Save the Date!


Please save the date for the 2015 UNCG LIS Alumni Luncheon, which will take place on March 21st at noon in the Alumni House on the UNCG campus.

Our speaker will be former Kovacs award winner Rebecca Tolley Stokes. We will also give out this year’s Kovacs award. It’s a great opportunity to catch up with fellow LIS alums!

Ticket and registration info to follow soon – keep an eye on this blog and our Facebook page for updates.

We hope to see you there!

Meeting at the Museum Event!

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The first HUB event for 2014-2015 will be held Saturday, October 11 at the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte!  Join us for free food and drink, a chance to meet and mingle with current LIS students and faculty, free gallery access, giveaways, and updates on the LIS program. The event will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the Mint Museum Uptown at the Levine Center for the Arts, 500 South Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202.

All LIS students are invited and encouraged to attend!

Be sure to register here:

Once you register, you should receive an e-mail with directions and parking information, as well as information about current exhibits at the Mint Museum.

Dr. Lee Shiflett Appointed Interim LIS Department Chair


From the LIS Department: Dr. O. Lee Shiflett has been appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Library and Information Studies at The University of University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), effective August 1, 2014. He replaces Dr. Clara M. Chu who served as Department Chair from 2009 and returns to the faculty to work with students and pursue her research and professional interests.

Shiflett has had a long distinguished career in the library and information field, having served as Director of Graduate Study (2010-11, 2012-14) and as Department Chair at UNCG (2001-09), held a tenured faculty appointment at Louisiana State University (Assistant to Full Professor, 1977-2001), and held librarian appointments at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse Library (1971-78). Shiflett’s teaching and research areas include cataloging and classification, history of books and libraries and information policy issues. He is the author of several books, including Louis Shores: Defining Educational Librarianship (Scarecrow, 1996) and The Origins of American Academic Librarianship (Ablex, 1981), and many articles and presentations. He served as Editor of “Dissertation Reviews,” a column in the journal Library and Information Science Research, 1982-1988, and Associate Editor of Library and Information Science Research, 1982-1988

Shiflett has also been active on campus, state, and national organizations, including the Association for Library and Information Science Education, and American Library Association. He received his Ph.D. at Florida State University and his MLIS at Rutgers University. The Department looks to his experienced and steadfast leadership.

Remembering Jenny Raabe, UNCG librarian and LIS alumna

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that Jenny Raabe, an alumna of the UNCG LIS program and staff member of both Jackson Library and the Schiffman Music Library, passed away a few days ago. She was much loved by staff and students during her many years at UNCG, and will be greatly missed.

Her son has graciously shared information about arrangements for Jenny’s service, which will be this Wednesday, July 16th at Deep River Friends Meeting at 2pm. The address is 5300 West Wendover Ave., High Point, NC 27265.

Jenny will be remembered by all of us at UNCG as a passionate librarian and a loving friend.

Michele Fenton wins distinguished service award

MicheleThe UNCG Library and Information Studies Alumni Association executive board would like to congratulate alumna Michele Fenton on winning the 2014 Distinguished Service to the Black Caucus of the American Library Association Award! From the press release:

“Ms. Michele T. Fenton, a cataloger with the Indiana State Library, has won the 2014 Distinguished Service to the Black Caucus of the American Library Association award. She was recognized for her contributions to the caucus and her contributions to the profession. She has published multiple articles that have informed and enlightened the profession and the public. Fenton has made presentations at library conferences. Fenton has also created the blog Little Known Black Librarian Facts to inform librarians of their history.”

Congrats again, Michele! If you have won an award recently or would like to give us an update on your career, fill out our alumni updates form!

UNCG LIS/LISAA Events in Las Vegas!

Viva Las Vegas

That’s right, UNCG’s Library & Information Studies department and the Library and Information Studies Alumni Association will be at ALA 2014 in Las Vegas! Come see us at the following events:

Cooperative Library and Information Studies Alumni Reunion

Sunday, June 29th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Las Vegas Hotel, Ballroom A, 3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109

ALISE/LIS Booth at Convention Center Exhibit Hall (#1922)

June 27th – 30th

Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Hours for UNCG LIS representative at the booth:

Friday, June 27
5:30pm – 7:00pm (opening reception, Dr. Linda Gann)

Saturday, June 28
9:00am -11:00am (Dr. Anne Akers)

Sunday, June 29
9:00am -11:00am (Dr. Clara Chu)

Monday, June 30
11:00am -1:00pm (Touger Vang)

We hope to see you in Las Vegas!

Image via Marcus Povey on Flickr