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Graduate School of Library and Information Science - University of Illinois


Fundamentals of Data Science webinar

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:32:43 +0000

The iSchool Data Science Club will host viewings of the weekly Fundamentals of Data Science webinar series, presented each Friday (through December 12, 2016) by The Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative and funded by the National Institutes of Health. The BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science, a series of online lectures given by experts from across the country covering a range of diverse topics in data science. This course is an introductory overview that assumes no prior knowledge or understanding of data science. For up-to-date information about the series and to view archived presentations, visit

Questions? Contact kcooper4 [at] (Krystal Cooper).


Room 12 (LRL) and streamed online (link TBA)


iSchool Data Science Club

Event Date: 

Fri, 11/18/2016 -
11:00am to 12:00pm

Cooke works with Our Voices to bring diversity to library collections

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:31:48 +0000

Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke is a founding member of the advisory board for Our Voices, a new American Library Association (ALA) initiative that seeks to increase diversity in the production and distribution of children’s books. Sponsored by ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom and Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, Our Voices offers interested libraries a template to promote the growth of diverse, quality content in library collections. The initiative is being launched during Banned Books Week, September 25-October 1.

"Working with the Our Voices is an absolute pleasure and is among the most important work I’ve done with the American Library Association," said Cooke. "It's such a great group—librarians, booksellers, and publishers—all of whom are passionate about seeing more diverse faces and stories in library collections."

Some of the steps Our Voices plans to use in achieving its goal are to identify small, independent content creators; connect with independent booksellers and readers for conversations about diversity of stories, quality of collections, and the value of libraries; and encourage the exchange of diverse collections among libraries. Cooke looks forward to working with iSchool students to increase diversity in the creation, publication, review, and acquisition of library materials. "Our diverse patron populations demand and deserve collections that reflect them and their experiences," she said.

Cooke was named a "Mover & Shaker" by Library Journal in 2007 and was the 2016 recipient of the ALA's Equality Award. Her research and teaching interests include human information behavior (particularly in the online context), critical cultural information studies, and diversity and social justice in librarianship with an emphasis on infusing them into LIS education and pedagogy. She holds an MEd in adult education from Penn State, and a Master of Library Science degree and a PhD in communication, information and library studies from Rutgers University, where she was an American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Doctoral Fellow.

Get to know Ziba Perez Zehdar (MS ’12), community services librarian and zinester

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:02:48 +0000

Community services librarian Ziba Perez Zehdar (MS ’12) is going mobile with the Long Beach Public Library (LBPL), and we’re not talking about a digital app. She leads several community engagement projects at multiple branch libraries and outside the library. Zehdar oversees the library’s makerspace, which includes a physical space at the Main Library called The Studio. One of her first tasks after joining the system in October 2015 was to take the makerspace mobile. She now manages mobile makerspace resources that can pop up at any one of the system’s twelve branches. She also oversees makerspace programming and a small staff of creatives and tech industry specialists who work with patrons at The Studio. This fall, Zehdar is launching a new mobile service point for the library in the form of a traveling librarian with a bicycle-based collection. In addition to sharing a rolling print collection, LBPL librarians will help people sign up for library cards and offer reference services and database training on the go. “The intention is to reach the groups I don’t see using the library,” said Zehdar, “to really spread the knowledge of the library . . . . We want to go to the people.” The project is funded by the Knight Foundation and 8 80 Cities, which selected Zehdar to join the 2016 cohort of Emerging City Champions. As Champions, she and nineteen other young people from across the country carry out projects that “strengthen mobility, improve public spaces, and enhance civic engagement in their cities.” Back at her home branch, the Main Library, Zehdar manages LBPL’s zine collection, California’s only circulating zine collection in a public library. Among the collection is her own zine, ZebraPizza, which she coauthors with fiancé and fellow LBPL staffer Jon-o Gazdecki. ZebraPizza’s eighth volume will be shared with guests at their nuptials in January 2017. The zine is published by ¡Three Amigos Press!, which Zehdar created to publish and distribute the first volume. Zehdar has been involved in several zine fests and comic cons as a participant, author, and organizer. She is currently collaborating with zine distributor Darcy Crash Distro to plan LBPL’s first on-site zine fest, Zine Queens Vol. 2: The Library is Open, which will be held on November 26. Follow Zehdar on Twitter (@iluvlibraries) and keep up with the latest from ¡Three Amigos Press! on Tumblr. [...]