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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. Register.

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. Register.


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Faculty News

Karen Brown, professor, presented with Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe and Kara Malenfant "Leveraging the Campus Message about Student Learning Through Collaborative Assessment with Faculty" at the Assessment Institute in Indianapolis in October 2016.

She delivered another presentation with Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe and Kara Malenfant "Creating Sustainable Assessment Practice through Collaborative Leadership: Informing and Being Informed by Higher Education Leaders" at the Library Assessment Conference in Arlington, VA in November 2016.
As part of a National Science Foundation project, "Rural Gateways: Fostering the Development of Rural Librarians as Informal Science Facilitators," she led online professional development for 100 librarians during the fall.

Sujin B. E. Huggins, associate professor, was appointed to the American Library Association’s Coretta Scott King Book Award Jury, 2017-19.

Stacy T. Kowalczyk, associate professor and Yijun Gao, assistant professor, will present their accepted paper, “Information Studies in Two Cultures: A Review of iSchool Curricula in China and U.S.,” at the iConference in Wuhan, China, March 22-25, 2017.

Karen Snow, associate professor and director of the doctoral program, is speaking at the Association for Library and Information Science Educators conference Thursday, January 19 in the Technical Services Education Special Interest Group session, “Leveraging Educator-Practitioner Partnerships to Define Competencies for Technical Services Professionals.”

Read about past faculty achievements.

Alumnae/i News

Kyle Carson, MLIS ’13, was appointed digital asset manager at the NASA Visitors’ Center at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Laurel Johnson, MLIS ’15, was named the 2017 Young Adult Library Services Association’s ALA Emerging Leader.

Roberto A. Sarmiento, MLIS ’84, was elected President-Elect of the Special Libraries Association.

Ruth Mary Woods, MALS ’75, retired from the Aurora Public Library.

Read about more SOIS alumnae/i making news.