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Mar. 22, 2013

Safiya Noble (MS ’09, PhD ’12), GSLIS alumna, affiliated faculty member, and assistant professor of African-American Studies at Illinois, has published an op-ed, "Google equates black girls with sex; why?" on the popular website The Root. Noble's work on how race and gender are reflected in search was the basis of her dissertation.

The full article is available on The Root. Here is an excerpt:

What is worrisome about the commercial-search business model is that companies have a vested interest in our clicking on websites and ads that make them the most money. This model has little relationship to the best way for us to find knowledge or information that we can trust. It drives home the reason we cannot substitute search engines for great schools, competent teachers and well-funded libraries. It raises questions about how companies, not communities, control what is found in...

Feb. 19, 2013
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GSLIS affiliated faculty member Safiya Noble (MS ’09, PhD ’12) was interviewed by the University of Illinois News Bureau for their campus feature A Minute With… where she discussed how stereotypes, especially of black women and girls, affect results in search engines. This topic was the core of Noble’s doctoral research, and her dissertation was titled, "Searching for Black Girls: Old Traditions in New Media." Noble is an assistant professor in the Department of African-American Studies at Illinois. The interview was conducted by Craig Chamberlin, social sciences editor at the University of Illinois News Bureau.

You have talked about a demonstration you’ve done with students in which you type “black girls...

Dec. 14, 2012

Seven GSLIS doctoral students received support this fall to participate in the iSchool Doctoral Student Exchange Program, an initiative led by the iSchools Consortium and funded by the Graduate College at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The program was developed as a way to facilitate relationships within the iSchools community, provide opportunities to present research, and expose doctoral candidates to other research environments.

Doctoral students submitted applications in the spring and summer for trips to be taken during the Fall 2012 semester. As part of their visits, students gave public presentations at their host sites in order to prompt research interaction with other library and information science programs.

Jeanie Austin presented “Who Has a Say?: Power Structures and Their Effect on Juvenile Detention Center Librarianship,” at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the...