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Dec. 7, 2017
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Enrollment at the iSchool has risen to record levels, due to unprecedented growth in the master's programs. Almost 650 applications were received for the Fall 2017 semester in the master's in library and information science (MS/LIS) and master's in information management (MS/IM) programs. Enrollment in these programs currently accounts for 686 of the School's total student enrollment of 746.
 
"This growth can be attributed in part to a coordinated effort by the recruitment and admissions team to boost acceptances among admitted students, including an email campaign connecting current students to admitted students," said to Moises Orozco Villicana, director of enrollment management. "...

Oct. 26, 2017
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Allen Renear, dean of the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will step down from his role in August 2018 and return to the iSchool faculty.

Renear's leadership has been critical during a period of rapid growth and transformation. During this time, the School expanded programs and resources while continuing to preserve its core identity and values. This commitment to the importance of both innovation and tradition was confirmed in March 2017 when the iSchool was once again named the top graduate school for library and information studies by U.S. News & World Report, a ranking held since 1996.

"I want to thank Dean Renear for his passion as an advocate for the School, its faculty, staff, and students. During his tenure as dean, the School...

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...

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