SLIS Community News, Summer 2018

July 10, 2018

Em Claire Knowles at ALA Conference 2018

Conference presentations, keynote speeches and awards granted to faculty, staff, students and alums!


Senior Lecturer Rebecca Davis gave two presentations at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA on May 21: "Transforming Health Sciences/Medical Libraries Courses for Library and Information Science Students" and a poster titled, "Active Learning in Library Instruction for Students in Problem Based Learning."

Assistant Professor Catherine Dumas is part of a SIG SM (Social Media) panel, "Politicians & the Public: The Analysis of Political Communication in Social Media," that was accepted at the 81st Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) 2018 Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, November 10-14. In addition, Dumas and Colin Rhinesmith are part of the program and organizing committees for a SIG SI, IEP, SM Workshop, at ASIS&T "The 14th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium: Sociotechnical perspective on ethics and governance of emerging information technologies," at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada, November 10.

Assistant Professor Colin Rhinesmith will co-present a paper, “Edge Perspectives in Online Scholarly Communities: A Network Analysis of #critlib” at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting, in Vancouver, Canada this fall. Rhinesmith spoke at the Cambridge Public Library on June 21, "Dividing Lines: Why Is Internet Access Still A Luxury In America?"

Associate Professor Laura Saunders was quoted in the American Libraries article, “Our Vocation Is Information,” which also mentioned the recent "Know News" Symposium. The Symposium was featured on Innovation Hub in June.

Associate Professor Rong Tang's paper, "Towards a More Inclusive Technical Website: Knowledge Gaps, Performance, Experience, and Perception Differences Among Various User Groups," was accepted for at the 81st ASIS&T Annual Meeting, which will be held in Vancouver, Canada, November 10-14. This paper was the outcome of Tang's research grant, funded by NEH through a subcontract with WGBH. Her co-authors are SLIS students Wenqing Lu, Will Gregg, Steven Gentry, and Stephen Humeston. Tang's panel proposal "ALISE@ASIS&T: Building an LIS Research-Teaching Nexus" was also accepted to the 2018 ASIS&T Annual Meeting.


Em Claire Knowles, Assistant Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs, gave the keynote speech at the Beta Phi Mu Annual Meeting at the ALA Annual Conference on June 23 in New Orleans, LA. Knowles is the winner of the 2017 Beta Phi Mu award. At the event, Beta Phi Mu celebrated their 70th anniversary. Pictured above.

Students   SLIS West Students Olivia Eberli, Elizabeth Pawlowski and Norman Berlin with Eric Poulin

SLIS West students Olivia Eberli, Elizabeth Pawlowski and Norman Berlin, pictured right with SLIS West Coordinator Eric Poulin, gave a presentation, "Think, Pair, Share—But Don't Stop There: Creative Teaching Techniques for Effective Instruction" at the Massachusetts Library Association Conference on May 22.

SLIS West student Judith Haran recently had her paper, "The Nuremberg Trials Project at Harvard Law School: Making History Accessible to All," published in the Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies: Vol. 5 , Article 9.

Computer Science/Math student Pam (Peizhu) Qian has been selected for the Grace Hopper Student Scholarship to attend the 2018 Grace Hopper Celebration in Houston, Texas, September 26-28.

SLIS student Alessandra Seiter has been awarded the Progressive Librarians Guild's 2018 Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize for the essay "Libraries, Power, and Justice: Toward a Sociohistorically Informed Intellectual Freedom." The Braverman Memorial Prize is awarded annually to a student in Library Science or Archival Studies for an essay submitted on the theme of progressive or activist librarianship. Alessandra's essay will be published in a forthcoming issue of Progressive Librarian and Alessandra will also receive a small monetary award to help offset the cost of travel to the ALA's Annual Conference, where the award will be presented at the PLG's annual dinner. 


Ashleigh Coren '14MS, Netanel Ganin '15MS, and Samantha Quiñon '16MS, were chosen as "Emerging Leaders" by American Libraries.

Maura Deedy '06MS is Library Advisory Specialist for the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Previously, she was Assistant Director of Libraries at the Robbins Library in Arlington.

David S. Ferriero '74MS, 10th Archivist of the United States, presented “The Librarian and the Archivist” with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden at the ALA Annual Conference on June 24. Hayden and Ferriero discussed “the importance of collecting physical information and materials in the digital age,” as well as the role of the Library of Congress and the National Archives in making their valuable resources accessible to the public.

Children's Lit MFA graduate Luisana Duarte Armendariz '17MA/MFA received a New Vision Award from Lee & Low Books. Her middle grade novel The Regent Enigma, will be published by Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low.

MFA alumna Laura Quinlan '17MFA was one of four writers to receive the PEN New England Susan P Bloom Discovery Award presented at Simmons on May 20.

Courtney L. Young ’97MS, head librarian and professor of women’s studies at Penn State University–Allegheny, has been named university librarian at Colgate.

Main photo: Em Claire Knowles in New Orleans for the ALA Annual Conference. Photo courtesy of Dean Eileen Abels.

Second photo from left: Olivia Eberli, Elizabeth Pawlowski, Norman Berlin and Eric Poulin.