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news & notes: april 2017

Unique experience for iSchool student

Master's student Chase Ollis had the unique experience of visiting the Library of Congress with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. Ollis works for the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and met Hayden at the ACRL Conference in Baltimore. When he mentioned that he was heading to Washington D.C. to visit friends, Hayden invited him to stop by the Library of Congress for a visit.  

"Dr. Hayden came out and hugged me as if we were old friends," said Ollis. "She introduced me to her Chief of Staff, Robert Newlen, and the three of us went into her office. So there I am, sitting between the Librarian of Congress and her Chief of Staff in the largest library in the world, and we're just casually chatting about everything from the ACRL Conference to Wonder Woman to their upcoming disco party to my future plans as a librarian. They offered to show me 'one of the best views of Washington,' and we went out on the large balcony connected to Dr. Hayden's office that overlooks Congress. It was really stunning. Everyone has been joking that we're 'BFFs' now, so I think next time I see Dr. Hayden, I'm going to invite her to my birthday party!"

iSchool Master's Student Showcase

The Spring 2017 iSchool Master's Student Showcase will be held on Friday, April 7, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the School. The showcase is an opportunity for MS/LIS, MS/IM, and CAS students to present projects, research, or other works of interest to the iSchool community in both a poster session and lightning talk format. Lightning talks will be recorded for future viewing. View the schedule.

Mark Sorensen (MS ’98) named Illinois Library Luminary

Alumnus Mark Sorensen (MS '98) has been named an Illinois Library Luminary by the Illinois Library Association. This distinction honors individuals whose efforts have made a significant contribution to Illinois libraries. Sorensen has served public libraries, both professionally and privately, since 1982. After a career of twenty-one years with the Illinois State Archives, he retired as assistant director. Read more.

Chicago Illini Days 
Linda Hofschire (MS '08) among 2017 Movers & Shakers

Library Journal's annual "Movers & Shakers" list recognizes professionals who are shaping the future of libraries in a variety of ways. Alumna Linda Hofschire (MS '08), director of the Library Research Service at Colorado State Library, is among the 2017 class of Movers & Shakers in the "Innovators" category. Read more.

Beta Phi Mu, Alpha Chapter

The Beta Phi Mu Scholars Series publishes significant contributions and substantive advances in the field of library and information science. Loretta Gaffney (MS ’98, CAS ’00, PhD ’12) is the author of the most recent title in the series, Young Adult Literature, Libraries, and Conservative Activism.  

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Lynn Cline (MS '75) retired as head of Content Management & Acquisitions for the Missouri State University Libraries on March 1, after 41½ years of service to the University and the libraries of Missouri.

Andrew Johnson (MS '11) received the ACRL Early-career Librarian Scholarship and began his new position as emerging technologies librarian at the University of Georgia in February.

William Langston (MS '14) will start his new job as student success and engagement librarian at North Carolina State University on July 17.

In January 2017, Urszula (Biegaj) Lechtenberg (MS '14) began working at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, as an instructional design librarian.

After serving at Wheaton College's Buswell Library for nearly twenty-five years, David Malone (MS '02) has taken on the deanship of the library at Calvin College. Hekman Library serves both Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary.

After three years as head of Scholarly Communication Services at Columbia University Libraries in New York City, Simone Sacchi (PhD '15) moved back to Europe (The Hague, The Netherlands) after spending eight years in the United States. Sacchi recently joined LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, as an open science officer.

Grace E. Shope (MS '67) is happily retired, traveling, and enjoying the company of her sixteen-year-old grandson, Will, after a rewarding thirty-year career with Abington School District and seventeen years as an adjunct professor with Arcadia University.

Kelli Trei (MS ’12) was featured in the March 20th current member spotlight of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Science & Technology Section e-news. She is a biosciences librarian and assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Sara Tompson (MS '87) is serving as the 2017 president of the Southern California Chapter of the Special Libraries Association.


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student life
Student praises iSchool's diversity course

NaVosha Copeland, a current master's student in LIS, was featured in a SNAP Blog for the Society of American Archivists on March 8. In her blog, Copeland wrote about her positive experience while taking the Information Services for Diverse Populations course at the iSchool. "It is vital to decentralize one's own culture in our profession, in order to serve different groups effectively," she said. Read her post.

Mentoring program offers job shadow experience

Midori Clark, a Leep student in Colorado, met with mentor Sophie Hou (MS '16), data curation and stewardship coordinator for the National Center for Atmospheric Research, over spring break for a job shadow experience. "Sophie helped me realize new possibilities for the MS/LIS degree," Clark said.  

Student Profile: MS/LIS student Nisha Mody

A former speech-language pathologist with a passion for social justice, master's student Nisha Mody found her calling in the field of library and information science. While at the iSchool, Mody has served on various committees and been recognized as an ALA Spectrum Scholar as part of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce. Read more.

around the School
Storytelling Festival

The Center for Children's Books will host the 2017 Storytelling Festival on Saturday, April 15, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Coordinated this year by Associate Professor Kate McDowell and MS/LIS student Sarah Sahn, the Festival will feature both new performers and returning seasoned storytellers sharing age-old folklore, personal stories, and everything in between.

Admitted Student Visit Day

On March 17, the iSchool hosted its second annual Visit Day for students admitted to the on-campus MS/LIS program. Forty-eight students from across the country attended. Campus and community employers participated in lightning talks to highlight employment opportunities available to students. Prior to the event, twenty-five of the students had accepted the iSchool's offer of admission. Afterward, eight additional students accepted. Many said the event demonstrated the School's welcoming and supportive environment. 

Upcoming lectures

The School will hold two named lectures this month. On April 25, Matthew Battles, associate director of metaLAB at Harvard, will present the Otlet Lecture in Library and Information Science, "Data and Deep Time Addressability in a Dappled World." On April 28, Kafi D. Kumasi, associate professor of library and information science at Wayne State University and an iSchool research fellow, will present the Gryphon Lecture, "Check the Rhyme: Harnessing Hip Hop's Enduring Literacies with Youth in Libraries." 

 Alison Rollins
 Left to right: Hogg, Jones (in back); Orozco Villicana, Kuykendall (in front) at Lincoln University
iSchool outreach

The School's outreach to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) continues this spring.

Moises Orozco Villicana, director of enrollment management, and Victor Jones, visiting recruiting specialist, dropped by Lincoln University to talk with students on March 29. They are pictured with Laurence Hogg, academic advisor at Lincoln, and Bradley Kuykendall (MS '15), a Lincoln alum who hosted their visit.

Harriett Green (MS '09), iSchool affiliated faculty member and English/digital humanities librarian at Illinois, was a guest lecturer for a digital history course at Clark Atlanta University on April 5. She spoke about digital humanities research and teaching collaborations in an academic library setting.

faculty news
Schneider receives XSEDE start-up award

Assistant Professor Jodi Schneider is the recipient of a a start-up allocation award from the Exteme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE). XSEDE is a project of the National Science Foundation that provides researchers with access to the world’s most advanced and powerful collection of integrated digital resources and services. The goal of Schneider's project is to make sense of large-scale networks for knowledge in biomedical literature. Read more.


iSchool represented at conference on information and power in history

iSchool participation in iConference 2017

Join the iSchool at ACRL 2017

iSchool faculty ranked as excellent for Fall 2016

Diesner to present research at the Open Science 2017 Conference


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upcoming events

iSchool Master's Student Showcase
April 7, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

iSchool @ California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education at UC Merced
April 8, 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Storytelling Festival
April 15, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

2017 Otlet Lecture: Matthew Battles
April 25, 3:30 p.m.

2017 Gryphon Lecture: Kafi D. Kumasi
April 28, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

LSAA Board Meeting
April 28, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., iSchool

Summer Getaway 2017: Professional Development for School Librarians
June 12-14 (registration opens April 15)