The New York Chapter of the Special Libraries Association Student Swing V

The New York Chapter of the Special Libraries Association proudly presents…

Student Swing V: Library school’s most pressing questions, answered.

A panel of recent graduates and students from the NYC area discuss their library school experiences and their current jobs. Representatives from area libraries and organizations seeking interns will also be on hand to meet with interested students. Bring your resumes!

Panelists: (including Palmer’s own, Marina Rosenfield)

  •      Dinah Handel, CUNY Television (Pratt)
  •      Richard Moncrief, Ropes & Gray LLP (Queens College)
  •      Miraida Morales, PhD candidate (Rutgers)
  •      Marina Rosenfield, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (LIU)
  •      Rachel Sferlazza (St. John’s)

Moderator:  Davis Erin Anderson, Community Engagement Manager at the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)


  •      American Museum of Natural History
  •      The ARChive of Contemporary Music
  •      The William and Anita Newman Library
  •      HRA McMillan Library
  •      Museum of the City of New York
  •      The Open Society

Coffee, bagels and mimosas will be served.

Program Details:
Saturday, October 3rd
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Library
St. John’s University – Manhattan campus
101 Astor Place, 2nd Floor

Admission is FREE!

Register today!


Hope to see you there!

You can do THAT with an MSLIS?

The Master of Science in Library and Information Science takes people to unexpected places, like Marvel Comics, Lucasfilms, the Conjuring Arts Research Center, the Ralph Lauren library, the N.Y. Daily News, the Frick, the Whitney, the American Museum of Natural History, the Met, MoMA, the Keith Haring Foundation, the N-Y Historical Society, Viacom, Sony, hospitals and media centers of all types and more. You already figured you could wind up in libraries, colleges, universities, elementary and secondary schools, but information everywhere needs managing and that’s what our graduates do! Every one of these places has recently hired Palmer grads.

Have you been thinking about this degree for years? Don’t fight it any longer! Take a look at the Palmer School where information managers (aka librarians) go on to work in so many exciting and rewarding careers.

Questions about the program? Check out this blog and/or email

LIU Palmer Introduces Newest Faculty, Fall 2015

Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science is pleased to introduce our newest faculty members.

Dr. Hsin-liang (Oliver) Chen joined the Palmer School faculty in Spring 2015. Prior to arriving at Palmer he taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Missouri, and Indiana University at Indianapolis. Dr. Chen’s expertise covers the areas of Information Technology and Systems, and Digital Librarianship.

Dr. Chen’s research interests focus on the application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to assist users in accessing and using information in different environments. His interest in these areas are guided in part by his previous experience as an art teacher and school librarian in Taiwan and a faculty member in higher education.  Dr. Chen has studied how college students search for art historical images to complete their course assignments, how museum practitioners use images for their job duties, how system designers should design online mathematics digital libraries for K-12 math education, and how college students learn from multimedia materials in an online information literacy class.

Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999, MA in Educational Communication and Technology from New York University in 1995, and BA in Library Science from Fu-Jen Catholic University in Taiwan in 1985.

Dr. Vincent M. Livoti joined the Palmer School faculty in the Fall of 2014.

Dr. Livoti is a Boston-area native. Prior to his arrival in New York he lived in Portland, Maine and worked for the University of Maine as an Assistant Professor. He previously taught in the Graduate School of Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he also managed the Kresge Center for Teaching Resources.  Dr. Livoti is an alumnus of both Simmons College and Massachusetts State University. He moved to London for graduate studies before beginning his interdisciplinary doctoral research.

Having previously worked with Harvard University, The Museum of Science, Boston Children’s Museum and the Boston Center for Adult Education, Dr. Livoti brings a diverse range of human service experience to the Palmer School.

As a human service worker with over ten years in the field, Dr. Livoti is engaged with advocating for the underserved in the information sphere as well as scholarship exploring the expanding role of sexual minorities in American culture.

Dr. Livoti specializes in social action research and the underserved, inclusion practice and cultural competency, media analysis and information literacy, LGBT studies and queer theory, the diversification of resources for library and information centers, and youth services and developmental resources.

In spring 2015 Dr. Livoti revised the Palmer School’s Children’s and Young Adult Services curriculum. Dr. Livoti enjoys contemporary art and film, as well as exploring the expanses of Long Island’s natural beauty.

Dr. Wei Xiong will join the Palmer School of Library and Information Science as an assistant professor in Fall 2015.  Prior to LIU, he served as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems at Northwest Missouri State University. Dr. Xiong holds a dual-bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering and Marketing from Hubei University of Economics, an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Information Systems from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Dr. Xiong’s teaching interests include data mining (big data and its applications), information representation and retrieval, and digital libraries. His research involves a wide range of data mining applications in different domains, including behavioral-targeted advertising in business, automatic document classification in digital libraries, and early alert system for online course instructors in academia. He has worked as a data scientist in industry and has a funded grant proposal on data mining research.

Dr. Xiong is teaching a special topics course in Data Mining for the Information Professional in the Fall 2015. He is working on creating two courses focused on Information Analytics for the Spring 2016.

Please join me in welcoming our newest faculty members to the Palmer School.

Valeda F. Dent, Ph.D., MILS, MSW
Dean, University Libraries
Interim Director, Palmer School of Library and Information Science Long Island University Brookville, New York  11548
(516) 299 – 2307

Graduate Student Worker LIU Brooklyn Reference Dept.

Graduate Student Worker at LIU / Brooklyn Campus Library, Reference Department

Located in the Ft. Greene / MetroTech area of Brooklyn, the LIU Brooklyn Library serves a very diverse community. The Reference Department is seeking a student-centered, Palmer School graduate student to work 10 hours/week at the Ask a Librarian Desk. Reference services include in-person, phone, chat and text. After a period of observation and training, students will be expected to provide basic reference services under supervision of librarian on duty. Students may on occasion work independently, answering basic questions and referring patrons to librarians. Other work may include participation in roaming reference, leading workshops and student orientations, creating LibGuides, and processing reference materials. Students report to Coordinator of Reference Services.

Completion of at least one of the following core MSLIS courses is preferred: LIS 510, 511, 512, or 514. Experience working with diverse populations is strongly preferred. Regular weekday and occasional evening or weekend availability required.

Please send brief letter and C.V. or resume to Susan Thomas at .

Meet Palmer Alum Kristina Holzweiss, SLJ 2015 School Librarian of the Year

Congratulations to Palmer grad Kristina Hozweiss, named the
School Library Journal’s 2015 School Librarian of the Year!

“From her blog, entitled “Bunhead with Duct Tape,” to her maker space program called SLIME (Students of Long Island Maker Expo), SLJ’s 2015 School Librarian of the Year, Kristina Holzweiss, displays an energetic penchant for tinkering with traditional ideas…. ” Read the full article here!!


Beta Mu Chapter Of Beta Phi Mu International Library Science Honor Society


PURPOSE: To promote excellence in scholarship by awarding a scholarship to be used toward tuition at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science.

AWARDS:  Two awards of $3,500 each.

1. Currently enrolled in the Palmer School.
2. Must have completed nine (9) credits
3. Must have at least (3) credits remaining toward                                                   Completion of Master’s Degree

1. Submit a copy of a current transcript.
2. Submit an essay of not more than 300 words on the                                                     following topic:
“Who/what has been your inspiration in becoming a librarian?”
3. The above must be postmarked by October 15, 2015

Please submit to:
Carol Albano, Director
Harborfields Public Library
31 Broadway
Greenlawn, N.Y. 11740

Please include your name, address, e-mail, and telephone number.


Suffolk School Library Media Association Awards Palmer Alumnae

Congratulations,  Bonnie Bredes and Sheila Cavooris Palmer School,
School Library Media Specialist Alumni!

The Suffolk School Library Media Association Presents to following awards:

SSLMA Librarian of the Year:

Bonnie Bredes, Center Moriches Secondary Library, Center Moriches UFSD

SSLMA Technology Grant Award:

Sheila Tobin Cavooris, Great Hollow Middle School, Smithtown CSD