GSLIS Faculty Promotions and Achievements

  • Dr. Janice Del Negro has been promoted to Associate Professor, effective fall 2013. Dr. Del Negro received her BA from Hunter College, her MLS from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her academic interests include youth services and programs in public libraries; books and materials for youth; storytelling; evolution and evaluation of folk and fairy tales; reviewing and criticism; and images of the feminine in folktales and children's & YA literature. She teaches courses for all levels, from introductory courses through storytelling, library materials for children, library materials for young adults, library services for children and young adults; and teaching in the PhD program including serving as a dissertation chair.
  • Dr. Sujin Huggins has been promoted to Assistant Professor following her earning a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, effective immediately. Dr. Huggins received her BA from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and her MSLIS from the UIUC. Her academic interests include library service and literature (specifically of the Caribbean and African Diasporas) for youth; critical pedagogy and the LIS curriculum; literacy (ideological and practical); youth community informatics; storytelling; and the taxonomy of folktales. She teaches reference and online materials, library materials for children, and community informatics, and is a frequent practicum supervisor.

Congratulations to these two outstanding faculty members! Additional faculty accomplishments of note:

  • Karen Brown, professor, recently led a workshop for rural public librarians who are participating in the pilot phase of a National Science Foundation grant project, "Pushing the Limits: Building Capacity to Enhance Public Understanding of Science and Math." The project provides materials for rural libraries to offer reading, film viewing, and discussion programs for adults in communities they serve.
  • Bill Crowley, professor, published an article in the winter 2013 issue of Library Communications Journal, titled "Faculty and the Survival of the Library and Information Professions." Dr. Crowley's recent publication Defending Professionalism: A Resource for Librarians, Information Specialists, Knowledge Managers, and Archivists (Libraries Unlimited, 201) received a favorable review in portal: Libraries and the Academy, vol.13, no.1 (January 2013).
  • Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty, an adjunct faculty member, was appointed executive director of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium.
  • Follett Chair Mary Minow conducted "Copyright, Licensing, and the Law of e-Books," an ALA TechSource online workshop, on February 6. Minow has been reappointed Follett Chair for the 2013-2014 academic year, and presented the Follett Lecture on April 15.