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Mar. 30, 2009

GSLIS alumna Elizabeth Pierre-Louis (MS '03) will present a lecture titled, "Yes to Books, Youth and Reading against Exclusion in Haiti." The lecture will be held at GSLIS on April 15 at 4:00 p.m.

Pierre-Louis will be on campus to receive the 2008 Charles C. Stewart International Young Humanitarian Award given by the Office of International Programs and Studies. She will receive her award at the International Awards banquet held April 16, 2009.

In her lecture, Pierre-Louis will present her thoughts about the place of books, reading, and youth in Haitian society today. For more than a decade, she has worked with small community libraries in Haiti. Her talk will address many questions including:

  • Who reads in Haiti?
  • Where are books accessible?
  • With half the Haitian population under 18 years of age, how should libraries address their reading needs in order to nurture and prepare this young population for their future?

As the...

Mar. 26, 2009

Archie Green (MS '60), famous folklorist and GSLIS graduate, passed away on March 22, 2009. Green was instrumental in the creation of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and received their Living Legend Award in 2007. After graduating from GSLIS in 1960, Green was a librarian for the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations on campus and the faculty advisor of the Campus Folksong Club which had over 500 members during the 1960s.

Remembrances can be found on National Public Radio and the American Folklife Center. More information about Green's work at Illinois can be found on the University Library's website.

Mar. 2, 2009
Penn State Honors GSLIS Alumna

Linda Musser, head of Penn State University's Earth and Mineral Sciences Library, was recently named Distinguished Librarian by Penn State. Musser was one of two librarians from a total of fourteen faculty members who received the honor, which recognizes exceptional research, creativity, and service.

Musser is a nationally recognized engineering and geosciences librarian, and recipient of the 2006 Homer I. Bernhardt Distinguished Service Award by the ASEE Engineering Libraries Division. She is also a prolific author and speaker. Musser has held the highest leadership positions within the American Society for Engineering Education, the Atmospheric Science Librarians International, and the Geoscience Information Society, and was a member of the select committee that authored the National Science Foundation's publication, "Geoscience Collections and Data: National Resources in Peril."

Feb. 10, 2009

The Library School Alumni Association (LSAA) is seeking nominations for three distinguished alumni awards. The awards are given annually at the GSLIS alumni reception held at the American Library Association conference. The deadline for nomination is April 1, 2009.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes an individual alumnus of GSLIS 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 GSLIS 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 GSLIS including faculty, staff, alumni and non-alumni, who has served LSAA or GSLIS in an exceptional way.

To submit a nomination, please...