SLIS Community News, January 2018

January 31, 2018

Stephen Ortega and Quincy Knapp

Accomplishments and adventures of our faculty, alumni, students and staff


SLIS Assistant Professor Janet Ceja co-wrote an article to be published in The Library Quarterly. The article, "Immigrant Rights Advocacy as Records Literacy in Latinx Communities" was co-written with Desiree Alaniz '17LS and former SLIS faculty member Mónica Colón-Aguirre, now at East Carolina University. Ceja also presented with Adam Schutzman '16LS at the AMIA Conference in New Orleans, LA in December. The presentation, on competencies in audiovisual archiving curriculum, was translated into Japanese by Collaborative Cataloging Japan, an international non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of Japanese experimental moving images.

Daniel Joudrey

SLIS Associate Professor Daniel Joudrey’s book, The Organization of Information, 4th Edition, was published by Libraries Unlimited in November 2017 (pictured right). The third edition of this book has been published in Arabic and Vietnamese, the second edition in Chinese.

Children’s Literature Professor Cathryn Mercier was quoted in The Boston Globe on January 9 in an article about Junot Diaz's new children's book.

SLIS Associate Professor Laura Saunders was quoted in article in Poynter about how patrons trust their libraries and librarians.

SLIS Assistant Professor Amber Stubbs gave a keynote presentation, "Getting Started with APIs" at the New England Chapter of the Association for Information Science and Technology (NE ASIS&T) winter conference on January 8.


Ashleigh Coren ’14LS and Netanel Ganin ’15LS were accepted into the 2018 ALA Emerging Leaders program.

Alma Ramos-McDermott ’07LS was selected to serve a two year term with the Newbery Committee. An elementary school Media Specialist in Immokalee, FL, Ramos-McDermott is a reviewer with The Horn Book Magazine.

Biostatistics alum Iman Saeed '15 won the Master's Thesis Award of Excellence for the Biostatistics Department at Brown. Her project, "Comparison of Methods for Handling Missing Data in Randomized Controlled Trials," also won Best Master's Poster at Public Health Research Day.

Karen E Selden ’95LS was elected to the Executive Board of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). Her three year term as a Member at Large will run from July 2018 to July 2021. Selden is the Metadata Services Librarian at the William A. Wise Law Library at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder, CO.   

Jehan Sinclair ’16LS was featured in the Schlesinger Library Newsletter for her work in the archives, specifically for processing the Schlesinger's backlog of African American collections. 

Heather Soyka ’07LS joined the faculty of Kent State University School of Information as a tenure track faculty member in February 2017.


SLIS Doctoral Student Sylmari Burgos-Ramirez received an award to attend the annual ALISE Conference in Colorado in February 2018. 


Em Claire in library in IndiaAssistant Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs Em Claire Knowles (pictured left with librarian) traveled to India with a group of students for the history course, “Cross Cultural Encounters" taught by Stephen Ortega, Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in History/Archives Management. The group included LIS student Quincy Knapp (pictured above with Stephen Ortega). This was the first travel history course. The group spent most of their time in Cochin and visited mosques, temples, a Jewish graveyard, a Dutch cemetery, and Catholic churches and grave yard. They also visited Trivandrum, the home of the royal family of maharajahs and maharanis (kings and queens), and went to nearby St. Albert's University and held several cross-cultural discussions with their graduate students. More photos of the trip can be found on the SLIS Facebook page

Research & Instruction Librarian and Zine Librarian Dawn Stahura wrote a chapter for the recently-published book, The Feminist Reference Desk: Concepts, Critiques, and Conversations. The book is available at Beatley Library.