Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science is pleased to introduce our newest faculty members.
Dr. Hsin-liang (Oliver) Chen joined the Palmer School faculty in Spring 2015. Prior to arriving at Palmer he taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Missouri, and Indiana University at Indianapolis. Dr. Chen’s expertise covers the areas of Information Technology and Systems, and Digital Librarianship.
Dr. Chen’s research interests focus on the application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to assist users in accessing and using information in different environments. His interest in these areas are guided in part by his previous experience as an art teacher and school librarian in Taiwan and a faculty member in higher education. Dr. Chen has studied how college students search for art historical images to complete their course assignments, how museum practitioners use images for their job duties, how system designers should design online mathematics digital libraries for K-12 math education, and how college students learn from multimedia materials in an online information literacy class.
Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999, MA in Educational Communication and Technology from New York University in 1995, and BA in Library Science from Fu-Jen Catholic University in Taiwan in 1985.
Dr. Vincent M. Livoti joined the Palmer School faculty in the Fall of 2014.
Dr. Livoti is a Boston-area native. Prior to his arrival in New York he lived in Portland, Maine and worked for the University of Maine as an Assistant Professor. He previously taught in the Graduate School of Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he also managed the Kresge Center for Teaching Resources. Dr. Livoti is an alumnus of both Simmons College and Massachusetts State University. He moved to London for graduate studies before beginning his interdisciplinary doctoral research.
Having previously worked with Harvard University, The Museum of Science, Boston Children’s Museum and the Boston Center for Adult Education, Dr. Livoti brings a diverse range of human service experience to the Palmer School.
As a human service worker with over ten years in the field, Dr. Livoti is engaged with advocating for the underserved in the information sphere as well as scholarship exploring the expanding role of sexual minorities in American culture.
Dr. Livoti specializes in social action research and the underserved, inclusion practice and cultural competency, media analysis and information literacy, LGBT studies and queer theory, the diversification of resources for library and information centers, and youth services and developmental resources.
In spring 2015 Dr. Livoti revised the Palmer School’s Children’s and Young Adult Services curriculum. Dr. Livoti enjoys contemporary art and film, as well as exploring the expanses of Long Island’s natural beauty.
Dr. Wei Xiong will join the Palmer School of Library and Information Science as an assistant professor in Fall 2015. Prior to LIU, he served as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems at Northwest Missouri State University. Dr. Xiong holds a dual-bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering and Marketing from Hubei University of Economics, an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Information Systems from New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Dr. Xiong’s teaching interests include data mining (big data and its applications), information representation and retrieval, and digital libraries. His research involves a wide range of data mining applications in different domains, including behavioral-targeted advertising in business, automatic document classification in digital libraries, and early alert system for online course instructors in academia. He has worked as a data scientist in industry and has a funded grant proposal on data mining research.
Dr. Xiong is teaching a special topics course in Data Mining for the Information Professional in the Fall 2015. He is working on creating two courses focused on Information Analytics for the Spring 2016.
Please join me in welcoming our newest faculty members to the Palmer School.
Valeda F. Dent, Ph.D., MILS, MSW
Dean, University Libraries
Interim Director, Palmer School of Library and Information Science Long Island University Brookville, New York 11548
(516) 299 – 2307