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Feb. 17, 2016

GSLIS master’s students Jessica Colbert and Annabella Irvine will participate in the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC) this week, where they will lead a workshop on locating LGBT materials in libraries and will represent the GSLIS student group, Queer Library Alliance (QLA). Held annually, the interdisciplinary conference is organized by students and is the largest event of its kind in the country. MBLGTACC 2016 will be held at Purdue University on February 19-21.

The workshop, "Finding Ourselves in the Library: Locating LGBT Materials in Libraries,” was developed by Colbert and fellow GSLIS MS/LIS student Brittany Craig.

Abstract: This workshop serves to assist students in pursuit of queer literatures, histories, and other LGBTQIA-related library materials. Libraries have been a hub for marginalized populations, particularly...

Feb. 12, 2016

Three GSLIS master's students have been named the 2015-2016 recipients of the C. Barber Mueller Prize for Excellence in Exhibition Design, which is awarded annually by the University of Illinois Library Exhibitions Committee. The winning exhibits will be on display in the Main Library's Marshall Gallery this spring.

Kimberly Stelter’s exhibit, "Art Books and Bindings," will be on display in the Marshall Gallery through February 29. It features Chinese and Japanese books from the Ricker Library collection, illustrating the special features of flatbook construction.

Art books come in different shapes, colors, and bindings, and are made with different materials. Many books in the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art collection implement these variations of content and technique to create a unique visual and tactile experience. These variations not only enhance the aesthetics of the books but also the...

Feb. 1, 2016

Several members of the GSLIS community participated in the 2016 Computational Social Science Workshop at Illinois. Hosted by the University Library Scholarly Commons and The Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science (I-CHASS), the workshop was held at the I Hotel and Conference Center on January 30. Presentations and hands-on sessions by speakers representing an array of campus units addressed topics relevant to data-driven social science, including geographic information systems, network analysis, text analysis, and machine learning.

GSLIS participation included:

  • Presentation, “Hands-on Machine Learning,” by Assistant Professor Vetle Torvik
  • Presentation, “Introduction to Network Analysis,” by Assistant Professor Jana Diesner
  • Presentation, “Managing...
Jan. 27, 2016
photo by Chloe K. Collins

originally published in the Fall 2015 issue of Intersections magazine

For Illinois native Robert Sarwark, the decision to pursue a master's degree at GSLIS was an obvious one. As an MS/LIS student and graduate assistant at the International and Area Studies Library, he's now pursuing a range of interests, including information access, communications and languages, and special collections.

Why did you decide to pursue an LIS degree?
I have another master’s degree—in Portuguese—and I knew that with the MS in LIS, I would be able to really make myself more marketable when applying for jobs at colleges and universities in the LIS field and beyond. In addition to that, the science of organizing information and what that really means are issues that resonate with and...

Jan. 19, 2016

Associate Professor Terry Weech and more than a dozen GSLIS students will travel to Lyon, France, next week to participate in the BOBCATSSS 2016 symposium, held January 27-29. BOBCATSSS is an international symposium under the auspices of EUCLID (European Association for Library and Information Education and Research) that brings together library and information science professionals, researchers, educators, and students.

Every year since 1993, LIS students from at least two European universities organize the symposium to address current issues in library and information science. Teams of students plan and manage the event as a part of their studies. BOBCATSSS is an acronym for the universities that initiated the symposium: Budapest, Oslo, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Tampere, Stuttgart, Szombathely, and Sheffield.

GSLIS presentations include:

Thursday, January 28

Master’s student Emily Metcalf...

Dec. 23, 2015

Join GSLIS faculty, staff, and students at the 2016 ALISE Annual Conference, which will be held January 5-8 in Boston. The theme of the conference is "Radical Change: Inclusion & Innovation."

Tuesday, January 5

Professor Linda C. Smith will facilitate a preconference workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. titled, "Educate to Innovate: Re-visioning Library and Information Science Education."

Doctoral student Cass Mabbott will present a poster titled, "The We Need Diverse Books Campaign and Critical Race Theory: A Call to Action for Library and Information Professionals," at 6:30 p.m. Mabbott is the 2016 recipient of the ALISE/University of Washington Information School Youth Services...

Dec. 1, 2015

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been awarded a new research grant by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to explore the benefits for users of linked open data (LOD) for digitized library special collections. Timothy Cole (MS '89), mathematics librarian in the University Library and coordinator for library applications within the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), will serve as principal investigator. Myung-Ja “MJ” Han (MS '06), metadata librarian, and Caroline Szylowicz, Kolb-Proust librarian and curator of rare books and manuscripts, will serve as co-principal investigators. Jacob Jett, GSLIS doctoral student and CIRSS research assistant, will add expertise acquired through participation in prior CIRSS projects involving LOD.