Palmer Manhattan Information Session Wed. March 29

Join us for a Palmer School information session in Manhattan at
NYU’s Bobst Library: Wednesday, March 29, 6 – 7 pm,
Seminar Room 413.

***Please RSVP to for Manhattan information sessions so you can be contacted in the event of a weather-related cancellation***

Learn about our dual degree with NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science and with several programs in NYU’s Steinhardt School. The MA or MS and the MSLIS earned through the dual degree lead to positions as subject specialists in academic and research settings.

Palmer boasts a one-of-a-kind Rare Books and Special Collections area of study and a renowned program in Archives and Records Management leading to a certificate of advanced study– either post-master’s or within our MSLIS. We offer training for school librarian certification within the 36 credits of our program and we offer courses in everything from information-related technologies to youth services, academic libraries, public libraries, and more. Classes are offered in person and online. Please see more about our program here.

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.


Interested in the critically important world of information? Take a Palmer class!

The world of information is increasingly complicated and ever-expanding, and librarians and archivists are the managers of that world. See what we mean and take a class with us. Spring term is underway but summer isn’t far off. Picture a class in Arts Librarianship, led by an arts librarian from the Frick Museum and Library who takes you touring fantastic NYC arts libraries; sign up early for Copyright and Library Law, taught by one of the preeminent experts in the field and proclaimed by everyone who has taken it to be one of the best classes ever; find out what all the buzz is about The Graphic Novel (!), a hot topic and vitally relevant medium, taught by a Palmer favorite; and spend time in a special collection library learning about Rare Book Reference and Instruction, taught by the reference librarian. And those are just a few of Palmer’s summer classes!

See our schedule of summer classes including not only in-person but also online courses related to school librarianship, archives, reference, technology, and all of the current topics information managers (aka librarians) are involved with today. Check back soon for the fall schedule.

Questions? Please contact in Manhattan; for LIU Post and Brentwood, please email; see this page for details on information sessions at Post; and for NYU’s Bobst Library: check this page.

Palmer Information Sessions

The world of information calls! Learn about the LIU Palmer School’s master’s degree in Library and Information Science, offered 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: Wednesday, March 29, 6 – 7 pm, Seminar Room 413. Check this page for details!

 Bring a friend and join us!