A Message from Acting Director, Kevin McClure
I’ve been asked to provide a few comments to the Newsletter as the Acting Director of GSLIS. My term as Director began in June and I will return to my regular duties in Communication Studies in December. As you can imagine there were a number of challenges involved in coming into another program to direct. Primary among my concerns in deciding to accept the position was in not knowing what I might be getting myself into; not knowing if I was opening a box of chocolates or a can of worms. So I want to briefly comment on my experiences and impressions as Acting Director, as someone who is an outsider of sorts.
First, it has been a wonderful experience for me to learn about the program and get to know the faculty, the staff, and the students. In fact, my most active impression of this experience regards the professionalism, expertise, and abilities of the faculty, the staff, and the students in the department. All of you should be proud of the work that everyone is doing and the virtuosity and professionalism with which everyone carries out their duties and responsibilities. Second, I want underscore the collegiality, warmth, and goodwill that everyone has shown me personally. Without the support and goodwill of everyone I would not be even remotely able to perform these duties and responsibilities. It has also been a wonderful opportunity for me to grow in my knowledge about administration duties at the University and to face new challenges professionally. As I look forward to the end of the semester I hope that I can continue to help the department to fulfill its mission and to be of service to everyone who needs my support. Finally, if nothing else, I hope that I have provided the department with a greater appreciation of importance of having Dr. Eaton as the chair.
Two URI Library Students win scholarships
Media Contact: Jan Wenzel, 401-874-2116
R.I. –July 15, 2008—For the second year in a row, two
students enrolled in the University of Rhode Island’s
Graduate School of Library and Information Studies program have
won New England Library Association scholarships. The library
association provides a multitude of services and opportunities for
librarians in every type of library throughout the six New England
states. Each year, the association awards four scholarships to
graduate students –two $2,000 scholarships for full-time
students and two $1,000 scholarships for part-time students.
Marilyn Hines, a part-time library and information studies student at URI, won a $1,000 scholarship. She is currently employed at the Coventry Public Library as a paraprofessional, providing reference services and working at circulation. She expects to graduate next May and become certified as a school library media specialist. She is interested in 1) developing programs and curricula to help bridge gender-related technology gaps that too often begin in middle school and 2) building collections that allow every child to find him/herself on the library shelf. She lives in Greene, R.I. with her spouse and three children.
Reminder about Programs of Study
GSLIS Graduate Named University of Florida Libraries' Director of Development
Antone has master’s degrees in library and information science and public administration from the University of Rhode Island. She holds undergraduate degrees in business administration and management from Johnson & Wales University, Providence. She recently completed several courses at The Fundraising School, Center on Philanthropy, at Indiana University. She is also an American Library Association Spectrum Scholar.
Her most recent work experience was with Broward County Libraries as the Assistant Regional Library Manager of the South Regional – Broward Community College Library (Pembroke Pines), the first LEED certified “green” building in the county. She was responsible for planning the direction of the libraries’ funding opportunities and securing resources to sponsor library programs and events. Prior to that she worked at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center near Fort Lauderdale where she served as the assistant director and later as the director.
At UF, Antone will have primary responsibility for directing activities to secure major gifts and private support for the Smathers Libraries. Her first order of business is to visit each library to meet faculty, staff and students and learn what the libraries’ and students’ developmental needs are. She will work closely with the Associate Dean of Development and Advancement, Dean of Libraries and the library administration to align funding goals into a comprehensive strategic plan to meet the libraries’ needs by matching those needs to our donors’ values.
Antone says that “libraries are the people’s university, whether they are academic or public. It is through their gestation on our campuses and in our communities that they have the greatest impact on our future. People will give to that end.”
Submitted by Barbara Hood, Public Information Officer, UF
First Annual SLA/RI chapter and SLA/RI GSLIS chapter Fall Meeting—November 8, 2008
Speaker Jessica Baumgart, Quality Assurance Engineer at Renesys and multi award winner will present “Technological tools and tricks.”
in this meeting is a brief introduction to the Student chapter’s
mentorship program with some face-to-face interaction. The
Mentorship Program is designed to match one student/new
professional to a working MLIS professional for the academic
2008/2009 year. This is open to all aspects of librarianship, not
just those that concern themselves with "special
GSLIS students: FREE!
“Angel donations” $10.00
Speaker: 11:30 AM
Light Lunch: 12:30 PM
Light lunch will consist of fingerfood, fruit, vegetables and dip, juice, and a variety of other delectables.
As we go through this fall semester, we’re also reminded of our gratitude toward those who support our students with larger gifts and endowments. Some highlights:
Jason McGill was awarded the first Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship, by the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF). The Conable Scholarship was created to advance two principles that Gordon Conable held dear: intellectual freedom and mentorship. The scholarship provided for the registration, transportation, and accommodations for a library school student or new professional to attend ALA’s Annual Conference. This year’s conference was held in Anaheim, California.
Seminar in Chinese Librarianship
The Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Rhode Island is pleased to announce its Global Education for Librarians and Information Professionals Program.
will offer again the Seminar
in Chinese Librarianship
taught by Professor Yan Ma and Professor Ying Ye at Zhejiang
University in the summer of 2007. The dates are: May 25 to June 5,
2009. The seminar will provide students and professionals with an
opportunity to travel to China to study the history of Chinese
librarianship and libraries and information services from the
ancient to the contemporary times.
Student and Alumni News
Desiree Smelcer created a Preservation Plan as part of her Independent Study through the GSLIS program here at URI. Her plan is for the South Hadley Public Library and was created over the Summer 2008. The Library Trustees have approved, implemented, and funded the plan. There were no Preservation Plans at this library before this one was implemented.
Jessica Langlois (2004) recently became the Director of the Dennis Public Library on Cape Cod. She also got married on August 24, 2008 to Dan Ferreira. Congratulations!
Kirk Morrison (2006) is the Head of Reference Services at the Morgan Memorial Library, which is part of the Suffolk Public Library System, in Suffolk, VA. He lives with his wife in nearby Norfolk, VA.
Melody Allen (adjunct) retired at the end of September after 29 1/2 years as the state children's services consultant for the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services. She worked in public and school libraries for eight years before that. In June, the Rhode Island Library Association presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and this fall she received the Emerson Greenaway Award from the New England Library Association. She will continue to teach LSC530 and co-teach LSC535.
Dr. Cheryl Ann McCarthy (professor), in Winter 2008, wrote two accreditation reports for the School Library Media Program for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE). In March 2008, Professor McCarthy coordinated visits by both NCATE and RIDE teams to interview candidates, graduates, and mentors as well as visit school sites for the SLM Program. The MLIS School Library Media Program received full accreditation (5 years) with commendations for excellence and was awarded, “National Recognition.” The RIDE report, made two recommendations to strengthen the program by providing more collaborations as well as more opportunities for candidates to gain more experience with diverse learners in diverse environments. Dr. McCarthy would like to thank the faculty, the excellent SLM candidates, graduates, and mentors who participated in this review process. As a result of the RIDE recommendation, she is currently collaborating with Ms. Debbie Fisher at Central Falls High School to ensure that school library media candidates have opportunities to work in diverse settings and have opportunities to assist learners with their information literacy skills. This fall, Dr. McCarthy and SLM candidates are working on alternating Wednesdays at Central Falls High School. In May 2008, Professor McCarthy and one SLM Candidate, Carolyn Steward, participated in the evaluation of Senior Projects at the Providence Academy for International Studies (PAIS). Professor McCarthy continues to collaborate at PAIS with LMS, Peter Quesnel, to provide experiences for SLM candidates in diverse learning environments during the fall for visits and volunteering and in the spring for practicum.
Professor McCarthy has participated in Diversity Week book discussion programs at URI for the past four years. On September 24, 2008, she coordinated the program with author, Dr. Padma Venkatraman who provided insights to her highly acclaimed debut novel, Climbing the Stairs. Professor McCarthy facilitated the book discussion program with the assistance of her LSC 520 School Library Media Students who read the book and wrote interpretive questions to encourage inquiry into the novel, the characters, and the culture of India. Dr. McCarthy would like to thank all participants especially Dr. Venkatraman who graciously and generously discussed her brilliant novel and responded to students’ questions. In addition, Dr. McCarthy was pleased to have MCC Director, Dr. Melvin Wade, and GSLIS adjunct professor, Kathleen Odean, present at this program.
Professor McCarthy’s current scholarly work includes an investigation of “Learning Commons” or “Information Commons” in academic libraries. She visited Yale’s new Bass Library and received a tour and interview with Danuta Nitecki, Associate University Librarian, in May 2008 and plans to continue investigating learning commons in academic libraries if her sabbatical proposal is approved. In addition, she is completing an “Assessment of Students’ Information Literacy Skills” with Professor Karen Stein as part of a collaboration with mentors from LSC 527 Information Literacy Instruction.
Professor McCarthy continues to coordinate the new Information Literacy Instruction Certificate and she extends her congratulations to the recent recipients.
Professor McCarthy is also serving on the Rhode Island Center for the Book Executive Board.