Director of UCLA’s Center for Information and Evidence and the international Archival Education and Research Institutes (AERI) will provide leadership and expand the work of UCLA IS.
UCLA’s Information Studies academic and research programs sit at the epicenter of today’s dynamic developments and a complex of issues around the internet, information and data management, and access to knowledge. Recognizing the opportunities to strategically grow and expand the work of this department over the next decade, Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Wasserman Dean of UCLA’s Graduate School of Education, has announced the creation of a new position within the graduate school, Associate Dean of Information Studies to develop the vision and provide the leadership for this growth.
It was announced this week that Anne Gilliland, UCLA Professor of Information Studies, has been appointed by Dean Suárez-Orozco to fill that position. In this role, Professor Gilliland will work closely with the Dean to support and advance the work of the Information Studies department by developing new and ongoing strategic alliances, cultivating synergies between faculty and programs, and strengthening a vision of engaged scholarship in information studies within UCLA Ed & IS and UCLA more broadly.
Dr. Gilliland’s responsibilities as Associate Dean will include advancing the local, national, and international presence and reputation of UCLA Information Studies; developing an expanded network of university and community leaders, constituents, educators and professional organizations; and providing strategies for strategically growing the department. She will work closely with the UCLA Ed & IS External Relations Office envisioning, planning, and executing philanthropic activities in support of the critical work within the UCLA Department of Information Studies.
Gilliland previously served as Chair of the UCLA Department of Information Studies and is a respected leader both within UCLA and externally. Professor Gilliland directs UCLA’s Center for Information and Evidence and the global Archival Education and Research Initiative (AERI) and is the principal investigator of the Refugee Rights in Records Project, a collaboration with Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies. She is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in the area of archival studies. She will preside over a Symposium on Displacement, Diaspora and Documentation at UCLA on Oct. 19.