Susan Aber is a geologist, gemologist, and map librarian who received her Ph.D. in Library and Information Science at Emporia State University (ESU), Emporia, Kansas. In addition to teaching a distance course at NCCU, she is the Director of the Science and Math Education Center Library and Planetarium at ESU. She taught in the ESU Earth Science Department for over 20 years. Her LIS dissertation focused on the information needs and information-seeking behaviors of geoscience educators in the academic community. She managed the ESU Federal Depository Map Library for over 10 years and taught for various library schools in a distance education mode since completing her doctorate.
Aber teaches many of her classes in an online format. For LIS topics her focus is on information resources and services specific to science and technology, as well as map, geographic information systems and map librarianship. Her research interests are in information use and user studies, as well as the scientific visualization of information using kite aerial photography (KAP - www.geospectra.net/kite) and amber (academic.emporia.edu/abersusa). Susan travels extensively and has won a prestigious award, along with her colleague and husband, from the American Association for the Advancement of Science/National Science Foundation for their KAP work on an Estonian bog.