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Feb. 5, 2016

Heather Jagman (MS '96), coordinator of reference, instruction, and academic engagement at DePaul University, is one of two winners of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award, which recognizes an outstanding publication related to library instruction published in the past two years.

Jagman and Troy A. Swanson were selected for the award in recognition of their work as editors of the book, Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think about Information, which was published in 2015 by ACRL.

The award, donated by Emerald Group Publishing, consists of a plaque and a cash prize of...

Feb. 2, 2016

Chad Kahl (MS '98), interim associate dean for public services and information technology at Illinois State University, has been awarded the 2016 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Law and Political Science Section (LPSS) Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award. The award, established in 1996 by LPSS, honors an academic or law librarian who has made distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science.

SAGE-CQ Press, sponsor of the award, will present the $1,000 award and plaque to Kahl during the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

“Chad’s extensive contributions to legal and political science librarianship span from service to scholarship, continually demonstrating his knowledge of the field, and passion for civic engagement,” said award...

Jan. 22, 2016

GSLIS alumna Kimberly Armstrong (MS '91) has been named director of the Center for Library Initiatives (CLI) of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). In this role she will work closely with CIC library directors to manage this distinctive collaboration of fifteen member libraries, overseeing $30 million in licensing, the development of a 250,000 volume storage facility, and a growing digital collection of seven million volumes. She will begin work in her new position on March 1, 2016.

The Center for Library Initiatives (CLI) has three primary...

Jan. 19, 2016

Passionate about technology and artistic expression, GSLIS alumna Taylor Kirch finds inspiration at Pandora, where she uses her skills to bring music to the world.

Where do you work and what is your role?
I work at Pandora as a music librarian on the Curation team. At Pandora, we enable people to discover music they love. Behind the scenes at Curation, that means finding music and making it available to our listeners. I work closely with our curators to ingest and validate new music as they acquire it. My primary role is collection management, including overall library and metadata maintenance. I also work on projects devoted to improving our metadata framework by creating information architecture, and taxonomies, and detailing content management features for our internal systems.

What do you like best...

Jan. 13, 2016

A new book by Nicole Wedemeyer Miller (MS ’89), GSLIS adjunct lecturer, will be a resource for librarians looking to develop or enhance family history and genealogy services. Coauthored with Rhonda L. Clark, Fostering Family History Services: A Guide for Librarians, Archivists, and Volunteers, will be published by Libraries Unlimited in February 2016.

Websites, social media, and the Internet have made research on family history accessible. Your library can tap into the popularity of the do-it-yourself genealogy movement by promoting your role as both a preserver of local community history as well as a source for helping your patrons archive what's important to their family. This professional guide will teach you how to integrate family history programming into your educational outreach tools and services to the community.

At GSLIS, Miller teaches a course on genealogy...

Dec. 11, 2015

James LaRue (MS '81) has been named director of the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom and executive director of the Freedom to Read Foundation, effective January 4, 2016. In his application, LaRue noted “My passion for this core principle of librarianship is tightly bound with my own history….For me, librarianship—and life—is predicated on a respect for the fundamental dignity of individual inquiry.”

LaRue brings a rich and diverse background to this role. He is currently CEO of LaRue & Associates, with an active career in writing, speaking, and consulting. Previously, he was director of the Douglas County Libraries (Colorado) and library services director at the Greeley Public Library (Colorado), with earlier positions at the...

Dec. 11, 2015

The Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) at GSLIS recently welcomed Timothy Cole (MS '89) to the Center staff as coordinator for library applications. In this newly-created role, Cole will coordinate projects focusing on academic library applications of informatics research.

Cole’s projects will emphasize metadata schema design and application, linked data-based services, scholarly collection definition and description, and applicability to digital humanities scholarship. Currently, Cole is serving as principal investigator on a new project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, “Exploring the Benefits for Users of Linked Open Data for Digitized Special Collections.” This collaborative project between CIRSS and the University Library seeks to transform the metadata of three digitized special collections into linked open data. Through this process they will re-envision user-facing services and...