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December 2018

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Message From the Dean

Dear Distinguished SLIM Alumni,

2018 has been another great year for SLIM. Our enrollment has been strong, and our faculty and students have been very productive in their research output and community engagement along with their excellent teaching and learning. Our staff has been exceptional in their services to support SLIM’s growth, including the new MLS cohort in Las Vegas starting in Fall 2019. Yes, Las Vegas! Please, spread word on the newest cohort location as broadly as possible. As usual, in 2019, we will have chances to meet each other in person at many national and regional conferences, starting with ALA Midwinter in January (Seattle). Please, don’t forget to visit our booth at the exhibit areas. Your generosity and thoughtfulness have been essential in SLIM’s commitment in the profession of librarianship. Thank you very much for your contribution to SLIM. You still have time to give back to SLIM this year at the link on the left side of this newsletter.

Happy Holidays!

Sincerely,

Wooseob Jeong 



    Dr. Wooseob Jeong

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

 

 
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SLIM Reflections: Alumni Share Their Stories

Colorado Advisory Board

Jesse Elston (CO ’17)

My name is Jesse Elston, I became a librarian by series of life altering events. After I graduated, I got a job working as a Media Specialist at San Diego Unified School District. I worked alongside the school librarian for five years until the budget cuts hit. I moved to Denver and worked for Mapleton Public Schools. I managed the school’s library for seven years until guess what? You guessed it, budget cuts. After that, I worked for Cherry Creek Schools for a year, then Englewood Schools as a library media tech for two years.

After all that, I looked into a "Library School program." That's when I linked up with the legendary adviser who goes by the name "David Willis." During my interview, David came to the elementary school where I was working. He said that I had "good energy" and have "passion" to be a librarian. So, I applied and started the program.

While I was in the SLIM program, I learned how to balance and persevere if I wanted to be successful. I met a lot of awesome people and some great professors. The program taught me the many different types of libraries and how they function. When I was in the program, I joined the student chapter of the American Library Association. This was a way for me to gain ideas and see what other libraries were doing as far as programming. I also learned how the organization structure works within an organization.

I felt the SLIM program was robust and full of resources for its students. The professors would get back to me with questions I would have for them and their curriculum. During this time, I would also keep in touch with my cohort and my adviser David Willis. After two and a half years of "Library School," I finally finished and earned my MLS from Emporia State University. Once I received my MLS, I felt complete. In all honesty, it took me a year to land an excellent job. Before that, I received many rejection letters generated by the Human Resources machine.

I'm currently a reference and instruction librarian at Front Range Community College. I felt that the SLIM program prepared me for the many challenges that would come my way as a professional librarian. I think the best thing is that I'm on the Colorado SLIM Advisory Board. It makes me feel accomplished sitting with my colleagues who are top notch professional librarians of all stripes.

Thank you,

Jesse Elston
Twitter: @jesseelston1

 

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School of Library and Information Management News

School of Library and Information Management (SLIM), Emporia State University (ESU) is pleased to announce the new cohort in Las Vegas, Nevada, starting in fall 2019. This is the new addition to SLIM’s current six locations of hybrid instruction. The last addition was in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, starting in fall 2017.

Many MLS programs are strictly online, meaning students participate in discussions, submit assignments, and communicate with professors and other students online only. What makes SLIM unique is our blended classroom approach. This hybrid program allows students the flexibility of the online component with an interactive, face-to-face, classroom experience.

While all courses are facilitated online for the full semester, our six core courses each have two Friday evening and all-day Saturday class weekends during the semester. Faculty teach these classes in person, allowing for direct interaction between fellow students, instructors, and the regional director.

SLIM has a long history of commitment in the profession of librarianship since 1902, and we believe we offer a great opportunity for future professional librarians in Las Vegas and its surrounding areas. The Las Vegas cohort’s in-person classes will be held at College of Southern Nevada Charleston Campus.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the new cohort in Las Vegas, contact our regional director, Dale Monobe, at dmonobe@emporia.edu or 801-946-5265.


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Student News

On Sept. 29, 2018, the ESU Libraries & Archives Dean Michelle Hammond gave a passionate lecture to the SLIM Emporia cohort during the first weekend class of LI810: Research Method in Library and Information Science. Students were fascinated by Dean Hammond's insights on knowledge base and professional learning as a librarian. She also introduced students the new development of the ESU library collections. 

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On Sept. 22, 2018, the SLIM Portland cohort welcomed their guest speaker, Heidi Senior, during the first weekend of LI810: Research Method in Library and Information Science. Heidi works as a reference & instruction librarian at the University of Portland. She emphasized the important roles of research skills for librarianship by introducing both her completed and ongoing research projects. 

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Dean Jeong attended South Dakota Library Association Conference in Sioux Falls. He had a great time with alumni and current students.

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SLIM alum Toan Lam-Sullivan (‘07) and current SLIM student Kim Tran with Dean Jeong at the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) Conference, October 27-28.

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Dean Jeong with current SLIM student Ruth Mahaffy (SD) at the Iowa Library Association Conference, October 3-5.

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Congratulations to SLIM student Sara Schoenthaler (EM) for winning a National Library Sharktank competition! Schoenthaler presented her idea for an online platform that would allow public libraries to swap programming ideas, materials, and other resources at the Southern California Online Users Group Conference, which took place October 12-14. Out of four final ideas presented, Schoenthaler's was chosen as the winner and her idea will be written about in Information Today, a national library professional magazine.

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Current PhD student Brady Lund, and current Emporia SLIM students Daniel Agbaji, Ally Urban, and Danica White having fun at the joint Kansas Library Association/Mountain Plains Library Association (KLA/MPLA) Conference in Wichita, Kansas, in October.

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Current SLIM student, Samantha Bishop Simmons, presented her poster “Assessing Digital Literacy, Instructional Education, and Learning Outcomes in Underrepresented Undergraduate Students at the University of Kansas” at the KLA/MPLA 2018 Conference.

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Current SLIM student, Danica E. White, presented her poster “Copyright & Folklore: Protecting Traditions” at the KLA/MPLA 2018 Conference.

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Current SLIM student, Ally Urban, presented “Tell Us Your Story! Developing an Oral History Program in Special Collections and Archives” at the KLA/MPLA 2018 Conference.

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Current SLIM student, Hannah Adamson, presented “The Public Library: Filling in for the Missing School Media Specialists” at the KLA/MPLA 2018 Conference.

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Current SLIM student, Kimberly Veliz and Dr. Terri Summey (Emporia State University Libraries), presented “Beyond the Library Walls: Collaborative Programming in Academic Libraries” at the KLA/MPLA 2018 Conference.

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Current Emporia SLIM student Sara Schoenthaler presented “Checkout Adventure! Emporia Public Library's Adventure Kits Service” at the KLA/MPLA 2018 Conference.

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"Word Choice in Academic Library Reference Position Descriptions: Clarity Is Key, A Content Analysis," was shared in the poster session at the 2018 KLA/MPLA Conference in Wichita, Kansas, on October 25, by SLIM students Brady Lund (EM), (pictured) and Kyle Douthit (CO), with Dr. Mirah Dow (pictured).

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Current SLIM student Daniel Agbaji (EM) presenting at the 2018 KLA/MPLA Conference.

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Lisa Martin’s poster was selected by her classmates as “top” during Dr. Dow’s LI810 Sioux Falls mock research conference on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Congratulations, Lisa and students on great papers and posters.

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Congratulations to current South Dakota SLIM student, Kara Vehar, who has recently taken a position with the University of South Dakota medical library.

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Current Oregon student, Kristy Martin, (pictured on the right) visited the California Historical Society in San Francisco and was given a tour by Rachel Fellman (OR ’18, pictured on the left), who is the project archivist there.

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Congratulations to current student Sara Schoenthaler who will be the new Early Literacy Coordinator at Hays Public Library!

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Amanda Harrison, candidate for the ESU School of Library and Information Management Doctor of Philosophy degree, defended her dissertation proposal on November 29, 2018, in a public presentation at SLIM. The proposed title is "The Impact of the Network Society on the Professional Identify of Serbian Librarians."

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Kristine Woods, candidate for the ESU School of Library and Information Management Doctor of Philosophy degree, defended her dissertation proposal on November 29, 2018, in a public presentation at SLIM. The proposed title is "Cooperative Catalogers’ Lived Experience Implementing Resource Description and Access." Ms. Woods is a reference librarian at the Bellevue Public Library, Bellevue, Nebraska.

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ESU SLIM's interdisciplinary, research-oriented program responds to new social and technological opportunities for producing, disseminating, and accessing information. On November 29, two PhD students defended research proposals. Pictured left to right: Dean and Professor Wooseob Jeong; Amanda Harrison, SLIM PhD candidate; Kristine Woods, SLIM PhD candidate; Dr. Sarah Sutton, associate professor; Dr. Mirah Dow, professor and PhD program director; and Dr. Andrew J. M. Smith, associate professor. 

Amanda Harrison's research is titled "The Impact of the Network Society on the Professional Identify of Serbian Librarians." Her dissertation committee members are: Dr. Andrew, J. M. Smith, chair, associate professor, ESU, School of Library and Information Management; Dr. Mirah Dow, member, professor, ESU, School of Library and Information Management; and Professor Alexkandra Vraneš, member, dean of the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade, 3 Studenstski Grad, Belgrade, Serbia.

Kristine Woods' research is titled "Cooperative Catalogers’ Lived Experience Implementing Resource Description and Access." Her dissertation committee members are: Dr. Sarah Sutton, chair, associate professor, ESU, School of Library and Information Management; Dr. Mirah Dow, member, professor, ESU, School of Library and Information Management; Dr. Sandy Valenti, member, assistant professor, ESU, School of Library and Information Management; and Dr. Shawne D. Miksa, member, associate professor, Department of Information Science, College of Information, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.

Want to learn more about the Ph.D. Program? Please contact Dr. Dow at mdow@emporia.edu.

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Dr. Michael Widdersheim took his LI804XU students to visit the Utah State Library Division on November 17. The tall stacks are part of the Braille collections.

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The LI804XU class visiting the Utah State Library Division Program for the Blind and Disabled wood shop.

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Dr. Widdersheim also took his LI804XU class to visit the Salt Lake City Family History Library on November 17.

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Congratulations to SLIM student, Kira Lillard. She is starting a new position with the Kansas City Public Library as a digital history associate.

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 Alumni News 

Dean Jeong visiting with SLIM alum, Danielle Day (‘05) at the Iowa Library Association 2018 Annual Conference in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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Two SLIM graduates and former GRAs, Lynne Stahl (‘18) and Erica Knotts (‘17), co-authored with Dr. Jinxuan Ma in a peer-reviewed research paper in Journal of the Medical Library Association. As phase one of Dr. Ma's ongoing research project, the paper has also been selected to the Medical Library Association’s Independent Reading Program, which provides for health sciences librarians to earn continuing education (CE) hours.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6148628/

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SLIM alum Derek Ramos (’15) with presenter Eric Hovey at the Idaho Library Association (ILA) Conference in Moscow, Idaho (October 4-5).

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SLIM alumni Nathan Pauley (‘16), Sharon Anderson (‘15), and Jason Phinney (‘15) at the Missouri Library Association Conference.

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SLIM alum Robin Westphal (‘04), state librarian of Missouri, and SLIM Director Kathie Buckman at the Missouri Library Association Conference.

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Dean Jeong meet with SLIM alum Sharon Jennings (‘73) at the Nevada Library Association (NLA) Conference in Las Vegas on October 13/14.

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Dean Jeong meet with alumni during the Washington Library Association (WLA) Conference on October 17-20.

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Oregon Regional Director, Perri Parise, with SLIM alum, Esther Moberg (2007), at the Washington Library Association Conference.

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Willis Brenner (’65), visited SLIM on October 22. The picture of Brenner with Dean Jeong was taken at the William Allen White (WAW) archive exhibit at the Library. Brenner was a WAW archives fellow, a graduate assistant equivalent, when he attended SLIM.

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SLIM had a large presence at the Oregon/Washington joint ACRL Conference in Menucha, Oregon. Kim Olson-Charles (‘14), delivering a talk on "Pitching a New Program; Engaging Campus and Student Affairs."

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Penelope Wood (‘07) poster session was on “Feminist Co-Mentoring as Advocacy: Collaborative Reflective Practice for Improved STEM Data Literacy Instruction.”

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Congratulations to SLIM alum Samantha Setzer (EM ‘17), who has just been hired as a library services assistant at the Missouri Valley College!

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Alumni event at Quinter, Northwest Kansas Library Systems (NWKLS) meeting.

 

 

 

 

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Oregon Director, Perri Parise, visiting alumni, Paula Martin (‘15) and Kelley Mitchell (‘18), at the University of Oregon-Portland campus library.

 
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Faculty & Staff News

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SLIM faculty and graduate assistants planting a tree in memory of Dr. Isa, who lost her life in the Whipporwhill tragedy. “The 1978 Whippoorwill tornado also known as the Whippoorwill Disaster was a tornado that struck on June 17, 1978. The tornado, which was on the ground for eight miles (13 km), struck a tourist boat called the Whippoorwill, causing it to capsize and drowning 16 out of the 58 passengers and crew.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1978_Whippoorwill_tornado).

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SLIM welcomed our new South Dakota Regional Director, Elizabeth Hoffman, at the Minnesota Library Association Conference in St. Cloud, Minnesota, on October 11/12.

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Professor Sandy Valenti and Dr. Terri Summey (Emporia State University Libraries) presenting at KLA/MPLA.

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Dr. Jim Walther presenting at KLA/MPLA.

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Beverley Buller presenting about William Allen White. Buller is an author and the school library media coordinator for SLIM.

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Dr. Jim Walther taught his last face-to-face SLIM class in Utah on November 10.

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Congratulations to Dr. Michael Widdersheim who recently published an article, “A Political Theory of Public Library Development,” in Libri. 

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Happy holidays from this group (and Corky) who attended ESU President Allison Garrett’s Holiday Reception. Stingers Up!

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KTWU had a wonderful broadcast that also featured two SLIM faculty members, Dr. James Walther and Dr. Emily Vardell

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SCALA News:

Thanks to the work of SCALA president and current Emporia SLIM student Danica White, SLIM students in different cohorts had the opportunity to have a Zoom meeting with ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo during class weekend on December 1.

 

Don't forget to check the SCALA website and Facebook page for other upcoming events!

emporiascala.wordpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/groups/emporiascala/


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 ALUMNI IN MEMORIUM

Carolyn Decker- MLS 1978

Mary Logan- MLS 1981

Gale Reeser- MLS 1968

Lois Steinel- MLS 1967

Rita Wurtz- MLS 1975

 

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