International Association
of School Librarianship

Vale: Dr. L., Anne Clyde (1946-2005)

Biographical Summary

Dr. Anne Clyde was Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at the University of Iceland, and Adjunct Professor within the School of Computer and Information Science at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. An Australian citizen, she held degrees from the University of Sydney and the James Cook University of North Queensland and was an Associate of the Australian Library and Information Association. She was also a Fellow of CILIP in the United Kingdom and a Member of the Australian College of Educators.

In Australia, Dr Clyde held academic positions in three states, as Lecturer in School Librarianship at Townsville College of Advanced Education (now part of the James Cook University of North Queensland); as Lecturer in Librarianship at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga; and as Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Library and Information Studies (as it was then) at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. In 1990 she accepted a short-term appointment as a visiting faculty member at the University of Iceland for a year, then in 1991 moved to the University of British Columbia in Canada as Associate Professor with responsibility for Teacher Librarianship programmes. After two years there, she returned to Iceland.

Her teaching responsibilities within the library and information science programme at the University of Iceland were in the general area of information technology and its use; she taught courses related to the Internet, online searching, and library automation. In addition, she taught a course on "Research in Library and Information Science". She has also taught segments of a course related to the use of the Internet and online information in business at the Business University of Bifröst in the west of Iceland and segments of courses for business students and teacher education students at the University of Akureyri in the north of Iceland. She was an Internet trainer, and conducted courses through the Division of Continuing Education at the University of Iceland, for lawyers, business people, librarians, journalists, nurses, and others; she also conducted Internet courses in other countries.

Her research interests related to the use of the Internet and online information services in a range of settings. She was working on a long-term project (with an Australian colleague, Dr Jane Klobas) that looked at the ways in which people learn about, and learn to use, the Internet. A new project was investigating research quality and the ways in which research quality is understood and measured. Another project was investigating characteristics of research and researchers in the field of school librarianship. She had carried out research and/or consultancies for a number of organisations and institutions, for example a study of information technologies in libraries for NORDINFO and the European Commission and a more recent study of library Web sites for a British organisation. In 1997, she was involved as a consultant on a "library without walls" project in Namibia that is being funded through the African Development Bank. She also undertook research and development projects through her own consultancy, Netweaver.

Her books include Weblogs and Libraries (2004), An Introduction to the Internet (1994, twelfth edition 2004), Managing InfoTech in School Library Media Centers (1999), School Libraries and the Electronic Community: The Internet Connection (1997), and Computer Applications in Libraries (1993). Her articles have been published in national and international journals, including The Electronic Library; The Nordic Annual of Library, Information, and Documentation Research; Library and Information Science Research; Education for Information; Libri; School Libraries Worldwide; Australian Library Journal; Library Management; and The International Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship. She wrote a regular column on "InfoTech" for the North American journal Teacher Librarian.

Dr Clyde was the Webmaster for the International Association of School Librarianship; the Web site, called School Libraries Online.

She was the 2003-2007 Chair of the IFLA Section of School Libraries and Resource Centres.

Additional Information

Learn more about Dr. Clyde's research & her thesis here.

Read condolences from IASL members here.

View photos of Dr. Clyde here.

International Association of School Librarianship - 26 September 2005

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