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September 2023

Robert McCloskey: The Art of Wonder celebrates life in Maine, children’s literature, illustrations as art and the 140th anniversary of the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Maine ( The exhibit features more than 70 pieces of McCloskey’s original illustrations from ESU’s May Massee Collection, from Caldecott award-winning books "Make Way for Ducklings" and "Time of Wonder," Caldecott honor books "Blueberries for Sal" and "One Morning in Maine" and "Burt Dow: Deep-Water Man."

Thank you to all the participants of the 2023 Summer Institute! Dr. Kristen Mattson taught attending school librarians about teaching digital citizenship, digital ethics, and critical thinking to their students.

July 2023

Congratulations to all the SLIM Students and Faculty that presented at the Research and Creativity Day! Thank you to all who came to support them and see their presentations.

Dr. Smith and a student stand by presentation

March 2023

It was so great to watch our SLIM students transition to alumni in December 2022! Congratulations! We wish you the best of luck on your future endeavors. Go Hornets! 

In January, SLIM students attended the LibLearnX (ALA midwinter) conference in New Orleans, Louisiana! Presenters discussed the increase in book bans and censorship; the value of centering the narratives of those who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color; and how libraries anticipate community needs and practice sustainability. 

December 2022

Daria Bossman (SLIM ‘91), an ESU Distinguished Alumni Award recipient in 2020, was recognized in person at ESU Homecoming Black & Gold Gala on Friday, October 28. The badge along with the award trophy is 31 years old and it is one of those given to Daria’s cohort for their graduation. Daria’s cohort is the first of SLIM’s distance education cohorts, which started in 1988 in Sioux City, Iowa. Congratulations again, Daria! 

On November 18th, SLIM’s Graduate Assistants Congwen Wang and Nazmunnahar Jaly represented their cultures at the Office of International Students’ International Culture Show. Their performances were fun to watch and demonstrated the beauty of their cultures. 

September 2022

FIRST IN THE WEST: A History of the Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management

The first comprehensive history of the ESU School of Library and Information Management (SLIM) traces the library education program from its origin in 1902 as the first library school west of the Mississippi River.

Authored by former dean Robert Grover with Dean Wooseob Jeong, this recently published history provides insights from former faculty and students as the school evolved to a multi-state master’s degree program, offering a doctorate and numerous certificate programs in library and information science.

This history traces the struggles of the library program as it moved from undergraduate to graduate level, achieved accreditation and lost it—most recently in 1982—and regained American Library Association accreditation as the program expanded to its current state.

The book is available for purchase in paper or e-book format through Emporia State University’s Bluestem Press. Proceeds from sales of the book will be directed  to the School of Library and Information Management. 

Congratulations to SLIM student Michelle Hill for publishing her first book! 𝘈𝘷𝘢𝘭𝘰𝘬𝘪𝘵𝘢: 𝘈 𝘉𝘰𝘶𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘚𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘚𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘗𝘰𝘦𝘵𝘳𝘺 is a collection of science-fiction short stories and poetry. Follow this link for more information. 

Congratulations to SLIM Alumni Sam Wallin ('06) and Karen Diller ('14) for publishing an article in the Journal of Academic Librarianship! 

June 2022

It was great to watch our SLIM students transition to ALUMNI! Congratulations, Hornets! We wish you the best of luck on your future endeavors.

On May 3rd, SLIM partnered with the Emporia Public Library to host a showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in celebration of Star Wars Day. Attendees also enjoyed dressing up, taking photos with the local 501st Legion costumers, and interacting with a remote controlled (and 3D printed) BB-8!

On March 9, 2022, the ESU Student Chapter of the American Library Association (SCALA) hosted a panel of current SLIM Ph.D. students who are at various stages of the program to share and answer questions about their PhD student experience and future career goals. Watch the panel here:   

For more information about getting involved in ESU SLIM’s SCALA, please click here: 

March 2022

Welcome to the SLIM family, Jenny Jiang! Jenny joined us in February as our newest academic advisor:

“I’m excited to be serving as the new MLS academic advisor within SLIM. Prior joining SLIM, I have had worked in Emporia State University Distance Education/Graduate School over a decade, which the background I’ve had will help me understand this online graduate program and I look forward to supporting each of our SLIM students however I can. My goal is to get back with student/faculty concerns within 24 hours. I live in Emporia, Kansas. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family/friends, walking with my pup (a 1-year-old rough collie - Alvin) and having a good cup of coffee.”

Our warmest welcomes to you, Jenny!

SLIM student Heather Cooper traveled to the Guadalajara Book Fair with Libros for Oregon to support Spanish-language collection development in Oregon libraries. Heather shares her amazing photos in a blog about the experience:

Congratulations to SLIM alum Anne-Marie Deitering (‘03), who has served as interim university librarian and held a series of leadership roles at Oregon State University during the past 18 years, has been named the Donald and Delpha Campbell Dean of Libraries for OSU.

“I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve OSU as the first Delpha and Donald Campbell Dean of Libraries,” Deitering said. “I grew up in Oregon and I know firsthand that the work we do here makes this state — and the world we live in — a better place. I am excited to continue working with my amazing colleagues in the library and across all of our campuses to help OSU’s students, faculty and researchers succeed.”

Read the complete press release here: