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Oct. 21, 2014

GSLIS and the Center for Children’s Books (CCB) will be well represented at the Illinois School Library Media Association Conference (ISLMA), held from November 6 - 8 at the Tinley Park Convention Center in Tinley Park, IL.

Jul. 8, 2014

In late June, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a new policy that asks pediatricians to strongly encourage parents to read to their children daily, especially in the first three years of a child’s life. GSLIS alum and pediatrician Dr. Dipesh Navsaria (MS ’04) works on a national scale to draw attention to the importance of reading to a child’s physical and social development. He was quoted in the New York Times about the new policy:

Jun. 12, 2014

The International Symposium on Library Services for Children and Young Adults will feature an invited talk by Kate McDowell, GSLIS interim assistant dean for student affairs and associate professor. Hosted by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the symposium will be held June 19-20 in Seoul, South Korea.

The theme of the symposium will be “Reading Towards a Broader World!” Presentations will address ways of engaging children and young adults in reading, cooperation between public and school libraries, and reading therapy programs.

Jun. 10, 2014

Deborah Stevenson, director of the Center for Children’s Books (CCB), will chair a panel and deliver a presentation at the 41st Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference, held on June 18-21 in Columbia, South Carolina. Stevenson is editor of The Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books, one of the nation’s leading children’s book review journals for school and public librarians.

The theme of the conference is “Diverging Diversities: Plurality in Children’s & Young Adult Literature Then and Now.” Presentations will examine the ways in which diversity is addressed in children’s and young adult...

May. 30, 2014

This fall GSLIS will welcome Elizabeth Hoiem as an assistant professor teaching and conducting research in youth services. She comes to GSLIS from East Carolina University, where she has been an assistant professor since Fall 2013.

While a doctoral student and instructor at Illinois, Hoiem was named in the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students for four semesters. She teaches in the areas of children’s literature, history of children’s literature, and fantasy literature. In her research and teaching, she explores the history of technological innovations in children’s literature—from early children’s books and toys to contemporary applications of digital pedagogy—...

Apr. 2, 2014

Thinking about getting more involved with youth services at GSLIS? Want to meet other YS people and plan events and programs and professional development opportunities? Just have a free lunch hour? Join the Youth Services committee at their meeting on Wednesday, April 2 at 12 p.m. in LIS 131. Chairs Hanna Reside and Alice Mitchell are excited to expand their group!

Feb. 19, 2014

The life and career of GSLIS research fellow Michelle H. Martin was fundamentally influenced by a woman named Augusta Baker. As a child, Martin knew Baker and had opportunities to see and hear the storytelling specialist, who was a storyteller-in-residence at the University of South Carolina (USC) for fourteen years. Today, Martin is the Augusta Baker Chair in Childhood Literacy at USC.

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