Assistant to the Associate Dean/Assistant Program Director Deborah Torres works closely with Associate Dean Deborah Grealy on program activities and serves as the program's assessment and program effectiveness coordinator.
She also coordinates co-curricular events, supports student services, including acting as the program's liaison to the MLIS Student Goverance Organization (SGO).
A former MLIS faculty member (Fall 2003-Winter 2010), she currently acts as an staff advisor, assisting the faculty, for MLIS students interested in careers in archives, digital libraries and public libraries. Her recent teaching included courses on Archives and Special Collections, Digital Libraries, and Library 2.0 and Social Networking Technologies.
Her past research projects have focused on understanding family historians' and genealogists' use of records and archival collections, and the role of family photographs in everyday life.
Deborah is active in the Society of American Archives (SAA) and is a former chair of the Archival Educators Roundtable. She has a strong interest in diversity in higher education and is a member of the Minnesota Network of Latinos in Higher Education (MNHLE).
Deborah's first career was in newspaper journalism and photography. She entered the LIS profession via public libraries, first serving as a library circulation assistant and then director of the Saugatuck-Douglas District Library in Michigan. While undertaking graduate studies at the University of Michigan in the 1990's, Deborah made another transition in her interests to archives, digital photographs and family history collections.