Graduate School of Library and Information Science - University of Illinois en FTRF, GSLIS to collaborate on intellectual freedom course <p>The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and GSLIS are pleased to announce a partnership to offer an online graduate-level course on intellectual freedom for library and information science students around the country. The course, to be taught by GSLIS professor Emily Knox, is the first education-related project of FTRF’s Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.</p><p>“Intellectual Freedom and Censorship” will be held August 26–October 10, 2014, and is open to any student enrolled in an LIS program. Those at Illinois and other institutions in the <a href="" target="_blank">WISE consortium</a> are able to register via the WISE system until April 20. For those at non-WISE institutions, please contact <a href="mailto:">"Tonyia Tidline"-tidline, at</a>, GSLIS director of professional development, at (217) 244-2945. Additional information <a href="" target="_blank">can be found on the FTRF website</a>.</p><p>Each student who takes the course will be provided by FTRF a copy of the book <em>True Stories of Censorship in America’s Libraries</em>. In addition, staff and volunteers from FTRF will lend their expertise as guest speakers, and videos and other materials created for the course will be available on FTRF’s Krug Fund Education Project website.</p><p>“We’re thrilled to enter into this partnership with the University of Illinois,” said FTRF Executive Director Barbara M. Jones. “GSLIS recently was named the top-ranked library school in the nation by <em>U.S. News and World Report</em>, and for good reason. Its scholarship on intellectual freedom issues is unmatched. We’re particularly looking forward to working with Emily Knox, who has quickly established herself as a leading expert in the field.” </p><p>Jones continued, “One of the proudest moments of Judith Krug’s career was receiving her honorary doctorate from Illinois in 2005. The archives of FTRF and ALA, including many of Judith’s writings and recorded speaking engagements, are housed at Illinois. It is therefore appropriate that GSLIS host the inaugural FTRF/Illinois course.” </p><p>“I’m excited about partnering with FTRF for this course as the organization’s archives and membership provide rich material for understanding the role of censorship in our society,” said Emily Knox. “We will explore a range of topics in the class from the historical roots of intellectual freedom to pro- and anti-censorship arguments, as well as learn practical strategies for supporting intellectual freedom in libraries and other institutional settings.” </p><p>The Freedom to Read Foundation is a First Amendment legal defense and education organization affiliated with the American Library Association. In 2009, following the death of its founding executive director Judith Krug, FTRF created the Judith Krug Memorial Fund. The Krug Fund has two purposes: to support Banned Books Week via event grants to organizations, and to provide intellectual freedom education. For more information on the Krug Fund, or to make a donation to support its work, <a href="" target="_blank">please visit the FTRF website</a>.</p> intellectual freedom Librarianship School News WISE Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:46:05 +0000 kimsch 9077 at Get to know Lynn Yarmey (MS '11), lead data curator <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/resize-300w/Yarmey_Lynn_2.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="300" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a GSLIS student specializing in data curation, Lynn Yarmey completed an internship at the National Snow and Ice Data Center. The position led to a job offer following her graduation, and today Yarmey holds leadership roles on multiple research projects. She will talk more about her experiences as a student and professional during the <a href="">Data Curation Alumni Panel</a> event on April 22.</p><p><strong>Where do you work and what is your role?</strong></p><p>I am lead data curator at the <a href="" target="_blank">National Snow and Ice Data Center</a> (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado and a member of the NSIDC Informatics Team. I am a co-<strong>i</strong>nvestigator on the NSF-funded <a href="" target="_blank">Advanced Cooperative Arctic Data and Information Service</a> (ACADIS) project and agile product owner for the metadata brokering <a href="" target="_blank">Arctic Data Explorer</a> project.</p><p><strong>What do you like best about your job?</strong></p><p>I love the diversity of work I do on a day-to-day basis!  I could be writing proposals, editing web text, working with my development team on metadata brokering challenges, managing project budgets, planning with the Informatics Team on big picture placement issues, coordinating with our internal and external partners, researching metadata mapping issues, and supervising my curator team, among other tasks.</p><p><strong>How did GSLIS, and specifically the <a href="/academics/degrees/specializations/data_curation">Specialization in Data Curation</a>, help you get to where you are today?</strong></p><p>Through the GSLIS <a href="/articles/2012/06/final-report-published-long-running-imls-data-curation-education-program-grant">Data Curation Education Program</a>, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to be a data curator intern at NSIDC. Not two years later, I was hired on full time at the center. I am grateful for the LIS fundamentals, perspective, connections, and friends I carry with me from my time at GSLIS.</p><p><strong>What advice would you like to share with GSLIS students?</strong></p><p>For anyone looking to join the research data community, I would highly recommend getting as much face time with domain groups and even hands-on domain research experience as possible. Try attending domain group talks, going to science conferences, and my favorite, volunteering for field or lab work. You will quickly start to hear the diverging ways different groups understand, talk about, and represent their data and their science. Understanding these diverse perspectives is an important part of data work, from metadata creation and standards to preservation system development.</p><p><strong>What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?</strong></p><p>To be honest, I haven't had all that much spare time lately!  When I do get some time away, I like going for walks with my husband and dogs around our new neighborhood, playing board games with friends, and traveling.</p><p><strong>What’s next for you?</strong></p><p>I just accepted a seat on the <a href="" target="_blank">SciDataCon2014</a> International Scientific Programme Committee for the November conference in New Delhi, an exciting opportunity. Generally, my fingers are crossed that a few of my current proposals will be funded and I will soon complete my transition from staff to principal investigator. Wish me luck!</p> alumni news alumni profile data curation Get to know GSLIS Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:16:49 +0000 cglaze 9072 at Rayward edits Information Beyond Borders <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/resize-300w/Information_without_Borders_reduced_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="476" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In his newly published book, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Information Beyond Borders: International Cultural and Intellectual Exchange in the Belle Époque</em></a>, GSLIS Professor Emeritus W. Boyd Rayward has assembled a collection of essays by international scholars exploring the globalization of culture and information in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.</p> <p>Published by Ashgate, the book analyzes the dynamics of the emerging networks of individuals, organizations, technologies, and publications through which information has been exchanged. It includes contributions by scholars from different disciplines as well as different national and linguistic backgrounds. Rayward’s introduction is entitled, “Information Beyond Borders: International Expositions, Paul Otlet, Henri La Fontaine and the Paradox of the Belle Epoque.” GSLIS Professor Alistair Black, whose research focuses on the history of libraries and librarianship, authored the chapter, “An information management tool for dismantling barriers in early multinational corporations: The staff magazine in Britain before World War I.”</p> <p>According to a review by GSLIS Professor Dan Schiller, whose research includes telecommunications history and information policy, “The contributors to this fine collection unearth a revealing series of cultural, intellectual, and technological projects to universalize information systems during the decades before World War I and, in the process, give us new ways of understanding the lineages of our own time.”</p> <p>Rayward is a historian of information science and the scholar who brought attention to the life and work of Paul Otlet (1868-1944), a Belgian lawyer, bibliographer, internationalist, and pacifist whose ideas foreshadowed current digital and other technologies such as the Internet, Google, and Wikipedia. Rayward is an emeritus professor in GSLIS and the School of Information Systems, Technology and Management of the University of New South Wales. During his career, he has held professorial and deanship positions; has served as editor for <em>Library Quarterly</em>, <em>Library Trends</em>, and special issues of several journals; and was awarded the 2004 American Society for Information Science and Technology Research Award.</p> <p>In 2013, Rayward and Eugene Garfield endowed the Paul Otlet Lecture in Library and Information Science. This lecture series brings to GSLIS leaders in the field of library and information science to discuss the historical context and present and future impacts of cutting-edge developments in information science and the information society. The <a href="/events/2014/05/05/inaugural-paul-otlet-lecture-library-and-information-science">inaugural lecture will be held and broadcast live</a> on Monday, May 5, at 4:00 p.m. in 126 LIS Building. Paul Duguid, adjunct full professor in the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley, will present, “When Was the Age of Information?”</p> faculty news scholarly publications Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:11:11 +0000 cashwill 9073 at Get to know Aaron Collie (MS '10), digital curation librarian <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/resize-300w/collieAaron_digitalCurationLibrarian.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="420" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong></strong>Excited about using new technologies and motivated by a desire to connect people with information, Aaron Collie specialized in data curation when he earned his master's at the iSchool. He now gets to do both of these things and more as a digital curation librarian at Michigan State University. Collie will talk more about his experiences as a student and professional during the <a href="">Data Curation Alumni Panel</a> event on April 22. </p><p><strong>Where do you work and what is your role?</strong><br /><br />I am the head of digital curation at Michigan State University Libraries where I take point on our digital curation programs including digital repository development, A/V media preservation, and our Research Data Management Guidance initiative. I am also a co-coordinator of our recently formed Digital Scholarship Collaborative which combines new service areas in research data curation and digital humanities.<br /><strong><br />What do you like best about your job?</strong><br /><br />Digital curation is nothing new; libraries have been doing digital since we put our online catalogs up. The curation part is nothing new, either—just a borrowed word for library operations that add value to our collections and services. Together the words simply mean doing library stuff in a digital world. I like that—it's why librarianship was attractive to me in the first place. When I learned that there was a frontier for our profession's tradition of excellence (everybody likes the library!) for our digital patrons, I found a perfect meld of being able to play around with exciting technology like Python, Solr, Drupal, and Git with doing all the things that attracted me to the profession: getting the best information into users’ hands, saving people time, advancing university research, providing a satisfying library experience, and so on.<br /><br /><strong>How did GSLIS, and specifically the <a href="/academics/degrees/specializations/data_curation">Specialization in Data Curation</a>, help you get to where you are today?</strong><br /><br />Librarians know that GSLIS produces innovators, but what really stands out about folks from GSLIS are the little things that you do in Champaign-Urbana that add up on your CV. You make connections, you get involved with projects, your classes produce meaningful outcomes and skills—not every school is like that. The Specialization in Data Curation is a nice badge that shows you've worked with and learned from some of the best librarians and professors in the field of data curation. The curriculum is broad enough that you're really allowed to find where your skills and interests overlap, but guided enough that you leave with a core perspective and experience with a handful of tools and software that are used in the profession.<br /><br /><strong>What advice would you like to share with GSLIS students?</strong><br /><br />Stop, right now, doing things you think are important for success, and start, right now, doing things that motivate and interest you. I can't underscore enough the importance of letting your personal interests drive your career. Libraries create positions like "digital curation librarian" or "metadata librarian" and they expect people to be able to perform in those capacities, but when we hire someone we get way more that just the barebones laid out in the job ad. We get people with interesting personalities and unique skills and the library grows with that person and their projects. It is really important to carry passion and energy into your work because somewhere down the line after grad school your "day job" turns into a career that your life is built around.<br /><br /><strong>What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?<br /></strong><br />I like playing video games, biking around town, and taking day trips to the beach or a park.<br /><br /><strong>What’s next for you?</strong><br /><br />I've found my niche in the world of repository development. I enjoy playing with technology and building digital collections. Libraries need leaders, especially technology leaders, more than we need managers, so I would like to explore how technology can change traditional library structure and operations. I'm interested in research administration and a more embedded role for libraries in the research lifecycle.</p> alumni news alumni profile data curation Get to know GSLIS Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:14:13 +0000 cglaze 9053 at Surbeck, Wickes to participate in international Python conference <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/resize-300w/Wickes%2526Surbeck-sized.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="233" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Programmers from around the world will flock to Montreal on April 9-17 for <a href="" target="_blank">PyCon 2014</a>, the world’s largest gathering for users of the programming language Python. Among the participants will be two GSLIS master’s students, <a href="/articles/2014/04/get-know-elizabeth-surbeck-ms-student-py-cu-organizer">Elizabeth Surbeck</a> and Elizabeth Wickes.</p><p>Wickes, a first-semester student specializing in <a href="/academics/degrees/specializations/data_curation">data curation</a> and <a href="/academics/degrees/specializations/soda">socio-technical data analytics</a> (SODA), will present a poster titled, “Adventures in Learning Python.” The poster outlines several approaches to learning Python and seeks to explore how learners from nontechnical backgrounds learn and use the language. In addition to presenting her poster, Wickes plans to conduct informal surveys to discover how her fellow conference participants learned programming.</p><p>Wickes first heard of Python when she took a MOOC class. As a data curator at Wolfram|Alpha, she wanted to pick up a new job skill and prepare for the SODA specialization at GSLIS. “I wanted to be able to get into the program with a jump start,” she said.</p><p>Surbeck, also a SODA student, agrees that picking up a programming language is a good idea for LIS students. “I would strongly recommend it for anyone who is looking into going into SODA, only because it is so useful. If you want to do really cool stuff, definitely know programming. It just opens up so many doors when you are not necessarily fluent in code but just comfortable with it.”</p><p>Outside of class, Surbeck and Wickes are co-organizers of the <a href="" target="_blank">Champaign-Urbana Python User Group</a>, also known as Py-CU. The group provides an informal forum for community members to talk about programming, collaborate on projects, and problem solve together. Weekly hack sessions are held Tuesday evenings at <a href="" target="_blank">Makerspace Urbana</a>.</p><p>Surbeck and Wickes often see fellow GSLIS students at these informal meetings, a trend they hope will continue, and they encourage their peers to become more involved in the local and national programming communities. “There are a lot of maker-types here at GSLIS...Coding is another way that you can make and create,” said Surbeck. “I hope and I’d like to think that Elizabeth and I are just the beginning—that we’re going to be the beginning of a long line of GSLISers who are going to conferences like this.”</p> School News student news Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:30:35 +0000 cglaze 9061 at New Summer 2014 LEEP application deadline is May 1 <p>Prospective master’s students now have additional time to apply for Summer 2014 admission through GSLIS’s cutting-edge LEEP program. The new deadline is May 1. </p> <p>LEEP, an innovative hybrid program, combines synchronous web-based education with brief periods of on-campus instruction. It is a popular online option that provides the brightest students with access to the nation’s top LIS program regardless of where they live. LEEP students participate in classroom discussions, ask questions and receive answers in real time, and appreciate a strong sense of community.</p> <p>According to Kate McDowell, associate professor and interim assistant dean for student affairs, “We start with a week-long residency, our live classes meet weekly, and we have a ‘conference’ weekend every semester. LEEP students don't just have classmates, they make friends.”</p> <p>To learn more about LEEP or to start your application today, visit our <a href="/future-students">Future Students page</a>. You can learn more about the program at our <a href="" target="_blank">upcoming virtual information session</a> to be held on April 17.</p> LEEP School News Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:57:19 +0000 cashwill 9058 at Smith, partners examine future of LIS education <p>Linda C. Smith, professor and associate dean for academic programs, will serve as a partner on a recently awarded Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) national forum planning grant that will look at the future of library and information science education. The grant, "Educate to Innovate: Re-visioning Library and Information Science Education," is led by Eileen G. Abels, dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College. Lynne C. Howarth, of the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, will also serve as a partner.</p> <p>Over the last few decades, our society has seen rapidly changing advances both in emerging technologies and the ways in which we work and play. And as our information behaviors evolve, the field of library and information science must necessarily evolve alongside them. This IMLS national forum planning grant will examine how the roles of LIS professionals are changing and what knowledge, skills, and abilities LIS graduates need in order to succeed in the workplace.</p> <p>“The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) will celebrate its centennial in 2015. In order to ensure a vibrant future for LIS education and the graduates of our programs, it is critical to understand emerging roles for information professionals and the needed preparation to fill those roles. I am pleased that Illinois is positioned to be an integral participant in these discussions,” said Smith.</p> <p>As part of the grant, Abels, Smith, and Howarth will convene a group of diverse stakeholders, including faculty and researchers, working professionals, and current and potential employers, to participate in a multi-day conference that will address the future of the field and needed developments in LIS education. Findings from the resulting white paper will be widely disseminated.</p> library and information science education School News Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:13:34 +0000 kimsch 9047 at Get to know Elizabeth Surbeck, MS student & Py-CU organizer <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/resize-300w/surbeck_elizabeth_reduced.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="450" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>With a background in the humanities, master's student Elizabeth Surbeck was anxious about using technology and studying information science when she arrived at GSLIS. Now she's about to complete her degree with a specialization in socio-technical data analytics, co-leads the Champaign-Urbana Python Users Group, and is ready to pursue a career as a data analyst.</p> <p><strong>Why did you decide to pursue an LIS degree?</strong></p> <p>I decided to pursue an LIS degree because I fell in love with the field while working as a student at Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University. I did everything from archival work to circulation. It was work that made me feel useful, and it was different all the time. I enjoyed it enough that my boss and mentor at the time encouraged me to apply.</p> <p><strong>Why did you choose GSLIS?</strong></p> <p>There are many reasons why I wanted to go to GSLIS. The most important reason was that I wanted to go into information science and understand the growing attention towards digital information. GSLIS, as far as I could see, would provide one of the best opportunities to be educated in that area. I also knew people who went here and wanted to be a part of the lively and academically progressive culture at GSLIS.</p> <p><strong>What particular LIS topics interest you most?</strong></p> <p>I've found myself particularly devoted to data analytics and hold an interest in the entire data life cycle surrounding it. If I wasn't focusing on <a href="/academics/degrees/specializations/data_curation">data curation</a> or <a href="/academics/degrees/specializations/soda">socio-techinical data analytics</a>, I would go into <a href="/academics/degrees/specializations/ci">community informatics</a>. I love following what that part of GSLIS is doing.</p> <p><strong>What surprises you about the field of LIS?</strong></p> <p>I was surprised at first to be taught by so many professors from computer science. I started with a kind of anxiety caused by working with technology, even though I was curious about information science. I bought a Mac originally because its design was user-friendly to me as a humanities student, and I was certain I couldn't break it. Technology lost its mystery, though, after a few classes at GSLIS. Now it excites me.</p> <p><strong>What do you do outside of class?</strong></p><p>When I'm not at GSLIS, I'm usually at <a href="" target="_blank">Makerspace Urbana</a>, co-running the <a href="" target="_blank">Python Users Group</a> in Champaign-Urbana, which is known as Py-CU. It is filled with coders of many levels, ages, and backgrounds. We all just happen to program in Python, even if it isn't all we do. My weekends tend to be spent in my skates, refereeing roller derby games for Twin City Roller Derby and nearby leagues. In the off-season, I switch to cycling around Champaign County on my road bike.</p> <p><strong>What career plans or goals do you have?</strong></p> <p>I would like to try working in private industry after GSLIS as a data analyst or in a management position where I have a greater view of a company's data cycle. I'm especially interested in the user experience side of the data cycle and helping organizations transition to seeing data as a valuable and useable resource for information and decision-making.</p> Get to know GSLIS student news student profile Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:10:13 +0000 cashwill 9040 at GSLIS eUpdate: Volume 13, Number 5 <p><em>The GSLIS eUpdate, published every other month, summarizes current news, events, alumni and advancement highlights, and continuing professional development opportunities. Other publications that may be of interest to alumni and friends are listed on the <a href="">GSLIS Publications</a> web page. </em></p><p>_____________________________________________________ <br /> IN THIS ISSUE</p><ol><li>GSLIS Spotlight </li><li>GSLIS News Summary </li><li>Continuing Professional Development </li><li> Alumni and Advancement Highlights </li><li> Calendar of Events </li><li> Unsubscribe and/Or Contact Us </li></ol><p>_____________________________________________________<br /><a></a>1.GSLIS SPOTLIGHT</p><p><a href="">INSPIRE supports research collaborations with Swedish scholars</a></p><p>Two research projects at GSLIS recently received support from the Illinois-Sweden Program for Educational and Research Exchange (INSPIRE) program.</p><p><a href="">Michael Twidale</a>, professor, and <a href="">Cathy Blake</a>, associate professor and associate director of <a href="">CIRSS</a>, have received funding for their project, "Collaborative Information Seeking and Data Use," a partnership with Preben Hansen, associate professor at Stockholm University and 2013-2015 <a href="">GSLIS research fellow</a>.</p><p><a href="">J. Stephen Downie</a>, professor and associate dean for research, received support for his project, DRAMMA: Description and Retrieval of Affect and Mood in Music Audio. Downie and his team at the International Music Information Retrieval Systems Evaluation Laboratory (IMIRSEL) will collaborate with Anders Friberg of the Sound and Music Computing Lab at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.</p><p>_____________________________________________________</p><p><a></a>2. NEWS SUMMARY </p> <p>News items featured within the past month on the GSLIS home page include the following stories; for a comprehensive list, visit the <a href="">GSLIS Newsroom</a>.</p><p><a href="">Alumni, LAMP scholar named 2014 Movers &amp; Shakers</a></p><p>Two GSLIS alumni have been recognized in Library Journal's 2014 class of Movers &amp; Shakers: Stephanie Davis-Kahl (MS '98) in the "Change Agents" category, and Cathryne Kaufman (MS '09) in the "Marketers" category.</p><p><a href="">Career panel and networking event connects students, professionals</a></p><p>As part of this spring's LEEP weekend, the Special Libraries Association student group at GSLIS hosted a career panel and networking event with alumni and current students. The event drew nearly 40 attendees and included discussion with a panel of information professionals who work in a variety of settings. Participants spoke to current students about the diverse kinds of work they do and answered questions about their experiences.</p><p><strong>GSLIS Social Media</strong></p> <p>For up-to-date news and announcements, you are invited to follow us on Twitter (<a href="" target="_blank">@gslis</a>) and "like" us on Facebook (<a href="" target="_blank">Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Illinois</a>).</p><p>_____________________________________________________<br /><a></a>3. CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT</p><p><a href="">Fundraising and Grantsmanship</a><br />Dates: April 7 – May 12, 2014<br />Time: Online asynchronous sessions<br />Cost: $300</p><p><a href="">Library Marketing</a><br />Dates: May 12 – June 16, 2014<br />Time: Online asynchronous sessions<br />Instructor: Elizabeth Garcia, PhD<br />Cost: $300</p><p>For more information and to register, visit the <a href="">CPLA program and courses</a> page.</p><p>Information on upcoming <a href="">Community Credit</a> classes.</p><p>Please forward your ideas for continuing education topics to <a href="mailto:">"Tonyia Tidline"-tidline, at</a>. </p><p><strong>Summer Intensive Courses</strong></p><p>This summer we are offering the following classes in conjunction with the Midwest Book and Manuscript Studies Program. Many of these courses can be applied towards the School's Special Collections Certificate. For more information about courses and enrollment please visit our website or contact <a href="mailto:">"Tonyia Tidline"-tidline, at</a>, Director of Professional Development via email or by phone at 217-244-2945.</p><p><strong>Summer On-Campus MBMS/Special Collections Courses</strong></p><p>LIS 490BA Book Arts Seminar<br />June 2-6, 2014<br />Instructor: Bea Nettles</p><p>LIS 580A Rare Book and Special Collections Librarianship<br />May 19-23, 2014<br />Instructor: Sid Berger</p><p>LIS 590EB Enumerative, Descriptive, Historical and Textual Bibliography<br />May 27-31, 2014<br />Instructor: Sid Berger</p><p>LIS 584A Archival Arrangement and Description<br />June 16-27, 2014<br />Instructor: Scott Schwartz</p><p>LIS 590LP History and Techniques of Letterpress Printing<br />June 16-27, 2014<br />Instructor: Steve Kostell</p><p>LIS 590HT History of Bookbinding: Mechanics and Materials<br />July 7-11, 2014<br />Instructor: Andrew Huot</p><p><strong>8-Week Online Classes (all meet weekly, June 16 - August 7, beginning with a required on-campus session)</strong></p><p>LIS 590AVL Audiovisual Materials in Libraries and Archives<br />Instructor: Jimi Jones</p><p>LIS 590BBL Bookbinding: History, Principals and Practice<br />Instructor: Andrew Huot</p><p>LIS 590BCL Rare Book Cataloging<br />Instructor: Pat Olson</p><p>LIS 590RML Records and Information Management<br />Instructor: Joanne Kaczmarek</p><p>_____________________________________________________<br /><a></a>4. ALUMNI and ADVANCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS</p><p><a href="">Inaugural Paul Otlet Lecture in Library and Information Science</a></p><p>The inaugural Paul Otlet Lecture in Library and Information Science will be held on Monday, May 5, at 4:00 p.m. in 126 GSLIS. Paul Duguid, adjunct full professor in the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley, will present, "When Was the Age of Information?" The Otlet Lecture honors the life and career of Paul Otlet (1868-1944), a Belgian lawyer, bibliographer, internationalist, and pacifist, who with his colleague Henri la Fontaine, worked to facilitate global access to information in a range of new formats. The lecture series brings to GSLIS leaders in the field to discuss the historical context and the present and future impacts of cutting-edge developments in information science and the information society. It is endowed jointly by GSLIS Emeritus Professor W. Boyd Rayward and Eugene Garfield.</p><p><strong>Reception to Honor W. Boyd Rayward</strong></p><p>A reception will be held on Tuesday, May 6, at 1:30 p.m. in 131 GSLIS to celebrate the academic career of GSLIS Professor Emeritus W. Boyd Rayward, historian of information science and the scholar who brought attention to the life and work of the documentalist Paul Otlet. Professor Rayward will be presented with a festschrift, published in the two most recent issues of Library Trends and edited by GSLIS Professor Alistair Black and Professor Charles van den Heuvel of the University of Amsterdam.</p><p><strong>Submissions requested for InfoBlitz student blog</strong></p><p>Alumni are encouraged to submit entries for <a href="">GSLIS InfoBlitz</a>, a blog created by GSLIS students as part of their participation in Publishing as an Information Profession, a course taught by <a href="">Maria Bonn</a>, GSLIS senior lecturer. The blog publishes issues of interest to prospective, current, and recent graduate students, library science faculty, and those interested in the information profession. It features the following topic areas:</p><ul><li> Community Informatics</li><li> Publishing</li><li> Instruction</li><li> Technology and teaching</li><li> Conservation and preservation</li><li> Archives</li><li> Practicum experience</li><li> Changes in reference</li><li> Marketing the library</li><li> Reviews from a talk you attended</li></ul><p>Your assistance in supporting this valuable student project will be greatly appreciated! Please direct any questions to <a href=""></a><strong></strong></p><p><strong>Call for 2014 LSAA Alumni Award Nominations</strong></p><p>Nominations from alumni and friends are welcomed for the LSAA Alumni Awards: LSAA Distinguished Alumnus Award, Leadership Award, and Distinguished Service Award. Please go to the <a href="">LSAA Awards </a>web page for criteria about each award. Distinguished Service Award nominations are open to faculty, staff, alumni, or non-alumni who have served LSAA or GSLIS in an exceptional way; all others are designated for alumni. Awards will be presented in June at the LSAA Annual Meeting/Reception during ALA in Las Vegas.</p><p>Ethan Henderson (MS '07) is chair of the LSAA Awards Committee this year. Nominations should be sent to the <a href="mailto:">"GSLIS Advancement Office"-gslis-advancement, at</a>. </p><p>_____________________________________________________<br />5. CALENDAR OF EVENTS</p><p><a href="">CIGG (Central Illinois GSLIS Grads) Gathering: Bloomington-Normal</a><br />April 10, 2014<br />5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.<br />Chicago Style Pizzeria<br />1500 East Empire Street (Colonial Plaza), Bloomington, IL<br />Reconnect, network, and introduce potential students to GSLIS. Light refreshments will be provided. Guests may also enjoy the dinner buffet or order directly from the menu with individual checks. Please email the  <a href="mailto:">"GSLIS Advancement Office"-gslis-advancement, at</a> by Monday, March 31, if you plan to join us.</p><p><a href="">Inaugural Paul Otlet Lecture in Library and Information Science</a><br />May 5, 2014<br />4:00 p.m.<br />126 GSLIS Building<br />Details are provided above.</p><p><strong>Reception in Honor of W. Boyd Rayward</strong><br />May 6, 2014<br />1:30 p.m.<br />131 GSLIS Building<br />Details are provided above.</p><p><a href="">GSLIS Convocation</a><br />May 18, 2014<br />9:30 a.m.<br />Smith Memorial Hall<br />Speaker: Gwenn Weaver (MS '72), Program Officer, U.S. Department of Commerce<br />Please note the earlier time. Due to construction on State Farm Center, many Convocation ceremonies have been moved. The GSLIS Convocation will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 18. Please visit the <a href="">Commencement </a>page for information about Commencement Weekend on campus.</p><p><a href="">GSLIS Corporate Roundtable</a><br />June 6, 2014<br />9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.<br />Illini Center - Orange and Blue Room<br />200 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL<br />Topic: Knowledge Transfer/Transition Planning<br />Presenter: Kathy Hagen, KL Hagen International Capital Strategies<br />Please email <a href="mailto:">"Sharon Johnson"-sdjohnso, at</a>, CRT Coordinator, for details.</p><p><a href="">GSLIS @ 2014 American Library Association Conference</a><br />June 26 - July 1, 2014<br />Las Vegas Convention Center<br />Las Vegas, NV<br />Visit GSLIS at Booth #1923.<br />Details to be announced soon.</p><p> _____________________________________________________</p><p>6. UNSUBSCRIBE AND/OR CONTACT US</p><p>This eUpdate is delivered to all GSLIS alumni with email addresses on record at the University of Illinois Alumni Association. If you do not wish to receive further issues, please <a href="mailto:">"contact us"-gslis-advancement, at</a> and ask to be removed from the email list. GSLIS will not release your email address or share any other personal identifying information.</p> <p>Feel free to pass along the eUpdate to your friends and fellow GSLIS alumni and invite them to subscribe to receive the eUpdate directly! If someone has forwarded this message to you and you would like to subscribe, please <a href="mailto:">"email us"-gslis-advancement, at</a>.</p> <p>We always are interested in learning about your career and life accomplishments. To submit items, please complete and email our <a href="">alumni update form</a>.</p> <p>The GSLIS website is an important resource for job seekers and employers alike, Visit our <a href="">careers page</a> to post a job, explore mentorship opportunities, and learn how to host students for practica, internships, and/or Alternative Spring Break.</p> <p>To support GSLIS, please visit our confidential and secure <a href="">giving site</a>.</p> <p>Have a comment about one of the stories you’ve read here? Have news that you think should be included in an upcoming issue? <a href="mailto:">"Contact us."-gslis-advancement, at</a></p> <p>Copyright © 2014 University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Permission is granted to reuse this information provided the source is cited.</p> School News Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:43:10 +0000 kqueal1 9043 at Get to know Jerrod Moore, MS student & Mix IT Up! scholar <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/resize-300w/moore_jerrod_vertical2_croppedandreduced_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="350" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Jerrod Moore is passionate about connecting information and people. He is applying his corporate experience, which includes work as a strategic resource intern at State Farm, and his coursework in community informatics toward his goals of becoming a library director and increasing diversity in the information professions. As a <a href="" target="_blank">Mix IT Up!</a> scholar, he focuses on issues of youth advocacy in library and information science through his classes and engagement with community organizations that serve youth.</p> <p><strong>Why did you decide to pursue an LIS degree?</strong></p> <p>I chose to pursue a degree in LIS because I find it interesting and rewarding to have the ability to connect people with information.</p> <p><strong>Why did you choose GSLIS?</strong></p> <p>I chose GSLIS for two reasons. First, I appreciated the warm embrace and honesty I got from the GSLIS recruiters. Second, GSLIS has the number one library and information science master’s program.</p> <p><strong>What particular LIS topics interest you most?</strong></p> <p>I am very interested in learning more about community informatics. I am in the process of taking classes now, and I would like to learn as much as I can while I can.</p> <p><strong>What surprises you about the field of LIS?</strong></p> <p>Even though I have been around the field for a few years now, the willingness to collaborate and share information never stops amazing me.</p> <p><strong>What do you do outside of class?</strong></p> <p>When I am not in class, I enjoy traveling and trying out new restaurants and bars—and I study, of course.</p> <p><strong>What career plans or goals do I have?</strong></p> <p>I would like to become library director of an undergraduate college and improve the diversity in the library profession as much as possible. I believe that in order to best serve our patrons, we must be able to identify with them and make them feel comfortable.</p> Get to know GSLIS student news student profile Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:16:13 +0000 cashwill 9035 at Chinese Students Group fosters LIS education, student experience <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/resize-300w/ChineseStudentsGroup_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="196" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>The University of Illinois is celebrating <a href="" target="_blank">International Week</a> from <em>March 31-April 6</em> to raise awareness about the breadth of international education, activities, and resources at Illinois. At GSLIS, we are proud of our international connections and our diverse student body, faculty, research fellows, and scholars-in-residence. We have developed an especially strong academic relationship with scholars and students from China, which is reflected in the activities and goals of the GSLIS Chinese Student Group.<br /></em></p> <hr /><p>About once every month, you’ll find a group of international LIS students from China gathered at GSLIS, discussing their work in graduate school, sharing their experiences in the U.S. and on the Illinois campus, and creating both professional and personal bonds.</p> <p>The GSLIS Chinese Student Group was formed in 2004 with several goals in mind: establishing a strong connection between Chinese students and GSLIS faculty, alumni, and other students; serving as a learning center and practicing environment for Chinese students in American culture; and serving as a bridge between GSLIS and China in order to contribute to LIS research, practice, and education in a global context. According to the group’s current president, Minhao Jiang, the meetings are a casual affair, often including food and one-on-one chatting.</p><p>“It’s more like a social get-together than a formal meeting, aimed to create a relaxing atmosphere,” said Jiang. “We encourage people to stay a while and talk informally. Topics usually include what kinds of problems new students are encountering, in terms of both academic and daily life, and solutions other people offer to resolve these puzzles. For example, one of our group members was feeling anxious as this was her first time at a school in the U.S. She didn't know how instructors would structure the class sessions, how assignments would be evaluated, etc. We shared our experiences, trying to alleviate her anxiety, and gave her several tips on how to improve her performance in class.”</p> <p>While the group isn’t particularly large, dozens of students over the years have benefited from its existence, both in their academic pursuits and their adjustment to life in Urbana-Champaign. Zhaoyu Wang, former president of the group and originally from Beijing, found the meetings to be immensely helpful, both as a newcomer to the U.S. and as a student navigating a new academic career.</p><p> “The first time I came to GSLIS was actually the first time I was abroad. So you can imagine that life in [Urbana-Champaign] was 100% strange to me. The second-year students in the group were so warm-hearted when we met; they shared their experiences with daily life in Champaign, which helped me and saved me quite a bit of time,” said Wang. “I also wasn’t certain which career path should I go the first semester in GSLIS. After communicating with other second-year Chinese students in GSLIS, I felt more aware of my options and was able to make an informed decision.” </p> <p>For more information on the group, please contact Minhao Jiang at <a href="mailto:">-mjiang14, at</a>.</p> student news Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:09:15 +0000 cashwill 9036 at Tilley to speak at Arts Day, Comics and Entertainment Expo <p>Assistant Professor Carol Tilley will discuss her research into comics and comics history at two upcoming events in April. </p> <p>She will deliver an invited talk titled, "When Comics Almost Died: Readers, Censors, and Innovation," at <a href="" target="_blank">Holy Cross College’s Arts Day</a> on April 11. Arts Day is an annual event held in celebration of the spirit of art and creativity. Tilley will be one of two speakers at the event. Other activities for the day include a student art exhibit and reception.</p> <p>On April 25 Tilley will participate in the <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo</a> (C2E2), a convention that brings together the best of pop culture, including comics, graphic novels, and manga, as well as movies, TV, video games, and more. She will deliver a talk titled, "Fredric Wertham's <em>Seduction of the Innocent</em> and the Comics Code Authority at 60," and participate in a panel discussion on the topic, "Comics and the Academy: The Role of Graphic Novels in Higher Education.”</p><p>The topic of Frederic Wertham, a psychiatrist and anti-comics critic whose 1954 book<em> Seduction of the Innocent</em> inspired federal hearings that decimated the comic book industry, is particularly timely, as April marks the anniversary of the book's publication. "I'm especially happy to have a chance to talk about comics and censorship at Holy Cross and C2E2 as it's the sixtieth anniversary—to the month—of both the publication of Wertham's book and the opening days of the Senate's hearings on comics books and juvenile delinquency," Tilley said. "Despite the passage of time, these events are still vividly part of comics readers and creators consciences."</p><p> At GSLIS, Tilley teaches courses in comics’ reader’s advisory, media literacy, and youth services librarianship. Part of her scholarship focuses on the intersection of young people, comics, and libraries, particularly in the United States during the mid-twentieth century. Additional research interests include history of youth services librarianship, children's print culture, information inquiry and instruction in school libraries, information seeking and use, and media literacy. Tilley’s research has been published in journals including the <em>Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST)</em>, <em>Information &amp; Culture: A Journal of History</em>, and <em>Children’s Literature in Education</em>. Her research on anti-comics advocate Fredric Wertham has been featured in the <em>New York Times</em> and other media outlets.</p> faculty news Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:47:31 +0000 cglaze 9039 at Get to know Kirstin Phelps, PhD student <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/resize-300w/phelps_kirstin-portrait-sized.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="419" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Looking for new ways to engage in intellectual exploration and create practical applications that solve socio-technical issues, <a href="">Kirstin Phelps</a> found that GSLIS could provide both the challenges and support she was hoping for in a degree program. Phelps is a first-year PhD student with a background in communications and education.</p><p><strong>Why did you decide to pursue an LIS degree?</strong></p> <p>When I started considering degree programs, I originally was looking at fields like sociology or psychology. However, none focused on the intersection of people, technology, and information to the degree that I was interested in, and that LIS provides. I appreciate the critical and interdisciplinary perspective that LIS scholars bring to considering social and technical aspects of information. Additionally, I feel that LIS is concerned with meaningful topics that not only have intellectual value, but are also relevant to society.</p> <p><strong>Why did you choose GSLIS?</strong></p><p>Aside from the strong rankings of the school, I was really won over by the ways people spoke about GSLIS. I talked to a number of individuals about the program—current students, alumni, and faculty—in order to get a sense of what GSLIS would provide in comparison to other fields I was considering. As someone who had been in the workforce for the past 8 years and was choosing to go back to school, I really wanted to find a challenging program that also had engaged people and a supportive environment. Additionally, I liked that the faculty at GSLIS reflected a variety of disciplines. So I chose GSLIS because it had all the things I was looking for: a collaborative environment, supportive faculty, and high standards of rigor.</p> <p><strong>What particular LIS topics interest you most?</strong></p> <p>My academic background is in communication and education, and I worked professionally teaching and developing leadership competencies in college students before coming to GSLIS. Due to these experiences, I am most interested in the socio-technical aspects of how individuals and groups engage with technology and their information behaviors, specifically in online environments. Within LIS, social and community informatics, information behavior, as well as computer-supported cooperative work and human-computer interaction are the most interesting topics so far, but I'm sure I will find others soon!</p> <p><strong>What surprises you about the field of LIS?</strong></p> <p>The scope and breadth of research within the field. A glance through the faculty profiles reflects the range of disciplinary backgrounds and research questions that are pursued in LIS. I think such a varied field is exhilarating—it allows for opportunities to explore a number of interesting questions that are relevant to society in ways that reflect the complexity of life.</p> <p><strong>What do you do outside of class?</strong></p> <p>Enjoy myself as much as possible! I love traveling, and thankfully there are a ton of conferences that I am able to attend through school that supplement my personal trips. I also enjoy food—eating it, cooking it, baking it—so I like to try out new recipes or restaurants with friends. Thankfully Champaign-Urbana has a number of great concert and theatre venues, which I try to take advantage of as much as possible. Last year I became a co-op member at the Art Theater in downtown Champaign, which shows an amazing variety of films and movies. The late-night specials are particularly exciting; I can get my fix of cheesy sci–fi or 80s classics on the big screen. I also try to attend plays at Krannert or the Station Theatre, since they frequently bring in really outstanding acts. Outside of these, I like to stay active. I'm picking up rock climbing and also play volleyball through Champaign Park District.</p> <p><strong>What career plans or goals do you have?</strong></p> <p> Ultimately I would like to continue the LIS legacy by teaching in a university setting. However, I also like the prospect of contributing a LIS perspective to questions within a research laboratory or industry R&amp;D department. Aside from a specific role or title, I know I want to continue to engage in intellectual exploration and provide practical applications to socio-technical issues that face society and our ability to engage with others in meaningful ways. Wherever happens to let me do this is where I hope to be in the future.</p> Get to know GSLIS student news student profile Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:18:15 +0000 cashwill 9032 at GSLIS Storytelling Festival to be held April 12 <p><a href="" target="_blank">The Center for Children’s Books</a> (CCB) will host its annual Storytelling Festival, coordinated this year by GSLIS students Amy Atkinson and Tad Andracki, on Saturday, April 12, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the GSLIS Building, Room 126. The Festival will feature age-old folklore, innovative uses of new media, and everything in between. The festival will bring to life a host of characters ranging from shining golden knights to crafty tricksters. Stories will be performed by a select group of GSLIS students, alumni, and faculty, including new storytellers and returning seasoned professionals. Atkinson will be returning as emcee to provide introductions and links as entertaining as the stories themselves.</p><p>"The Storytelling Festival is one of our great annual traditions, showing how the power of this ancient art remains vibrant in contemporary times and relevant to sophisticated adult audiences," said CCB Director Deborah Stevenson. "Digital media offers new and intriguing ways to think about storytelling, but there's also something magical about the low-tech power of one person's voice and a hushed group of rapt listeners."</p> <p>Admission requires a $5 ticket; students with an ID may purchase tickets for $3. Doors will open for ticket purchase beginning at 6:15 p.m. Some material at the festival may not be appropriate for children. For more information, or if you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this program/event, contact the CCB at (217) 244-9331 or <a href="mailto:">"via email"-ccb, at</a>. </p> School News storytelling Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:37:52 +0000 cglaze 9026 at Bonn named editor of Journal of Electronic Publishing <p>Maria Bonn, GSLIS senior lecturer, recently assumed the role of editor for the <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Journal of Electronic Publishing</em></a> (JEP). The first issue produced under her direction, <a href="*?rgn=full+text" target="_blank">Volume 17, Issue 1 (Winter 2014)</a>, is now available online.<br /><br />Before joining GSLIS in 2013, Bonn served as associate university librarian for publishing at the University of Michigan and oversaw the University of Michigan Press, which publishes JEP. The journal was created in 1995 to explore publishing in the developing digital age. It continues to document issues in contemporary publishing and provides a venue for experimentation in digital communication.<br /><br />Bonn’s first issue as editor is an example of this. It documents the conference proceedings of <a href="" target="_blank">Books in Browsers IV</a>, a conference held October 24-26, 2013, at the Internet Archive in San Francisco, California. “Proceedings” in this case goes beyond traditional text-based submissions and includes multimedia entries such as video, audio with transcripts, and slides. “We use JEP as a laboratory for trying new things,” said Bonn. “In this issue, we’ve stretched the boundaries of a traditional publication.”</p> faculty news Scholarly Communication Thu, 20 Mar 2014 13:51:58 +0000 cglaze 9012 at