Office of Advancement


Alumni and friends invest in GSLIS annually by making gifts to benefit students, faculty, and programs, but what is the return on your investment?

Ask students who benefit from financial assistance for tuition, books, career development, travel, awards, and alumni engagement opportunities. Donor support assists students in need of financial assistance and maintains the excellence of GSLIS’s top-ranked programs (both on campus and through Leep). Thanks to your help, our graduates become leaders in the field who benefit their communities, the nation, and the world. 

We urge you to renew your annual support today.

Advancement news

Meckstroth Scholarship supports K-12 LIS Licensure students

Derdens.jpg?itok=snAIVjni For aspiring school librarians who pursue K-12 LIS Licensure, scholarships like those provided by The Louise C. Meckstroth Scholarship Fund can ease the challenge of balancing school, work, and family. Julie Derden (MS ’06), a teaching materials librarian at Illinois State University, established the Meckstroth Fund at GSLIS in 2011 as a way to recognize individuals who supported her throughout her education, and to honor her mother, a retired teacher librarian, by supporting the next generation of school librarians. Read more.

Change management lecture series to honor Taylor Willingham

TaylorW_1.jpg?itok=x4WWOENG 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 primarily on developing and managing change to benefit organizations and communities. Read more.