Alumni Spotlight – December 2020

Dennis T. Clark (MLIS ’97) is joining the Library of Congress as the new chief of Research and Reference Services in early 2021. He is currently the Dean of Libraries at the University of Arkansas.

Hannah Hurdle (MLIS ’20; now working with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock) and Benjamin Steck (MLIS ’19; now working with the Library of Virginia) recently presented at the annual Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) conference that was held virtually from November 12 – December 2. Their presentation on November 20, titled “From a Distance: Video Capture Station Training for Remote Fellowships,” focused on the impact of COVID-19 and how moving image archivists work remotely. Each of the panel’s four presenters were former Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship fellows and discussed the challenges of institutions sending digital preservation equipment home with students to work remotely, as well as the challenges of setting up and troubleshooting a videotape capture station. Hurdle and Steck served as fellows during their time as MLIS students at SLIS.

Mike Selby‘s (MLIS ’13) book, Freedom Libraries: The Untold Story of Libraries for African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement, was named an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Selby’s local media covered the exciting news here.

Susan Zana (MLIS ’08) began her new role as Education Specialist for Library Media in the Instructional Services department of the Alabama State Department of Education on December 1. She had previously served as a school librarian at Vestavia Hills High School.