LIU Post Announces $1 Million Grant from Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to Expand Project to Preserve LI History

Grant Expands Partnership with LIU Post’s Acclaimed Palmer School

BROOKVILLE, N.Y. (December 4, 2017) –LIU Post’s Palmer School of Library and
Information Science was awarded a $1 million grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to expand an important project to both preserve Long Island’s history and make it more accessible.

The $1 million grant comes on the heels of an initial $500,000 grant from the Foundation in 2016 to launch the Digitizing Long Island History project. The project has received a far greater response than anticipated from historical societies, both in terms of the number of participants and volume of material. Under the initial grant, the Palmer School is partnering with 28 historical societies. The additional $1 million grant will expand the project to 80 historical societies over 4 years.

“We are proud to expand the successful partnership between the nationally-recognized Palmer School and the Robert David Lion Gardner Foundation to help protect our region’s rich history,” said LIU President Dr. Kimberly R. Cline. “This project to preserve vital historical documents and make them accessible will have a lasting impact on our region, now and for future generations.”

The following historical societies are taking part in the program this semester–
Freeport Historical Society Museum, Southold Historical Society, Historical Society of the Massapequas, Stirling Historical Society of Greenport, Sagtikos Manor Historical Society, Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre, and the Three Village Historical Society.

The Palmer School works with the historical societies to do some work on location, and other work at LIU Post. Fragile, oversized, and bound items are brought to the Palmer School’s Lab for scanning on a large, DT Atom tabletop digitization platform. The School also has two portable digitization units that students are able to take to the historical societies for the other material.

The Palmer School is a national leader in library science and one of just 62 schools accredited by the American Library Association. It offers the only Ph.D. program in Information Studies in the New York metropolitan area and is the only library sciences school in our region to be admitted into membership in the prestigious iSchools Consortium.

The project is led by Dr. Gregory Hunter, Professor of Library and Information Science, who heads the doctoral program at the Palmer School. Dr. Hunter is a nationally-recognized expert who was a key member of the team that designed and implemented the Electronic Records Archives for the National Archives and Records Administration. A Certified Archivist and a Certified Records Manager, Dr. Hunter is the Editor of the leading peer-reviewed journal in the field, The American Archivist, and his award-winning book is the standard text in the field.

“The Gardiner Foundation’s grant will allow us to preserve Long Island’s history and ensure that the next generation of archival professionals has the skills to preserve history in the digital age,” said Dr. Hunter. “This continues the important work of the Palmer School, which is our region’s leading information school.”

The grant includes significant scholarship support for masters and Ph.D. students at the Palmer School, in addition to opportunities for long-term fieldwork placement that benefit both the historical societies and Palmer School students.

“Due to the overwhelming response and success of this project, we are pleased to be  able to award this new grant to expand our partnership with the Palmer School,” said Kathryn M. Curran, Executive Director of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. “The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation’s mission is to promote our regional history. The artifacts and archives of historical societies are untapped treasure troves for researchers and scholars. It is our hope that this award will make these collections available as vital part of local historic study. The Palmer School is our region’s leading institution to offer the expertise and resources to accomplish this goal.”

The funding will also allow for an annual Gardiner Symposium to begin next year, which will showcase progress and feature historical documents.

Ph.D. in Information Studies Added to Roster of Programs at Palmer Manhattan

Have you considered a Ph.D. in Information Studies? This is a particularly relevant, exciting, and flexible area of study and beginning in January of 2018, LIU’s Palmer School Ph.D. is being offered in Manhattan at NYU’s Bobst Library.
Please see this link for more details on this  program.

In addition, here at NYU we offer:

For more information | 212-998-2680 alice.flynn@liu.edu

 

Palmer Ph.D. Announces Spring Cohort at NYU

The Palmer School – the iSchool @ Long Island University – announces its first NYC cohort for the Ph.D. in Information Studies with classes to be offered at NYU’s Bobst Library beginning in the spring of 2018.

— Discover the social and technological solutions for accessing, organizing and delivering information
— Courses in information Retrieval, Knowledge Organization, Information Services and Policy, and Big Data, among others
— Pursue careers in either academia or industry
— Part-Time study available; no GRE required

For more information, please see our web page and feel free to contact Dr. Gregory Hunter at Greg.Hunter@liu.edu.

 

Notes from the Director

Greetings! We’re already at mid-term and it’s time to register for your spring classes. As your academic career here progresses and morphs into a new professional life, we are very eager to give you as much support as possible. As you know from having perused our web pages, we have several varied programs at different levels. Placements have been going strong, with students getting jobs in public, school, academic, and corporate settings. Enrollments, too are up by more than 18%!

To ensure that you are thoroughly supported throughout your course of study and into the job hunt, we promote a robust approach to student services. Feel free to approach faculty and staff at any time; if your request is better handled by another person, we will refer you immediately. Following are some of the specialized individuals you will want to cultivate as your professional contacts while here at Palmer:

· Amy Ingrilli, Enrollment Services Counselor, is well versed in details concerning admission, enrollments, and general advising for MSLIS and PhD students. She works closely with prospective and current students, administrative departments at LIU, and faculty.

· Alice Flynn, Program Director for our Manhattan site at NYU, coordinates our collaborative program with NYU (the many dual masters degree with the MSLIS) and the sole MSLIS program we offer at that site. She works closely with students, faculty, and administrators at NYU and can be counted on for advice about courses, internships, and other MSLIS details.

· Heather Ranieri, Director of Marketing, Recruitment, and Assessment, is the central figure for the coordination of outcome measures for the program and other issues of assessment. She is extremely helpful with the required e-portfolios you will be preparing, among many other crucial activities related to recruitment.

· Fernando Peña directs the specialization in Rare Books and Special Collections. He is the ideal resource for curricular or professional questions about those areas and has developed an excellent network of specialized professionals in his areas.

· Bea Baaden is our School Library expert. With a career behind her in school libraries and the deepest possible knowledge of education for that specialty, it should come as no surprise that she is a well-known leader and ultimate resource for questions about the curriculum and job prospects.

· Greg Hunter is a nationally-known leader in archives and records management education as well as the Director of our Archives and Records Management program, our PhD program, and the coordinator of our Gardiner Foundation grant, which supports the Gardiner Fellows.

The other Palmer faculty are also exceptionally prepared to guide you along the way, particularly concerning career options, professional preparation, specialties, finding jobs, and, of course, research.

There has been some momentous news in the last few months that is highlighted below:

· We joined the prestigious iSchool consortium and are the only LIS school in the metro New York City are to be a full member. Membership is granted to those institutions that have a strong research tradition, significant external financial support, and substantial Ph.D. programs.

· Our Ph.D. program is one of the largest in the country and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this Fall. Also, we are inaugurating a New York City Ph.D. cohort in Manhattan at the site we have been offering out MSLIS: NYU’s Bobst Library, where we have an office suite, faculty offices, and classrooms. It will be the only Ph.D. in Information Studies in the New York metro area.

· We have received a $500,000 grant from the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation for the digitization of select materials from historical societies on Long Island. Those organizations benefit because their unique and rare materials will be digitized according to the highest industry standards and accompanied with metadata records. Palmer MSLIS and Ph.D. students in the program, “Gardiner Fellows,” benefit from the professional training and experience (and some attractive tuition remission!). Also, the Palmer School has the pleasure of getting to know more and more information institutions throughout Long Island. Please contact Prof. Greg Hunter for information about becoming a Gardiner Fellow.

· While we have been offering many of our courses online for years, this Fall represents the start of the MSLIS being offered entirely online to the whole country. Certain courses with physical/lab components are not suitable for online delivery, but there are sufficient core and elective courses to complete the degree online.

· Loida Garcia-Lebo, a Palmer Ph.D. student and library leader and advocate, was elected President of ALA, the world’s largest library organization. She has just started her year as President-Elect. For more, see the ALA Press Release, here.
We all wish you a productive, exciting year. I look forward to meeting you all or to communicating via e-mail with those of you who are taking classes at a distance!

Tom Walker, Director, Palmer School

Personal Enrichment Classes in the Spring? Great idea!

Thinking about dipping your toe into the world of information?

Join us as a personal enrichment student or audit a class if you don’t need the credits. See our schedule of classes including not only in-person but also online courses related to the arts, rare books and special collections, public and school librarianship, archives, reference, and many of the current topics information managers (aka librarians) are involved with today. So many great topics! Such flexible scheduling! Time to think about trying something new….

And if you missed our recent information sessions at either Post or Palmer Manhattan, check back here for the next Manhattan dates, and for open houses on the LIU Post campus, please visit this page.

Questions? Please contact Alice.Flynn@liu.edu in Manhattan; for LIU Post and Brentwood, please email Amy.Ingrilli@liu.edu.

Gardiner Foundation Fellowships

Gardiner Foundation Fellowships

A generous two-year grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation will enable the Palmer School to digitize historical materials in local historical societies, with an emphasis on Suffolk County. Beginning in Fall 2017, the grant provides fellowships for master’s and doctoral students to assist with the project. The descriptions of the fellowships are below. A separate application form will be available soon. Questions about the project should be directed to Dr. Gregory Hunter (greg.hunter@liu.edu).

Master’s Fellows will enroll in LIS 693, “Gardiner Foundation Internship.”

Master’s Fellows will spend 120 hours in the semester assisting with the grant project. Activities include digitizing historical images, creating metadata for the images, performing quality assurance, and adding the images to a digital archives. Most of the digitization will take place at the local historical societies. Fellows will be expected to travel to the historical societies to conduct project activities. Students will receive a fellowship for 6 credits of tuition (LIS 693 plus another course of the student’s choosing). There will be a maximum of 9 Master’s Fellows per semester.

Here are some great courses to take in the fall to help you prepare!
LIS 657, #3074 Intro. to Preservation; Holmes: SA: Sept 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7; 10-4; Post
LIS 714, #2186 Archives and Manuscripts; Hunter: TU 4:30-6:20; NYU Bobst Rm. 745