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Apr. 26, 2017
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Master's student Ritse Adefolalu has received the Marilyn Kay Maynard Scholarship awarded by the Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA). The scholarship is designed to encourage students who wish to gain licensure to work in Illinois as a school librarian, with three scholarships awarded each year.

Adefolalu received his bachelor's degree in English and a minor in music at Harvard University. He came to the iSchool after his interest in community service led him to consider a career in K-12 librarianship. 

"I see the holistic enrichment of children and adolescents as one of the most important and effective ways of improving a community, and I believe the unique position libraries occupy at the intersection of the...

Apr. 25, 2017
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Master's student Kortney Rupp has been selected by the Special Libraries Association (SLA) as recipient of the 2017 Marion E. Sparks Award. This award provides funding to attend the 2017 SLA Annual Conference, which will be held June 16-20 in Phoenix, Arizona. This annual conference allows participants to develop essential skills, network with colleagues, and explore noteworthy trends in knowledge and information management.

"Attending national meetings for professional organizations is the best way to meet your colleagues and learn about current challenges facing the field," said Rupp. "I am excited to receive this award in honor of...

Apr. 24, 2017
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Master's student Saajan Dehury was part of the winning team at Campus 1871, a startup pitch competition held on March 31-April 2 at 1871, Chicago's Center for Technology and Entrepreneurship. 

The objective of the competition was to design a potential startup company and create a viable business model that would solve a meaningful problem, all within one weekend. Teams, limited to ten members, were composed of students from various backgrounds and universities. Members accepted different responsibilities for their startup, including design, business model, revenue model, marketing, and user experience/interface.

Dehury's team decided to pitch a startup to tackle the problem of asthma and design a technology to improve inhalers. Dehury worked on the revenue model for the company, although his background is not in business. 

"Thirteen percent of the U.S. population...

Apr. 20, 2017

Professor Alistair Black and doctoral candidate Henry Gabb have been honored by the American Library Association's Library Research Round Table (LRRT) with the 2017 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research. The annual award recognizes research that employs exemplary research design and methods in the planning or initial stage of use.

Black and Gabb's research repeated a 1916 survey of American corporate libraries with a selection of today's corporate librarians to assess operations and perceived value, following nearly a century of change. Their findings, presented in "The Value Proposition of the Corporate Library, Past and Present" and published in Information & Culture: A Journal of History (2016, vol. 51, no. 2), underscored the enduring value of the corporate library.

From the abstract: Corporate libraries of the kind we would recognize today began to appear around the turn of the twentieth century. They were a response to a rapidly...

Apr. 17, 2017
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Jessica Followell is the 2017 master's student recipient of the Graduate Student Essay Award from the Children's Literature Association. Followell won the award for her essay, "Miracle Cures and Moral Lessons: Victorian Legacies in Contemporary Representations of Children with Disabilities," which examines two plot devices that emerged in children's literature during the Victoria era to discuss disabilities—the miracle cure and the moral lesson.

"In the essay, I consider disability in contemporary children's literature as an extension of these Victorian lessons, established in such novels like What Katy Did (1872), The Secret Garden (1911), and Pollyanna (1913)," Followell explained.
 
"I argue that the Victorian influence can still be seen in today's disability literature for...

Apr. 14, 2017
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Master's student Ian Harmon has earned a fellowship from the Society for Scholarly Publishing. Out of 70 applicants, Harmon was chosen as one of twelve to receive the highly competitive fellowship. He will be provided with a wide range of career development opportunities that include attending SSP's 39th Annual Meeting from May 31-June 2 in Boston and being assigned an industry expert mentor.

When asked about the benefits of being a SSP Fellow, Harmon said, "I think the most significant benefit is having the opportunity to meet and learn from working professionals in the scholarly publishing industry. This will give me a chance to...

Apr. 13, 2017

Professor Alistair Black's research on the design of post-war British public libraries has received an Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) Prize for Research in the Humanities. Black's entry, "The Long Journey to Libraries of Light," was selected as the winner of an Honorable Mention for best faculty research.

The entry was an extract from Chapter 2 of Black's new book, Libraries of Light: British Public Library Design in the Long 1960s, which is a sequel to his earlier work on pre-1939 public library design, Books, Buildings and Social Engineering (2009). In his latest book, Black examines how the design of public libraries in Britain in the long 1960s (defined as c. 1955 to c. 1975) was characterized by the harnessing of "light." He discusses how this word not only describes the materiality of new sixties...

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