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Feb. 5, 2014

Karen G. Schneider (MS '92), university librarian at Holy Names University, Oakland, California, is the 2014 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award. This award is given biennially to an individual for making positive changes in the profession of librarianship and consists of a 24K gold-framed citation and $1,000 contributed by the Elizabeth Futas Memorial Fund of the American Library Association.

"The 2014 Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award jury chose to honor Karen G. Schneider for a career noted by risk taking, inspiring and mentoring colleagues, and making opportunities for change...

Jan. 3, 2014

Lian Ruan (MS '90, PhD '11) is the focus of a recent Illuminate Illinois feature by the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Illinois Chapter. Ruan is the director/head librarian of the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) Library at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an adjunct lecturer at GSLIS. At IFSI, Ruan works to provide resources to firefighters and others in Illinois and across the country. She also connects with GSLIS students who work as assistants at...

Dec. 31, 2013

An assistantship with the Instructional Technology and Design (ITD) office at GSLIS prepared Juliana Perry for her current position as web services project manager at Bryn Mawr College. According to Perry, her degree in LIS brings a new perspective to the IT world.

Where do you work and what is your role?

I work at Bryn Mawr College as the web services project manager, which involves user support for the 100+ folks who maintain various office and department websites as well as project management for the web group.

What do you like best about your job?

Dec. 16, 2013

An assistantship with The Center for Children's Books (CCB) during her time at GSLIS provided Ayanna Coleman with the knowledge and skills she needs to navigate the publishing world, and now she is launching her own literary agency, Quill Shift Literary Agency.

Where do you work and what is your role?

Dec. 13, 2013

A first career in journalism led Melinda Miller to explore information architecture, and her experience at GSLIS helped prepare her for a recent promotion.

Where do you work and what is your role?

I work at Pixo as the director of user experience and research. Pixo, located in Urbana, is a software company that designs and develops websites, mobile apps, and custom software. In my role, I lead the user research, content strategy, analysis, and information architecture phases of our projects.

What do you like best about your job?

Dec. 4, 2013

Cynthia Kremer (MS '11) is the focus of a recent Illuminate Illinois feature by the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Illinois Chapter. Kremer is a part-time reference librarian at National Louis University (NLU) and is currently working on a practicum in health sciences librarianship at Rush Medical Center and the University of Illinois at Chicago's Library of the Health Sciences. She will soon move into a full-time instructor position at NLU.  

In the interview with SLA, Kremer discussed how her background in science business and LIS led to...

Nov. 25, 2013

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Special Collections and Bechtel Fellowship Committee have awarded the 2014 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship to Natalie Ziarnik.


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