The School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Syracuse University is pleased to welcome a new tenure track faculty member to its ranks. Beth J. Patin will join the faculty in August, 2018.

Patin is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Information School at the University of Washington in Seattle.

She received her B.S. in Education from Loyola University in New Orleans and taught in the New Orleans Public Schools prior to pursuing her master’s degree in Library and Information Science at Louisiana State University. She has an additional master’s degree in Information Science from the University of Washington.

In 2007, Patin was named an American Library Association Emerging Leader. Recently, she was nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Washington. Patin currently serves a member of the advisory board for the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries

Her research focuses on the equity of information in two areas: crisis informatics and building cultural competence. She is currently researching how public libraries make their communities more resilient in times of crisis. 

“I am thrilled to join the amazing faculty at the Syracuse iSchool and excited to be a part of this community,” said Patin. “I look forward to collaborating with faculty, staff, and students on many projects especially in the areas of school librarianship, multicultural literature, cultural competence, and crisis informatics. I am always thinking about how libraries help their communities and I was drawn to the iSchool because of its commitment to ‘change how communities and organizations use library and information resources for the better.’”