Fall 2015 "Off the Shelf" Newsletter

 Dominican GSLIS "Off the Shelf" Masthead

Kate Marek, GSLIS Dean and Professor


Dear friends -

Fall, rather than January first, seems to signal a new year to those of us on campus. This fall is off to a flying start at GSLIS. Last week we hosted nearly 100 enthusiastic librarians, faculty members, students, and others to hear John Chrastka, founder and executive director of EveryLibrary.org, present the nineteenth annual McCusker Lecture on the topic of library advocacy. This week, we hope to see many of you at the Library State of Mind conference in Peoria, where we’ll have several opportunities to reconnect, including the alumnae/i breakfast on Thursday morning, a reception Friday evening, and a presentation with our colleagues from the Skokie Public Library titled “Internships as Partnerships: Building a Bridge to Career for LIS Students” on Thursday from 1:45-2:45.

As soon as we get back, we welcome the members of the external review panel who are reviewing our master’s degree program for ALA re-accreditation this year. We are excited to host these six professionals from across the United States and across a variety of information settings, to share with them the work we do every day to innovate and lead, while maintaining our firm commitment to the strong foundations of a Dominican MLIS.

Due to the Chicago area’s status as an “information setting-rich” location, we have the opportunity to meet with forward-thinking library leaders on their travels. The GSLIS faculty met with Joe Janes of the University of Washington last week, and will meet with David Lankes of Syracuse University on October 30 in informal, round-table discussions. Hearing from pioneering colleagues from iSchools, as these both are, helps expand our conversations as we look toward the future of LIS education at Dominican.

Speaking of the future, we’re proud of the new “Bridge Plan for Strategic Priorities, 2015-17,” which will lead us from the conclusion of the plan that finishes in 2015, and was approved by the GSLIS Council at our August retreat this year. The Plan includes three strategic directions: Program Growth and Innovation, Partnerships, and Emerging Learning and Innovation Skills Across the Curriculum. This plan was developed over eighteen months, with input from many of you. We are eager to begin putting the identified actions into place as we move ahead.

Wishing you a productive and enjoyable fall 2015!

--Kate Marek, Dean and Professor


Seasons of giving

LISSA is helping to keep the giving library at OPRF Infant Welfare Society’s Children’s Clinic well stocked via a series of seasonal book drives. The inaugural book drive, held this summer, yielded 410 items, and the fall book drive recently concluded. Both drives used Rebecca Crown Library as the drop-off point. "I'm so proud of how well the book drive went, considering it was our first one ever and there are less students on campus during the summer," Rachel Wedeward, a student in the MLIS program and LISSA’s service chair, said of the summer book drive. Children's books for all ages are welcome, but they must be undamaged and appropriate for children ages 0-14. Every child visiting the Children's Clinic for health care is encouraged to take home a free book from the giving library.

One of us

Michael E. D. Koenig, formerly dean and professor at Dominican GSLIS and now professor of knowledge management at Long Island University, was given the 2015 ASIS&T (Association for Information Science and Technology) Award of Merit, the association’s highest honor. "If Indiana can claim Abraham Lincoln for having spent his ‘formative years’ in that state, we can most certainly celebrate the achievement of one who, while associated with Dominican University, contributed so much to such landmarks as the collaborative effort with St. Kate’s, as well as deepening a record of research and publication that greatly influenced both information science and knowledge management,” said professor Bill Crowley.

Adcock takes home two

Donald C. Adcock, (pictured) formerly interim director of the School Library Media Program at Dominican GSLIS, will accept two career-capping awards this fall: the Illinois Library Association’s Illinois Library Luminary and the Illinois School Media Library Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. “It is no wonder that many of us who have worked in and been associated with school libraries hold Don Adcock in high regard,” reads a biography of Adcock posted to the Illinois Library Luminary hall of fame. “He is historian and mentor, and his grasp of school library issues and influence has it made it possible for many individuals to join the profession.”


Li and Li Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2016 Li and Li Scholarship, made possible through a gift from Richard and Dorothy Li, administered by Dominican University, and awarded in collaboration with the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA). Applicants must be students of Chinese ethnicity accepted to or enrolled in Dominican GSLIS with a 3.2 GPA. Applications should include a letter of application and a 500-word essay describing the applicant’s interest in library and information science; how the applicant’s Chinese heritage will play a role in professional service to her/his community; and how the applicant hopes to be involved in CALA and how that will influence her/his professional life. The application deadline is November 15.


Oct. 22-24: A Library State of Mind, Peoria
Reconnect with GSLIS in booth #316; or at our Alumnae/i Breakfast Thursday, Oct. 22, 8-10 a.m., Cheminee Ballroom, Marriott Pere Marquette; or our Reception Friday, Oct. 23, 5-6 p.m., LaSalle Ballroom, Marriott Pere Marquette.

Jan. 5-8, 2016: ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education), Boston

Jan. 8-11, 2016: ALA Midwinter, Boston


B3: Now on Tuesdays

Butler Book Banter (B3), the Butler Center’s popular series of evening book discussions, kicked off the semester in September with a night of Hurricane Katrina-related reading, followed by an October event devoted to spooky books for teens. Your next chance to participate comes on Tuesday, November 10, 6 to 9 p.m., with a discussion on books about music and musicians (titles to be announced at butlerspantry.org). All GSLIS students and area youth services colleagues are welcome!

Save the date!

March 16, 2016: Butler Lecture featuring illustrator and animator Christian Robinson (Josephine, Gaston, Last Stop on Market Street)

April 13, 2016: Follett Lecture featuring storyteller, author, associate professor, and 2015-16 Follett Chair Janice M. Del Negro


On Oct. 14, John Chrastka, executive director and founder of the political action committee EveryLibrary, (pictured with Dean Kate Marek) delivered the 2015 McCusker Memorial Lecture to nearly 100 attendees in the Martin Recital Hall. His talk, “The Accidental Candidate: Updating Voter Nostalgia about Librarians and Libraries on the Campaign Trail,” concerned EveryLibrary’s efforts to activate voter support for libraries and librarians through advocacy initiatives and ballot referenda, and included a call to action for everyone in the library profession. The Berwyn-based Chrastka enjoyed an especially enthusiastic cheering section that included his two preteen sons and other family members, among the academics and librarians in attendance. The McCusker Memorial Lecture is presented annually each fall and celebrates the life and contributions of Sister Lauretta McCusker, O.P., the first dean of Dominican GSLIS.


Zhongyi (Tom) Guo, visiting scholar

Working from the maxim that to really know a city, you have to spend time among its natives, Zhongyi (Tom) Guo, an urban history scholar and English instructor at Shanghai’s East China Normal University, is spending the year in Chicago -- and at Dominican GSLIS -- as a visiting scholar. Follow the link for a profile of Guo.


Karen Brown, professor and PhD director, and Stacy Kowalczyk, assistant professor, presented “Living the Mission: Caritas and Veritas in the Professions” at Dominican’s Caritas Veritas Symposium on September 29. They presented the results of a study looking “at how Caritas and Veritas manifest themselves in the daily work of service professionals, exploring the successes and failures of charity and truth when working in large and complex organizations and with a variety of people in challenging circumstances.”

Bill Crowley, professor, published “Developing Information and Library Theory for a Conflicted Paradigm World” in the September 2015 issue of LIBRI: International Journal of Libraries and Information Services (Vol. 65, Issue 3). The essay “examines theory development for local, national, and international information and library programs facing service issues involving the religious beliefs of users.”

Janice Del Negro, associate professor, presented the workshop “Women in Folktales: Images and Transformations” in September at the 2015 Power of Words Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

Benn Joseph, adjunct instructor, was appointed head of university archives and special collections at the Galvin Library at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Kate Marek, dean and professor, and Karen Brown, professor and PhD director, joined Wilbur Wright College’s Library Technical Assistant Program Advisory Board for 2015-16.

Mary Marks, adjunct instructor, won a free year of membership in the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) through its Share the Wealth campaign. Marks became eligible for the prize by inviting a colleague to join AASL.


Elizabeth (Betty) Buenning, MLIS '07 and library media specialist at Lake Zurich (IL) Middle School South, will use a grant of over $20,000 from the District #95 Foundation to convert her school’s library into what she describes as a “totally reconfigurable space.”

Doris Cardenas, MLIS ‘15, was appointed assistant archivist at the Claretian Missionaries Archive in Chicago.

Chad Comello, MLIS '13, was appointed adult services librarian at Morton Grove (IL) Public Library.

Monica Dombrowski, MLIS ’08, and Melissa Bernasek, MLIS ’06, (pictured left-to-right) received a 2015 Carnegie-Whitney Grant from the ALA Publishing Committee for Gail’s Toolkit, which Dombrowski describes as “an online portal for sharing content that can be used to teach technology classes in libraries.” Launched September 29, the portal includes lesson plans, presentations, activity sheets, handouts, and surveys. Both grads are employees of Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, Illinois, Dombrowski as technology education manager and Bernasek as information services director.  The Chicago Tribune reported on the $5,000 grant and Gail Borden’s technology initiatives in March.

Liz Hamilton, MLIS ’15, (pictured) was awarded the 2015 Julia C. Blixrud Scholarship by the Association of Research Libraries. The scholarship allows an “individual who is innovative and active in areas of interest to the ARL community” to attend the ARL Fall Forum. As part of her scholarship application, Hamilton submitted an infographic, “How Do Library and University Press Collaborations Advance Digital Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences,” that ARL subsequently added to its online collection of publications and resources. In addition, Hamilton was recently appointed intellectual property specialist at Northwestern University Press and Libraries.

Athens Moreno, MLIS ’14, was appointed network manager for Glencoe (IL) Public Library.

Debra Nelson, MLIS ’15, was appointed director of the Elk Grove Village (IL) Public Library.

Rosemary O’Connell, MLIS ‘14, was appointed library director for Glen Crest Middle School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Al Smith, MLIS ‘15, was appointed teen and adult services librarian at Downers Grove (IL) Public Library.

Noelle Swanson, MLIS '12, was appointed library media specialist at Park School in Orland Park, Illinois.

Daniel Weinberg, MLIS ’00 and technical services manager at Gary Public Library, was awarded a $500 art grant by the Judith Dawn Memorial Fund.

Lisa Zink, MLIS ‘15, was appointed school library media specialist at Waterbury Elementary in Roselle, Illinois.


Nitoshia L. Ford, (pictured here on the right with GSLIS Associate Professor Cecilia Salvatore) a student in the PhD program, was one of five finalists (out of 29 entries) in the poster session at the 2015 Archival Education and Research Institute at the University of Maryland in July. In her presentation, “We Must Document Ourselves Now: Black Feminist Archival Practices for Survival,” Ford examined “the various methods of knowledge production, self-documentation, and history making by Black Feminists against the pervasive Anglo-centric bias of traditional academic and public archives and the history produced from them,” and argued that such “community based archival practices are sites of cultural affirmation, political agency, intellectual expression, and healing.”

Joel Shoemaker, a student in the MLIS program, was appointed library director of the Oakwood (IL) Public Library District.