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May. 2, 2016

GSLIS students and staff spoke last week at the fifteenth annual Information Literacy Summit, held on April 29. The theme of the conference was “Shifting Perspectives: Developing Critical Approaches in Information Literacy.”

Lisa Hinchliffe (MS '94), GSLIS affiliated faculty member, presented a session titled, “Can a Constellation Be Critical? The Position(s) of the ACRL Framework and ACRL Standards for Information Literacy.”

The ACRL Board recently recognized that practitioners are beginning to achieve what it intended – the Framework and Standards (as well as other documents including the Best Practices, Guidelines, and Proficiencies) serve as a constellation through which practitioners shape their programs. This session will share models of how libraries are addressing the Framework and adapting their programs, as well as the challenges emerging as they do so. Using an appreciative inquiry...

Apr. 28, 2016
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A design background led master’s student Lorin Bruckner to study data visualization at GSLIS. This spring, she will complete her MS in LIS with specializations in socio-technical data analytics and data curation and pursue a career as a data visualization developer.

Why did you decide to pursue an LIS degree?
I obtained my undergraduate degree in graphic design and began working as a web designer for an advertising agency. While I was creating websites and user interfaces, I thought a lot about how people interacted with them. Over the years, I became progressively more interested not only in people's relationships with websites but also in the information they encountered on the internet. I spent a lot of time experimenting and developing ways to guide people toward the information they were looking for, and it was something...

Apr. 25, 2016
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Graduation is approaching, and at this time of the year, we reflect on those individuals who have made a difference in our lives. New graduates and alumni are encouraged to honor GSLIS faculty and/or staff through the LSAA Tassel Project, which was established in 2011 by the Library School Alumni Association (LSAA) to support the creation of an endowed professorship in the School.

With a contribution of $10, you can honor a faculty or staff member who had an impact on your GSLIS educational experience. To thank you for your contribution, you will receive a commemorative yellow GSLIS tassel. All faculty and staff who are honored will be notified.

The LSAA has designated the...

Apr. 22, 2016
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Krystal Cooper is pursuing her interests in digital humanities, analytics, and archiving as a master’s student at GSLIS and as a graduate assistant with the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS). She also is broadening her educational scope through participation in scholars programs of two multidisciplinary organizations, and this month she participated in the Computing Research Association: Women’s 2016 Grad Cohort Workshop, the goal of which is to prepare female graduate students for leadership roles in fields related to computing through mentoring and community building.

Why did you decide to pursue an LIS degree?
I decided to pursue an...

Apr. 21, 2016
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A new book edited by GSLIS alumna Safiya Noble (MS '09, PhD '12) explores the underlying social relationships and power structures of the internet and their implications. The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Class, and Culture Online was published in March 2016 by Peter Lang International Academic Publishers. In addition to Noble, chapter contributors include GSLIS doctoral candidate Melissa Villa-Nicholas and alumni Sarah T. Roberts (PhD '14) and Miriam E. Sweeney (PhD '13).

From race, sex, class, and culture, the multidisciplinary field of Internet studies needs theoretical and methodological approaches that allow us to question the...

Apr. 6, 2016

GSLIS doctoral student Kirstin Phelps has been selected by the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) to receive one of ninety Scholar Awards given in the United States and Canada. PEO Scholar Award winners are a select group of women chosen for their high level of academic achievement and potential to positively impact society.

Phelps will receive a merit-based award of $15,000 to support her doctoral studies. She was sponsored by the Champaign, Illinois, chapter of PEO and recommended by members of the GSLIS faculty.

Her research interests involve the role of collective leadership in shaping how interorganizational groups work together to accomplish shared goals. Her research considers three main areas: leadership, groups, and information communication technology. She is project manager for the...

Apr. 1, 2016

Students and recent graduates interested in working in special collections librarianship are invited to attend the upcoming workshop, “A Rare Choice: Career Workshop for Special & Specialized Collections Librarianship,” at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) on Saturday, May 7. The workshop will be held at the Richard J. Daley Library, Room 1-470, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

This event is sponsored by Special Collections and University Archives at UIC, GSLIS, and the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with support from Richard Renner, whose generosity in honor of Jackie Vossler has made this event possible.

Register by May 4 for this free workshop. For more information, contact lcsmith [at] illinois.edu (Linda C. Smith).

Schedule of sessions:

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.: The State of the Professions with a Focus on Special...

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