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Apr. 24, 2017

Master's student Saajan Dehury was part of the winning team at Campus 1871, a startup pitch competition held on March 31-April 2 at 1871, Chicago's Center for Technology and Entrepreneurship. 

The objective of the competition was to design a potential startup company and create a viable business model that would solve a meaningful problem, all within one weekend. Teams, limited to ten members, were composed of students from various backgrounds and universities. Members accepted different responsibilities for their startup, including design, business model, revenue model, marketing, and user experience/interface.

Dehury's team decided to pitch a startup to tackle the problem of asthma and design a technology to improve inhalers. Dehury worked on the revenue model for the company, although his background is not in business. 

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Apr. 20, 2017

Professor Alistair Black and doctoral candidate Henry Gabb have been honored by the American Library Association's Library Research Round Table (LRRT) with the 2017 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research. The annual award recognizes research that employs exemplary research design and methods in the planning or initial stage of use.

Black and Gabb's research repeated a 1916 survey of American corporate libraries with a selection of today's corporate librarians to assess operations and perceived value, following nearly a century of change. Their findings, presented in "The Value Proposition of the Corporate Library, Past and Present" and published in Information & Culture: A Journal of History (2016, vol. 51, no. 2), underscored the enduring value of the corporate library.

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Apr. 19, 2017

As a computer networks software developer, Shubhanshu Mishra realized that he was less interested in software than in understanding its users and their social interactions. This insight led him to the iSchool at Illinois, where he is learning skills in his PhD studies that will prepare him for a new career in information science.

Why did you decide to pursue an LIS degree?

After completing my integrated Master and Bachelor of Science in mathematics and computing, I worked as a computer networks software developer in India. However, my interests were more aligned with understanding the users of these computational systems and their latent social interactions. While I was working at my job, I also finished courses on machine learning as well as social and economic network analysis from Coursera, which motivated me to pursue a PhD. The abundant opportunities to apply these theoretical concepts to real world data was a major driver in selecting information science as my...

Apr. 17, 2017

Jessica Followell is the 2017 master's student recipient of the Graduate Student Essay Award from the Children's Literature Association. Followell won the award for her essay, "Miracle Cures and Moral Lessons: Victorian Legacies in Contemporary Representations of Children with Disabilities," which examines two plot devices that emerged in children's literature during the Victoria era to discuss disabilities—the miracle cure and the moral lesson.

"In the essay, I consider disability in contemporary children's literature as an extension of these Victorian lessons, established in such novels like What Katy Did (1872), The Secret Garden (1911), and Pollyanna (1913)," Followell explained.
"I argue that the Victorian influence can still be seen in today's disability literature for...

Apr. 14, 2017

Master's student Ian Harmon has earned a fellowship from the Society for Scholarly Publishing. Out of 70 applicants, Harmon was chosen as one of twelve to receive the highly competitive fellowship. He will be provided with a wide range of career development opportunities that include attending SSP's 39th Annual Meeting from May 31-June 2 in Boston and being assigned an industry expert mentor.

When asked about the benefits of being a SSP Fellow, Harmon said, "I think the most significant benefit is having the opportunity to meet and learn from working professionals in the scholarly publishing industry. This will give me a chance to...

Apr. 14, 2017

Doctoral candidate Karen Baker successfully defended her dissertation, "Data Work Configurations in the Field-Based Natural Sciences: Mesoscale Infrastructures, Project Collectives, and Data Gateways," on April 10.

Her committee included Professor Carole Palmer (professor in the Information School at the University of Washington), Joel E. Cutcher-Gershenfeld (professor in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University), Matthew S. Mayernik (project scientist and research data services specialist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research), and Professor Michael Twidale.

Abstract: This multi-case, longitudinal ethnographic study investigates data work configurations of research projects in the field-based natural sciences. Project collective data work involves managing data in addition to facilitating data archiving. Through qualitative analysis, the concepts of data work arenas, information environments, and pre-archive data work are...

Apr. 10, 2017

Master's student Leanna Barcelona uses materials from the past to connect with students today in her artistic and award-winning exhibits.
Since her high school days in the northwest Chicago suburb of St. Charles, Illinois, Barcelona has wanted to be an archivist. As an undergraduate student, she worked at the Student Life and Culture Archives at the University of Illinois, and after earning her bachelor's degree in history and political science in May 2015, she decided to stay at Illinois for her MS in library and information science (MS/LIS) degree.

"I wanted to continue working at the Student Life and Culture Archives as a graduate student, and financially it made the most sense. It also doesn't hurt that the iSchool is ranked as the #1 graduate school for its field," she said.