Fellow, Writers Institute, Graduate Center, CUNY (2009-2011)
Ph.D. Rutgers University; New Brunswick, NJ - Information Policy; 1996
M.L.S. Long Island University; Greenvale, NY - Library Science; 1981
Teaching & Scholarly Activity
Professor (2009 - present ) Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, Queens College, City University of New York
Associate Professor (2002 - 2008)
Assistant Professor (1996 - 2002) Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, Queens College, City University of New York
Co-editor of the Journal of Competitive Intelligence and Management, (2006 – 2008)
Faculty Advisor for the Queens SLA Student Group
Courses Taught in the Past Two Years:
LBSCI 717: Digital Humanities and Humanities Resources
LBSCI 786: Information Sources & Services: Business Information
LBSCI 787: Competitive Intelligence
Research & Professional Interests
My research and interests – relative to the information professions - concern the social construction of information content and information technology. Included in this agenda are evaluative explorations of both the material and non-material information culture. This includes inquiry into information quality and information ethics issues in social and technical environments of information and information use; especially within business setting. I teach about material information – basic research and reference sources, business research sources, and records management. My work in Competitive Intelligence before I entered academia informs my research and writing on business and competitive intelligence.
Other research interests include contemporary and popular material culture; particularly artists' books, soap operas, romance novels, and time travel fiction. Recent research in this area includes an analysis of folk motifs in soap operas and thematic comparisons of soap opera themes to romance literature.
Brody, Roberta. 2010. "The Last Books Standing." Informed Librarian. October 2010.
Brody, Roberta. 2010. "Of Barbie, Buttons and Roquefort Cheese: Joseph Mattera of International Trade Resources." ONLINE: Exploring Technology & Resources for Information Professionals. 34, (March/April 2010)
Brody, Roberta. 2008. "Defining Competitive Intelligence" IEEE Engineering Management Review. 36:3, (Third Quarter 2008), 3-11.
Brody, Roberta. 2008. "The Problem of Information Naiveté" Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. 59:7, 1121-1127.
Brody, Roberta, editor. 2006. Disaster Preparedness and Recovery: Proceedings of Social Implications of Information and Communication Technology - International Symposium on Technology and Society 2006 . IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology
Selected Honors and Awards
2003 - Karen J. Switt Leadership Award from the Leadership and Management Division of the SLA
1999 - Cox Award from the Insurance and Employee Benefits Division of the SLA
1996 - Fellowship by the National Science Foundation's National NCGIA