Palmer All Over the News!

Tuesday, April 11, was quite a day for Palmer!  It began with an interview that Dr. Gregory Hunter gave on the WBAI/Pacifica morning show.  Starting around the 1:30 mark, you can hear him talk as a leading expert on public archives, presidential records and public access to information.

And Dr. Thomas Walker, the Palmer School’s Director and Associate Dean of the College of Education and Information Technology was featured in Newsday’s profile on librarians as part of National Library Week as our region’s leading institution to train librarians.

Great to see our name getting out there! Go Palmer!

Personal Enrichment Classes This Summer or Fall? 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 summer 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. And of course, there are always our fall term offerings, too.

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 in Manhattan; for LIU Post and Brentwood, please email

Palmer Ph.D. Candidate In the Running for ALA President

Dr. Loida Garcia-Febo, a candidate for Palmer’s Ph.D.  in Information Studies, is in the running for president of ALA. Dr. Garcia-Febo’s message to her colleagues states: 

Dear colleagues,
As ALA President I will work together with all members for an association that will be the leading advocate for libraries while maintaining our core values, will build partnerships with value-sharing organizations, will have a place and voice in Congress, state senates, city councils, and school boards, particularly for those with no voice. We will advance concerns focused on our commitment to public education, intellectual freedom, diversity, and professional development.

Libraries are pillars of public education. Libraries change lives in every community in our nation. Our strong value system propels us to create new ways to help children read, assist job seekers, support first-generation college students, and connect battered women and children with shelters. Today, thanks to our work, libraries remain the true bastion of intellectual freedom, privacy, democracy, diversity, public good, professionalism, and social responsibility in each one of our communities. Given the threats we face to these core values, we cannot afford to stay on the sidelines. These are challenging times, but in the midst of these changes, I am confident that together, we can bring change to impact public policy, benefit our communities and our profession!

Best of luck to Palmer’s own Loida Garcia-Febo! 

Greetings from Palmer Assoc. Dean/Director Dr. Tom Walker

Greetings and welcome (or for students and alumni, welcome again) to the Palmer School!  In the last few months as the new Associate Dean and Director, I have explored the environment and have a sense of the rhythm of the academic terms. The three campuses and several cohort groups are all united by a common mission: to empower information professionals through education, research and achievement. Finding ways to merge that task with the developing lives of our students, staff, and faculty — all within the tumultuous information world in which we find ourselves — is not always easy. But it is vastly rewarding. 

I have worked in library or information-related settings for many years, although not in the New York City area or East Coast. I have no single favorite setting for information work because the ones I have experienced each have their own rewards. Besides about 25 years as a library/information science educator and administrator (at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of Illinois), I have also worked in public library, academic library, and corporate library environments. It is a varied professional world in which we operate and one that offers endless positive surprises and constant change. 

I would like to announce an outstanding development here at Palmer that directly affects students and demonstrates how there are connections between traditional activities of professionals and the developing technologies we use to solve problems. Over the next two years, we will receive $500,000 from the Gardiner Foundation of Long Island to support students and faculty involved with the digitization of select materials from historical societies on Long Island (see the press release). The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation supports a thorough understanding of the history of New York and this grant will help local historical societies, students, and researchers by making valuable and unique materials more accessible and better known. This means that both MSLIS and PhD students will benefit from scholarship support for the project, which will not only make it more affordable to get the degrees, but also will provide them with extensive practical experience that will help them in their careers. Several Palmer School staff and faculty will be involved, but Prof. Greg Hunter is the Director of the digitization initiative and can inform interested students about the opportunity. Please contact him soon ( for details! 

The Palmer School is thriving and I am very excited to be joining its community. Students and faculty here already recognize what opportunities exist at the Brentwood, LIU Post and Bobst/NYU sites and value the internship and career options; but, there are many more ways to explore the information worlds in this geographic area and I look forward to them all. Best wishes in your academic careers and in your ensuing professional paths! 

Tom Walker (

Long Island University’s Prestigious Palmer School Awarded $500,000 Grant from Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation

Long Island University’s Prestigious Palmer School Awarded $500,000 Grant from Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation

Grant Will Allow LIU to Preserve Vital Part of Long Island’s History

BROOKVILLE, N.Y. (Feb 28, 2017) –Long Island University’s prestigious Palmer School of Library and Information Sciences has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to preserve documents that are a vital part of Long Island’s history.  The Palmer School is a recognized leader in library science and one of just 62 schools accredited by the American Library Association.  It also offers the only Ph.D. program in Information Studies in the New York metropolitan area and is the only school of library and information science in that area to be admitted into membership in the prestigious iSchools Consortium.

“Long Island University is proud to partner our nationally recognized Palmer School with the resources of the Robert David Lion Gardner Foundation to help preserve Long Island’s history,” said LIU President Dr. Kimberly R. Cline.

With the Gardiner Foundation’s grant, LIU will digitize and preserve a collection of historical documents currently held by historical societies across Long Island, with a particular emphasis on Suffolk County. LIU will showcase these documents at an annual Gardiner Symposium, while promoting year-round visibility of these historical societies.

The project will be 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. Dr. Hunter is Editor of The American Archivist, the peer-reviewed journal of the Society of American Archivists.

“The Palmer School has been educating archivists and supporting the local historical community for three decades,” said Dr. Hunter. “The generous grant from the Gardiner Foundation will help preserve Long Island’s history and also ensure that the next generation of archival professionals has the skills to preserve history in the digital age.”

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.

“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 program and students offer the expertise and resources to accomplish this goal,” said Kathryn M. Curran, Executive Director of the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.


About Long Island University (LIU)
LIU is one of the nation’s largest private universities. Since 1926, LIU has provided high quality academic programs taught by world-class faculty.  LIU offers 500 accredited programs to more than 20,000 students and has a network of over 200,000 alumni, including leaders in industries across the globe. Visit for more information.

About the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation
The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation, established in 1987, primarily supports the study of New York State history. Robert David Lion Gardiner was, until his death in August 2004, the 16th Lord of the Manor of Gardiner’s Island, NY. The Gardiner family and their descendants have owned Gardiner’s Island since 1639, obtained as part of a royal grant from King Charles I of England. The Foundation is inspired by Robert David Lion Gardiner’s personal passion for New York history.