SLIS Community News, March 2017

April 05, 2017

Eileen Abels

Panels, presentations, and other news from our Faculty, Staff, and Alumni


Dean Eileen Abels participated in the Keynote Panel Session at “Library 2.017: Expertise, Competencies and Careers,” on March 29. The web conference covers what skills librarians of the future will need to support their libraries.

Associate Professor Gerald Benoit presented “Critical Theory, LIS and Civic Engagement” as part of the Public Lecture Series on March 22. Benoit also gave two presentations at Harvard Libraries about the role and future of “Information Visualization” in library service. He is currently creating an information visualization program and training program for librarians to be informed about InfoVis services. He is now the Communications Officer for SIG-VIS, the visualization, arts and media group of ASIS&T.

Professor Margaret Menzin has organized “STEMinars”: hour long meetings at which three STEM faculty members discuss scientific papers. In March, Menzin led a discussion of the paper "Sex as an Algorithm" and Prof. Veilleux led a discussion of her manuscript "Evidence, Intonation and Prosody."

Assistant Professor Kyong Eun Oh's article, "Types of personal information categorization: Rigid, fuzzy, and flexible" has been published in the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology.  

Professor Nanette Veilleux participated at a panel “Community Engagement with Free and Open Source Software” and a Birds of a Feather session “SIGCSE Reads: Time for Book Discussion” at the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) Technical Symposium held on March 8 in Seattle, Washington.


Dawn Stahura, Simmons’ Zine Librarian, will be teaching a new eCourse she designed for ALA, “Introduction to Critical Information Literacy: Promoting Social Justice through Librarianship.” The 5-week eCourse starts on Monday, April 10. In Fall 2017, Stahura will teach LIS 222 Mending Paths to Social Change at Simmons.


Michelle Baildon ’03LS was featured in American Libraries Magazine in an article, “Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Dispatches from ACRL.” Baildon, collections strategist for arts and humanities and a science, technology, and society librarian, presented a poster March 23 at ACRL titled “Creating a Social Justice Mindset.”

Todd Gilman ’01LS, Librarian for Literature in English at the Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University, edited Academic Librarianship Today; the new volume was published by Rowman & Littlefield in February 2017. He will present a free ACRL-Choice webinar about the book on July 18, sponsored by Rowman & Littlefield.