This October GSLIS will hold our first Fall Reunion, a month-long series of on-campus and online events providing opportunities to connect with current faculty, staff, and students. Alumni are invited to attend lectures, hear about current research, interact with students, and engage socially with the GSLIS community.
"This reunion offers an in-depth view of the GSLIS community as well as the opportunity to experience it—through classes, conversations, and activities that offer a variety of ideas and perspectives,” said Diana Stroud, assistant dean for advancement and alumni relations.
Attend a class
GSLIS faculty have opened up over 30 LEEP and on-campus classes to alumni during the month of October. You are invited to attend classes in a variety of topics including youth services librarianship, information organization and access, biological informatics, and community informatics. To view the entire list of available classes and to secure your spot, please complete the GSLIS 2011 Fall Reunion Class Participation Request Form.
Attend a lecture
This month we'll have many opportunities for alumni to hear about current research in LIS. You can attend these lectures in person or access the recorded versions in our archives so that you can listen to or view them anytime you like. Lectures will be recorded and archived on our Lecture Archives page.
- Charles Van Den Heuvel, “Visualizations of Universes of Knowledge,” Windsor Lecture (October 5, 4:00pm, GSLIS Room 126;audio recording)
- Meg Bellinger, “Shifting Organizational Boundaries for a Sustainable Digital Ecosystem at Yale,” Windsor Lecture (October 25, 4:00pm, GSLIS Room 126;audio recording)
- GSLIS faculty member Miles Efron, "Making Sense of Twitter Search" (October 13, 4:00-5:00pm, GSLIS Room 126; also available via Elluminate recording)
- GSLIS faculty member Jon Gant with doctoral student Colin Rhinesmith, "Building Gigabit Communities: High Speed Broadband in Champaign-Urbana and Philadelphia" (October 28, 3:00-4:00pm, GSLIS Room 126; also available via Elluminate recording)
- The Fourth Annual Digital Divide Lecture Series explores the changing concept of the digital divide in the world and in the LIS profession. While several societies and institutions have become immersed in the digital information age, many local and global communities are without the presence of technology in their daily lives. As technology continues to evolve, so does the digital divide in all parts of the world and in library and information science. Join us at 11:00 every Thursday in October for this lecture series, as we consider how the digital divide impacts the library, society, and our local community. Video recordings of this series will archived and available for viewing.
Learn about research
Join us on Friday, October 21, for GSLIS in a Flash: Lightning Talks on Current Research. A group of master’s, CAS, and PhD students will present a series of lightning talks on their research in the style of the popular PechaKucha format. Topics include digital storytelling, visual information in public libraries, digital archiving, and juvenile detention center librarianship, among others. The event will take place from 5:00-6:30pm in Room 126. For those unable to attend in person, this event will be streamed live and archived on our website. Check back for more details.
Visit us in person
We're taking the GSLIS Reunion on the road at four professional conferences:
- American Society for Information Science & Technology Alumni Reception, hosted by Professor Linda Smith (October 11)
- Health Science Librarians of Illinois Annual Conference Exhibit Booth (October 13 & October 14)
- Illinois Library Association Alumni Breakfast (October 19)
- Illinois School Library Media Association Alumni Reception (October 28)
Visit us on social media
GSLIS Fall Reunion Tweet Day
On Friday, October 7, post your
alumni updates using the #gslisui hashtag. Be sure to follow along and see what your classmates are up to!
Be sure to like the GSLIS Facebook page. We’ll post updates and links to reunion events throughout the month.
Submit your photos to the GSLISatIllinois Yearbook
We know how much fun it is to flip through an old yearbook, so we’re excited to create a virtual yearbook for GSLIS alumni on Flickr! Just visit the GSLISatIllinois Yearbook on Flickr, join the group, and upload a recent photo of yourself. Be sure to include your graduation year and degree, and let the GSLIS community know what you’re doing now. If you have any historic photos of GSLIS events or gatherings, we’d love for you to upload those as well!