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May. 30, 2017
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Elizabeth Vallen (MS '16) is the 2017 recipient of the Donald Peterson Student Travel Award given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The award, which will be presented at a ceremony during the SAA Annual Meeting in July, supports attendance at the conference by a student and/or recent graduate from a graduate archival program in North America. The goal of the award is to stimulate greater participation in the activities of SAA, such as presenting research or actively participating in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable. 

Now a project archivist at the University of California (UC) Merced Library, Vallen is developing a strategic plan for archiving, preserving, and providing access to the Cooperative Extension'...

May. 25, 2017
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As the neighborhood services librarian for the Oak Park (IL) Public Library, Sarah Yale facilitates community-focused programming and fosters engagement both inside and outside of the library with residents of all ages. From April through October, this engagement occurs through the Book Bike, a program she coordinates for the library.

"The Book Bike is a pedal-powered, mobile library on wheels that allows us the freedom and flexibility to take our library professionals, services, and resources 'to the streets,' increasing our reach and visibility in the community," said Yale.
 
In addition to checking out library materials, visitors to the Book Bike can also create a new library card account, sign up for the summer reading program, find answers to reference questions, and get...

May. 24, 2017
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Doug Litts always knew he wanted to be an art historian. Though born in New Jersey, his family moved to Florida when he was nine, so when it was time for college, the University of Florida (in Gainesville) was the logical place to study it. But what can you do with a BA in art history?
 
So he went to get a master's degree in the Big Apple, NYU in particular. But what can you do with an MA in art history? Especially back in 1992, which was not a time when universities were staffing up? The answer: you wait on tables.
 
A few years of that led him to consider library science. Perhaps it would be easier to find a job as an art history librarian than teaching art history. He landed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which he greatly enjoyed. He also discovered he liked...

May. 18, 2017
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Sara Tompson (MS '87) has been named a 2017 Special Libraries Association (SLA) Fellow. Fellowship in SLA is granted annually to no more than five mid-career SLA members for their service to the association and the information profession. Fellows advise the association’s Board of Directors, prepare necessary documentation, and alert the membership to issues and trends warranting action.

Tompson has been a member of SLA since 1991, when she worked at what was then called the Hazardous Waste Research & Information Center, a state agency on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus.

For the past four years, she has served as the section manager for library, archives, and records at the Jet...

May. 4, 2017
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Alumna Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson (MS '78) will deliver the 2017 iSchool Convocation address. The event will be held on Sunday, May 14, at 9:30 a.m. For those who would like to watch the ceremony online, live video will be available as well as archived for future viewing.

Wilson is vice provost for digital initiatives and dean of University Libraries at the University of Washington (UW). Prior to joining UW in 1992, she worked for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, most recently as assistant director of libraries for undergraduate and instructional services.

She has published and presented widely on information literacy, teaching, learning, and technology; cross-sector collaborations; art historiography; global...

Apr. 21, 2017
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David Kalat (MS '11) could be considered a Sherlock Holmes of the digital world. However, unlike Holmes hitting the streets of London for clues, Kalat's brand of sleuthing involves using computer forensics, electronic discovery, and data analytics to find the sometimes deeply concealed facts in a case. As a director of the Berkeley Research Group LLC's Global Investigations + Strategic Intelligence Practice, Kalat conducts forensic investigations to settle disputes among parties, usually in the form of litigation. 

According to Kalat, in a forensic examination, the "eureka" moments are less about the contents of files and more about finding when the files were accessed, deleted, or shared.

"I worked a bank hacking case once where my findings involved evidence that a rogue IT consultant had used a...

Mar. 24, 2017
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Library Journal’s annual "Movers & Shakers" list recognizes professionals who are shaping the future of libraries in a variety of ways. Alumna Linda Hofschire (MS '08) is among the 2017 class of Movers & Shakers in the "Innovators" category. Hofschire is the director of the Library Research Service at Colorado State Library.

From Library Journal:

Knowing how to explain the value and impact of libraries to stakeholders is crucial, and Linda Hofschire is helping librarians nationwide sharpen those skills. "Librarians have felt...

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