SLIS Community News, November 2015

November 10, 2015

A round-up of recent SLIS faculty, alumni, and student accomplishments

Dean Eileen Abels was a featured presenter at the New England Library Association's annual conference in Manchester, NH. Her talk, “Educating Information Professionals for the Future” was presented on October 27. Abels also participated in an interactive panel session, “Envisioning our Information Future and How to Educate for It: A Community Conversation” at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO on Tuesday, November 10.

Associate Professor Naresh Agarwal and Assistant Professor Kyong Eun Oh presented a panel titled “Information Seeking and Beyond: Impacts of Studying Different Forms of Information Behavior” at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri on November 9. Agarwal also presented a poster at ASIS&T, “How does Knowledge Management affect Service Innovation in Academic Libraries?: A survey study.”

SLIS student Dhyana Berry's band Radclyffe Hall, has been nominated by the Boston Music Awards for Electronic Artist of the Year. Help them win by voting for them at The Boston Music Awards website.

SLIS Professor Emeritus Maggie Bush attended the Celebration and Reunion of Boston Public Schools Library Program on October 29. Bush was an instructor at UMass and a supporter of the BPS School library program.

Krista McLeod ’85LS was awarded the Emerson Greenaway award at New England Library Association (NELA) Annual Conference in Danvers, MA, October 25-27, 2015. The Emerson Greenaway Award is NELA’s award for distinguished service in librarianship. 

SLIS was well represented at the Boston Book Festival on October 24. Professor Cathryn Mercier moderated a session on middle grade fiction with Rebecca Stead, Patricia Reilly Giff and Tamara Ellis Smith. Associate Professor Amy Pattee led a panel discussion on masculinity in YA literature, featuring authors Andrew Smith, Matt de la Pena, Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. Laura Koenig ’07LS, Boston Public Library children’s services team leader, moderated a YA panel on regret and recovery with authors Edwidge Danticat, Adam Silvera and Cammie McGovern. And CE instructor Robin Brenner introduced YA author Libba Bray.

SLIS welcomes Amy Ryan for a one year appointment as Advisor in Residence, which began October 1. Amy Ryan has over 35 years of public library management experience. From 2008 to 2015, she was the president of Boston Public Library (BPL), providing leadership to one of the most comprehensive library systems in the country. Prior to her role at the BPL, Ryan served in leadership positions for over 28 years with Minneapolis Public Library culminating in the directorship of the nationally recognized Hennepin County Library in Minnesota, which serves one million residents with a system of 41 libraries.

SLIS West student Katy Wight was elected to the Forbes Library Board of Trustees. She was one of 5 candidates running for 3 trustee seats.