Category: SLIS News

Alumni Accolades: October 2019

SLIS alum Matt Hayward (‘16) published his article on the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship. Matt currently works as the STEM Librarian at the University of Texas at San Antonio. You can find the article here.

SLIS alum Mike Selby (’13) recently published a book, Freedom Libraries: The Untold Story of Libraries for African-Americans in the South, which documents the grassroots effort to provide libraries for African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement. Learn more about the book here.

SLIS alum Tonya Aumack (’18) was featured in a Library Journal article about next generation librarianship this month. She presently oversees four makerspace labs as the learning labs supervisor for the Gwinnet County Public Library of Georgia and has plans for six more labs. Check out the article here.

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