iSchool celebrates 130th anniversary in Chicago

interior of the American Writers Museum
American Writers Museum

The iSchool hosted a 130th anniversary celebration on June 25 at the American Writers Museum in Chicago. The event, which was held in conjunction with the American Library Association Annual Conference, included a keynote address and presentations, along with time for guests to mingle and explore the museum.

Danielle DuMerer, vice president of technology and information security at the Shedd Aquarium, delivered the keynote, "Captains, Watchers, and Guardians." In her talk, she discussed the role of information science professionals in helping society to navigate through vast seas of data, fight against misinformation and fakes, and provide equitable access to information.

Professor Emerita Linda C. Smith was presented with a Library Trends festschrift by issue editors Anita S. Coleman (PhD '96) and Martha Kyrillidou (PhD '09). This special issue recognizes Smith's many contributions to the field of library and information science.

Assistant Dean for Advancement Eileen Prillaman presented the 2022 Alumni Awards on behalf of the iSchool Alumni Association (ISAA). Recipients included Emily Knox (Distinguished Alumna Award), Pia Hunter (Leadership Award), and Ruth Shasteen (Distinguished Service Award).

Linda Smith (center) with Clara Chu and Barbara Ford (MSLIS '73)
Linda Smith (center) with Clara Chu and Barbara Ford at the 130th celebration

A second celebration of the School's 130th anniversary is planned for October 2 at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign. More information will be available as the date approaches.

Alumni and friends who wish to make a donation to the iSchool Annual Fund in honor of the School's 130th anniversary or to the Linda C. Smith Doctoral Student Endowment can give online or contact Eileen Prillaman at (217) 333-7344 or

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