Dr. Vincent Livoti Receives Award

This May, Dr. Vincent M Livoti received a travel award to attend a symposium at Bowling Green University’s Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies – where he joined over 20 other researchers from around the country. Dr. Livoti worked with the University’s extensive graphic novel collections, continuing his inquiry into representations of gender and sexuality in popular culture.  This experiential process was directly integrated into the Palmer School’s graphic novel course, designed and taught by Dr. Livoti.  The symposium was jointly sponsored by the American Culture Association and the American Popular Culture Association.

Palmer Information Sessions

The world of information calls! Learn about the LIU Palmer School’s master’s degree in Library and Information Science, offered here at NYU’s Bobst Library at 70 Washington Square South; at LIU Post in Brookville, Long Island; and in Brentwood, Long Island on the campus of Suffolk County Community College (select classes).

Upcoming sessions:

At Post: see this page for details

In Manhattan at NYU’s Bobst Library:
Wed. June 22, 6 – 7 pm; 2nd floor, Avery Fisher Center

Bring a friend and join us!

Big (Exciting) Doings at Palmer Manhattan This Summer

The following three courses will be held in Manhattan, based at NYU’s Bobst Library, Palmer Manhattan’s site. Interested in auditing a class? Please see Personal Enrichment / Visiting Students / Auditors

LIS 612 , Arts Librarianship
Four Fridays, June 3,10,17, 24; 10 am – 4 pm; visits to various NYC sites

This course will look at the art information world from the perspective of four types of user – the artist, dealer, art historian and curator. There will be visits to corresponding NYC institutions–  an artist’s foundation, an auction house, art history library and a museum library. It will also focus on four corresponding materials– the artist’s book, auction catalogue, catalogue raisonné, and the exhibition catalogue and how they are changing in our increasingly digital world.

We are thrilled to have as the instructor for this class Dr. Stephen Bury, the Frick Collection’s Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian at the Frick Art Reference Library. Before joining the Frick, Dr. Bury was at the British Library, the national library of the United Kingdom, and one of the world’s greatest research institutions, where he was a Deputy Director and Head of European and American Collections, as well as Maps, Music, and Philatelic Collections. Previously, Dr. Bury was Head of Learning Resources at the Chelsea College of Art & Design, London. Comments Anne L. Poulet, Director of The Frick Collection, “Dr. Bury …is both an art historian― who understands first-hand the needs of those who teach, research, and curate―as well as an internationally regarded librarian.” Recent publications include Artists’ Multiples, 1935-2000 (2001), Multiplication (2001), Breaking the Rules: the Printed Face of the European Avant Garde, 1900-1937 (2007) and a new edition of Artists’ Books: The Book as a Work of Art (2015), which was first published in 1995. He was the first Advisory Editor (2011-2014) of the Benezit Dictionary of Artists(link is external). He contributed a chapter on Veshch (1922) and G (1923-6) for The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines: Vol.3: Europe 1880-1940 (2013).  

LIS 740, Copyright and Library Law
Summer Session II, June 20 – July 22, T/TH 6-8 pm

This class was offered for the first time as an intensive during the summer. It got rave reviews (see below) and so it’s back this summer. The instructor, Greg Cram, JD, is the Clearance Analyst at The New York Public Library. This course explores copyright law and gives students a legal framework to analyze the copyright issues faced by librarians and cultural institutions, and it’s being taught by an expert who makes the class so interesting and so topical that some students suggested that it become a requirement. From the digitization of archives and collections to electronic reference, copyright is now a major consideration for libraries. Copyright issues are prevalent in published, unpublished and born-digital material. Librarians need to understand and interpret copyright law so they can participate in setting institutional policies that take advantage of fair use and other exceptions granted to libraries by the law. Excellent knowledge to offer a prospective employer! Here are some comments from students who took the class:

**I wanted to pass along a recommendation for the Copyright class.  It had a big impact on me, and should be highlighted for other students.  Greg Cram is the ideal graduate school professor because he’s an active professional, up-to-date with issues and developments, an especially important quality with a changeable subject like copyright law.  With such a vast, complex topic, Cram’s class takes a head-on approach, laying the groundwork of historical developments through court cases and legal statements, complemented with exercises that explain the different amendments and actions. Taken as a 1-month summer intensive, this was definitely one of the hardest classes I took during my graduate program – and one of the most rewarding.  This is what grad school is supposed to be like – heavy reading assignments to bring you up to speed, real-world examples to keep you abreast of news, and consultation with an active professional who can share his experiences and approach in a far more real way than any textbook.  Every class was incredibly well organized and prepared; from summarized court proceedings to entertaining media clips to news briefs drawn from within hours of the class, Cram redefined the idea of a prepared teacher. Copyright law is a living, changing force that is highly relevant for librarians and archivists.  And while every conference seems to have a two-hour session or half-day workshop, that level of introduction is just not sufficient.  This class should be mandatory for students.
**…challenging, topical issues, presented by an active professional.
**Greg really made this complicated topic accessible in a way that I doubt many others could. Challenging, insightful and rewarding in knowledge gained.
**…I want to go into this field now! Greg made it SO interesting! It was GREAT!

LIS 901 Rare Book Reference
Summer Session I, May 16-June 17, T/TH 6-8 pm

This class, taught by reference librarian Melanie Meyers AT the Center for Jewish History was a big hit last summer. This is a great elective for those interested in rare books and/or special collections. Students will have a chance to do hands-on work in a wonderful setting. Highly recommended by students and staff alike! (Just fyi—I truly heard nothing but GREAT things about this class but wasn’t able to collect the evaluations with the comments.)

Please see this page for all Palmer summer and fall classes: http://palmerblog.liu.edu/academics/welcome/

Interested in auditing a class? Please see Personal Enrichment / Visiting Students / Auditors



Summer Offerings at Post and Online

Palmer is offering some interesting and exciting classes at Post this summer, both in-person and online. Three blended classes (these meet in-person between 5-7 times) include The Graphic Novel with Dr. Vin Livoti; Big Data in Practice for Info Professionals with Dr. Wei Xiong; and K-12 Literature with Prof. Meloni. And for a real treat, LIS 657, Introduction to Preservation, will run on four Saturdays with the excellent Emily Holmes from Columbia University’s preservation lab.

Online offerings include Dr. Greg Hunter’s Information Technologies and Society; K-12 Collection Development with Dr. Bea Baaden, and Information Literacy and Library Instruction with Dr. David Jank.

For a look at the full summer and fall schedules, see http://palmerblog.liu.edu/academics/welcome/.

Intro Class (LIS 510) Site Visits

Dr, Qiping Zhang’s spring LIS 510, Introduction to Library Science class visited two fascinating sites recently. Pictured below are members of the class at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory library where, after the Director Ludmila Pollock shared her views on the future and challenges facing science libraries, they were given a tour by Mrs. Judy Wieber. 

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory


Their second site visit was to Newsday. Mrs. Dorothy Levin, the Data Team Manager and an alumna of Palmer, introduced the class to their library facility and various ongoing projects. Mr. Timothy Healy, the Data Team editor, gave a presentation on using data analytics for news reporting, retrieving information for the public, and filing Freedom of Information  Act (FOIA) requests. Dr. Zhang and the 510 class are pictured below.



Palmer’s Jerry Nichols Honored

Gerald (Jerry) Nichols will be among the honorees at the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Long Island Library Resources Council on April 14th at Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage State Park.  Jerry is being recognized for his ongoing contributions to library education as the Director of the Palmer Institute for Public Library Organization and Management and as the long time editor of the “Handbook for Public Library Trustees in New York State”.  As Director of the Palmer Institute, he developed the nation’s first Advanced Certificate in Public Library Administration. To date nearly 400 professionals have participated in the program; many of whom have gone on to manage public libraries in the region, state and nation.  A former director of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System and several regional public libraries, Jerry has also served as the Chair of the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries. Congratulations, Jerry! Well deserved and we are very proud!

Time to Apply for May Graduation!

Just a reminder to those of you who are planning on graduating in May 2016– the deadline for filing the online application for graduation has passed. At this point, you should print the application found  here: Application for Degree and scan it to amy.ingrilli@liu.edu or fax it to Amy at 516 299 4168.  Remember that if you are also applying for the certificate of advanced study in Archives and Records Management, you need to fill the form out a second time checking off CAS instead of MS and then send that to Amy as well. For details on commencement, go to http://palmerblog.liu.edu/graduation-and-commencement-ceremonies/.


Palmer School of Library and Information Science @ Long Island University Receives Continued ALA Accreditation Through 2022

The Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University is delighted to announce that American Library Association (ALA)  and the Committee on Accreditation (COA) has conferred continued accreditation for the Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science (MSLIS). The next comprehensive review is scheduled for Fall 2022. We would like to thank all those who helped in the efforts to achieve this status: our students, alumni, community constituents, faculty, professional staff and administration of LIU.

The Palmer School is currently revitalizing its academic content to include new offerings in data science. These efforts include the appointment of Dr. Wei Xiong, whose 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. Dr. Xiong has worked as a data scientist in industry and has a funded grant proposal on data mining research. The Palmer School invites students interested in learning more to visit www.liu.edu/palmer or the Palmer Blog www.liu.edu/palmerblog.

Doctor of Philosophy in Information Studies at Palmer

The Palmer School of Library and Information Science is accepting applications for Fall 2016 admission to the Ph.D. in Information Studies.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Information Studies prepares individuals to assume leadership positions in research, teaching and in practice.  The 60-credit program utilizes a strong interdisciplinary approach because solutions to the problems of organizing, storing and retrieving vast amounts of information require the combined knowledge of computer scientists, management specialists, educators, psychologists, librarians and others.  Palmer graduates serve as faculty and administrators at colleges and universities, as well as holding leadership positions in healthcare, business, public service, and other sectors.  For additional information, please contact the Director of the Ph.D. in Information Studies, Dr. Gregory S. Hunter (ghunter@liu.edu) or consult our Website:  http://liu.edu/CWPost/Academics/Schools/CEIS/PSLIS/Graduate-Programs/PhD-IS