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Jan. 11, 2018

An online portfolio can help you communicate your skills and accomplishments to employers quickly and effectively. We'll talk about what that might look like and what to keep in mind when constructing a portfolio.

Jul. 17, 2012

Carol Tilley, GSLIS assistant professor, has been selected to give the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Past Presidents’ Paper Presentation at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in January 2013. The award includes $1,500 to fund travel and registration costs.

The YALSA Past Presidents’ Paper Presentation is an annual event at which librarians, educators, and students examine a topic affecting young adult services. Tilley’s paper, “Comics: A Once-Missed Opportunity,” traces the readership, publication, collection, and promotion of comics in the United States from the mid-twentieth century to the present day:

This paper will provide a broad historical overview of young people’s comics readership in the United States from the mid-twentieth century – a period when more than eighty percent of all adolescents read comics regularly, despite many librarians’ attempts to discourage this practice – to the present...

Jul. 2, 2012

GSLIS Assistant Professor Carol Tilley recently spoke with the U of I News Bureau about kids and summer reading. Tilley, a former school librarian and expert on comics and youth services librarianship, spoke with News Bureau news editor Dusty Rhodes. The full interview is available on the campus website.

Parents tend to regard comics as the “candy” of the reading pyramid — treats to be consumed sparingly, and only after reading “real” books. Should parents worry if their kids gravitate toward comics?

My short answer is, no.

For many decades, librarians, teachers, parents and other folks who care about kids and their reading have relied on metaphors that books and reading are like food or ladders or steppingstones. These metaphors are easy but not always accurate ways of thinking about children’s literacy development.

Most contemporary scholars of reading argue – and I concur – that...

Feb. 20, 2012

Anna Hartmann (MS ’09) has been named Advocate of the Month by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). This monthly feature on the YALSA blog, sponsored by the Legislative Committee, highlights the advocacy work of passionate individuals on behalf of teens in libraries.

As the teen services librarian at the Council Bluffs Public Library in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Hartmann has helped oversee the creation and opening of Teen Central, a dedicated space in the library for teens, while also offering monthly programs exclusively for patrons in grades 6 through 12. Hartmann partners with several local advocacy groups and community organizations in order to get the word out about the services the library offers and the importance of working as a community to support youth of all ages.

Hartmann believes a good...

Aug. 3, 2010

The Gryphon Lecture series is hosted every spring semester by the Center for Children's Books and features a leading scholar in the field of youth and literature, media, and culture. Gryphon Lectures are free and open to students and the public. A reception to discuss issues raised, network across departments, and meet with the speaker follows each lecture. Illinois educators are eligible to receive CPDU recognition for participation.

"The Forever Fandom of Harry Potter: Fan Fiction, Festivals, and Charitable Works"
Presented by Marianne Martens (MS '06),  iSchool Research Fellow and Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science, Kent State University
Slides with audio | Recorded 3/2/18