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Dr. Deborah Swain

Curriculum Vitae: Swain-Curriculum-Vitae-2016

Associate Professor

School of Library and Information Sciences
North Carolina Central University
Durham, North Carolina 27707
Office Phone:  919-530-7502
Home Office: 919-833-9028
Email: dswain@nccu.edu



Dr. Deborah E. Swain, PhD., is Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Sciences at NC Central University in Durham, NC. She has over 20 years experience in process engineering, organizational design, business and technical training. She has managed information projects for corporations such as IBM, AT&T, and Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. In 1999, she completed her doctorate in Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also has an MA from UNC-CH in English and a BA from Duke University.

Her professional career includes working as a systems engineer, technical editor, and project manager. She has published articles and contributed chapters to books. Her areas of academic research are social network analysis, collaboration, digital libraries, health informatics, and knowledge management. In addition to her faculty position at NC Central University, Dr. Swain has also taught at UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State University, and Campbell University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in information science, knowledge bases and metadata.

Dr. Swain has presented papers and workshops at conferences for the ASIS&T, ICKM, STC, and IEEE on knowledge management, use cases, database design, computer interfaces, information retrieval/indexing, online help design, expert systems, quality and process auditing, business communications, and software engineering. She is now involved in research in health informatics and social network analysis (SNA) mapping for knowledge management in healthcare, communities, businesses and educational organizations.

Dr. Swain is married to James (Jamie) Hamilton, and they live in their hometown of Raleigh. They first met in kindergarten and both graduated from Broughton High School there. He has a BA in History at NC State University and currently designs granite and marble counters. Dr. Swain has one daughter, Tristram (Tristy) Swain Evely, who also went to Broughton High in Raleigh and graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro. Currently, she is living in Raleigh, NC.

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