Highlights from the Spring 2016 Semester

DLIS Announces Two New Scholarships for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

The Division’s dedication to attracting and supporting bright, new library and information professionals is reflected in some of the great funding opportunities available to DLIS students. Incoming DLIS students with an undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or higher are awarded an O’Connell Scholarship that covers up to three credits, and are automatically considered for graduate assistantships, which provide tuition remission for two courses and a stipend. In 2014, the Division was awarded an H. W. Wilson Foundation grant, which led to the creation of five $500 DLIS/Wilson Professional Development Scholarships awarded annually to students whose work has been accepted for presentation at a professional conference or are elected to serve for a professional organization. Continuing this tradition of providing for high-achieving students, DLIS announced this semester that two new endowed scholarships have been created to support excellence and a commitment to service:

  • The Lowe-Minutaglia Combined Scholarship is a one-time, $3,000 award presented to an incoming DLIS student who has demonstrated a commitment to service that aligns with the University’s Vincentian Mission.
  • The John W. Garino Scholarship, created in memory of the former Asst. Director of Library Systems at St. John’s University, will be awarded to a second-year DLIS student who has demonstrated technical expertise and/or an interest in information technologies.


DLIS Faculty Member Dr. Angel Receives Grant for AS-L Work

Dr. Angel, DLIS Assistant Professor, recently discussed her involvement with Academic Service-Learning at SJU in the May 2016 issue of the President’s Newsletter, noting that she is “grateful that my work provides me with a platform to combine experiential learning within my online and blended courses.” The work that Dr. Angel has done to integrate AS-L into her DLIS courses has become essential to her scholarship and service activities, and she was recently awarded a grant to continue an AS-L project with The Center for Migration Studies of New York.


DLIS Students Named Citi Center for Culture + Queens Library Fellows

DLIS graduate assistants Pamela Griffin-Hansen and Madalaine Vericker have been named Citi Center for Culture + Queens Library Fellows for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Citi Center for Culture + Queens Library Fellowship is an archival program developed in collaboration with the Palmer School at Queens College to provide LIS students with hands-on experiential learning at two very different information organizations. For the 2016-2017 cycle, fellows will partner with a Queen College LIS student to complete an exhibit-based project at their host institutions. At the completion of the fellowship, the Citi Center for Culture will generously provide a $1,000 scholarship to each fellow.


DLIS Alumna Kate Angell (MLS ’09) Wins ALA LRRT Shera Award

The American Library Association’s Library Research Roundtable recently awarded DLIS Alumna Kate Angell (MLS ‘09, LIU Brooklyn) the Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research for her article written with her colleague Eamon Tewell, “Far from a Trivial Pursuit: Assessing the effectiveness of games in information literacy instruction,” published in the Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. According to an ALA press release, Angell & Tewell’s article “examines the relationship of library-related online game use during information literacy instruction sessions and student performance on questionnaires pertaining to selected research practices: identifying citation types and keyword and synonym development.”

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