Spring 2015 "Off the Shelf" Newsletter


Kate Marek, GSLIS Dean and Professor



As we close out the spring semester, celebrate commencement, and prepare for the upcoming semesters, it’s a great time to share with you some of the highlights of the academic year for GSLIS, and to let you know about our exciting plans.

Building on the three new strategic priorities identified by our faculty in December (Program Growth and Innovation, Partnerships, and 21st Century Learning Skills in the Curriculum), GSLIS spent the spring months identifying specific priorities for the next three years. One of the highlights of the semester was a consulting visit by Mike Eisenberg, Dean Emeritus of the University of Washington iSchool. Over the course of his three-day visit, Mike met with our faculty, our university administration, and a group of our external stakeholders and community library leaders. Our Strategic Direction Program Growth and Innovation was the main focus of our attention as we consider the next stage of life of our important LIS program in the Chicago area and for the profession. Three areas of emphasis emerged:

      • Strengthen and solidify our MLIS degree in anticipation of the ongoing development and evolution of libraries;
      • Introduce a second master’s degree with a heavier emphasis on information management and technology; and,
      • Introduce an undergraduate major at Dominican focusing on informatics and digital information management.

Heading in these new directions gives us the opportunity to reconsider how we present ourselves to the greater community, since with additional degrees our school would no longer be the “graduate school of library and information science.” As we move forward, we’ll need a bigger descriptive umbrella along the lines of the emerging Information School model.So – stay tuned!  We are quite excited about our plans, which include an ambitious timeline to introduce the two new degrees by fall 2016. Part of solidifying our MLIS will also include offering an optional fully online path to the degree, which we will offer beginning this fall, 2015. We plan to spend our summer concentrating on the final stages of our accreditation self-study as we continue to work together toward new programs and possibly a new name. As always, I welcome conversations with all of you regarding your thoughts about our program directions, as we continue to build on our strong legacy of service to library and information science education.

--Kate Marek, Dean and Professor


GSLIS Partners with Area Libraries on “Bridge to Career” InitiativesGSLIS is again partnering with two area libraries to give MLIS students opportunities to gain practical experience while they’re in school: the Skokie Public Library and Dominican’s own Rebecca Crown Library. Read more here.

GSLIS Award Winners Announced

Helen Cohen Outstanding Student Award Winner
Rose Hopkins-LaRocco was named the 2015 Helen Cohen Outstanding Student Award winner. Read more here.

GSLIS Outstanding Graduate Award Winner
Liz Hamilton was named the 2015 GSLIS Outstanding Graduate Award winner. Read more here.


Congratulations to the following individuals who received their Master of Library and Information Science on Sunday, May 10, 2015.

John Amundsen; Benjamin Bahl; Darren Brink; Amanda Brockman; Jamie Carlstone; Kate Clausen; Brendan Cole; Samantha Crotty; Amy Danusiar; Kara DeCarlo; Amy Gavard; Nincy George; Angelica Godinez; David Gogo; Timothy Gordon; John Gorman; Elizabeth Hamilton; Robin Harris; Stephanie Haugan; Ariana Haze; Jennifer Higgins; Margaret Hill; Valeria Hunter; Nancy Hurst; Anna Iwanski; Emily Janas; Danielle Johnson; Shamoral Johnson; Kimberly Kanofsky; Lisa Krajecki; Stephan Licitra; Catherine Loveday; Kiley Mullane; Marion Olea; Allyson Palagi; Barbara Posinger; Christian Reynoso; Patricia Riordan; Samuel Rome; Jessica Schelich; Laura Schuler; Sara Scodius; Allison Seagram; Amanda Shively; Shanta Smith and Jamie Winchell.


Technology Specialist Endorsement to Launch in Fall 2015
GSLIS is working with Dominican’s School of Education to develop this non-degree online program designed to provide licensed teachers, librarians, and media specialists with the ability to effectively manage and integrate technology into learning and information environments. Read more here.

Special Topics, Travel Courses Open to Alumni
GSLIS alumnae/i are welcome to come back to audit GSLIS courses for no tuition charge (fees apply), or to take courses for full academic credit as a student-at-large (tuition and fees apply). We are particularly excited about the 2015 trip to the Guadalajara International Book Fair this fall and the Mock Caldecott special topics course, also this fall - building on the success of last year's Mock Newbery. Read more here.


Reconnect with us at ALA Annual in San Francisco
Visit us in the shared ALISE booth #3532, or at the Cooperative Alumni Reunion on Sunday evening, June 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mark Hopkins San Francisco InterContinental Heritage Hotel. We’ll put out information about student and faculty programs and presentations prior to the conference—stay tuned!

Reaching Forward 5/8/15
GSLIS exhibited at the ILA Reaching Forward Conference in Rosemont, Illinois on Friday, 5/8 to connect—and re-connect—with prospective students, alumni, and library colleagues.


Wilson Scholarships AwardedThe H. W. Wilson Foundation, Inc. has named recipients for its scholarship program for the years 2015-19. We are pleased to announce that GSLIS is among the first year’s recipients, and will receive $15,000 (a 50% increase from the last time these scholarships were offered). These scholarships are awarded to ALA-accredited MLIS programs on a four-year rotating basis. GSLIS will use these funds to support our departmental scholarships and very much appreciates the Wilson Foundation’s generous grant.


Save the Date! 10/14/15 McCusker Lecture Featuring John Chrastka - read more here.


Bill Crowley, professor, and Don Hamerly, assistant professor and director of the school library media program, published “Sustaining Professionalism in the Fields of Library and Information Studies” in the online journal Library Philosophy and Practice.

Folktales Aloud: Practical Advice for Playful Storytelling (ALA, 2014) by Janice M. Del Negro, assistant professor, won a 2015 Storytelling World Resource Award in the “Special Storytelling Resources” category.

Dominican University’s Academic IT Committee has named Sujin Huggins and Christopher Stewart, both assistant professors, as Borra Technology Scholars, an appointment which includes support for attending the EDUCAUSE conference in October.

Read more here for addditional GSLIS faculty making news this spring.


Audra V. Adomenas, MLIS '05 was appointed director of film and audio archives at the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, and continues in her capacity as director of Lithuanian Archives Project (LAP), a 501(c)3 in Illinois.

Tina Beaird, MLIS ‘02 was featured in an article in Yorkville Patch about her presentation about preserving family heirlooms:

Kristin D’Ambrosio, MLIS ‘13 was appointed clinical study assistant at Abbvie.

Liz Hamilton, MLIS ’15 will participate in the American Library Association “Student to Staff” program at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, June 25-July 1, 2015.

Read more here for additional alumnae/i news!


K. C. Boyd, a student in the doctoral program, was named a 2015 Library Journal Mover & Shaker in the “Change Agents” category.

Jim Cascino
, a student in the MLIS program, was appointed Archives and Special Collections Intern at Lake Forest College, a joint position with the Center for Railroad Photography and Art in Madison, WI.

Linda Sawyer, a student in the school library media program, was appointed assistant school librarian at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, Illinois.

Eva Thaler-Sroussi
, a student in the MLIS program, was appointed community engagement librarian, preschool/early literacy specialty at the Skokie (IL) Public Library; and children’s services associate at Glencoe (IL) Public Library.