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David A. Jank

David A. Jank

Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science

B.A., Northeastern UniversityM.S., Simmons College
M.S., Baruch College, CUNY
Ph.D., C.W. Post Campus, Long Island University


Dr. David Jank has more than 25 years experience in the information industry, holding a variety of positions in public, academic and special libraries. He also has been prominent in many business-service segments of library and information services, working in database design, software programming, corporate training and systems integration. He holds a dual-bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Northeastern University, a Master of Science degree in library and information science from Simmons College, a Master of Science degree in psychology from the City University of New York and a Ph.D. in information studies from the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University.

After beginning his career in public libraries in Massachusetts, Dr. Jank later worked in various academic and special libraries in the Boston area. He later transitioned to the services industry, holding a variety of senior-level positions in library technology product development and marketing. His career includes assignments with the Massachusetts, California, Illinois, Florida, and New York state college systems, MIT, CLSI, GEAC, OCLC, Dialog, SilverPlatter, the New York Public Library and Find/SVP. Most recently, Dr. Jank has served as a full-time faculty librarian at Dowling College, where he also taught in the Psychology and Computer Information Systems Departments. Dr. Jank also has many years experience as an adjunct professor of library and information science and is a former member of the national advisory council of the Special Libraries Association.

Dr. Jank’s research has appeared in both scholarly and trade publications, as well as in two editions of the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science and the Ablex Monograph Series on Human-Computer Interaction. He is co-author of “The Internet Fact-Finder for Lawyers,” published by the American Bar Association. Most recently, he was awarded first prize in the Canadian Association for Information Science doctoral research paper competition and has been an invited speaker and presenter at LIS conferences throughout North America, Europe and South Africa. His research focuses on social neuroscience in human-information interaction, knowledge organization and metadata, domain analysis, database design and information services management. Dr. Jank also is recognized for his development of the model for the human-information dyad, which utilizes social relationship theory and behavioral analysis techniques as approaches to the study of human-information interaction.


Human-Information Interaction, Knowledge Organization, Domain Analysis, Database Design, Human-Computer Interaction, Information Services Management, Personnel Management, Organizational Behavior, Psychology of Information Use


  • Author, “Toward a Unifying Ontology for Human-Information Interaction,” published in the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science
  • Author, “Groupware, published in the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, 2nd and 3rd editions
  • Author, “Collaborative Systems and Groupware,” published in the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, 2nd and 3rd editions
  • Co-author, “The Internet Fact-Finder for Lawyers”
  • Co-author, “Where East Meets West: Bridging the Gap Between Anthropology and Computer Science”

Lectures and Presentations

  • Author, “Toward a Unifying Ontology for Human-Information Interaction,” paper presented at Information Science: Synergy Through Diversity: the 38th Annual CAIS/ACSI Conference (2010)
  • Co-presenter, “Mining Maps of Information Objects: an Exploratory Ontological Excursion,” poster session presented at People Transforming Information – Information Transforming People: the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (2008)
  • Author, “Coordinated Talk: the Role of Language Processing and Linguistics in Collaborative Technology Systems Development,” paper presented at Connections 2007: The 12th Annual Great Lakes Conference on Information Studies
  • Author, “An 18th Century Internet: Knowledge Organization and Information Representation in the Colonial Williamsburg Historic Restoration,” paper presented at From Research to Practice: the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in LIS Education: the ALISE 2006 Annual Conference (2006)
  • Keynote speaker, “Serial Killers: Techniques for Serials Management in Libraries and Information Centers,” presented at the Nassau County Library Systems Conference on Reference Services (2006)
  • Keynote speaker, “Accessing the Internet for Government Statistics,” presented at the LILRC Conference on Government Information (2006)
  • Author, “Toward a Bibliographic Examination of the Published Literature in Systems Analysis and Design: a Descriptive Analysis and Conceptual Taxonomy,” paper presented at the 13th Annual LILRC Conference on Libraries and the Future (2005)
  • Invited speaker, “Publisher-Dictated Collection Development: Is it Good for Libraries,” presented at the Long Island Library Conference (2004)
  • Keynote speaker, “Serials Librarians and the Lack of Collection Control,” presented at the LILRC Serials Librarians Conference (2004)
  • Author, “Documenting Software Engineering Literature Coverage in Library and Information Science Indexing and Abstracting Services,” paper presented at CONNECTIONS 2004: the 9th Annual Great Lakes Conference on Information Studies
  • Author, “Bridging the Gaps: Assessing Library Instruction Effectiveness Across Varying Age Groups Using Archival Test Data,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Library Association (2002)


  • Winner, Scholarly Research Paper Competition, the Canadian Association for Information Science/L’Association Canadienne des Sciences de L’Information
  • Selected for inclusion in Marquis’ “Who’s Who in America”
  • Selected for inclusion in Cambridge Publishing’s “Who’s Who”
  • Recipient, First Place Award, Doctoral Student Research Paper Competition, Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Long Island University
  • Recipient, Elizabeth K. Reilley Scholarship for Academic Excellence
  • Selected for inclusion in Gibralter’s “International Who’s Who in Information Technology”
  • Selected United States Delegate, People to People Citizens Ambassador Program
  • Professional Service Award, Telecommunications Division of the Special Libraries Association
  • Honorary Citation, Achievement in Library Service, Town of Danvers, Massachusetts


  • Member, American Society for Information Science and Technology
  • Member, American Library Association
  • Member, Association of College and Research Libraries
  • Member, Special Libraries Association
  • Member, Association for Computing Machinery
  • Member, American Psychological Association
  • Member, Association for Library and Information Science Education
  • Member, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology