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Mar. 21, 2018

Scott A. Collard (MS '99), head of specialized research services at New York University, is the recipient of the 2018 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award.

This award honors a distinguished academic librarian who has made an outstanding contribution as an education and/or behavioral sciences librarian through accomplishments and service to the profession.

A plaque will be presented to Collard during an EBSS event at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

"With his record of service to EBSS, his ability to bring diverse perspectives together for the good of the whole, and his substantial contributions to the profession, the committee is thrilled to...

Mar. 16, 2018

Three iSchool alumni have made the Library Journal's 2018 class of Movers & Shakers, an annual list that recognizes fifty professionals who are transforming what it means to be a librarian. Robin Bradford (MS '00), Roberta Koscielski (MS '82), and Chera Kowalski (MS '09) were honored in the "Advocates" category. ...

Mar. 8, 2018

M. Kathleen Kern (MS '99) has been appointed incoming editor of Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ), the journal of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). Kern began as editor-designate in early February and will assume the position of editor on July 1, 2018.

"Kathleen is a fine writer and has been a thoughtful reviewer for RUSQ. Her understanding of scholarly communication as well as her commitment to RUSQ's goal of reaching the broadest range of librarians add to her strengths," said current RUSQ Editor Barry Trott. "Kathleen's experience, passion, and commitment make her an excellent choice to guide the journal."

Kern is currently director of the Miller Learning Center at the University of Georgia Libraries. She has published widely, including a book,...

Mar. 2, 2018

Assistant Professor Emily Knox and iSchool alumnus James LaRue (MS '81), director of the American Library Association's (ALA's) Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation, will serve as panelists for a special forum on March 5 at the University of Oregon. The event is part of the University's 2018 event series, which aims to address challenging, contemporary issues of free expression on college campuses.

Knox and LaRue will be joined by Jody Gray, director of the ALA's Office of Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach. Their panel discussion, Allies Not Enemies: Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice, will examine the complex issues involved at the intersection of values and real-world situations and...

Feb. 19, 2018

iSchool alumna Soraya Silverman-Montano (MS '11) is the 2018 president of the Nevada Library Association (NLA). In this role, one of her goals is to work with library organizations across the state to get their staff involved and active in the organization. Silverman-Montano, head of Youth Services at the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District’s Spring Valley branch, was named the NLA's Librarian of the Year in 2016 and an ALA Emerging Leader in 2014.

Where do you work and what is your role?

I have worked for the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District for thirteen years and currently serve as department head for Youth Services for the Spring Valley branch. It's a dream job because I have an amazing, passionate staff; our community is extremely diverse and involved in our library; and it is...

Feb. 8, 2018

The iSchool Alumni Association (ISAA) is seeking nominations for three distinguished awards. The awards are given annually at the iSchool alumni reception held at the American Library Association conference. The deadline for nomination is April 1, 2018.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes an individual alumnus of the School who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of library and information science.

The Leadership Award recognizes a recipient of the master's degree from the School who has graduated in the past ten years and who has shown leadership in the field of library and information science.

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes a friend of the School including faculty, staff, alumni and non-alumni, who has served ISAA or the iSchool in an exceptional way.

To submit a...

Jan. 31, 2018
Joshua Finnell

A commitment to library innovations led a small group of librarians, including iSchool alumnus Joshua Finnell (MS '07), to create the Awesome Libraries Chapter. The chapter originated from a working group of the Library Pipeline, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting structural changes by providing opportunities, funding, and services that improve the library as an institution and librarianship as a profession. Finnell, head of research and instruction and associate professor in the University Libraries at Colgate University, started the chapter with group members Bonnie Tijerina, researcher at the Data & Society Research Institute in New York, and Robin Champieux, scholarly...