News & Events


20th Annual McCusker Lecture Featuring Sari Feldman

Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County (OH) Public Library and president of the American Library Association through June 2016, will give the 20th annual McCusker Memorial Lecture on October 6, 2016. While ALA president, Feldman initiated a national public awareness campaign, Libraries Transform, designed to increase awareness of and support for libraries of all types. Register.

5th Annual Butler Lecture Featuring Holly Black

Save the date! Holly Black, author of the Spiderwick Chronicles series, Newbery Honor Book Doll Bones, The Darkest Part of the Forest, and many more novels and graphic novels for kids and teens will deliver the 2017 Butler Lecture on March 16, 2017. The Lecture is free and open to the public, with registration required. It will take place at 6:00 p.m. and will be followed by a reception and booksigning. Registration will open in January.

2017 Follett Lecture Featuring David Lankes

Save the date! Dr. R. David Lankes, 2016-17 Follett Chair, is associate dean of the University of South Carolina's College of Information and Communications and director of the School of Library and Information Science there. Lankes is the author of The Atlas of New Librarianship and Expect More, and is a strong advocate for innovation and excellence in twenty-first century libraries. Lankes has done research for the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, The U.S. Department of Education, The U.S. Department of Defense, The American Library Association, and the MacArthur Foundation among others. He earned B.F.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Syracuse University. The Lecture will take place on April 12, 2017 and is free and open to the public, with registration required. It will take place at 6:00 p.m. and will be followed by a reception. Registration will open in January.


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Faculty News

At the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education 2016 Annual Conference in June, Professor Karen Brown co-presented a workshop with Kara Malenfant (Association of College and Research Libraries), Team-Based Assessment: Collaborating for a Campus Message about Student Learning.

She keynoted the Academic Libraries of Indiana 2016 Annual Meeting with her presentation, Building Library Leadership with Team-Based Campus Assessment Projects, in May.

She recently prepared Documented Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success: Building Evidence with Team-Based Assessment in Action Campus Projects, an Association of College and Research Libraries’ report that synthesizes findings from higher education institutions participating in the second year of the Assessment in Action program.

She was also part of a panel presentation, Assessment in Action in Academic Libraries, at the Texas Library Association 2016 Annual Conference in April.

Janice M. Del Negro, associate professor, was elected to the 2018 John Newbery Award Selection Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

Mary Pat Fallon, assistant professor, presented "Gaming + Academic Libraries = Information Literacy" at the 17th conference of the Media Ecology Association in Bologna, Italy on June 24.  

Don Hamerly, assistant professor and director of the school library media program and the bachelor of science in informatics program, was invited, along with Rutgers professor Joe Sanchez, to present the first workshop of this year’s i3: iSchool Inclusion Institute of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh on June 13. The institute is an undergraduate research and leadership development program that prepares students from underrepresented populations for graduate study and careers in the information sciences. Only 25 students from across the country are selected each year to become i3 Scholars. In previous years, this workshop has been titled, "What are the Information Sciences? What are the iSchools?" The objective of the workshop is to demonstrate to students the incredible breadth of the field (archives, libraries, privacy, policy, big data, security, etc.) and highlight the linkages to other areas of study (most of the students are majoring in fields other than information science). In addition, the workshop includes a brief introduction to the iSchools and their role in promoting and developing the field.

Sujin Huggins, assistant professor, presented at ALA Annual 2016 as a member of the panel of the CSK program: "Everything You Want to Know About the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee", on Saturday, June 25, 2016.

Karen Snow, assistant professor, co-chaired the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of ALA, Cataloging and Metadata Management Section Competencies and Education for a Career in Cataloging Interest Group on June 24 and chaired the ALCTS CaMMS Research and Publications Committee meeting on June 26 during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando.

Christopher Stewart, assistant professor, became chair of the Buildings and Equipment Section of the Library Leadership and Management Association, a division of the American Library Association, as well as a member of LLAMA's executive committee.

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Alumnae/i News

Mindy Barbarskis, MLIS '12, was appointed reference specialist at the University of Kansas's Kenneth Spencer Research Library.

Laura Bos, MLIS '12, presented "STEAM Around the World: Successfully Incorporating Hands-On Learning and Diversity into Children's Programming" at the American Library Association's 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando.

Jacqueline Ceron, MLIS '16, was appointed youth services librarian at the Northlake (IL) Public Library District.

Sybilla Cook, MALS '66, authored Drawn Together in Friends: The Biography of Caldecott Award-Winning Authors Berta and Elmer Hader (Concordia University Publishing, 2016).

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