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New Head Named at Fordham Libraries

Feerick Center Launches Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Project

 



Linda LoSchiavo is the new director of the Fordham libraries.

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New Head Named at Fordham Libraries

Linda LoSchiavo, TMC ’72, GSAS ’90, has been named director of the Fordham libraries, the Office of the Provost announced on Jan. 22.  

LoSchiavo has served as interim director since July 2012, when she replaced James McCabe, Ph.D., the retiring director. Previously LoSchiavo served as assistant director of libraries and director of the Quinn Library since 1991.

“Linda brings many years of collaborative leadership experience, innovative vision, and dedicated service to her work. She has a unique and unparalleled perspective on the ever-evolving role of Fordham’s libraries in advancing the culture of research,” said Stephen Freedman, Ph.D., university provost and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology. “We welcome her great enthusiasm to engage the University community in charting creative new directions to further develop sustainable models of scholarly communication.”

LoSchiavo holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Fordham and a master’s in library science from Pratt Institute. She joined Fordham as a senior cataloger and, beginning in 1987, became head of a transformational initiative, the retrospective conversion project. As systems librarian in 1990-1991, she administered all automated library systems, as well as the circulation, acquisitions, and serials modules, and inaugurated a fully automated online library catalog at Fordham.

 


 

Feerick Center Launches Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Project

New York City and its neighboring counties are home to thousands of young immigrants who are separated from their parents or primary caregivers and many who are entirely on their own without any family support. To help this cohort with its myriad legal and social problems, Fordham Law’s Feerick Center for Social Justice has launched the New York Unaccompanied Immigrant Children Project.

The project will work to support improved policy and practice toward unaccompanied immigrant children, who are often exploited and abused by traffickers, smugglers, employers, relatives, or other adults. As a result of their undocumented status, the children also face homelessness; lack of healthcare and mental healthcare; difficulty accessing education; and inadequate access to justice, particularly legal representation.

The center will work with local child advocacy groups, academic programs, researchers, and government stakeholders, among others, to improve New York policy and practice affecting the children. Law students will provide integral support in the form of legal and policy research, preparing and conducting surveys, helping to plan stakeholder convenings, and participating in all other aspects of the project.

A seminar course on children and immigration will be offered in fall 2013. The project is supported by a generous grant from a private donor.


 

 
 

 


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