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Feb. 9, 2016

From downloading ebooks to applying for jobs online, the patrons of the Gail Borden Public Library have a helping hand in technology librarian Phillip Schneider. Schneider and his colleagues also share their expertise with fellow librarians at other institutions through the online toolkit they’ve created.  

Where do you work and what is your role?
I work at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, Illinois. I began as a part-time librarian, but have moved my way up to being a full-time technology librarian in the Information Services department. I work at the information desk, assist with technology-related questions, and maintain our e-resources, databases, and website. I am also the go-to guy for tech problems in the department, I create and teach technology classes, and I work on Gail’s Toolkit, which is the library’s open source project that provides complete technology classes to other librarians and trainers...

Feb. 8, 2016

Wendy Holliday (MS '02), head of teaching, learning, and research services at Northern Arizona University, is the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section’s (IS) Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. The award honors Miriam Dudley, whose efforts in the field of information literacy led to the formation of IS. The honor recognizes a librarian who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment.

Holliday will receive her $1,000 award, along with a plaque, at the IS program during the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

“Throughout an extraordinary...

Feb. 5, 2016

Heather Jagman (MS '96), coordinator of reference, instruction, and academic engagement at DePaul University, is one of two winners of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award, which recognizes an outstanding publication related to library instruction published in the past two years.

Jagman and Troy A. Swanson were selected for the award in recognition of their work as editors of the book, Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think about Information, which was published in 2015 by ACRL.

The award, donated by Emerald Group Publishing, consists of a plaque and a cash prize of...

Feb. 2, 2016

Chad Kahl (MS '98), interim associate dean for public services and information technology at Illinois State University, has been awarded the 2016 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Law and Political Science Section (LPSS) Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award. The award, established in 1996 by LPSS, honors an academic or law librarian who has made distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science.

SAGE-CQ Press, sponsor of the award, will present the $1,000 award and plaque to Kahl during the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

“Chad’s extensive contributions to legal and political science librarianship span from service to scholarship, continually demonstrating his knowledge of the field, and passion for civic engagement,” said award...

Jan. 22, 2016

GSLIS alumna Kimberly Armstrong (MS '91) has been named director of the Center for Library Initiatives (CLI) of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). In this role she will work closely with CIC library directors to manage this distinctive collaboration of fifteen member libraries, overseeing $30 million in licensing, the development of a 250,000 volume storage facility, and a growing digital collection of seven million volumes. She will begin work in her new position on March 1, 2016.

The Center for Library Initiatives (CLI) has three primary...

Jan. 19, 2016

Passionate about technology and artistic expression, GSLIS alumna Taylor Kirch finds inspiration at Pandora, where she uses her skills to bring music to the world.

Where do you work and what is your role?
I work at Pandora as a music librarian on the Curation team. At Pandora, we enable people to discover music they love. Behind the scenes at Curation, that means finding music and making it available to our listeners. I work closely with our curators to ingest and validate new music as they acquire it. My primary role is collection management, including overall library and metadata maintenance. I also work on projects devoted to improving our metadata framework by creating information architecture, and taxonomies, and detailing content management features for our internal systems.

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Jan. 13, 2016

A new book by Nicole Wedemeyer Miller (MS ’89), GSLIS adjunct lecturer, will be a resource for librarians looking to develop or enhance family history and genealogy services. Coauthored with Rhonda L. Clark, Fostering Family History Services: A Guide for Librarians, Archivists, and Volunteers, will be published by Libraries Unlimited in February 2016.

Websites, social media, and the Internet have made research on family history accessible. Your library can tap into the popularity of the do-it-yourself genealogy movement by promoting your role as both a preserver of local community history as well as a source for helping your patrons archive what's important to their family. This professional guide will teach you how to integrate family history programming into your educational outreach tools and services to the community.

At GSLIS, Miller teaches a course on genealogy...