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Feb. 17, 2017
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Michelle Chronister is using skills she learned at the iSchool in her job at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), researching how people use their digital products and figuring out how to improve the user experience.

Where do you work and what is your role?

I recently started working as a user experience and accessibility consultant at IMLS, which is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. In this role, I conduct user research to better understand how people use their digital products and then translate the findings into concrete actions for improvement. It’s an iterative and never-ending process! 

Prior to working for IMLS, I was the content branch manager in the Digital...

Feb. 9, 2017
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Kristy Rieger (MS '14) credits her iSchool advisor with steering her on the right path toward her career. The School's MS/K-12 Library Information Specialist Licensure program combines top-rated classroom instruction with extensive field experience in school libraries across the state of Illinois. Applications are due by February 15 for fall or summer admission to the program.

Where do you work and what is your role?
 
I currently serve as the library/information specialist at Highcrest Middle School in Wilmette, Illinois. I previously served as a library/technology coordinator in Chicago Public Schools.

What do you like best about your job?

My new role offers a more flexible model rather than fixed classes, which I've had in the past. I...

Jan. 30, 2017
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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
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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
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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
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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...

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