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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. 1, 2018

Kurt Munson (MS '92), assistant head of access services at Northwestern University Library, was selected as the 2018 winner of the Sharing and Transforming Resources Section's (STARS) Virginia Boucher Distinguished ILL (Interlibrary Loan) Librarian Award, sponsored by OCLC. The award consists of $2,000 and a citation, which recognizes an individual for outstanding professional achievement, leadership, and contributions to interlibrary loan and document delivery through recent publication of significant professional literature, participation in professional associations, and/or innovative approaches to practice in individual libraries.

May. 30, 2018

Cheryl Ziegler very nearly wasn't the librarian at the Union League Club. She had applied for several jobs, but on the day of her interview at ULC, she got a call saying that she had been selected for an independent contractor position on a project with Chicago Public Schools. "Well, I can't have two jobs," she thought to herself, and canceled the interview. 

But the CPS job turned out to be unsatisfying. Not only that, it was in CPS facilities down by Sox Park, and she had to pass the Union League Club every day to get to it: she'd take the train from Naperville, then walk across Jackson Boulevard on her way to her train south. After working for CPS for months, she discovered that the ULC job was still posted, and decided to check if she could still be interviewed. "We hired somebody yesterday," came...

May. 24, 2018

According to Roy Saldaña (MS '08), the best part of his job is the opportunity to work with college students from underrepresented groups: first-generation and lower-income students as well as those with documented disabilities. He has found his niche as the director of a program aimed at helping these individuals succeed in college and beyond.

Where do you work, and what is your role?

I am the director of Achieving College Excellence (ACE) at Loyola University Chicago. Our program is funded through a TRIO Student Support Services grant from the U.S. Department of Education. We serve eligible undergraduate students from unrepresented groups in every aspect of their being—not solely academics. Within my current position, I am tasked with the coordination of support services and program...

May. 18, 2018

Throughout her racing career, Paralympian Amanda McGrory (MS '18) has had many fans cheering her on, but she considers her fans at the iSchool to be particularly special. At Convocation last weekend, she presented the iSchool with the Order of Ikkos, a medal given to Olympic and Paralympic medalists to pass on to organizations or people who have supported them on their journey.

McGrory is an elite competitive athlete, having won seven Paralympic medals and over 25 marathons. Understandably, this requires an intense training schedule that lasts year-round. The iSchool made sure that she was able to continue competing while also pursuing her MS/LIS degree.  

According to McGrory, athletics taught her discipline, especially with her schedule. This discipline was vital to her success in graduate school. In addition to her training and classes, she also worked as a graduate assistant for the School's...

May. 4, 2018

Four iSchool alumni are among the twenty-five professionals selected to participate in the 2018-2019 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership & Career Development Program (LCDP). These new fellows include Sandra Enimil (MS '09), head of copyright services for Ohio State University; Adebola Fabiku (MS '12), head of interlibrary loan & document delivery services for the University of Washington; Myung-Ja Han (MS '06), associate professor of library administration and metadata librarian for the University of Illinois; and Thomas Padilla (MS '13), visiting digital research services librarian for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

The yearlong program prepares mid-career librarians from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to take on leadership roles in their careers and in the LIS profession. According to an...

Apr. 26, 2018
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Sarah T. Roberts (PhD '14), assistant professor of information studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been named a 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Roberts joins thirty other Carnegie Fellows from across the nation as a recipient of what are often referred to as the "brainy awards" and will receive a $200,000 stipend from the Carnegie Corporation in support of her work. Roberts was selected along with the other 2018 fellows from among 270 applicants. 
"Sarah Roberts is an exploding nova of brilliance and energy. Her selection for a hyper-competitive Carnegie Fellowship is a tribute to her originality and the urgency of her research agenda. Brava, Brava...