February SLIS Community News

February 28, 2014

Awards, Publications, and Presentations from Faculty, Staff, Students and Alums

Alex Berman '11LS was a guest blogger on the popular Hack Library School blog. In his post, Alternative Careers for LIS Grads, Berman shares his experiences finding LIS work outside of libraries or archives.

Professor of Practice Linda Braun and Lisa Nathan '03LS, professor at the University of British Columbia, have both received WISE awards for Excellence in Teaching. http://www.wiseeducation.org/faculty/bestpractices2013.aspx.

Brandie Doyle '11LS has been promoted to Head of Circulation Services at Russell Library in Middletown, CT. She will supervise circulation staff and materials, registration of borrowers, and interlibrary loans, as well as oversee maintenance of the adult circulating book collection. In addition, she will select materials for the adult fiction collection. She is Chair of the Connecticut Library Association's Customer Service Committee. Doyle has also written for Public Libraries Online, the companion website to the print publication Public Libraries.

Simmons GSLIS Allen Smith Visiting Scholar Jeff Friedman's "The Eros of Oral History" lecture and performance was held on January 31, 2014 at Simmons College in partnership with the Boston Conservatory. The free event featured a lecture about oral history in the performing arts, including a production of new primary source materials, such as recorded interviews, textual interpretations, as well as a performance from Friedman's danced-based solo work titled Muscle Memory. The lecture and performance has received international acclaim throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, and New Zealand.

Associate Professor Lisa Hussey, Assistant Professors Mary Wilkins Jordan, Monica Colon-Aguirre, and Laura Saunders are doing a panel presentation for ACRL/NEC at Holy Cross in Worcester on May 9, titled "Leveraging Every Opportunity: Using Peer-to-Peer, Classroom Assessment, and Self-Reflection to Improve Teaching."

This semester, GSLIS faculty Lisa Hussey and Melanie Kimball were granted tenure and will become associate professors on July 1, 2014.

Associate Professor Daniel Joudrey and GSLIS master's student Ryan McGinnis appeared on a panel titled "Biennial Educators Meeting: What Skills are Needed for the Next Generation Cataloger/Metadata Professional" at the ALISE Conference on January 24, co-sponsored by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services and the Association for Library and Information Science Education. The panel addressed questions about how cataloging and metadata professionals can adapt to changes in the workforce and classroom with solutions and partnerships.

Associate Professor Daniel Joudrey discussed the present and future needs of LIS programs, and their limitations, during the Biennial Educators Meeting at ALA Midwinter on January 24, 2014. A photograph taken during the presentation was included in Cognotes (page 6). The full issue of Cognotes can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1eOfZdY.

Laura Krier '09LS co-authored Data Management for Libraries, published by ALA TechSource, 2014.

Myrna Morales, PhD student and ALA Spectrum Doctoral Fellow, spoke on a panel moderated by Andromeda Yelton '10LS. The panel was titled "Challenges of Gender Issues in Technology Librarianship." The presentation occurred during ALA Midwinter 2014 in Philadelphia, PA.

Adjunct Robin Morrow was honored with an award from the Order of Australia for significant service to children's literature. Further details are available on the Governor General's website at http://www.gg.gov.au/australia-day-2014-honours-lists.

GSLIS Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Dual Degree Program in LIS/Children's Literature Amy S. Pattee recently published her second book, Developing Library Collections for Today's Young Adults. Pattee developed a comprehensive guide to young adult literature collection development. Additional details can be found in the book review.

GSLIS congratulates Toby Pearlstein '77LS, '87DA, the winner of the Alumni Achievement Award. Pearlstein has published and presented extensively with Dean Emeritus and Professor James Matarazzo. The two most recently co-authored Special Libraries: A Survival Guide (Libraries Unlimited, 2013) which was featured at the SLA New England Fall Meeting at Simmons College. Prior to her retirement, Pearlstein was Director of Global Information Services at Bain & Company, Inc. Before that, she was Chief Librarian & Archivist at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. She has been active in the Special Libraries Association since 1977. To read more about Pearlstein on the news page, click here.

Assistant Professor Laura Saunders is giving a presentation titled "Faculty Perspectives on Information Literacy: What They Want and What We Can Do about It" at NERCOMP in Providence RI, March 25. On January 28, Assistant Professor Laura Saunders presented a training session to librarians at the Boston Public Library on best practices for instruction, titled "The Accidental Instructor." On February 7, Saunders spoke to the Council of Connecticut Academic Library Directors on "Information Literacy Trends in Higher Education."

Assistant Professors Laura Saunders and Mary Wilkins Jordan co-authored an article, "Significantly Different?: Reference Services Competencies in Public and Academic Libraries," which was selected as the winner of the 2014 Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) Press Award. The award will be presented at the RUSA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV, June 26 - July 1. Saunders and Jordan are also doing a presentation at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas on June 30, titled "Crash Course in Evaluation Research."