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Aug. 14, 2014

With a book under contract, a nationwide research project underway, a recent publication in The Library Quarterly, and plans to teach a unique new course to students across the country this fall, Assistant Professor Emily Knox (MS ’03) is gaining national attention for her research in the area of intellectual freedom.

First inspired to study banned books by her mother, a former high school librarian, Knox’s research today centers around the relationships between information, society, and power, and the impact of these relationships on intellectual freedom. She’s found her...

Jul. 24, 2014

Assistant Professor Emily Knox (MS ’03) knows her way around a reference desk. She is a scholar working in intellectual freedom and censorship. She holds multiple degrees from prestigious universities. And now, thanks to Makerspace Urbana, she has added even more talents to her toolbox. She can work a soldering iron. And sew a flapper dress.

When Knox moved to Champaign to begin teaching at GSLIS, she joined Makerspace Urbana as a way to meet new people in the community. She quickly became a core member of the group,...

Jul. 3, 2014

Getaway-sized_0.jpgGSLIS hosted a series of workshops recently that brought together school librarians from across the state to learn about current topics in K-12 librarianship from experts and from each other.

The Summer Getaway: Professional Development for School Librarians event consisted of four workshops spread across a three-day period, June 23-25, which focused on emerging trends and issues in school librarianship and offered opportunities to gain hands-on experience using...

Jul. 3, 2014

GSLIS seeks nominations for the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award. The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2014.

Given annually, the award acknowledges individuals or groups who have furthered the cause of intellectual freedom, particularly as it impacts libraries and information centers and the dissemination of ideas. Granted to those who have resisted censorship or efforts to abridge the freedom of individuals to read or view materials of their choice, the award may be in recognition of a particular action or...

Apr. 16, 2014

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and GSLIS are pleased to announce a partnership to offer an online graduate-level course on intellectual freedom for library and information science students around the country. The course, to be taught by GSLIS professor Emily Knox, is the first education-related project of FTRF’s Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.

“Intellectual Freedom and Censorship” will be held August 26–October 10, 2014, and is open to any student enrolled in an LIS program. Those at Illinois and other institutions in the...

Mar. 12, 2014

Library Journal’s annual “Movers & Shakers” list recognizes professionals who are shaping the future of libraries in a variety of ways. The recently released 2014 class of Movers & Shakers includes two GSLIS alumni: Stephanie Davis-Kahl (MS '98) in the "Change Agents" category, and...

Mar. 10, 2014

GSLIS faculty, staff, and students are included among the presenters at the sixth annual University of Illinois Public Engagement Symposium on March 11, 2014. The symposium will feature poster presentations and displays on community engagement projects. All symposium activities will focus on this year's theme, Shaping Our World.

The symposium is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Office of Public Engagement and the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning.

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