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August 2013 Newsletter

  1. Recent iSchool NewsMatt Lease, AERI 2013, NCWIT & more

  2. Alumni ProfilesJohn H. Slate (MLIS 1995), City Archivist, Dallas, TX

  3. Development & Giving New Alumni Gift

  4. Upcoming EventsUpcoming events in the iSchool and in the information fields.

2013 Convocation

1. Recent iSchool News   Top ↑

Dillon & Siv

Matt Lease Garners Three Early Career Awards in One Year

Assistant Professor Matt Lease has accomplished a rare feat for a young faculty member, securing three prestigious early career awards in one year from federal government agencies. "To receive one career award from a federal funding agency is recognition of early prominence and a strong predictor of future scholarly impact," said Dean Andrew Dillon. "To receive three, all in one year, is unprecedented in my experience. In the true spirit of the iSchool, Matt's work crosses disciplinary boundaries and I am convinced his work has the potential to solve pressing information problems in the years ahead."

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AERI 2013: iSchool Hosts Major National Archiving Conference

aeri 2013

In mid-June, the iSchool hosted the Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI), a major national conference for doctoral students in archival studies and Ph.D.'s who are beginning professional careers in archiving. Drawing over one hundred archives doctoral candidates and archival educators, the Archival Education and Research Institute conference featured five days of presentations, workshops and field trips. While most student participants are from the U.S., others came from as far away as New Zealand, Canada, China, Korea, and Australia.

The AERI conference was created in 2009 through the efforts of a consortium of eight university Ph.D. programs in archival studies, of which UT is a member, with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the Laura Bush Librarians for the Twenty-First Century initiative. The conference encouraged students to focus on mentoring and networking with faculty and peers. The intensive, collegial environment fostered research partnerships and professional collaborations between students and senior archival educators.
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Strong Showing of iSchool Leaders at The NCWIT Summit

Held in late May in Tucson, Arizona, the National Center for Women & Information Technology Summit on Women and IT: Practices and Ideas to Revolutionize Computing brought together leaders, change agents, and stakeholders to focus on research-driven practices that strengthen the computing workforce and promote technology innovation by increasing the participation of girls and women.
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Lecia Barker at NCWIT

iSchool Beta Phi Mu Chapter to Reactivate

On February 16, 1974, about twenty members of Beta Phi Mu started Texas' first chapter, becoming charter members of the Beta Eta Chapter at The University of Texas at Austin. They pledged to recognize scholastic achievement and scholarly contributions to library and information science, to sponsor and support appropriate professional and scholarly projects, and to improve the quality of library and information science in the Southwest region of the United States.
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Beta Phi Mu

2. Alumni Profiles   Top ↑

John H. Slate (MLIS 1995)

City Archivist, Dallas, Texas

John Slate has been the city archivist for the City of Dallas for the past 11 years, where he is responsible for more than 2,000 cubic feet of historic city government records in the Dallas Municipal Archives, which includes the JFK assassination materials from the police department.


John’s work in archives, libraries, and special collections began at the Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin, where he spent thirteen years while working on his degrees. John earned a BS in Radio-Television-Film from UT while working at the Center of American History and initially had no intention of pursuing an MLIS degree. However, his change of heart, as he describes it, ended up being one of the best decisions he ever made. Although his primary focus was archives, he kept an open mind and took a broad range of classes that widened his horizons. In addition to classes, the practical experience he got in libraries working alongside experienced professionals was very useful. John believes that the best preparation for interacting with patrons or customers is a combination of iSchool classes and getting into the trenches and experiencing library work first-hand.
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John Slate

3. Development & Giving   Top ↑

New Alumni Gift Reaches Out to iSchool Students

Recent iSchool graduate Jarred Wilson and his partner, Mark Steinwachs, made a designated gift to the iSchool, which will have immediate impact on many iSchool students. The funds will provide a professional photographer to produce headshots of any student who wishes to participate. These photographs will be suitable for many purposes, including professional portfolios, social media such as LinkedIn, career portraits, individual web sites, and personal uses such as graduation or sharing with family members.

Jarred Wilson and his partner, Mark Steinwachs

Jarred is a May 2013 MSIS graduate with a background in non-profit management, who also represented the School of Information on the UT's Senate of College Councils and Graduate Student Assembly. Mark is a professional editor, a writer, and a book dealer. We are very appreciative of the generosity that Jarred and Mark have shown to the iSchool and to our students!

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5. Upcoming Events   Top ↑

Washington D.C. Alumni Meetup!

Wednesday, September 11th
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Elephant & Castle
1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004