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Apr. 21, 2016

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] (Linda C. Smith).

Schedule of sessions:

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

Mar. 30, 2016

Two chapters written by members of the GSLIS community are featured in the latest volume of the Advances in Librarianship book series titled, Perspectives on Libraries as Institutions of Human Rights and Social Justice (Volume 41).

Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke authored the chapter, “Counter-Storytelling in the LIS Curriculum,” in which she explores the need for alternative narratives in LIS curricula.

Abstract: This chapter examines LIS and its curricula through the Storytelling Project (STP) framework. STP theorizes that there are four types of stories: stock, concealed, resistance, and emerging/transforming stories. Each of these story types exists in LIS, but in unequal proportion. LIS curriculum should include more stories of resistance and more emerging/...

Mar. 30, 2016

Doctoral student Kirstin Phelps will speak later this month at the 31st Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, which will be held on April 14-16 in Anaheim, California. The event includes research presentations related to industrial-organizational psychology; the scientific study of work at the individual, organization, and society levels; and the application of that study to workplace issues.

Phelps will present her paper, "Using SNA to Evaluate Effects of the LeaderShape Institute,” during a juried paper panel on the topic, “The Intersection of Leadership Development and Social Contexts,” on April 15 at 8:30 a.m.

Abstract: This paper will present initial findings from an evaluative study of leadership resource networks among student participants of a week-long leadership development institute. With estimates of over one thousand leadership...

Mar. 15, 2016

The following GSLIS faculty and students will participate in iConference 2016, which will be held March 20-23 in Philadelphia. This year marks the eleventh anniversary of the annual conference, which is presented by the iSchools, a worldwide association of information schools dedicated to advancing the information field. The event brings together scholars, researchers, and information professionals to share insights on critical information issues. The theme of this year’s conference is “Partnership with Society.”

Sunday, March 20

Workshop: “Information Privacy: Current and Future Research Directions,” 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., co-organized by Assistant Professor Masooda Bashir with a...

Mar. 10, 2016

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) 2016 National Committee has awarded fellowships to nearly two hundred LIS professionals and students from around the world, including two GSLIS students and several alumni. The fellows will receive funding to attend the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio, on August 13-19.

Alumna Barbara Alvarez (MS '12) and master’s students Elisandro Cabada and Erik Ponder have been named IFLA-IMLS Fellows, and will receive funding through a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The roster of IFLA Library Fellows from the United States and Canada...