School of Information Sciences

SIS student published in Public Services Quarterly, appointed to PaLA board


Bryan McGeary, current Library & Information Science graduate student at the School of Information Sciences (SIS) and University Library System (ULS) staff member, recently had his article, “Accessibility, Collaboration, and Staffing: Revamping the Model for Academic Library Video Collections” published in Public Services Quarterly. The article, which can be accessed here, discusses increased accessibility of audiovisual materials in academic library collections and the necessity of a media librarian to help traverse the changing landscape that includes increased streaming services.

McGeary was also just appointed as the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) manager on the Pennsylvania Library Association’s (PaLA) CRD board. The CRD provides grant funding to organizations that offer programming pertinent to Pennsylvania academic librarians. That funding is allocated from LSTA funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which in turn is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. McGeary’s responsibilities with CRD will be keeping track of information pertaining to these grants and participating on the committee that reviews grant proposals and determines awards.

McGeary, in addition to working toward his MLIS, holds an MS in journalism from Ohio University and a PhD in American culture studies from Bowling Green State University. He is currently a library specialist in Stark Media Services for the ULS and has been a staff member since 2013. He also serves as the news editor for the peer-reviewed, open access journal Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice. As a graduate student at SIS, McGreary is the current president of the Student Chapter of the American Library Association (SCALA), having served as vice president during the 2014-2015 academic year, and also currently serves as the vice president of the Special Libraries Association Pittsburgh Student Group (SLAPSG) and was the vice president of the School of Information Sciences Graduate Organization (SISGO) during the 2014-2015 academic year.

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