SIS Students Honored


SIS is pleased to note that two graduate students in the Library and Information Science Program – Justin Bonfiglio and Ben Blake – are being recognized for their academic excellence. 

Justin Bonfiglio, who is working towards his Master’s Degree in the Preservation Management Specialization, was awarded the Image Permanence Institute (IPI) Internship in Preservation Research.  This internship program, offered by the IPI in cooperation with the Association of Moving Image Archivists, is designed to provide students who are pursuing a career in the field of moving image archives with experience through a three-month paid internship at the IPI.  The competitive internship program will allow Justin to gain invaluable practical experience in preservation research.  Congratulations to Justin and his advisor, Karen Gracy.

Ben Blake, an MLIS student in the Archival Studies Specialization, will be honored by the Society of American Archivists (SAA) with the 2006 Theodore Calvin Pease Award for his student paper, “A Call for a New American Labor Archives:  History, Theory, Methodology and Practice.”  SAA reviewers noted that Ben’s paper was “a thoughtful, well-written study that grounds the development of labor archives in the context of the archival progression.”  Interestingly, Blake’s work calls for labor archives to create knowledge management partnerships with labor unions.  Ben will receive his award at the SAA Awards Ceremony to be held on August 4th in Washington DC.  In addition to a certificate and cash prize, Ben’s paper will be published in a forthcoming edition of American Archivist, a peer-reviewed journal published by the Society of American Archivists.  Ben, who is advised by Richard Cox, recently accepted a position as an archivist at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware. The School of Information Sciences congratulates Ben on this national recognition of his work.