Student/Alumni/Faculty News

  • Debbie Quinn (’16) is a Children’s/Young Adult Librarian at the Hastings Public Library. Prior to this, Debbie had a part-time position as Adjunct Librarian to the High School of American Studies which she loved but she couldn’t imagine passing up a full-time position, in her area of interest, right in her home town! Congratulations, Debbie! We are so happy for you and for Hastings!
  • Brian Hasbrouck (’15) was promoted to Library Information Supervisor of the New Lots Branch of Brooklyn Public Library.  Congratulations, Brian! So happy for you (and them)!
  • Dr.  Michael Koenig presented the keynote address at the  WorldCIST 2017 Conference in Porto Santo Madeira, Portugal on April 11th.  The topic for the keynote address was “The Past and the Future of Knowledge Management”. The talk emphasized the convergence of digital and biological algorithms The CIST stands for Conference on Information Systems and Technologies. The principal sponsoring association is AISTI, the Iberian Association for Information Systems and Technologies, roughly the Iberian equivalent of ASIS&T.
  • Palmer School Library Program graduates, Kim Mullins and Tara King, who are now academic librarians will be keynoting at the 3rd Academic Libraries Invitational on Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Captree Commons, Suffolk County Community College, Michael Grant Campus (Brentwood). Kim Mullins (Instructional Design Librarian at LIU – Post) is talking about Ethnographic Perspectives on Student Research and Tara King (Instructional Designer at St. John’s University) is talking about Library Study Behaviors in the Age of Mobile Devices.
  • Grayson Dantzic, (’07) will be speaking on May 10 at the 92nd St. Y about the recently published book of his father, Jerry Dantzic’s, behind-the-scenes, rare, and until now, unseen photographs of Billie Holiday. Grayson worked the archives for years putting together this fascinating collection. For details:
  • Jackie Rider (dual degree ’13) has joined NYU’s Archival Collections Management group. Jackie is the Project Archivist on the Collections Control Project. Jackie comes to NYU from the Princeton Theological Seminary where she was the Digital Archivist. Jackie has an MSLIS from LIU and an MA in Archives and Public History from NYU. Jackie will be working in the Frost Room in Bobst. Congratulations, Jackie!
  • And Shirin Khaki (dual degree’16) has also joined NYU’s Archival Collections Management group as an Assistant Archivist on the NYU Collection Control Project. Shirin was previously working at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts Library as a Serials Receiving Assistant and has also gained experience working at the New York-Historical Society and the Guggenheim Museum. Shirin received her MSLIS from LIU and also has an MA in Archives from NYU. Shirin will be working in the Frost Room in Bobst. Congratulations to Shirin! So great!
  • Emily Soper (’16; School Media) won the NEA Read Across America Grant this past December. It is a $1000 award given to educators to purchase diverse books for their school library. Emily is a librarian at a school in Orange County, NY. Congratulations, Emily! How wonderful for your students!
  • Rena Grossman (’12) co-authored an article that has been published in the open access journal, Collaborative Librarianship. Congratulations, Rena! We are very proud!
  • Sarah Moazeni (dual degree ’15) has been named the NYU Tamiment Library Public Services Librarian. Sarah has an MA in History from NYU and an MSLIS from Palmer. She has been a reference associate in Tamiment for three years and has been the interim Public Services Librarian in Tamiment for the past six months. The Tamiment Library is a research library at New York University that documents radical and left history, with strengths in the histories of communism, socialism, anarchism, the New Left, the Civil Rights Movement, and utopian experiments. Congratulations, Sarah! What wonderful news!
  • Caitlin MacKenzie Mannion (dual degree ’14) has been employed at the NYU Shanghai Library and has recently been promoted to the role of Reference and Research Services Coordinator and Arts and Humanities Librarian. In her former position as Liaison for Humanities and Social Sciences, Caitlin facilitated the creation of two wonderful library orientation videos, and worked closely with the ARC and the Writing Program and created the library workshop series. Caitlin will now have a leader role in Information Literacy advocacy, integration and assessment. She will continue to liaison with Social Sciences faculty until a new Social Sciences Librarian joins the team.
  • More great career news! Rebecca Grabie (May ’16) has just been hired as a Reference Librarian for Printed Collections at the New-York Historical Society. Congratulations, Rebecca! What a great place to be!
  • Huge congratulations to Celine Soudant! Celine graduates in May ’17 and has been hired as a medical librarian at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Library in NYC! Celine’s just-completed internship at Levy Library at Mount Sinai was key to her being hired for this position. Congratulations, Celine! So great!
  • In late October, Professor Vincent M. Livoti chaired a panel about graphic novels at the NEPCA’s [New England Popular Culture Association] Annual Conference at Keene State College in New Hampshire.  His presentation featured archival research materials from Bowling Green University’s Popular Culture Library. Dr. Livoti will be teaching “The Graphic Novel” again on our Manhattan campus in summer 2017.
  • Vlada Kenniff, Palmer first-year Ph.D. student and Managing Director, NYC Environmental Protection Bureau of Environmental Planning & Analysis, was part of the team selected by the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC NY) to receive a Platinum ACEC award. The NYCDEP Water-Energy Nexus Studywon the award in the category of Studies, Research and Consulting Engineering Services. ACEC NY said, “We congratulate you on the excellence of your entry, which embodies the quality and engineering expertise our association represents.”Congratulations, Vlada!
  • Dr. Timothy Horan, a graduate of the Library Media Specialist program at Palmer, and currently a library media specialist at Hauppauge High School, has been published! His book Create Your School Library Writing Center, Grades 7 – 12 was published by Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO and is widely available online and in bookstores. The school library writing center is Dr. Horan’s main focus. It’s a unique educational resource that he hopes to see in every school library in the nation (and, later, the world). He gives LIU, the Palmer School, and Dr. Bea Baaden in particular a nice mention on the acknowledgements page of the book. Be sure to check it out! We are very proud!
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts today announced the appointment of (Palmer grad) Bonnie Marie Sauer as its new Archivist. Lesley Rosenthal, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary says Sauer’s appointment reflects an exciting new strategic direction for Lincoln Center’s Information Resources.
    “With the hiring of Bonnie Sauer, an award-winning Archivist who is known for her teamwork, communications and outreach, Lincoln Center is poised to relaunch its Archive to bring together physical, digital and other resources for the further preservation and advancement of our cultural legacy,” said Ms. Rosenthal.
    Sauer brings to Lincoln Center 10 years of expertise in the field of archives and records management. She joins Lincoln Center from the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, and prior to that, she served as Archivist at the National Archives at New York City. Her experience encompasses audio, fine art, local history, decorative objects, and other audio-visual materials and memorabilia as well as business records in museums and other settings.
    Bonnie Marie Sauer received her MS in Library and Information Science at Long Island University and her BA in Sociology from State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has also been the recipient of the Team Award for Excellence in Service presented by the New York Federal Executive Board in 2014 and the Guardian Award presented by the Archivist of the United States in 2013.
If you are a Palmer alumnus and would like to share your current news with us, please send an email to Alice Flynn at!