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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...

Mar. 11, 2016

"How do you want to contribute?" Alumna Liza Booker poses this question to GSLIS students. Find your answer, she says, and then use your education to help you make a difference in the world. As a UX analyst, Booker uses her skills to support research that addresses scientific and societal challenges facing the nation.

Where do you work and what is your role?
I work at Argonne National Laboratory as a user experience analyst, providing users with access to our supercomputers, maintaining a database of accounts and projects, and analyzing our processes based on user needs.

What do you like best about your job?
I like that I can incorporate my library skills by working with users and provide them with the information they need, as well as explore the realm of information technology and science.


Mar. 10, 2016

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) 2016 National Committee has awarded fellowships to nearly two hundred LIS professionals and students from around the world, including two GSLIS students and several alumni. The fellows will receive funding to attend the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio, on August 13-19.

Alumna Barbara Alvarez (MS '12) and master’s students Elisandro Cabada and Erik Ponder have been named IFLA-IMLS Fellows, and will receive funding through a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The roster of IFLA Library Fellows from the United States and Canada...

Feb. 26, 2016

A new book by alumnus David Hunter (PhD '89), The Lives of George Frideric Handel, is part biography and part genre case study. The famous composer’s life has been documented in numerous biographies, which Hunter scrutinized to differentiate history from interpretation. His findings led to this new work, which was published recently by Boydell Press.

From the publisher’s description: To evaluate the familiar, even over-familiar, story of Handel's life could be seen as a quixotic endeavour. How can there be anything new to say? This book seeks to distinguish fact from fiction, not only to produce a new biography but also to explore the concepts of biography and dissemination by using Handel's life and lives as a case study. By...

Feb. 15, 2016

The Library School Alumni Association (LSAA) is seeking nominations for three distinguished 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, 2016.

  • 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...

Feb. 9, 2016

From downloading ebooks to applying for jobs online, the patrons of the Gail Borden Public Library have a helping hand in technology librarian Phillip Schneider. Schneider and his colleagues also share their expertise with fellow librarians at other institutions through the online toolkit they’ve created.  

Where do you work and what is your role?
I work at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, Illinois. I began as a part-time librarian, but have moved my way up to being a full-time technology librarian in the Information Services department. I work at the information desk, assist with technology-related questions, and maintain our e-resources, databases, and website. I am also the go-to guy for tech problems in the department, I create and teach technology classes, and I work on Gail’s Toolkit, which is the library’s open source project that provides complete technology classes to other librarians and trainers...

Feb. 8, 2016

Wendy Holliday (MS '02), head of teaching, learning, and research services at Northern Arizona University, is the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section’s (IS) Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. The award honors Miriam Dudley, whose efforts in the field of information literacy led to the formation of IS. The honor recognizes a librarian who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment.

Holliday will receive her $1,000 award, along with a plaque, at the IS program during the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

“Throughout an extraordinary...