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Apr. 22, 2016

GSLIS alumna Erin Prentiss (MS ’12) is the recipient of the 2016 Professional Development Grant sponsored by the American Libraries Association (ALA) New Members Round Table (NMRT). This $1,000 award provides funding to assist with airfare, lodging, and conference registration fees for attendance at the ALA  Annual Conference and fosters in-person participation in ALA and NMRT professional activities.

Prentiss is a reference and instruction librarian at the Reese Library at Augusta University (Georgia). In addition to her GSLIS degree, she received a bachelor’s degree in sociology/anthropology from Agnes Scott College in 2003 and a Secondary English Education Certification from the University of West Georgia in 2008. Prentiss has received numerous honors since joining the profession, including being selected as a Spectrum Scholar (2010-2012) and a Joint Conference of Librarians of Color Scholar (2012). She...

Apr. 21, 2016

A new book edited by GSLIS alumna Safiya Noble (MS '09, PhD '12) explores the underlying social relationships and power structures of the internet and their implications. The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Class, and Culture Online was published in March 2016 by Peter Lang International Academic Publishers. In addition to Noble, chapter contributors include GSLIS doctoral candidate Melissa Villa-Nicholas and alumni Sarah T. Roberts (PhD '14) and Miriam E. Sweeney (PhD '13).

From race, sex, class, and culture, the multidisciplinary field of Internet studies needs theoretical and methodological approaches that allow us to question the...

Apr. 20, 2016
Jarrett Dapier

Jarrett Dapier (MS '15) has been selected by the Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) to receive the 2016 John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award for defending the principles of intellectual freedom.

In March 2013, students took to the streets to protest the order issued by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) central office administrators to remove Marjane Satrapi's award-winning graphic novel Persepolis from CPS classrooms and libraries. The students’ protests inspired a public outcry by educators, librarians, and the public. Eventually the administrators withdrew their order and returned Persepolis to the city's high school...

Apr. 18, 2016
photo by Eric Mull

When I saw the ad for the director of library and archives position at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 2008, I jumped at it. At the time, I had a terrific job as a librarian and archivist at the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College in Chicago. Because my area of expertise is American popular music, I was confident I would at least get an interview. But things worked out better than expected.

There is no question: I have my dream job. It’s no exaggeration to say that I learn something new every day. I read something about a producer or a songwriter, and suddenly I have a richer understanding of how this music was born.

The museum opened in 1995, but...

Mar. 28, 2016

It’s no surprise that a digital learning librarian doesn’t work within the boundaries of a physical library. In this role at Latin School of Chicago, William Langston isn’t even confined to the walls of the school building. In addition to working with students and faculty in person and virtually, Langston leads field trips, collaborates with Chicago-area colleges, and supports external research initiatives with ties to Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood.

Where do you work and what is your role?
I work at Latin School of Chicago in the Upper School Library as the digital learning librarian. Latin School of Chicago is located on the north side of Chicago in the city's Old Town neighborhood.

My role is to help transform Latin School's library from a purely traditional space to a flexible learning environment...

Mar. 18, 2016

Library Journal’s annual “Movers & Shakers” list recognizes professionals who are shaping the future of libraries in a variety of ways. GSLIS alumna Amita Lonial (MS ’09) is among the 2016 class of Movers & Shakers in the “Advocates” category. Lonial is the learning experiences manager at Skokie (IL) Public Library.

From Library Journal:

New to her position as a comanager of Learning Experiences at Skokie Public Library (SPL), Amita Lonial dove right in and “ramped up our programming by 50 percent,” she says. According to nominator Mikael Jacobsen,...

Mar. 15, 2016

The History Section of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has selected two GSLIS alumni as the winners of its achievement awards honoring librarians and their contributions to the fields of genealogical and historical research and services.

The Gale Cengage History Research and Innovation Award winner is Thomas G. Padilla (MS '14), digital scholarship librarian at Michigan State University Libraries. Digital humanities research is often based on the effort of multiple people coming from a range of professional and disciplinary contexts. Padilla writes, “Individual libraries have histories of their own involvement in the digital humanities, but no effort has been made to capture these histories across the community, unite them into a common context, and begin to tell the story of how, why, and for how long...