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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.

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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...

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.”