Author: Steven Yates

MFA Book Arts Student Recounts Summer Research Travel in Featured Blog

Jillian Sico, MFA in the Book Arts student, is currently featured on University of Alabama’s Capstone International Center website in a post that captures her experiences during a Summer 2018 research trip to Mexico. Sico’s travel was funded in part by the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), the Capstone International Center, and the Graduate School. This is just one of many SLIS examples of funded travel for our students. Learn more about the opportunities available for student travel by speaking to any faculty member or the SLIS office.

Book Arts MFA Candidates Share Research and Creative Projects

On Friday, October 12, five MFA in Book Arts students presented their independent creative research from the summer of 2018. Here are some snapshots from the event!

Jillian SicoPapermaking and Artist Books in Mexico;

Cheri Marks, Maggie Minor, and Reilly CoxFloral and Break; and

Sarah ScarrStart at the Block Books and Take a Hard Left: a bifurcated exploration of hand-made books for the masses.


Artist Book Exhibition Featuring Small Craft Advisory Press Opens

SLIS is happy to announce the opening of “Small Craft Advisory Press: A Decade of Collaboration,” the latest exhibition in the Gorgas Library Fifth Floor Gallery. Small Craft Advisory Press is an artist book press at Florida State University’s Facility for Arts Research in Tallahassee, Florida. Their mission is to enable artists and scholars to create collaborative artist book editions that push the boundaries and traditions of the book arts. Since its founding in 2009, it has produced twenty unique editions which are held in collections all over the world. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the gallery during Gorgas Library operating hours.

Dr. Sweeney’s Research Published in The Library Quarterly

SLIS congratulates Assistant Professor Dr. Miriam Sweeney on her latest publication, “You’re So Sensitive! How LIS Professionals Define and Discuss Microaggressions Online,” which appears in the October 2018 issue of The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy. You can access the article here.

Sweeney and her co-author, Dr. Nicole Cooke, explore how LIS professionals define and make sense of microaggression through informal, online conversations. This research finds that LIS professionals may have gaps in knowledge about microaggressions that could be potentially addressed in LIS education and professional development.

Dr. Sweeney researches intersections of race and gender in digital media, as well as critical approaches to LIS education and practice.  Find out more information about Dr. Sweeney’s research and publications on her website, or follow her on Twitter @Miriam_Sweeney.