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International Connections

Kent State SLIS faculty, students and alumni are impacting the profession on a global level in many ways. Below are just a few recent examples. You can read more about SLIS faculty presentations and publications, alumni updates and student research and other activities on the main SLIS website.

Lecturer Nancy Lensenmayer, A.M.L.S., mentored five early-career librarians from Pakistan, Philippines, Serbia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, participants in the 2015 IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program. The librarians spent four weeks in the United States visiting libraries and cultural heritage institutions, learning about global library cooperation and preparing individual professional development plans.

Assistant Professor Marianne Martens, Ph.D., was co-organizer of a Digital Youth Preconference, a full-day workshop titled “Digital Youth Research Network: Defining the Field, Building Connections, and Exploring Collaborations,” held at the 2015 iConference in Newport Beach, Calif. Co-organizers included colleagues from University of Copenhagen, University of British Columbia, University of Washington and Rutgers University.

Assistant Professor Rebecca Meehan, Ph.D., presented “Usability Improvements to Electronic Health Records: Finding Realistic Paths to Success” at the International Conference on Health Informatics in Lisbon, Portugal, in 2015. At the same conference, she was session chair for “Current Research in Health Informatics.” 

Associate Professor David Robins, Ph.D., gave the keynote presentation on “A visual orientation system for e-learning: Using visuals to improve student experience” in March 2015 at the Customer Experience Conference on UX and Service Design in Copenhagen, Denmark. Robins also was named the first-ever Director of Education on the Board of Directors for the global Information Architecture Institute.

Associate Professor Athena Salaba, Ph.D, was elected to the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) Review Group as the only representative from a U.S. university. 

Kent State SLIS alumni and students have been involved in many international pursuits, such as creating a law library in Kabul, Afghanistan (Andrea Muto, M.L.S. ‘98); serving as head librarian at an international school in Astana, Kazakhstan (Celia Emmelhainz, M.L.I.S. ’14); traveling to India on a Fulbright scholarship to create online resources for professionals in deaf education (Cameron Crane, M.L.I.S. ‘13); teaching in Spain while working on a M.L.I.S. (Christina Booth, M.L.I.S. ’14); discussing research on semantic analysis and knowledge management during summer courses at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China (David Mease, M.L.I.S. '14). 

Read more about the School's global impact.