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Mar. 22, 2017
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Alumnus Mark Sorensen (MS '98) has been named an Illinois Library Luminary by the Illinois Library Association (ILA). This distinction honors individuals whose efforts have made a significant contribution to Illinois libraries.

Sorensen has served public libraries, both professionally and privately, since 1982. After a career of twenty-one years with the Illinois State Archives, he retired as assistant director. Sorensen was instrumental in maintaining records management systems for all Illinois public libraries, as...

Mar. 16, 2017

Twenty-one iSchool instructors were named in the University's List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent for Fall 2016. The rankings are released every semester, and results are based on the Instructor and Course Evaluation System (ICES) questionnaire forms maintained by Measurement and Evaluation in the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. Only those instructors who gave out ICES forms during the semester and who released their data for publication are included in the list.

Faculty and instructors appearing on the list include Anne Barnhart, Betty Bush, John Gough, Jeanne Holba Puacz, Jimi Jones, Emily Knox, Kathryn La Barre, Rachel M. Magee, Bonnie Mak, Jerome McDonough, Kate McDowell, Shubhanshu Mishra, Steve Oberg, Melissa Ocepek, Melissa Salrin, Linda C. Smith, Jennifer Teper, Carol Tilley, Terry L. Weech, Melissa Wong, and Beth Woodard.

Feb. 28, 2017
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The American Library Association (ALA) Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender and Government Documents Round Tables (GLBTRT and GODORT) are proud to announce Lisa Hinchliffe (MS ’94) as the inaugural recipient of the Larry Romans Mentorship Award. Hinchliffe is an iSchool-affiliated faculty member and adjunct professor, editor of the journal Library Trends, and professor and coordinator for information literacy services and instruction at the University of Illinois Library.

“I believe that our community is strengthened when we support everyone in reaching their full potential and professional aspirations,” said Hinchliffe. “I am honored that so many have trusted me to be a part of their journeys and humbled to have my contributions recognized by this award.”

Hinchliffe’s mentorship at the University of Illinois as well...

Feb. 22, 2017
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Master’s student Kortney Rupp has been selected by American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications as one of two recipients of the ACS Publications Travel Grant for Librarians and Library School Students. The grant provides funding to attend the 253rd ACS National Meeting & Exposition, which will be held April 2-6 in San Francisco and focus on the theme of “Advanced Materials, Technologies, Systems & Processes.”

“This travel grant will be the first opportunity to engage with the chemical information community as a...

Jan. 25, 2017

Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke is the recipient of the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) Achievement in Library Diversity Research Award. This award recognizes her contributions to the profession and her promotion of diversity within it, defining achievement as a "body of work or a groundbreaking piece whose dissemination advances our understanding of or sparks new research in the areas of diversity."

Established in 2004, the award is given annually by the Diversity Research Grants Advisory Committee, a subcommittee of the ALA Council Committee on Diversity, and the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services. This year's recipient is honored for the scope of her efforts:

Cooke's work moves beyond documenting disparities in the numbers of racial and ethnic minority faculty at LIS. She goes on to...

Nov. 11, 2016
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Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke is the 2016 recipient of the Larine Y. Cowan Make a Difference Award for Teaching and Mentoring in Diversity, given annually by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The award honors Dr. Larine Y. Cowan, past director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Access. There are four award categories, including Advocacy for LGBTQ Affairs, Excellence in Access and Accommodations, Leadership in Diversity, and Teaching and Mentoring in Diversity. Cooke received the award at the University's 31st Annual Celebration of Diversity on November 11 in Champaign.

At the iSchool, Cooke has led the development of three graduate courses directly addressing diversity: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Information Professions (LIS 537), Social Justice in the Information Professions (LIS 545), and Information Services for Diverse Populations (LIS 547).

"I have had the pleasure of being a student in two of Dr. Cooke's classes: Information...

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...

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