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Below are headlines and links to recent news from the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. Follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (@KentStateSLIS<>) for the latest updates!


School of Library and Information Science to Double Its Space with Expansion
The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) is currently undergoing a 14,000-square-foot renovation to expand and double its space for teaching, research and student services. The remodeling is being completed in two phases. Phase 1 involves the full renovation of the former Audio Visual Services space in the University Library (14,000 square feet), and Phase 2 involves the renovation of the existing SLIS space (approximately 12,000 square feet). The construction began in December 2012 and will be completed in mid-June 2013. Read more at

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User Experience Design Degree Now Online - Learn More at 2/27 Virtual Open House

If you've thought about getting a master's degree to pursue a career in User Experience Design (UXD) but couldn't find time to get to class, you'll be happy to learn that you can now earn your degree completely online from Kent State University. User Experience Design (UXD) is offered as a 36-credit-hour concentration in Kent State University's Master of Science in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM) program in the School of Library and Information Science. Our graduates have gone on to successful careers at Google, American Greetings and Progressive Insurance, among many other major companies. Join us for a free interactive, online open house on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at noon to learn more about the degree program, course scheduling and career opportunities in this field. Read more at

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Jumpstart Your Career in Youth Services Librarianship: A Full-Day Workshop (non-credit)

The School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University presents an informative, interactive workshop for students and alumni interested in youth services librarianship on Saturday, March 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Kent and Columbus. Sessions include: an overview of the job market; preparing for interviews; best and worst resumes and cover letters; dressing for success; and storytelling and book-talking. Participants will have the opportunity to network with colleagues while learning what it takes to succeed in this  field. Details at
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Important Dates
Feb. 28, 2013
Deadline to apply for Annual Virginia Hamilton and Arnold Adoff Creative Outreach Grants for Teachers and Librarians (up to $1,000).
March 1, 2013
Deadline to apply for admission to the Museum Origins course.
April 4 and 5, 2013
Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth, hosted by SLIS and the College of Education, Health and Human Services
"Dreams & Promises: Multicultural Literature & the Common Core"
Featuring Angela Johnson, Yuyi Morales and Gary Schmidt
Kent, Ohio
June 19-22, 2013
Third Annual Conference on Information and Religion, hosted by the Center for the Study of Information and Religion, in conjunction with the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) Annual Conference
"The Social Construction of Religious Knowledge"
Keynote address by Peter Ochs, Edgar M. Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies, University of Virginia; founding editor of the Journal of Scriptural Reasoning
Charlotte, N.C.
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Recent faculty publications and presentations

Michelle Baldini, School of Library and Information Science Grant Coordinator, is one of 54 women recognized by Kent State's Women's Center as a "Mother, Mentor or Muse." Women are nominated based on being identified as having been, or continuing to be, significantly instrumental in the lives of students and colleagues and as someone who exemplifies the role of mother, mentor or muse.

Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management Denise Bedford, Ph.D., and SLIS Professor Marcia Zeng, Ph.D., were among the co-organizers of a recent NKOS/CENDI Workshop, "Magnet for the Needle in a Search Haystack," held at the U.S. Department of Transportation Media Center on Dec. 6, 2012. More than 70 professionals and researchers attended the workshop. Bedford delivered a presentation titled "The 11 Views of Semantic Search." Two of IAKM students, Jake Spiegler and Thomas Burdick, co-authored a presentation titled "When is Semantic Search Really Semantic Search?" Spiegler was also the master of the WebEx on that day when he managed the recording of the whole day event.

SLIS Professor Carolyn S. Brodie, Ph.D., has published an article on "Connecting to Special Collections of Children's Literature" in School Library Monthly, Vol. 29, No. 5, February 2013.

IAKM Assistant Professor Karl Fast, Ph.D., was an invited speaker at World Information Architecture Day. The event was held in 15 cities around the world on Feb. 9, including four cities in North America: Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and Ann Arbor. Fast spoke at the Ann Arbor event, which attracted over 200 people. His presentation was titled "The third wave of information architecture."

SLIS Associate Professor Meghan Harper, Ph.D., has been selected to serve on an Ohio Department of Education committee that will review the Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) licensure program, a new series of tests that will replace the ETS Praxis tests for initial licensure.

SLIS Director Tomas A. Lipinski, Ph.D., has recently published The Librarian's Legal Companion for Licensing Information Resources and Services (ALA Neal-Schuman, 2013), "a definitive source book for information licensing in libraries, including copyright and contract matters, general contract law concepts, developments in online and information contracting; and the advantages and disadvantages of licensing."

An article by SLIS Director Tomas A. Lipinski, Ph.D., titled "Law vs. Ethics: Conflict and Contrast in Laws Affecting the Role of Libraries, Schools, and Other Information Intermediaries," was published in Journal of Information Ethics, Vol. 21, No. 2, Fall 2012, pp. 71-103.

SLIS Professor Marcia Zeng, Ph.D., presented a webinar on Linked Open Data for Libraries, Archives, and Museums (LAM) on Jan. 27. It is one of the six webinars organized and offered by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations through the division of Agricultural Information Management Standards (AIMS). This  series of free webinars introduces the concept of Linked Open Data to the agricultural information management community and are offered in the seven UN languages Zeng delivered her webinar in Chinese language to more than 50 participants from the United States and China.

Read about more faculty publications and presentations at

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Alumni News and Updates

Adam Brooks, M.L.I.S. '01, of Weeki Wachee, Fla., was recently promoted to Director of Libraries & Community Services for Hernando County, Fla.
Caitlin Donahoe, M.L.I.S. '11, of Lower Burrell, Pa., was hired in November as the Youth Services Librarian at Peoples Library. She works at the library's Lower Burrell and New Kensington, Pa., branches. Her work was highlighted in the local paper; the article can be found at the following url:
Amy McCoy, M.L.I.S. '11, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, is now at The University of Akron School of Law as the Technical Services Librarian or Assistant Law Librarian.
JoAnna Schofield, M.L.I.S. '12, of Akron, Ohio, accepted a job in December 2012, as a full-time children's librarian at the Akron-Summit County Main Library.
Read more alumni updates at
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Student News

SLIS student Christine Pyles published an article titled "It's No Joke: Comics and Collection Development" in the Nov./Dec. 2012 issue of Library Journal. The article is based on a paper she wrote for her Access to Information (60001) class regarding information access for adult readers of comics and graphic novels. She "used the Cleveland Public Library as a prime example of what not to do when housing comics and graphic novels and proposed a classification scheme for them."

All the best,


Flo Cunningham
Marketing Communications and Public Relations Specialist
School of Library and Information Science
Kent State University
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