Nancy Roderer

Nancy K. Roderer

Professor Emerita, Johns Hopkins University and Adjunct Professor, University of Maryland iSchool

Brief Career Biography: 
After enjoying an initial education in mathematics, computer science, and library and information science (University of Dayton, University of Maryland), I became a consultant and worked with a wide variety of libraries, government agencies, and other group with information to manage. My primary areas for consulting were planning and evaluation, interests that have continued throughout my career, and I quickly learned that I am a strong advocate for user-centered design of systems and services. In the 1980’s I decided to focus in on a particular user group, and chose medical researchers and clinicians. I have since been at the academic medical centers of Columbia, Yale, and Johns Hopkins through 2012, working both in libraries and in the academic discipline of medical informatics. These positions have involved management, research and teaching.

Benefits of ASIS&T:
ASIS&T is my primary network – the people I go to to find out what is new, to join in their initiatives, and to start new initiatives. I very much enjoy and benefit from the breadth of information professionals that are members of ASIS&T, and appreciate the opportunities the organization provides to see how disparate parts of the information world fit together. Above all else, ASIS&T publications, meetings and members all help me to think about where information systems and services are now, where they can go, and how we as information professionals can lead the way. From the professor I worked for as a graduate assistant to the Board members I come in contact with most often as ASIS&T president, and from many, many people in between, I have learned much about the information world. This knowledge, and these people, have been very influential in my establishing new directions personally and professionally.

Advice for New Information Professionals: 
User-centered design and the systems approach have become mainstays of my work. Secondly, I learned gradually that big goals necessitate big teams, and big teams work best when they have a clear focus and take advantage of the skills of all of the inviduals on the team. I knew it when I started, but it is even more true today: finding ways to facilitate the collection, dissemination and use of information is endlessly fascinating and makes significant contributions to society.