SLIS West Library & Information Science (MS)
Michèle V. Cloonan
Michèle V. Cloonan
Dean Emerita and Professor
Prior to coming to Simmons, Michèle Cloonan was chair and associate professor, Department of Information Studies, UCLA. During the past 25 years, she has written extensively in the areas of preservation, book trade history, and bibliography. Her most recent publications have concerned the preservation of digital media and the moral and ethical dimensions of preserving cultural heritage.
Before she began her teaching career, she worked as a book conservator at the Newberry Library in Chicago and started the preservation program at Brown University. While a professor at UCLA, she took a one-year leave of absence and was the curator of Rare Books at Smith College. Cloonan has held a variety of offices in the American Library Association, served on the board of the American Printing History Association, and is currently on the board of directors of the Northeast Document Conservation Center and the Massachusetts Center for the Book. She has also served on the editorial boards of Libraries & Culture and Library Quarterly. Her honors include the Banks/Harris Preservation Award, the Robert Vosper/IFLA Fellows Programme award, the Bibliographic Society of America Fellowship, and a fellowship to the Virginia Center of Creative Arts. She holds degrees from Bennington College (AB), the University of Chicago (AM), and the University of Illinois (MS, Ph.D.). She has been a visiting or adjunct professor at Northern Illinois University, the Universities of Illinois, Rhode Island, Alabama, and Smith College.
Cloonan served as the SLIS dean from 2002-2012.
Areas of Interest
- The Preservation of Cultural Heritage
- The History of the Book and the Book Trade
- The Book Arts: Bookbinding, Papermaking, Printing, and Publishing