Student Research & Recognition

The School of Library and Information Science emphasizes research in all areas of its degree programs. Students work with faculty, other students and professionals in the field to explore subjects that match their career goals. The research, academic and professional highlights listed below showcase some of their recent accomplishments. 

 

MASTER OF SCIENCE: HEALTH INFORMATICS

2016

Current students of the Health Informatics program, Helen Boehlefeld and Penelope Valentik, along with graduates Asuama Barima and Altagracia Chavez, volunteered as monitors during the week of Jan. 25-29 at the IHE North American Connectathon 2016 at the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland. Monitors are industry professionals who utilize their skills and expertise to review and evaluate interoperability tests of participating organizations.

2014

Don Pearson, a student in the dual M.L.I.S. / M.S. (health informatics) program and a member of the Medical Library Association (MLA), was selected as the “Library Student” blogger for the MLA 2014 Annual Meeting in May in Chicago. He posted on his experiences at the conference, particularly regarding Statistical Literacy for Medical Librarians, Breaking an Electronic Health Record System: A Sandbox Workshop and Tablet Technology. Pearson works at Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library in Columbus and also posted about the conference from the perspective of a computer science major working in a library.

Bronwyn Watkins-Pitchford is associate manager of interoperability initiatives at HIMSS. Posted June 29, 2015

 

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MASTER OF SCIENCE: KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT

2014

Sammy Davidson, M.L.I.S. ’13, of Akron, Ohio, received the best poster proposal award from the Special Interest Group for Digital Libraries of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). He accepted the award at the recent ASIS&T conference in Seattle where he presented his poster at the session on “Digital Liaisons: Building Communities and Empowering Culture through Digital Libraries.” Davidson is currently a knowledge management student in the Master of Science program.

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master of library and information science

2016

Wendy Marie Zarara Bromfield of North Olmstead, Ohio, has received the $1,000 Rose Vormelker Scholarship from Kent State SLIS. The scholarship is awarded to a student who, in the judgment of the faculty, shows the most promise in the field of special librarianship. Posted April 20, 2016. 

Grace Butkowski of St. Paul, Minn., has received the $2,500 Marian Porter Huffman Scholarship from Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science. The scholarship is awarded to a student who has maintained an excellent academic record and demonstrates potential for future and scholarly research and publication. Posted April 20, 2016. 

Annamarie Carlson was hired as a full-time youth librarian at Westerville Public Library, where she completed a summer 2016 internship. Carlson will graduate with her M.L.I.S. in December 2016. Posted September 8, 2016.

Psyche Zoamary Castro of Kent, Ohio, has received a $1,000 Vanita Scholars in Youth Librarianship Scholarship from Kent State SLIS. The scholarship is awarded to those who best demonstrate a program of study in children’s, young adult or school librarianship, good academic standing and an interest in working with children and/or young adults who face cultural, personal and/or environmental challenges in today’s society. Posted April 20, 2016. 

Robin Clancy of Brecksville, Ohio, received the $1,000 Mary T. Kim Endowed Scholarship from Kent State SLIS. The scholarship is awarded to students studying to become a library manager and/or researcher in library and information science. Posted April 20, 2016. 

Robin Clancy of Brecksville, Ohio, has been awarded a $1,000 Vanita Scholars in Youth Librarianship Scholarship from Kent State SLIS. The scholarship is awarded to those who best demonstrate a program of study in children’s, young adult or school librarianship, good academic standing and an interest in working with children and/or young adults who face cultural, personal and/or environmental challenges in today’s society. Posted April 20, 2016. 

Rachel Dilley of Marysville, Ohio, has received the $1,000 Rose Vormelker Scholarship from Kent State SLIS. The scholarship is awarded to a student who, in the judgment of the faculty, shows the most promise in the field of special librarianship. Posted April 20, 2016. 

Brittany R. Dunfee of Sarasota, Fla., has been awarded the $1,000 J.W. Coffman and Priscilla Drach Children’s Librarianship Scholarship from Kent State SLIS. The scholarship is awarded to the student who best demonstrates creativity, leadership and dedication to children’s librarianship through outstanding academic achievement. Posted April 20, 2016. 

Madeleine Fix has received a 2016 student scholarship award from the Society of American Archivists (SOA).

Christina Gaydos' blog post, titled “Student Project Makes Psychology Journals Accessible,” was published on the Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology (CCHP) blog on April 14, 2016. The post describes a project completed during her internship with the CCHP. Gaydos will begin work as a catalog librarian for the Toledo Lucas County Public Library after she graduates in May 2016. Posted April 27, 2016.

Sarah Gnoddie of Bedford, Ohio, has been awarded the $1,000 James E. Cook Scholarship in Young Adult Librarianship from Kent State SLIS. The scholarship is awarded to a student with a strong desire to specialize in teen librarianship, a strong interest in young adult literature and a passion for telling others about what he or she has read. The award requires an undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 or above. Posted April 20, 2016. 

Taylor Humphreys of Bluffton, Ohio, has received a $1,500 H.W. Wilson Scholarship from Kent State SLIS. The scholarship is based on a student’s prior academic performance and accomplishments. Posted April 20, 2016. 

A book review by Kristin Jonsson was published on the Balkin Buddies blog. She reviewed “The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can” by Tererai Trent..

John Lortie of Cincinnati, Ohio, was awarded the $1, 500 H.W. Wilson Scholarship from Kent State SLIS. The scholarship is based on the student’s prior academic performance and accomplishments. Posted April 20, 2016. 

Bill McIntire of New Carlisle, Ohio, has received a $1,500 H.W. Wilson Scholarship from Kent State SLIS. The scholarship is based on a student’s prior academic performance and accomplishments. Posted April 20, 2016.

Kimberly Michalak of Forest Lake, Minn., has received the $1,000 J. Allen Oakum Memorial Scholarship from Kent State SLIS. The scholarship is based on a student’s prior academic performance and accomplishments, financial need and demonstrated leadership.  Posted April 20, 2016. 

Michael Niederhausen of Strongsville, Ohio, was awarded the $1,000 Jesse H. Shera Memorial Scholarship from Kent State SLIS. The scholarship is awarded to a student who has maintained an excellent academic record and demonstrates potential for future scholarly research and publication. Posted April 20, 2016. 

Ashley Paris-Hansen of Fairbanks, Alaska, has been awarded a $1,000 Vanita Scholars in Youth Librarianship Scholarship from Kent State SLIS. The scholarship is awarded to those who best demonstrate a program of study in children’s, young adult or school librarianship, good academic standing and an interest in working with children and/or young adults who face cultural, personal and/or environmental challenges in today’s society. Posted April 20, 2016. 

Don Pearson, of Columbus, Ohio, has received an Honorable Mention award for the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO)'s Continuing Education Grant. The grant will cover much of the cost for Pearson to attend the joint meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA), the Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC), and the International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC) in Toronto on May 13-18. At that conference, he will present a paper (along with his director, SLIS alumnus Stevo Roksandic, M.L.I.S. ’08), on the topic of federated searching. Pearson, who will graduate from SLIS in August, is currently employed as a library technology specialist at Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library in Columbus, Ohio. Posted April 18, 2016.

Jennifer L. Rice of Hartville, Ohio, has received the $1,500 H.W. Wilson Scholarship from Kent State SLIS. The scholarship is based on the student’s prior academic performance and accomplishments. Posted April 20, 2016. 

Ian Schwartz of Columbus, Ohio, has received the $1,500 Rowfant Club Annual Scholarship from Kent State SLIS. The scholarship is intended to support students who are studying the bibliographic arts and who embrace the love of books and the preservation of the written word. Posted April 20, 2016. 

Kirsten Setzkorn of Cedarville, Ohio, was awarded the $2,000 Petta and Ron Khouw Scholarship from Kent State SLIS. The scholarship is awarded to the student who best demonstrates an interest in reference librarianship or academic reference services. Posted April 20, 2016. 

Tara Ann Shiman of Pickerington, Ohio, has been awarded the $1,000 James E. Cook Scholarship in Young Adult Librarianship from Kent State SLIS. The scholarship is awarded to a student with a strong desire to specialize in teen librarianship, a strong interest in young adult literature and a passion for telling others about what he or she has read. The award requires an undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 or above. Posted April 20, 2016. 

Penelope Valentik of Rocky River, Ohio, was awarded the $2,500 Health Informatics Leadership Scholarship from Kent State SLIS. The scholarship is intended to support students who have demonstrated outstanding health informatics leadership potential. Posted April 20, 2016. 

Katy Wagner of Livonia, Mich., has been awarded a $1,000 Vanita Scholars in Youth Librarianship Scholarship from Kent State SLIS. The scholarship is awarded to those who best demonstrate a program of study in children’s, young adult or school librarianship, good academic standing and an interest in working with children and/or young adults who face cultural, personal and/or environmental challenges in today’s society. Posted April 20, 2016.

Phil Willke, Columbus, Ohio, has joined the State Library of Ohio staff as library assistant in Circulation & Special Services, where he will be responsible for helping to provide resources to state employees and Ohio residents. He previously worked at the Dublin Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Franklin University Nationwide Library and the Consumer Health Library at Mount Carmel Hospital. He will receive his degree in May 2016. Posted May 2, 2016.

Kristen Zajac, Richmond Heights, Ohio, has received the $1,000 Alumni and Friends Council Endowed Minority Scholarship from Kent State SLIS. The scholarship is awarded to students based on capacity to achieve academic and professional goals and potential for leadership on campus or in the community. Posted April 20, 2016. 

2015

Alfred Bernardo has accepted a position as the user services librarian at the Allen Memorial Library at Valley City State Universityin Valley City, N.D. Posted Oct. 6, 2015.

Shelley Blundell will be awarded the 2015 University Teaching Council's Faculty Recognition Award. Posted Oct. 6, 2015.

SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., and SLIS student Julaine Clunis (with Vladimir Alexiev) presented “Innovative Use of Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS) that are Published as Linked Open Data (LOD)” at the first Asian Networked Knowledge Systems Workshop. The workshop took place during the 2015 Asian Digital Library conference in December in Seoul, Korea. Posted Feb. 17, 2016.

Stephanie Dawson Everett received an American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship of $5000, plus travel costs for various ALA programs. Last year, Everett received the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Diversity Scholarship. Posted Sept. 8, 2015. 

Travis Fortney has been named children's services librarian at East Cleveland Public Library. He will receive his M.L.I.S. in December 2015. Posted Dec. 3, 2015.

Dani Gustavich, Canton, Ohio, is now children's librarian at the Stark County District Library Main location, where she had been a children's specialist for more than three years. Gustavich received one of the School’s 2015 Vanita Scholars Youth Services Scholarships, awarded to students who best demonstrate a program of study in children’s, young adult or school librarianship, good academic standing and an interest in working with children and/or young adults who face cultural, personal and/or environmental challenges in today’s society. Posted Sept. 8, 2015.

Stefanie Hilles is now the library and archives manager at the Akron Art Museum. She began interning in the AAM Library and Archives in 2013, after interviewing the former librarian for her Foundations of LIS class. She has been serving as the interim librarian since January 2015. Posted Sept. 8, 2015.

Corina Iannaggi gave a presentation “Documenting the lived experience of visitors to memorial museums,” in Sydney, Australia, at DOCAM on July 21, 2015. Posted Sept. 8, 2015.

Philip Shackelford is a project archivist and grant writer at South Arkansas Community College in Eldorado, Ark. Posted Sept. 8, 2015.

Evan Struble won the Diana Vescelius Memorial Award from the Ohio Library Council, which recognizes Ohio's library leaders of tomorrow who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the profession. He currently is a library consultant in Library Programs and Development at the State Library of Ohio. Posted OCt. 6, 2015.

2014

Elizabeth Allen recently worked with Kent State SLIS alumna and State Library of Ohio Digital and Tangible Media Cataloger Shannon Kupfer, M.L.I.S. '07, for her practicum. Allen has performed preservation activities for the library’s rare materials, digitized and created an online collection in Ohio Memory, and contributed to the Ohio Memory blog. She is currently working as a circulation assistant at the Bexley Public Library. During her time at the State Library, Elizabeth has performed preservation activities for the library’s rare materials, digitized and created an online collection in Ohio Memory, and contributed to the Ohio Memory blog. She is currently working as a Circulation Assistant at the Bexley Public Library.

Dominique Bortmas received the ACRL/NY 2014 Symposium Student Scholarship in December. In September she became the complex cataloging specialist (Monographs Metadata Specialist) at Florida State University.

Dominique Bortmas' proposal titled “Using XSLT for Automated Quality Control for Vendor Provided Records” was accepted for presentation at ALCTS CaMMS Copy Cataloging Interest Group at the American Library Association annual conference in San Francisco on June 27, 2015. She also is a committee member for the ALCTS Coding Efficiencies Pre-conference. Dominique currently works as a complex cataloging and metadata specialist at Florida State University Libraries. Posted June 29, 2015

In August, a poster by Alison Dickerhoof was accepted for presentation at the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) in November in Seattle. The poster, titled "Looking for Query Terms on Search Engine Results Pages," is based on her master’s thesis.

An article by Stefanie Hilles, “To Use or Not to Use: The Credibility of Wikipedia,” was published in Public Services Quarterly in the Future Voice column. 

Corina Iannaggi recently installed a new exhibit, “Cabinet of Wonders,” at the Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology (CCHP) at the University of Akron. Read about her experience at http://centerhistorypsychology.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/adventures-in-the-cchp-collection.

An article by Sean Kennedy, “Uncovering Discovery Layer Services,” was published in the March 2014 issue of Public Services Quarterly.

Marsha McDevitt-Stredney, Ph.D., was featured in “Interviews with Marketing Masters” in Marketing Library Services, Nov.-Dec. 2014. She is director of marketing and communications for the State Library of Ohio in Columbus.

Susan Palmer Jeffery was named head librarian at the Cedarville Branch of the Greene County Public Library in Ohio in July.

Sean Petiya is co-author of an article (with Thomas Baker, Department of Library and Information Science, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea, and Karen Coyle, consultant, Berkeley, Calif.) titled “Multi-Entity Models of Resource Description in the Semantic Web: A comparison of FRBR, RDA, and BIBFRAME.” The article was published in Library Hi Tech, v. 32, n. 4, 2014 pp 562-582. Petiya is a student in both the Master of Library and Information Science and Master of Science (user experience design) programs.

Sean Petiya successfully defended his master's thesis in December. His thesis is titled "User Application Profiles for Publishing Linked Data in HTML/RDFa: Building a Semantic Web of Comic Book Metadata." He presented a poster on this subject at the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications DC-2014, Austin Texas, U.S.A. Petiya is a student in both the Master of Library and Information Science and Master of Science (user experience design) programs.

Michelle Rucker's review of the website “Encyclopedia of Life” was published in February in the online journal Reference Reviews, Vol. 28 No. 1, pp. 29–30.

Adrienne Savoldi was selected to serve as an ambassador for the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival at the University of Southern Mississippi. Posted June 29, 2015

Desi Thomas completed a practicum at State Library of Ohio in support of Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO). Working with State Library Youth Services Library Consultant Janet Ingraham Dwyer, Thomas wrote toolkits for the 2015 & 2016 CTRO featured books and created a series of multicultural book kits that connect fiction and nonfiction texts, Ohio history and biography, and Common Core standards. Thomas works as a customer service specialist at the Reynoldsburg Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.

Shawn D. Walsh is co-author (with Melanie Lyttle) of an article titled “How Is a Library Open House Like a Thanksgiving Dinner?” which was published in Public Libraries Online on Nov. 24. Walsh is the emerging services and technologies librarian at Madison Public Library, Madison, Ohio.

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master of science, User Experience Design

2015

Tasha Markovich was on the third place team at the Cleveland Medical Hackathon in September 2015. Markovich was a design thinker and developer on their Watershed Health Project, which examined the Cuyahoga County Board of Health paper-based process of monitoring water quality to prevent the transmission of waterborne diseases. Posted Oct. 6, 2015.

2014

Liz Ahlman, "Modern Web Prototyping: Redesigning a Website Using Rapid Prototyping and Mockup Tools": This project involved the redesign of a website. There were two primary reasons to redesign the site: 1) the increased use of devices other than home computers being used to view the site and 2) the increased availability of rapid and responsive prototyping tools that are easy to use and very effective. The redesign proceeded by analyzing the existing site and then using the results of this to inform the new design.

Heather Knable, "An Exploration into an On-Line Bill Pay System": This project came about because of the need to get more customers to use the online bill pay system. The system offers time savings, the ability to choose how they receive and pay for their bills, and a more accurate way of collecting receivables. As customer traffic increased, feedback showed that the site was confusing, hard to understand, and frustrating. The student conducted a heuristic evaluation, competitive analysis, and uncovered current best practices to inform the recommendation to improve customer experience.

Andrew Pucci, "Recommendation Systems for the User Experience Designer": This article explains, to the user experience designer, the importance of recommendation systems and enumerates techniques for their utilization. Many articles have focused on the algorithmic details involved with recommendation systems but few have endeavored to show how these systems affect the user. The goal of this article is to give the user experience designer a framework for determining what makes a particular recommendation system applicable to the problem they are trying to solve and how to begin implementation of the system. It does not endeavor to fully explain the mathematical theory behind particular algorithms.

Sean Petiya is co-author of an article (with Thomas Baker, Department of Library and Information Science, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea, and Karen Coyle, consultant, Berkeley, Calif.) titled “Multi-Entity Models of Resource Description in the Semantic Web: A comparison of FRBR, RDA, and BIBFRAME.” The article was published in Library Hi Tech, v. 32, n. 4, 2014 pp 562-582. Petiya is a student in both the Master of Library and Information Science and Master of Science (user experience design) programs.

Sean Petiya successfully defended his master's thesis in December. His thesis is titled "User Application Profiles for Publishing Linked Data in HTML/RDFa: Building a Semantic Web of Comic Book Metadata." He presented a poster on this subject at the International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications DC-2014, Austin Texas, U.S.A. Petiya is a student in both the Master of Library and Information Science and Master of Science (user experience design) programs.

Gabrielle Zwilling, "Branding Yourself for the Online Workforce": From designing the brand logo to coding a complete online portfolio, the project uses practical application to showcase the knowledge gained from the Master of Science program. From designing the info graphic resume with the principles of information design to developing the sitemap based on the principles and practices learned in the User Experience Design course, the project sums up the degree. To thrive in a job market within an information society, a hard copy resume will barely suffice. With the world interlinked by the web, via Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google, etc., one has to brand oneself to stand out among the competition. Not only do you have to keep your image crisp and clean for potential employers, but you should use an online portfolio to highlight your experience.

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ph.d. in communication and information

2014

CCI doctoral student and SLIS alumna Shelley Blundell, M.L.I.S. ’09, accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Bibliography/Instructional Design Librarian at the University of Akron in December.

CCI doctoral students and Kent State SLIS alumni Shelley Blundell, M.L.I.S. ’09, Omer Farooq, M.L.I.S. ’12, and Heather Flynn, M.L.I.S. ’13, presented the roundtable discussion “Empowering communities through innovation: Doctoral student perspectives on knowledge navigation in the academic library” at the 2014 Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Annual Conference in November.

CCI doctoral student and Kent State SLIS alumna Shelley Blundell, M.L.I.S. '09, received a 2014-2015 University Fellowship award. Fifteen University Fellowships are awarded each year to graduate and Ph.D. students. The fellowship covers all tuition, grants an annual stipend, and provides Fellows with dedicated time for dissertation research and writing. 

CCI doctoral students and Kent State SLIS alumni Shelley Blundell, M.L.I.S. '09, and Heather Flynn, M.L.I.S. '13, presented their research projects at the April 15 graduate colloquium hosted by the College of Communication and Information. Blundell's research topic is "Exploring the Academic Information-Seeking Experience of Remedial Undergraduate Students." Flynn presented on "Exploring International Students’ Cultural Perceptions of the Academic Library to Enhance Library Services." 

CCI doctoral student and Kent State SLIS alumnus Omer Farooq, M.L.I.S. ’12, and SLIS Associate Professor Don Wicks, Ph.D., presented a paper at the Conference of the International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research (IOSSBR) in Atlantic City, N.J., on April 11. The paper, titled “Preaching Beyond the Pulpit: How Churches Disseminate Their Message,” examines how churches use the Internet and social media to extend their outreach. 

CCI doctoral student and Kent State SLIS alumnus Jeff Mixter, M.L.I.S., M.S. ’13, Research Support Specialist, OCLC Research, Columbus, Ohio, was an invited speaker of the NOTSL (Northern Ohio Technical Services Librarians) fall 2014 meeting, "Going Global in Your Local Catalog" on Nov. 21. He presented “FAST: Faceted Application of Subject Terminology the Vocabulary and Services.”

2013

CCI doctoral student Darin Freeburg, Ph.D. '13, was the first Ph.D. student to complete the new interdisciplinary doctoral program with a focus on library and information science. Freeburg's dissertation is titled "Information culture and belief formation in religious congregations." He has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science in Columbia, S.C., where he will be teaching information literacy and researching the variables involved in delivery and reception of messages as information products. Through his research and service, he will participate in the school’s state-wide effort to improve low-literacy among children and adults.

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