Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:58:51 +0000
Join this session to learn about leadership basics, an essential skill many employers are looking for in quality candidates. Kirstin will provide a brief introduction to the concept of leadership in Western culture, identify some cross-cultural considerations of leadership and lead participants through a leadership assessment to reflect upon their own leadership style.
Questions? Contact kphelps [at] illinois.edu (Kirstin Phelps)
Room 131 & Online
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:59:37 +0000
(image) 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 American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholar and as part of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce.
Why did you decide to pursue an LIS degree?
Before I decided to pursue my LIS degree, I was a speech-language pathologist. While I enjoyed helping individuals with speech and language impairments, I realized that I was more invested in providing them and their loved ones with information and support—which is why I was attracted to the field of LIS. Also, I discovered that libraries can provide a forum for individuals to challenge perceptions and push for social justice, giving a voice to those from different races, genders, and sexualities. I have always loved connecting people with information, and I intend to do so with a critical framework in mind.
Why did you choose the iSchool at Illinois?
I was working as a speech-language pathologist in the Chicago area and wanted to stay in Illinois. The iSchool has a great reputation, and I was also excited to study at one of the largest library systems in the country. A local, highly reputable program with a great library system was a win-win situation.
What particular LIS topics interest you most?
I am very interested in reference, instruction, and information literacy through a critical framework, examining how different power dynamics within race, gender, sexuality, and ability shape research and information.
What do you do outside of class?
Outside of class I enjoy reading (shocking, I know), spending time with my loved ones, looking at cute animals on social media, and writing creative nonfiction. I am consulting editor and a contributing writer for Hack Library School. Read some of Nisha's creative nonfiction.
What career plans or goals do you have?
I am grateful to have recently received an offer to be a health and life sciences librarian at UCLA starting in April. I am so excited to join the team there! My focus will be reference and instruction. After that, I have no idea! I am a firm believer that if you focus on your passions in the present, opportunities you never thought of can arise in the future. I would love to be in a leadership position that helps to foster community within librarianship.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:57:29 +0000
(image) Alumnus Mark Sorensen (MS '98) has been named an Illinois Library Luminary by the Illinois Library Association (ILA). 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. Sorensen was instrumental in maintaining records management systems for all Illinois public libraries, as well as creating traveling exhibits for display at libraries throughout the state.
In 1988, he was put in charge of two Commissions to add artwork to the State Capitol in commemoration of its 100th anniversary. He has served as Official Macon County Historian since appointment by the county board in 2004 and is a past president of the Illinois State Historical Society.
Sorensen is a past president and current member of the Decatur Public Library Board, was vice president for public programs for the Friends organization, a member of the library Foundation, and a consulting archivist for both the Decatur and Moweaqua libraries. While president of the Decatur library, a program for special library services for Macon County businesses was instituted that served as a model for other libraries throughout the state.
A recipient of the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award from the Illinois Humanities Council and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois State Historical Society, Sorensen is a member of the American Library Association, Society of American Archivists, Midwest Archives Conference, and a Charter member of the Academy of Certified Archivists.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:24:28 +0000
The following iSchool faculty, staff, and students will participate in iConference 2017, which will be held March 22-25 in Wuhan, China. The event brings together scholars, researchers, and information professionals to share insights on critical information issues. The theme of this year's conference is "Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global collaboration across the Information Community."
Professor and Dean Allen Renear will chair the meeting of the iSchool North American deans, 3:30-5:30 p.m. (by invitation only)
Professor J. Stephen Downie, with Xiao Hu (PhD '10), Samuel K.W. Chu, and C. W-Y. Lee (University of Hong Kong), will present their paper, "Data Science as an Emerging Discipline: The Roles of iSchools in the Era of Big Data," at the workshop, "Information Science to Data Science: New Directions for iSchools," 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Professor J. Stephen Downie, Professor Ted Underwood, Postdoctoral Research Associate Peter Organisciak (PhD '15), and Boris Capitanu (Illinois Informatics Institute) will present "Access to Billions of Pages for Large-Scale Text Analysis," 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Professor J. Stephen Downie and master's student Alex Olivia Kinnaman, with Michael Popham (Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services), will present the poster, "Auditing a Dark Archive," 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Professor J. Stephen Downie and Catherine Renee Blauvelt (MS '16), with David M. Weigl and Kevin R. Page (University of Oxford), will present the poster, "Towards Incorporating Derived Features in Dataset Alignment and Linking," 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Doctoral student Jacob Jett, with Thomas Andrew Disher and Jin Ha Lee (MS '02, PhD '08) (University of Washington), will present "Investigating the Status of Anime Collections in Public Libraries," 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:40:29 +0000
Join iSchool faculty, staff, and students for the following activities during the Association for College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Conference in Baltimore, including our reception on Thursday, March 23, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Hard Rock Café Baltimore. Please stop by and visit us at Booth #1305 as well!
Lisa Hinchliffe, affiliated faculty member and professor/coordinator for information literacy services and instruction at the University Library, will present "Assessing and Communicating Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success through Action Research," 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Maria Bonn, senior lecturer, will present "Understanding the Needs of Scholars in a Contemporary Publishing Environment," with Janet Swatscheno (MS '14), visiting digital publishing specialist at the University Library, 8:00-8:20 a.m.
Affiliate Professor Lisa Hinchliffe will serve on the panel, "From M.L.S. to Ph.D.: Librarians Pursuing Doctorates," 9:40-10:40 a.m.
Master's student Kristina Williams and Hailley Fargo (MS '16) (The Pennsylvania State University) will facilitate the roundtable discussion, "Tending the garden: Sharing projects that strengthen communities within the academic library," 9:40-10:40 a.m.
Assistant Professor Elizabeth Hoiem and Daniel Tracy, affiliated faculty member and assistant professor/LIS and research services librarian at the University Library, will present "Teaching Digital Humanities Tools at a Distance: A Librarian-Instructor Partnership Integrating Scalar into a Graduate Distance Course," 3:40-4:00 p.m.
Maria Bonn, senior lecturer, and Harriett Green, affiliated faculty member and English and digital humanities librarian at the University Library, will present "Humanities Collaborations and Research Practices: Investigating New Modes of Collaborative Humanities Scholarship" with Angela Courtney (Indiana University Bloomington), 3:20-3:40 p.m.
Assistant Professor Emily Knox will serve as moderator for "You Say You Want a Revolution? The Ethical Imperative of Open Access," 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Master's student Andrew Janco will participate in the panel, "Managing to Teach: Students, Digital Project Management, and Pedagogy," 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Master's student Kelly Applegate will present her poster, "Buried Treasure: How a Deep Data Dive Can Uncover Global Language Gems," 2:00-3:00 p.m.
At the ACRL Licensed Workshop Showcase, Affiliate Professor Lisa Hinchliffe will present "A Standards Roadshow Overview for 'Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action," with Lisa Stillwell (Franklin & Marshall College) and Rhonda Huisman (Marian University), 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Harriett Green, affiliated faculty member, will serve on the panel, "Re-Skilling for a Digital Future: Developing Training and Instruction in Digital Scholarship for Academic Librarians," 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke will give the invited presentation, "How would you like to be remembered? Expanding your pedagogy and professional practice," 4:15-5:15 p.m.