SLIS Community News, September 2017

October 05, 2017

Colin Rhinesmith

Recent news of faculty and alumni accomplishments


Associate Professor Melanie Kimball attended the annual Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) conference in June in Victoria, British Columbia, where she presented her paper, "Tales for the Youngest Readers: The Rise and Fall (?) of Board Books.”

Dean and Professor Emerita James M. Matarazzo ’65LS and Dr. Toby Pearlstein ’77LS, ’86LDS have a new book, Handbook of Information Management to be published in Fall 2017 by Emerald. Pearlstein and Matarazzo’s article, “New Management Realities for Special Libraries,” which appeared online in Searcher, May 2016, has been translated and published in National Diet Library Current Awareness Bulletin (in Japanese) No. 316, September 2016.

Assistant Professor Colin Rhinesmith co-edited a special issue of The Journal of Community Informatics, with David Nemer (University of Kentucky) and SLIS student Christiana Urbano. The issue features selections from the 2016 Community Informatics Research Network Conference in Prato, Italy. The theme of the conference was “Engaging with Participation, Activism, and Technologies.”

Senior Lecturer Rebecka Sheffield’s book, Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer, has been nominated for a Toronto Book Award.

Associate Professor Rong Tang worked with the ALISE Board of Directors to compile a resource list on the topic of "Diversity and LIS Education." The resource list will be published in the October 2017 issue of Journal of Education for Library and Information Science. Tang's short paper titled "The Scholarly Discourse and Topical Interconnections within the Realm of Information Behavior Research," co-authored with former SLIS faculty member Chaoqun Ni, was accepted for presentation at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. this October. Tang also co-authored a paper titled "Teaching User Experience (UX) in LIS Programs and iSchools in North America: Challenges and Innovations" with R. Jean Thrift ’17LS, which will be presented at the ALISE 2018 Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado next February. Tang organized and developed a panel proposal titled "Teaching Research Methods in LIS Programs: Approaches, Formats, and Innovative Strategies," which will be presented at the ALISE annual conference in February 2018 in Denver, Colorado. Rong Tang and Assistant Professor Kyong Eun Oh's short paper entitled "University Students’ Evaluative and Affective Reactions to Inclusion/Exclusion-Related Political News: A Diary Study" was accepted to be presented at ASIS&T SIGUSE 2017 Research Symposium on October 28, 2017.


Erica Eynouf '10LS was appointed Dean of Library Services at Springfield Technical Community College.

The Burlington Public Library trustees recently appointed Michael Wick ’09LS as the town’s new library director