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Jul. 11, 2018
First Beta Phi Mu Initiation, 1948

Beta Phi Mu, the library and information studies honor society, celebrates its seventieth anniversary this year. It was founded at the University of Illinois in August 1948 by a group of leading librarians and library educators to recognize and encourage scholastic achievement among library and information studies students.

Jun. 20, 2018

The American Library Association (ALA) will hold its 2018 Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, Louisiana, on June 21-26. 

Visit with the iSchool at Booth #3630. For a complimentary pass, contact the ischool-advancement [at] (iSchool Advancement Office). Passes are offered to alumni, current students, prospective students, and their guests. Please note that this is an exhibits-only pass; it will not allow access to any of the workshops or conference sessions.

Recent alumni (2008-2018 graduates) are invited to attend a recent alumni reception on Saturday, June 23, from 4:00-6:30 p.m. at Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House.

Alumni are invited to attend the ISAA annual meeting and alumni reception on Sunday, June 24,...

Jun. 19, 2018

The iSchool at Illinois seeks nominations for the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award. The deadline for nominations is October 5, 2018.

Given annually, the award acknowledges individuals or groups who have furthered the cause of intellectual freedom, particularly as it impacts libraries and information centers and the dissemination of ideas. Granted to those who have resisted censorship or efforts to abridge the freedom of individuals to read or view materials of their choice, the award may be in recognition of a particular action or a long-term interest in and dedication to the cause of intellectual freedom.

The Downs Award was established in 1969 by the iSchool's faculty to honor Dean Emeritus Robert B. Downs, a champion of intellectual freedom, on the occasion of his twenty-fifth anniversary as director of the School.

Previous winners have included the Kansas City Public Library (2017) for its defense of...

Jun. 11, 2018
Read the draft Self-Study (PDF)

The iSchool's MS in Library and Information Science degree program is currently undergoing a comprehensive review in order to maintain continued accreditation by the American Library Association (ALA). Continued accreditation status is granted to accredited programs that continue to demonstrate compliance with the Standards for Accreditation of Master's Programs in Library & Information Studies following a comprehensive review.   

As part of this review process, the School has prepared a Self-Study, documenting how its MS/LIS program is in compliance with the Standards. Authors of the draft Self-Study include Assistant Professor and MS/LIS Program Director Nicole A. Cooke, Assistant Dean for Student...

May. 22, 2018

The iSchool is pleased to announce that Karen Wickett (MS '07, PhD '12) will join the faculty in August 2018. She is currently an assistant professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin.

Wickett's research areas include the conceptual and logical foundations of information organization systems and artifacts. She is most interested in the analysis of common concepts in information systems, such as documents, datasets, digital objects, metadata records, and collections. Her work recognizes the pressing need for logically consistent definitions and descriptions in digital environments. This is especially important as semantic technologies (such as RDF and linked data services) become more commonplace for digital library and curation systems.

Before her faculty...

May. 21, 2018

Each year, the School recognizes a group of outstanding students for their achievement in academics as well as a number of attributes that contribute to professional success. The following student awards were presented at the School's Convocation ceremony on May 13, 2018.

Bryce Allen Award for Reference Services

Presented to Lizzy Boden    

Lizzy Boden is the quintessential reflective practitioner, continuously thoughtful and self-reflective about her positionality at the reference desk as she grapples with the ethical and service obligations of the reference librarian. Her interest in reference services and commitment to excellence in practice is obvious to all who encounter her at the reference desk. She is passionate about supporting library users and cares deeply about their own agency in their information seeking. Because of this she also grapples with complex and troubling...

May. 18, 2018

Throughout her racing career, Paralympian Amanda McGrory (MS '18) has had many fans cheering her on, but she considers her fans at the iSchool to be particularly special. At Convocation last weekend, she presented the iSchool with the Order of Ikkos, a medal given to Olympic and Paralympic medalists to pass on to organizations or people who have supported them on their journey.

McGrory is an elite competitive athlete, having won seven Paralympic medals and over 25 marathons. Understandably, this requires an intense training schedule that lasts year-round. The iSchool made sure that she was able to continue competing while also pursuing her MS/LIS degree.  

According to McGrory, athletics taught her discipline, especially with her schedule. This discipline was vital to her success in graduate school. In addition to her training and classes, she also worked as a graduate assistant for the School's...