Fond Farewell to Ross Harvey by Jennifer Moyer

There will be big shoes to fill now that Visiting Professor Ross Harvey is leaving Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS).  During his five year tenure at GSLIS, Harvey's award-winning contributions introduced new programs and shaped the curriculum.

Harvey's most significant GSLIS achievement is the development of the online Digital Stewardship Certificate (DSC), which is now in its second year. As a recipient of the WISE Excellence in Online Teaching Award, he promoted the inclusion of more online classes into the curriculum and saw the results of his advocacy achieved. He is most proud of "making students more aware of the need to embrace digital materials in their professional practice" and also "working with doctoral students as they developed and implemented their research."

What will Harvey miss most at Simmons GSLIS? "I will miss the students, faculty, and staff. Students constantly challenged me as they learned, making me continue to think about professional practice and its place in the world. I learned from the GSLIS faculty, who have a wide range of experiences. The staff provided excellent support to help faculty function effectively and for students to learn."

While Harvey is looking forward to settling back into life in Australia, there's no immediate rest that comes with retirement. He is currently partnering with GSLIS Professor of Practice Martha Mahard to complete a book. He hopes to travel in the near future.

The GSLIS community is grateful for Harvey's contributions and we wish him the best.

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