Library director earns doctorate

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tim Schlak, director of Northwestern College’s Ramaker Library, has earned a doctoral degree from the University of Pittsburgh after successfully defending his dissertation last fall. He will be awarded a Ph.D. in library and information science during commencement ceremonies May 1.

Schlak’s dissertation is entitled “Image Retrieval as Information Seeking Behavior: Self-Categorizations of Users to Retrieve Images.” He studied users’ motivations for retrieving digital images in Web environments.

Schlak, who joined Northwestern’s staff last summer, also earned a master’s degree in library and information science and a master’s in Slavic languages and literatures, both from the University of Pittsburgh. He received a bachelor’s degree in Russian area studies from Wittenberg University and worked in a United Methodist Church initiative to send mission teams to Russia.

A former president for the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Schlak served as a teaching fellow at the University of Pittsburgh and published an article on photographic archives in Archival Science.

Duane Beeson
Director of Public Relations
Northwestern College
101 7th St. SW
Orange City, Iowa 51041