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Apr. 21, 2017
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David Kalat (MS '11) could be considered a Sherlock Holmes of the digital world. However, unlike Holmes hitting the streets of London for clues, Kalat's brand of sleuthing involves using computer forensics, electronic discovery, and data analytics to find the sometimes deeply concealed facts in a case. As a director of the Berkeley Research Group LLC's Global Investigations + Strategic Intelligence Practice, Kalat conducts forensic investigations to settle disputes among parties, usually in the form of litigation. 

According to Kalat, in a forensic examination, the "eureka" moments are less about the contents of files and more about finding when the files were accessed, deleted, or shared.

"I worked a bank hacking case once where my findings involved evidence that a rogue IT consultant had used a...

Apr. 19, 2017
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As a computer networks software developer, Shubhanshu Mishra realized that he was less interested in software than in understanding its users and their social interactions. This insight led him to the iSchool at Illinois, where he is learning skills in his PhD studies that will prepare him for a new career in information science.

Why did you decide to pursue an LIS degree?

After completing my integrated Master and Bachelor of Science in mathematics and computing, I worked as a computer networks software developer in India. However, my interests were more aligned with understanding the users of these computational systems and their latent social interactions. While I was working at my job, I also finished courses on machine learning as well as social and economic network analysis from Coursera, which motivated me to pursue a PhD. The abundant opportunities to apply these theoretical concepts to real world data was a major driver in selecting information science as my...

Apr. 10, 2017
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Master's student Leanna Barcelona uses materials from the past to connect with students today in her artistic and award-winning exhibits.
 
Since her high school days in the northwest Chicago suburb of St. Charles, Illinois, Barcelona has wanted to be an archivist. As an undergraduate student, she worked at the Student Life and Culture Archives at the University of Illinois, and after earning her bachelor's degree in history and political science in May 2015, she decided to stay at Illinois for her MS in library and information science (MS/LIS) degree.

"I wanted to continue working at the Student Life and Culture Archives as a graduate student, and financially it made the most sense. It also doesn't hurt that the iSchool is ranked as the #1 graduate school for its field," she said.

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...

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