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Apr. 4, 2017

Doctoral candidate Mikki Smith successfully defended her dissertation, "Print Networks and Youth Information Culture: Young People, Amateur Publishing, and Children’s Periodicals, 1867-1890," on April 3.

Her committee included Associate Professor Kate McDowell, Professor Alistair Black, Associate Professor Emerita Christine Jenkins, and Karen Sanchez Eppler (professor of American studies and English, Amherst College).

From the abstract: Thousands of young people throughout the 1870s and 1880s actively developed networks through print to facilitate communication and the circulation of information among peers. These young people were not content to merely inhabit, as individual readers, the spaces created for them by professional publishers, editors, and authors in an expanding children’s market in the late nineteenth century; they sought, through print, to establish peer networks beyond the boundaries of these spaces, communicating with one another about their...

Mar. 29, 2017

The iSchool was well represented at the international conference, "Information and Power in History," which was held at the VU University Amsterdam on March 16-17. Organized by the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, in collaboration with Radboud University and Utrecht University, the conference attracted scholars from a wide variety of historical and other disciplines. 

Professor Alistair Black and Associate Professor Bonnie Mak delivered the paper, "Period, Theme and Event: Pedagogical Keys to Understanding the Place of Power Relations in the History of Information." Their presentation offered a "period-theme-event framework," identifying the promise of the information history field by highlighting the work of researchers who do not necessarily answer to the label of "information historian." Much of this work raises issues of power and more specifically, the...

Mar. 23, 2017
nmody

A former speech-language pathologist with a passion for social justice, master's student Nisha Mody found her calling in the field of library and information science. While at the iSchool, Mody has served on various committees and been recognized as an American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholar and as part of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce.
 
Why did you decide to pursue an LIS degree?

Before I decided to pursue my LIS degree, I was a speech-language pathologist. While I enjoyed helping individuals with speech and language impairments, I realized that I was more invested in providing them and their loved ones with information and support—which is why I was attracted to the field of LIS. Also, I discovered that libraries can provide...

Mar. 20, 2017

The following iSchool faculty, staff, and students will participate in iConference 2017, which will be held March 22-25 in Wuhan, China. The event brings together scholars, researchers, and information professionals to share insights on critical information issues. The theme of this year's conference is "Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global collaboration across the Information Community."

Wednesday, March 22

Professor and Dean Allen Renear will chair the meeting of the iSchool North American deans, 3:30-5:30 p.m. (by invitation only)

Professor J. Stephen Downie, with Xiao Hu (PhD '10), Samuel K.W. Chu, and C. W-Y. Lee (University of Hong Kong), will present their paper, "Data Science as an Emerging Discipline: The Roles of iSchools in the Era of Big Data," at the workshop, "Information Science to Data Science: New Directions for iSchools," 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 23

Professor J. Stephen...

Mar. 16, 2017

Join iSchool faculty, staff, and students for the following activities during the Association for College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference in Baltimore, including our reception on Thursday, March 23, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Hard Rock Café Baltimore. Please stop by and visit us at Booth #1305 as well!

Wednesday, March 22

Lisa Hinchliffe, affiliated faculty member and professor/coordinator for information literacy services and instruction at the University Library, will present "Assessing and Communicating Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success through Action Research," 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 23

Maria Bonn, senior lecturer, will present "Understanding the Needs of Scholars in a Contemporary Publishing Environment," with Janet Swatscheno (MS '14), visiting digital publishing specialist at the University Library...

Mar. 2, 2017
kristinawilliams

Kristina Williams believes deeply in the strength of character built by service to one's community and the enrichment gained through civic and neighborly engagement. It was this commitment to community involvement, which she observed in iSchool students, that first attracted her to the MS/LIS degree program.

Why did you decide to pursue an LIS degree?

I came to librarianship by way of my first graduate degree program at the University of Illinois—I earned a master's in communication following volunteer work as a news media coordinator for AmeriCorps. I realized that I enjoyed research and working in academia, and I found the core values of librarianship to be well aligned with my own professional aspirations.
 
Why did you choose the iSchool at Illinois?

While at the...

Mar. 1, 2017

Professor Alistair Black and doctoral student Steven Witt discussed their research at the Penn Libraries symposium, The Science of Information, 1870-1945: The Universalization of Knowledge in a Utopian Age, which was held February 23-25 at the University of Pennsylvania and the Beckman Center at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. 

Black presented, "'All information flows toward it, or returns to it in a form worked up into shape': The Intelligence Branch and Libraries of the British War Office, 1873-1914."

Abstract: Intelligence has always been an aspect of organized warfare. It was not until the 1873, however, that the British Army effectively recognized this formally by establishing a dedicated division, under the auspices of the War Office, named the "Intelligence Branch," whose work was to be supported by collections of printed materials in...

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