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.
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The American Library Association (ALA) will hold its 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago on June 22-27. The theme of the conference is "Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves."
Visit with the iSchool at Booth #4742 in the Exhibit Hall from June 23-26. For a complimentary pass, contact the ischool-advancement [at] illinois.edu (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.
Alumni and students are invited to attend the...
iSchool faculty, staff, and students will present their research at the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL), which will be held on June 19-23 in Toronto. The event brings together international scholars focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, organizational, and social issues. The goal is to provide a forum for shared learning and facilitate the application of knowledge for research, development, construction, and utilization in digital libraries.
Papers to be presented at JCDL 2017 include:
- "Information-Seeking in Large Scale Digital Libraries: Strategies for Scholarly Workset Creation"
Authors include J. Stephen Downie, professor and associate dean for research, and Peter Organisciak (PhD '15), postdoctoral research associate
- "Uncertainty about the Long-Term: Digital Libraries, Astronomy Data, and Open Source Software"
Ten master’s students have been named 2017-2018 Spectrum Scholars by the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services. Established in 1997, the Spectrum Scholarship Program promotes diversity among graduate-level students pursuing degrees in library and information studies through ALA-accredited programs. This year, the program received three times as many applications as there were available scholarships.
“Our School is very proud to be the lead recipient of ALA Spectrum Scholars. This is a collective effort, and I hope to build from this success for many years to come—in terms of recruiting as well as providing a supportive and affirming environment for students of color,” said Moises Orozco Villicana, director of enrollment management. “The most impressive aspect of ALA Spectrum recipients is their high...
MS student Vivian Alvarez works with tweens and teens at the Rudy Lozano Branch of the Chicago Public Library, which is located in the Mexican-American community of Pilsen. As part of her job, she develops programming for youth that nurtures learning and strengthens communities.
A tabletop gaming enthusiast, Alvarez started a tabletop gaming program for students at the Lozano Branch. A paper she wrote on the subject, "Engaging Students in the Library through Tabletop Gaming," was featured in the March-April issue of Knowledge Quest, the journal of the American Association of School Librarians. In her paper, Alvarez discusses how tabletop games serve as educational tools, teaching students important personal and interpersonal skills they need for college and career success.
Master's student NaVosha Copeland is a 2017 recipient of the Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The award will be presented at a ceremony during the SAA Annual Meeting in July. The award recognizes minority graduate students of African, Asian, Latino, or Native American descent who, through scholastic achievement, manifest an interest in becoming professional archivists and active members of SAA.
Copeland's initiative and ability to collaborate on projects related to archives, primary source research, and community building impressed the SAA Awards Committee. As the historian of the Emory Black Student Union (EBSU), Copeland created a presentation on the first African...
Doctoral candidate Chris D'Arpa successfully defended her dissertation, "'Procure, propagate, and distribute among the people': The information service functions of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1862-1888," on May 30.
Her committee included Associate Professor Emerita Christine Jenkins (chair), Professor Alistair Black, Professor Emeritus Dan Schiller, and Professor Linda C. Smith.