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ROE R. Cross Distinguished Professor

  • Roger C. Greer
  • Roger C. Greer

  • 1993 - Roger C. Greer

  • When Dr. Roger C. Greer was awarded the Roe R. Cross Distinguished Professor Award, the nomination profile stated that he was an “An internationally recognized visionary in the development of library science curriculum.”

    His vision helped the Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management (SLIM) move ahead in its field and continues to guide its progress into the 21st century.

    “Greer shifted the focus of the profession from books and information materials to serving the needs of the information user, or people,” the profile statement continued. “Greer came to ESU as a visiting professor in 1988 and joined the SLIM faculty in 1990. He also serves as director of the Community Analysis Research Institute. He is dean emeritus of the library school at the University of Southern California and was dean of the library school at Syracuse University. The Rutgers graduate alumni of the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies honors him as 1988 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.

    “An outstanding teaching and consulting resource to the Kansas State Library and the Kansas regional library systems, Greer also has served on numerous faculty senate committees and is associate chair of ESU's current North Central review team.”

    Asked about his philosophy of teaching, Greer said, “Teaching is the art of helping students discover and develop their intellectual capacities and motivating them to make a difference."

    Greer co-authored a book with colleagues — Robert J. Grover and Susan G. Fowler — during his time at Emporia State titled Library and Information Professions.

    Reviews of the book called it “big picture” information that will allowe readers to better plan and implement client-centered services, discussing topics such as the life cycle of information, the role of library and information professionals as change agents, models of information transfer, the national information infrastructure, and important trends and developments.

    Another review by Lori A. Goetsch of Kansas State University, stated that “This book is most definitely not a career guide as the title might suggest. Rather, it is a heavily theory-based approach to analyzing and assessing the roles and work of library and information professionals. At its most basic, the authors' purpose is to justify our continued existence in the age of the Internet.”

    Goetsch felt at the time that the book was somewhat prophetic.

    “Ultimately, Introduction to the Library and Information Professions may meet more than the need for a current textbook for library and information science programs or a refresher for seasoned professionals. It may serve as a snapshot, in another twenty-five years, of the status of the profession in the early part of the twenty-first century.

    Another book co-authored by Greer with Grover and John Agada, Assessing Information Needs: Managing Transformative Library Services deals with the importance of a library knowing a community’s needs through analysis when structuring services.

    According to the book introduction, “Rooted in a philosophy of customer service, the method presented here is perfect for public, school, academic, and special libraries or other types of information agencies.”

    Greer passed away Nov. 9, 2014. He had recently finished co-authoring a book with Drs. Robert Grover, Herbert Achleitner, and Kelly Visnak.

    Note: This is not a continuously updated biographical sketch