News for Spring 2016 for Graduate School of Library and Information Studies program.

$5,000 scholarship opportunity for Minority Students

posted Oct 12, 2017, 12:08 PM by Yichun Wu   [ updated Oct 12, 2017, 12:10 PM ]

Medical Library Association
The Medical Library Association (MLA) wants to support your excellence in scholarship and potential for accomplishment in health sciences librarianship through its scholarship for minority students. The recipient will also receive one year of student membership in MLA and free inclusive student registration at the
2018 annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia! 

Application information and materials available at
All application materials (including official transcripts and letters of recommendation) due to the MLA Headquarters by fax,email, or postal mail by December 1, 2017. Please see the flyer for further details. 

Obden Mondesir speak about his experiences as a WARC Library Fellow

posted Oct 2, 2017, 7:54 PM by Yichun Wu   [ updated Oct 2, 2017, 7:56 PM ]

Obden Mondesir
Obden Mondesir, GSLIS and MLS/MA in History Dual Degree alum and current Oral Historian at Weeksville Heritage Center, will speak on Monday October 16 at 6:40pm in RO257 about his experiences as a WARC Library Fellow during Summer 2017. Details as follows:

West African Research Assocation
WARC Library Fellowship
Dakar, Senegal

Obden will speak about his experiences as a Library Fellow in Dakar, in addition to issues related to preservation and access to archival records at research libraries in West Africa.

This event is open to all interested students and faculty.​

-Prof. Thayer

ACRL/NY Symposium Scholarships

posted Oct 2, 2017, 7:08 PM by Yichun Wu

Deadline 10/6: ACRL/NY 2017 Symposium Scholarships for Students & Librarians

The 2017 ACRL/NY Symposium will be a day to take stock of the history of our profession and its contemporary challenges and opportunities, and to revisit the academic and research library core mission of mediator between student, faculty and researcher populations and the wider information world. Speakers, poster sessions, discussion and networking opportunities will focus on how the mission of the academic library has been adapted for the twenty-first century research, teaching, publishing and mass communication environments.

Produced annually by the Greater New York Metropolitan Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries, this year's event will take place on Friday, December 1st at Baruch College's Vertical Campus in Manhattan.

If you are interested, please note that ACRL/NY offers three scholarship programs. Awardees receive a waiver of registration fees. Breakfast and lunch are included. Awardees are responsible for their own travel expenses.

Student Scholarship - For students currently enrolled in graduate degree programs in library/information science who are considering a career in academic librarianship (4 awardees). TO APPLY: fill out this student scholarship form<>

Early Career Librarian Scholarship - For an academic librarian who has been practicing less than 5 years following receipt of a Master's degree in library/information science (1 awardee). TO APPLY: fill out this early career librarian scholarship form<>

The Dr. Barbara Bonous-Smit Scholarship - For an academic librarian who has been in practice at least 5 years following receipt of a Master's degree in library/information science (1 awardee). TO APPLY: fill out this Dr. Barbara Bonous-Smit scholarship form<>


Scholarship recipients are expected to attend the full-day symposium and produce a short article on their impressions of the day for the ACRL/NY blog (guidelines to be provided).

Application submission deadline: Friday, October 6, 2017
Scholarship recipients will be notified on or before: Friday, November 10, 2017.

For further information about the symposium, go to:

We look forward to your submission.
The 2017 ACRL/NY Symposium Committee

Luigi Lemoncello Scholarship

posted Sep 26, 2017, 6:08 PM by Yichun Wu

 Luigi Lemoncello Scholarship GSLIS has received a $2,000 scholarship to be given to a promising second year MLS student who aspires to become a librarian. These funds will be available for the spring 2018 semester. If you wish to apply for this scholarship please submit the following and contact the GSLIS office by October 31, 2017:  
  1. A 500 word essay discussing your goals as a librarian. 
  2. The name of a GSLIS faculty member (full time or adjunct faculty) who has agreed to write a letter of recommendation for you.

The donors, a children's book author and his wife, would like to meet the recipient on campus at an event sponsored by the Queens College Donor Relations Office.

Melissa Jacobs, one of our Alum of the Year recipients, is in the news again

posted Sep 26, 2017, 5:42 PM by Yichun Wu

Melissa Jacobs
Melissa Jacobs, one of our GSLIS Alum of the Year recipients, takes top library position at NYC Department of Education. See the following:

GSLIS Spectrum Scholars

posted Sep 16, 2017, 1:21 AM by Yichun Wu   [ updated Sep 16, 2017, 1:22 AM ]

GSLIS is proud to introduce the two Spectrum Scholars for this year, Ivonne Cintron and Serge Rodriguez. As well Enito Mock, a scholar in 2016, gives a brief note on his experience:

Ivonne, K-5 Technology Teacher, PS 307 Pioneer Academy. For the last 10 years, I have worked as a technology teacher for grades K - 5 in the New York City public schools. As an American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholar I hope to meet other LIS professionals who can guide me and provide me with valuable mentorship in order to acquire the skills I need to develop literacy programs for my students and their families in the community I teach. I am excited to be part of a network of individuals who share the same passion for serving diverse communities and I look forward to the opportunity to share best practices and ideas with other Spectrum scholars which will be of much value in my pursuit for a career as a Library Media Specialist.

Serge, OER assistant at Guttman Community College CUNY. I'm Serge Rodriguez, a second year student, and one of two GSLIS students selected to the receive the ALA's Spectrum Scholarship. I was also earmarked by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) to receive support toward my pursuit of a career in academic and research libraries. I'm excited to enter into the Spectrum community of fellow emerging librarians. I look forward to participating in the leadership institute, attending the 2018 ALA conference in New Orleans, and growing under the mentorship of former scholars. 

Enito, Circulation Specialist. Brooklyn Public Library. It was such an honor and privilege to be among a group of talented future librarians who wants to make a difference in their communities. At the Spectrum Institute, not only was I able to take away important information about salary negotiations and finding jobs after graduation, but I was also able to network with information professionals and speak with them about their experiences and gain valuable advice. Most importantly, I was very fortunate to have gained a family as well who I will be able to depend on and visit across this country. I truly encourage all future librarians of color to apply for this opportunity as it is truly a once in a lifetime experience.

The Spectrum Scholarship Program actively recruits and provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern and North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students to assist them with obtaining a graduate degree and leadership positions within the profession and ALA. Awardees are selected based on their commitment to diversity, commitment to entering the library profession, demonstrated community outreach, academic ability and achievements and leadership potential. More about the program and how to apply (

A lecture by Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez Barnard College!

posted Jun 7, 2017, 11:03 AM by Yichun Wu

Archivo General de Puerto Rico
Cristina is a recent QC alum as well as one of the SAA chapter's officers last year. She is currently a graduate fellow at the Barnard Archives. This lecture is about her research into the maintenance of state surveillance files on Puerto Rican independence supporters and activists at the Archivo General de Puerto Rico. 

"Las Carpetas: A Case Study on Restitution and Access to Surveillance Records in Puerto Rico" Where: Barnard College 

When: June 23rd @ 12pm 

GSLIS Students Conduct Fieldwork at United Nations

posted May 25, 2017, 11:56 AM by Yichun Wu

Students in Professor Thayer's class Public History in Theory and Practice collaborated with the NGO DoCip (Indigenous Peoples' Centre for Documentation, Information and Research) to conduct archival documentation of Indigenous testimony at the 16th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations from April 24th to May 5th this semester.

GSLIS Students Conduct Fieldwork at United Nations
GSLIS Students Conduct Fieldwork at United Nations

GSLIS Students Conduct Fieldwork at United Nations

MLS/MA in History Dual Degree Capstone Symposium

posted May 16, 2017, 2:52 PM by Yichun Wu   [ updated May 16, 2017, 2:53 PM ]

The first cohort to graduate from the MLS/MA in History Dual Degree program presented and took Q&A on their capstone research projects in front of a full room of professors and classmates. Professor Thayer (GSLIS) and Professor Davie (History) moderated the proceedings. The program was as follows:
  • Ilya Slavutskiy: "Ideas in Revolution: The Russian Socialist Revolutionary Party in 1917 and Bolshevik Archival Reforms of 1918-1919"
  • Obden Mondesir: "The Rediscovery of Weeksville and Its Preservation During the 1960s" 
  • Julie Aromi: "The Crown Heights Riots of 1991: Oral History and Historical Narrative"
Congratulations to our graduating students!
MLS/MA in History Dual Degree Capstone Symposium - 2MLS/MA in History Dual Degree Capstone Symposium -1

Sandy León chosen to participate ALSC Children Mentoring Program

posted May 8, 2017, 12:06 PM by Yichun Wu   [ updated May 9, 2017, 7:54 AM ]

Sandy León - Children Mentoring Program
Sandy León has been chosen to participate in the Association for Library Service to Children Mentoring Program. Sandy briefly commented that her hopes for the program are "to deepen my understanding of children's librarianship with a more established librarian as well as brainstorm with them about ideas for programming (particularly art-based programming), outreach, and giving back to our communities.

She is already praising her growing relationship with her mentor and she is especially interested open up her knowledge about library practice since her mentor does not work in NY. They have been already sharing storytime tips. While chatting with Sandy, she really encouraged other GSLIS students to apply to this program.

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