Category: Book Arts News

Honors Day 2019 in Review

The School of Library and Information Studies hosted students, alumni, family, and faculty to recognize our outstanding MLIS and Book Arts students for Honors Day on April 5, 2019, at a ceremony on the fifth floor of Gorgas Library. Attendees enjoyed greetings by Dr. Mark Nelson, Dean of the College of Communication and Information Sciences, and an address on Book and Publication Arts from alumna Inge Bruggeman, Assistant Professor and Area Head Book & Publication Arts and the Black Rock Press at the University of Nevada, Reno. Please join us in congratulating these deserving recipients.

Bethel Fite Endowed Scholarships for Part-Time Students

Awarded to a part-time student pursuing an MLIS degree. The recipient was selected through faculty nomination and presented by Dr. Robert Riter.

The 2019 recipient is Shakera Stanley.

Corr Scholarship

Awarded to students currently enrolled in SLIS and pursuing specializations in school or youth services. The recipient was selected by School Media/Youth services faculty and presented by Dr. Jamie Naidoo and Dr. Steven Yates.

The 2019 recipient is Mary Beth Keenan.

SLIS Faculty Scholar Award

Awarded to a SLIS student on basis of service to the School, academic excellence, and professional promise. The recipient was selected through faculty nominations and a faculty vote and presented by Dr. Robert Riter and Dr. Jeff Weddle.

The 2019 recipient is Jillian Sico.

Florine Oltman Award

Awarded to students currently enrolled in SLIS and pursuing specializations in special libraries. The recipient is selected by Special Libraries Faculty and presented by Professor Sybil Bullock and Dr. Steven MacCall.

The 2019 recipient is Alanna Barnett Cole.

Raymond F. McClain Book Arts Award

Awarded to a Book Arts student on the basis of academic/creative excellence, demonstrated leadership, and professional promise. The recipient was selected by Book Arts faculty and presented by Professor Sarah Bryant and Professor Anna Embree.

The 2019 recipient is Jillian Sico.

Student Paper Award

Awarded to best paper written in fulfillment of a SLIS course requirement during the past academic year. The recipient was selected from student submissions, which were reviewed by a committee of three faculty members and the award was presented by committee chair, Dr. John Burgess, with Dr. Miriam Sweeney, and Dr. Jeff Weddle.

The 2019 recipient is Craig Guild.

Nominees for Beta Phi Mu Honor Society

Established in 1948 by a group of leading librarians and library educators, Beta Phi Mu was established to recognize and encourage scholastic achievement among library and information studies students. Students are nominated by faculty vote. Nominees were announced by James Gilbreath, President of the Beta Kappa Chapter of Beta Phi Mu.

The 2019 nominees:
Kristen Adams

Damaris Azan

Edmund Balzer

Justin Barkley

Virginia Collins

Pamela Ewing

Jennifer Fain

Holly Flores

Holly Gunlefinger

Jennifer Hitzke

Rachel Joiner

Beth Keene

Eliscia Kinder

Miles Kurosky

Eva Lynch

Willandra Mahand

Corley May

Christine Moynihan

Kaitlin Poole

Michael Price

Hannah Pryor

Holly Ragland

Katherine Rashid

Christine Remenih

Debra Richards-Flint

Ashton Rigdon

John Sanders

Melanie Simms

Alexandra Smith

Laken Smith

Dan Tang

Kate Thompson

Kristen Watts

Julianna Waynick

Kelsea Whaley

Joseph Wright

Student Accolades: February 2019

Samuel Edge, a current MLIS student, was recently published in The Serials Librarian. His article, “A Subject ‘Queer’-y: A Literature Review on Subject Access to LGBTIQ Materials” was first created as an assignment in Dr. Miriam Sweeney’s Race, Gender, and Sexuality in LIS class. Edge is interested in promoting equitable and community-driven access to information and is currently employed by the Mayo Clinic as a prospect development analyst.

Jillian Sico, a current MFA Book Arts student, was recognized by both the University of Alabama Graduate School, the College of Communication & Information Sciences, and SLIS for Outstanding Research by a Master’s Student for her highly significant research in the field of book arts which has regional, national and international impact. Read more about Jillian’s research here.

Kyle Holland Joins the MFA Book Arts Faculty at SLIS

The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies is pleased to announce the appointment of Kyle Holland as an Instructor and Studio Manager in the MFA Book Arts program. Kyle is a book artist and printer with strong interest and knowledge in hand papermaking. His work draws on his experiences growing up in the South and examines his identity within the context of a masculine subculture. His work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Nevada Museum of Art, The Center for Book Arts, Yale University, Rhode Island School of Design, and UC Berkeley among others. Holland has a BFA in Fine Arts from the Memphis College of Art, and is a candidate for an MFA in Book Arts + Printmaking at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA (expected May 2019). He has taught papermaking, printing, and book arts courses for the University of the Arts, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and numerous book art centers and studios in the United States. You can learn more about Kyle and his work by visiting his website:


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.