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Sep. 22, 2017

Eight iSchool instructors were named in the University's List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent for Summer 2017. 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 Betty Bush, Nicole A. Cooke, Linda Diekman, David Dubin, Jeanne Holba Puacz, Emily Knox, Steve Oberg, and Melissa Wong. 
 

Sep. 7, 2017

Twenty-four iSchool instructors were named in the University's List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent for Spring 2017. 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, Bobby Bothmann, Betty Bush, Anna Chen, Nicole A. Cooke, Peter Darch, Jana Diesner, Jeff Ginger, Paul Healey, Elizabeth Hoiem, Jeanne Holba-Puacz, Emily Knox, Kathryn La Barre, Jessica LeCrone, Scott Matheson, Kate McDowell, Debra Mitts Smith, Yoo-Seong Song, Carol Tilley, Mary Wilkes Towner, Michael...

Sep. 5, 2017
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A travel fund has been established at the iSchool in honor of an alumna who loved to travel and lived in many places, making friends with people around the world.

Although she lived in ten states and three foreign countries, Molly Dolan (MS '04) considered Champaign-Urbana "the true home of her heart." After earning her master's degree in library and information science in 2004, she stayed at Illinois, working as project coordinator for the Digital Libraries Education Program. During her time at Illinois, she built a database for the U of I Alumni Association, worked in Digital Content Creation digitizing rare books and photos, and partnered on a grant to develop a humanities data curation curriculum. In 2010, Dolan left Illinois for West Virginia University, where she served as a digital initiatives...

Aug. 31, 2017
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Assistant Professor Jana Diesner taught a course on network analysis to Chinese students participating in the Information Science and Engineering Summer Program sponsored by Global Education and Training (GET) at the University of Illinois. Eighty undergraduates from five Chinese universities took part in the two-week program held last month on the Urbana campus. 

Doctoral students Ly Dinh and Shubhanshu Mishra served as teaching assistants for the network analysis course. Moises Orozco Villicana, director of enrollment management, talked with participants about the degree programs available at the iSchool.

In addition to network analysis, participants learned about control systems in a course taught by Petros Voulgaris, professor in the Department in Aerospace Engineering. GET hosted social activities for the participants as well, including a trip to Springfield to visit the Illinois State Capitol and Abraham Lincoln...

Aug. 23, 2017
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Jessica Williams (MS '13) joined the School on August 16 as a graduate student coordinator and academic advisor. In this role, she will provide academic advising and program planning for students enrolled in the MS in information management (MS/IM) program, as well as work with Michael Twidale, professor and MS/IM program director, and others to continue to evolve the program. 

Williams holds a master's degree in English from the University of Georgia and a bachelor's degree in English from Auburn University. She decided to pursue her MS in library and information science following a recommendation from one of her professors about the collaborative nature of the field. Williams recently started her Certificate of Advanced Study at the iSchool with the goal of enhancing her expertise in the...

Aug. 9, 2017
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Alumna and longtime staff member Jill Gengler (MS '99) has been named director of alumni affairs for the iSchool. In her new role, she will manage alumni engagement and programming, collaborating closely with other units in the iSchool and on campus.

Gengler, who began working at the iSchool after earning her MS degree in library and information science, has held positions of increasing responsibility, serving most recently as Help Desk manager. With nearly 20 years of experience in student support roles, she has developed strong connections with iSchool graduates as well as valuable institutional knowledge and administrative skills. She is passionate about the School, its mission, and the community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who contribute to its ongoing success.

"I've always...

Aug. 4, 2017

The iSchool at Illinois is involved in a partnership that has received a research grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for an extension of the Data Capsule service, which enables remote access by the HathiTrust Digital Library to other collections managed by research libraries. The partnership is led by the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University. 
  
As the volume of digital content has expanded exponentially over the past several years, researchers and educators have recognized the potential of big data techniques to analyze, access, and organize digital scholarly collections. The Data Capsule service, which was developed for use in the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC), creates virtual computers for users to access a restricted collection. Within HTRC, the Data Capsule service is used for non-consumptive analytics, which allow the computer to analyze the text but doesn’...

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