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May. 14, 2018
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Recent graduate Erica Zhang (MS '18) is heading to Arizona to start her new job as a junior taxonomist for Boeing. There she will work with the Information Services team to maintain metadata and controlled vocabularies to facilitate employee access to information.

During her time at the iSchool, Zhang gained an impressive amount of work experience. She served as a graduate assistant at The Career Center; graduate hourly in the Content Access Management department at the University Library; strategic resources intern at State Farm in the U of I Research Park; and metadata and digital repository intern at the National Transportation Library in Washington, D.C. She also completed a SharePoint practicum with The Big Ten Academic Alliance.

"Prior to coming to the iSchool, I worked in textbook...

Feb. 9, 2018
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Master's student Paige Dhyne likes to connect people with information. It was one of the reasons that Dhyne, who hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan, decided to study LIS after earning a dual bachelor's degree in film/video production and writing from Grand Valley State University. While initially attracted to the iSchool because of its number-one ranking, she became convinced that Illinois was the perfect fit for her after getting to know the iSchool staff, faculty, and students at a visit day last spring. 

Dhyne is happy with her decision to enroll in the MS/LIS program. "I've never felt lost or out of place, and the breadth and depth of opportunity here is unparalleled. If I had to make the choice again, I would choose the iSchool every time."

She is the recipient of an iSchool scholarship...

Feb. 2, 2018
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Kameron Wells is combining his love of athletics with his interest in data analytics as a student in the iSchool's MS in information management (MS/IM) program. A Champaign native, Wells graduated in 2017 with his bachelor's degree in computer science from Knox College, where he was a four-time letterwinner and starting catcher on the school’s baseball team.

"Sports have been a huge influence in my life," said Wells, whose father played basketball for the University of Illinois. "Growing up, I played basketball and picked up golf in high school, but my true love has always been baseball."

He is still involved in baseball but now as coach. He serves as head coach of the Edison Middle School varsity baseball team in the fall and the Judah Christian High School varsity baseball team in the...

Jan. 26, 2018
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Like many others, master's student Lizzy Boden was very focused on fake news during the 2016 election. For her research proposal in IS 501, Information Organization and Access, she examined how libraries are combating fake news. She followed up with the topic in IS 590IIA, International Information Associations and Policy, and her findings are available in the ALA-ACRL online publication, "Keeping Up With… Debiasing and Fake News." According to Boden, "The more I researched, the more clear it became that fake news is actually a symptom of cognitive bias rather than a stand-alone problem. As such, tips to consider the authority of sources and even specific misinformation corrections are minimally effective as a...

Jan. 17, 2018
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As a child, MS/LIS student and author Brittany Jacobs was banned from her local library for not returning anything on time.

"I never set foot in a library again until I was an undergraduate and forced to go to the Minneapolis public library for research," she said.

Now, Jacobs works in the children's department at the Naperville Public Library, writes and illustrates children's books, and helps librarians create educational programs for youth. While working for the Summer Outreach and Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program (LEAP) teams at the Free Library of Philadelphia in 2015, she created an after-school STEM and literacy-based Spy Club for K-12 youth that caught the attention of the local media as well as a publisher in Colorado at...

Dec. 12, 2017
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Last month, first-year master's student Amanda Weber presented her research at the Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL). During FIL's International Librarian's Colloquium, she talked about the power of bilingual children's literature and how it plays a role in identity formation and affirmation. Weber had researched and written about the topic for her undergraduate thesis at DePauw University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish. "When picture books are culturally and linguistically appropriate, accurate, and affirming, they represent children's realities and inspire them to discover, create, and celebrate their identities," she said. It was this interest in children's literacy that led her to the iSchool.

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Aug. 11, 2017
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When Rob Callahan isn't participating in an online class, he is out flying helicopters. First Lieutenant Callahan flies H-60 Blackhawks as an aeromedical evacuation officer in the U.S. Army. 

"I have been fortunate to have commanders and supervisors who support my off-duty education," he said. "Since classes are held at the same time each week, I do my best to shape my schedule so I am available for the live sessions. When unavoidable conflicts arise, my professors are both understanding and accommodating, and Moodle recordings help me keep up to date."

Callahan is currently working on his MS in information management (MS/IM). He is the recipient of a scholarship that focuses on recruiting exceptional students, which...

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