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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.

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Oct. 7, 2015

Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke will speak at several events this fall, talking on topics ranging from inclusion in LIS to social structures of "small worlds."

Cooke is slated to speak at the 2015 Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library & Information Science (CIDLIS), held on October 15-16 at the University of Maryland. CIDLIS—formerly the Symposium on Diversity in LIS Education—draws practitioners, educators, and scholars to discuss issues of diversity, inclusion, and information access in the LIS field.

Cooke’s talk, "Diversity and Social Justice in the LIS Curriculum," addresses the lack of courses related to diversity and social justice in LIS programs in the U.S. and Canada.

From the abstract: Librarianship is a profession characterized by women, specifically white women, according to Census data and the American Library Association’s Diversity Counts document (2012). While...

Oct. 1, 2015

A four-year, $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will help University of Illinois humanities scholars identify digital publishing options and produce new publications that will best disseminate their research.

The collaborative project involves the University Library, the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH), and the Department of African American Studies. It aims to help scholars understand the digital publishing options available to them and identify those that will best meet their publication goals, whether it’s gaining tenure, providing the broadest possible access to their research, or using multimedia formats to present their work.

“This is a time of enormous change in all aspects of scholarship and scholarly publishing. Things are happening...

Aug. 24, 2015

Colin Rhinesmith (PhD '14) has been named the new Benton Faculty Research Fellow by the Benton Foundation, a private foundation working to ensure that media and telecommunications serve the public interest and enhance democracy. In this role, Rhinesmith will conduct original research as well as advise the foundation on new research opportunities.

In his first project for Benton, Rhinesmith is conducting a study of low-cost Internet and digital literacy training programs in low-income communities across the U.S. The goal of the study is to provide data and outcomes-based measures that can be useful to policymakers, Internet service providers, and other digital inclusion stakeholders, particularly as the Federal Communications Commission and Congress seek to reform the Universal Service Fund.

Rhinesmith is also working with Benton Fellow Raphael Leung to compile research resources on the impact effects...

Aug. 12, 2015

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has selected four master’s students to participate in the 2015–2017 ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII), including one from GSLIS. The fellows are:

  • Opetoritse Agbejuleoritse Adefolalu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Avery Boddie, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Morgan Davis, University of North Texas
  • Jessica Redhouse, University of Arizona

The Diversity and Inclusion Initiative—funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), ARL, and MLA—seeks to address the growing need for professional staff in music and performing arts libraries to better reflect the changing demographics of students and faculty in those fields. The program reflects the joint commitment of ARL...