SLIS News – December 2021

Student Spotlight

Lauren Tubbs-Ezell, current MLIS student, was chosen as a 2022 Emerging Leader for American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders program. She was selected for the program to represent Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures—a division of ALA. No more than 50 individuals are selected to participate in a cohort. The Emerging Leaders program is designed to enable library staff and information workers to participate in project planning work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity early in their careers. Congratulations on this incredible achievement, Lauren!

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Bharat Mehra recently published a chapter “Extending Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan in the 21st Century: Social Justice Laws of Librarianship” in a book entitled Handbook of Research on the Role of Libraries, Archives, and Museums in Achieving Civic Engagement and Social Justice in Smart Cities edited by Mohamed Taher and published by the IGI Global (Hershey, PA). It can be found here.

Dr. Mehra was also a panelist on a webinar earlier this month, entitled “Explore Family-School-Library Partnerships: A Librarian’s Guide to Engaging Families in Learning” hosted by the National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement. Congratulations, Dr. Mehra!

Alumni Feature

Alumna Joy Batting Lee (MLIS ’01) was named Teacher of the Year at her school, Williams Intermediate School, a part of Pell City Schools. Way to go, Joy!

Alumna Melissa Summerford (MLIS ‘16) was voted Teacher of the Year at her school, McCalla Elementary School, a part of Jefferson County Schools. Congratulations, Melissa!