SLIS Community News, March 2018

March 27, 2018

Movers and Shakers 2018

New positions, publications and awards for SLIS faculty and alumni.


Dean and Professor Emerita Michèle Cloonan and Adjunct Sidney Berger have a collection of decorated papers currently on exhibition at Cushing Library at Texas A&M University. The exhibit, "The Angel in the Marble," opened on March 1. 

Associate Professor Amy Pattee was quoted in a Boston Globe story about the most frequently lost books at the Boston Public Library.

Jeff Pomerantz, currently a Visiting Professor, will join the SLIS faculty as an Associate Professor of Practice. Pomerantz will take on the role of Online Coordinator previously held by Associate Professor Laura Saunders, and will serve on the Assessment Committee. He has been teaching online and hybrid courses since 2001 and he taught a MOOC on metadata; he recently held the position of Senior Researcher with the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research.  

Associate Professor Rong Tang's paper entitled "Cognitive Styles and Eye Movement Patterns: An Empirical Investigation into Users’ Interactions with Interface Elements and Visualization Objects of a Scientific Information System" has been accepted by Information Research. The second author of the paper is Yeseul Song. Tang also co-authored an article with Assistant Professor Kyong Eun Oh, “How Do University Students Receive, Read, Find, Share, and Store News? A Survey Study on Mobile News Behavior” published by the Journal of Library & Information Studies.

Senior Lecturer Rachel Williams presented a paper, "Boundaries, Third Spaces, and Public Librarianship," at the iConference in Sheffield, UK on March 27. Williams has been invited to participate in a guest panel discussion, "Homelessness and Public Libraries" at the Texas Library Association in Dallas, Texas on April 5.


SLIS student Patricia Besser has received a grant to attend the National Educational Conference on Managing Electronic Records.

An Alternative Spring Break volunteer experience at the Papercut Zine Library was coordinated by SLIS student Lena Gluck, the Diversity & Inclusion Fellow, in collaboration with Des Alaniz '17LS representing the Papercut Zine Library. Students volunteered during Spring Break to catalog and inventory the Library's collection of 16,000 zines.

School Library Teacher student Maura O'Toole was awarded the Audrey Friend Scholarship by the Massachusetts School Library Association (MSLA).


Three SLIS alumni (pictured, above) were chosen by Library Journal as 2018 Movers & ShakersLaurie Allen ’02LS, recognized as an "Advocate," is the Director for Digital Scholarship at University of Pennsylvania Libraries in Philadelphia. She created an online repository and organized volunteers to preserve data from federal websites at risk of disappearing under the new administration. Another "Advocate," Lisa Lindsay ’05LS, is Manager of Community Services at the Fresno County Public Library in California. Lindsay produced the documentary, Our Lives: Surviving the Streets of Fresno, that sheds light on homelessness in Fresno County and encourages community awareness and dialog. Jay Moschella ’10LS, in the "Digital Developer" category, is the Curator of Rare Books at the Boston Public Library (BPL). Moschella was highlighted for his role as lead curator of BPL’s Shakespeare Unauthorized exhibition (October 2016–March 2017).

Megan Blakemore '04LS wrote an article, "Problem Scoping Design Thinking and Close Reading: Makerspaces in the School Library," which has been published in Knowledge Quest. Blakemore is currently a student in the SLIS doctoral program. 

Katie Olivo ’14LS will be the Associate Director for Graduate and International Recruitment at Shenandoah University this April. Olivo has been a full-time staff member in SLIS Admissions for five years, and is an alumna of the Dual Archives/History program.

Karen G. Schneider '17LDS and Charles O'Bryan '17LDS co-authored "Zero-Based Budgeting In a Cutback Scenario For A Small Academic Library" published in Library Leadership & Management

Matt Sullivan '14LS wrote a paper, "Why Librarians Can't Fight Fake News," which has been published online by the Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. Sullivan wrote the paper following an independent study on misinformation.

Congratulations to the following SLIS alumni who received MSLA awards at the annual MSLA 2018 Conference, March 25-26 in Worcester, Massachusetts.

  • Hallisey Lifetime Achievement: Katherine Lowe ’90LS and Leslie Lomasson ’06LS
  • Service Award: Jennifer Reed ’05LS
  • M.S.L.A. (Super Librarian): Kim Brown ’07LS, Susan Harari ’10LS, Nancy Snow ’03LS, and Elizabeth Stockwood ’05GS (MA, Children’s Lit)
  • President's Award: Morgan VanClief ’15LS, Bonnie McBride ’15LS, and Jill Leibowitz ’15LS
  • Web Seal of Excellence: Emily Houston ’13LS and Kendall Boninti ’06LS

For more information about the specific awards, visit the MSLA website.