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Mar. 23, 2016

Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke is the 2016 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Equality Award. The annual award—$1,000 and a framed citation of achievement donated by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group—is given to an individual or group for outstanding contributions toward promoting equality in the library profession. Cooke’s award will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando on June 26, 2016.

The jury noted that throughout her career, Cooke has been a passionate advocate for equity and has spearheaded diversity initiatives within the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and at her home institution. In particular, the members were impressed with Cooke’s extensive record of publications and dedicated social-justice oriented approach to her teaching, both of which...

Mar. 18, 2016

Library Journal’s annual “Movers & Shakers” list recognizes professionals who are shaping the future of libraries in a variety of ways. GSLIS alumna Amita Lonial (MS ’09) is among the 2016 class of Movers & Shakers in the “Advocates” category. Lonial is the learning experiences manager at Skokie (IL) Public Library.

From Library Journal:

New to her position as a comanager of Learning Experiences at Skokie Public Library (SPL), Amita Lonial dove right in and “ramped up our programming by 50 percent,” she says. According to nominator Mikael Jacobsen,...

Mar. 3, 2016

Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke is one of three winners of the 2016 Kenneth and Sylvia Marantz Fellowship for Picturebook Research, which encourages scholars from the United States and abroad to make use of resources available at the Marantz Picturebook Collection for the Study of Picturebook Art in their research. Cooke will receive a stipend of up to $1,500 to spend approximately one week at Kent State University’s Reinberger Children’s Library Center, where the Marantz Collection is housed.

Cooke’s project is titled “Something Beautiful: Social Justice, Empathy, and Cultural Competence in Children’s Books.” She will conduct a content analysis of works in the collection, looking specifically for implicit and explicit depictions of social justice, as well as...

Feb. 17, 2016

GSLIS master’s students Jessica Colbert and Annabella Irvine will participate in the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC) this week, where they will lead a workshop on locating LGBT materials in libraries and will represent the GSLIS student group, Queer Library Alliance (QLA). Held annually, the interdisciplinary conference is organized by students and is the largest event of its kind in the country. MBLGTACC 2016 will be held at Purdue University on February 19-21.

The workshop, "Finding Ourselves in the Library: Locating LGBT Materials in Libraries,” was developed by Colbert and fellow GSLIS MS/LIS student Brittany Craig.

Abstract: This workshop serves to assist students in pursuit of queer literatures, histories, and other LGBTQIA-related library materials. Libraries have been a hub for marginalized populations, particularly...

Jan. 26, 2016

Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke will be the featured speaker at the inaugural event of the newly-formed Midwest Chapter of REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking. The event, which is open to the public, will be held on February 5 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in room 1-470 of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Richard J. Daley Library.  

In her talk, “Cultural Competence and Diverse Communities,” Cooke will “introduce audience members to concepts such as cultural competence, intersectionality, and privilege in hopes that this knowledge will empower librarians and enable them to better interact with and serve their diverse communities,” she said.

Later in February Cooke will deliver two talks at the University of Arizona. On February 25 she will give an invited lecture titled, “The GSLIS Carnegie Scholars: Guests in Someone Else’s...

Jan. 19, 2016

Associate Professor Terry Weech and more than a dozen GSLIS students will travel to Lyon, France, next week to participate in the BOBCATSSS 2016 symposium, held January 27-29. BOBCATSSS is an international symposium under the auspices of EUCLID (European Association for Library and Information Education and Research) that brings together library and information science professionals, researchers, educators, and students.

Every year since 1993, LIS students from at least two European universities organize the symposium to address current issues in library and information science. Teams of students plan and manage the event as a part of their studies. BOBCATSSS is an acronym for the universities that initiated the symposium: Budapest, Oslo, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Tampere, Stuttgart, Szombathely, and Sheffield.

GSLIS presentations include:

Thursday, January 28

Master’s student Emily Metcalf...

Jan. 4, 2016
Nicole A. Cooke (left) and Linda C. Smith

In a society where makerspaces, Google, and smartphones proliferate, people don’t interact with information, technology, or libraries the way they used to. The digital world influences how we live, work, learn, and play, which in turn alters our information needs and expectations. For decades, library and information science (LIS) professionals have been leading the way in understanding the use of information. The roles of LIS professionals are evolving along with the information landscape, but how will educating these professionals evolve? What is ahead for the future of LIS education?