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Apr. 18, 2016
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When I saw the ad for the director of library and archives position at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 2008, I jumped at it. At the time, I had a terrific job as a librarian and archivist at the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College in Chicago. Because my area of expertise is American popular music, I was confident I would at least get an interview. But things worked out better than expected.

There is no question: I have my dream job. It’s no exaggeration to say that I learn something new every day. I read something about a producer or a songwriter, and suddenly I have a richer understanding of how this music was born.

The museum opened in 1995, but...

Mar. 28, 2016
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It’s no surprise that a digital learning librarian doesn’t work within the boundaries of a physical library. In this role at Latin School of Chicago, William Langston isn’t even confined to the walls of the school building. In addition to working with students and faculty in person and virtually, Langston leads field trips, collaborates with Chicago-area colleges, and supports external research initiatives with ties to Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood.

Where do you work and what is your role?
I work at Latin School of Chicago in the Upper School Library as the digital learning librarian. Latin School of Chicago is located on the north side of Chicago in the city's Old Town neighborhood.

My role is to help transform Latin School's library from a purely traditional space to a flexible learning environment...

Mar. 18, 2016
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Library Journal’s annual “Movers & Shakers” list recognizes professionals who are shaping the future of libraries in a variety of ways. GSLIS alumna Amita Lonial (MS ’09) is among the 2016 class of Movers & Shakers in the “Advocates” category. Lonial is the learning experiences manager at Skokie (IL) Public Library.

From Library Journal:

New to her position as a comanager of Learning Experiences at Skokie Public Library (SPL), Amita Lonial dove right in and “ramped up our programming by 50 percent,” she says. According to nominator Mikael Jacobsen,...

Mar. 15, 2016

The History Section of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has selected two GSLIS alumni as the winners of its achievement awards honoring librarians and their contributions to the fields of genealogical and historical research and services.

The Gale Cengage History Research and Innovation Award winner is Thomas G. Padilla (MS '14), digital scholarship librarian at Michigan State University Libraries. Digital humanities research is often based on the effort of multiple people coming from a range of professional and disciplinary contexts. Padilla writes, “Individual libraries have histories of their own involvement in the digital humanities, but no effort has been made to capture these histories across the community, unite them into a common context, and begin to tell the story of how, why, and for how long...

Mar. 11, 2016
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"How do you want to contribute?" Alumna Liza Booker poses this question to GSLIS students. Find your answer, she says, and then use your education to help you make a difference in the world. As a UX analyst, Booker uses her skills to support research that addresses scientific and societal challenges facing the nation.

Where do you work and what is your role?
I work at Argonne National Laboratory as a user experience analyst, providing users with access to our supercomputers, maintaining a database of accounts and projects, and analyzing our processes based on user needs.

What do you like best about your job?
I like that I can incorporate my library skills by working with users and provide them with the information they need, as well as explore the realm of information technology and science.

What...

Mar. 10, 2016

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) 2016 National Committee has awarded fellowships to nearly two hundred LIS professionals and students from around the world, including two GSLIS students and several alumni. The fellows will receive funding to attend the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio, on August 13-19.

Alumna Barbara Alvarez (MS '12) and master’s students Elisandro Cabada and Erik Ponder have been named IFLA-IMLS Fellows, and will receive funding through a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The roster of IFLA Library Fellows from the United States and Canada...

Feb. 26, 2016
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A new book by alumnus David Hunter (PhD '89), The Lives of George Frideric Handel, is part biography and part genre case study. The famous composer’s life has been documented in numerous biographies, which Hunter scrutinized to differentiate history from interpretation. His findings led to this new work, which was published recently by Boydell Press.

From the publisher’s description: To evaluate the familiar, even over-familiar, story of Handel's life could be seen as a quixotic endeavour. How can there be anything new to say? This book seeks to distinguish fact from fiction, not only to produce a new biography but also to explore the concepts of biography and dissemination by using Handel's life and lives as a case study. By...

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