SLIS Community News, October 2018

October 31, 2018

Naresh Agarwal

News from faculty and alumnae/i!

Faculty

SLIS hosted a delegation of 25 visitors from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences on September 27. Associate Professor Naresh Agarwal, Assistant Professor Danielle Pollock, and Liaison Librarian Linda Schuller gave a panel presentation and discussion on information technology in libraries and led a tour of Beatley Library.

Associate Professor Naresh Agarwal gave an invited talk "Individual or Organizational Point of View: The Relationship Between Information Behavior and Knowledge Management" via video conferencing to participants of the 2nd International Conference on Information Management & Libraries (ICIML 2018), University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan on Oct 12. He was also invited to launch the newly-formed South Asia Chapter of the Association for Information Science & Technology at the conference.

Assistant Professor Colin Rhinesmith co-authored an article with former student Christiana Lynne Urbano Stanton, which was published in Public Library Quarterly. Rhinesmith and his colleague, Bianca Reisdorf (UNC Charlotte) published the chapter, "An Asset Based Approach to Digital Inclusion Research in the U.S. Context" in Digital Inclusion: An International Comparative Analysis.

Alumni

Cambridge librarian Jennifer Gordon '02MS was awarded a $25,000 Milken Educator Award. The Milken Educator Awards aim to reward great teachers and innovators in the classroom. Gordon, who teaches students to love books and literacy learning at Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School, was praised for "making the library cool again."

The Emerald Handbook of Modern Information Management edited by the late Dean and Professor Emerita James M. Matarazzo ’65MS and Dr. Toby Pearlstein ’77MS, ’86LDS won the CILIP Knowledge & Information Management Information Resource Award. Associate Professor Laura Saunders contributed the chapter, "Information Literacy: What Does it Mean and Where Does it Fit In?"

In Memoriam 

With great sadness, SLIS mourns the passing of Claudia Morner this October. As an adjunct professor, Claudia was an important part of SLIS for some 30 years. She taught courses in management, academic librarianship, and international librarianship. She was also a co-author with former Dean Bob Stueart and Barbara Moran on the latest edition of the textbook, Library and Information Center Management. In her career, she was dean and professor of the University Library at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H. Claudia was also one of the first people at Simmons to teach at Yonsei University as part of the SLIS exchange program. At SLIS we remember her dearly for her dedication to her students, as well as her positive presence and bright smile.