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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?

Dec. 23, 2015

Join GSLIS faculty, staff, and students at the 2016 ALISE Annual Conference, which will be held January 5-8 in Boston. The theme of the conference is "Radical Change: Inclusion & Innovation."

Tuesday, January 5

Professor Linda C. Smith will facilitate a preconference workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. titled, "Educate to Innovate: Re-visioning Library and Information Science Education."

Doctoral student Cass Mabbott will present a poster titled, "The We Need Diverse Books Campaign and Critical Race Theory: A Call to Action for Library and Information Professionals," at 6:30 p.m. Mabbott is the 2016 recipient of the ALISE/University of Washington Information School Youth Services...

Nov. 4, 2015

Three representatives from GSLIS will travel to Prato, Italy, next week to participate in the Community Informatics Research Network (CIRN) Conference. Held November 9-11, the theme of the 2015 conference is "Privilege, Information, Knowledge & Power: An endless dilemma?" The Center for Digital Inclusion is a sponsor of the event, and Senior Research Scientist Martin Wolske is a member of the organizing committee.

Wolske will lead a workshop session titled, "Toward a CIRN Statement on Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion," in which attendees can provide feedback on a proposed statement on ethics, diversity, and inclusion. Colin Rhinesmith (PhD '14) and Kelvin White of the University of Oklahoma School of Library and...

Oct. 13, 2015

GSLIS faculty and staff will participate in the 2015 All for One Conference: A Library State of Mind, the first joint conference of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) and the Illinois School Library Media Association, held in collaboration with the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries and the Special Libraries Association Illinois Chapter. The conference will be held on October 22-24 at the Peoria Civic Center.

K-12 Program Coordinator Georgeann Burch and Adjunct Professor Fred Schlipf will present, "Designing School Library Spaces that Work," on Friday, October 23, from 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. in Room 202 of the Peoria Civic Center.

Assistant Professor...