Fall 2016 "Off the Shelf" Newsletter

Dominican GSLIS "Off the Shelf" Masthead

Those of us in academia often feel as if the New Year starts in fall, rather than on January first. Here at Dominican, this fall in particular we are embarking on an especially exciting new phase: On October 6 the Dominican Board of Trustees voted to approve our school's name change from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science to the School of Information Studies, a development that I discussed in this space last spring when our faculty considered and voted on it. The faculty took this responsibility seriously; over the course of a year prior to the vote seeking input from students, alumni, and colleagues in a number of face-to-face and online venues, looking at our peer institutions, and debating among themselves. We thank everyone who helped us determine the name that will best help us thrive now and in the future.

We know change is hard, and we recognize this change has the potential to seem unsettling, particularly to those who take Dominican's decades-long commitment to librarianship deeply to heart. But this new name truly does represent a broadening of our horizons, not a move away from, or instead of, anything that has gone before. The name School of Information Studies better reflects our program growth with the new Master of Science in Information Management (MSIM) and the undergraduate major and minor in Informatics, both launched this past fall, both of which complement--not replace or supplant--our core American Library Association-accredited MLIS. SOIS will remain rooted in the core values of the information professions and to the ethics that librarians have always prized, and practiced.

So as we look forward to the new academic year, we do so with strong foundations and with a solid plan for the future.

Kate Marek
Dean and Professor


We Are Now the School of Information Studies!

On Thursday, October 6, the University’s board of trustees approved the name change of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science to the School of Information Studies, effectively immediately. SOIS will continue to offer our flagship degree, the American Library Association-accredited Master of Library and Information Science, along with the PhD and two new degrees, a Bachelor of Science in Informatics and a Master of Science in Information Management. The MLIS will remain central to us as we broaden our offerings to better meet the needs of information professionals in today’s rapidly changing marketplace. Read more.

Congratulations Graduates

Congratulations to the following individuals who received degrees on August 27, 2016.

Master of Library and Information Science:

Allison Bartus; Joan Battley; Jorie Braunold; Susan Buczkowski; Sara Calkins; Donna Dukes; Crystal Garcia; Elsa Garcia-Coy; Megan Gluchman; Rebecca Heard; Ashling Meehan; Elizabeth Miller; Kevin Monroe; Brienne Montoya; Elizabeth Sanderson and Samantha Tomlinson.

World Libraries Call for Submissions

World Libraries -- a peer-reviewed, open access LIS journal published by GSLIS -- invites submissions on library and information topics of interest to an international audience. If libraries, museums and archives are windows to the world, it follows that those working in them must also be internationally engaged, sharing ideas across borders, profiting from the successes and discoveries of far-flung colleagues, and strengthening alliances built upon shared philosophies.

World Libraries is a cooperative, collaborative project devoted to the free and unfettered sharing of knowledge. Working from the premise that librarianship has always had and should always have an international scope -- and that we ignore ideas and neglect allies at our own peril -- we invite LIS professionals and fellow travelers to engage in an ongoing conversation.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Library and information trends, including the maker movement, sharing economy, gamification, resilience, connected learning, haptic technology, linked data and elder services
  • Disaster preparation and recovery, including crisis informatics
  • Preservation and conservation, including the impact of global climate change
  • Scholarly communication, including libraries as publishers and information creators
  • International dialogue on LIS topics, including organizations such as IFLA and the International Librarians Network
  • The impact of library and information services on political discourse and activity, socio-economic trends, and quality of life
  • Marketing and advocacy, including case studies of approaches and campaigns
  • Library design and innovative use
  • The for-profit library sector and economic globalization
  • Comparative librarianship, including postcolonial studies
  • Information services and minority groups, including immigrant communities, indigenous people and LGBTQ+ people
  • Literacy, including information and artifactual literacy
  • Demonstrating the value of library and information services
  • Access to information and intellectual freedom
  • The future of library and information services
  • Leaders or influential figures in the library and information sector
  • And library and information topics in any country or region, particularly emerging countries and regions.

Submissions may take the form of research papers, interviews, reportage and correspondence, opinion pieces, talks and lectures, roundtables, multimedia storytelling, and product and media reviews (including books, audio-visual works and electronic resources). Other types of submissions are welcome and will be given due consideration by our editorial team. Accepted research papers are evaluated by at least two peer reviewers. World Libraries is published in English, but non-English content is welcome and translation assistance may be available. Authors whose works are published in World Libraries are given the option of retaining the rights to their works. They may retain copyright or select a Creative Commons license that best suits their needs. More information will be provided upon acceptance of a submission.

For more information about World Libraries and to make a submission, visit http://worldlibraries.dom.edu/index.php/worldlib/about/submissions. Questions? Please contact World Libraries editor Scott Shoger at sshoger@dom.edu.


5th Annual Butler Lecture Featuring Holly Black

SAVE THE DATE! Holly Black, author of the Spiderwick Chronicles series, the Newbery Honor Book Doll Bones (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, 2012), The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (Little, Brown, 2013), and The Darkest Part of the Forest (Little, Brown, 2015), among many other spooky and fantastic stories, will present the Butler Lecture on March 16, 2017. Registration will open in January 2017.

Follett Lecture Featuring David Lankes

SAVE THE DATE! R. David Lankes, the 2016-17 Follett Chair, will present the annual Follett Lecture on April 12, 2017. Registration will open in January 2017. Lankes is the director of the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina and the associate dean of the university's College of Information and Communications, and the author of The Atlas of New Librarianship (MIT Press, 2012) and Expect More: Demanding Better Libraries for Today's Complex World (Riland, 2016).


Karen Brown, professor, presented with Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe "Team-based Assessment: Collaborating for a Campus Message about Student Learning" at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' Leading Change, Academic Affairs Summer Meeting in Denver in July 2016.

Mary Pat Fallon, associate professor, attended the American Association of University Professors Conference on Shared Governance in Washington, DC, September 30 through October 2, 2016.

Cecilia Salvatore, professor and coordinator of archives and cultural heritage, along with Mina Duarte, MLIS '05 and PhD '13, presented a paper at the 14th Biennial Dominican Colloquium at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 9-12, 2016 titled "Library and Information Services and Resources in a Hispanic-Serving Institution: A Case for the Dominican Way." Dr. Salvatore also presented a paper at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio, August 13-19, 2016, titled "Social Media, Cultural Heritage Resources, and the Chamorro Diaspora." IFLA papers are published in IFLA proceedings. Dr. Salvatore has accepted a two-year appointment to serve on the PARS (Preservation and Reformatting Section) Oral History Working Group of ALA-ALCTS.


Congratulations to Jose Manuel Gallegos, winner of a Tom and Roberta Drewes Scholarship and Ann Santori, winner of a Tony B. Leisner Scholarship, both awarded by the American Library Association.

The following students have been named the officers for Dominican's student chapter of the Society of American Archivists: Amy Runyon, President; Pamela Alvarez-Aponte, Vice President; and Maira Herrera, Information Officer.


Becca Boland, MLIS '07, of the Ela Area Public Library was named ILA Young Adult Librarian of the Year.

Trenton Carls, MLIS '14, was appointed technical services librarian at the Chicago History Museum.

Patricia "Trixie" Dantis, MLIS '12, of the Arlington Heights Public Library received ILA's Crosman Memorial Award.

Renee Grassi, MLIS '09, was appointed Youth Services Manager of the Dakota County Library System in Dakota County, MN.

Mike Hominick, MLIS '10 and Tracy Gossage, MLIS '12, both of the Northbrook Public Library, received ILA's Readers' Advisory Service Award.

Jawahir Javaid, MLIS '14, was appointed public services librarian at the Villa Park Public Library.

Emily King, MLIS '16, was appointed reference librarian at the Lincoln Library in Springfield, IL.

Katie Lawrence, MLIS '11, was appointed youth librarian at the Grandville Branch of the Kent District Library System.

Ted Mulvey, MLIS '11 received an Outstanding Service Award from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where he is the information literacy librarian.

Pattie Piotrowski, University of Illinois at Springfield, MLIS '98, was named ILA's Academic Librarian of the Year Award.

Martha Sarno, MLIS '12, was appointed interface manager at adidas Group, working in Bavaria, Germany.

Laurel Schilling, MLIS '12, was appointed reference librarian at the Bellwood Public Library.

Matt Teske, Indian Trails Public Library District, MLIS '97, won ILA's TBS, Inc. Technical Services Award.

Leah White, MLIS '08, was appointed learning and development coordinator at the Skokie Public Library.