Leadership Transition for the MLIS Program
We have exciting and important news to end the academic year. Assistant Professor Anthony (Tony) Molaro will succeed Deborah S. Grealy as Program Director during the upcoming Academic Year 2017-2018. The exact timing of the transition is still being worked out, so more information regarding his specific start date will be forthcoming.
School of Business and Professional Studies Dean Joann Bangs made the announcement the afternoon of May 1, 2017 to gathered faculty, staff and other MLIS community members. The change is due to the retirement of Dr. Grealy, who has served as Associate Dean and Program Director since January 2010.
Tony joined the MLIS Program in 2012, bringing creative, energetic approaches to his faculty duties, including course innovation. His teaching has included courses on public libraries, marketing and public relations, management, information access, advanced reference, design thinking, making and makerspaces. He has taught the Practicum course and this semester is teaching the management course in a hybrid format (11 online sessions, 4 face-to-face), using Google Classroom. His accomplishments in the classroom and in mentoring students were recognized by the University in 2016 when he received the Faculty Teaching and Advising Excellence Award.
In the area of service, Tony has led the Program’s Marketing, Outreach and Recruitment Task Force formed in 2015 to strengthen the Program’s marketing and recruiting efforts in collaboration with Graduate Admissions. He currently serves as chair of the University’s Academic Resources Committee.
We invite you to read more about Tony’s accomplishments including his research interests, publications and career history on his profile page on the University’s website.
We congratulate Tony and wish him well as he transitions to his new role. We thank Deborah Grealy for her seven years of service as the Associate Dean and Program Director, and wish her well as she approaches retirement.
Alumna Feature: Amy Riegelman
We caught up with alumna Amy Riegelman, currently a Social Sciences Librarian at the University of Minnesota. Here’s what she had to say.
What attracted you to the LIS field, and to academic libraries in particular?
I fell in love with higher education as an undergraduate at Gustavus Adolphus College and started to envision myself enjoying a career on a college campus. I was a first generation college student which certainly had its challenges, but exposure to a college campus was also very exciting and exhilarating. I was a history major and I considered pursuing a career as a history professor, but was overwhelmed by some requirements of a PhD program. I had some really rewarding interactions with academic librarians at Gustavus in both reference consultations and instruction. I also enjoyed studying at the library. It was my second home. I thrived in that environment and started to think about what a career in academic libraries would entail. Eventually I discovered that St. Kates (via Dominican University) had an MLIS degree, and I applied.
What is a typical day like for you?
Lately my work has been more project-based. There really isn’t a typical day. This makes things exciting and unpredictable. I co-chair a committee that is launching a systematic review service. That is a main focus of my work right now. I have ongoing research projects that are in different stages. For example, I am co-writing a manuscript that will be submitted to a LIS journal very soon. Regardless of projects, I support my departments with instruction and reference transactions.
What do you like about your job?
I like many parts of my job, but to highlight one example, I value contributing to evidence-based work. As the liaison to the Psychology and Educational Psychology departments, my work supporting systematic reviews as well as other research inquiries could affect how a psychotherapist treats a patient or how an educator selects an evidence-based teaching strategy.
What experiences at St. Kate’s (or otherwise) were most helpful in getting you to where you are today? What advice do you have for current LIS students?
I maintained some relationships with adjunct faculty and peers from my time at St. Kate’s, and that has been helpful for my career aspirations as well as involvement in professional associations. We have supported each other. People need people whether they are peers, mentors, mentees, etc. You’ll likely need folks to validate and affirm your skills and accomplishments. My advice would be to maintain those LIS relationships.
2017 Student Poster Fair Winners
Three individual students and one student team won the 2017 MLIS Student Poster Fair competition held during the first hour of the MLIS Summit on Monday, April 24th. There were 12 participants in the Fair.
1st Place, Sarah Clinton-McCausland (right). Poster Topic: Qualitative research project (independent study) on the pleasure reading habits of Millennials.
2nd Place, Tie
Carrie Gawne (2nd from left). Poster Topic: Project tackling the issue of Open Access predatory publishing by using machine learning to assess publishers’ websites.
Kaylin Creason & Jade Erickson (middle). Poster Topic: Project regarding an investigation into the effectiveness of CLIC’s current courier system.
3rd Place, David Norris (left). Poster Topic: Results of exploratory research into the accuracy and effectiveness of authorized LGBTQ-related Library of Congress subject headings
Faculty Members Tony Molaro and Sook Lim served as the Judges. Student Heather Carroll had the idea for the Poster Fair, and assisted with planning and soliciting students to participate.
Thank You to Grad Assistant Samantha Stepp
Thank you to MLIS student and Graduate Assistant Samantha Stepp for her contributions to the MLIS Newsletter and Social Media communication the past few years. Sam began working on MLIS Newsletter in Fall 2014, writing stories and assisting with behind-the-scenes newsletter production.
Sam helped strengthen our social media presence during her stint as a graduate assistant. She has held Career Happy Hour on Twitter on Sunday afternoons, highlighting open job positions and giving career advice. Sam is completing her MLIS degree in May. We will miss her and wish her well in her future career.
Capstone Project and Web Usability/Accessibility Project Presentations
Mon, May 8
6pm, 017 CdC
We cordially invite you to hear presentations by MLIS students in the Capstone course and in the Web Usability/Accessibility course that involved work with local community organizations:
Creation of a Digital Exhibit: A Comparative Study of Little Red Riding Hood
Periodical Inventory at the Minnesota Genealogical Society Library
St. Catherine University Library Website Redesign Proposal
This event is free and open to the public.
Beta Phi Mu Business Meeting and Induction Ceremony
Mon, May 16
5pm, President’s Dining Room, 3rd Floor CdC
Beta Phi Mu’s local chapter Beta Beta XI will hold its annual meeting of members and induction of new members, who were selected by the MLIS Faculty. Beta Phi Mu is the LIS Honor Society.
Mon, May 16
6:30pm, 401 CdC
A reception to celebrate the Spring 2016 Graduates. Graduates, their guests, and all who wish to congratulate our graduates are cordially invited. Spring 2017 honors and awards will be announced. Refreshments will be served.
Graduate College Commencement
Sat, May 20
3:30pm, O’Shaughnessy Auditorium. Ticket required.
Academic Calendar Events
May 15, Deadline to fill out the Registrar’s “Intent to Graduate Form,”December Graduation
Check out the MLIS Program Calendar for the most up to date information on events and student group meetings.
Notice: This is the final newsletter of the 16-17 academic year. The next newsletter will be published in September 2017.
News In Brief
Our hearty congratulations to Amy Mars (2012) for being the recipient of the 2017 Minnesota Academic Innovators Award from the Academic & Research Libraries Division (ARLD) of the Minnesota Library Association (MLA). Amy is Outreach and Instruction Librarian, St. Catherine University Libraries. The Academic Innovators award recognizes academic librarians who have made an outstanding recent contribution to advance the mission of an academic library in Minnesota through an innovative project, program or service. Amy was recognized her work planning and organizing a One Read for Racial Justice for the St. Catherine University campus. See photos on the Library’s Facebook Page.
Student Janis Shearer is the Special Libraries Association of Minnesota (SLA-MN) travel scholarship recipient to attend the 2017 SLA Annual Conference on June 16-20 in Phoenix, AZ.
Student Zach Jansen attend the Film Librarians Conference, “Documenting Cinema: Film Librarianship in the 21st Century,” April 26 – 28, 2017, held in Los Angeles, CA. Zach was able to tour the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Margaret Herrick Library and the Walt Disney Animation Research Library. Photo: Zach with British Oscar-winning makeup artist Lois Burwell at the Academy’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study.
Students in Dr, Heidi Hammond’s LIS 7220 Library Materials for Young Adults class will be volunteering as ambassadors for the 2017 Teen Lit Con happening Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Henry Sibley High School. The students in the class have read several of the books of the conference’s featured authors this past semester. Find out more about this conference at: https://teenlitcon.com/
Seeking News From Our Alums
Have a new position? Presented at a conference? Starting a new project? Serving on a committee? We love to hear updates and news from you. Email us at <email@example.com> with Subject Line: News in Brief.
May Student Organization Meetings
- Society of American Archivists (SAA): Mon, May 8 @ 6pm in CdC 5
- American Library Association (ALA): Tues, May 9 @ 5:15pm in CdC 17
- Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG): Wed, May 10 @ 5pm in CdC 5
- Student Governance Organization (SGO): Thurs, May 11 @ 5pm in CdC 20
- Special Libraries Association (SLA): Thurs, May 18 @ 5:15pm in CdC 19
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