Faculty Spotlight – June 2021

Dr. Laurie Bonnici recently co-authored an article regarding vaccination information on Facebook and the application of Speech Act theory as it relates to pro- and anti-vaccination perspectives from various groups. The work is entitled, “What are the saying? A speech act analysis of a vaccination information debate on Facebook” and can be found here.

Dr. Jamie Naidoo was recently featured as a guest speaker on the podcast hosted by Reach Out and Read. He discusses the portrayal of “rainbow families” in children’s books and why LGBTQ+ children’s books continue to be the most challenged genre. The link to the podcast can be found here.

Dr. Bob Riter co-authored an article with Kevin Bailey (Archival Studies Certificate program graduate) and Dr. Jeff Hirschy (MLIS ’16, PhD ’20). Entitled “Exhibitions as Public Health Interventions: The University of Alabama Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society,” the article highlights the work being done at the University of Alabama Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society to provide social and historical context of tobacco products. The article appeared in the American Behavioral Scientist journal and can be found here.

Dr. Steven Yates presented at the 2021 Alabama School Library Association Virtual Conference on June 15, 2021. He and Susan Zana (MLIS ’08) presented “Strategic Planning for School Libraries.” He also presented “Packing Your Toolkit with Free and Cost-Friendly Resources: UA SLIS Students Share Their Favorites” with current MLIS students Meredith Felton, Minda King, and Catherine Shipp.