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Feb. 10, 2015

Librarians from the Champaign Public Library will be visiting GSLIS on Tuesday, March 3rd to present their volunteer and practicum opportunities to GSLIS students. Attendees will learn about the past practicum experiences of GSLIS students in adult/teen services and youth services. Presenters will also cover what makes for a good practicum applicant. If you are considering public library practicum in summer or fall or if you would like to know about general volunteering opportunities this is a must attend session! Lunch will be provided.

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Oct. 29, 2014

Two GSLIS faculty members and two alumni will present at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association (SSHA) on November 6-9 in Toronto. The theme of the 2014 meeting is “Inequalities: Politics, Policy, and the Past.”

Associate Professor Christine Jenkins will chair a session on November 8 titled, “Unequal Access: Censorship and Library Services to Youth,” in which she, Assistant Professor Emily Knox (MS ’03), and GSLIS alumni Loretta Gaffney (MS ’98, CAS ’00, PhD ’12) and Melanie Kimball (MS ’...

Oct. 7, 2014

Associate Professor Terry L. Weech has been appointed to a four-year term on the American Library Association’s Committee on Accreditation beginning in the fall of 2014. The Committee on Accreditation is responsible for carrying out the accreditation program of the American Library Association (ALA), which involves development of standards for library and information studies education programs.

The twelve members of the committee meet four times per year to review reports submitted by programs seeking...

Sep. 24, 2014

On October 7-9, librarians, scholars, and LIS students will gather in Champaign, Illinois, for the Library Research Seminar VI. The seminar, held every three to four years at differing locations, will be hosted this year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by the University Library, the University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and the American Library Association’s Library Research Round Table (LRRT).

The theme of this year’s seminar is, “The Engaged Librarian: Libraries...

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...


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