Winter 2015 "Off the Shelf" Newsletter

Kate Marek, GSLIS Dean and Professor



Nature may be dormant in the winter, but not so for 21st century work-life, and certainly not for the winter academic term.  After a nice holiday break, the halls of Dominican University are once again buzzing.  GSLIS is buzzing as well!  This issue of Off the Shelf will bring you up to speed on some of our exciting activities, including trips to Guadalajara, Bologna, and SXSWi (South-by-Southwest Interactive) in Austin.

As a faculty, GSLIS finished 2014 strong with the identification of three new strategic goals for 2015-2017:

  • Program Growth and Innovation
  • Partnerships
  • Integration of 21st Century Skills Across the Curriculum

These new strategic directions grew out of a year’s worth of environmental scanning, including employer surveys, strategic planning sessions, and deep faculty conversations.  Many of you have participated in these conversations over the last year, and we are most appreciative for your input.

Library and information science (LIS) is a dynamic field, changing rapidly as we all know.  It is essential to hold on to the core values of LIS for our 21st century society and to guarantee a strong culture of barrier free information access for all.  At the same time, the definitions of LIS have been shifting, and as information has become vital to every organization and business, so have information workers.  GSLIS sees a great deal of opportunity in educating leaders for a broad range of 21st century information-based jobs and careers through Program Growth and Innovation.

Defining “partnerships” as a strategic direction speaks to yet another significant opportunity we have at Dominican, both internally within our own institution, and externally as a Chicago-based LIS program.  Strategic partnerships will include innovative approaches to practicums and internships for our students, additional new ways to explore practice-based opportunities and career connections, and new ways to partner with other Chicagoland institutions of higher learning. Two examples of what we’ve been doing recently in the area of Partnerships is our work with WFMT and their Studs Terkel digital archive, and with Roosevelt University’s graduate history program.

The GSLIS faculty feels strongly that our program is poised to lead LIS education through program growth, partnerships, and curricular innovation, ensuring that our students graduate with 21st Century skills as defined by IMLS in 2008 (

As you can tell, there is a natural synergy between and among our three new strategic directions, as we develop innovative partnerships that facilitate curriculum expansion and that provide growing opportunities for our students’ experiential and practice-based learning.

We are excited about these three new Strategic Directions for 2015-2017, and we’re not waiting until Spring to get started!

--Kate Marek, Dean and Professor

Congratulations Graduates

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

Kathryn Astrom; Jessica Beno; John Brdecka; Kimberly Burch; Alice Cameron; Doris Cardenas; Trenton Carls; Lauren Cerniglia; Keeshana Clark; Alexandra Colantoni; Jose Cruz; Rachael Dabkey; Cahaya Dan; John Driscoll; Christine Essig; Matthew Foster; Lindsy Frazer; Amy Grieashamer; Katharine Jelinski; Laurel Johnson; Sophia Kenney; Russell Knoebel; Taras Kozbur; Carlynn Lampton; Julia Langlois; Jessica Layman; Rene Leyva; Heather Mascarello; Olivia Montolin; Jennifer Murphy; Debra Nelson; Laura O'Kane; Debra Orellana; Abigail Phillips; Kimberly Rose; Hadeal Salamah; Michael San Filippo; Stefanie Schmidt; Rachel Sierminski; Joshua Snyder; Elena Stuart; Carrie Stump; Magdalena Teske; Judith Tichacek; Jennifer Ureste; Kamilah Wentworth; Jessica Witt; Joyce Wortsman and Katie Yager.

Focus on Scholarships

Second Annual Li and Li Scholarship Awarded

MLIS student Ariana Lim is the recipient of the 2014 Li and Li Scholarship, in the amount of $5000. GSLIS awards this scholarship in collaboration with the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA); it is funded by a bequest from Dr. Tze-chung Li and Mrs. Dorothy Li. It is intended to support a GSLIS student of Chinese ethnicity who commits to involvement in CALA and incorporating his or her Chinese heritage into professional service in the community. The selection committee included GSLIS Dean and Professor Kate Marek, GSLIS Assistant Professor Yijun Gao, and Dominican University Library Instruction Coordinator Ning Zou.

GSLIS Student Awarded Mary V. Gaver Scholarship from ALA

Alice Krebill is the recipient of a 2014 Mary V. Gaver Scholarship, administered by the American Library Association. The scholarship is awarded in the amount of $3000 for an MLIS student specializing in youth services in an ALA-accredited program.

Support the Dean's Scholarship Endowment
Help us continue to support graduate education in library and information science by making a donation to the Dean's Scholarship Endowment.

On the Road

Reconnect with us at ALISE and ALA Midwinter, to be held this year in Chicago!

ALISE, 1/27-30/15

ALA Midwinter Meeting, 1/30-2/3/15

Upcoming Events

C-Suite Lecture Series: Mary Lee Schneider, 1/27/15

The Brennan School of Business presents the C-Suite Speakers Series: Mary Lee Schneider, President & CEO, Follett Corporation. Mary Lee Schneider is the first non-family member to head this leading education publisher. With a career of helping legacy publishers transition to the digital age, she is launching a new era at Follett. This event takes place in Martin Recital Hall at 6:30 p.m. and is free with registration required.

Butler Lecture Featuring LeUyen Pham, 3/5/15

Pham’s work includes a delightful variety of picture books, including The Boy Who Loved Math by Deborah Heiligman and her own stories Big Sister, Little Sister and A Piece of Cake; illustrations for the New York Times best-seller The Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale; and a range of graphic novels with Jordan Mechner and Alex Puvilland, including Prince of Persia, Solomon’s Thieves, and Templar. This event takes place in Martin Recital Hall at 6:00 p.m. with a reception and booksigning to follow. It is free and open to the public with registration required.

Follett Lecture Featuring Janice Del Negro, 4/8/15

Dr. Janice M. Del Negro, a nationally noted storyteller and author, associate professor, and the 2014-15 Follett Chair, will deliver the 2015 Follett Lecture, “Telling the Library’s Story," on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. This event takes place in Lund Auditorium at 6:00 p.m. with a reception to follow. It is free and open to the public, with registration required.

Faculty News

Karen Brown, professor and director of the doctoral program, co-presented with Kara Malenfant, Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives, Association of College and Research Libraries, "Academic Libraries and Student Success: Findings and Applications from 70 Campus Teams" at the October 2014 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis.

Thom Barthelmess, lecturer and curator of the Butler Children's Literature Center, published "Thom's Rules of Order: Ten Tips for Good Book Discussion" in the November/December 2014 issue of The Horn Book.

Stacy T. Kowalczyk, assistant professor, presented two papers at the Assoiation for Information Science and Technology conference on 10/31-11/5/2014 in Seattle: "Where Does All the Data Go: Quantifying the Final Disposition of Research Data" and "Author Gender Metadata Augmentation of HathiTrust Digital Library."

Alumnae/i News

Christine Chorostecki, MLIS ’10, was appointed digital communications manager in Dominican University’s Office of Marketing and Communications.

Michael Duffy, MLIS ’02, was appointed associate professor and performing arts librarian at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.

Athens Moreno, MLIS ’13, was appointed e-content manager at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, IL.

Patrick Sifuentes, MLIS ’14, received the 2014 ALISE Diversity Travel Award.

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