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!

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Remembering Marilyn L. Miller, 83, Library Leader, Educator and Advocate

Remembering Marilyn L. Miller, 83, Library Leader, Educator and Advocate

Greensboro, NC – Dr. Marilyn Lea Miller, 83, Professor Emeritus, Department of Library and Information Studies, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, passed away quietly on May 22nd at Beacon Place Hospice.

Miller’s career advanced education, research and practice in library service to children broadly and school librarianship specifically. Her career in school librarianship began in 1952 in the state of Kansas where she worked in high schools, and in 1961, she became the first school library consultant for the Kansas State Department of Public Instruction. She, then, embarked on a career path as a library and information studies educator, first on the faculty of the School of Librarianship, Western Michigan University, then in 1977, she took an appointment as Associate Professor in the School of Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and in 1987 she accepted the position of Professor and Chair of the Department of Library Science and Instructional Technology at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), from where she retired in 1995, Under her leadership, UNCG established a distance education program which was the first in the state to offer an entire Master’s via a remote satellite campus.

“Marilyn’s vision and willingness to be first were reasons that I looked forward to visiting her,” states Clara M. Chu, Chair and Professor of the UNCG Department of Library and Information Studies, “or the occasional shared car ride to a meeting provided opportunity to get a resolute perspective.”

Miller held a B.S. in Education from the University of Kansas (1952), and the AMLS (1959) and Ph.D. (1976) degrees from the University of Michigan.

Throughout her career, Miller was active in professional associations and served in many leadership positions. At the state level, she was President of the Kansas Association of School Librarians, the Kansas Library Association, and the Michigan Association for Media in Education. At the national level, she served as President of the Association for Services to Children (1979-20), the American Association of School Librarians (1986-87), and the American Library Association 1992-93).

“Marilyn was not only a friend, she was a fierce and fearless leader,” states Jim Carmichael, Professor at UNCG, “one to not shy away from challenging issues as she was the first ALA President to champion LGBT rights both within and without the profession.” As President, she led the march during the 1993 ALA Midwinter Meeting to Colorado’s State Capitol opposing Amendment 2 to the State’s Constitution, passed in November 1992, which excluded sexual orientation from the list of groups protected from discrimination.

More recently, Miller served her city on the Greensboro Public Library Board and Friends of the Library, and her state, on the North Carolina State Library Commission. These and many other professional contributions resulted in her receiving many awards and honors, including:

• Kansas Association of School Librarians. Distinguished School Library Media Specialist Award, 1987.
• The School of Information and Library Studies, University of Michigan. Distinguished Alumnus Award for Outstanding Service to the Library/Information Profession, 1988.
• American Association of School Librarians and Baker & Taylor Award for Outstanding Contribution to School Library Development, 1993.
• Association for Library and Information Science Education. Award for Professional Contribution to Library and Information Science Education, 1999.
• Association for Library Services to Children. Distinguished Service Award, 2005.

Miller was President of AASL during the creation of the Information Power (ALA, 1988), the national guidelines for school library media programs. Her statistical research on expenditures for school library media programs, in collaboration with Marilyn Shontz and published by School Library Journal 1983-2003, has had significant impact on the field. Moreover, she contributed over 300 publications, talks, workshops and seminars during her career. Among her books are:
• Pioneers and Leaders in Library Services to Youth: A Biographical Dictionary (Libraries Unlimited, 2003). Editor.
• School Library Journal’s Best: A Reader for Children’s, Young Adult & School Librarians (Neal Schuman, 1997). Co-Editor.
• Continuing Education For The Library Information Professions (Shoe String Press, 1986). Co-Editor.

The Dr. Marilyn L. Miller Scholarship Award is established in her name at UNCG, to recognize her long and distinguished service to the School of Education and to the University, as former Chair of the Department of Library and Information Studies. The award is made on academic merit to students enrolled in a degree program offered through the Department.

The North Carolina Library Association’s Women Issues in Libraries Roundtable (WILR) has awarded the Marilyn Miller Award for Professional Commitment since 2003.
http://www.nclaonline.org/wilr/marilyn-miller-award-professional-commitment
This award recognizes a professional North Carolina librarian who has provided outstanding leadership and service in furthering the status of women in librarianship, the mission of the library community, and/or the support of women colleagues in the workplace. A plaque and $200 are presented at the NCLA Conference to the award recipient.

No memorial service will be held but friends will celebrate privately Miller’s passion for life and dedication to library service, education and research. Donations may be made in the name of the “Dr. Marilyn L. Miller Scholarship” at http://advancement.uncg.edu/giving/.

Meet-and-greet with Department Chair Clara M. Chu

UNCG LIS Students and Alumni are invited for a meet-and-greet with Department Chair Clara M. Chu who will be in Wilmington next week (see talk/info. session below). Please join her at Port City Java (21 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401; (910) 762-5282)

on Monday, March 10th, 5:30-7:00 pm

– Please rsvp to t_vang@uncg.edu

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You are invited to a talk hosted by UNCW’s Randall Library on “Visualizing the Library Education of the Future” and “An MLIS at UNCG: Online or Face2face” by Clara M. Chu,Chair and Professor

with MLIS graduates

Department of Library and Information Studies
UNCG School of Education

When: Tuesday, March 11, 2014; noon to 1 p.m.

Where: Randall Library’s Technology Enhanced Collaboration Space (TECS), Room 1045, UNC Wilmington, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403

Directions & Parking: see https://library.uncw.edu/directions

Light refreshments will be provided.

Abstract:

The library profession has experienced dramatic change in recent years and library education is likewise evolving. Some would describe change as a challenge and others as an opportunity.  This presentation will share trends and efforts in adapting library and information education and preparing the next generation of librarians.  It will also describe the MLIS program at UNCG which is preparing new librarians with a mindset and skills to provide information services to their diverse communities in 21st Century libraries.  More information at: lis.uncg.edu

Biography:

Dr. Clara M. Chu is Chair and Professor in the Department of Library and Information Studies at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Her research examines the information needs of diverse communities to shape information policy, technologies and services that enhance access to information for and by multicultural communities.  As a multilingual Peruvian-born, Chinese Canadian American, her transnational and ethnic minority experiences shape her worldview and the distinctive position from which she examines information issues, learns with students, and informs professional practice.    She is the President of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and is a Member of the Governing Board of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). https://sites.google.com/a/uncg.edu/cmchu/

UNCG Alumni Luncheon Ticket Prices!

This year’s luncheon will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 12:00pm in the Virginia Dare Room of the UNCG Alumni House. RSVP and ticket prices are available here: http://bit.ly/MuW87x

You also have the opportunity to sponsor the attendance of an upcoming graduate (May 2014) or recent grads (August or December 2013)! You can  name your sponsorship for a specific student or help out any of them. Help our students attend! Please indicate on the form if you are interested.

We have Justin Hoenke, teen librarian extraordinaire, as our speaker and we will be giving away the Kovacs Award to an amazingly deserving alumnus (or alumna)! Our speaker, Justin Hoenke, is a teen librarian and video gaming enthusiast who has written about these subjects for publications such as Library Journal, Voices of Youth Advocates and is a regular contributor for the blog Tame The Web.  Justin is a member of the 2010 American Library Association Emerging Leaders class and was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in March 2013. Justin is currently the Manager of The 2nd Floor/Teen Specialist at the Chattanooga Public Library in Chattanooga, TN.  His professional interests include community building, working with teens in libraries, video games, and creative spaces. Follow Justin on Twitter at @justinlibrarian and read his blog at http://www.justinthelibrarian.com  His talk for our luncheon is entitled “21st Century Boys & Girls: Youth Services Leads the Change in Public Libraries”.

We hope to see all of you there! Justin Hoenke

Alumni Luncheon of the Year!!!

That’s right! The event you wait for all year long is coming up in just a few weeks! This year’s luncheon will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 12:00pm in the Virginia Dare Room of the UNCG Alumni House. We have Justin Hoenke, teen librarian extraordinaire, as our speaker and we will be giving away the Kovacs Award to an amazingly deserving alumnus (or alumna)!

Our speaker, Justin Hoenke, is a teen librarian and video gaming enthusiast who has written about these subjects for publications such as Library Journal, Voices of Youth Advocates and is a regular contributor for the blog Tame The Web.  Justin is a member of the 2010 American Library Association Emerging Leaders class and was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in March 2013. Justin is currently the Manager of The 2nd Floor/Teen Specialist at the Chattanooga Public Library in Chattanooga, TN.  His professional interests include community building, working with teens in libraries, video games, and creative spaces. Follow Justin on Twitter at @justinlibrarian and read his blog at http://www.justinthelibrarian.com  His talk for our luncheon is entitled “21st Century Boys & Girls: Youth Services Leads the Change in Public Libraries”.

We hope to see all of you there! More information about ticket prices coming soon.Justin Hoenke

 

UNCG Virtual Town Hall Meeting Tonight (10/10)!

UNCG LIS community and friends are invited to the Fall town hall meeting, which will be held virtually and face-to-face.
Town Hall meeting, 5-7 pm, SOEB 401
– an opportunity to hear about developments in the UNCG LIS Department and meet new faculty member Rebecca Morris.  All are invited.  LIS faculty and Chair will be present to answer questions.

For future activities, see events calendar: http://lis.uncg.edu/events/
and the list of Important Dates: http://lis.uncg.edu/about-us/important-dates/

Volunteer at the UNCG LIS/LISAA table at NCLA!

LISAA will be sharing a booth with the UNCG LIS Department this year at NCLA! We’re looking for alumni volunteers to help staff the table. If you would like to volunteer for a shift at the booth, please contact Beth Martin at semarti2@uncg.edu. If you can’t volunteer, please come by and say hello! We can’t wait to see you there!

And, the official program is now available at the 2013 NCLA Conference website: http://nclaonline.org/2013-conference

Be sure to check out our list of alumni presentations in the previous post!