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Sep. 6, 2013

Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke and Merinda Kaye Hensley (MS ’06) were awarded a best paper award at the Eighth International Conference on Conceptions of Library and Information Science (CoLIS 8) held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in August 2013. Their paper was titled, “The Critical and Continuing Role of the LIS Curriculum in the Teacher Training of Future Librarians.” The award, given by the International Information Literacies Research Network, was elected by the audience.

Aug. 21, 2013

GSLIS master’s student Yan Liu has demonstrated time and again that she is dedicated to pursuing a career in librarianship and willing to put in the extra effort required to stand out from the crowd. Since moving from her home in Beijing to the United States to study library and information science at GSLIS, Liu’s dedication has garnered well-deserved attention and praise.

Aug. 7, 2013

Samip Mallick (MS ’11) co-founded the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) in 2008 and hasn’t had an average day since becoming the project’s first full-time employee in July 2012. Mallick serves as SAADA’s executive director and president of its board of directors. His day-to-day work: figuring out what needs to be done and making it happen.

Jul. 8, 2013

Sai Deng (MS ’05) is a recipient of a 2013 President’s Recognition Award, given annually by the Chinese American Library Association (CALA). She is one of three award winners—including Maria Fung and Michael Bailou Huang—who were recognized with honorary plaques during CALA's 40th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Banquet on June 30, 2013.

Jun. 7, 2013

Do you finish every book you start? Or do you abandon books partway through? The Wall Street Journal recently explored the topic in an article, "Guilt Complex: Why Leaving a Book Half-Read is So Hard." Mary Wilkes Towner, adjunct lecturer at GSLIS and librarian at the Urbana Free Library, was interviewed for the article and cast her vote for letting go of the guilt:

Apr. 8, 2013

Omar Poler, 2008 LAMP Scholar and associate outreach specialist at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (SLIS), will visit campus on Friday, April 26. His visit is co-sponsored by GSLIS and the Native American House at the University of Illinois.

Mar. 5, 2013

GSLIS alumna and adjunct lecturer Christine A. Kujawa (MS '03) has been selected by the Public Library Association as the 2013 recipient of the Gordon M. Conable Award. The award honors her work in leading intellectual freedom education and advocacy on local, state, and national levels.

Kujawa is currently head of circulation services at Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library in the Central Dakota Library Network system. Since 2007, she has taught Library Marketing Management for GSLIS via LEEP; the course is part of the ALA-APA Certified...


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