Spring 2011 News


  • Jeremy Bold published a blogpost on gnovis (Georgetown University’s peer-reviewed Journal of Communication, Culture & Technology) about his decision to move his blog (The Socratic Librarian) away from tumblr. Jeremy has also posted in Hack Library School in mid-March! Read his post here: “What is there to argue about in library science? Well, how about everything…
  • Alison Dundy got a position as a librarian at the Prometheus Research Library, where she’s been volunteering for several years! Also…

    The January issue of Words Without Borders is devoted to literature in translation about the working world. A short excerpt of François Bon’s Daewoo, translated by Emmanuelle Ertel and myself, is included in the publication.

  • Rena D. Grossman got a position in Scholastic children’s book publisher! She’s working as the Content Tagging Coordinator for a portion of the Scholastic education website.
  • Rachel Harrison is published in The Serials Librarian! Read her article “Unique Benefits of Conference Attendance as a Method of Professional Development for LIS Professionals“!
  • Allie Janvey

    I’m getting my first contribution credit for a book coming out in May 2011 called Social Networking for Career Success: Using Online Tools to Create a Personal Brand by Miriam Salpeter. I gave her some information about tweeting at conferences and she put it in the book. (http://www.socialnetworkingforcareersuccess.com/)

  • Tim McCormick won a travel grant to attend the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s Annual Meeting in June! Read the press release here.
  • Gregory McMurray is the winner of SLA Engineering Division Inspec Travel Stipend Award to attend the SLA Annual Special Libraries Association conference this June!
  • Erin Schreiner won the E. Ph. Goldschmidt Fellowship at the Rare Book School. She will be working and attending a class there this June.
  • Eric Sommer won a Dewey Scholarship.
  • Frances Sulle got a fellowship with the IMLS HistoryMakers Project!

    I am elated and look forward to this opportunity. I will spend three months in Chicago participating in a summer intensive program at the HistoryMakers’ headquarters. After that period, I will be off to New Orleans to begin the nine month residency at The Amistad Research Center on Tulane University’s campus.

  • Brett Umlauf is performing in the opera Atra.
  • Shirley Zhao was selected to participate in the 2011 ARL Career Enhancement Program. Read the announcement here! She attended the ARL Leadership Symposium in January 2011 and will be doing her internship at the National Library of Medicine in the summer. She also won a travel grant to attend the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s Annual Meeting in June! Read the press release here.


  • James D. Bordone ’97 — published a book documenting the history of the Passaic Public Library titled “A Common Place For All: A History of the Passaic Public Library” pulished by Dog Ear Publishing, Indianapolis, Indiana. He mentions LIU in his dedication page!
  • Sommer Browning — published her first book with Birds, LLC. It’s called Either Way I’m Celebrating and it’s filled with poems and comics, very weird comics. You can order it at the Birds website.
  • Mary Cascone ‘06 — Currently the archivist for the Town of Babylon, Office of Historic Services, and director of the Town of Babylon History Museum, 47 W. Main Street, Babylon, NY, which opened in June 2010. Cascone recently published “Images of America: Copiague,” with Arcadia Publishing, a local history book about Copiague, NY (a hamlet in the Town of Babylon), which was featured in Newsday at http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/vestiges-of-an-american-venice-remain-in-copiague-1.2490147. She is currently working on developing other local history books, including one about Wyandanch, NY.
  • Ana Delgado ’11 — Head Librarian of National University College in Ponce Puerto Rico.
  • Andy Januszak ’10 — Library Information Specialist at Lehigh Valley Health Network.

    My job is pretty well-rounded: I do reference, circulation, literature searching, website and mobile site design, marketing, and even teach classes. It’s a really great position!

  • Melanie Locay — now a full time Reference Librarian in the Ask NYPL department in the Schwarzman Library.
  • Christine McEvilly — Working at AJHS helping them get an on-line portal of Jewish history archives started up.
  • Caitlin McGurk ’10 — First official full-time librarian at the Center for Cartoon Studies.

    I just wanted to let you know that cartoonists Nomi Kane, Jen Vaughn. and I officially launched our Kickstarter project for the Lies Grown-ups Told Me anthology to debut at SPX 2011. Without giving away too many of the delicious details in our video, we are producing a 60ish page anthology chock full of comics and lies. A donation of $10 gets you a signed copy!

  • Andrea Meyer ’10 — She has appeared on a History Channel episode of Brad Meltzer’s “Decoded” which aired recently (she appears towards the end). Watch the entire video online here!
  • Lea Osburne ’06 — After working several years as an archivist in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia University, she is now the Head of Archival Processing at New York Public Library.
  • Jessica Pigza — She’s the subject of this feature article “Jessica Pigza Mixes it up with Rare Books, Crafts and Social Media“!
  • Mary Robison ’09

    I took a position as reference librarian at the General Theological Seminary, effective August 2010. We’re excited to be moving this summer into our new library in the Chelsea Enclave building on 9th Avenue after several years in an interim location. I’m thrilled that this position also allows me to use my archival training; I’ve been supervising an intern from the library program at Rutgers this spring, and since I started here full-time I’ve been working with the records management committee at the seminary.


  • Bea Baaden — She was recently interviewed for the NYLA Bulletin. Read it on page 2 here!
If you are a current student, faculty member, or alumnus and would like to share your news with us, please send an email to Alice Flynn at alice.flynn@liu.edu!