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Amanda Spink joins DIS as Professor of Information Science

October 22, 2010

Professor Amanda Spink joined the Department of Information Science in September 2010.

Professor Spink began her career in Sydney, Australia where she worked as a librarian. She then moved to New York for seven years after her husband, who worked for an Australian bank, was offered a new position there.

While in New York, Professor Spink moved from librarianship to corporate marketing. She gained a wealth of experience in the corporate consulting environment by working as a marketing manager for the IT consulting company Comstar Services. She was responsible for marketing electronic information services, which involved dealing with clients from Wall Street on a regular basis.
She has also been an expert witness for Google in a legal case against the Australian Government over the use of their sponsored and unsponsored links.

Having written 350 papers and six books, as well as researching and working in three different countries, Professor Spink is one of the most internationally renowned scholars in the field of Information Science. Over the past 10 years she has completed: a B.A. in History and Political Science at Australia National University; an M.B.A. at Fordham University, New York; and a PhD in Feedback in Information Retrieval at Rugters University, New Jersey. She also completed a Ph.D at the University of North Texas before working as an Associate Professor at the School of Information Sciences in the University of Pittsburgh.

Despite her achievements Professor Spink has had her eyes firmly set on joining the Department of Information Science for several years. “I have known people here for years. I knew members of staff such as Professor Charles Oppenheim and Professor John Feather. The department has a very high international visibility”.

The main research interest of Professor Spink is how people use information. “I have gathered a lot of information on people interacting with the web, information retrieval systems and I collaborated with a lot of web companies in the US”. In the next few months, she is aiming to help build up a profile in information behaviour. “I am trying to understand people’s behaviour in relation to information and there are a couple of staff in the department who are in that area”.

When asked about starting work as Chair in Information Science, she replied: “I feel that my international experience and research will make me a good addition to the department.”

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