Category: SLIS News

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!

Celebrate 50 years of SLIS with us!

RSVP today!

As a reminder SLIS turns 50 in 2022! We are celebrating our 50th anniversary on Friday, September 30th via an in-person gala here at the Gorgas Library where we will honor our past and look towards the future. Doors open at 6 pm and the event runs from 7 – 8:45 pm. Dinner will be provided. The 2022-2023 President of the American Library Association Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada will keynote the evening, which will be filled with memories, stories, food, and fellowship. All SLIS alumni, retired faculty and staff, students, and current faculty and staff are invited. For those who can’t attend in person, you can enjoy some archival photos on the SLIS website, and a special video will be made available online after September 30th. We look forward to celebrating with everyone and encourage you to please bring a mask with you for the on-campus event.