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Nov. 7, 2009
2009 Beta Phi Mu Initiates

At the annual meeting of Alpha Chapter of Beta Phi Mu held Saturday, November 7, 2009, the following graduates of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign became members of Beta Phi Mu.

Pictured from left to right: Carrie Pirmann, Fiona Griswold, Erica J. Laughlin, and Kate Kite.

Jane Optie Bozym (2007)
Heather A. Christensen (2007)
Michelle E. Chronister (2009)
Laurie L. Collins-Cichon (2006)
Mara Degnan-Rojeski (2009)
Nancy K. Falciani (2007)
Hana S. Field (2007)
* Fiona Griswold (2009)
Jennifer Kaap (2005)
Adam K. Kehoe (2009)
*Kate Kite (2007)
*Erica J. Laughlin (2009)
Jin Ha Lee (2009)
*Steven McCauley (2009)
Lisa O'Keefe (2009)

Nov. 6, 2009

Philip Orr (MS '92), distance learning librarian at the University of Southern Indiana, was recognized at the Indiana Library Federation's annual conference in October for his outstanding leadership and service to the library community.

Orr began his employment at the University of Southern Indiana in 2001 and founded a division for distance learning librarians under the umbrella of the Indiana Library Federation, a non-profit, membership-driven organization that advocates for and fosters the growth of libraries in Indiana. As the division's chairman for the past three years, Orr has worked to actively promote distance learning resources and support professional development while connecting distance librarians throughout the state.

"The awards committee was impressed with Phil's determination and desire to improve library services and his tireless commitment to achieving excellence in the distance learning setting," said Susan...

Jul. 16, 2009

The Library School Alumni Association (LSAA) at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has announced the recipients of its annual awards.

William R. Holman (MS '51) has been awarded 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. Holman enjoyed many highlights during his career in library administration including his position as the youngest director ever of the San Francisco Public Library, a position he took in 1960. While in San Francisco, he transformed the 27-branch system into a thriving cultural treasure. From California he went to Texas to serve as the head librarian at the University of Texas' Humanities Research Center (now the Harry Ransom Center) from 1967 to 1985. He is the author of the...

Jul. 8, 2009

Beverly P. Lynch (M.S., '59) is the 2009 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Joseph W. Lippincott Award for distinguished service to the profession of librarianship. Dr. Lynch earned a BS in music and English from North Dakota State University, an MS in library science from GSLIS, and a PhD in an interdisciplinary program concentrating in organizational studies and library science from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Lynch was executive secretary for ALA's Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) from 1972 to 1976 and then was appointed university librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where she served from 1977 to 1989.

While at UIC, Dr. Lynch's leadership of the library strengthened its role in the university and its national reputation (see The Academic library in transition: planning for the 1990s; Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., 1989). She developed and led a program that linked scholarship in the humanities to the...

Jun. 26, 2009

GSLIS will provide opportunities for job matching during the ALA Annual Conference in July, both at our exhibit booth and at a special alumni reception at Harry Caray's on Sunday, July 12, from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Resumes from alumni will be collected and made available for employers to browse at our exhibit booth, number 3751. Alumni are encouraged to send their resumes to the GSLIS Advancement Office prior to the conference. Alumni may also bring them directly to the booth during the conference.

GSLIS will host an alumni reception at Harry Caray's restaurant on Sunday evening that will feature career networking. The Alumni-Student Connect will begin at 7:30 p.m., following the LSAA business meeting and recognition of award recipients. While the process will be informal, employers and job seekers are encouraged to prepare for networking by bringing information such as employment postings, resumes, and business cards to share during the event.

To share your...

May. 13, 2009

Beverly Frett (MS '04) is the library media center director at Robert Clow Elementary School in Naperville, IL, a recipient of the 2009 National School Library Media Program of the Year (NSLMPY) award given by the American Association of School Librarians.

In her application, Frett stated, "In the library media center, students grow socially and emotionally as they learn to think about the world around them, reflect on their place in it and relate their actions to their community both locally and globally." Frett hopes that in the long term Clow will continue to be a leader in the use of technology in the district. She would like to see Clow "push the evolution of technology use at the elementary level."

Frett and her school were featured in an article in the Naperville Sun upon the announcment of the award.

May. 8, 2009

E. Ann Puckett (MS '77) has been named a recipient of the most prestigious award presented by the Association of American Law Libraries (AALL), the Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award. Puckett is Alexander Campbell King Law Library Director and Professor at the University of Georgia School of Law.

This accolade is given annually by the association in recognition of outstanding, extended and sustained service to law librarianship and to the AALL. Puckett will be formally presented with the award in July at the AALL's annual meeting.

One of the letters nominating Puckett for this honor stated, "Ann's lengthy career has been a testament to the ideals of law librarianship. She is an enthusiastic advocate for the profession [and her] extensive knowledge and love of [it] is unparalleled."

A nationally recognized leader in law library management, Puckett joined the Georgia Law faculty in 1994, where she teaches a course on law and disability in addition...