Throughout the year, BLAIS staff from all departments make professional contributions to conferences, publications, panels, hackathons, and more. As we reflect back on the spring semester, we’re excited to present their most recent achievements here.


Women’s Studies and Zine Librarian Jenna Freedman facilitated a brainstorm forum entitled “Zine Union Catalog Project with Dreams of Linked Open Data” at a Mashcat conference in Boston on January 13th.


Humanities Librarian Vani Natarajan presented a talk entitled “‘We’re All Feminists Here!’: Intersectional Interventions in a Women’s College Library” at the Critical Librarianship and Pedagogy Symposium in Tucson, Arizona, on February 26th.

Jenna Freedman led a panel entitled “Barnard Zine Library: Where Other is the Default” at “Practicing Utopia: Feminism and Activism in Institutional Contexts,” the annual graduate-organized conference of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality across the street at Columbia, on February 26th.


Performing Arts Librarian Charlotte Price presented a poster entitled “ANSCRing the Question: A hands-on approach to sound recording classification for college libraries” at the Music Library Association Annual Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 4th.

Charlotte also served on a panel, “Sizeism in the Stacks: Working Against Fat Discrimination in Libraries,” at the Eastern Sociological Society Meeting in Boston on March 19th.

Digital Archivist Martha Tenney, alongside archives fellow Charlotte Kostelic, presented their work on Internet archiving using Archive-It at the Metropolitan New York Library Council on March 21st.

Instructional Applications Developer for IMATS Ben Rosner participated in the 2016 Hackathon for the Islandora Consortial Group.


Associate Director of Instructional Media Melanie Hibbert presented a talk, “The Human Element: Reducing Social Distance Through Online Instructional Videos,” at the American Education Research Association in Washington, D.C. on April 9th.


Jenna Freedman and College Archivist Shannon O’Neill published an article entitled “Library Beautification: Decorating a Denuded Library That Only Has Three Months Left to Live (In Its Current Location)” in the May 2016 issue of College and Research Libraries News.

Melanie Hibbert published a chapter with the same title as her AERA talk in Creating Teacher Immediacy in Online Learning Environments, a new textbook published in May.

Melanie also presented her dissertation, “Student Experiences with Instructional Videos in Online Learning Environments,” and received her PhD from Teachers College, Columbia University, on May 18th.

Jenna led a discussion called "Offensive Mechanisms, Constructive Paths: How to Recognize and Deal with Microaggressions in the LIS Field" at LACUNY Institute 2016 on May 20th.

Congratulations to BLAIS staff for a fantastic semester!