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