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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...

Feb. 21, 2017

iSchool staff and students will participate in the 12th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC), which will be held on February 20-23 in Edinburgh, Scotland. IDCC is organized annually by the UK-based Digital Curation Centre and provides opportunities for educators and professionals to consider digital curation in a multidisciplinary context. The theme of this year's conference is "Upstream, Downstream: embedding digital curation workflows for data science, scholarship and society."
iSchool presentations include:

"When Scientists Become Social Scientists: How Citizen Science Projects Learn About Volunteers," a paper authored by iSchool Assistant Professor Peter Darch.

"Revealing the Detailed Lineage of Script Outputs using Hybrid Provenance," a paper authored by iSchool postdoctoral research associates Qian Zhang and Yang Cao and Professor Bertram Ludäscher, director of...

Feb. 17, 2017

The iSchool is pleased to announce the appointment of program directors for its master’s and doctoral degree programs. Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke is program director for the MS in library and information science (MS/LIS), and Assistant Professor Jana Diesner is program director for the PhD in library and information science. Cooke and Diesner join Professor Michael Twidale, program director for the MS degree in information management (MS/IM), in providing leadership for the iSchool’s highly regarded degree programs.

“Program directors play a critical role in the overall coordination of our academic programs, working with other faculty and staff in such areas as curriculum development, recruitment, academic advising, and career services. The iSchool is fortunate to have such talented faculty in these new positions, and I look forward to working with them to further enhance each of our degree programs,” said Linda Smith, associate dean for academic programs.


Jan. 12, 2017

The iSchool will be well represented at the annual conference for the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), which will take place from January 17-20 in Atlanta. ALISE '17 will explore how LIS educators and researchers can develop curricula, programs, and research activities that support partnerships with communities to manage and create change.

Meetings & Workshops

Associate Professor Carol Tilley will participate in the Board of Directors Meeting at 3:00 p.m. on January 16, concluding her three-year term as director of external relations, an elected position to the ALISE Board.

Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs Linda C. Smith is a co-organizer for the pre-conference workshop, "...

Nov. 28, 2016

The iSchool and the Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong are cohosting the workshop "Digital Scholarship Centers: Building Library Services for Data-Driven Scholarship" from November 28-30 at the University of Hong Kong. Illinois participants include Professor and Dean Allen Renear; Professor J. Stephen Downie, a member of the workshop's organizing committee; iSchool faculty affiliate Harriett Green and her colleagues Eleanor Dickson and Karen Hogenboom from the University Library; and iSchool alumni Nic Weber (PhD '15) from the University of Washington and Xiao Hu (PhD '10) from the University of Hong Kong.

At the three-day workshop, participants will discover how digital scholarship centers support academic research by bringing together hardware, software, and in-person expertise "to empower researchers with the tools, skills, and information resources to incorporate computational methods...

Nov. 15, 2016

Colin Van Orman (MS '15) joined the iSchool on November 1 as a graduate studies advisor. In his role, he will provide academic advising and program planning for students in the MS in library and information science (MS/LIS) program, as well as contribute to orientations and other student affairs programming.

At Illinois, Van Orman worked full time as the help desk services coordinator for the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics while studying for his MS/LIS degree. He holds a bachelor's degree in information technology from Franklin University.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at the iSchool during my graduate work," he said. "The intensity of the work and shared experiences amongst my cohort helped build some great friendships and connections that I still rely on to this day."...