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Feb 28 / Matthew Fredericks

SIS alumnae and faculty rock the political process fighting for School Libraries!

On February 23rd, the Michigan Association for Media in Education (MAME) Advocacy Committee hosted the first meeting for the Michigan Coalition for School Libraries. They were joined by several educational, political and professional leaders in supporting equitable access to effective school librarians staffed by certified school librarians. SIS alumnae Kathy Lester, MLIS ’01, Advocacy Chair for MAME, Gwenn Marchesano, MLIS ’05, SIS adjunct faculty, and Kafi Kumasi, MLIS ’03, SIS associate professor along with Randy Riley, State Librarian at the Library of Michigan, met with Matt Koleszar, Michigan House Representative for the 20th district.

Pictured left to right, Randy Riley, State Librarian at the Library of Michigan, Kathy Lester, MLIS ’01, Matt Koleszar, Michigan House Representative for the 20th district, Gwenn Marchesano, MLIS ’05 & SIS adjunct faculty, Kafi Kumasi, MLIS ’03 & SIS faculty.
Feb 14 / Allia McCoy

OCLC Library, Archive and Museum Internship Opportunity

OCLC, a worldwide library services organization headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, is a leader in information technologies and innovative online services. With office locations around the globe, OCLC employees are dedicated to offering premier services and software to help libraries cut costs while keeping pace with the demands of our information-driven society.

We are seeking an intern to join the OCLC Library, Archive, and Museum team of librarians located at OCLC’s headquarters in Dublin, Ohio. Throughout this internship, our intern will gain insight into the work corporate special librarians do daily, network with library professionals, learn about the types of libraries OCLC serves, increase familiarity with OCLC products and services, and attend OCLC sponsored events on a variety of professional topics. Dates for the internship will be from May 13
thru August 16, 2019 working full time during the summer months.
OCLC Library, Archive, and Museum.

The OCLC Library, Archive, and Museum supports the information needs of OCLC staff and manages the organization’s corporate archive and museum. Two professional librarians provide reference services, manage the OCLC Library’s physical and virtual collections, offer document delivery, and play
a unique role in beta-testing new OCLC products and enhancements to existing products. Staff support OCLC employees in Dublin, Ohio and offices around the globe. The OCLC Archive is the official repository for maintaining OCLC’s rich corporate history. The OCLC Museum contains informative exhibits for OCLC staff and visitors alike to visit and enjoy.

Intern may choose to work in any of the areas described below, or a combination therein:
Archives Maintenance, Data Enhancement
Responsibilities include:

• Enhance existing metadata of OCLC Archive records stored in the OCLC Archive digital repository using CONTENT dm and within WorldCat. This may include editing existing or creating new cataloging records of archive collection items.

• Retrospective editing subject authorities of OCLC Archive entries in CONTENTdm utilizing authority-controlled vocabulary. This may include adding new entries to the controlled vocabulary.

• Correct links in the OCLC WorldCat knowledge base to connect CONTENTdm entries with records in the OCLC Library’s catalog.

• Assist archive/library staff with OCLC Archive’s donations backlog by prepping and digitizing analog documents using a digital scanner and adding/enhancing metadata before importing digital documents into the OCLC Digital ARCHIVE (using CONTENTdm). This may include
conducting mini-inventories of archive documents.

Museum Exhibit Research, Creation and Promotion
Responsibilities include:
• Assist in researching, creating and promoting an exhibit for the OCLC Museum.

• Work with the OCLC Corporate Archivist and staff in other OCLC units as needed to research an idea and prepare the storyline for an exhibit.

• Search the OCLC Archive collections for relevant exhibit items, design and assemble the exhibit, and help promote it. The exhibit will be viewed and appreciated by OCLC staff and librarians from around the world who tour OCLC’s headquarters campus.

Library Reference/Research
Responsibilities Include:
• Work with the Corporate Archivist to pull/prep background information and items for a new OCLC Museum exhibit.

• Learn to search digital archived sources to locate potential objects for assembling potential new exhibits.

• Assist in answering reference requests from OCLC employees and external callers as appropriate, performing literature searches using internal sources, e.g. OCLC Library and Archive collections, and third-party information sources.

Students must currently be enrolled in a LIS, Archives or Museum studies graduate level program.

Interested applicants must apply online via the OCLC website.
Job Requisition#: R0001135

Jan 24 / Matthew Fredericks

SIS Alumni Rock the Podcasts in “Tales From the Reuther Library”

A team of SIS alumni/Wayne State University Archivists have been busy making some really cool podcasts! Bart Bealmear, MLIS ’11, Elizabeth Clemens, MLIS ’01, Troy Eller English, MLIS ’07, Paul Neirink, MLIS ’06, along with Mary Wallace, MA ’98, Meghan Courtney (SIS adjunct faculty) and Dan Golodner are all part of the Reuther Library Podcast Collective. The podcast offer a fun window into the incredible collection at the Walter P. Reuther Library.

Want old school remedies for avoiding a winter cold? Check out their latest podcast episode, “Dirty Socks, Goose Fat, and Hot Toddies: Cold Remedies from the Folklore Archive” by Elizabeth Clemens.

Ever wonder about what kind of adventures archivists undertake to add to their historical collection? Check out “Long Memory is the Most Radical Idea in America” Field Report from Reuther Collections Gatherer Louis Jones.

Dr. Louis Jones, WSU Field Archivist & SIS Adjunct Faculty

Cool stuff to listen to on the drive to work. Subscribe to Tales From the Reuther Library in your favorite podcast app!

Jan 7 / Christine Illichmann

Tech GSA Jodi Coalter Shares Advice for Incoming SIS Students

Jodi Coalter (MLIS ’18)

Jodi Coalter is a former MLIS/MSIM candidate, SIS Tech Graduate Student Assistant, and past-president of ASIS&T@Wayne. Jodi graduated in December 2018, and will be a STEM librarian at the University of Maryland. Lucky for us, Jodi answered a few questions for us prior to graduation!

You are about to graduate! Can you tell us about the degree and certificates you’ll graduate with and why you selected those particular areas of focus?

I’m graduating with an MLIS and a graduate certificate in information management. I knew I wanted to be a librarian from the beginning, which is why I have the MLIS. I earned the certificate partly because I knew I wanted to be an academic librarian, so adding the certificate made career sense. I chose information management because I sort of fell in love with data. The more I studied, the more I read, the more amazed I was by data’s ability to tell a story, to find insight, and to convey a massive amount of information quickly. And there is so much research into data management, so many different ways to work with data, that I knew I would have a ton of work to keep me busy after graduation!

What advice do you have for an incoming student who may be unsure of which LIS field might be best for them?

Talk to librarians! Some of the best advice I got, including which field I should pursue, came from other librarians. Several of the classes you can take have “networking” assignments, where you have an opportunity to talk to other librarians, see what they do. These assignments really opened doors for me, helped me discover what I wanted to do with my life. I spoke with several STEM librarians at both Wayne State and the University of Michigan who opened my eyes to some of the amazing opportunities available in science.

You have been very active in student organizations and as a GSA. How has your work with those organizations and your work as a GSA benefited you as you’ve gone through the program?

It’s hard to describe how helpful both my work in student organizations and my work as a GSA have benefited me. I have learned so, so much in both situations. Student groups gave me an opportunity to prove my commitment to the field, expanded my knowledge of specific topics, taught me how to organize events that benefit others, and helped me network. Some of my most fruitful connections grew from my student group work. As a GSA, I have had an opportunity to network with librarians at Wayne, which have lead to extensive and invaluable experience. I have an opportunity to grow relationships with faculty members, many of whom are now colleagues, references, and mentors.

I guess the main benefit to this work is that I had an opportunity to flex my librarian “muscles” or skills. I had the opportunity to test out ideas and theories I learned in the classroom in real world situations. I also gained a detailed understanding of what academic libraries look like, and helped me understand that this field was actually where I wanted to be.

Congratulations – you have an amazing job lined up after graduation…please tell us a bit about it!

I am going to be a STEM librarian at the University of Maryland. It’s terribly exciting. UMD is a Big Ten school, so there are over 40,000 students on campus – so it will be a bit of a different environment! But their science library is in the process of evolving into a more useful space, and they have a variety of opportunities that I can work on from Research Data Management to Open Education Resources. They also have an amazing and terribly exciting citizen science program, and part of my research will hopefully help explore the usefulness of this awesome science platform.

Any other advice or information you’d like to share with our readers?

We all have very different lives, schedules, and backgrounds, but the more you can get out, volunteer at libraries or professional development organizations like MLA, ALA, etc, talk to librarians, set up and run events, the better off you will be. There is so much work for librarians to do, so many ways that information is passed and ingested and preserved, and so many things we don’t know about the process. This is remarkably exciting! Don’t be afraid to share the excitement, explore, and test the stuff you are learning in class in the real world. The more you get out there, the better the librarian you will be, the more fun you will, and the more impact you will have on your patrons.

Dec 14 / Matthew Fredericks

December 2018 SIS Graduates do their “Degree March” at the Fox Theater

It was great to see excited Wayne State University SIS students at Fox Theater on Tuesday, December 12  eager to receive their diplomas! Many graduates could not make it in person, but Erinn Huebner, Andrea Salazar, Franco Vitella, Lucia Modestino, Anthony Willard, Brooke Boyst, Jennifer Brcka, Angelia Buckingham, Cristy Burchartz, Courtney Cooney, Chelsea Eskander, Joyce Krom, Tekedra Lofton, Kellie Madis, Seneca Shaffer, Catherine Sossi, Kaitlyn Van Kampen, Krysta Vincent, Sarah Welch, Loni Wetherell, Catherine Yezak, Jena Razor, and Sabin Visan all came to Detroit for their “degree march”.


Nothing makes students smile like graduation!









WSU Libraries Graduate Student Assistant Krysta Vincent gets ready to receive her diploma.















Waiting patiently.











SIS students Sabin Visan and Joyce Krom wait to receive their diplomas at commencement.















Getting the stage set for December 2018 Wayne State University graduates!…











The video below starts with the School of Information Sciences graduates receiving their diplomas from Dean Cawthorne and Interim Director Hermina Anghelescu.


Dec 10 / Christine Illichmann

Lunch Time Webinar Recordings Now Available

The SIS Lunch Time Webinar series has ended for this semester, but you can still access the webinar recordings to learn from our guest presenters!

Over the last few months, we’ve covered a wide range of topics including the Wayne State University archives, podcasting, digital publishing, and fake news.

Be sure to watch the webinars and look in the recording description for any additional links related to the topics covered:

WSU Archives and the 150th Anniversary Celebration:

Digital Publishing in Libraries:

Libraries That Podcast:

Fake News, Misinformation, and Libraries:



Nov 26 / Mary Claire Krzewinski

SIS alumna recounts summer volunteer work at Music Hall

Mary Claire Krzewinski is a 2016 SIS graduate, with a focus in preserving graphical works and producing digital libraries. She currently works at Cengage as Director, Web Marketing.

2018 marks Wayne State University’s sesquicentennial and with it the Warrior 150 Challenge, which has its purpose to “engage and activate Warriors in meaningful community service across the metro Detroit area.”

In early May 2018 I attended a meeting led by Kim Schroeder, Lecturer and Career Advisor, that kicked off a summer of volunteer opportunities for hands-on work supporting the preservation of local cultural heritage. From a wide range of projects, I chose to help Detroit’s Music Hall with a project to organize and classify historical materials. This volunteer service supported my interest in preserving graphical artwork, especially by organizing it in digital libraries. I was also interested in learning more about the Music Hall.

The project kicked off with a meeting at the Music Hall with the team of Kim Schroeder (advisor), Vince Paul (Music Hall President and Artistic Director), Julie Gervais (Director of Capacity Building), Catherine Nicolia (SIS student) and me, an SIS graduate. We learned that Music Hall staff wished to clear out a storage area that contained posters and other artifacts. We focused our volunteer efforts on organizing posters and providing descriptive metadata. As part of this project, we drew on our SIS expertise to guide the Music Hall team in areas such as materials handling and descriptive metadata. The Music Hall team was responsible for photographing the posters.

The Music Hall’s goal in undertaking the project was pegged to the unveiling of its first-time ever archive exhibition, scheduled to take place on the Music Hall’s 90th anniversary on December 9. This would be done by positioning the posters in Music Hall common areas using Meural Canvas, a digital display canvas built to showcase artwork and photography, which allows the rotation of multiple images.

We started by creating a framework for collecting descriptive metadata and loading it to Google Drive. Since we would be working asynchronously, it was important to reference an up-to-date list of the processed posters. A document for recording progress was also created.

We then began removing materials from two storage spaces to large tables set up in the fifth-floor entry way in the Music Hall. Over the years, posters and other materials had been deposited in the storage rooms without an organization system. They were piled in, on and around flat file drawers, and many others had been rolled up and held together in upright boxes and grouped in corners. With so much material, it was difficult to even access parts of the rooms. Catherine and I spent our June and July Saturdays moving and documenting posters at the rate of about 50 per session.

As the summer progressed, it became clear that more resources were needed to clear out the many items in the storage, especially the oversize posters, which required two people to maneuver and stack. The Music Hall team organized an “all hands-on deck” effort to bring all material out of the rooms and relocate large items of furniture in order to clear space. The momentum continued with the Music Hall team photographing the posters and loading the digital files to an internal drive.

The posters became a window into the Music Hall’s rich history of variety programming, spanning many cultures and genres. These ranged from dance (“Dance Theatre of Harlem”), comedy (“Dame Edna”), music (“National Arab Orchestra”) and theater (“The Extraordinary Black Light Theatre of Prague”). Most of the posters found during this exercise date from the 1970s to present. One unearthed treasure was a poster for a 1974 performance of “Victor Borge with Marlyn Mulvey” signed by Victor Borge.

We encountered challenges and considerations, which included:

  • Prioritizing the assets. While posters were the primary focus, other materials surfaced: Playbills, press clippings, architectural renderings of the building, flyers, wayfinding signage, audio tapes, costume items. The non-poster materials are an opportunity for further classification.
  • Approach to classification. The initial idea was to arrange posters by decade. This was rethought to arrange the posters by genre, then date within genre.
  • Attribution metadata. Many posters lack the year and other key information which required additional research. In addition to the Music Hall team’s subject matter expertise, online resources were helpful to cross checking dates of performances. Filling in these metadata gaps is an opportunity for further exploration.
  • Physical condition of items. Many items were in good condition—unbent, free of adhesives and not faded. Some were damaged by the effects of adhesive tape glue spreading to other documents and binding them together.

On our last day in late August, Kim Schroeder provided an on-site inspection and made recommendations for improvements to the physical space. While the rooms appeared dry, exposed pipes on the ceiling presented a risk, and she recommended these be covered with plastic, in the event of leaks. She also shared some options for archival software when the Music Hall team is ready to take the project to the next level.

Conclusion. This project began work toward documenting the Music Hall’s historical materials. Much work remains, and volunteers are needed to support this and other efforts to preserve local cultural history in ways which will make them available to the community. For information on continuing preservation efforts at the Music Hall, contact Kim Schroeder at

Poster of Lucille Ball in “Dream Girl.” Used with permission of the Music Hall.

Nov 20 / Allia McCoy

ALA Spectrum Scholarship Now Accepting Applications

The ALA Spectrum Scholarship is now accepting applications until March 1, 2019

The Spectrum Scholarship Program actively recruits and provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern and North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students to assist them with obtaining a graduate degree and leadership positions within the profession and ALA

Apply for Spectrum
Thank you for your interest in a Spectrum Scholarship. The American Library Association accepts
applications for all of its scholarships annually from September to March 1st for the following academic
year. Visit the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse to begin an application.



Current and Future Spectrum Applicants — attend a December 2018 Webinar


To be eligible for a Spectrum Scholarship, you should:
· be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada
· identify as American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino,
Middle Eastern/North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander

  • attend an ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies or an AASL-
    recognized School Library Media Program
  • be enrolled in an accredited program and begin no later than September 1st or Fall Semester
    · have full or part-time status
    · plan to maintain a minimum course load of two classes per semester while receiving your
    scholarship funds


Applying for ALA Scholarships

Applications for the Spectrum Scholarships are accepted through the ALA Scholarship
Clearinghouse which allows applicants to apply to multiple scholarships offered through the American
Library Association. Applications for all ALA Scholarships are accepted annually from September to
March 1. To submit an application for a Spectrum Scholarship, the following items are required:

  • Completed online application (which includes a personal statement).
  • Three professional references (only references on the official online form will be accepted). You
    will be prompted to indicate your professional references within the online application.
    · Official academic transcripts from the institution where you received your bachelor’s degree. If
    you are currently enrolled in an MLIS program or an AASL-recognized School Library Media
    Program, you will need to send a transcript from your current institution, as well. Only official
    (sealed) copies will be accepted.

The ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse (50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611)
must receive the completed
online application, personal statement, three references, and transcripts by March 1st to be
considered. Recipients will be contacted by phone after June 1st. All other applicants will be notified by email after July 1 st.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please review our Spectrum FAQ for more information to assist you as you review eligibility and
prepare an application.
About the Scholarship
Spectrum Scholars share in the prestige and opportunities that become available when they are selected.
Each scholar receives $5,000 from ALA to combat the rising cost of graduate education as well as $1,500
to attend the Spectrum Leadership Institute held during the ALA Annual Conference. In addition to

financial support recipients benefit from peer mentoring and a large alumni network. Critical for long-
term impact, the program offers continuing education and professional development opportunities foundational to obtaining leadership positions within the profession.
Spectrum Scholars receive a number of benefits in addition to their scholarship funds, these include:
· Complementary one-yr. student membership to ALA (includes one-yr. subscription to American
· Free student admission to ALA Annual conference during the scholarship year.
· Free attendance to the Spectrum Leadership Institute: a 3 day institute that highlights cross
cultural models of leadership and features national library and community leaders.
· Complementary memberships to ALA divisions and participating Round Tables and Affiliates
during the scholarship year.
· Formal and informal mentoring opportunities.
· Matching scholarships from library schools and other regional library associations.
· Access to colleagues via an electronic discussion list, and various private and open online
· Posted information on job/internship/residency opportunities all over the country and in
different types of libraries.
· Networking with other Spectrum Scholars and library leaders.
· Participation in a national library diversity initiative and the recognition merited by this
· Invitations to present at forums, conferences, and institutes.
· Opportunities to apply for travel grants to regional institutes and conferences.





Nov 20 / Allia McCoy

2019 Medical Library Association Scholarship for Minority Students *Deadline Dec. 1st*

Greetings, Students!

Are you interested in pursuing a career in health sciences librarianship? If so, please consider applying for the Medical Library Association’s Scholarship!

Each year, the Medical Library Association (MLA) awards a scholarship to one to a library school student who shows excellence in scholarship and potential for a career in health sciences librarianship. The student selected for the scholarship will receive up to $5,000, a one-year student membership to MLA, and free student registration for the MLA annual meeting.

The 2019 MLA Annual Meeting will be held in Chicago, IL from May 3-8. The meeting provides an opportunity to learn about health sciences librarianship and all of the different types of careers that are available. It’s also a great opportunity to network with current members at all levels. And you can attend the job center where you can get advice about applying for library positions and have your resume reviewed by experienced professionals. To learn more about the upcoming Annual Meeting, go to:

More information about the scholarship and the application requirements are available at:

The deadline for the scholarship is December 1, 2018!

We hope you consider applying and it would be great to see you in Chicago next May.

Nov 16 / Christine Illichmann

Graduate Student Assistant Opportunity at Cooley Law School

Graduate Student Research Assistant Position Announcement


Research Assistant, WMU Cooley Law School, Brennan Law Library, Lansing


We are proud recipients of an AALL Research Fund Grant to collect data on learning outcomes and assessment used specifically in for-credit legal research courses.  We are seeking a qualified graduate student in the School of Information Science for the position of Research Assistant for this project.  Responsibilities of the Research Assistant will include assisting with collection and analysis of data, drafting components of the research report, and other tasks as needed.  There is also a possibility of a conference presentation opportunity for the Research Assistant.

The position will be part-time at approximately ten hours per week.  The position is also short-term, for up to twenty weeks beginning immediately.  The majority of the work may be done remotely; however, some travel to Lansing will be required.  The rate of pay is $15.00 per hour.  Preference will be given to applicants having already taken the course INF 7996, Research for the Information Profession.


  • An excellent understanding of research methods and data analysis.
  • Familiarity with the American Association of Law Libraries and their Principles and Standards for Legal Research Competency.
  • Familiarity with the use of learning outcomes and assessments in designing courses.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills, including Google applications.
  • Dependable, with the demonstrated ability to meet deadlines on time.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently.
  • Good academic standing.


Submit resume and cover letter as PDFs to as soon as possible.  Questions about this position may be directed to Alissa Raasch, Reference Librarian, or (517) 371-5140 Ext. 3307.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. For further information about WMU-Cooley Law School, please visit