Chris Whelan '17 (second from left) at iSchool Convocation.

Reflections on the iSchool: Chris Whelan ’17

We asked iSchool Seniors to reflect back on their time at the iSchool before they graduate. Here’s the third and final blog of featuring a member of the iSchool’s Class of 2017. Chris Whelan Hometown: Baldwinsville, New York Major: Information Management & Technology What was your initial reaction coming to the iSchool as a Freshman? … Continued

Alexandra Lockey Senior Feature

Reflections on the iSchool: Alexandra Lockey ’17

We asked iSchool Seniors to reflect back on their time at the iSchool before they graduate this weekend. Here’s second blog of three featuring members of the iSchool’s Class of 2017. Alexandra Lockey Information Management & Technology New York City, NY Alexandra is an Information Management and Technology major with a project management concentration from … Continued

Kobby Tettey '17 (far right) celebrates the end of senior year at the iSchool's Senior Night.

Reflections on the iSchool: Kwabena Tettey ’17

We asked iSchool Seniors to reflect back on their time at the iSchool before they graduate this weekend. Here’s our first blog of three featuring members of the  iSchool’s Class of 2017. Kwabena (Kobby) T. Tettey Major: Information Management & Technology Hometown: Accra, Ghana Born to a banker and a translator of Ghanaian-descent, Kobby has … Continued

An iSchool student teaches a Girl Scout at the iSchool's "Girls Are I.T.!" event.

Social Justice and Librarianship

Many librarians (myself included), believe that libraries are inherently tied to issues of social justice. How so? In a world of increasing inequality, they provide free and unlimited access to information and technology. They open their doors to all, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, political party, economic status, religion, ability, or age. In order … Continued

Evolving with Open Source Software at the iSchool

Evolving with Open Source Software at the iSchool

After 7 years of active duty, I came to the iSchool on a different mission. I wanted to learn how to integrate more open source solutions into my life. I’ll dig into the “why” and “when” soon, but in summary, it’s about the open source contributors’ community aspect. The priorities include quality, customization, and you … Continued

Queens Library. Image courtesy of Queens Library -

Library Friday: Queens Library

This semester I’m enrolled in the course, IST 613: Library Planning, Marketing, and Assessment. I’ve been assigned to revitalize a youth literacy program for four to seven-year-old English language learners who come to Syracuse from all over the world. Three weeks ago, a group of us library science students visited the Boston Public Library. We were … Continued

Internet-connected home security: What can go wrong?

Internet Connected Home Security Systems: What Can Go Wrong?

“What can go wrong?” is a blog series on the risks associated with using “Internet of Things” smart devices like phones, cars, webcams and voice control devices like Amazon Echo. Home monitoring and security systems sales are on the rise. “People are becoming more safety conscious,” says Rory Russell, owner, Acquisition and Funding Services (AFS), Kattskill … Continued

Syracuse University iSchool Library Science Road Trip to Boston

Library Science Road Trip: Boston

This semester, the iSchool offered MS in Library and Information Science students the opportunity to travel to Boston for a whirlwind two-day trip full of library tours and networking with alums. It was a fulfilling experience that allowed us to think critically about the field and our future roles as librarians. Day 1 UMass Medical Library … Continued

LIS Internships: Library Management. Image of State Island Museum courtesy of

MSLIS Internship Close-Up: Management

When I’m not running around Hinds Hall or drinking copious amounts of coffee, you can find me at the DeWitt Community Library, where I work part-time. The DeWitt Community Library is a bustling public library located ten minutes from Syracuse’s campus. I spend the majority of my time there helping the Executive Director, Business Manager, … Continued

Syracuse University D.C. Immersion. "Cherry Blossoms at the Jefferson memorial" photo courtesy of Michael Foley (

D.C. Immersion Week: Spring Break

As Syracuse University students, we have amazing opportunities and experiences available at the tips of our fingers. More specifically as iSchool students, we all know about road trips, AsiaTech and EuroTech, and Spring Break in Silicon Valley. But have you ever thought about the D.C. Immersion Week? What is the D.C. Immersion Week? Since 2012, … Continued