A Blog on LIST explores issues and events in the fields of librarianship, information science, and technology. These fields are ever-changing and contribute to a vibrant and continuously evolving profession. Library and information professionals are asked to keep abreast of these changes while striving to match our users with the best sources of information to meet their needs.
This blog is maintained and updated by Matthew P. Ciszek, Assistant Librarian and Head of the Lartz Memorial Library at Penn State Shenango in Sharon, PA. As part of the Penn State University Libraries, I work to equip our students with the tools, training, and information necessary to succeed in this environment of change. I have a strong commitment to the goal of a more diverse profession that includes those from under-represented groups, and believe strongly in library advocacy on the local, state, and national levels.
Prior to my employment at Penn State, I worked in academic law libraries and systems librarianship. My research interests include diversity issues in academic libraries, leadership development and management issues in libraries, and library services and collections to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities.
I live with my partner Michael Wachter and our miniature schnauzer Toby in the Ohio City Neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio and use the long commutes to listen to NPR, audiobooks, and bad music, and do a lot of thinking — much of which eventually ends up here.