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news & notes: april 2021

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iSchool at Illinois ranked number one

U.S. News & World Report has once again named the iSchool at Illinois the top graduate school for library and information studies, based on national rankings of accredited master's degree programs. Our School has held the top spot since 1996. Read more.

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Same program but different paths for iSchool sisters

Twins Mariah and Fernanda Schaefer (both MS '20) might have earned the same degree from the iSchool, but they chose very different paths—Mariah works in book publishing, and Fernanda works in the entertainment industry. Read more.

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Get to know Mayank Vijaywargia (MS ’19), data analytics specialist

Alumnus Mayank Vijaywargia (MS '19) credits his tailor-made curriculum with preparing him for his job as a data analytics specialist at Ernst & Young LLP. Read more.

Alumni Recruiter Network

Help the iSchool recruit top talent by joining our Alumni Recruiter Network. To participate, complete a brief interest form, which will be used to pair you with a student. If we can arrange an appropriate match, the iSchool will alert you and share your email address with the interested student. We ask that you respond to an email from the student as soon as you are able. The time commitment should be less than an hour. If you have any questions, please email the iSchool Advancement Office.

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The iSchool has reached 97.5% of its $20 million campaign goal. Gifts toward the campaign will continue until June 30, 2022. The School's priorities for this campaign are accessible education, enhanced student experience, and faculty support. 

Thank you to the iSchool Campaign Committee and the many alumni and friends who have contributed to the campaign. Your generosity supports the excellence of the School's academic programs, which is reflected in the ongoing number one ranking of the MS/LIS degree program. For more information about supporting the iSchool during the campaign, including bequest language for estate gifts, please contact Diana Stroud at dstroud@illinois.edu or (217) 244-9577. 

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Interest in education, data management leads Kearse to iSchool

MS student Jeremy Kearse's career goals are to work both in the corporate world and as an adjunct professor in a minority serving institution, helping students in STEM and LIS. Read more.

Hanna Dahlstrom 
Love of gaming leads Dahlstrom to video game preservation

Hanna Dahlstrom has loved to play video games ever since she was a little girl. As an MS/LIS student, she is now learning how to preserve video games. Dahlstrom was recently named a finalist for the Graduate College’s Research Live! competition, in which UIUC graduate students from all disciplines share their work and hone their presentation skills by giving a compelling three-minute research talk. Read more.

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Samuel defends dissertation

Doctoral candidate Noah Samuel successfully defended his dissertation, "Socio-Physical Characteristics Influencing Collaboration Among Startup Firms in Four Business Incubators," on March 16. Read more.

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Spectrum Scholar Spotlight: Mimosa Shah

MS student and Spectrum Scholar Mimosa Shah decided to pursue an LIS degree when she realized her interests, passions, and values aligned with the core values and functions of librarianship. Read more.
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Hopping to lead workforce development, continuing education

Teaching Assistant Professor David Hopping has been named director of the iSchool's Workforce Development/Continuing Education Program. Read more.

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School instructors ranked as excellent

Forty-nine iSchool instructors were named in the University's List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent for Fall 2020. The rankings are released every semester, and results are based on the Instructor and Course Evaluation System (ICES) questionnaire forms maintained by Measurement and Evaluation in the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. Read more.

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Get to know Donnita Harris

As an administrative aide at the iSchool, Donnita Harris enjoys the variety of her work as well as the School’s location in the heart of campus. Read more.

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New project to boost youth health and data literacy skills

Assistant Professor Rachel M. Magee and Associate Professors Catherine Blake and Jana Diesner will work with Illinois Extension on a new project to boost youth health and data literacy skills. Read more.

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Sanfilippo edits book on privacy

Assistant Professor Madelyn Sanfilippo has co-edited a new book, Governing Privacy in Knowledge Commons, featuring case studies across academia, social media, mental health, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Read more.

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Downie, Twidale to digitally preserve history of live musical performances

Professors J. Stephen Downie and Michael Twidale are co-investigators for InterMusE, a new project to develop an online archive of musical events. Read more.


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Diane Carothers (MS '75) passed away on March 1, 2021. She retired in 1995 as head librarian of the University of Illinois Communications Library.

Jarrett Dapier (MS '15) is the author of a new children's book, Jazz for Lunch, which was recently published by Simon & Schuster.

Nancy Falciani-White (MS '07) is the author of Creativity: A Toolkit for Academic Libraries, which was recently published by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL).

Kelly (Kloster) Fisher (MS '03) has been promoted to full professor rank at Eureka College, where she has served as a librarian since 2004. Originally hired as the public services librarian, she now serves as the public & access services librarian and the campus learning management system administrator.

Kathy Durley Freiheit (MS '80), former director of library services for the City of Rowlett, Texas, is now (blissfully) retired. Her post-graduate career path included library administrative services and building projects in public, academic, school, and special libraries in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Texas. She adds, "Reading, relaxing, and soaking up the sun has never been better!"

Matthew Harrington (MS '09) passed away on March 17, 2021.

Kathryn Harris (MS '71) was awarded the 2020 State Journal-Register First Citizen Award. 

In February, Allison Kilberg (MS '20) started a new position as the archivist and genealogy librarian at the Floyd County Library and Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany, Indiana.

Teresa Helena Moreno (MS '19) was featured in the March 2021 issue of Information Today for her research focusing on problems in coding, classifying, and organizing information related to diasporic groups.

Thomas Padilla (MS '14) has been named director of information systems and technology strategy at the Center for Research Libraries.

Mary Z. Rose (MS '01) was recently appointed as the archival library research manager at the Madison County Archival Library in Edwardsville, Illinois.

Ruth Slagle (MS '17) started her position as instruction librarian at Jackson State Community College in Jackson, Tennessee, in March 2020. She recently published the article, "Remembering who is important: keeping the right focus in a national emergency," in the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship.

Kim Tipton (MS '18) and Cherie Watson (MS '14) coauthored the article, "Starting a Professional Reflection Practice," in the March 2021 issue of the ILA Reporter.

Anna Trammell (MS '15) joined the Tacoma Public Library as the Northwest Room local history librarian. In this role, she will manage the library's archives and special collections.

Bryan Voell (MS '07) recently started his eighth year as the local arts librarian with Johnson County (KS) Library.


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All events listed below will be held online.

2021 Gryphon Lecture
April 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

AI Infodemic Reading Group: Session 5
April 20, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Data Privacy Seminar: Privacy Engineering Development Process
May 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

AI Infodemic Reading Group: Session 6
May 5, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Alpha Chapter of Beta Phi Mu Initiation
May 8, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

iSchool Convocation Ceremony
May 15, 7:00-8:00 p.m.