Steve Witt

Associate Professor/ Head, International and Area Studies Library & Interim Japanese Studies Librarian

Editor, IFLA Journal

321 Main Library, MC – 522

1408 W. Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801

(217) 265-7518

swwitt@illinois.edu

Previous Position(s)

Education

Research Interests

My research focuses on the trajectory and impacts of international developments in library and information science, placing global trends in librarianship and knowledge production in the context of wider social and technological developments.

Awards and Distinctions

Grants Awarded

·     Assessing Student Learning Outcomes in Information Literacy Programs: Training Academic Librarians, Association of College and Research Libraries / Institute of Museum and Library Services, 2001-02 (~$10,000)

Asia and Pacific Business Collection Development Grant, Illinois Wesleyan University, Heritage Grant Program, 2001 (~$2,000)

Japanese Literature Collection Development Grant, Illinois Wesleyan University, Heritage Grant Program, 2002 (~$2,000)

Symbolic Logic Collection Development Grant, Illinois Wesleyan University, Heritage Grant Program, 2002 (~$2,000)

Psychology Collection Development Grant, Illinois Cooperative Collection Management Program, 2003(~$5,000)

U.S. Department of Education, Title VI National Resource Center and Foreign Language and Area Studies Grant, 2003-06 (~1,200,000)

U.S. Department of Education, Title VI National Resource Center and Foreign Language and Area Studies Grant, 2006-10 (~1,500,000)

Social Science Research Council, Islam and Muslims in World Contexts, 2007-08 (~$50,000)

Worldwide Universities Network, Disappearing Disciplinary Borders in the Social Science Library - Global Studies or Sea Change? 2008 (~$10,000)

U.S. Department of Education, Title VI National Resource Center and Foreign Language and Area Studies Grant, 2010-14 (~$2,400,000)

European Union Commission, Erasmus Mundi Program, to lecture on Globalization and Digital Library Development at University of Parma, Italy, 2011 (~$10,000)

Scholars Travel Award, Campus Research Board, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Illinois, 2012 (~$1,200).

Scholars Travel Award, Campus Research Board, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Illinois, 2013 (~$1,200).

Mapping Library Contributions to Internationalization on U.S. Campuses, Research and Publications Committee, University Library, 2013 (~$3,000).

Scholars Travel Award, Campus Research Board, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Illinois to present a paper at the IFLA Annual Congress, Lyon, France, August 2014, $1,000.

Measuring and sustaining the impact of foreign publications in a research library, Research and Publications Committee, University Library, $1,680.

In defense of peace: Libraries, civil society and the founding of UNESCO, Research and Publications Committee, University Library to support archival research at the UNESCO Archives, Paris, France, $3,172.

Fulbright-Hays Speakers Program Grant, U.S. Department of State, to support travel and lectures in Belarus, $5,000.

North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources, Multi-Volume Set Grant for purchase of “Gunze chōsonze shiryō maikuroban shūsei / 郡是・町村是資料マイクロ版集成”, $15,000.

Scholars Travel Award, Campus Research Board, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Illinois to present a paper at the IFLA Annual Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, August 2015, $1,200.

Recent Publications

Articles

Witt, S. W., (1997). Communicative competence in the electronic age: Electronic communication and research skills for EFL students. Sensoku ronsō洗足論叢, 26, 89-97.

Witt, S.W., & Witt, A. (1998). Using email in the EFL classroom to encourage true negotiation of meaning. Sensoku ronsō洗足論叢, 27, 101-11.

*Witt, S. W., & Dickinson, J. B. (2003). Teaching teachers to teach: Collaborating with a university education department to teach skills in information literacy pedagogy. Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, 22(1), 75-95. (also published In S. Walter (Ed.), The teaching library: Approaches to assessing information literacy instruction (pp. 75-97). Binghamton, NY: Haworth Information Press.

*Witt, S.W.  (2013). Merchants of light: The Paris Library School, internationalism, and the globalization of a profession.  Library Quarterly, 83(2), 1-21.

*+Witt, S. W. (2014). Agents of change: The rise of international librarianship and the age of globalization. Library Trends, 62(3), 504-18.

*Witt, S. W. (2014). International Mind Alcoves: the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, libraries, and the struggle for global public opinion (1917-1954). Library and Information History, 30(4).

 *Lenkart, J., Teper, T., Thacker, M., & Witt, S. W. (2015). Measuring and sustaining the impact of less commonly taught language collections in a research library. College & Research Libraries, 76(2).

 *Witt, S. W. Kutner, L., & Cooper, L. (2015). Mapping academic library contributions to campus internationalization. College & Research Libraries (76/4).

 


Books

Witt, S.W. (Ed.). (2006). Changing roles of NGOs in the creation, storage, and dissemination of information in developing countries. Munich: Saur. (146 pages).

Tamaro, A.N., Verheul, I., & Witt, S. W. (Eds.) (2010). Digital library futures: User perspectives and institutional strategies.  Munich: De Gruyter. (175 pages).

 Witt, S. W. & Rudasill L. (Eds.). (2010). Social science libraries: Interdisciplinary collections, services, networks. Munich: De Gruyter. (137 pages).

Book Chapters

+Witt, S. W., & Gearhart, R. (2003) Ethnography and information literacy: An assessment project. In E. F. Avery (Ed.), Assessing student learning outcomes for information literacy instruction in academic libraries. (pp. 265-79). Chicago: American Library Association.

 *Witt, S. W. & Rudasill, L. (2009). Non-governmental organizations and information.  In Bates, M. & Maack, M. (Eds.)   Encyclopedia of library and information sciences. (3rd Ed).  (8 pages).  London: Taylor and Francis.

Witt, S. W. (2010). Revolutions in science and the role of social science libraries. In Witt, S. W.  & Rudasill L. (Eds.). Social science libraries: Interdisciplinary collections, services, networks. (pp. 11-25). Munich: Saur.

*Witt, S. W., Rudasill, L., Thacker, M., & Lenkart, J. (2015). Shifting borders: Changes in the scholarly landscape and integration of area studies libraries to accomplish new service goals in an academic library. In Holder, S. & Lannon, A. Difficult decisions: Closing and merging academic libraries. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries.

Other Publications

IFLA Journal Editorials

Witt, S. W. (2015).  Editorial:  Promoting research that intersects with practice and advocacy. IFLA Journal, 41(1).

Editorial Work

Recent Presentations

REFEREED CONFERENCE and PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS

*Witt, S. W. (1998, November 21). Preparing EFL students for the electronic world. Presented at Japan Association for Language Teaching Annual Conference, Saitama, Japan, 1998.

*Witt, S. W.  (1999, November 14).  Challenges and strategies for a computerized TOEFL.  Presented at Japan Association for Language Teaching Annual Conference, Gunma, Japan.

*Witt, S. W. (2001, March 19). Information literacy and international education. Presented at 30th Annual Workshop in Library Instruction, Carleton University, Ontario, Canada.

*Witt, S. W. (2001, October 17).  Information literacy, student competencies, and best practices in instruction. Presented at Illinois Library Association Annual Conference, Springfield, IL. 

+Witt, S. W. (2002, April 15). Sand storms in Central Asia: Ethnic minorities on China’s silk routes. Presented at Asian Studies Colloquium Series, Illinois Wesleyan University.

+Witt, S. W. (2002, June 14).  From expectations to results: Library / faculty partnerships for assessing student learning outcomes.  Presented at Pre-Conference Workshop. American Library Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.

*Witt, S. W. & Duke, L. (2003, April 11). A learning subculture: The library initiated learning community. Poster session presented at Association of College and Research Libraries Conference, Charlotte, NC.

*Witt, S. W. & Rudasill, L. (2005, August 17).  Contested notions of globalization: Developing a global studies library.  Poster session presented at World Library and Information Congress: 71st IFLA General Conference and Council, Oslo, Norway.

*Witt, S. W. & Steiner, N.  (2008, February 20).  Fostering global studies research in and across disciplines. Presented at Association of International Education Administrators Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

*Witt, S. W., Steiner, N, Cooper, J., & Tripp, T. (2009, March, 19).  Digital resources and technology.  Presented at Title VI 50th Anniversary Conference, Washington, DC.

+Witt, S. W.  (2009, August 24). Libraries, technology, and the reinvention of the global society. Presented at International Federation of Library Associations offsite conference: Babel, Bible and Kor'an: from Texts to Contexts, from Culture to Sacred Books.  Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan, Italy.

+Witt, S. W., Landry, P., and Tamaro, A. (2009, August 26).  Plenary session Digital library futures: User perspectives and institutional strategies.  Presented at World Library and Information Congress: 75th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Milan, Italy.

Witt, S. W.  (2009, October 17).  Mapping global studies: A bibliometric view of interdisciplinary problem solving.  Presented at the Global Studies Consortium Annual Meeting, Leipzig, Germany.

*Witt, S. W. (2011, August, 16).  Knowledge management for social science information: Organizational and technical solutions to bridging disciplinary structures. Presented at World Library and Information Congress: 77th IFLA General Conference and Assembly, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

+Witt, S. W. (2011, November 9).  Globalization and social impact of digital libraries. Presented at the International Library of Parma, Italy.

*Witt, S.W. (2012, August, 13). Agents of change: international librarianship, development, and globalization theory. Presented at World Library and Information Congress: 78th  IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Helsinki, Finland.

*Witt, S.W., Teper, T., Thacker, M., & Lenkart, J. (2013, February 28). The strength of libraries: Measuring the impact of area studies library collections and services on international and area studies programs.  2013 NRC Conference: Demonstrating the Impact of National Resource Centers.  Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

+Witt, S. W. (2013, May 13). Global Social Change and Creation / Dissemination of Information.  Presentation to University of Illinois Library’s Publication and Research Committee and History and Cultural Studies Reading Group.  

*Witt, S.W., Teper, T., Thacker, M., & Lenkart, J. (2013, June 5). Measuring and sustaining the impact of multilingual collections in a research library.  Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference, 2013.  Rome, Italy. (Presented by Teper and Thacker).

+Witt, S. W. (2013, June 29).  Mapping Library Contributions to Internationalization on U.S. Campuses.  Presented at the American Library Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Witt, S.W. (2013, August 21) Particular contributions to historical change: toward global and information histories of library and information science.  Presented at World Library and Information Congress: 79th  IFLA General Conference and Assembly, Singapore, 2013

*Witt, S.W., Teper, T., Thacker, M., & Lenkart, J. (2013, November 1).  Measuring and Sustaining the Impact of Multilingual Collections in a Research Library.  Presented at the CARLI Annual Meeting, Champaign, IL.

 *Witt, S.W. (2013, November 19). Mapping Library Contributions to Internationalization on U.S. Campuses.  Presented at the Library Research Showcase, University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

+Witt, S.W. (2013, November 20).  Fighting for Peace: International Mind Alcoves and the Struggle for World Public Opinion.  Presented as a History Salon Lecture, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 *Teper, T., Thacker, M., Witt, S. W., & Lenkart, J. (2013, June 5). Measuring and sustaining the impact of multilingual collections in a research library. Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference, 2013. Rome, Italy. (Presented by Teper and Thacker)

*Witt, S. W., Teper, T., Thacker, M., & Lenkart, J. (2013, November 1). Measuring and sustaining the impact of multilingual collections in a research library. Presented at the CARLI Annual Meeting, Champaign, IL.   

*Teper, T., Thacker, M., Witt, S. W., & Lenkart, J. (2014, May 19). Building research collections in the area studies to serve nation-wide populations: the case of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 2014 Acquisitions Institute, Timberline Lodge, Oregon. (Presented by Teper)

*Witt, S. W. (2014, June 14). Educating to change the world: The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, libraries, and global public opinion. Presented at Culture Wars 1900-1950, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom.

+Witt, S. W. (2014, June 30). Library user services for the global university. Presented at the American Library Association Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

+Witt, S. W. (2014, July 23). Mapping library contributions to internationalization. College & Research Libraries Journal, Online Forum.

*Witt, S. W. (2014, August 25).  Libraries and internationalism: International Mind Alcoves and the struggle for global public opinion.  History of Librarianship Conference, Université de Lyon-École nationale supérieure des sciences de l'information et des bibliothèques, Lyon-Villeurbanne, France.  Witt, S. W. (2013, June 29). Mapping library contributions to internationalization on U.S. campuses. Presented at the American Library Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Witt, S. W. (2014, September 26). Mapping library contributions of campus internationalization: A presentation and discussion with CUNY librarians. City University of New York.

 +Witt, S. W. (2014, November 6). Critiquing current staffing trends and future needs. International and Area Studies Collections in the 21st Century (IASC21) — 2014 Workshop, University of Texas-Austin.

+Witt, S. W. (2014, November 12). Keynote Speaker on Innovations in Management and Technologies: XIV International Conference "Management of University Libraries Gomel, Belarus.

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