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SLIS Points of Pride

Points of pride from previous years


July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

SLIS Professor Carolyn S. Brodie, Ph.D., received the 2014 Presidential Award from the Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA). The Presidential Award honors individuals in the library field for their service to school libraries. The award was presented on Friday, Oct. 24, at the OELMA conference in Columbus, Ohio.

SLIS Professor Carolyn Brodie, Ph.D., and Adjunct Instrutor Sue McCleaf Nespeca presented the "Children's Literature Update" at the Summer Library Symposium hosted by NEO-RLS and the School of Library and Information Science on Aug. 5 at Kent State University. Also at the symposium, SLIS Assistant Professors Marianne Martens, Ph.D., and Meghan Harper, Ph.D., conducted a brief talk about the Common Core and some helpful apps to support it; SLIS Associate Lecturer Mary Anne Nichols, M.L.S., gave an update on young adult literature with Christina Getrost from the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library; SLIS Assistant Professor Belinda Boon, Ph.D., presented "Weeding Non-Fction and eBooks - Yes You Can and Yes You SHOULD!"

SLIS Associate Professor, Meghan Harper, Ph.D., spoke at a special event for National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance. The panel was titled A Kaleidoscope of Books for the Classroom and was featured in “Children’s authors to appear at Perry event” on Oct. 14.

Foundations of Museum StudiesSLIS Assistant Professor Kiersten F. Latham, Ph.D., and Adjunct Instructor John E Simmons are co-authors of Foundations of Museum Studies: Evolving Systems of Knowledge (Libraries Unlimited, 2014).

An article titled “Experiencing Documents” by SLIS Assistant Professor Kiersten F. Latham, Ph.D., has been published in Journal of Documentation, Vol. 70, Issue 4.

SLIS Assistant Professor Marianne Martens, Ph.D., has been invited to serve as co-chair, with Cen Campbell, the founder of, for The Evolving Carnegie Task Force, which will provide recommendations to the field concerning children, reading and new media and will partner with others in related fields (e.g., The National Association for the Education of Young Children) who are studying the same.

An article titled “E-books Enhance Development of the Whole Child Up for Debate” by SLIS Assistant Professor Marianne Martens, Ph.D., and Carroll County (Md.) Public Library programming coordinator Dorothy Stoltz was published in the School Library Journal on Aug. 19, 2014.

SLIS Assistant Professor Marianne Martens, Ph.D., posted a blog entry titled "Cultural Competence in the Digital Realm: #WeNeedDiverseApps!" for the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) on Aug. 9, 2014.

An article written by SLIS Assistant Professor Daniel Roland, Ph.D., has made the list of most read articles at the Journal of Religious and Theological Information website. The article is titled “The Response of Mainline Protestant Clergy Members to the Moral Panic Regarding Harry Potter.”

Wicks-BadahdahSLIS Associate Professor Don A. Wicks, Ph.D., presented a position statement and participated in a panel discussion on “Informing Spirituality” at the Information Seeking in Context Conference held in Leeds, England, September 2-5, 2014. Other panel participants included Dr. Nadia Caidi and Ph.D. candidate Elysia Guzik, both from the University of Toronto, and David Michels, Ph.D., from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. The presentation focused on research at the intersections of religion/spirituality, in keeping with the conference purpose of highlighting research into everyday life information seeking. Delegates from more than a dozen countries attended.

At the 2014 International ISKO Conference, held May 19-22, 2014, in Krakow, Poland, SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., and Associate Professor Karen F. Gracy, Ph.D., presented a research paper titled "Using a Semantic Analysis Tool to Generate Subject Access Points: A Study Using Panofsky’s Theory and Two Research Samples." The paper was co-authored with SLIS alumna Maja Zumer, M.L.S. ’93. At the same conference, SLIS Professors Athena Salaba, Ph.D., and Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., presented a research paper "Extending the 'Explore' User Task Beyond Subject Authority Data Into the Linked Data Sphere." Zeng was also invited to be on a special panel on the education of knowledge organization.

An article by SLIS Professor Yin Zhang, Ph.D., and CCI doctoral student Sonali Kudva, "E-books versus print books: Readers' choices and preferences across contexts," was published in Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIS&T) Volume 65, Issue 8, August 2014.


Points of Pride from Previous Years

July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014

July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013

July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012

July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011