Carol Tenopir

Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus Carol Tenopir during her year (2016-17) in Helsinki, Finland, when she was the Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information Technologies.

In Conversation

Episode 8 Carol Tenopir
Chancellor’s Professor Emerita

In conversation with Carol Tenopir, Chancellor’s Professor Emerita at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She discusses her non-traditional path to librarianship, progression from consultant to professor to dean, editorship of Library Journal, Fulbright fellowship, and move from Hawaii to Tennessee to Michigan. She addresses the issues of being a parent while working and shares how her broad range of interests led to her wide-reaching career.

Trailer (1:01)

Trailer – In Conversation with Carol Tenopir

Interview (01:25:27)

Full interview with Carol Tenopir


00:00:00 – Introducing Carol Tenopir

00:02:21 – Story in her own words

00:04:07 – Her library career

00:05:01 – Start in consulting in a small company

00:08:02 – Move to University of Hawaii

00:10:06 – Move to Illinois to pursue PhD

00:11:00 – Start with Library Journal

00:12:00 – Move back to University of Hawaii; joining faculty

00:13:26 – Meeting husband at ASIS&T

00:14:00 – Move to University of Tennessee

00:16:01 – Appointment to administrative role

00:18:00 – Childhood

00:23:11 – Retirement in Michigan

00:27:49 – Biggest events in career

00:35:17 – Role of serendipity in turning points of her career

00:38:40 – Defining information science and role in the LIS field

00:45:53 – People who influenced her work

00:48:20 – Books that influenced her work

00:49:30 – Fulbrights and international connections

00:52:00 – Key skills that have helped over the years

00:55:04 – Personality (shyness and introversion) and ASIS&T involvement

00:57:10 – Biggest successes

01:00:00 – Resilience and difficult times

01:07:10 – Impact of COVID

01:10:00 – Something she wishes she knew earlier in life

01:14:00 – Life principles and values

01:15:00 – What happiness means to her

01:17:17 – Living internationally

01:18:20 – Retirement

01:20:18 – Mentoring advice

01:22:15 – Misinformation

01:24:10 – Retirement

More about Carol Tenopir The University of Tennessee Knoxville | Google Scholar

This interview was supported by the COCIS Innovation Fund at Simmons University.

Michael Buckland

Michael Buckland and Naresh Agarwal - ASIS&T 2018 Annual Meeting

In Conversation

Episode 7 Michael Buckland
Emeritus Professor

In conversation with Michael Buckland, Emeritus Professor and former Dean at the University of California, Berkeley, and stalwart of the information science field,  with his 1991 paper on seeing Information as a thing cited more than 2500 times. He talks about his journey from Oxford to Sheffield to the University of Lancaster Library in England, a move to the United States in 1972, leadership roles, visiting professorships, and what keeps him going as an active researcher until today.

Trailer (0:59)

Interview (01:45:24)


00:00:00 – Introducing Michael Buckland

00:01:58 – Story in his own words

00:04:30 – His library career

00:30:47 – On starting a new career as a professor

00:36:47 – Travelling around the world

00:41:09 – Retirement

00:42:21 – Role of serendipity in turning points of his career

00:47:11 – Defining information science

00:51:58 – People who influenced his work

01:00:54 – Key skills that have helped over the  years

01:03:12 – biggest successes

01:09:45 – Resilience and difficult times

01:13:52 – Biggest challenges

01:15:54 – Something he wishes he knew earlier in life

01:16:37 – Life principles and values

01:18:12 – Current goals

01:24:24 – Mentoring advice

01:30:39 – On what keeps him going

More about Michael Buckland Wikipedia – Michael Buckland | Google Scholar

This interview was supported by the COCIS Innovation Fund at Simmons University.

Brenda Dervin

In Conversation

Episode 6 Brenda Dervin
Professor Emeritus of Communication, Theorist, Methodologist

In conversation with Brenda Dervin, Professor Emeritus of Communication, Ohio State University, Fellow and first Female President of the International Communication Association, famous for her Sense-Making Theory and Methodology, which has been widely adopted and applied by researchers in library and information science, communication, and other disciplines, who talks about her life including misogyny, contempt, neck injury, disability, and her refusal to be slotted or to slot people into categories.

Trailer (1:01)

Interview (02:17:35)

00:00:00 – About the interview
00:00:46 – Introducing Brenda Dervin
00:05:20 – Her Childhood
00:08:23 – Misogyny in her academic life
00:13:00 – What led to her career in academia
00:47:17 – Significant turning points in her career
01:00:53 – Thoughts on context
01:09:15 – Things she’s good at
01:14:19 – Role of serendipity in turning points of her career
01:16:39 – Perspectives on information science field
01:24:18 – Contribution to LIS and Communications fields
01:28:38 – Biggest successes
01:36:54 – People who have influenced her work
01:46:57 – Books that have influenced her
01:48:30 – Key skills that have helped over the years
01:52:06 – Something she wishes she knew earlier in life
01:54:46 – Life principles and values
01:58:52 – What happiness means
02:02:24 – Current Goals
02:06:38 – Mentoring advice
02:17:32 – Bloopers and Pictures

More about Brenda Dervin Wikipedia – Brenda Dervin | Wikipedia – Sensemaking | Google Scholar

This interview was supported by the COCIS Innovation Fund at Simmons University.