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Jun. 7, 2010

Vandana Singh (PhD '08), assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, received two awards this spring: the Outstanding Assistant Professor Award, awarded by the university, and the Innovative Technology Teaching Award, awarded by the College of Communication and Information. Singh instructs two graduate courses, Information Networking Applications and Information Technologies, for which she has redesigned the curricula in order to provide students with increased opportunities to utilize and become competent in technologies which are vital to today’s information professions. Singh also has been instrumental in building the Undergraduate Information Studies & Technology Minor (IS&T) program at Tennessee through innovative recruitment strategies.

About Dr. Singh:

Vandana Singh currently is working on five funded research grants. She is a principal investigator...

May. 24, 2010

The Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science (I-CHASS) at Illinois has announced that the project "Augmented Reality for Understanding Social and Environmental Science" has received $300,000 in funding through an EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) award from the National Science Foundation’s Arctic Social Sciences Program. GSLIS alum Alan B. Craig (PhD '05) is the principal investigator for the project.

Augmented Reality for Understanding Social and Environmental Science will explore and develop the use of augmented reality applications on mobile computing devices to allow students to participate in simulated archeological digs. "Augmented Reality (AR) is an exciting emerging technology that overlays geographically registered three dimensional computer graphics on the real world," said Craig, associate director for human-computer interaction at I-CHASS and a...

May. 24, 2010
Kathleen Kern (MS '99)

Kathleen Kern (MS '99), associate reference librarian and associate professor of library administration at the University of Illinois Library, is the 2010 recipient of the MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference Section Recognition Certificate, also known as the "My Favorite Martian Award."

MARS is a section of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and administers the award. It is given to an individual to recognize excellence in service to MARS.

An active member of MARS, Kathleen, in addition to serving on several MARS committees, has served as MARS Chair, Vice Chair, Past Chair, Scheduler, and continues to represent MARS and RUSA as a RUSA Councilor.

Carolyn Larson, MARS Section Chair writes, "Kathleen, your...

May. 3, 2010
Photograph courtesy of UMW

James E. "Jack" Bales (MS '74), reference and humanities librarian for Simpson Library, is the first recipient of the Richard V. and Rosemary A. Hurley Presidential Commendation Award at the University of Mary Washington (UMW).

The inaugural award recognizes annually a UMW employee "who has performed exceptionally meritorious service to the university while demonstrating strength of character and steadfast dedication to the university mission."

Since joining the UMW staff in 1980, Bales has shared his knowledge of research techniques with countless students. He has published hundreds of articles, essays, and reviews for numerous books and periodicals, including the Journal of Academic Librarianship, Journal of Popular Culture, and Encyclopedia of American Literature. He is the author...

Apr. 15, 2010

Nancy Johnson (MS '72) has been selected to receive the Frederick Charles Hicks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Law Librarianship, presented annually by the Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section (ALL-SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL).

Johnson is associate dean for library and information services and professor of law at Georgia State University (GSU). Prior to joining GSU, she worked as a reference library at the University of Chicago Law School and the University of Illinois Law Library.

The Hicks Award recognizes "the individual or group who has made outstanding contributions to academic law librarianship through continued efforts to improve law librarianship." It will be presented to Johnson at the ALL-SIS Awards Ceremony at the AALL Annual Meeting in...

Mar. 31, 2010
image used courtesy Quinn Dombrowski

The Chicago Tribune recently profiled alumna Quinn Dombrowski (MS '09), exposing her passion for collecting graffiti at the University of Chicago's Regenstein Library. Dombrowski works in the information technology department at the Regenstein Library, assisting faculty on computer-based research projects. Recently, she published "Crescat Graffiti, Vita Excolatur: Confessions of the University of Chicago," which chronicles her favorite findings carved in wood or scrawled in marker.

She also has concluded, after careful "statistical analysis" of the more than 1,700 pieces of graffiti she has documented at the Reg since...

Mar. 23, 2010

Cherié Weible (MS '00), head of interlibrary loan and document delivery at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, has been selected the winner of the 2010 Virginia Boucher/OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian award.

"Cherié received multiple nominations and all attested to the fact that she has impacted the Interlibrary Loan field greatly," said Amy Paulus, award committee chair. "Her service to the profession is apparent in her mentoring activities that ensure success of future librarians in Interlibrary Loan . . .she is well-deserving of this award."

Weible is a current PhD student at GSLIS. More information about her accomplishments can be found on the ALA website.