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Mapping Information Access is a collaborative academic research project to study and understand the landscape of information access and availability in public schools and libraries in the United States.

There are more than 18,000 public school districts and more than 9,000 public library systems in the US. Each of these institutions is as a central node of information access for the communities they serve. Administrators must balance ideals of free speech and information with concerns about social norms, age-appropriateness, and budgets. These decisions then shape the flow of information to students, patrons, and other constituents. Yet the contours of this flow are not well understood. There exists no comprehensive record of the sorts of challenges faced, or decisions made,...

IN THE NEWS

Jun. 14, 2018

iSchool alumnus Alexander Salopek (MS '15), acquisitions/government documents librarian for the Supreme Court of the United States, has been chosen to participate in the highly competitive American Library Association Leadership Institute

The thirty-eight total mid-career librarians selected for the 2018 Institute will take part in an immersive leadership development program in August, where they will develop and practice leadership skills in areas critical to the future of the libraries they lead, and allow them to form a vibrant learning community and network. Participants are expected to return to their institutions with greater self-awareness and self-confidence, equipped with better skills for leading, coaching, collaborating, and engaging within their organizations and in their communities, and prepared to identify, develop, and...

Jun. 13, 2018
Russian and American Dialogue participants

Last month a contingent from the iSchool at Illinois took part in a special dialogue with librarians in Russia. The second working meeting of the U.S.-Russia Dialogue on the Civic Role of Libraries in the 21st Century, which was held on May 14-15 in Suzdal, Russia, included Adjunct Assistant Professor Ellen Knutson, who also served as a Dialogue secretary and coordinator of the U.S. delegation; Assistant Professor and MS/LIS Program Director Nicole A. Cooke; Graduate Studies Advisor Karla Lucht; and master's student Kelsey Pietens.

More than twenty people took part in the Dialogue, including leading Russian and American specialists from different types of libraries, university iSchool programs, and Russian and American library associations....

May. 29, 2018
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Assistant Professor and MS/LIS Program Director Nicole A. Cooke will be a keynote speaker at two upcoming conferences: the New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) Annual Conference, which will be held May 30-June 1 in Atlantic City, and Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) 2018, which will be held June 13-15 at the University of Zadar in Croatia.

At the NJLA Annual Conference, Cooke will give the keynote, "Speak Freely: Reflective, Equitable, and Inclusive Conversations for All." Her talk will explore some of the barriers and enablers of open and critically reflective conversations and offer strategies for working toward equitable and inclusive dialogue. 

In her LIDA 2018 presentation, "Actions Speak Louder than Words: Centering Social Justice in LIS Practice," she will discuss how librarians can move beyond their role as social justice advocates and...

May. 23, 2018
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iSchool affiliated faculty member Clara M. Chu, Mortenson Distinguished Professor and director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University Library, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the American Library Association's Beta Phi Mu Award. This award is given in recognition of the achievement of a library school faculty member or another individual for distinguished service to education for librarianship. This annual award, which consists of $1,000 and a citation of achievement, is sponsored by the Beta Phi Mu International Library Science Honor Society.

Chu holds a bachelor's degree from University of British Columbia and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Western Ontario. Prior to her current position at the University of Illinois, she was a professor and department chair of the Library and Information Studies Department at University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Her previous position was as associate professor in...

May. 1, 2018
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Assistant Professor and MS/LIS Program Director Nicole A. Cooke will give the keynote address at the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System's Critical Conversations Mini-conference, Tolerance is Not Enough: Libraries Respond to Hate, which will be held on May 3 in Twinsburg, Ohio. The interactive event will focus on helping library staff assess their own cultural identities and biases and on looking at how these biases impact service.

Cooke's presentation, and the theme of the conference, are based on the column she wrote for Library Journal, which was among its most popular pieces in 2017. In her talk, "Tolerance is Not Enough: Striving Towards a Critical and Proactive LIS Practice," she will discuss the need for library professionals to celebrate—not just...

Apr. 29, 2018

If you work in a library and are interested in meeting other librarians and staff, please join us at this professional networking event. We ask that you consider some ice-breaker questions in advance. Either: What are you glad you learned in library school? or What do you wish you'd learned in library school? We aim to provide a space  for central Illinois residents and visitors who support the work of libraries to meet colleagues in the field and have productive conversations about our challenges and ideas.

The iSchool will provide tasty snacks and the venue will have a cash bar for your convenience. 

Apr. 4, 2018
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As participation in library publishing grows, the development of a strong evidence base to inform best practices and demonstrate impact is essential. To encourage research and theoretical work about library publishing services, the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) gives an annual Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Library Publishing. The award recognizes significant and timely contributions to library publishing theory and practice.

The LPC Research Committee is delighted to announce that this year's award recipient is Daniel G. Tracy (MS '12), information sciences and digital humanities librarian at the iSchool and assistant professor at the University Library, for his article, "Libraries as Content Producers: How Library Publishing Services Address the Reading Experience." The work is an excellent discussion of an important and timely issue. With the growing interest in nascent...

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