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Apr. 25, 2012

Melissa Wong, GSLIS adjunct faculty member, is the recipient of the 2012 Campus Award for Excellence in Online & Distance Teaching. The award honors quality of teaching as well as the commitment and creativity of the instructor. It is given annually by the Office of Online and Continuing Education.

“It was an honor to be nominated by the School, especially given how many excellent teachers we have in GSLIS,” said Wong. “As a teacher, I receive outstanding support from the School and have the privilege of working with creative, passionate, dedicated students every day.  I think this award is a testament to the exceptionally high quality of every aspect of our LEEP program.”


Apr. 18, 2012
Nicole A. Cooke

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is pleased to announce the addition of two new faculty members: Nicole A. Cooke and Emily Knox will join GSLIS as assistant professors in August 2012.

Cooke's research interests include human information behavior in online settings; LIS distance education and instruction; the retention and mentoring of minority librarians and LIS doctoral students; and leadership, organizational development, and communication in libraries.

Cooke received her BA in communication and an MLS from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; an M.Ed from Pennsylvania State University; and is now completing her PhD in communication, information, and library studies at Rutgers. She comes to GSLIS from Montclair State University's Sprague Library, where she has...

Apr. 12, 2012

The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has awarded Bonnie Mak, GSLIS assistant professor, a Faculty Fellowship for the academic year 2012–13.

Mak will focus on her project, Implications of a Digital Revolution, a critical investigation of the processes and products of digitization and their ultimate cultural impact. “[The] project grapples with the translation of physical objects into digital media in a climate of purported revolutionary change,” said Mak. “My analysis of digitizations exposes the ways in which historical sources are being reconfigured for digital transmission as part of the 'information revolution,' and considers the consequences of this reconfiguration for humanities scholarship, cultural heritage, and the making of meaning.”

“Dr. Mak's innovative research on the digitization of historical sources and its implications is an important look into part of our field that is rapidly...

Mar. 7, 2012

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the appointment of Scott Walter, a GSLIS affiliated faculty member, to the post of editor for College & Research Libraries (C&RL). Walter will serve a three-year term beginning July 1, 2013.

“Scott brings excellent credentials to the position of editing College & Research Libraries,” said 2011-12 ACRL President Joyce L. Ogburn of the University of Utah. “Under his guidance the journal will continue to be a leading publication in our field and will likely experiment with new models of engaging its readers. Now that we are an open access journal, there are many possibilities for experimentation, and I am looking forward to seeing what develops.”

Walter will serve as editor designate from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013, when he...

Feb. 23, 2012

Christian Sandvig, an associate professor in the College of Media and an affiliated faculty member at GSLIS, appeared recently on American Public Media's Marketplace. Sandvig is a frequent guest on the program.

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In addition to his appointments in Media and GSLIS, Sandvig is a research associate professor at the Coordinated Science Laboratory of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a researcher specializing in communication technology and public policy. Sandvig is also a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at...

Feb. 8, 2012
Photo by Bonnie Mak

Champaign’s Figure One Gallery celebrates the opening of "A Cabinet of Curiosity: The Library's Dead Time," an exhibit created by GSLIS Assistant Professor Bonnie Mak and master's student Julia Pollack. The exhibit will be held at the gallery's downtown Champaign location (116 N. Walnut) on February 17-18 from 5:00-9:00pm. GSLIS will sponsor a reception on Friday evening.

The cabinet of curiosity was a room in which early-modern collectors could experiment with different ways of ordering the universe. Contents of the cabinet might include specimens from nature—real or fake.

Pollack and Mak have brought together their own cabinet of curiosity and filled it with examples of librarianship that are regularly overlooked in the daily course of activities in the library. As an alternative...

Feb. 6, 2012

Scott Walter, associate university librarian for services, associate dean of libraries and professor of library administration and library and information science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the recipient of the 2012 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award. Walter is a GSLIS affiliated faculty member.

This award honors a distinguished academic librarian who has made an outstanding contribution as an education and/or behavioral sciences librarian through accomplishments and service to the profession. A prize of $2,500 and a citation, donated by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., will be presented to Walter at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2012, during the EBSS program at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim.

“Scott Walter has provided service and...