Author: Steven Yates

Alumni Accolades, January-February 2019

Kate E. Britt (MLIS ‘17)

Kate E. Britt (MLIS ‘17) is a reference librarian at the University of Michigan Law Library. She published an article detailing “Research Resources for Criminal Law” in the Michigan Bar Journal this January. Read it here.

Jason Byrd (MLIS ’08)

Jason Byrd (MLIS ’08) is the new Associate Dean of Libraries for Research and Academic Services at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York.  He has previously held positions at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, and Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Jina DuVernay (MLIS ‘17)

Jina DuVernay (MLIS ‘17) was recently named Visiting Archivist for African American Collections at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University.

April Wallace (MLIS ’08) (pictured on right above with Dr. Justin Hefner)

April Wallace (MLIS ’08) was recognized as Pelham Park Middle School’s (AL) Teacher of the Year in only her second year as a school librarian. She is pictured here with Pelham Park Middle School Principal Dr. Justin Hefner.

Congratulations December 2018 Graduates!











As we begin a new semester and a new year, SLIS would like to take a moment to acknowledge our wonderful December 2018 graduates.

Elizabeth Abramson

Kristen Adams

Wendy Anderson

Jordan Broadwell

Haley Bryant

Kaitlyn Burnett

Cristina Castor

Virginia Collins

Amina Divoll

Ashley Eaton

Pamela Ewing

Stefanie Falco

Jay Fee

Holly Flores

Mary Garner

Davina Harrison

Cassidy Hood

Katie Hottell

Priscilla Humphrey

Albert Lipscomb

Laura Loffler

Willandra Mahand

Christine Moynihan

Wendi O’Kelley

Amanda Ostaszewski

Kaitlin Poole

Nathan Pulliam

Holly Ragland

Melanie Simms

Alexandra Smith

Laken Smith

Dan Tang

John Taylor

Kate Thompson

Kristen Timoteo

Kristen Watts

Julianna Waynick

Congratulations on commencement and we look forward to seeing the great things you accomplish!


Student Accolades: November 20, 2018

Blake Denton’s book review of Successful Fundraising for the Academic Library: Philanthropy in Higher Education (Dilworth & Henzl, 2017) was published by The Southeastern Librarian in their Fall 2018 issue. Denton is the administrative assistant at the Methodist Archives Center at Huntingdon College in Montgomery and current MLIS student.

Kate Thompson is a MLIS candidate and editor of the Crimson Review of Young Adult and Children’s Literature. She attended the ALA’s Annual Conference in New Orleans in June 2018 to participate in the Student-to-Staff program and wrote a daily blog post about her activities, which you can read here.

Do you have student or alumni news you would like to see in SLIS News? Send it along to Dr. Steven Yates at

Alumni Accolades

Cristin Dillard (MLIS ‘11)

Cristin Dillard is the new Educational Specialist, Library Media at the Alabama Department of Education. Cristin was a member of the 5th Dimension National Cohort and is a former school librarian and technology leader in Alabama public schools.

Lyda Fontes McCartin (MLIS ’05)

Lyda Fontes McCartin, professor and Head of Information Literacy and Undergraduate Support at the University of Northern Colorado, co-authored Toward a Critical-Inclusive Assessment Practice for Library Instruction with Library Juice Press.

David Nolen (MLIS ’07) (on right in picture above)

David Nolen was awarded the Mississippi Library Association’s 2018 Mississippi Writer’s Award for Non-Fiction for his contributions to The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant: The Complete Annotated Edition. The book also received a 2017 Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award. Nolen is the associate editor for the Grant Presidential Library (housed at MSU), as well as associate professor and reference librarian at Mississippi State University.

Jennifer Powell (MLIS ‘15) (pictured on left above with author Jason Reynolds)

Jennifer Powell, school librarian at Tarrant (AL) High School, received the 2018 Teen Read Week™ Activity Grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Check out her blog post here, detailing her plans to coordinate a school-wide read of Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds.


Alan Samry (MLIS ’17)

Alan Samry published Stump the Librarian: A Writer’s Book of Legs with Intellect Publishing this year. Alan is a part-time public librarian at the Fairhope Public Library and an adjunct instructor at the Coastal Alabama Community College. He also has an active blog.

Faculty and Alumni Published in Latest Issue of Library Trends

Congratulations to our faculty and alumni featured in the Summer 2018 issue of Library Trends, “Race and Ethnicity in Library and Information Science: An Update.”

SLIS assistant professor Dr. Miriam Sweeney published “Are We Still Transmitting Whiteness? A Case Study of a Southern, Rural Library’s Youth Collections” with Meredith E. Wickham (MLIS ’16), director of the First Regional Library System in north Mississippi. This article contains a case study of a rural, southern library and analyzes whether or not Whiteness pervades the library’s youth collections. Wickham and Sweeney argue that library collections are sites of social power and this understanding should shape collection development, especially in small, rural public libraries.

SLIS adjunct instructor Jaena Alabi (MLIS ’06), a reference and instruction librarian at Auburn University, contributed “From Hostile to Inclusive: Strategies for Improving the Racial Climate of Academic Libraries.” In the article, Alabi argues that despite initiatives to increase diversity within LIS, there has been little improvement, especially in academic libraries.  Her article discusses possible steps white academic librarians can take to include their colleagues of color, as well as to address and prevent the myriad racial microaggressions they face every day.

Makiba J. Foster, (MLIS ’07) assistant chief librarian at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library, wrote “Navigating Library Collections, Black Culture, and Current Events,” in which she discussed the Schomburg Center’s efforts to use their archival collection to educate visitors about the historical roots of modern discussions of race, especially the difficulties and danger of traveling while Black.