SLIS Community News

May 02, 2018

SLIS West students at Last Day of classes Lunch on April 28, 2018

Books, presentations and other accomplishments of our faculty, students and alumnae/i.


Grant News! SLIS Senior Lecturer Rachel D. Williams has been awarded a grant from the New England Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine for her project, "Meeting the Needs of People in Crisis at the Boston Public Library." The project is a collaborative effort with Assistant Professor Lydia Ogden (Social Work) and involves conducting focus groups and workshops with Boston Public Library staff. Their study examines service challenges for library staff as they help people in crisis. The project also seeks to identify effective ways of engaging with people experiencing crises and address training resource needs that would be most helpful for staff.

Michèle Cloonan’s book, The Monumental Challenge of Preservation: The Past in a Volatile World, was published by MIT Press (2018).

The Simmons symposium on the challenges of misinformation and “fake news” was mentioned in a Poynter article about library-trained news researchers. The symposium was organized by Associate Professor Laura Saunders.

Adjunct Professor Anita Silvey gave the annual Barbara Elleman Research Library Lecture on April 28 at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst. Silvey discussed the stories behind some of the great Caldecott medal and honor books.

On March 28, SLIS West Adjunct Jennifer Adams ’07LS participated with recent SLIS West graduates Tim Dolan ’16LS and Marko Packard ’17LS in a roundtable discussion at Greenfield Community College on the topic of Librarianship as a Career. SLIS West Coordinator Eric Poulin facilitated the discussion, which aimed at helping to demystify the pathway to careers in libraries for community college students. SLIS West also celebrated Last Day Lunch, sponsored by LISSA West, honoring the last day of spring semester classes at SLIS West on April 28 (pictured above).


Doctoral student, Alyson Gamble, won a NEASIST student travel award to the ASIST 2018 Annual Meeting. 

Hsiu-Ann Tom is the recipient of a student stipend award to attend SLA 2018 Annual Conference, June 9-13 in Baltimore, Maryland. According to the awards committee, Hsiu-Ann’s essay “clearly outlined how attending SLA Annual would align with her professional goal of working as a military records archivist.”

The following computer science students were inducted into Sigma XI, the honorary scientific research society:

  • Giulia Pintea worked with Donna Beers on "Evaluating the Perception of Roma People in Europe Through Social Network "Analysis. Giulia presented her research as a keynote speaker at the Undergraduate Symposium on April 24. 
  • Mikaela Scheff worked with Margaret Menzin on “The Scheduling Problem: Minimizing Conflicts”
  • Michelle Medici and Natalie Moore worked with Nanette Veilleux on “Automatic Interpretation of Speech Contours and Interlocutor Signalling.” Michelle and Natalie presented this research during the poster presentations at the Undergraduate Symposium on April 24. 
  • Pam (Peizhu) Qian worked with Nanette Veilleux on “Relationship Between Anthropometric Characteristics of Female Rowers Age 18-22 and Their Pacing Strategies on a 2000-meter Ergometer Test.” Pam presented this research during the poster presentations at the Undergraduate Symposium on April 24. 


Victoria Amorello ’15LS has been named the next executive director of Waterville Valley Academy as of July 2018. Amorello is currently the director of enrollment, financial aid and external programs at Burke Mountain Academy. 

Megan Blakemore ’04LS had an article titled "Problem Scoping Design Thinking and Close Reading: Makerspaces in the School Library" published in Knowledge Quest.

Olivia Gatti ’07LS is running for Topsfield library trustee

Irene Gillies ’78LS retired on April 1 after serving 39 years as director of the Eldredge Public Library in Chatham, Massachusetts.  

Children’s Lit graduate and author Mackenzie Lee ’14LS was featured in the Boston Globe on March 27. 

Brenda Mitchell-Powell '15PhD received a Certificate of Merit as a part of the 2017 Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award for her dissertation entitled “A Seat at the Reading Table: The 1939 Alexandria, Virginia, Public Library Sit-in Demonstration – A Study in Library History, 1937-1941.” The certificate will be presented during the ALA Annual Meeting in June. 

Charles O'Bryan ’17LDS and Karen Schneider ’17LDS have co-written an article, “Zero-Based Budgeting In a Cutback Scenario For A Small Academic Library,” now published in Library Leadership & Management

Jerome Offord ’15LDS has joined DeEtta Jones and Associates as Senior Associate and Managing Partner.

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

Kristen M. Schuster ’12LS was recognized in the "Notable Dissertations" list in American Libraries on May 1. 

Computer Science alum Dr. Laney Strange '02 was invited to speak at the Hazel Dick Leonard Symposium 2018. Strange was hosted Sherry Siebel, a Computer Science student and current HDL scholar.

Courtney Young ’97LS was featured on the Penn State website for her work in diversity and inclusion at the University.

Photo courtesy of Eric Poulin.