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Alumni receive Up and Comer Awards

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 20:15:16 +0000

Four iSchool alumni have received the Up and Comer Award from ATG Media. Sarah E. Crissinger (MS '15), Hailley Fargo (MS '16), Maoria Kirker (MS '11), and Katrina Spencer (MS '16) are among the twenty individuals who were selected for the award, which is intended for early-career librarians and information professionals.

ATG Media is the umbrella group that includes the Charleston Conference, Against the Grain, and a new series of short, open access ebooks titled "Charleston Briefings: Trending Topics for Information Professionals." The 2017 Up and Comers will be profiled in the December/January issue of Against the Grain and featured in a series of scheduled podcast interviews that will be posted on

Downs Award Reception

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:37:55 +0000

A reception to honor the 2017 recipient of the Downs Intellectual Freedom Award, the Kansas City Public Library, will take place during the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association in Denver.


Crowne Plaza Downtown Denver
Ellingwood Rooms A and B
1450 Glenarm Place
Denver, Colorado 80202


iSchool & Libraries Unlimited

Event Date: 

Sat, 02/10/2018 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm

Alumni selected as ALA Emerging Leaders

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:34:52 +0000

Six iSchool alumni have been selected by the American Library Association (ALA) to participate in its 2018 class of Emerging Leaders.

Jessica Colbert (MS '17), Aisha Conner-Gaten (MS '13), Tracy Drake (MS '15), Hailley Fargo (MS '16), Brittany Fiedler (MS '17), and Yan Liu (MS '14) are included in this year's class of fifty individuals from across the country. This leadership development initiative provides opportunities for newer library professionals to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, observe ALA structure, and serve the profession in a leadership capacity.

The Emerging Leaders program will launch with events at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, which will be followed by six months of online learning and networking activities. At the end of the program, participants will display the results of their project planning work in a poster session at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.