At the recent BEA conference in Las Vegas are LIU Post alumni, from left, Tom Kenny, Lee Rainie, Rita Langdon and David Jank.

The Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University is one of the oldest library and i-schools in the country. In celebration of National Library Week — April 8-14, 2018 — students, professors and alumni from the Palmer School are engaged in a number of activities.

Information Studies Doctoral Professor David Jank ’10 (PhD) and Ph.D. students Rita Langdon (’91, ’95 MA, ’17 MPhil), who is LIU Post’s dean of professional education and transfer and graduate enrollment, and Tom Kenny, (’17 MPhil), who is Molloy College’s instructor and director of media facilities, were panelists at The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) annual academic conference on April 8 in Las Vegas. Jank, Langdon and Kenny, who represent the LIU i-Team of Information Scientists, presented a panel on emerging technologies in social media and the digital college generation.

The BEA conference’s keynote speaker was Lee Rainie (H’09), director of internet and technology research at Pew Research Institute in Washington, D.C., and a graduate of LIU Post’s M.A. in Political Science program (’77). He earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, is the former managing editor of U.S. News and World Report, and author of several books, including “Networked: The new social operating system.”

Spearheading this year’s National Library Week, themed “Libraries Lead,” is Loida Garcia-Febo, a Ph.D. student in Information Studies at the LIU Palmer School and current president of the American Library Association.

Meanwhile nationally renowned archivist and LIU Professor Dr. Greg Hunter is managing a $1.5 million grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to launch the Digitizing Long Island History project. Dr. Hunter and his students are digitizing historical documents from more than 100 historical societies in Nassau and Suffolk counties. A new Gardiner Institute symposia will be presented in late June on the LIU Post campus in Brookville, N.Y.

Dr. Tom Walker, director of the Palmer School, just returned from iConference in Sheffield (UK), the annual conference about the information world and higher education sponsored by the iSchool consortium. The iSchools promote information-related research and advances in higher-education, including curriculum development, external funding opportunities, and collaborations.

To learn more about the Palmer School’s M.S. in Library and Information Science and Ph.D. in Information Studies, attend an open house at LIU’s Manhattan location at NYU Bobst Library on April 17, 2018 or May 8, 2018 at 6 p.m. To reserve a spot at the open house, email Kathy.Riley@liu.edu or call 516-299-4010.