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May. 12, 2016

“I became fierce at the University of Illinois—ready to learn, share, and grow,” says Parker Hamilton, whose education and attitude set her on a career path that led all the way to the directorship of a public library system serving more than one million people.
Where do you work and what is your role?
I am the director of Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Libraries (MCPL), a library system near Washington, D.C. that serves a minority-majority population of more than one million residents at twenty-two locations, including twenty full-service branches, a Virtual Services branch, and a library within a county correctional facility. With a budget of $39.8 million, MCPL employs more than six hundred staff including full- and part-time staff, substitutes, and library pages.

What do you like best about your...

May. 3, 2016
Jeff Ginger

Doctoral research is a treasure trove of useful information for LIS practitioners. Ten notable dissertations of 2015 are featured in this month’s American Libraries magazine, each with useful findings and recommendations for practitioners in a variety of library settings.

Among the featured authors is GSLIS alumnus Jeff Ginger (PhD '15). In his dissertation, "Capturing the Context of Digital Literacy: A Case Study of Illinois Public Libraries in Underserved Communities," Ginger presents findings from his study of how public libraries provide digital literacy resources and services to rural communities and...

Apr. 25, 2016

Graduation is approaching, and at this time of the year, we reflect on those individuals who have made a difference in our lives. New graduates and alumni are encouraged to honor GSLIS faculty and/or staff through the LSAA Tassel Project, which was established in 2011 by the Library School Alumni Association (LSAA) to support the creation of an endowed professorship in the School.

With a contribution of $10, you can honor a faculty or staff member who had an impact on your GSLIS educational experience. To thank you for your contribution, you will receive a commemorative yellow GSLIS tassel. All faculty and staff who are honored will be notified.

The LSAA has designated the...

Apr. 22, 2016

GSLIS alumna Erin Prentiss (MS ’12) is the recipient of the 2016 Professional Development Grant sponsored by the American Libraries Association (ALA) New Members Round Table (NMRT). This $1,000 award provides funding to assist with airfare, lodging, and conference registration fees for attendance at the ALA  Annual Conference and fosters in-person participation in ALA and NMRT professional activities.

Prentiss is a reference and instruction librarian at the Reese Library at Augusta University (Georgia). In addition to her GSLIS degree, she received a bachelor’s degree in sociology/anthropology from Agnes Scott College in 2003 and a Secondary English Education Certification from the University of West Georgia in 2008. Prentiss has received numerous honors since joining the profession, including being selected as a Spectrum Scholar (2010-2012) and a Joint Conference of Librarians of Color Scholar (2012). She...

Apr. 21, 2016

A new book edited by GSLIS alumna Safiya Noble (MS '09, PhD '12) explores the underlying social relationships and power structures of the internet and their implications. The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Class, and Culture Online was published in March 2016 by Peter Lang International Academic Publishers. In addition to Noble, chapter contributors include GSLIS doctoral candidate Melissa Villa-Nicholas and alumni Sarah T. Roberts (PhD '14) and Miriam E. Sweeney (PhD '13).

From race, sex, class, and culture, the multidisciplinary field of Internet studies needs theoretical and methodological approaches that allow us to question the...

Apr. 20, 2016
Jarrett Dapier

Jarrett Dapier (MS '15) has been selected by the Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) to receive the 2016 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award for defending the principles of intellectual freedom.

In March 2013, students took to the streets to protest the order issued by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) central office administrators to remove Marjane Satrapi's award-winning graphic novel Persepolis from CPS classrooms and libraries. The students’ protests inspired a public outcry by educators, librarians, and the public. Eventually the administrators withdrew their order and returned Persepolis to the city's high school...

Apr. 18, 2016
photo by Eric Mull

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...