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Jun. 27, 2017
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Last month five iSchool students traveled to Moscow with their instructor, Ellen Knutson (PhD '08), to learn about community engagement in Russian libraries and to experience Russian culture. They completed the trip as part of the Community Engagement course (IS 418), which explores the multiple ways that information professionals in libraries and other settings learn about, collaborate with, and provide service and outreach to community members.

Jun. 13, 2017

The iSchool at Illinois seeks nominations for the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award. The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2017.

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 Wendy Campbell (2016) for her work in increasing cultural...

May. 15, 2017

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 14, 2017.

Bryce Allen Award for Reference Services

Presented to Leah Dudak

Leah Dudak brings enthusiasm and a positive attitude to the Music and Performing Arts Library (MPAL) reference desk. No question is too small, and she clearly enjoys assisting all patrons with their information needs. She uses her music knowledge and library skills to help patrons find scores and recordings, track down elusive journal articles, and more. She extends the reach of the reference desk by creating LibGuides for events and contributing to social media accounts. At the Main Library, Leah tackles the toughest patrons with joy and dignity and...

May. 9, 2017

The iSchool Scholars-in-Residence program allows international researchers the opportunity to work with faculty and students on specific research projects, offer guest lectures, and participate in research activities at the iSchool and University of Illinois. Current scholars-in-residence include Ya Gao, Chul Wan Kwak, Han (Hannah) Liu, Jing Yuan, Xi Zhang, and Yigang Zhou.

"International scholars-in-residence allow the iSchool to make progress on a range of global information problems, advancing our research enterprise and addressing key societal challenges," said J. Stephen Downie, professor and associate dean for research. 

Ya Gao, doctoral candidate in the School of Information Management at Sun Yat-sen University, studies archives related to the dissemination of American librarianship in China from 1979 through 1999 and its lasting impact on Chinese librarianship from 1979 through 1999.

Chul Wan Kwak is a professor in the Department of Library and...

May. 4, 2017
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Alumna Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson (MS '78) will deliver the 2017 iSchool Convocation address. The event will be held on Sunday, May 14, at 9:30 a.m. For those who would like to watch the ceremony online, live video will be available as well as archived for future viewing.

Wilson is vice provost for digital initiatives and dean of University Libraries at the University of Washington (UW). Prior to joining UW in 1992, she worked for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, most recently as assistant director of libraries for undergraduate and instructional services.

She has published and presented widely on information literacy, teaching, learning, and technology; cross-sector collaborations; art historiography; global...

May. 1, 2017
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iSchool faculty and students will participate in the University of Illinois Social Media Analytics Summit, which will be held on Tuesday, May 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The event will take place at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) auditorium. Registration is free, but space is limited.

The event is jointly organized by Joe Yun, adjunct professor of social media analytics and doctoral candidate at Illinois, and iSchool faculty members Jana Diesner, assistant professor and doctoral program director, and Robert Brunner, professor.

The focus of the summit is to bring together researchers, educators, ...

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...

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