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Jan. 30, 2017

Our alumni work all over the world, using the knowledge and skills they learned in their iSchool courses. Dalal Rahme (MS '14) is sharing her knowledge of data curation with students and faculty at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.

Where do you work and what is your role?

I'm a research data services librarian at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon. My main duty is to help researchers find the data they need, organize it, preserve it, and make it accessible for future use through our DataBank. I also assist in the writing of data management plans when required. As a data curator, I work closely with the digital initiatives department, where I am involved in several digital preservation projects. In addition, I teach a digital preservation course at the Graduate School...

Jan. 30, 2017

The Library School Alumni Association (LSAA) 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, 2017.

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 LSAA or the iSchool in an exceptional way.

To submit...

Jan. 18, 2017

As fake news reports spread like a disease over the internet, online users need to more carefully consider the credibility of their news sources. Jeanine Finn (MS '96), former reference librarian, recent PhD grad, and self-described "ninja of information spaces," has been doing research on information credibility for about eight years. For her dissertation, she examined the use and evaluation of scientific sources by journalists in writing about science news for diverse audiences.

"From the ethnographic study of freelance science writers, I gathered extensive data related to the writers' work habits, their research processes, their education and professional training, and, more centrally, how they manage their professional identities as trusted communicators," Finn explained. "The question of information...

Jan. 5, 2017

Tim Lockman discovered on the job that the field of librarianship is "broader and deeper than I imagined when I began, and I find myself doing work that I hadn’t pictured myself doing as a grad student." He is currently pursuing a master's certificate in instructional design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout to add to his professional training. With a full-time job, graduate school, and a side career in music, Lockman is one busy librarian.

Where do you work and what is your role?

I have been a reference and instruction librarian at Kishwaukee College, a community college in rural northern Illinois, since 2006. In addition to reference and instruction, I do collection management and teach a one-credit-hour information literacy class. I have faculty status at the college, so I'm involved...

Nov. 17, 2016

In her winning video for the Wiley Scholarship for Early Career Librarians, Ximin Mi (MS '13) talks about the importance of lifelong learning—how learning doesn’t stop when you graduate. She put this concept into practice in making the video, which earned her a $1,500 travel grant that she will use to attend the Association of College & Research Libraries Conference in Baltimore this March. The video took about forty hours to make, and Mi’s previous experience was limited.

"My video editing experience didn’t go beyond Windows Movie Maker and iMovie before creating this Wiley video, which was made with Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere," Mi said. "There is definitely a learning curve in picking up the Adobe Suite, but it is...

Nov. 10, 2016

Four iSchool alumni have been selected by the American Library Association (ALA) to participate in its 2017 class of Emerging Leaders.

Minhao Jiang (MS '15), Casey McCoy (MS '14), Lucas McKeever (MS '13), and Heather Thompson (MS '13) are included in this year's class of fifty individuals from across the country. Now in its eleventh year, this leadership development initiative provides opportunities for newer library professionals to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, observe ALA structure, and serve the profession in a leadership capacity.

The Emerging Leaders program will launch with events at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta, which will be followed by six months of online learning and networking activities. At the end of the program, participants will display the results of...

Nov. 9, 2016

Where do you work, and what is your role?

I’m an interaction designer/information architect at Expedia. I’m responsible for the design, usability, and accessibility of our Things to Do line of business—selling tours, activities, and shows. I do a little bit of everything, from research, information architecture, and interaction design to visual design. I work closely with our product managers and developers to figure out how to balance user needs and business goals and to figure out how we’re actually going to get things built.

What do you like best about your job?

I love working on a product that is used by tens of millions of people each month. It’s kind of amazing to think that so many people are using features I’ve designed. It also reminds me of the responsibility...