SLIS Community News, October 2015

October 14, 2015

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

Associate Professor Naresh Agarwal’s paper, “Towards a Definition of Serendipity in Information Behaviour,” was published in Information Research, Vol. 20, No. 3, September 2015. 

Associate Professor Gerald Benoit presented “Innovation Case Study: How a Successful Project Failed” at the Public Lecture Series on September 22. The report and slides are available on the Public Lecture Series website. Benoit's articles, “Visual Communication as an Information Activity” and “The ‘Beautiful’ in Information: Thoughts on Visual Literacy and Aesthetics” were accepted by the Journal of Visual Literacy.

Adjunct Sidney Berger’s next book, An ABCDerium of Book Terminology, a glossary of terms related to books and publishing, will be published later this year by Rowman & Littlefield. Berger also published an article with the British Association of Paper History on dandy rolls: the parts of large papermaking machines that put watermarks into paper.

Adjunct Cynthia Correia was inducted into the Competitive Intelligence (CI) Council of Fellows, the top recognition conferred in the field of competitive intelligence. She received her Fellows Award at the CI Fellows Annual Meeting on October 7-8 in Chicago, Illinois. Correia also presented “Managing Research & Intelligence Bias: How to Get Out of Your Own Way and Lead the Way for Your Customers,” at The Competitive Intelligence and Market Research Summit in Boston on September 17. She will present “Beyond Revenue, Returns, and Rationales: Methods to Make More Convincing Business Cases” at Elsevier’s event, “Staying Ahead of the Research Curve,” in Boston on October 28.

SLIS Master’s student Katelyn Duncan was awarded the SIG-IEP Best Student Paper Award for her paper, “Free Our History from Copyright: Librarians Advocating for Intellectual Property Policy Reform via Social Media and Steps Towards an IP Policy Streams Model.”

Adjunct Deborah Lang Froggatt’s article, “The Informationally Underserved: Not Always Diverse, but Always a Social Justice Advocacy Model” was published in International Association of School Librarianship’s School Libraries Worldwide: School Libraries and Diversity in the 21st Century, Volume 21, Number 1, January 2015. Froggatt received her Ph.D. from Simmons in 2014; the article is based on her dissertation research, presented through a social justice lens. Froggatt was recently appointed Director of Library Services of Boston Public School. The Director of Library Services position is now under the new Boston Public Schools Department of Strategy.

Dean and Professor James Matarazzo ’65LS and Dr. Toby Pearlstein ’77LS ’87LDS published an article titled, “Corporate Libraries: Bellwether of Change for the Library World at Large,” in Revista Biblioteca Univesitaria, V. 18, No. 1, June 2015, pp.3-12.  This journal is published at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Matarazzo presented the article as a keynote address at the 12th Annual International Conference on Academic Libraries in Mexico City on October 29, 2014. Drs. Matarazzo and Pearlstein presented a webinar, “New Management Realities for Special Libraries,” on October 14, 2015 sponsored by SiriDynix.

Alma Ramos-McDermott ’08LS, is the new Schools Coordinator for the Blue Zones Project of Southwest Florida. She will work with Principals, Teachers and Parents on school Wellness Committees in Collier and Lee County schools to incorporate wellness principles from the school district, as well as from the Blue Zones, to create a healthier school environment.

Adjunct Lauren Rizzuto has written a chapter titled “Jo March is Pregnant and Laurie’s the Father’: Alcott in the Fanfiction Community,” published in Critical Insights: Little Women, eds. Gregory Eiselein and Anne K. Phillips, June 2015.

Assistant Professor Laura Saunders has published the following articles: “Academic Libraries' Strategic Plans: Top Trends and Under-Recognized Areas,” Journal Of Academic Librarianship, 41(3), 285-291, May 2015; “Information Behaviors and Information Literacy Skills of LIS Students: An International Perspective,” Journal Of Education For Library & Information Science, 56S80-S99, July 2015; “Professional Perspectives on Library and Information Science Education” in Library Quarterly, 85(4), 427-453, October 2015.

Adjunct Anna Staniszewski '05MA/MFA had her middle grade novel The Dirt Diary nominated for the 2017 Louisiana Readers’ Choice Award for grades 6-8. Staniszewski's first picture book, Power Down, Little Robot, was published by Henry Holt/Macmillan, March 2015. Her most recent middle grade novel, I'm With Cupid, was published by Sourcebooks in July 2015.