Historical Materials LIS Internship with SUNY Upstate Medical Archives

MSLIS Internship Close-Up: Historical Materials

During my first semester at the iSchool, my IST 511 class (Intro the Library and Information Profession) had the opportunity to tour the Special Collections Research Center at SU Libraries. We saw printed leaves from the Gutenberg Bible, cuneiform tablets from Mesopotamia, and original photographs by Margaret Bourke-White, among others. To say that I was … Continued

What can go wrong? Android Security

Android Security: What Can Go Wrong?

What can go wrong if I order Pizza Hut from my Android device? Due to a well-publicized bug found in over 100 Android apps, when ordering Pizza Hut via the Android app the user’s password was exposed and easily could have been intercepted by a hacker. If you are like many people, you use the … Continued

Online Student Experience at the iSchool

The iSchool Experience: Online Student Edition

My Adventure I began my adventure at the iSchool on campus while I was living in Syracuse. When I bought my first house an hour and a half away, it was no longer feasible for me to make the drive to campus. I knew I wanted to complete my degree at the iSchool because I … Continued


Retooling my Skills with Data Science at the iSchool

My name is Rainier Varilla, and I’m on my road to retooling my skills with Data Science at the iSchool. Oh, and I’m 50 years old. Now you’re probably asking yourself, ‘Why on earth are you heading back to school, old man?’  Before I can answer that, let me just say that I have fought … Continued

Laura Nisivoccia

Laura Nisivoccia ’94 – Connected at LinkedIn

LinkedIn is THE place for professional networking on the Internet.  The iSchool was lucky enough to have LinkedIn’s IT Support Manager, Laura Nisivoccia come and visit as part of the HINDSights Alumni Visitor Series. Nisivoccia is a 1994 graduate of Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management with a B.S. in Management Information Systems and Services. Starting from … Continued


Study Abroad: Calling all iSchool Students

I hate to admit it but I’m one of those students. The ones who come back from a semester overseas and casually, but smugly, wear their elephant pants from Thailand while complaining about the lack of seasoning in American food. Yes, I’m recently back and better than ever from a semester abroad in Singapore. And no, … Continued

Close up on Public Service Librarianship

MSLIS Internship Close Up: Public Service

After looking at the technical and data-driven side of librarianship last week, I decided to mix things up. This week, I had the opportunity to chat with two recent alums about their internship experiences in our focus area of public service. What is a Public Service Librarian? Libraries of all shapes and sizes regularly ask … Continued


Amazon’s Alexa: What Can Go Wrong?

A blog Series on the risks associated with using “Internet of Things” smart devices by Michael Wangerin What’s the worst that can happen if I get an Amazon Echo (Alexa)? This is a question that will rapidly evolve over time. Amazon appears to continuously be developing new features for the product, as Farhad Manjoo reported … Continued

Get on GitHub

Get on Github

I Did Not Thrive in IST263. Sure, HTML was straightforward enough. It was like the monochromatic storyboard sketch of web development, providing only what was necessary to push the project along. Of course, next came the oh-so-glamorous CSS, ready to jazz things up. This is already where things got a little disconcerting for me, mostly … Continued