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Mar. 23, 2017
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A former speech-language pathologist with a passion for social justice, master's student Nisha Mody found her calling in the field of library and information science. While at the iSchool, Mody has served on various committees and been recognized as an American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholar and as part of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce.
 
Why did you decide to pursue an LIS degree?

Before I decided to pursue my LIS degree, I was a speech-language pathologist. While I enjoyed helping individuals with speech and language impairments, I realized that I was more invested in providing them and their loved ones with information and support—which is why I was attracted to the field of LIS. Also, I discovered that libraries can provide...

Mar. 3, 2017
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A lawyer and librarian, Sandra Enimil uses training from both vocations to navigate the world of copyright law. In addition to helping researchers untangle the legal complexities of using third-party content, she uses her reference skills to help them locate the resources they need. Watch Sandra Enimil talk about copyright law.

Where do you work and what is your role? 

As head of the Copyright Resources Center at The Ohio State University Libraries, I help people navigate copyright law. The question I receive most often is "Can I use this?" Researchers want to know how they can incorporate third-party content into their scholarship and research. Increasingly, we've been approaching inquiries as an opportunity to provide information on author’s rights and how to manage...

Mar. 2, 2017
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Kristina Williams believes deeply in the strength of character built by service to one's community and the enrichment gained through civic and neighborly engagement. It was this commitment to community involvement, which she observed in iSchool students, that first attracted her to the MS/LIS degree program.

Why did you decide to pursue an LIS degree?

I came to librarianship by way of my first graduate degree program at the University of Illinois—I earned a master's in communication following volunteer work as a news media coordinator for AmeriCorps. I realized that I enjoyed research and working in academia, and I found the core values of librarianship to be well aligned with my own professional aspirations.
 
Why did you choose the iSchool at Illinois?

While at the...

Feb. 17, 2017
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Michelle Chronister is using skills she learned at the iSchool in her job at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), researching how people use their digital products and figuring out how to improve the user experience.

Where do you work and what is your role?

I recently started working as a user experience and accessibility consultant at IMLS, which is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. In this role, I conduct user research to better understand how people use their digital products and then translate the findings into concrete actions for improvement. It’s an iterative and never-ending process! 

Prior to working for IMLS, I was the content branch manager in the Digital...

Feb. 9, 2017
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Kristy Rieger (MS '14) credits her iSchool advisor with steering her on the right path toward her career. The School's MS/K-12 Library Information Specialist Licensure program combines top-rated classroom instruction with extensive field experience in school libraries across the state of Illinois. Applications are due by February 15 for fall or summer admission to the program.

Where do you work and what is your role?
 
I currently serve as the library/information specialist at Highcrest Middle School in Wilmette, Illinois. I previously served as a library/technology coordinator in Chicago Public Schools.

What do you like best about your job?

My new role offers a more flexible model rather than fixed classes, which I've had in the past. I...

Jan. 30, 2017
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Our alumni work all over the world, using the knowledge and skills they learned in their iSchool courses. Dalal Rahme (MS '14) is sharing her knowledge of data curation with students and faculty at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.

Where do you work and what is your role?

I'm a research data services librarian at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon. My main duty is to help researchers find the data they need, organize it, preserve it, and make it accessible for future use through our DataBank. I also assist in the writing of data management plans when required. As a data curator, I work closely with the digital initiatives department, where I am involved in several digital preservation projects. In addition, I teach a digital preservation course at the Graduate School...

Jan. 18, 2017
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As fake news reports spread like a disease over the internet, online users need to more carefully consider the credibility of their news sources. Jeanine Finn (MS '96), former reference librarian, recent PhD grad, and self-described "ninja of information spaces," has been doing research on information credibility for about eight years. For her dissertation, she examined the use and evaluation of scientific sources by journalists in writing about science news for diverse audiences.

"From the ethnographic study of freelance science writers, I gathered extensive data related to the writers' work habits, their research processes, their education and professional training, and, more centrally, how they manage their professional identities as trusted communicators," Finn explained. "The question of information...

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