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Dec. 10, 2015

As a GSLIS student, Kirsten Y. Howley focused on government and business information. Now she puts those skills to work daily in a role that facilitates information sharing and more at a large technology company.

Where do you work and what is your role?
I am a senior business analyst with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), a technology integrator in technical, intelligence, and enterprise information technology markets, predominately serving customers in the US federal government. I specialize in internal policy development, process improvement, and communications for SAIC’s program management community.

What do you like best about your job?
I’m very fortunate to have a manager who recognizes each individual team member’s unique...

Dec. 1, 2015

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been awarded a new research grant by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to explore the benefits for users of linked open data (LOD) for digitized library special collections. Timothy Cole (MS '89), mathematics librarian in the University Library and coordinator for library applications within the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), will serve as principal investigator. Myung-Ja “MJ” Han (MS '06), metadata librarian, and Caroline Szylowicz, Kolb-Proust librarian and curator of rare books and manuscripts, will serve as co-principal investigators. Jacob Jett, GSLIS doctoral student and CIRSS research assistant, will add expertise acquired through participation in prior CIRSS projects involving LOD.


Nov. 25, 2015

GSLIS alumni JoAnn Jacoby (MS '97) and Leslie Reynolds (MS '95) have been selected to participate in the 2016-2017 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Leadership Fellows Program.

Jacoby, associate university librarian for user services and associate dean of libraries at Illinois, and Reynolds, senior associate dean of University Libraries at University of Colorado Boulder, will join twenty-six other professionals in the sixth offering of this executive leadership program, which begins in January 2016. The program “facilitates the development of future senior-level leaders in large research libraries and archives," according to an announcement from ARL. Participants will "build on self-assessment and reflection and...explore a personal/professional area of interest in the context of a group setting.”

Nov. 23, 2015

Lisa Abbott fields a range of research questions and information challenges at the Kellogg Company, but no matter what comes her way, she’s ready to tackle it. “I know my business, and my business is whatever the day asks of me. Fortunately, I have one heck of a toolbox helping me out,” she said.

Where do you work, and what is your role?
I manage the information center for the Kellogg Company in Battle Creek, Michigan. I fill the information needs of Keebler Elves and other interesting characters, worldwide—from technical data, like optimal oven humidity, to trends data in emerging economies to primary consumer research.

What do you like best about your job?
The people are great, but the variance in requests is what I like best. I don’t have a background in food science or packaging, so many times my first...

Nov. 19, 2015

Five GSLIS alumni have been selected by the American Library Association (ALA) to participate in its 2016 class of Emerging Leaders.

Natalie Bazan (MS ’10), Mandi Goodsett (MS ’13), Samantha Helmick (MS ’13), Madison Sullivan (MS ’15), and Harriet Wintermute (MS ’11) are included in this year's class of fifty individuals from across the country. Now in its tenth year, this leadership development initiative provides opportunities for newer library professionals to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, observe ALA structure, and serve the profession in a leadership capacity.

The Emerging Leaders program will launch with events at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston, which will be followed by six months of online learning and networking activities. At the end of the program, participants will display the results...

Sep. 4, 2015

Alea Perez is passionate about reading and librarianship, especially when it comes to teen services. On top of completing her master's studies this August, she manages her own YA lit website and recently started a new job as the head of youth services at the Westmont (IL) Public Library.

Why did you decide to pursue an LIS degree?

As a child, I was constantly surrounded by books thanks to my mom's own love affair with them, and I grew up, if not loving them immediately and intensely, at least appreciating and using them. When I made it to the seventh grade, we were required to read for my literature class Lois Lowry's The Giver, which I fell head over heels in love with, and I never looked back after that. Right around that time, my mom started working in the youth services department of my hometown's library, and if I...

Aug. 26, 2015

As a teacher, mentor, colleague, and friend, Taylor Willingham (1957-2011) had a positive influence on the people around her. She spent a decade as an adjunct lecturer for GSLIS, inspiring students and faculty alike through her innovative teaching and civic commitment. Her memory will live in the hearts of those whose lives she touched, and now through a generous gift, will be honored through a new lecture series at GSLIS.

As a tribute to Willingham, Susan Kumar (MS ’05) and husband Parameswaran Kumar have made a gift of $25,000 to establish the Taylor Willingham Lecture in Change Management. Susan met Willingham in 2003, and the two became close friends. The gift from the Kumars will be used to match gifts in support of the lecture series, which will focus...