Author: Kim Gilbert

Seasons Change, People Change

SLIS Program Assistant Kim Gilbert is leaving us to move on to greener pastures with a promotion at UA. Kim will be the new Administrative Specialist for Capstone International. Her last day at SLIS is November 11th.  

On November 28th, SLIS will welcome our new Program Assistant Beth Sheehan where she will work with the administrative team to oversee day-to-day operations in the SLIS office. Beth is an artist active in the fields of printmaking, papermaking, and book arts. She holds a BFA from Memphis College of Art and a Certificate in Book Arts from The Center for Book Arts in New York, NY. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is held in several public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Center for Book Arts, and the San Francisco Public Library. She also co-authored the book Bookforms: A Complete Guide to Designing and Crafting Hand-Bound Books, 2019. Most recently, Beth worked as an Office Associate for the UA Art and Art History Department for just under two years.  

Joi Mahand will also join SLIS on November 28th as our new Assistant Director of Academic Programs. She will be actively engaging with prospective, new, and current students at SLIS in her new role. Joi graduated from Berra College with a B.S. in Business Management and obtained her MLIS from SLIS. She has worked as a public Librarian for in the Jefferson County Library Cooperative in the greater Birmingham, AL area, specializing in teen and adult services. Joi uses her positive attitude and love for libraries to encourage others. In her free time, she reads voraciously and loves to sing. Perhaps she’ll include singing as part of her recruitment pitch for our SLIS degree programs!

When Halloween was on a Monday!

SLIS students celebrated by dressing up and bringing themed treats to class. Little did they know Dean Butler would also be stopping by with candy for a fun photo op!

Book Arts – Alumni in Upcoming Exhibitions

Three UA Book Arts alums will be represented at the Grolier Club in 2023 in the exhibition: “Pattern and Flow: A Golden Age of American Decorated Paper, 1960’s to 2000’s” The Paper Legacy Project collection, Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, January 18 – April, 2023

The book “The Paste Papers of Louise Lawrence Foster” will be on display. This book was produced by Frank Brannon/Speak Easy Press (MFA 2004) and features the decorative papers of Lary Lou Foster (MFA 2001) with text by Cathleen Baker (MFA 2000).