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Jul. 19, 2016
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Alumna Michèle V. Cloonan (MS '84, PhD '88) has received the Preservation Publication Award for the book she edited, Preserving our Heritage: Perspectives from Antiquity to the Digital Age. The award is given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA) in recognition of the author or editor of an outstanding published work related to archives preservation.

Preserving Our Heritage ties together a variety of groundbreaking historical texts to lay both a theoretical and practical foundation for the field of preservation. With insightful and engaging prose, Cloonan offers students, researchers, librarians,...

Jul. 1, 2016
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Around the world, the ubiquity of social media is growing, but its effects remain to be fully understood. Alumnus Anatoliy Gruzd (@gruzd) explores the impacts of social media on modern life, from interpersonal communication to the formation of political structures, in his research.

Where do you work and what is your role?
I am a Canada Research Chair in Social Media Data Stewardship, associate professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada), and director of the Social Media Lab at Ryerson. I am also a...

Jun. 28, 2016
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The Library School Alumni Association (LSAA) has announced the 2016 recipients of its annual awards. The recipients were recognized on June 26 at the LSAA Annual Meeting and reception held at the annual meeting of the American Library Association in Orlando.

Sidney Berger (MS '87) is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Each year this award is given to an alum who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of library and information science.

Berger is director emeritus of the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum and an adjunct professor in the iSchool, where he teaches courses on rare books and special collections, including Medieval Codicology: The Medieval Book from Sheep to Shelf; Manufacture, Description, Uses, and Preservation of Paper in the Scholarly...

Jun. 22, 2016
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Doctoral student Steve Witt (MS '95) is the recipient of the 2016 Donald G. Davis Article Award given by the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA). The award will be presented on June 26 at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, at the Library History Round Table Research Forum.

The award is given every second year and recognizes the best article written in English in the field of United States and Canadian library history, including the history of libraries, librarianship, and book culture. Witt’s winning article, “...

Jun. 2, 2016
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Alumnus Allen Lanham (MS '91) has been named an Illinois Library Luminary by the Illinois Library Association (ILA). This distinction honors individuals whose efforts have made a significant contribution to Illinois libraries.

Lanham epitomizes a breadth of service to Illinois libraries that would be difficult to duplicate. As professor and dean of library services at Eastern Illinois University for twenty-five years, he still found time to serve on public library and library system boards, be elected president of the ILA, and serve on the ILA board and too many committees to mention. Among his many recognitions and awards, he was named ILA Academic Librarian of the Year in 2008. Lanham is a regular...

May. 23, 2016
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While earning a master's degree, Rob Radtke completed a practicum at Dow AgroSciences, interned with the Boston Consulting Group's Data and Research Services Branch, and worked at the John Deere Technology Innovation Center in Champaign's Research Park. He credits his coursework and real-world experience with preparing him for professional roles in private industry, including his current position.

Where do you work and what is your role?
I work at the John Deere Technology Innovation Center in Champaign. My title is user experience research assistant. Generally, the responsibilities are to assist in developing the user experience for different John Deere solutions. This includes considering how Deere customers interact with different applications, conducting rapid design iteration, and testing and...

May. 17, 2016
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Alumna Barbara J. Ford (MS '73) has been named an Illinois Library Luminary by the Illinois Library Association. This distinction honors individuals whose efforts have made a significant contribution to Illinois libraries.

Though her career spanned continents, Ford made an indelible impression on libraries in Illinois. As director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and Mortenson Distinguished Professor at the Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign until her retirement in 2014, Ford brought librarians from all over the world to programs and events statewide.

Earlier in her career she held a number of positions at the University of Illinois at...

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