Center for the Study of Libraries, Information, & Society (CSLIS)

The Center for the Study of Libraries, Information, & Society (CSLIS) answers the call for research, collaboration, and ongoing discussion about topics and issues specific to library and information science (LIS), LIS education, libraries and librarians, and library services in multiple contexts. These issues are broad and varied, yet focused and specific, with the work that CSLIS researchers and practitioners engage in directly informing the continuing evolution of library and information services in today’s technological world. CSLIS is a center for study and cooperative work in learning more about the ways in which libraries operate and function in society as community information centers and as contemporary spaces for community engagement and lifelong learning.

"It’s an essential fight librarians are making, an age-old fight; yours is a battle for civilization. It’s a fight for our country’s founding values."
Jim Hightower, radio host

CSLIS Faculty Receive IMLS Grant to Create Community-Based LIS Education Program

Drexel's College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) is excited to announce “Integrating Community-Based Learning with LIS Education,” a grant project funded by the U.S. Government’s Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Working together with the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Drexel Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, CCI faculty will develop a new component of its Master’s in Information Science (MSI), Library & Information Science (LIS) major focusing on community engagement. Project leads and CCI professors Drs. Xia Lin, Jane Greenberg, Denise Agosto, Erjia Yan, and Alex Poole will work with representatives from partnering organizations to create a community-based learning model for LIS education and to develop a graduate Community Catalysts Certificate for professionals interested in learning how to benefit their communities via library and information services.

In addition to creating community-based partnerships and educational programming, the project will fund 12 Community Catalysts Fellows who will study and work together in a range of community organizations to complete a three-course, 12-credit Community Catalysts Certificate. Fellows interested in continuing their studies after they complete the certificate will be able to transfer the credits into Drexel’s Master of Science in Information program.

Interested in learning more? View the full project proposal or contact Allison Sands to discuss possible partnerships or applying for the Community Catalysts Fellowship program.

Hiring Outlook for Information Professionals Webinar Series

Past Events

February 23, 2021

Featured Speakers:

  • Michael Dickard, Vanguard, Senior User Experience Researcher 
  • Diana Kusunoki, White Ops, User Experience & Research Manager
  • Chuong K. Nguyen, Chair of PhillyCHI & Product Designer at Comcast

Drexel University's College of Computing & Informatics presented its second event in the Hiring Outlook Webinar Series with a focus on roles for user-experience (UX) Professionals.

January 26, 2021

Featured Speakers:

  • Tianyu Lange, Oculus VR, User Experience Researcher 
  • Christine Sheller, Director of Experience Design, O3 World 
  • Jing Zhang, AstraZeneca, User Researcher 

Drexel University's College of Computing & Informatics presented its first event in the Hiring Outlook Webinar Series with a focus on roles for user-experience (UX) Professionals.

 

November 30, 2020

 

Featured Speakers:

  • Daniella Lowenberg, California Digital Library, Dryad Product Manager & Make Data Count Principal Investigator, University of California Curation Center
  • Liza Vick, Head, Otto E. Albrecht Music Library and Eugene Ormandy Music and Media Center, University of Pennsylvania Libraries 

Daniella Lowenberg discusses the current state of open data initiatives in digital libraries and Liza Vick explains her work in music librarianship and the field of music librarianship in general.

 

October 19, 2020 

Featured Speakers:

  • Katy Aronoff, Senior Director of Solutions Architecture (Americas), ExLibris
  • Alexandra Winzeler, Product Manager for Technical Services, SHAREit ILL, Auto-Graphics, Inc.

Guest speakers Katy Aronoff and Alexandra Winzeler discuss their work in software development and information management systems and the hiring outlook in their fields.

 

July 7, 2020

 

Featured Speakers:

  • Dr. Africa Hands, Assistant Professor, East Carolina University
  • Dr. Linda Miles, Assistant Professor & Librarian, Hostos Community College, CUNY
  • Tim Siftar, Librarian for Education, Computing & Informatics, Drexel University
  • Dr. Jennifer Johnson Kebea, Executive Director, Drexel University Lindy Center for Civic Engagement

This panel focused on how to find volunteering opportunities in public libraries, academic libraries, professional associations, and other community information organizations.

 

May 22, 2020

 

Featured Speakers:

  • Deb Morley (Library Director, Wolfgram Memorial Library, Widener University)
  • Matthew Lyons (University Archivist, Drexel University)
  • Anne Norman (State Librarian, Delaware Libraries)

The speakers in this panel described how their organization has been affected by the pandemic response and offered advice for library and information science students and graduates who are in the process of looking for new jobs or new careers in the field of information services.

 

 

May 20, 2020

 

Featured Speakers:

  • Brook Freeman (South Philadelphia Cluster Leader, Free Library of Philadelphia)
  • Stephanie Pharo (Human Resources, City of Philadelphia) 

The speakers in this panel described how their organization has been affected by the pandemic response and offered advice for library and information science students and graduates who are in the process of looking for new jobs or new careers in the field of information services.