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March 2018

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Dear Distinguished SLIM Alumni,

The unusually cold and long winter finally gives way to spring. I hope you all are well. Winter was not a hibernating period for SLIM. This winter, we graduated 50 new MLS students from SLIM. Congratulations to the new graduates! We also started new cohorts in Salt Lake City, Denver and Overland Park with 74 incoming students. We welcome these new students to SLIM.

We’ve heard lots of good news from alumni regarding your career paths. Some exciting news is that the Utah state librarian position has been filled by Colleen Eggett (MLS 2002), following the retirement of Donna Jones Morris (MLS 1972) from that position, and the Missouri state librarian position has been filled by Robin Westphal (MLS 2004).

At the height of winter, SLIM started continuing education workshops first with Dr. Mirah Dow (MLS 1995, PhD 1999), followed by one from Lauren Hays (MLS 2011). There will be more to come for professional development, so watch our website. We are also pleased to announce the upcoming series of distinguished lectures at SLIM this spring. The first is by Dr. Nang Rives (MLS 2002) titled Determination and Grace, from Harsh Repression to Academic Excellence, on March 29. The next will be by Dr. Sylvia Vardell, who is the mother of Dr. Emily Vardell at SLIM. Her lecture is called Research & Creativity: Questions & Connections, and will be given on April 25. For more information about these events, please check our Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SLIM.MLS.ESU/ .

SLIM had a booth at ALA Midwinter and we took some of our students to the conference for professional experience. Their registration and travel were partially supported by the scholarship funds that you have generously contributed to for many years. Without your thoughtful donations, this would not have been possible. Thank you for that. If you are interested in such a contribution, please consider visiting the SLIM Giving Page.

I will see you at the following conferences:

  • Oregon Library Association Conference: April 18-21, Eugene, OR
  • Oklahoma Library Association Conference: April 23-25, Tulsa, OK
  • Utah Library Association Conference: May 16-18, Provo, UT
  • Colorado REFORMA Conference: May 19, Denver, CO
  • ALA Annual Conference: June 21-26, New Orleans, LA

You will find a lot of great news from our alumni, students, faculty and staff below. Much of the content in this newsletter is from you and we hope you’ll continue to share with us. Your news does not have to be big. Any update, including personal or family-related, will be greatly appreciated. If you are receiving this newsletter, that means we have a valid email address for you. If you know of SLIM alumni who do not receive the newsletter, please ask them to update their email addresses with us. Thanks for your help.


Wooseob Jeong 

    Dr. Wooseob Jeong

    Dean, School of Library and      
    Information Management, ESU
    Website: slim.emporia.edu



School of Library and Information Management News

Dear SLIM Graduate: 

Herbert Achleitner, Kelly Visnak, and I are assembling a festschrift to recognize the contributions of Roger Greer, a former SLIM faculty member, to the library and information profession. You may read the memorial resolution that ALA adopted shortly after Roger’s passing by clicking on this link:  https://tinyurl.com/y92uvofo.

We invite those alumni who were students of Roger to submit remembrances of his creativity and humor—anything that you remember and would like to share. The memories can be as few as 10 words or as many as 200.  

You may submit your remembrances to me at bobgrover1942@gmail.com. We hope to publish this book by summer 2019 and welcome your contribution any time before January 2019.

Bob Grover
SLIM Professor Emeritus





Colorado ‘17 graduating cohort: (from left to right) Chandra McCoy, Laura Cook, Tawnie Mizer, John Garrett, Laura McConnell, Colorado-SLIM director David Willis, Mary Leyva, Diana Ortiz, Jesse Elston, Cydney Clink, Jennifer Scroggins, Nate Petrov, Jessica Fredrickson, Andrew Wickins, Laura Broderick, Morgan Huston, and Caroline Cares.


SLIM-Utah ’17 graduating cohort: (from left to right, front to back) Dean Jeong, Kari May (Utah State Library Division Acting Director), Alana Howlett, Heidi Bell, Karen Sturtevant (recipient of the Beta Phi Mu Award), Brandilee Chacon, Jeanne Evans, and Lauren Ramsay; Utah Director Dr. Dale Monobe, Dhanushka Samarakoon, Vernon Waters (South Jordan Library Manager and alumnus), Adriane Herrick Juarez (Park City Library Director and alumna), John Ingersoll (Grantsville City Library Director and alumnus), Dr. Paul Mogren (University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library, Professor Emeritus), and Paul Wilcox.

SLIM-Utah director Dr. Dale Monobe with Dean Jeong, Vernon Waters, and Trish Hull (Magna Library Manager, SLIM alum ‘02, and graduation keynote speaker) congratulate SLIM-Utah graduates.

The multitalented graduate, Alana Howlett, helps make the ceremony memorable.  

Many thanks to Adriane Herrick Juarez, Vernon Waters, Dr. Dale Monobe, Trish Hull (Magna Library Manager, SLIM alum ‘02, and graduation keynote speaker), and Dean Jeong for creating such a special ceremony.


Thank you to our fantastic faculty who participated in the Fall 2017 Commencement Ceremony at the Emporia campus, (from left to right) Dr. Mirah Dow, Dr. Sarah Sutton, Dr. Andrew Smith, Dr. Sandra Valenti, Dr. James Walther, and Dr. Michael Widdersheim.


Some of our wonderful 2017 graduates from Overland Park and Emporia: (from left to right) Sara Roberts, Caitlin Burk, Sheida Bates, Ashley Whitham, Alexandra Duenow, Elena Bonjour, and Terri Wojtalewicz.


SLIM Festivities at ALA Midwinter in Denver, CO

Alumni dinner with Wooseob Jeong, Libby Bergstrom (CO ’92), Emily Vardell, Perri Parise, Morgan Huston (CO ‘16), Zoey Nelson (CO ’17), Peter Schreiner (OR ‘15), Adrianne Juarez (former SLIM-Utah director), David Willis, Mirah Dow, and Terri Summey. 

Dr. Mirah Dow and Perri Parise give a warm welcome to SLIM students, alumni, and future SLIM students at our ALA booth in Denver this year.

Dean Jeong and Dr. Mirah Dow visit with current SLIM students, Corrie Frank and Michele Beehner.


Student News

Congratulations to new graduate Majera Johnson (OP ‘17). Ms. Johnson will begin immediately as the Adult Services Librarian at the Dallas Public Library.


Congratulations to Eden Bloom (OP‘17) who received the Beta Phi Mu Outstanding Student Award.


Congratulations to current South Dakota SLIM student, Calla Jarvie, for recently being named Library Director at the Rock County Community Library in Luverne, MN. She started her duties on February 12.


Cindy Davis from the current Emporia cohort has been hired as the new Library Director at Highland Community College Library in Highland, KS. Congratulations!


Brady Lund, current Emporia SLIM student, will be presenting a paper, On the Proliferation of Medical Mis/dis-information Regarding the Etiology and Manifestation of Autism Spectrum Disorders, at the upcoming Medical Library Association Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Atlanta, GA on May 18-23.


Brandon West will receive the ALA’s 2018 Award for Political Activism at the summer ALA conference in June.

“The impact [Brandon] has had on his community has far reaching benefits and is a wonderful example to us all.” -- GLBTRT Chair Jen Maguire-Wright


 Alumni News 

Turner Masland
(OR ‘12), has been selected as a board member for EveryLibrary.

“Mr. Masland has a wide breadth of service across many library organizations including the ALA Committee on Legislation where he sits on the Subcommittee on Government Information, and was on the organizing committee for the Northwest Interlibrary Loan conference. His professional research interests are on the intersection of social justice, critical theory, and library management.”


Lauren Hays (KS ‘11) recently co-authored a new article in Communications in Information Literacy.

McNiff, L., & Hays, L. (2017). SoTL in the LIS Classroom: Helping Future Academic Librarians Become More Engaged Teachers. Communications in Information Literacy, 11(2), 366-377. https://doi.org/10.15760/comminfolit.2017.11.2.8

Ms. Hays will also be teaching, An Introduction to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Dates: June 4 through 29, 2018

Credits: 1.5 CEUs

Price: $175

CONGRATS LAUREN!  Way to represent SLIM!


Kristy Kemper Hodge (OR ‘10) is a youth librarian at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. She recently attended a school library conference where a speaker posited that empathy is a first and integral step in design thinking and then proved it through fun and engaged exercises. She shared this talk as part of the Oregon State University Libraries’ "Library Faculty Association Seminar Series" on December 8, 2017.


Dr. Dale Monobe, SLIM-Utah director congratulates Donna Jones Morris (UT ‘72) at her retirement reception in December. Donna was the Division Director of the Utah State Library for 14 years and also served as a member of the Utah SLIM Advisory Board.

Donna Jones Morris (UT ‘72) with John Ingersoll (UT ‘16), director of the Grantsville City Library, and Kari May, assistant director for the Utah State Library at Donna’s retirement party.

Fellow well-wishers and colleagues for Donna Jones Morris at the Utah State Library (from left): Juan Tomas Lee (UT ‘99), State Data Coordinator; Briton Lund (UT ‘99), Bookmobile Program Manager; Ray Matthews (UT ‘99), Government Information Coordinator; and Dr. Dale Monobe.


Nola Huey (EM ‘04) is featured in La Grande Observer for her work as lead librarian for the Haines library in rural Baker County.


A fabulous lunch with SLIM-Oregon director, Perri Parise, and two Oregon alumni, Lori Wamsley (‘02) and Meryl Cole (‘06).


Perri Parise
, SLIM-Oregon director, visits with Joan Marley
(OR ‘09) at the Hillsdale Public Library.



Rob Mead (OR ‘01), the State Law Librarian for Washington, and the Washington State Library presented a webinar on “Advocacy, Ethics, and the Law for Librarians” on Tuesday, January 16, from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PST. This free webinar was an introduction to public advocacy and lobbying for librarians within the context of Washington law, covering such topics as: How can we make sure our voices are heard on issues of freedom, equity, truth, and justice? What is ethically required of us? Where are the legal (and political) danger zones?  


In the current issue of The Political Librarian, Heather Braum (EM ‘08), former NEKLS librarian and current PhD student in South Carolina, has an article titled “What’s Next After a Library Community’s Legislative Advocacy Campaign? Three Scenarios from the Kansas Library Community.”  Here is the link to the journal.



Becky Geller (CO ‘16) has just begun her dream job as Preservation Specialist at the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Massachusetts. Way to go, Becky! She invites anyone to contact her with interests in preservation education and to say hello to her at the NEDCC booth at library and archives conferences.



ESU’s Student Chapter of the American Library Association was privileged to have Jim Neal, current ALA president, join students via Zoom during their first class weekend, January 26th-27th.  Jim Neal spoke about the importance of librarianship as a profession, the ways in which to prosper as librarian professionals, and answered questions from enthusiastic students. 



 Rebah Hubbard - MLS 1977

Carolyn Crotts - MLS 1995

Herbert Miracle - MLS 1969


Faculty & Staff News


LI802 students in Oregon celebrating Dr. Mirah Dow’s birthday.


 Faculty Session at the 2018 ALISE conference

Dr. Mirah Dow speaking at the faculty session, Juried Papers: Leveraging internal and external grants to promote curriculum development through collaboration and experimentation.

Dr. Jim Walther speaking at the faculty session, Juried Papers: Leveraging internal and external grants to promote curriculum development through collaboration and experimentation.

Dr. Michael Widdersheim speaking at the faculty session, Juried Papers: Leveraging internal and external grants to promote curriculum development through collaboration and experimentation.

Dr. Andrew Smith speaking from Serbia at the faculty session, Juried Papers: Leveraging internal and external grants to promote curriculum development through collaboration and experimentation.

Dr. Sandy Valenti presented Instructing the Instructional Librarian: Best Practices for MLS Students at the 2018 ALISE works-in-progress poster session.


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