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Nov. 30, 2017
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Associate Professor Catherine Blake has been named the iSchool's Centennial Scholar for 2017-2018. The award is endowed by alumni and friends of the School and given in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and/or professional promise in information sciences.

A leading researcher in text mining medical literature, Blake has returned from a year as a faculty fellow at the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, a research and development unit of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). There she worked on projects in semantic knowledge representation and medical ontology research.

Blake's earlier focus on how people synthesize evidence from literature directly informs her computational approaches to accelerate scientific discovery. She utilizes her industrial experience as a software developer, formal training in information and computer science, and more than a decade of experience in text mining scientific...

Oct. 7, 2016

Assistant Professor Vetle Torvik has been named the iSchool's Centennial Scholar for 2016-2017. The Centennial Scholar award is endowed by alumni and friends of the School and given in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and/or professional promise in the field of library and information science.

Torvik expressed surprise and gratitude at receiving this honor. "I am in awe of colleagues who received it before me; their caliber is off the charts," he said. "I hope to use the award to open new doors—a stamp of approval from colleagues who know you well goes a long way to establish new collaborations necessary to solve the increasingly complex problems facing science and society today.”

Torvik joined the faculty in 2011. His current research addresses problems related to scientific discovery and collaboration using complex models and large-scale bibliographic databases. He is the author of articles in journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of...

Jan. 25, 2016
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Associate Professor Miles Efron has been named the GSLIS Centennial Scholar for 2015-2016. The Centennial Scholar award is endowed by alumni and friends of GSLIS and given in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and/or professional promise in the field of library and information science.

“This is a real honor. One of the things that makes GSLIS a great academic home is the excellence and intellectual diversity of our faculty. To be recognized in this way by colleagues whom I really admire is so gratifying. I give my strongest thanks to the GSLIS faculty for this recognition and support of my work,” Efron said.

“This award will help me to continue organizing GSLIS’s ongoing participation in the annual Text Retrieval Conference (TREC), hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. It will also afford me a much-welcomed freedom to pursue a project in the digital humanities—analyzing data from the HathiTrust—that I have had on the back burner for a...

Oct. 1, 2014

Professor Alistair Black has been named the GSLIS Centennial Scholar for 2014-2015. The Centennial Scholar award is endowed by alumni and friends of GSLIS and given in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and/or professional promise in the field of library and information science.

A member of the GSLIS faculty since 2009, Black’s research interests include the history of librarianship and information management; the history of corporate magazines, corporate libraries, and information bureaux; and the history of library design. Presently, he is writing a book on library design in Britain in the “long” 1960s. He is the recipient of the 2013 Library History Essay Award for his article, “Organizational Learning and Home-Grown Writing: The Library Staff Magazine in Britain in the First Half of the Twentieth Century,” which appeared in Information & Culture, Volume 47, Number 4 (2012)....

Aug. 1, 2013

Assistant Professor Bonnie Mak has been named the GSLIS Centennial Scholar for 2013-2014. The Centennial Scholar award is endowed by alumni and friends of GSLIS and is given in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and/or professional promise in the field of library and information science.

Mak holds a PhD in medieval studies from the University of Notre Dame. Her research areas include the history of the book and the cultural production of knowledge, with a particular focus on the interplay between oral, scribal, printed, and digital cultures. Her work and teaching interests are located at the intersection of information studies and history. At GSLIS, Mak helps to organize the History Salon with Professor Alistair Black, and she also offers the popular course, History of the Book, for which she has been recognized by campus on its List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent.

“GSLIS has been a wonderful home for my work. Where else would I be able to explore the past...

Jul. 6, 2012

Assistant Professor Kate McDowell has been named the 2012-2013 GSLIS Centennial Scholar in recognition and support of her accomplishments and promising scholarship in the field of library and information science.

McDowell, a member of the youth services faculty at GSLIS, is an accomplished storyteller whose research focuses on the history of children as readers and of youth services librarianship, as well as issues of race and gender in children’s literature.

An energetic and beloved instructor at GSLIS, McDowell teaches Storytelling, Fantasy Literature and Media for Youth, Literature and Resources for Young Adults, and Youth Services Librarianship, among other courses. She has been consistently named to the campus’s “Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent” and has also developed new courses for the youth services program including Youth Services Community Engagement, which explores how young people’s information and educational needs are met by...