Spring 2017 "Off the Shelf" Newsletter

Last week was the time on our campus where day by day the flowering trees all burst into color, and this week the green of spring continues to cover more ground and more trees.  Despite the predictable and reliable rhythms of the seasons, I’m always amazed when almost overnight the landscape changes from one palate to another, as happens every spring, summer, autumn, and winter year after year.
Change has been a constant for our school as well, as this has been another year of evolution.  In the early fall, our Dominican Board of Trustees gave final approval for our name change, from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science to the School of Information Studies, providing a broader umbrella for two new programs as young siblings to our MLIS.  Our Informatics undergraduate program and our Master of Science in Information Management broaden the reach of our educational impact within the information discipline. At the same time, the university as a whole has been in the midst of transitioning to a four-college model that has included a broad revision of the faculty governance structure and of school-by-school staffing, all to take effect on July 1. Our SOIS place in the four college model is within the College of Applied Social Sciences (CASS), along with the School of Education and the School of Social Work; the CASS sister colleges will be the Rosary College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Health Sciences, and the Brennan School of Business.
Institutional restructuring notwithstanding, the regular cycles of academic life continue. Spring brings graduation and the festivities of commencement.  For SOIS, late spring is also the time for our Follett Lecture.  On April 12, our Follett Chair David Lankes spoke of “The Social Responsibility of the Library and the Librarian in a Post-Factual World”; he was joined by panelists Nicole Cooke (UIUC), Miguel Figueroa (ALA), and Scott Walter (DePaul).  All spoke eloquently of the fundamental value of information in society and our essential roles as information professionals in a democracy where we continue to work for social justice.  As we move forward within a new academic structure, the School of Information Studies will continue its commitment to our discipline, our students, and our university mission: “to pursue truth, to give compassionate service and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.”
Happy Spring!
Kate Marek
Dean and Professor


SOIS Joins iSchools Consortium

Dominican University’s School of Information Studies is now a member of the iSchools organization, a consortium of more than 80 schools, colleges, and departments worldwide focused on disciplines such as information technology, library science, informatics, and information science. Read more.

Three Alumnae/i Named Library Journal Movers and Shakers

Each year, the Library Journal names its top-50 “Movers and Shakers” in the library and information science profession. This year, three Dominican alumnae/i were named to the prestigious list. Read more.

Illinois Storytelling Wins Award for Program Held at Dominican

Illinois Storytelling won the "2017 Best in Class Award" from the Oak Park Area Arts Council. ISI was recognized for "Inclusion Across Boundaries" for its Family Festival of Stories and Storytelling in the Schools program. The award was accompanied by a $1000 check from the Community Bank of Oak Park. Family Festival of Stories is produced annually at Dominican University in mid-October. The evening, focused on families with children ages 5 – 10, includes face painting and a costume and fancy face parade followed by a storytelling performance featuring Illinois Storytelling members. During the three weeks prior to the Festival, ISI produces Storytelling in the Schools in which ISI storytellers, are sent, free of charge, into Oak Park area schools for community building and festival promotion. Family Festival of Stories and Storytelling in the Schools are funded through grants received from the Oak Park Area Arts Council, Northlands Storytelling Network and ISI professional membership dues.


A Morning with Mike Eisenberg: Designing and Delivering Dynamic School Libraries for Student Success

Registration is now open for this half-day event on the morning of Saturday, May 20 designed for school librarians (school administrators and SLMP students are also invited). Join school library advocate and visionary Mike Eisenberg for a conceptual and practical working session to envision and plan for the 21st century school library program. Attendance is free, but registration is required by May 12. CPDUs available.


Follett Lecture Featuring David Lankes

2017 Follett Lecture Featuring R. David LankesR. David Lankes, (pictured standing at lectern), the 2016-17 Follett Chair, presented the annual Follett Lecture on April 12, 2017, titled “The Social Responsibility of the Librarian and the Library in a Post-Factual World.” 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). Respondent panelists, (pictured from left-to-right seated at table), were Miguel Figueroa of the American Library Association’s Center for the Future of Libraries, Nicole A. Cooke of the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois and Scott Walter of DePaul University,

Butler Lecture Featuring Holly Black

2017 Butler Lecture Speaker Holly BlackRenowned children's and teen author Holly Black delivered the 2017 Butler Lecture, titled "Why Magic?" to a capacity crowd on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Black's popular titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, the Newbery Honor Book Doll Bones (Simon & Schuster, 2013), The Coldest Girl in Coldtown (Little, Brown, 2013), the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), and The Darkest Part of the Forest (Little, Brown, 2015).


(Re) Connect with SOIS during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, June 23-26, 2017

Visit us in booth #4736, and connect or re-connect with colleagues at our table at ALISE's annual cooperative alumni reunion on Sunday evening (location TBA).

Reaching Forward, Rosemont, IL, May 5, 2017



Karen Brown, professor, presented a two-day workshop, “Assessing and Communicating Library Contributions to Institutional Priorities," with Kara Malenfant for AMICAL, a consortium of libraries at American international liberal arts institutions, at the American University of Kuwait, Kuwait City in January 2017. Brown also delivered a keynote presentation, “Documenting and Communicating Library Impact with Campus Assessment Projects.” at the Annual Meeting of the Council of Chief Librarians, California Community Colleges in Sacramento, March 2017.

Sujin Huggins was promoted to associate professor. Dr. Huggins also spoke on a panel presentation at ALISE in Atlanta titled "The LIS Educator's Career Life Cycle of Social Responsibility: Issues and Solutions."

Kate Marek, dean and professor, will be participating on a respondent panel during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Sunday June 25 titled "From MLIS to MLD: It's Time to Integrate Design Thinking and Philosophy into LIS Education."

Jenna Nemec-Loise, adjunct instructor, published an article in the spring issue of Children and Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children, titled "Lessons from Lititz" featuring the contributions of Hal Patnott and Alexsandra Podrasa, both MLIS students.

Cecilia Salvatore, professor and coordinator of archives and cultural heritage, was appointed to the Illinois State Archives Advisory Board/Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board for a three-year term. Dr. Salvatore was also appointed Secretary of the Genealogy and Local History Section Standing Committee of IFLA for a three-year term, and participated in the IFLA Presidents Meeting and Vision in Athens, Greece, in April.


Alena Rivers, MLIS student and graduate assistant in the Butler Children's Literature Center, was appointed children's librarian at the Broadview Public Library.


Guadalupe Colin, MLIS '16, was appointed librarian at the Palatine Public Library District.

Monica Dombrowski, MLIS '08, was appointed director of digital services at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, Illinois. Ms. Dombrowski, along with Melissa Bernasek, MLIS '06, published a chapter in Teaching Technology in Libraries: Creating Ideas for Training Staff, Patrons, and Students (McFarland, 2016). The chapter is titled "The Accidental Trainer: Instructional Librarianship in the Modern Day Library."

Teresa Espinoza, MLIS '16, was appointed children's librarian at the Wrightwood-Ashburn Branch of the Chicago Public Library.

Rebecca Heard, MLIS '16, was appointed adult services librarian at the Archer Heights Branch of the Chicago Public Library.

Kyle Jones, MLIS '09, won the ALISE Research Grant Competition for "Algorithms in the Library: An Investigation into Academic Library Participation in Learning Analytics and Related Intellectual Freedom and Privacy Issues."

Joanna Marek, MLIS '08 and MAEA '12, will present "Perfect Pairings: Teaching Visual Literacy Using Primary Source Pairings with the Caldecott, Newbery, & Coretta Scott King Book Award Titles" at the American Association of School Librarians' annual conference in Phoenix, November 9-11, 2017.

Rachel Reinwald, MLIS '10 was awarded "Citizen of the Year" by Illinois School District 41 in Lake Villa, Illinois, where she works as school services liaison.

John Schumacher, MLIS '10, was featured in a news story about his work as Scholastic Book Fairs' ambassador for school libraries.

Leigh Anne Wilson, MLIS ’16, was appointed youth services librarian at the St. Charles (IL) Public Library.