GSLIS Faculty Newsletter
Volume 1, Number 1
In This Issue
Meet Dr. Suellen Adams
Drs. Caldwell, Gilton & McCarthy, Hot Off the Presses!
Catching Up with Prism Students & Alum
Professional Development Events
Fun Stuff on the Web
More Fun Stuff
Letter from the Director
Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Fellow Alumni:
Some things have changed at your school since our last newsletter. We were sad to lose Dr. Irina Lynden, who accepted a position as deputy director of the Russian National Library in St. Petersburg, but glad to welcome Dr. Suellen Adams to our faculty. This September we also said farewell to Jennifer Legare, who handled our admissions and student affairs for many years. Mrs. Legare will be missed, but University College is closer than St. Petersburg, and we are fortunate to have added Mrs. Janice M. Hromi to our staff on November 26.
Some things haven’t changed. We still offer an ALA-accredited MLIS; our next scheduled review by the Committee on Accreditation is in 2010. We still have marvelous students—242 of them were signed up for courses this fall—and a firm commitment to teaching. Faculty have been busy in many directions, as you can see from individual entries; highlights of 2007 included the publication of Dr. Gilton’s Multicultural and Ethnic Children’s Literature in the United States (Scarecrow) and the debut of Dr. Ma’s Global Education for Library and Information Professionals (GELIP) program.
Our pride in our students and alumni hasn’t changed, and we know that your commitment to uniting people and information hasn’t changed. The way you do that ranges from the tried-and-true (story hours and good old-fashioned reference work) to cutting-edge projects we never taught you (creating digital libraries, putting your homework centers on MySpace, and spearheading a drive to build the first green library in RI). Bravo! And special thanks to those of you who have supported our current students’ education by making presentations in our classes, hosting professional field experiences, and mentoring prospective librarians at every level.
With sincere gratitude for your support and participation,
E. Gale Eaton, Director
The University of Rhode Island has become one of 20 Confucius Institutes in the United States and one of 150 in the world. This designation will promote and strengthen educational programs and exchanges between the University and China.
URI President Robert L. Carothers and Xu Lin, director of the Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, signed the agreement in January. Plans call for an initial five-year agreement to be extended an additional five years.
“For many Americans, the real China remains a mystery. As China grows and prospers, it will become the United States’ chief competitor for resources. The reality is that what we don’t know can hurt us, especially in this complex relationship. To make that relationship work, we need to appreciate and understand each other, learning how to work together for our mutual benefit. The Confucius Institute will help us achieve that goal” says Carothers.
“China is not only an awakening giant, it is a walking giant,” agrees Yan Ma, a professor in URI’s Graduate School of Library and Information Studies and director of the new institute. Ma is the leading force in the Institute’s establishment. “News articles and scholars have documented China as a commercial giant and predict it will be the next superpower. URI’s Confucius Institute will help students become global citizens by offering programs that prepare them to speak Mandarin Chinese and understand the Chinese culture.”
Ma, also director of URI’s Global Education for Librarians and Information Professionals, launched a program to educate librarians and information professionals in the Chinese language and culture. It is the first such program in North America to train information professionals to provide services related to China and Chinese studies. There is an ever-increasing demand for these skills.
“I would like to acknowledge that all these exciting and historic Chinese programs on campus are under the leadership, support and commitment of President Carothers and M. Beverly Swan, provost and vice president of academic affairs with the enthusiastic and strong support from Winifred Brownell, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, John Grandin, executive director of the International Engineering Program, and Mark Higgins, dean of the College of Business Administration,” says Ma.
Bits & Pieces
A new website devoted to writing and photography. Edited by class of 1993 graduate
Yuan has volunteered to be the Graduate Student Association (GSA) senator for GSLIS. Thank you, Yuan!
Adjunct Faculty Member Elaine Martin is also President of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Library Directors.
GSLIS graduate Holly Hendricks has begun a doctoral program in history at Northeastern University. Congrats!
And the Fun Doesn’t Stop!
Cool Blogs & Websites!
Learn a Little, Laugh a Little
Stay up-to-date on what’s out there!
For high-quality web resources, look no further!
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Do you know an amazing student or faculty member GSLIS should know about?
Is there an upcoming event you’d like us to report on?
Let us know!
As if she wasn’t busy enough teaching our students how to become amazing librarians and media specialists, Dr. Cheryl McCarthy has been expanding her Curriculum Vitae!
Research Work In Progress (ongoing Fall 2007):
“Assessing Information Literacy Instruction: A Collaborative Pilot Project at the University of Rhode Island” (With Prof. Karen Stein and Melanie Rand).
Published Research Articles:
· “Progress in School Library Media Programs: Where Have We Been? Where Are We Now? And Where Are We Going?” Advances in Librarianship Vol. 30: (November 2006): 279-306.
· “Interactive Video Technology: A Tool for Distance Teaching and Learning.” Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning. 1, 4 (Jan. 05)
· “Appendix D: Information Literacy Instruction K-16: Selected Bibliographic Resources,” and “Appendix E: Information Literacy Instruction K-16: Selected Web Resources,” in The Blue Book on Information Age Inquiry, Instruction, and Literacy by Daniel Callison and Leslie Preddy, Libraries Unlimited, 2006: 609-623.
Invited Formal Presentations:
· “Campus Book Discussion of Ding Ling’s I Myself Am Woman for University of Rhode Island Diversity Week (with Professors Guanglan Jin, Yan Ma, Karen Stein and LSC 520 students) September 26, 2007.
· “Campus Book Discussion of Jhumpa Lahiri’s books, The Namesake and Interpreter of Maladies for University of Rhode Island Diversity Week (with LSC 520 students as facilitators and with special guests Prof. and Mrs. Amar Lahiri) September 27, 2006.
· “One Book, One Campus Program: Book Discussion of The Kite Runner” for University of Rhode Island Diversity Week (with Michael Havener and LSC 520 Students as facilitators) September 28, 2005.
· “Creating Educated Communities of Information Literate Students at the University of Rhode Island, “CECILS Project.” New England Library Association Annual Conference. Worcester, Massachusetts, October 17, 2005 and Massachusetts Library Association Literacy Conference, April 2006 (Panel with Profs. Michael Havener, Karen Stein, and Mary MacDonald).
· “Sharing Books: The Three I’s: Bringing Interaction, Interpretation, and Inquiry into the Classroom.” Barnes and Noble, Middletown, RI, Oct. 12, 2005.
Professional Service and Service to the University:
· Consultant and Evaluator, Central Falls School District, Literacy through School Libraries (LSL) Grant (With Grant Coordinator Debbie Fisher) 2005-06.
· Editorial Review Board for Advances in Librarianship, 2005- present.
· Rhode Island Center for the Book: Executive Board, 2006- Present.
· Rhode Island Libraries Future Sub-Committee: Committee on Learning
· Co-author, “A Community of Lifelong Learners,” 2005.
· Campus Advisory Board, First Books. 2004-2005.
· Committee for School of Communication for College of Arts and Sciences 2005.
· Council on Teacher Education. Accreditation Reports. School of Education. 2002- present.
Dr. Donna L. Gilton
Dr. Gilton is already a well-respected and honored academic, and she continues to astound us with her accomplishments and accolades!
The Unsung Heroine Award. New England Conference Branch of the Women’s Missionary Society. African Methodist Episcopal Church (A.M.E.), April 18, 2007
Education Award. Newport Women’s League. Newport, RI April 15, 2007
Featured in “Alumni Profile” Pingree Bulletin Fall/Winter, 2006-2007
Service Award. Bethel A.M.E. Church. May, 2004
Multicultural and Ethnic Children’s Literature in the United States (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2007).
“Culture Shock in the Library: Implications for Information Literacy Instruction.” Research Strategies. v. 20 (2007): 424-432.
Cook, Billie Montgomery. The Real Deal: A Spiritual Guide For Black Teen Girls. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 2004. YouthWorker Journal. September/October, 2007 p. 60.
Participated in a panel on careers in writing and literature as part of the Senior Career Development Series at the Pingree School, South Hamilton, MA, May 18, 2007
Also Dr. Gilton organized the first Cornucopia mini-conference with Denise Dowdell and others on Native Americans in Children’s Literature, given at the University Club on Friday November 16, 2007. Speakers were Dr. Naomi Caldwell, Associate Professor at GSLIS and Ms. Gabriella Kaye, Children’s Librarian at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum.
Dr. Naomi Caldwell
Let’s not forget our amazing Dr. Caldwell. She has been quite busy this past year. Not only was she recently promoted with tenure to associate professor, she’s been crossing the country both in her travels and writings.
Invited to serve on the Rhode Island College Native American Institutive Committee Spring 2006
American Indian Library Association
American Indian Youth Literature Award Committee
American Library Association
Invited to serve as Co-Chair of the ALA Joint Conference of Librarians of Color Steering Committee July 2007
Member of the Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee
Presentations National and International
· Aboriginal Librarians Conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on April 25, 2007: Feathers, Headdresses and Tomahawks: The Portrayal of Native Americans in Literature for Youth
· ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC on June 25, 2007: "I is for Inclusive: The Portrayal of Native Americans in Books for Youth”. Presented with Lisa Mitten and Gabriella Kaye.
· Fifth Annual Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum in Arcadia Village, Exeter, RI on July 11-12, 2007: Native American Curriculum Development and Resources,
· Nebraska Library Association on October 25, 2007: American Indian Collection Development: The Work of Reconciliation
· Participated with Gabriella Kaye in a presentation for the first Cornucopia Mini Conference entitled "I is for Inclusive: The Portrayal of Native Americans in Books for Youth” on November 16, 2007
“Jon’s Journey,” Yukhika-Latuhse (See Tells Us Stories), Oneida Nation, Oneida, WI v. 2, 2006: 3-5. This is a short story featuring Jon DeFreese Lenape ancestor whose name is listed on the New York Revolutionary Muster Rolls. He served 1760-1762.
Co-author, with Lisa Mitten and Gabriella Kaye, “I is for Inclusion: The Portrayal of Native Americans in Books for Youth”, American Library Association, Middletown, CT, AILA, 2007.
Currently Kerry is interning at the University Library's Reference Desk and doing library instruction for URI 101 (orientation class) and WRT 104 (College Composition). She is a representative of the student chapter of ALA, and a monthly contributor to the RILA Blog. She is working on her outcomes based evaluation project for the spring, "From Concept Map to Research Question: How to Narrow Your Topic."
This semester Janaya continued interning at Roger Williams University Main Library. Her duties include includes reference work and research on academic libraries and diversity.
She is also volunteering at the Providence Black Repertory Theater; she’s doing archival work for the well-renowned company. Recently she participated in a poster session at the ALA entitled “Meet Me in the Street: Researching and Reaching Out to Diverse Populations.”
Dipti is currently working at the URI Kingston Library. While there she’s taught both the URI 101 and WRT 104/105 classes and provided reference services to our amazing URI students. During the Summer of 2007 she proposed a library instruction session for International Students. She designed and developed two sessions: 1) Basic Library Session, which involved taking international students on a tour of the library and showing them how to use the HELIN Catalog and 2) How to Find Articles in General and Subject-Specific Databases, which was taught by subject-specific librarians.
Dipti feels these sessions opened doors for the library to serve this underserved group and affiliations with the International Students Office “who in the near future would like a representative from the library during Orientation for Incoming International Students.”
The Fund for URI: Last year, 453 friends, faculty, and alumni gave a total of $28,121 to the GSLIS Fund for URI. This fund supports the program in many important ways. Over the past year, we used it to:
· Update technology support for teaching and research
· Match IMLS grant funds for student support
· Increase student scholarships
· Sponsor student participation in professional organizations
· Fund faculty research and travel
· Support continuing professional development events
· Upgrade the GSLIS job list
· Improve our recruitment materials
As you can see, the average gift is just over $62; the range is wide, with some gifts under $10 and some over $1,000. We are grateful not just for the monetary, but for the moral support. Even the smallest gifts are evidence of alumni involvement, and as such, they strengthen our program more than you know.
To give to the GSLIS Fund for URI, you can return your “Making a Difference” pledge materials to Annual Giving, Alumni Center, 73 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881—or you can securely make your gift online at http://www.advance.uri.edu/giveonline.
Endowments and Other Funds: GSLIS also has several endowment funds, most of which support scholarships. Although some were created by and named for individual donors, anybody is welcome to contribute. Examples:
GSLIS General Scholarship (Fund number EA69): Our oldest endowment, this fund generates interest for several $500 scholarships, including the Frank Iacono scholarship. Friends and colleagues have donated over $3,000 to the fund in memory of the late Frank Iacono.
Elizabeth Futas Scholarship (Fund number ED01): Our largest endowment, in the 2007/2008 academic year this fund generated two $3,000 scholarships for students whose professional commitments and activism mirror those of the late Dr. Futas.
GSLIS Prism Scholarship (Fund number EB44): Matured in fall 2006, this fund was donated by W. Michael Havener and by additionally supported by GSLIS faculty and advisory committee members in honor of his years as our director. Currently it yields $400 to $500 annually to help a student who is committed to serving diverse populations.
Mattoon-Kline Scholarship (Fund E354): Our newest mature endowment, donated over several years by Nancy Mattoon Kline (class of 1973), is intended specifically to support students of color. The first award will be announced in spring 2008, and will probably be in the area of $700.
Not yet matured is the RI Coalition of Library Advocates (COLA) Scholarship (Fund number E379), established by Herman Rose to increase the $250 scholarships that COLA gives annually to promising GSLIS students in public librarianship (the Bill Bergeron Award) and school library media services (the Linda Aldrich Award).
How big does a mature endowment have to be? Currently, the URI Foundation threshold is $25,000. But a fund does not have to be that large to make a real difference. Operating funds are relatively small, and we spend capital rather than interest. For instance:
The Lucille Chernack Professional Development Fund (Fund number 5847) enables GSLIS to reimburse up to $25 for any student’s first-year membership in a professional association of his or her choice. We are grateful for the opportunities this gives students to network, learn from mentors, and make their own contributions to the profession.
The GSLIS Director’s Fund (Fund number 5354) can be used for anything from instructional technology to printing costs, and gives us much-needed flexibility.
To give to any of these existing funds, you can send a check to the Director of the URI Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, 94 West Alumni Avenue, Kingston, RI 02881. (One way to do it: make your check to the URI Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, and put the name of the fund and/or its number in your memo line.)
If you have questions about giving, a good person to talk with is Thomas R. Zorabedian, Senior Development Officer for the College of Arts and Sciences, 257 Chafee Building, Kingston, RI 02881. He can guide you through the mysteries of stock transfer, multi-year pledges, and more. You can reach him by phone (401-874-2853) or online (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Remember, all donations to GSLIS count toward the URI Make a Difference Capital Campaign. I’d like to add, our donations to GSLIS count toward the support of a vibrant profession. Many thanks for your support!
Tuesdays, September 18-December 11, 2007
Chafee Auditorium 7:30PM
Confucius Institute Opening
Seminar and Performance of Chinese traditional music and Yue Opera. University Library, Galanti Lounge 2:30
The Butterfly Lovers—Opera by the Yue Opera Company of Ningbo, China.
October 27, 2007. VMA Arts and Cultural Center, Providence, RI. 8:00PM. Call (401) 272-4VMA for more information.
Integrating Web 2.0 in Public Libraries
By Eugene Jeffers, Community Resources Librarian at Pawtucket Public Library.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007. 7:00-9:00PM. Galanti Lounge, URI Library.
Music From China November 2, 2007
URI Find Arts Center. Concert Hall.
Please visit: www.uri.edu/greatperformances for more information
I is Not For Indian: North American Native People in Children’s Literature
Sponsored by Cornucopia of Rhode Island, serving the Rhode Island community of color. Guest speakers: Dr. Naomi Caldwell, Associate Professor, GSLIS and Ms. Gabriella Kaye, Head Librarian at the Mashantucket Pequot Children’s Library.
Friday, November 16, 2007. URI University Club, 9:00-12:00 Noon.
$5.00 for Student with ID, $10.00 for others. Continental breakfast included.