To Online Northwest Conference Home Page
promoting innovation and technology in libraries
Friday, February 4, 2000
Embassy Suites Airport Hotel
Portland, Oregon

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Keynote Speaker:
D. Scott Brandt
(a.k.a. techman)

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D. Scott Brandt is an Associate Professor of Library and Information Science at Purdue University. He has been involved in some way with using computers to access information since receiving his degree at Indiana University in 1983. As Head of the Physics Library at Purdue from 1986 to 1989, Scott served as a Unix Administrator which led to his book, UNIX and Libraries, 1991. He also collaborated with faculty and graduate students on a prototype citation authority database using the LaTeX mark-up language.

From 1989 to 1993 he held the position of Associate Head for Collections in the Engineering and Science Libraries at MIT, where in addition to his extensive collection management duties he found time to help with a prototype online reference systems which earned the MIT Libraries Special Recognition Award 1992 and 1993. While living in Rhode Island he became interested in community outreach, and has since presented Internet workshops to a wide variety of groups in the local community. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the local community network, WCICNet (West Central Indiana Community Network).

In his current position as Technology Training Librarian at Purdue he wears three hats — training, teaching and research. His training reaches out to all levels at the University, from staff to faculty, and focuses primarily on concepts needed for learning in an information environment. He teaches a course on Information Strategies for the Electrical Engineering Technology Department at Purdue. His research centers on active teaching and constructivist learning in complex information environments.

Scott regularly presents and conducts workshops at state, regional, national and international conferences such as Internet Librarian, Online World, International Online, Computers in Libraries, and others. He has a host of publications including the "techman's techpage" column in Computers in Libraries.

His work centers on applying constructivist techniques to training approaches on Internet-related topics and new technologies. His research has led him to collaboration with authors throughout the world, and his latest endeavor is to apply for a Fulbright Scholarship in the United Kingdom.

You'll find techman's web site at

Last updated Wednesday, 13-Dec-2006 09:31:25 PST