News for Graduate School of Library and Information Studies program.

Archives Scholarships and Fellowships

posted Dec 21, 2020, 11:56 PM by Yichun Wu

Archives Scholarships
Check our newest archives scholarships and fellowship list below. Qualified candidates are encouraged to click the links below to apply.

Dr. Johnathan Thayer’s Public History Class Holds Community Presentations On Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground

posted Dec 17, 2020, 8:00 PM by Yichun Wu

Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground
On Wednesday December 16, 2020 Dr. Thayer’s course LBSCI790.3: Public History held community presentations on student fieldwork related to the Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground, a site less than two miles from the Queens College campus. Incorporated in 1839, the Burial Ground reached its period of peak use for the burial of between 500 and 1,000 African American, Native American, and impoverished Whites during the late 19th century that was paved over and replaced with a playground in the 1930s.

Class projects for Fall 2020 included a documentary screening, a genealogical database for those interred at the site, lesson plans for local high schools, a directory for historic sites and organizations in Flushing and beyond, a digital mapping project of other burial grounds in Queens that have been transformed into parks, a guide on recruiting, managing, and retaining volunteers for cultural heritage organizations, and a proposal for a horticultural therapy garden for consideration in the City’s plans for re-design and re-opening of the Burial Ground.

In addition to GSLIS students, attendees included stakeholders from the Olde Towne of Flushing Burial Ground Conservancy, Green Earth Urban Gardens, the New York City Parks Department, Queens Memory, Queens Public Library, Queens College Special Collections and Archives, local school teachers, and GSLIS alumni from the 2016 iteration of the course.

Class projects will eventually be hosted and made publicly-accessible on the Queens Memory platform, a digital community archive dedicated to documenting and preserving the history of the borough.

GSLIS students included:
Mitsuko Brooks
Kimberly Cabrera
Sarah Healy
Maura Sobocisnski Johnson
Riah Lee Kinsey
Gabriella Lacza
Sinead Lamel
Melissa Lino
Aimee Lusty
Amy Mackin
Kevin O’Leary
Yonatan Peres
Matthew Rakowski
Alexandra Rettie
Carlos Rodriguez
Gregory Stanger

Tejas Desai, GSLIS alumni, was featured in the QView for being a public librarian and for publishing 3 novels

posted Dec 8, 2020, 5:39 AM by Yichun Wu

Tejas Desai, GSLIS class of 2007, was featured in the latest QView for being both a public librarian in Queens and for publishing three novels (two are Amazon #1 Best Sellers).

Tejas Desai,

Congratulations to Dr. James Lowry, leading DRCP, won a 2020 Digital Preservation Award and the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Award

posted Nov 19, 2020, 8:24 PM by Yichun Wu   [ updated Nov 19, 2020, 8:28 PM ]

Digital Preservation Award
A project led by Dr. James Lowry for the International Council on Archives, the Digital Records Curation Programme (DRCP), has won a 2020 Digital Preservation Award (The Dutch Digital Heritage Network Award for Teaching and Communications), and the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Award (Category: Educators). The DRCP is a set of modular teaching materials that use open access resources and open source software to prepare students for digital curation in low resource environments

Dr Sanchez organizes Equity Diversity and Inclusion Series at ASIST Annual Conference

posted Oct 28, 2020, 6:24 PM by Yichun Wu   [ updated Oct 28, 2020, 6:29 PM ]

ASIST Annual Conference
Dr Joe Sanchez and Dr. Nicole Cooke, The Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and Associate Professor at University of South Carolina, have designed and organized the Equity Diversity and Inclusion Series at the 83rd ASIST Annual Conference. The EDI Accelerator Series consists of invited sessions that critically engage equity, diversity, and inclusion in research, education and practice, both locally and globally. This new series will be facilitated by thought leaders who will mobilize the ASIS&T community around urgent information issues such as indigenous knowledge, cultural misappropriation, prejudicial ontologies, counter-narratives, social media activism, civil rights and poverty tourism, transformative information justice, information and technology deserts, biased algorithms, information advocacy, among others. Each session will identify future actions to advance EDI in the information field. 

Spring 2021: Pre-registration

posted Oct 14, 2020, 5:00 AM by Yichun Wu   [ updated Oct 14, 2020, 5:35 AM ]

Spring 2021 Pre-Registration
The GSLIS office will accept pre-registration permits for the 2021 Spring semester beginning Wednesday, October 14, 2020 and ending on Thursday, October 22, 2020. Click on the links to view the following pre-registration instruction and permits: 

(1) Pre-Registration Instructions for Spring 2021
(2) PRE-REGISTRATION PERMIT (Only for continuing matriculated students who will have completed 18 or more credits by December 31, 2020)
(3) PRE-REGISTRATION PERMIT (Only for continuing matriculated students who are currently enrolled in 12 or more credits during the semester ending December 31, 2020)

GSLIS students Victoria and Kuba will be joining SCA this fall

posted Aug 19, 2020, 6:22 PM by Yichun Wu   [ updated Aug 19, 2020, 6:25 PM ]


Victoria Fernandez is a Dual Master of History and Library Science (MLS/MA) degree candidate at the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at Queens College. She graduated in May 2018 with a Dual Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science at the Macaulay Honors College at Queens College. Victoria works part-time as the Administrative Coordinator at the Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College, where she helps develop and edit exhibition content, instructs student programming, and facilitates a monthly Holocaust survivor support group. Her most current research that was conducted for LBSCI 709 focused on exploring experiences related to vicarious traumatization among archivists, as well as identifying and acknowledging various archival content areas that could potentially be considered traumatic. Some of her other research interests include examining the effects of post-war communist Poland (1945-1980) on collective Holocaust memory and analyzing parallels between the dissolution of civil liberties during the Third Reich and contemporary representations of prejudice and racism in the United States. 

As the Social Justice and Civil Rights Archives Fellow for for 2020/21 funded by the Freda S. and J. Chester Johnson Endowment, Victoria will help coordinate and participate in the “Student Help: Lived Experience” project, a collaboration with alumni to document civil rights activities of the early to mid-1960s through oral histories, written submissions, and digital collections.


Kuba Pieczarski is a University of Toronto alumnus and a soon-to-be graduate of Queens College, currently completing his Master of Library and Information Science at Queens College with a Certificate in Archives and Preservation of Cultural Materials. Born in Germany, growing up in Toronto and living in New York City since 2016, Kuba is interested in art, music, politics, and history. He is also a musician who has played with several groups in both Toronto and NYC. He currently manages a record store/antique shop in Brooklyn and works part-time as an artist assistant. He recently interned at the Metropolitan Opera Archive and is excited to join the Queens College Special Collections and Archives team. 

 As an Archives Intern for the fall 2020 semester funded by the Félix V. Matos Rodríguez Internship Fund, Kuba will help create a digital Queens Memory COVID-19 Collection which highlights the experiences of Queens College faculty, staff, students, and alumni during the pandemic.

Congratulations to Dr. Joe Sanchez, who will be part of an ALISE panel discussing "Racism in America: Policing, Protests and Library and Information Science”

posted Jul 27, 2020, 12:22 PM by Yichun Wu   [ updated Jul 27, 2020, 12:25 PM ]

This Thursday (July 30, 2020) at 12pm EST, Dr. Joe Sanchez, will be part of an ALISE panel discussing "Racism in America: Policing, Protests and Library and Information Science.”

This panel aims to provide an understanding of racism in America from a historical perspective and within the context of critical race theory.

Congratulations to Mitsuko Brooks, who is awarded ALA Spectrum Scholarships for 2020

posted Jul 15, 2020, 5:02 PM by Yichun Wu   [ updated Jul 15, 2020, 5:08 PM ]

Mitsuko Brooks
GSLIS student, Mitsuko Brooks, has been chosen as one of 2020-2021 Spectrum Scholar and awarded the Spectrum Scholarships for 2020. Congratulations!!

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