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Bonnici Named Director of TWU Library School

Bonnici Named Director of TWU Library School


DENTON — Dr. Laurie J. Bonnici, a visiting assistant professor at Florida State University, has been appointed director of the School of Library and Information Services at Texas Woman's University, effective June 1.

Bonnici will succeed current director Dr. Keith Swigger, who also serves as dean of TWU's College of Professional Education.

Swigger said Bonnici is “smart, capable and energetic, and she brings a new set of skills necessary in reshaping library services to meet client needs.” Among those skills, he said, is the fact that she is bilingual (fluent in Spanish) and is proficient in multimedia and online learning programs.

Bonnici has taught courses relating to management and applications of information technology, information policy, multimedia and networks. Her research explores the impact of interactive technologies on learning, collaborative learning models and leadership.

Bonnici earned her doctorate in information studies at FSU in 2001 and her master's in library and information studies from the University of South Florida in Tampa in 1996. She also earned a graduate certificate in public management from Indiana University in Fort Wayne in 1988.

Bonnici said she looks forward to joining the faculty at TWU's School of Library and Information Studies.

“The school has been a stable entity among the 50 ALA (American Library Association) accredited schools for many years,” she said. “I look forward to working with the faculty to move the school to the forefront of LIS education.

“The library and information profession is a field in high demand, both in the arena of practice and LIS education,” Bonnici added. “On that note, we will be working to increase enrollment in both the master's and doctoral degree programs. There are many opportunities on the road ahead.”


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