Recent Newsletter Selections
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 (curtislibrary.com/). 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: https://video.emporia.edu/media/ESU+SCALA+PhD+Student+Panel/1_9ttm9zgb/137509381
For more information about getting involved in ESU SLIM’s SCALA, please click here: https://sites.google.com/g.emporia.edu/slim/student-resources/professional-organizations/slim-scala