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Dr. James E. Andrews is SLIS Director

USF SLIS Selects Dr. James Andrews as Interim Director

[Tampa, FL. May 6, 2009].

Dr. James Andrews has been chosen by the USF SLIS faculty and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences to be the new Director of USF SLIS. Dr. Andrews brings over a decade of experience in library and information science education and scholarship.  He received his Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia and was supported by the National Library of Medicine as a Pre-Doctoral Medical Informatics Fellow in the School of Medicine’s Health Informatics Training Program.

Dr. Andrews was an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky, School of Library and Information Science, College of Communications and Information Studies prior to coming to USF.  At the University of Kentucky, Dr. Andrews developed an interdisciplinary research agenda in health information science, collaborating with the College of Medicine on an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) grant, and with health communication researchers on a Center for Disease Control (CDC) funded project.

Since joining the USF SLIS faculty, Dr. Andrews has focused his research on clinical research informatics, particularly related to terminological standards in this context, and has developed strong ties with the Division of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics, part of USF Health’s Pediatric Epidemiology Center.  He and his colleague, Dr. Rachel Richesson, are currently under contract to edit a book, Clinical Research Informatics, the first text of its kind on this topic.  Dr. Andrews has also worked with other LIS and Communication scholars in health-related information seeking and information retrieval.

  1. He is the current Chair of the Special Interest Group on Medical Informatics of ASIST, is an active member in both the Association of Library and Information Science Educators  (ALISE) and the  American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).  Also, he has served as Chair to the Medical Library Association’s Medical Library Education Section, and was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

“The inspiration for my research and teaching comes from the basic idea of studying ways in which information and information technology can help people. This ranges from helping health care researchers and caregivers access and use needed data, information, and knowledge in support of decision making, to seeking a better understanding how patients and their families find the information they need to make choices and cope. I am always moved by our Library and Information Science students’ near universal desire to serve the information needs of others, so translating my research into the classroom is that much easier.”

Dr. Andrews’ strong commitment to LIS education and scholarship brings much to the USF SLIS program and the needs of our discipline. We look forward to his leadership as the School and the professionals we train continue to face new challenges in an increasingly challenging, diverse, and complex information environment.

Dr, Andrews’ website is here.