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Jul. 19, 2018
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Two iSchool alumni, Jennifer Bueche (MS '94) and Lucas McKeever (MS '13), have been selected to receive awards from the Illinois Library Association (ILA).

Jul. 12, 2018
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Recent graduate Wendy Hoi Yan Wong (MS '18) has been awarded a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Digital Scholarship Postdoctoral Fellowship to work at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). The fellowship program offers scholars the chance to develop new research models, collaborate with information specialists, and explore new career opportunities. In addition to her MS/LIS degree from Illinois, Wong holds a PhD in music from CUHK.

Wong's interest in academic libraries developed while working on the Rulan Chao Pian papers as a research associate in special collections at the CUHK Library. She had previously worked as a teaching assistant and adjunct lecturer for CUHK's...

Jun. 14, 2018

iSchool alumnus Alexander Salopek (MS '15), acquisitions/government documents librarian for the Supreme Court of the United States, has been chosen to participate in the highly competitive American Library Association Leadership Institute

The thirty-eight total mid-career librarians selected for the 2018 Institute will take part in an immersive leadership development program in August, where they will develop and practice leadership skills in areas critical to the future of the libraries they lead, and allow them to form a vibrant learning community and network. Participants are expected to return to their institutions with greater self-awareness and self-confidence, equipped with better skills for leading, coaching, collaborating, and engaging within their organizations and in their communities, and prepared to identify, develop, and...

Jun. 1, 2018
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Kurt Munson (MS '92), assistant head of access services at Northwestern University Library, was selected as the 2018 winner of the Sharing and Transforming Resources Section's (STARS) Virginia Boucher Distinguished ILL (Interlibrary Loan) Librarian Award, sponsored by OCLC. The award consists of $2,000 and a citation, which recognizes an individual for outstanding professional achievement, leadership, and contributions to interlibrary loan and document delivery through recent publication of significant professional literature, participation in professional associations, and/or innovative approaches to practice in individual libraries.

May. 30, 2018
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Cheryl Ziegler very nearly wasn't the librarian at the Union League Club. She had applied for several jobs, but on the day of her interview at ULC, she got a call saying that she had been selected for an independent contractor position on a project with Chicago Public Schools. "Well, I can't have two jobs," she thought to herself, and canceled the interview. 

But the CPS job turned out to be unsatisfying. Not only that, it was in CPS facilities down by Sox Park, and she had to pass the Union League Club every day to get to it: she'd take the train from Naperville, then walk across Jackson Boulevard on her way to her train south. After working for CPS for months, she discovered that the ULC job was still posted, and decided to check if she could still be interviewed. "We hired somebody yesterday," came...

May. 24, 2018
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According to Roy Saldaña (MS '08), the best part of his job is the opportunity to work with college students from underrepresented groups: first-generation and lower-income students as well as those with documented disabilities. He has found his niche as the director of a program aimed at helping these individuals succeed in college and beyond.

Where do you work, and what is your role?

I am the director of Achieving College Excellence (ACE) at Loyola University Chicago. Our program is funded through a TRIO Student Support Services grant from the U.S. Department of Education. We serve eligible undergraduate students from unrepresented groups in every aspect of their being—not solely academics. Within my current position, I am tasked with the coordination of support services and program...

May. 18, 2018
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Throughout her racing career, Paralympian Amanda McGrory (MS '18) has had many fans cheering her on, but she considers her fans at the iSchool to be particularly special. At Convocation last weekend, she presented the iSchool with the Order of Ikkos, a medal given to Olympic and Paralympic medalists to pass on to organizations or people who have supported them on their journey.

McGrory is an elite competitive athlete, having won seven Paralympic medals and over 25 marathons. Understandably, this requires an intense training schedule that lasts year-round. The iSchool made sure that she was able to continue competing while also pursuing her MS/LIS degree.  

According to McGrory, athletics taught her discipline, especially with her schedule. This discipline was vital to her success in graduate school. In addition to her training and classes, she also worked as a graduate assistant for the School's...

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