Director of School of Library and Information Science steps down for health reasons

David Lankes, director of the School of Library and Information Science at USC, has stepped down from his position and will return to a faculty role to focus on his health. Assistant Professor Dick Kawooya will become the interim director in Lankes' absence. 

Lankes recently underwent chemotherapy to treat cancer.

"Tremendous colleague. We suppprt [sic] and value his continued contributions to @slisSS and @UofSC_CIC," said Tom Reichert, the dean of the College of Information and Communications. 

In Lankes' absence, he will be undergoing his second allogeneic stem cell transplant, a year-long process. He underwent the procedure a few years ago where he was his own donor. This time, his son will fill that role. 

"My son is going to save my life," Lankes said in a blog post. 

To read Lankes' full blog post, click here

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