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Apr. 26, 2017

The iSchool and University Library are partners on a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The grant supports work to hold a national forum and develop a white paper aimed at simplifying scholars' access to in-copyright and access-restricted texts for computational analysis and data mining research.

Text data mining and analysis are important research methods for scholars. However, efforts to access and analyze data sets are frequently complicated when texts are protected by copyright or other intellectual property restrictions.

The forum will bring together stakeholders in the areas of libraries, research, and publishing to discuss and recommend a research, policy, and practice framework that guides scholarly access to protected texts for data mining and other analyses. Thereafter, the grant partners will produce a white paper to summarize the discussions and present best practices and policy...

Apr. 20, 2017

This weekend, the iSchool will host Information Ethics Roundtable 2017, an annual conference that brings together researchers from across disciplines to discuss ethical issues such as information privacy, intellectual property, intellectual freedom, and censorship. The event, held on April 21-22 at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and the iSchool, will focus on all aspects of data and ethics.

“Exploring the intersection of data and ethics could not be more timely given recent changes to privacy laws,” said Assistant Professor Emily Knox, a member of the organizing committee. Other iSchool representatives serving on the committee include Dean and Professor Allen Renear, Assistant Professor Peter Darch, and doctoral students Margaret Buck, Wei Gao, Emily Lawrence, and Cheryl Thompson.

In addition to providing leadership, the following faculty and students will participate:

Apr. 18, 2017

Kafi D. Kumasi will deliver the 2017 Gryphon Lecture on Friday, April 28, at the iSchool. Sponsored annually by The Center for Children's Books (CCB), the lecture features a leading scholar in the field of youth and literature, media, and culture. It is free and open to the campus and public.

In "Check the Rhyme: Harnessing Hip Hop’s Enduring Literacies with Teens Through Libraries," Kumasi will address the following:

Hip Hop has become a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon that significantly shapes the way young people view and interact in the world. At a time when Black and Latino male youth are being hyper-criminalized and incarcerated at high rates in the U.S., it is important to remember the...

Apr. 13, 2017

Matthew Battles will deliver the 2017 Otlet Lecture on Tuesday, April 25, at the iSchool. The lecture will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Room 126 and will be streamed online and recorded. A reception will follow in the East Foyer.

The Otlet Lecture features select scholars who are leaders in the field of library and information science. Endowed jointly by Emeritus Professor W. Boyd Rayward and Eugene Garfield, it honors the career of Paul Otlet (1868-1944), a Belgian lawyer, bibliographer, internationalist, and pacifist who spent his life building experimental “knowledge” institutions that he hoped might facilitate global access to information in a range of new formats.

In his lecture, "Data and...

Apr. 7, 2017

The Center for Children's Books (CCB) will host the 2017 Storytelling Festival on Saturday, April 15, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the iSchool, Room 126. Coordinated this year by Associate Professor Kate McDowell (PhD '07) and MS/LIS student Sarah Sahn, the festival will feature both new performers and returning seasoned storytellers who will share age-old folklore, personal stories, and everything in between.

The festival is proud to present the following storytellers and the stories they have selected:

  • "Fantaghiro the Beautiful," presented by Julia Neal
  • "Gina the Giant," presented by Rachel Johannigmeier
  • "Old Sultan (faithful dog)," presented by Christine Young
  • "The Marriage of...
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.

Mar. 14, 2017

U.S. News & World Report has once again named the iSchool at Illinois the top graduate school for library and information studies, based on national rankings of accredited master’s degree programs. The iSchool has held the top spot since 1996.

“Our School is pleased to be acknowledged once again for the excellence of our MS degree in library and information science [MS/LIS], which has been at the forefront of innovation for years. We look forward to continued success, expanding our course offerings and curriculum to provide the best possible education for students in a rapidly evolving field,” said Dean Allen Renear.

The iSchool’s ongoing commitment to its MS/LIS includes the recent appointment of a program director, Nicole A. Cooke, to provide leadership in areas such as curriculum development, recruitment, academic advising, and career services. Cooke is distinguished by her work in diversity and social justice in librarianship, receiving the 2017 American...