SLIS Community News, February 2018

February 27, 2018

Rong Tang, Sarah Al-Mahmoud, Eileen Abels

Presentations, awards, and original work of faculty, staff, students and alumni


Dean Eileen Abels and Associate Professor Laura Saunders co-facilitated a pre-conference workshop, "A Future by Design: What Do We Teach?" with Lynne C. Howarth (Toronto) and Linda C. Smith (Illinois) on February 6 at the ALISE Conference in Denver, CO. Abels and Saunders also participated in a panel, "Core and More: Examining Foundational and Specialized Content in LIS Programs" on February 7. 

Associate Professor Naresh Agarwal has been invited to Paris, France to speak about his bookExploring Context in Information Behavior: Seeker, situation, surroundings, and shared identities at the First Workshop on Context in Analytics, held in conjunction with the 34th IEEE International Conference on Data Engineering, April 16-19, 2018.

Associate Professor Gerald Benoit gave a talk to faculty and students at Harvard on Information Visualization at Adams House on February 27. 

Senior Lecturer Rebecca Davis presented her poster entitled "Expanding LIS Education by Thinking About How Academic Librarians Can Collaborate with Undergraduate Women and Faculty in STEM" during the Works in Progress session at ALISE on Tuesday, February 6 in Denver, CO. 

Associate Professor Laura Saunders was quoted in a Poynter article which focused on the trust the public has in their libraries and librarians.

Assistant Professor Amber Stubbs presented on a panel, "Team-Teaching with Humanities" at the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education Technical Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland on February 22. Stubbs has a new Natural Language Processing Shared Task starting up. Registration is now open — data release is March 5.

Associate Professor Rong Tang co-moderated the ALISE Special Program: Connecting Teaching and Research, on February 7. She co-presented a Juried Paper: "Teaching User Experience (UX) in LIS Programs and iSchools in North America: Challenges and Innovations" and participated in a Juried Panel: Teaching Research Methods in LIS Programs: Approaches, Formats, and Innovative Strategies on February 9.

Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct Sid Berger presented "Frankenstein in the Popular Imagination" at the 51st California International Antiquarian Book Fair on Saturday, February 10. The Fair celebrated the bicentennial of Frankenstein, exhibiting first editions, comics, and vintage movie posters of Mary Shelley's "monsterpiece." 

Adjunct Lisa Fagin Davis published a post, Fragmentarium: a Model for Digital Fragmentology, on her blog, highlighting her students' participation in a Fragmentarium case study, which lead to original discoveries now reflected in the manuscript record


SLIS Assistant Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs Em Claire Knowles participated on the American Library Association's President's program during the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, CO. The panel discussed "Are Libraries Neutral? Have They Ever Been? Should They Be?" 

SLIS West Lecturer and Site Administrator Eric Poulin will be presenting at the Massachusetts Library Association Conference in May with SLIS West students Olivia Eberli, Elizabeth Pawlowski, and Norman Berlin. Their presentation, "Think, Pair, Share—But Don’t Stop There: Creative Teaching Techniques for Effective Instruction" will feature students from the Fall 2017 LIS 408-20 User Instruction course at SLIS West, demonstrating methods they developed for the class. 


SLIS Doctoral Student Sarah Al-Mahmoud won 2nd place in the Association for Library and Information Science Education doctoral student poster competition on February 9.

Computer Science students Pam Qian, Gemma Lein-McDonough, and Clara Elizabeth Carleton participated in Google's J term. In one week at Google Cambridge, they learned about programming android applications, learned how to prepare for a technical interview, met with SLIS alumni who work at Google, and created their own android app during a "code sprint" and presented their projects. For the mobile apps, they applied many of the data structures learned in Data Structures and Algorithms, taught by Assistant Professor Amber Stubbs.

SLIS Student Jessica Vogel, an intern for the Maine Historical Society, wrote a blog post about the Poor-Parsons-Frellick family from Peaks Island and Portland, Maine.


Billy C. Beal '77LS was posthumously inducted into the Meridian Community College Hall of Fame on February 12 in the MCC Riley Workforce Center. Beal's portrait will be ultimately hung in the Dulaney Room with fellow honorees.

Children's Literature graduates were among those recognized by ALA's Youth Media Awards. 2014 Children's Literature graduate Mackenzi Lee was awarded a Stonewall Honor for her YA novel, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue. Roaring Brook Press editor Emily Feinberg, who graduated in 2011, edited the Caldecott Honor book Big Cat, Little Cat. 2013 Children's Lit grad Karen Boss, Associate Editor at Charlesbridge Publishing, was editor of Malala: Activist for Girls' Education, which was a Batchelder Honor Book 2018.

Sondra Murphy '10LS began her position as Director of the Leominster Public Library