Palmer School Scholars Celebrate National Library Week

Palmer School Scholars Celebrate National Library Week


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From left: LIU Post alumni Tom Kenny, Lee Rainie, Rita Langdon and David Jank

The Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University is one of the oldest library and i-schools in the country. In celebration of National Library Week–  April 8-14, 2018 — students, professors and alumni from the Palmer School are engaged in a number of activities.

Information Studies Doctoral Professor David Jank ’10 (PhD) and Ph.D. students Rita Langdon (’91, ’95 MA, ’17 MPhil) who is LIU Post’s dean of professional education and transfer and graduate enrollment, and Tom Kenny, (’17 MPhil), who is Molloy College’s instructor and director of media facilities, were panelists at The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) annual academic conference on April 8 in Las Vegas. Jank, Langdon and Kenny, who represent the LIU i-Team of Information Scientists, presented a panel on emerging technologies in social media and the digital college generation.

The BEA conference’ keynote speaker was Lee Rainie (H’09), director of internet and technology research at Pew Research Institute in Washington, D.C., and a graduate of LIU Post’s M.A. in Political Science program (’77). He earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, is the former managing editor of U.S. News and World Report, and author of several books, including “Networked: The new social operating system“.

Spearheading this year’s National Library Week, themed “Libraries Lead”, is Loida Garcia-Febo, a Ph.D. student in Information Studies at the LIU Palmer School and current president of the American Library Association.

Meanwhile nationally renowned archivist and LIU Professor Dr. Greg Hunter is managing a $1.5 million grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to launch the Digitizing Long Island History project. Dr. Hunter and his students are digitizing historical documents from more than 100 historical societies in Nassau and Suffolk counties. A new Gardiner Institute symposia will be presented in late June on the LIU Post campus in Brookville, N.Y.

Dr. Tom Walker, director of the Palmer School, just returned from iConference in Sheffield (UK), the annual conference about the information world and higher education sponsored by the iSchool consortium. The iSchools promote information-related research and advances in higher-education, including curriculum development, external funding opportunities, and collaborations.

To learn more about the Palmer School’s M.S. in Library and Information Science, and Ph.D. in Information Studies, attend an open house at LIU’s Manhattan location at NYU Bobst Library on April 17, 2018 or May 8, 2018 at 6 p.m. To reserve a spot at the open house, email or call 516-299-4010.



“Digitizing Local History Sources” Funded by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation

Information for Students

A generous five-year grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation is enabling the Palmer School to digitize materials in local historical societies, with an emphasis on Suffolk County.  The $1.5 million grant provides fellowships for master’s and doctoral students to assist with the project.

About the Project

“Digitizing Local History Sources” began on February 1, 2017 and will end on January 31, 2022. The goal of the project is to digitize materials in 80 local historical societies. At the start of the project, the Palmer School established an on-campus Digitization Laboratory featuring two scanners:

  • A “DT Atom Digitization System” manufactured by Digital Transitions
  • An Epson Expression 12000XL with transparency adapter

The Palmer School also created two mobile digitization units, each containing an Epson Perfection V800 scanner and a Dell laptop computer.  Students use these mobile units to digitize materials on-site at historical societies.

Scanned images are stored in Preservica Cloud Edition, a leading digital preservation system.  Each historical society retains ownership of and controls access to its materials stored in Preservica.

The Project Director is Dr. Gregory Hunter.  He may be reached at 516-299-2171 or

Gardiner Foundation Master’s Fellowship

To be eligible for a Gardiner Foundation Master’s Fellowship, a student must be matriculated in either the Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) or the Certificate of Advanced Study in Archives and Records Management (CARM).

Gardiner Foundation Master’s Fellows receive six credits of tuition remission for each semester in which they are a fellow.  At this point in the project, there is a maximum of nine Master’s Fellows per semester.

First-time Master’s Fellows must enroll in LIS 693, “Gardiner Foundation Internship.”  LIS 693 is open to all Palmer School students at any point in the program.  Students may only register for LIS 693 once.  Students may apply for fellowships in additional semesters, subject to the availability of funds.

Master’s Fellows spend 120 hours during the semester assisting with the grant project.  Fellows must be able to spend two days per week on the project, each day consisting of five hours.  Some historical societies may be open on Saturday.

Master’s Fellows digitize historical images and create metadata for the images.  Most of the digitization takes place at the local historical societies; fellows must travel to the historical societies to conduct on-site project activities.  Fellows also use the digitization equipment in the on-campus laboratory.

Gardiner Foundation Doctoral Fellowship

To be eligible for the Gardiner Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, a student must be matriculated in the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Information Studies.

Gardiner Foundation Doctoral Fellows receive six credits of tuition remission for each semester in which they are a fellow.  There will be a maximum of two Doctoral Fellows per semester.  Students may apply for fellowships in additional semesters, subject to the availability of funds.  A student may receive a Doctoral Fellowship for a maximum of four semesters.

Doctoral Fellows spend 120 hours during the semester assisting with the grant project.  Doctoral Fellows perform quality assurance on scanned images and metadata, and enter items into Preservica.  Most project activities are conducted in the on-campus Palmer School Digitization Laboratory. 

Please see the application for the master’s level fellowship here:
Application for Master’s Fellowship

 Please see the application for the doctoral level fellowship here:
Application for Doctoral Fellowship

Completed applications should be returned to the Palmer School Scholarship Committee via email to










Notes from the Director, Spring 2018

Notes from the Director of the Palmer School
February 20, 2018

“Information” is a collective noun. At least in English.  French uses a plural (informations) and so does German (Informationen). Italian tends to prefer the plural informazioni but can refer to one piece of information as un’informazione. But we use it as a quantity of something like air. I bring this up because I was recently thinking about how information professionals have regarded the term over time. “Information,” like water, is something that we freely share – actually some of us see it as a necessary life-sustaining essence that we have a calling to share. And we have historically tried to give it to those who are the most thirsty. Aside from the specialized transactional settings in which people or companies pay for data or contextualized business or military intelligence, most information settings we associate with libraries involve individual information transactions that have no immediately-visible monetary value placed on them: bibliographic questions in academic libraries, requests for help with resume-preparation software in a job center, a readers advisory about what author to try next, or how to find information about APA Style. In other words, in many settings we see information as a public good that all people have a right to – like food and shelter. This attitude contributes to a sense that one’s choice of LIS as a career elevates it from a mere choice of a an occupation that helps one pay the bills to a calling. It can be a way to contribute to an improving state of social justice.

The conception of information as a quantity that can be – or must be – shared freely (at least within one’s own community) can be traced to the Library of Alexandra, where it served in the production of religious and other scholarly texts, through the Buddhist collections in China and other parts of Asia, to monastic and academic collections of Europe, with connections to religion, academic disciplines, and government, and to the education and training of children and adults. The figure of my dissertation, Adalbert Blumenschein, was an Austrian librarian who traveled around central Europe in the second half of the eighteenth century, visiting almost 400 libraries. From the clues he left in his 1600-page, four-volume manuscript, the libraries (of all types) were designed for specific communities and served them freely, some being more open to the general public. He did not record any instances of paying for information – and I am not aware of fee-based information sharing from before the nineteenth century, except to the extent that people and institutions paid for or traded books and periodicals.

I bring all of this up because of some sessions I attended at this year’s Midwinter ALA conference in Denver about the role of libraries in social justice. The progressive mission of libraries to provide information at no transactional cost to users never disappeared, but it is routinely revisited as applications change and as the profession continually welcomes new members. Some of the conference themes included access to information about medical issues and insurance, to resources for different flavors of activism, and to information for immigrants, as well as topics related to the changing landscapes of political, #MeToo, and gender identity/sexual orientation.

Progressivism in our field has also come up twice in two days in the form of announcements about opportunities for students and others in the profession that I have received by e-mail:

  • The Braverman Prize is given annually by the Progressive Librarians Guild for the best graduate student essay about some aspect of the social responsibilities of librarians, libraries, or librarianship. This year’s prise includes a $500 stipend for travel to the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans and the publication of the sinning essay in the Summer 2018 issue of Progressive Librarian. The formal announcement can be seen here: Please contact Madeline Veitch ( or Julene Jones ( for more information.
  • Additionally, there is the Alexandre Vattemare Award for Creativity in Librarianship ($1000) given by Library Juice Press. Named for Vattemare, a surgeon who earned a fortune as a ventriloquist and spent about 25 retirement years in the middle of the nineteenth century promoting the free exchange of information in libraries and museums (for more on this fascinating figure: ).  The Vattemare Award recognizes creative approaches to libraries and library workers and is open to members of the profession at any level or community members.  If you know of someone to nominate, the deadline is May 1, 2018 (send nominations or inquiries to ).

The LIS field has evolved to include commoditized information, too, but the progressive ideals sometimes find their ways even into corporate settings in which information specialists share resources and industry information freely with others, including other librarians from competing companies. The mission is that pervasive. Please take some dedicated time and consider the ways in which our field serves society and how it regards information as a collective noun for a shared entity like air and water and let that guide you in your educational and professional quests. And enjoy the semester!

Tom Walker, Director, Palmer School





Notes from the Director

Greetings! We’re already at mid-term and it’s time to register for your spring classes. As your academic career here progresses and morphs into a new professional life, we are very eager to give you as much support as possible. As you know from having perused our web pages, we have several varied programs at different levels. Placements have been going strong, with students getting jobs in public, school, academic, and corporate settings. Enrollments, too are up by more than 18%!

To ensure that you are thoroughly supported throughout your course of study and into the job hunt, we promote a robust approach to student services. Feel free to approach faculty and staff at any time; if your request is better handled by another person, we will refer you immediately. Following are some of the specialized individuals you will want to cultivate as your professional contacts while here at Palmer:

· Amy Ingrilli, Enrollment Services Counselor, is well versed in details concerning admission, enrollments, and general advising for MSLIS and PhD students. She works closely with prospective and current students, administrative departments at LIU, and faculty.

· Alice Flynn, Program Director for our Manhattan site at NYU, coordinates our collaborative program with NYU (the many dual masters degree with the MSLIS) and the sole MSLIS program we offer at that site. She works closely with students, faculty, and administrators at NYU and can be counted on for advice about courses, internships, and other MSLIS details.

· Heather Ranieri, Director of Marketing, Recruitment, and Assessment, is the central figure for the coordination of outcome measures for the program and other issues of assessment. She is extremely helpful with the required e-portfolios you will be preparing, among many other crucial activities related to recruitment.

· Fernando Peña directs the specialization in Rare Books and Special Collections. He is the ideal resource for curricular or professional questions about those areas and has developed an excellent network of specialized professionals in his areas.

· Bea Baaden is our School Library expert. With a career behind her in school libraries and the deepest possible knowledge of education for that specialty, it should come as no surprise that she is a well-known leader and ultimate resource for questions about the curriculum and job prospects.

· Greg Hunter is a nationally-known leader in archives and records management education as well as the Director of our Archives and Records Management program, our PhD program, and the coordinator of our Gardiner Foundation grant, which supports the Gardiner Fellows.

The other Palmer faculty are also exceptionally prepared to guide you along the way, particularly concerning career options, professional preparation, specialties, finding jobs, and, of course, research.

There has been some momentous news in the last few months that is highlighted below:

· We joined the prestigious iSchool consortium and are the only LIS school in the metro New York City are to be a full member. Membership is granted to those institutions that have a strong research tradition, significant external financial support, and substantial Ph.D. programs.

· Our Ph.D. program is one of the largest in the country and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this Fall. Also, we are inaugurating a New York City Ph.D. cohort in Manhattan at the site we have been offering out MSLIS: NYU’s Bobst Library, where we have an office suite, faculty offices, and classrooms. It will be the only Ph.D. in Information Studies in the New York metro area.

· We have received a $500,000 grant from the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation for the digitization of select materials from historical societies on Long Island. Those organizations benefit because their unique and rare materials will be digitized according to the highest industry standards and accompanied with metadata records. Palmer MSLIS and Ph.D. students in the program, “Gardiner Fellows,” benefit from the professional training and experience (and some attractive tuition remission!). Also, the Palmer School has the pleasure of getting to know more and more information institutions throughout Long Island. Please contact Prof. Greg Hunter for information about becoming a Gardiner Fellow.

· While we have been offering many of our courses online for years, this Fall represents the start of the MSLIS being offered entirely online to the whole country. Certain courses with physical/lab components are not suitable for online delivery, but there are sufficient core and elective courses to complete the degree online.

· Loida Garcia-Lebo, a Palmer Ph.D. student and library leader and advocate, was elected President of ALA, the world’s largest library organization. She has just started her year as President-Elect. For more, see the ALA Press Release, here.
We all wish you a productive, exciting year. I look forward to meeting you all or to communicating via e-mail with those of you who are taking classes at a distance!

Tom Walker, Director, Palmer School

Personal Enrichment Classes in the Spring? Great idea!

Thinking about dipping your toe into the world of information?

Join us as a personal enrichment student or audit a class if you don’t need the credits. See our schedule of classes including not only in-person but also online courses related to the arts, rare books and special collections, public and school librarianship, archives, reference, and many of the current topics information managers (aka librarians) are involved with today. So many great topics! Such flexible scheduling! Time to think about trying something new….

And if you missed our recent information sessions at either Post or Palmer Manhattan, check back here for the next Manhattan dates, and for open houses on the LIU Post campus, please visit this page.

Questions? Please contact in Manhattan; for LIU Post and Brentwood, please email

Gardiner Foundation Fellowships

Gardiner Foundation Fellowships

A generous two-year grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation will enable the Palmer School to digitize historical materials in local historical societies, with an emphasis on Suffolk County. Beginning in Fall 2017, the grant provides fellowships for master’s and doctoral students to assist with the project. The descriptions of the fellowships are below. A separate application form will be available soon. Questions about the project should be directed to Dr. Gregory Hunter (

Master’s Fellows will enroll in LIS 693, “Gardiner Foundation Internship.”

Master’s Fellows will spend 120 hours in the semester assisting with the grant project. Activities include digitizing historical images, creating metadata for the images, performing quality assurance, and adding the images to a digital archives. Most of the digitization will take place at the local historical societies. Fellows will be expected to travel to the historical societies to conduct project activities. Students will receive a fellowship for 6 credits of tuition (LIS 693 plus another course of the student’s choosing). There will be a maximum of 9 Master’s Fellows per semester.

Here are some great courses to take in the fall to help you prepare!
LIS 657, #3074 Intro. to Preservation; Holmes: SA: Sept 16, 23, 30; Oct. 7; 10-4; Post
LIS 714, #2186 Archives and Manuscripts; Hunter: TU 4:30-6:20; NYU Bobst Rm. 745