Category: SLIS News

Student Accolades: October 2019

Current SLIS student Craig Guild published his article, “Social Reproduction Theory in the Academic Library: Understanding the Implications of Socially Reproductive Labor as Labor,” in the Public Services Quarterly. You can find the article here.

Jeff Weddle Holds Reading from Latest Publication

Pictured above: SLIS Faculty Member Dr. Jeff Weddle

On October 18, Dr. Jeff Weddle read from his recent publication Citizen Relent (2019) as part of a celebration for the release of poet dan raphael’s collection Manything (2019) held at Ernest & Hadley Booksellers in downtown Tuscaloosa. Poets Wendy Taylor Carlisle and dan raphael also participated in the reading. This was one stop on their tour of Southern cities, which will culminate in New Orleans on October 24.

Congratulations May 2019 Graduates!

Earlier this month, SLIS celebrated the commencement of these promising MLIS graduates:

Alanna Barnett Cole

Kaylen Bradberry

A. Blake Denton

Samuel Edge

Rebecca Grantham

Santana Harmon

Kim Hudson

Emily Johannes

Melanie Laurance

Huapu Liu

Connor Marullo

Susan Matlock

Emma McQuiston

Sally Meek

Christopher Ortega

Kaitlyn Ray

Russell Robbins

Caitlin Russell

Kristen Schloss

Allison Schwartz

Tiffany Scrogham

Christopher Smith

Christine Stevens

Patricia Strickland

Sofia Thomas

Annie Tsai Gomez

Nicole Tudor

Jared Wasson

Alyssa Williams

Mercedes Zabawa

We wish you all the best of luck in happy and fulfilling careers and hope you will stay in touch!

Hengyi Fu Joins the MLIS Faculty at SLIS

The University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies is pleased to announce the appointment of Hengyi Fu as Assistant Professor in the MLIS program. Fu’s primary research interests are located at the intersection of online communities, knowledge curation, and human-computer interaction. A graduate of Florida State University’s School of Information, she successfully defended her dissertation “Dynamics of Peer Production of Knowledge in Online Social Q&A Communities: A Life-Cycle Perspective of Successful and Failed Cases” earlier this year. Additionally, she holds master’s degrees in computer science and information science with a specialization in data curation and social-technical data analytics. She will teach courses in information technology access, data science, and human-computer interaction. You may learn more about Professor Fu at

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