News / MLIS student project featured on "YouTube"


Students in the LIS 2002 course taught this spring by Dr. Elizabeth Mahoney have created a project that is being featured on YouTube.  Entitled “Who is Alice?,” this quirky and informational video describes the amazing professional contributions of Alice Bertha Kroeger, librarian and author of Guide to the Study and Use of Reference Books, a seminal work in the library profession.  Kroeger, born in 1864, graduated from the New York State Library School in Albany and became the first librarian at the Drexel Institute in Philadelphia.  She was also the founder of the library school at Drexel, which has since evolved into the iSchool at Drexel. 

The students of “Team Kroeger” thoroughly researched the life and work of Ms. Kroeger, wrote an exhaustive paper on her contributions to the field and then created this video and a presentation to help others understand the impact Kroeger had on the profession.  The team project involved Lauren Acquarole, Mari Bales, Lindsay Downs, Jennifer Gray, Kristen Guris, Amanda Lordi, Tori Moses, and Jennifer Stevenson. Several of the students are based here in Pittsburgh, but some team members are taking the course through the FastTrack MLIS program.  This made the assignment even more complex, as students needed to work together via distance technology. The “Who is Alice” video was created by Lauren Acquarole, Jennifer Stevens, and Lindsay Downs (who wrote the song at the end of the video). Thanks to all of them for creating an intriguing look at one of the library profession’s leading figures!