Faculty, Student, and Alumni Accomplishments

(And Other Announcements)

Ms. Jenifer Fryar Retires 


 Ms. Jenifer Fryar retired in July 2017 after expertly managing the OU SLIS budgets, travel, and course schedules for 10 years. Congratulations on your retirement, Jenifer! We don't know what we'll do without you!  

SLIS Student Receives National Scholarship

MLIS student Marikit Fain has been selected as a recipient of the 2017 American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship! The official press release from ALA is available here

Ms. Janie Allen Retires 


Ms. Janie Allen retired in June 2017 after having worked for OU SLIS for 19 years, and for the University of Oklahoma for about 36 years. Congratulations on your retirement, Janie! We will miss you! 

New Programs Approved!

Dear Friends,SLIS is very excited to announce that the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have approved our proposal to start a Ph.D. program. Our inaugural class will start in Fall 2018. More information available here .   

ALSO - we have been approved to offer a Graduate Certificate in Archival Studies beginning Fall 2017. This is a 12 credit hour (4 course) graduate certificate which should be useful for people wanting to go into the Archival field. 

Full-sized flyer here: Archives Certificate

SLIS Students and Alumni 
Named Library Journal Movers & Shakers

Aiden Street, 2017
Matthew Cook, 2015
Teresa Runnels, 2014
Lisa Wells, 2008
Tom Rink, 2005

Dr. Robert Allen Lecture

Dr. Robert Allen, visiting professor at Yonsei University in South Korea will give a talk titled "Toward a Structured Applied Epistemology" on Monday, February 13 from 11am to noon. He will also meet with students and faculty from 10-11 am. More information about Dr. Allen is available on his website.

Jenifer Fryar Wins Award!

Congratulations, Jenifer, on winning the OU College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Staff Award! It is richly deserved for your ten years of fabulous work in SLIS. Jenifer is pictured here with Associate Dean Kelvin White.

Enrollment is Up!

We are very pleased to share with you that our Spring 2017 enrollment is up 24% compared to Spring 2016. This is enrollment  in all undergraduate and graduate classes, not including independent study courses. Open the image in another window for a larger view.

We are very sorry to announce that Dr. Danny P. Wallace, former Director of OU SLIS, has passed away on December 6, 2016. There will be a memorial service at Goodrich Memorial United Methodist Church in Norman, date and time to be announced. 

Dr. Wallace received his MLIS from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1977 and his Ph.D. in LIS from the University of Illinois in 1985. He began teaching LIS classes in 1979 and was a professor at a number of institutions including Louisiana State University, Indiana University, Kent State University, University of Oklahoma, and University of Alabama. He also was Director of the Kent State (1996-2000) and University of Oklahoma (2000-2005) programs. Before his retirement in 2015, he was Professor and EBSCO Endowed Chair of Library Service at the University of Alabama. Dr. Wallace was a prolific author and presenter and his very long list of publications and more can be found on his University of Alabama website http://bama.ua.edu/~dpwallace/ (Photo from this blog).

Shari Clifton, OU SLIS Alumna, Receives Award (Sept. 2016)

Shari Clifton, Associate Director; Professor, Department of Health Sciences Library and Information Systems, Graduate College; and Head of Reference and Instructional Services at the Robert M. Bird Library, received the Michael E. DeBakey Library Services Outreach Award for exemplary contributions to medical education and librarianship in her community. The award was given by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM) at a dinner in Washington, DC on September 13, 2016. Shari has been the principle investigator or project director on more than $760,000 in outreach funds received from NLM in the past 20 years. Additionally, the Awards and Scholarships Committee of the South Central Region of the Medical Library Association presented the Librarian of the Year (LOY) Award to Shari Clifton at their annual meeting in October 2016.


Dr. Kelvin White and Partners Receive Grant (Sept. 2016)

“Archival Education and Research Initiative” funded by IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program for $163,050. "The archival field, including educators, fails to reflect the changing demographic composition of the nation. More diversity of faculty would encourage recruitment of diverse students into professional education and nurture relevant training, pedagogy and applied research."

Dr. Kun Lu and Partners Receive Grant (Sept. 2016)

“Research on Intelligence Consulting Services based on the Semantic Analysis of Text and Web”; $606,000 in Chinese Currency. Grant runs from 1/2017 to 12/2020. Awarded by: National Natural Science Foundation of China

SLIS Alumna, Tara Malone, chosen for ALA Emerging Leaders

Tara Malone, assistant professor/reference & instructional services librarian at the OUHSC Robert M. Bird Library and Class of 2015 SLIS alumna, has been selected as a 2017 Emerging Leader by the American Library Association (ALA). The Emerging Leaders program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity.  

Researchers Kyungwon Koh (OU SLIS) and Xun Ge (OU Educational Psychology), in partnership with project directors from Norman Public Schools (Kathryn Lewis, Dr. Shirley Simmons, and Dr. Lee Nelson) received a $540,388 IMLS National Leadership Grant for a three year research project to investigate the “learning by making” approach to STEAM learning in school library Makerspaces. Congratulations!

OU SLIS is very proud of our master's student Francesco Gerali, who also holds a Ph.D. in History of Science from the University of Bari (Italy). Dr. Gerali has been invited to be a visiting scholar at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales at the University of Paris for the month of November 2016, where he will be giving lectures. While in Europe he will also deliver two lectures in Granada, Spain for the University of Granada's Department of Theory and Economic History's annual Teacher's Conference. Congratulations, Dr. Gerali, on your scholarly invitations.

Congratulations to Bachelor of Information Studies student Rebekah Russell for being chosen to be a McNair Scholar! This is a federal program "by the U.S. Department of Education... designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities."

Congratulations to SLIS faculty member Dr. June Abbas for receiving the very prestigious 2016 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology. Sponsored by the Online Computer Library Center, Inc.  (OCLC) and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), the award "is given for research relevant to the development of information technologies, especially work which shows promise of having a positive and substantive impact on any aspect(s) of the publication, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information, or the processes by which information and data is manipulated and managed." Read the ALA press release for more information.

Congratulations to master's student Cassondra Darling for receiving the University of Oklahoma's Harriet Harvey Memorial Scholarship. Ms. Darling is pursuing a dual master's in Library and Information Studies and the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. See the full write-up on the History of Science site!

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External Grants Awarded to OU SLIS Faculty 

Dr. June Abbas, Co-Pi with colleagues at other universities
University of Wisconsin, Madison, along with Drexel University and the University of Oklahoma received a 2017 National Leadership Grant for Libraries, Cycle Two grant for $524,874 to conduct research and develop screen media education training modules for public librarians working with parents and other caregivers of children ages 5 to 11. 

WGBH Educational Foundation in Boston was awarded a 2017 $229,772 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant to launch the Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship. OU SLIS is one of five partner programs and will receive two funded fellowship positions for graduate students to work on the digital preservation of historically significant media broadcasts. The OU SLIS fellows will work with the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority.

Dr. Kun Lu, Co-PI with scholars in China
“Research on Intelligence Consulting Services based on the Semantic Analysis of Text and Web” $606,000 in Chinese Currency. Awarded 2016 (Grant runs from 1/2017 to 12/2020)
Awarded by: National Natural Science Foundation of China

Dr. Kelvin White, Co-PI with scholars at UCLA
“Archival Education and Research Initiative.” $163,050. Awarded 2016
Awarded by: IMLS, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

Dr. Kyungwon Koh with Dr. Xun Ge (OU Educational Psychology) partnering with Norman Public Schools (lead partner SLIS alumna Kathryn Lewis)
"Guided Inquiry Making and Learning in School Libraries." $540,388. 2016.
Awarded by: IMLS, National Leadership Grant

Dr. Colin Rhinesmith (previously at OU SLIS) with Dr. Sharon Strover (Principal Investigator, UT Austin) and others
“At the Edges of the National Digital Platform: Rural Library Hotspot Lending Programs.” $496,586. 2016.
Awarded by: IMLS, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, National Digital Platform

Dr. June Abbas with Dr. Sam Husky (Principal Investigator) and Dr. Chris Weaver
"Digital Latin Library - Phase II." $1,000,000. 2015.
Awarded by: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Dr. Betsy Martens (Principal Investigator), Dr. Cecelia Brown, and others
"Accelerating 21st Century Public Library Leadership Education in Arkansas and Oklahoma." $49,346. 2015.
Awarded by: IMLS, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian, Collaborative Planning Grant

Dr. Colin Rhinesmith (previously at OU SLIS)
Broadband Adoption Programs in Low-Income Communities.” $8,000. 2015.
Awarded by: Benton Foundation

Dr. June Abbas with Dr. Sam Husky (Principal Investigator) and Dr. Chris Weaver
"Development of Digital Latin Library." $572,000. 2014.
Awarded by: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Dr. Kyungwon Koh
"Facilitating the Information-Creating Behavior of Teens During Project-Based STEM Learning in a School Library Makerspace." $354,367. 2014.
Awarded by: IMLS, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian, Research in Early Careers Development