Warner Pacific College welcomes Dr. Lishi Kwasitsu as the Director of Library Services!
Dr. Kwasitsu comes to us from the Intel Corporation in Portland, where he has worked as a Research Librarian/Information Analyst for the last 15 years. As a bibliometrician, Dr. Kwasitsu is interested in the quantitative analysis of scholarly communications as well as the information-seeking behavior of students and professionals. Other areas of focus include early newspapers, colonial journals/magazines, and library closures.
Dr. Kwasitsu has served as the Head of Technical Services for the University of Maiduguri Library, Nigeria; Foundation Secretary for the University’s Senate Library Committee and the Cataloger/Space Planner for the University of Calabar Library, Nigeria. Dr. Kwasitsu taught Librarianship at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica and he was a Research Fellow at the Center for African Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa. He also taught Librarianship at the University of Ghana before joining the University of Alberta, Canada as a Prospect Researcher. Prior to moving to the United States, he was the Research Services Supervisor at EPCOR, Inc., Canada’s first municipally owned electric utility.
As the Director of Library Services, Dr. Kwasitsu will provide leadership and direction to the College’s Otto F. Linn Library. He holds a Ph.D. in Librarianship from Monash University, Australia; a M.A. in Librarianship from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; and a B.A. in English from the University of Ghana.
Dr. Kwasitsu’s research and publications include:
- “The University of Calabar definitive library building: history and future development”, Libri 35:3 (1985), 218-226.
- “An estimate of Charles Elliott’s revenue from the Nelson Examiner, 1842-1874”, The Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand Bulletin 9:4 (Fourth Quarter 1985), 121-138.
- “Early libraries in Nelson”, New Zealand Libraries 45:1 (March 1986), 1-6.
- “The production of the Nelson Examiner in the context of the early New Zealand press”, The Turnbull Library Record (New Zealand) 19:2 (October 1986), 123-140.
- “Establishing a colonial society: the Melbourne Advertiser and the Port Philip Gazette, 1831-51”, The Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand Bulletin 10:2 &3 (1986), 46-60.
- “News reporting in the Nelson Examiner, 1842-1874”, The Turnbull Library Record (New Zealand) 20:1 (May 1987), 31-43.
- “Caribbean publishing, 1711-1900: a preliminary subject analysis”, Scholarly Publishing (Canada) 22:4 (July 1991), 231-240.
- “The availability and use of books in libraries in nineteenth century Bendigo, Australia”, Libraries & Culture: A Journal of Library History (USA) 27:2 (Spring 1992), 143-176.
- “Some aspects of the printing and the distribution of the Bendigo Advertiser”, The Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand Bulletin 16:2 (Second Quarter, 1992), 75-83.
- “Printing in Victoria, Australia, 1850-1900”, The Library (Great Britain) Sixth Series 16:1 (March 1994), 30-42.
- “Printing and the book trade in early Nelson”, (Wellington, NZ: Elibank Press), 1996 ISBN:0-9583496-1-4.
- “Information-seeking behavior of design, process and manufacturing engineers”, Library & Information Science Research (USA) 25:3 & 4 (2003), 459-476.
- “Promoting commercial activities in Cape Town newspapers, 1876-1901”, Social Dynamics (South Africa) 30:1 (2004), 170-192.
- “Advertising in Australian newspapers: the case of the Bendigo Advertiser and the Bendigo Independent”, Publishing History (Great Britain) 56 (2004), 53-70.
- “Publishing in Victoria, Australia, 1851-1900”, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 101:2 (2007), 170-192.