Knutson shares outcomes of U.S.-Russia Library Dialogue at Dartmouth Conference

Ellen Knutson
Ellen Knutson, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Adjunct Assistant Professor Ellen Knutson (MS '02, PhD '08) was part of the U.S. delegation to the Dartmouth Conference: U.S.-Russia Citizen Dialogue in the 21st Century, which took place on December 3-5 in Dayton, Ohio. The Dartmouth Conference is the longest continuous bilateral dialogue between citizens of Russia and the U.S. focused on the changing nature of the relationship between the two countries.

At the conference, Knutson shared the outcomes of the third working meeting of the U.S.-Russia Dialogue on the Civic Role of Libraries in the 21st Century, which was initiated in 2017 by the All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature and the Charles F. Kettering Foundation. Held annually, the Dialogue provides delegates from the two countries the opportunity to share, discuss, and document current strategies to work with citizens to shape not only the library of the future but also their communities.

The 2019 meeting, held at the University of Illinois on September 25-26, brought together twenty library leaders and specialists from five Russian regions and seven U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Participants discussed ways libraries can be strategic players in the realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Knutson is a research associate with the Kettering Foundation and teaches International Librarianship (IS 585) at the iSchool. Along with Knutson, Assistant Director of MS/LIS Advising Karla Lucht (MS '07) also participated in the Library Dialogue.

Research Areas:
Updated on
Backto the news archive

Related News

IOPN to launch textbook series with titles by Wong, Wolske

The Illinois Open Publishing Network is excited to announce the upcoming release of two open access textbooks, Instruction in Libraries and Information Centers: An Introduction by Laura Saunders and iSchool Adjunct Lecturer Melissa A. Wong and A Person-Centered Guide to Demystifying Technology by iSchool Teaching Assistant Professor Martin Wolske. These textbooks represent the first in the Windsor & Downs Press series OPN Textbooks, which seeks to publish high-quality open access textbooks for higher education across the disciplines. 

Diesner to join IAspire Leadership Academy

Associate Professor and PhD Program Director Jana Diesner has been named a fellow in the second cohort of the IAspire Leadership Academy, a leadership program aimed at helping STEM faculty from underrepresented backgrounds ascend to leadership roles at colleges and universities. The IAspire Leadership Academy is part of Aspire Alliance's Institutional Change Initiative, led by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the University of Georgia.

Jana Diesner

Schneider awarded Linowes Fellowship

Assistant Professor Jodi Schneider has been named a 2020-2021 Linowes Fellow by the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research at the University of Illinois. The fellowship "provides exceptionally promising tenure-stream faculty with opportunities for innovation and discovery using the Cline Center'

Jodi Schneider

Diesner lab to present research at computational social science conference

Members of Associate Professor and PhD Program Director Jana Diesner's Social Computing Lab will present a tutorial, paper, and posters at the 6th Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science (IC2S2), which will be held virtually from July 17-20. The conference brings together academic researchers, industry experts, open data activists, and government agency workers to explore challenges, methods, and research questions in the field of computational social science.

Knox elected president of Beta Phi Mu

Associate Professor and Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Emily Knox has been elected president of Beta Phi Mu, the international honor society for library and information studies. 

Emily Knox