Winter 2016 "Off the Shelf" Newsletter

Dominican GSLIS "Off the Shelf" Masthead


Kate Marek, GSLIS Dean and Professor

Greetings all -

Our big news this winter is that we have received full continuing accreditation from the ALA Committee on Accreditation! As you know, our site review took place in late October, and I met with the Committee at Midwinter on January 9th. The decision was made that same weekend and was delivered to us the week of January 11th. Needless to say, we are delighted! In their report to the COA, our External Review Panel specifically cited the quality of our faculty and staff, our multi-layered planning process, and our ongoing assessment process. I know many of you participated in various ways during this process, and everyone’s good work added up to a highly successful self-study and Program Presentation. Many thanks to you all. Our next review will take place in fall 2022.

I also want to update you on the upcoming changes in our program as we grow and stay current with the broad field of library and information science education. As we have identified new opportunities in information-based educational programs, we have recognized the need to balance the important legacy of our library school brand with the broader conceptual brand of information-based career preparation. We recognize that as of the 2016-2017 academic year we will no longer only offer graduate education, and we will no longer only be preparing librarians. We therefore see the need not only to adapt our school’s name, but also the merit in broadening its scope.

Thus, the faculty has voted in favor of a name change, pending feedback from our current students, alumni, and  advisory board. The proposed alternatives to the name "Graduate School of Library and Information Science" are either the "School of Information" or the "School of Information Studies." To that end, we welcome your feedback in an anonymous online forum, found at We will be holding an open forum for current students on February 3, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Butler Children’s Literature Center on campus; that forum will also be streamed using Adobe Connect and will include a live online chat option. Student comments can be made at our LISSA site for feedback, found at The final vote by our faculty will take place at our March faculty meeting on March 16, 2016.

What we consider to be most important as we approach this decision is to focus in all of our programs on the core values of the information profession, and to preserve the MLIS as the heart of our school. We think we are making a good start in that direction as we bring in David Lankes for our 2016-2017 Follett Chair. Among his many achievements, Dave has just been awarded the 2016 Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship. See more information about David Lankes and his Follett Chair appointment later in this newsletter.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about this important step in the life of our program.

--Kate Marek, Dean and Professor


Reaccreditation sequence complete!

The American Library Association's Committee on Accreditation voted January 10 to extend full accreditation status to Dominican's MLIS program. Dominican's is one of 59 accredited programs, and is the only one in the Chicagoland area. Find out more.

New degree offerings

Enrollment is open for the Master of Science in Information Management (MSIM) program, with courses beginning this fall. Students can create their own learning plans or choose from four specializations: cybersecurity, analytics, digital content management, or web design. Find out more about the MSIM. Dominican GSLIS’s first undergraduate degree, the Bachelor of Science in Informatics (BSI), launches in March. Stay tuned to for more information.

Lankes named Follett Chair

Dr. R. David Lankes, professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, has accepted appointment as the holder of the 2016-17 Follett Chair in Library and Information Science. Find out more.

Snow in as PhD director

Karen Snow, assistant professor, was named director of Dominican GSLIS’s doctor of philosophy in library and information science program. She assumed the position with the start of the spring 2016 semester. Find out more.


Congratulations to the following individuals who received degrees on August 29, 2015.

Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Science:

Master of Library and Information Science:
Susanne Bertucco; Joel Castellanos; Sally Conkright; Stephanie DeRoche; Ana Devine; Debra A. Pacini Grieco; Ragheb Irqasous; Yasmin Jones; Evan Mather; Matthew McDonough; Aimee Norris; Kelsey O'Connell; Sarah Prokop; Sarah Rustman; Alexander Smith; Peter Tew; Eva Thaler-Sroussi; Bruce Whiteside; Lisa Zink and Lindsay Zucker.

Congratulations to the following individuals who received degrees on January 9, 2016.

Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Science:

Master of Library and Information Science:
Susan Adams-Lanham; Courtney Balk; Danielle Becker; Mitchell Berman; Jennifer Berzin; Kevin Brown; Richard Brzustowicz; James Cascino; Jacqueline Ceron; Nicholas Chaney; Kathryn Coldiron; Christine DeAlba; Teresa Espinoza; Haley Frailey; Cory Ganbarg; Jennifer Hale; LaRhanee Harrison; Emily Hauser; Sarah (Raissa) Herscovitch; Mallory Hoos; Rose Hopkins; Benjamin Hubert; Latrece Hunter-Singleton; Amanda Jachec; Dana Janisch; Sarah Kantor; Emily King; Peter Klaeser; Patricia Lawley; Ariana Lim; Patrick McCaughey; Amy McCoy; Kimberly Nevins; Michaelene Orzechowski; Allison Phillips; Sean Plagge; Tania Rivero; Samuel Rome; Stephanie Ruddock; Joel Shoemaker; Jennifer Susina; Christina Vincent; Dawn Walczak; Brittany Whyte; Philip Wills; Lisa Winchell and Julie Johnson Zeller.


Dominican started 2016 in Boston, heading to ALA Midwinter and the ALISE Annual Conference. Karen Snow, assistant professor and director of the PhD program, contributed to both, beginning January 7 with an ALISE Technical Services Education SIG session where she teamed with Maurine McCourry, PhD ‘14, to discuss ethics instruction in catalog courses. Over at ALA Midwinter, Dr. Snow presented “The Treatment of False Memoirs in Cataloging Practice: Practical Concerns and Ethical Implications” during the Cataloging & Classification Research Interest Group Meeting on January 10. And Dr. Snow continues to serve as co-chair of the ALCTS Competencies and Education for a Career in Cataloging Interest Group, which met January 8 during ALA Midwinter. Dr. Snow updates Off the Shelf on the interest group’s progress: “In August 2015, the ALCTS CaMMS Competencies and Education for a Career in Cataloging Interest Group charged the Cataloging Competencies Task Force with producing the first draft of a core competencies document enumerating the skills and knowledge required for a career in cataloging for use by cataloging practitioners and educators. During the interest group’s meeting at ALA Midwinter, representatives from the task force presented a draft core competencies document for review and discussion, culminating in a conversation about next steps.”


2/27/16: The 19th annual GSLIS Career Day featuring keynote speaker Lauren Rosenthal, theme "Learn How to Earn What You're Worth." Designed for GSLIS students and alumnae/i, this annual event offers opportunities to hear from industry leaders and network with one another. Events take place from 8:30 a.m. through 12 noon, and will include breakfast. This annual event is hosted by the GSLIS Alumni Council. Register here.

3/16/16: The 2016 Butler Lecture featuring award-winning children's book illustrator Christian Robinson, titled "You Are Here: Finding Yourself in Picture Books." The Lecture will take place from 6:00-7:00 p.m. with a reception and booksigning to follow, in the Martin Recital Hall on Dominican's main campus in River Forest, IL. It is free and open to the general public, with registration required. Register here.

4/13/16: The 2016 Follett Lecture featuring Follett Chair Janice M. Del Negro. The Lecture will take place from 6:00-7:00 p.m. with a reception and booksigning to follow, in the Lund Auditorium on Dominican's main campus in River Forest, IL. It is free and open to the general public, with registration required. Register here.


Cecilia Salvatore, associate professor and coordinator of archives and cultural heritage, was appointed director of member services for the Association of Library and Information Science Education (ALISE). She began her three-year term on the ALISE Board of Directors on January 8. Dr. Salvatore also contributed to three conferences in summer 2015. Her paper, “Information Literacy through Indigenous Cultural Heritage Materials and Resources,” was accepted for the 2015 World Library and Information Congress of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, August 16-20 in Cape Town, South Africa. Later that month, on an invitation from the Qingdao Municipal Archives, Dr. Salvatore presented at the Qingdao Satellite Conference (Qingdao, China) of the 22nd International Congress of Historical Sciences (Jinan, China), August 24-25. Finally, Dr. Salvatore presented at the joint PARBICA/ARANZ Conference (Pacific Region Branch of the International Council on Archives/Archives and Records Association of New Zealand) in Auckland, New Zealand, September 7-9.

Karen Snow, assistant professor and director of the PhD program, and Gretchen L. Hoffman, associate professor in the School of Library and Information Science of Texas Women’s University, published “What Makes an Effective Cataloging Course? A Study of the Factors that Promote Learning,” in the October 2015 issue of Library Resources & Technical Services (Vol. 59, No. 4). Analyzing the results of a survey of LIS master’s degree holders who have taken a beginning cataloging course, the authors suggest that “cataloging practice (the hands-on creation of bibliographic records or catalog cards), the effectiveness of the instructor, a balance of theory and practice, and placing cataloging in a real-world context contribute to effective learning.” Dr. Snow also published, as a solo author, “An Examination of the Practical and Ethical Issues Surrounding False Memoirs in Cataloging Practice" in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly. Working from a survey of library catalog entries for “highly publicized false memoirs” such as The Education of Little Tree and A Million Little Pieces, Dr. Snow “examines the practical concerns of cataloging false memoirs, such as changing the class number, modifying subject headings, and adding notes, as well as the ethical implications of these actions.”

Christopher Stewart, assistant professor, published “Divided Attentions at Loring Tech,” a case study depicting a tricky day for library management at the fictional Loring Technical University, in the September 2015 issue of The Journal of Academic Librarianship (Vol. 41). After sketching out a detailed scenario concerning the performance appraisal of a staff member, Dr. Stewart asks readers if a conflict between two upper-level administrators is “simply a matter of different management styles” or symptomatic of “larger issues around organizational culture and leadership.”


Donna Block, MLIS ’05 and teen services librarian at Niles (IL) Public Library District, co-authored “Teens Tread the Boards: Here’s What Happened,” a look at three library theater clubs published in the December 2015 issue of the ILA Reporter.

Gina Carter, MLIS ’13, was appointed senior services advisor at Arlington Heights (IL) Memorial Library.

Lauren Collen, MLIS/SLMP ‘05, library media specialist at Greenwood Elementary School in Woodstock, Illinois, is one of 20 finalists for the Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award. She was among 540 educators nominated for the award.

Amber Creger, MLIS ’05 and adjunct instructor, was appointed youth services director at the Schaumburg Township (IL) District Library.

Rachel Fischer, MLIS ’13, reported two key events in her professional life to Off the Shelf. She was promoted to library technical services specialist at YBP Library Services in Contoocook, New Hampshire. And the results of her 2015 survey of librarians who work for U.S. small town and rural libraries were published in Public Library Quarterly (Vol. 34) under the title “Rural and Small Town Library Management Challenges.” The survey found that “financial conditions had improved or will improve in the future” in small and rural libraries, where the “most challenging managerial issue was staffing.”

Renee Grassi, MLIS ‘09 and youth department director at Glen Ellyn (IL) Public Library, and Tony Lucarelli, MLIS ’09 and systems librarian at Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, Illinois, published “Small Is Beautiful: Trimming Big Ideas Down to Size” in the December 2015 issue of the ILA Reporter. The essay tells the story of how “several Illinois librarians have adapted a project or concept institute by a larger library … and brought it into their own library of community.”

Anna Kim, MLIS/SLMP ’11 and library media specialist at Eliza Chappell Elementary in Chicago, was appointed intellectual freedom representative to the Illinois School Library Media Association Board for 2015-16.

Annabelle Mortensen, MLIS ’02, and collection development supervisor at Skokie (IL) Public Library, received the Readers’ Advisory Service Award at the 2015 Illinois Library Association annual conference.

Grace Radkins, MLIS ‘13, and Allison Schein, MLIS ‘12, presented “Take it easy, but take it…to new places,” a presentation on their work with the Studs Terkel Radio Archive, at the IASA (International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives) 2015 Annual Conference in Paris in September 2015. Presented in the Broadcast Archives section of the conference, the talk concerned “how we are reaching out to communities of new listeners, including local high school students; and the new technologies we're using to transcribe and share the programs,” said Radkins.

John Schumacher, MLIS/SLMP ’10, spoke with School Library Journal in October 2015 about his new job with Scholastic as ambassador for school libraries. Known as Mr. Schu to his students and on his popular blog and Twitter feed, Schumacher worked for 12 years as a teacher and teacher librarian at Brook Forest Elementary School in Oak Brook, Illinois, before leaving for the private sector. “In my new role at Scholastic Book Fairs, I will help evangelize the power and relevance of independent reading by speaking at conferences, developing and leading workshops, visiting schools, and spreading book love in person and online,” he told SLJ.

Brook Sievers, MLIS ’07 and head of materials management at Addison (IL) Public Library, received the TBS, Inc. Technical Services Award at the 2015 Illinois Library Association annual conference.

Anne Slaughter, MLIS ‘06 and director of technology services for the Reaching Across Illinois Library System, received the Crosman Memorial Award at the 2015 Illinois Library Association annual conference. The award “recognizes the achievements of the library workers who are new or relatively new to the field and encourages continued involvement in the profession.”

Claire Stewart, MLIS ’95, was named a 2016-17 Leadership Fellow by the Association of Research Libraries. The “executive leadership program facilitates the development of future senior-level leaders in large research libraries and archives,” according to an ARL news release.

Ten drawings by Daniel Weinberg, MLIS ’00 and technical services manager at Gary Public Library, are on display through January 30 at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art in Chicago.

Jamie Winchell, MLIS/SLMP ‘15, was appointed teacher librarian at Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park, Illinois.

For more GSLIS notable alumnae/i news - visit the Alumnae/i News Archive.


K.C. Boyd, a student in the PhD program, accepted a 2015 BCALA (Black Caucus of the American Library Association) Leadership Award in August 2015 at the Annual Conference of African American Librarians in St. Louis. Boyd also gave a presentation, “Marketing the School Library Program,” during the conference. Boyd explains that she received the award “for my service to children in the K-12 school library, advocacy of school libraries on a national level, work with the genre of Street Literature and mentorship of new librarians.”

Jennifer Gladkowski, a student in the MLIS/SLMP program and library media specialist at Morrill Math & Science Specialty School in Chicago, launched a holiday book drive at her school that brought in 840 books worth a total of $8,000. "Thanks to one librarian’s wish, and donations from around the world, every kid at one Chicago school will have their own new book this Christmas,” opens WGN-TV’s coverage of the book drive. Gladkowski subsequently created a wish list intended to help students build their home libraries. It can be accessed here:

Heather Hummons, a student in the MLIS program, recapped her experience attending the 2015 All for One Conference as an ALA Spectrum and ILA Sylvia Murphy Williams Scholar in the December 2015 issue of the ILA Reporter. “I gained a broader perspective on librarianship just from attending (plus librarians sure know how to party!)” she wrote.

Mark Knox, a student in the MLIS program, was appointed reference intern at the Joseph Schaffner Library on Northwestern University’s Chicago campus.

Scott Shoger, a student in the MLIS program, was appointed to a year-long internship with the American Library Association’s International Relations Office. His duties include coordinating travel grants for the 2016 IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio.