Children and Young Adults. Her research interests are in the area of youth information-seeking behavior.

While studying at McGill, Bowler participated in a number of intriguing research projects including one to develop educational web portals for children using a collaborative design methodology.  She also worked with a number of faculty members to create a virtual learning environment for high school students to explore 19th century Quebec.  She has been published in Library and Information Science Research, the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, and the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Science.  She has presented at numerous conferences including the 35th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science, the American Society for Information Science and Technology, and the Information Seeking in Context Conference held in Australia in 2006.  She has also worked as a children's librarian and a consumer health librarian.

The faculty, staff and students at SIS offer a warm welcome to Leanne.  "We're very excited to have a teacher of Leanne's caliber join our faculty," notes Dean Ronald Larsen.  "She will help us to continue our tradition of offering the highest quality educational experience in children and youth services, a tradition that spans more than 100 years.  We feel that her teaching and research skills will help us to create the next generation of leaders in this critical field."