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Institute of Museum and Library Services

This project will create both a master’s and doctoral-level specialization in Socio-technical Data Analytics (SODA). Partnerships with local researchers and businesses who already work with large data-sets will enable master's graduates to receive first-hand experience with both the social and technical implications of large digital data collections, and thus be well-prepared for leadership roles in academic and corporate environments. Similarly, doctoral students will consider multiple stages of the information lifecycle, which will help to ensure that their research findings will generalize to a range of scholarly and business practices. Case studies from these partners will be incorporated into new courses that will initially be held on campus and will later be evolved to the School...

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National Science Foundation

The United States is a world leader in technological innovation. However, as our technology has advanced, the need for cyber security experts has increased dramatically. Unfortunately, the U.S. lacks the cyber security workforce needed to manage many of the threats our society faces.

One method used to attract talented individuals to careers in cyber security has been the organization of cyber security competitions. Such contests aim to train the next generation of cyber security specialists using hands-on competition. Examining the overall effectiveness of cyber security competitions and expanding our understanding of the individuals who participate are keys to future success in cyber security recruitment.

Using a carefully constructed survey, the researchers will...

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National Science Foundation

The goal of this research is to help researchers develop and use relatively simple tools to describe species in a way that make those descriptions easier to share with other scientists and easier for computers to process and analyze. The approach is bottom-up and iterative, involving the rapid prototyping of tools, combining of existing tools, and the tailoring of applications developed for one purpose but now being reused for this scientific activity. Innovation from this project is applicable to the long-term development of open source software initiatives serving labs throughout the world. The project provides rich, real-world training for graduate students in library and information sciences, training them to be much needed cross-disciplinary researchers in a field desperate for...

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Picture books, such as those in the Marantz Collection (Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science), play an important role in developing literacy in our library users—from traditional literacy (as it relates to reading), to visual literacy, to cultural literacy. Exposing patrons of all ages to the messages contained in children’s literature can have lasting and beneficial effects, and can shape how readers view the world. It is for this reason that it is vitally important to examine the social justice messages that exist in the current literature and to advocate for even more social justice and diversity in the world of picture books. Per her interests in incorporating social justice into LIS pedagogy, Cooke will look for the messages contained in the texts (e.g...

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From 1970-1972 the Graduate School of Library Science at the University of Illinois (now the School of Information Sciences) welcomed and educated twenty-eight students of color known as The Carnegie Scholars. Spearheaded by faculty member Dr. Terry Crowley, he described the Carnegie Scholars program as “an unusual, flawed, but ultimately successful program to increase the number of disadvantaged students, primarily black and Hispanic” in the profession. Students recruited to this program went on to become successful leaders in the field of library and information science (LIS) and in the corporate and government sectors.

The Carnegie program, funded by the Carnegie Corporation in New York and the United States Department of Education, was a direct outgrowth of the momentum and...

IN THE NEWS

Aug. 1, 2018
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The iSchool is pleased to announce that Kyungwon Koh will join the faculty in August 2018. She is currently an associate professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

Koh's areas of expertise include digital youth, the maker movement, learning and community engagement through libraries, human information behavior, and competencies for information professionals. 

"Research on contemporary youth, who were born into and have grown up in this technology-rich society, is significant to all information science and technology researchers and practitioners," she said. "Today's young people reflect most explicitly the changes in the current information environment with the rapid developments in technology. This generation's preferences and approaches are...

Jul. 31, 2018

Assistant Professor and MS/LIS Program Director Nicole A. Cooke will be a panelist at the Hampton University Forum on Minority Recruitment & Retention in the Library & Information Science Field, which will be held August 1-2 in Hampton, Virginia. The mission of the forum, which is supported by an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant, is to identify critical issues in the recruitment and retention of minority librarians and serve as a springboard for ideas to effectively address these concerns. 

Two of Cooke's publications are required reading for the forum: "Tolerance is Not Good Enough" (Library Journal, May 2017) and Information Services to Diverse Populations (Libraries...

Jul. 30, 2018
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Over thirty Chinese academic librarians have a better understanding of American libraries after participating in a visit to the Urbana campus. The visit was hosted by Lian Ruan (MS '90, PhD '11), head librarian and director of international programs at the Illinois Fire Service Institute, who is the 2017 recipient of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award.

In addition to Illinois, the librarians visited other states including Missouri, California, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. They toured academic and public libraries as well as Google, listening to presentations on a variety of subjects. 

At the iSchool, J. Stephen Downie, professor and associate dean for research, and Catherine Blake, associate professor and...

Jul. 27, 2018

Two iSchool master's students have been selected by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Committee on Diversity and Leadership to participate in the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) as ARL Diversity Scholars.

Funded by ARL member libraries and EBSCO Information Services, the IRDW offers numerous financial benefits to program participants as well as leadership development provided through the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium, a formal mentoring program, career placement assistance, and an ARL research library visit. This program reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse research library professional community that will better meet the needs of researchers, students, and other constituencies whose demographics and perspectives are quickly evolving.

The 2018–2020 ARL Diversity...

Apr. 2, 2018
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Associate Professor Kate McDowell is the 2018 recipient of the Excellence in Online & Distance Teaching Award, given annually by the University of Illinois. The award recognizes faculty members and instructors who have demonstrated sustained excellence and innovation in online and/or distance teaching and contributions to student learning through innovative uses of technology. She will receive the award at the University’s Celebration of Teaching Excellence on April 12.

McDowell's online courses at the iSchool include Literature and Resources for Children (IS 303/403); Literature and Resources for Young Adults (IS 304/404); Youth Services Librarianship (IS 406/506); Storytelling (IS 409); Fantasy Literature and Media for Youth (IS 590VV/446); Youth Services Community Engagement (IS 490YS); and Libraries, Information, and Society (IS 502).

According to nominator Linda C. Smith, professor and executive associate dean, McDowell "is unique among our faculty in...

Jan. 25, 2018

Connect with iSchool faculty and staff next month at the 2018 ALISE Annual Conference and the ALA 2018 Midwinter Meeting in Denver. ALISE 2018 will be held February 6-9, and ALA Midwinter will be held February 9-13. A reception to honor the Kansas City Public Library, recipient of the 2017 Downs Intellectual Freedom Award, will take place on Saturday, February 10, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in Ellingwood Rooms A and B at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Denver. The award is sponsored by the iSchool and Libraries Unlimited.

ALISE 2018

Tuesday, February 6

Professor and Executive Associate Dean Linda C. Smith, will co-facilitate a preconference workshop at 9:00 a.m. titled, "A Future by Design: What Do We Teach?"

Senior Lecturer Maria Bonn will present her poster, "Expanding Scholarly Communication Instruction for the Next Generation of LIS Leaders," at 6:30 p.m. at the...

Nov. 3, 2017
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Nicole A. Cooke, assistant professor and MS/LIS program director, has received a Provost's Initiative on Teaching Advancement (PITA) grant, worth $7,500, for her proposal, "Inspiring Culturally Responsive Pedagogy." PITA grants support the implementation of teaching innovations and enhancements at the University of Illinois. 

With the PITA grant, Cooke will extend the cultural competence work the iSchool has undertaken in the past few years and continue the work of a previous curriculum audit.

"Culturally responsive pedagogy is a student-centered approach to teaching in which the student, and societal diversity, are recognized and nurtured in an effort to enrich classroom learning—and are used to encourage student achievement and a sense of well-being about the student's cultural place in the world,” said Cooke. "Focusing on culturally responsive pedagogy will facilitate discussion and additional learning about culturally competent course content and provide...

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