Announcing New Faculty & Staff
LSU School of Library & Information Science Welcomes New Faces in Fall 2021
LSU School of Library & Information Science announces new faculty and staff.
Mary Andries joins the staff as academic coordinator. She graduated with an English Literature degree from LSU in 2018 and has taken on several administrative roles in higher education. She is excited about her new role because of the opportunity to interact with students in a meaningful way as they make their way through the graduate school process. Andries oversees student services for the LSU Online MLIS programs, including Archival Studies, Records and Information Management, and Librarianship certifications. She provides students with information about course offerings, scheduling and registration, dual degrees, graduation, or academic actions such as probation.
Diane Gill, assistant professor of professional practice in school librarianship, is currently a doctoral candidate in the College of Information at the University of North Texas. Gill's dissertation focuses on school library media centers' diversity in recruitment and staffing while her wider research interests include school library information resources and school library trends. After receiving her BA in History, she earned a MA in Education Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Arlington. She earned an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas. Before starting her PhD program, Diane worked in the Zale Library and Learning Resource Center at Paul Quinn College. She has served in underrepresented communities as a teacher, campus, and district librarian in Dallas County, Texas for over 15 years. She has won the University of North Texas IS Toulouse Graduate School Fellowship Award.
Jacob LeMeunier joins the staff as academic coordinator. He graduated with a Master’s in Higher Education Administration this past spring from the University of Kansas where he worked as a graduate assistant for the Sexual Assault Prevention and Education Center on-campus for two years. During his undergraduate program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, he served as the head student manager for the university’s men’s basketball program. LeMeunier serves as the primary point of contact for SLIS Online students as a student services specialist. He also serves as the school’s representative on the CHSE Communicators Committee and assists the Admissions & Scholarship Committee.
Jennifer Thiele, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at Louisiana State University. She has been a library system director for over 15 years prior to taking the position with LSU. Thiele graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 2016 with her dissertation focusing on public library internet connectivity in rural areas of the United States, and the funding structures and programs that supported librarians bridging the digital divide. Jennifer was the recipient of the American Library Association's award for Notable Dissertations in 2017, and has taught classes in rural libraries, public library administration and readers' advisory.