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Alumnus David Kalat looks for hidden clues in a digital domain

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:08:16 +0000

(image) David Kalat (MS '11) could be considered a Sherlock Holmes of the digital world. However, unlike Holmes hitting the streets of London for clues, Kalat's brand of sleuthing involves using computer forensics, electronic discovery, and data analytics to find the sometimes deeply concealed facts in a case. As a director of the Berkeley Research Group LLC's Global Investigations + Strategic Intelligence Practice, Kalat conducts forensic investigations to settle disputes among parties, usually in the form of litigation. 

According to Kalat, in a forensic examination, the "eureka" moments are less about the contents of files and more about finding when the files were accessed, deleted, or shared.

"I worked a bank hacking case once where my findings involved evidence that a rogue IT consultant had used a secret backdoor to log into the network and then copy and delete customer data records. My investigation wasn't concerned with the contents of those records—but instead about firewall logs, timestamps on database initialization files, and other artifacts of user activity in the server’s operating system," Kalat explained.

He started working in the area of computer forensics for the consulting firm of Duff & Phelps after receiving his MS in library and information science through the Leep online program. In his new job, he discovered "an upside-down world where instead of users implementing organizational tools to manage information, information systems are implementing organizational tools to manage users."

Prior to his forensics work, Kalat worked in video distribution. He received his BA in film and video studies from the University of Michigan in 1992 and worked for more than a decade as DVD producer for his independent label, All Day Entertainment, which was dedicated to "movies that fell through the cracks." 

"From 1997 to around 2009, I restored quite a few interesting 'lost' films like Fritz Lang's swan song, The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse, Edward Dmytryck's blacklisted classic Christ in Concrete, Claude Chabrol's version of Patricia Highsmith's Cry of the Owl, and a whole collection of films by B-movie auteur Edgar Ulmer," Kalat said.

He started writing professionally in 1997 with his first book, an academic study of Godzilla movies. He has published five books on film history as well as contributed chapters to five other anthology film books. For ten years, he blogged for Turner Classic Movies. He gave up the blog last summer when his focus changed to writing about information security and forensics.

Kalat thrives on the challenges in his job at the Berkeley Research Group.

"I get to spend every day confronting complex logic puzzles with no obvious answers, and it's up to me to figure out how to tackle them. And every once in a while, someone brings me a strange piece of technology with an especially difficult puzzle around it, and it’s like Christmas," he said.

He feels that there has never been a better time to be an information scientist, and he encourages current students to think broadly about career possibilities.

"There is a wide world out there, and it's full of information-related problems," said Kalat.




Black and Gabb honored with Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 17:05:04 +0000

Professor Alistair Black and doctoral candidate Henry Gabb have been honored by the American Library Association's Library Research Round Table (LRRT) with the 2017 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research. The annual award recognizes research that employs exemplary research design and methods in the planning or initial stage of use.

Black and Gabb's research repeated a 1916 survey of American corporate libraries with a selection of today's corporate librarians to assess operations and perceived value, following nearly a century of change. Their findings, presented in "The Value Proposition of the Corporate Library, Past and Present" and published in Information & Culture: A Journal of History (2016, vol. 51, no. 2), underscored the enduring value of the corporate library.

From the abstract: Corporate libraries of the kind we would recognize today began to appear around the turn of the twentieth century. They were a response to a rapidly changing corporate and commercial environment, acting as adjuncts to both the rise of systematic industrial research and the office management revolution that accompanied the implementation of scientific management. A survey of American corporate libraries in 1916 by the British manufacturer Rowntree and Company provides a snapshot of their operations and perceived value. The survey was repeated with a selection of today's corporate librarians. Their responses are strikingly similar to those of their early twentieth-century counterparts, despite intervening technological change. As it was a century ago, the value of the corporate library, even if it cannot be quantified, is accepted.

"The 1916 survey that Alistair uncovered in the Rowntree archives provided a 100-year-old snapshot of the American corporate library. Repeating the survey with modern corporate librarians suggests that little has changed in the mission or value proposition of the corporate library in spite of a century of technological progress," said Gabb, who worked on the research with Black as part of an independent study.

Gabb is doctoral candidate at the iSchool and a senior principal engineer at Intel Corporation. He studies chemical exposure from everyday consumer products, and the first phase of this work was published in "An Informatics Approach to Evaluating Combined Chemical Exposures from Consumer Products: A Case Study of Asthma-Associated Chemicals and Potential Endocrine Disruptors." He has published extensively in computational life science and high-performance computing. He holds a BS in biochemistry from Louisiana State University, an MS in medical informatics from the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine, and a PhD in molecular genetics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.

Black is a prolific scholar whose research on the design of post-war British public libraries was recently awarded an Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) Honorable Mention prize for best faculty research. He is the author of A New History of the English Public Library (1996), The Public Library in Britain 1914-2000 (2000), and Libraries of Light: British Public Library Design in the Long 1960s (2017) and co-author of several other books. In 2014, he was named an iSchool Centennial Scholar for his outstanding accomplishments in the field of library and information science. He earned his master's degree in social and economic history from the University of London and his doctorate from London Metropolitan University.




iSchool to host Information Ethics Roundtable

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:28:45 +0000

This weekend, the iSchool will host Information Ethics Roundtable 2017, an annual conference that brings together researchers from across disciplines to discuss ethical issues such as information privacy, intellectual property, intellectual freedom, and censorship. The event, held on April 21-22 at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and the iSchool, will focus on all aspects of data and ethics.

“Exploring the intersection of data and ethics could not be more timely given recent changes to privacy laws,” said Assistant Professor Emily Knox, a member of the organizing committee. Other iSchool representatives serving on the committee include Dean and Professor Allen Renear, Assistant Professor Peter Darch, and doctoral students Margaret Buck, Wei Gao, Emily Lawrence, and Cheryl Thompson.

In addition to providing leadership, the following faculty and students will participate:

  • “Appeal data & the ethics of readers’ advisory,” presented by Emily Lawrence
  • “Pitfalls and best practices when working with online data: Feasibility versus compliance,” presented by Assistant Professor Jana Diesner and doctoral student Julian Chin

A cross-campus initiative, the event is sponsored by the iSchool, NCSA, and the following units: Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, University Library, Department of Philosophy, National Center for Professional and Research Ethics, Illinois Informatics Institute, and Illinois Data Science Initiative.




Get to know Shubhanshu Mishra, PhD student

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:22:07 +0000

As a computer networks software developer, Shubhanshu Mishra realized that he was less interested in software than in understanding its users and their social interactions. This insight led him to the iSchool at Illinois, where he is learning skills in his PhD studies that will prepare him for a new career in information science.

Why did you decide to pursue an LIS degree?

After completing my integrated Master and Bachelor of Science in mathematics and computing, I worked as a computer networks software developer in India. However, my interests were more aligned with understanding the users of these computational systems and their latent social interactions. While I was working at my job, I also finished courses on machine learning as well as social and economic network analysis from Coursera, which motivated me to pursue a PhD. The abundant opportunities to apply these theoretical concepts to real world data was a major driver in selecting information science as my research domain. While searching for graduate schools to apply, I came across the Socio-technical Data Analytics (SODA) program at the iSchool at Illinois. I found the SODA program to be well aligned with my interests and prior projects.
 
Why did you choose the iSchool at Illinois?

Most importantly, I chose the iSchool because it had the best LIS program in the nation and was located at Illinois, a top-ranked U.S. university. I was particularly interested in the work done by the SODA faculty, which was at the intersection of statistical analysis, data mining, applied machine learning, and social network analysis. Finally, the interdisciplinary research avenues available at the iSchool and Illinois influenced my decision to apply to the program.
 
What particular LIS topics interest you most?

I am particularly interested in the analysis of information generation in social networks such as those in scholarly data and social media websites. I incorporate the latest machine learning and natural language processing techniques in my research. My prior projects have included systems for user sentiment profiling, active learning using human-in-the-loop design pattern, and novelty profiling in scholarly data.
 
What do you do outside of class?

I enjoy programming and reading about the latest research, which I share on Twitter (@TheShubhanshu). Recently, some of my PhD colleagues and I have started an informal data science discussion group that meets weekly to discuss recent research papers and ideas. I also try to attend a lot of on-campus events, such as talks, seminars, and workshops. I am a frequent visitor of the monthly Illinites at the Illini Union. I think it’s a wonderful student-run initiative that helps students socialize. Sometimes, I can be seen flying my drones in the quad.
 
What career plans or goals do you have?

I want to continue my research in information and social science and build on my mathematics and LIS training. I enjoy teaching and interacting with students, so a career in academia would be a bonus. However, many companies are also doing groundbreaking research in information science, so I am also open to the possibility of contributing to a commercial R&D lab.




Kumasi to deliver 2017 Gryphon Lecture

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:08:21 +0000

(image) Kafi D. Kumasi will deliver the 2017 Gryphon Lecture on Friday, April 28, at the iSchool. Sponsored annually by The Center for Children's Books (CCB), the lecture features a leading scholar in the field of youth and literature, media, and culture. It is free and open to the campus and public.

In "Check the Rhyme: Harnessing Hip Hop’s Enduring Literacies with Teens Through Libraries," Kumasi will address the following:

Hip Hop has become a worldwide cultural and commercial phenomenon that significantly shapes the way young people view and interact in the world. At a time when Black and Latino male youth are being hyper-criminalized and incarcerated at high rates in the U.S., it is important to remember the gifts that young Black and Latinos have given the world by founding Hip Hop on the streets of New York in the 1970s and 80s. Using Paulo Friere’s concept of literacy as transformative thinking and problem solving, Dr. Kumasi outlines some of the enduring literacies of Hip Hop that can teachers and librarians can use to honor students’  knowledge and social justice concerns in the learning process.

Kumasi is an iSchool research fellow and associate professor of library and information science (LIS) at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She teaches in the areas of school library media, urban librarianship, multicultural services and resources, and research methods. A Laura Bush 21st Century Scholar, she holds a PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a master's degree in LIS from Wayne State. Her research interests revolve around issues of literacy, equity, and diversity, particularly in urban educational environments spanning K-12 and graduate school contexts. Her publications include book chapters and journal articles in prestigious journals, including Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults, School Libraries Worldwide, School Library Media Research, and Urban Library Journal.

The lecture, which will be recorded, will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Room 126 of the iSchool. A reception will follow in the East Foyer.




MS student Jessica Followell wins ChLA essay award

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 13:09:05 +0000

(image) Jessica Followell is the 2017 master's student recipient of the Graduate Student Essay Award from the Children's Literature Association. Followell won the award for her essay, "Miracle Cures and Moral Lessons: Victorian Legacies in Contemporary Representations of Children with Disabilities," which examines two plot devices that emerged in children's literature during the Victoria era to discuss disabilities—the miracle cure and the moral lesson.

"In the essay, I consider disability in contemporary children's literature as an extension of these Victorian lessons, established in such novels like What Katy Did (1872), The Secret Garden (1911), and Pollyanna (1913)," Followell explained.
 
"I argue that the Victorian influence can still be seen in today's disability literature for children. Specifically, remnants of the Victorian moral lesson on positivity can be seen in children's biography books. While today’s literature may not promote the miraculous cure, there is still a heavy emphasis on telling stories in which people 'overcome' their disabilities and the limits placed on them."

Originally from Champaign, Followell worked in the museum field before enrolling in the iSchool for her MS degree in library and information science (LIS). 

"The LIS program at the iSchool was a perfect fit for me, as its curriculum focuses on the intersections between libraries, archives, and museums. I wanted a program that would help expand my skills in archival management and also expose me to current issues surrounding digital preservation," she said. 

In the future, Followell would like to continue to work in the museum or archives sector, with focus on community outreach and engagement.  




Harmon receives Society for Scholarly Publishing Fellowship

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 19:39:45 +0000

(image) Master's student Ian Harmon has earned a fellowship from the Society for Scholarly Publishing. Out of 70 applicants, Harmon was chosen as one of twelve to receive the highly competitive fellowship. He will be provided with a wide range of career development opportunities that include attending SSP's 39th Annual Meeting from May 31-June 2 in Boston and being assigned an industry expert mentor.

When asked about the benefits of being a SSP Fellow, Harmon said, "I think the most significant benefit is having the opportunity to meet and learn from working professionals in the scholarly publishing industry. This will give me a chance to become more acquainted with the practical side of scholarly publishing issues in a way that's hard to get from a classroom setting. It will also provide me with some exposure to different perspectives in the industry. I have some understanding of the issues that are important to scholars, researchers, and librarians, and I think the SSP Fellowship will help me better appreciate what scholarly publishing looks like from the perspective of a publisher or a scholarly society."

Harmon's research interests include issues that lie at the intersection of scholarly publishing and communications as well as digital scholarship, especially the digital humanities. He wants to explore existing infrastructures used for disseminating research and the impact those infrastructures have on the questions scholars are able or unable to pursue. Harmon has aspirations to work in a digital scholarship or scholarly communications unit in an academic library. He holds a BA in philosophy from University of Missouri-Columbia, a MA in philosophy from University of Wyoming, and a PhD in philosophy from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

   




Karen Baker defends dissertation

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 14:13:49 +0000

Doctoral candidate Karen Baker successfully defended her dissertation, "Data Work Configurations in the Field-Based Natural Sciences: Mesoscale Infrastructures, Project Collectives, and Data Gateways," on April 10.

Her committee included Professor Carole E. Palmer (professor in the Information School at the University of Washington), Joel E. Cutcher-Gershenfeld (professor in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University), Matthew S. Mayernik (project scientist and research data services specialist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research), and Professor Michael Twidale.

Abstract: This multi-case, longitudinal ethnographic study investigates data work configurations of research projects in the field-based natural sciences. Project collective data work involves managing data in addition to facilitating data archiving. Through qualitative analysis, the concepts of data work arenas, information environments, and pre-archive data work are incorporated into a Data Work System model that foregrounds mesoscale infrastructures central to the movement of data from its origin in the field to its destination in an archive. Within the system model, data intermediaries play a key role as infrastructure is grown to support the dynamics associated with research data use. As an outcome of the analysis, three kinds of mesoscale data collectives are characterized as Local Gateway, Archive, and Developing. Three case studies illustrate the diversity of data work configurations, characterize mesoscale infrastructures as future-making prototypes, and demonstrate the relevance of Local Collectives as Data Gateways in planning information architecture. The cases contribute to the development of conceptual resources critical to maintaining the vibrancy and vigor of scientific research and the data work associated with data production in addition to data production.
 




Darch and Dubin present at RDA meeting

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:55:50 +0000

Assistant Professor Peter Darch and Research Associate Professor David Dubin participated in the Research Data Alliance (RDA) 9th Plenary Meeting, which was held April 5-7 in Barcelona, Spain. 

The RDA was launched in 2013 by the European Commission, the United States Government's National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Australian Government’s Department of Innovation with the goal of building the social and technical infrastructure necessary to enable open sharing of data. The RDA community includes more than 5,400 members from 123 countries.

At the plenary meeting, Darch presented his poster, "How Do Researchers Trust Data in New and Emerging Scientific Domains?"

As co-chair of the Research Data Provenance Interest Group, Dubin led the kickoff session for a proposed working group on provenance patterns. The Research Data Provenance Interest Group is concerned with questions of data origins, maintenance of identity through the data lifecycle, and how to account for data modification. The working group will focus on finding, detailing, and recommending best practices for provenance representation and management.

Darch's research interests include citizen science, information infrastructures for science, sociotechnical challenges to scientific data curation, and material politics of scientific collaboration. He is particularly interested in profound changes in the organization and conduct of contemporary scientific research that result from the interaction of technologies. He holds a PhD in computer science from the University of Oxford.

Dubin's research interests include the foundations of information representation and description, and issues of expression and encoding in documents and digital information resources. He teaches courses on information organization and access, and information modeling.




Battles to deliver 2017 Otlet Lecture

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:00:58 +0000

(image) Matthew Battles will deliver the 2017 Otlet Lecture on Tuesday, April 25, at the iSchool. The lecture will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Room 126 and will be streamed online and recorded. A reception will follow in the East Foyer.

The Otlet Lecture features select scholars who are leaders in the field of library and information science. Endowed jointly by Emeritus Professor W. Boyd Rayward and Eugene Garfield, it honors the career of Paul Otlet (1868-1944), a Belgian lawyer, bibliographer, internationalist, and pacifist who spent his life building experimental “knowledge” institutions that he hoped might facilitate global access to information in a range of new formats.

In his lecture, "Data and Deep Time: Addressability in a Dappled World," Battles will address the following:

In the era of big data, we want to believe that all things, all the phenomena of the world, are documentable, trackable, addressable. This ideology is captured by Jeffrey Pomerantz in his book Metadata for the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, where he writes that "[i]t's metadata's world. You're just living in it." This talk will probe the limits of that assertion. For despite big data's wonted ubiquity, the world is dappled: there are patches where addressability shines brightly, and zones where people and things move and shift without address. By looking at the fate of human artifacts in deep time—stretching over epochs beyond even the scope of written history—we might find clues to what happens, and what is possible, beyond the edges of the data we keep.

Battles is associate director of metaLAB at Harvard University, where he develops design interventions, media provocations, and technology projects in collaboration with a team of architects, web designers, scholars, and artists. He has written about the cultural dimensions of science and technology for such venues as The American Scholar, The Atlantic, The Boston GlobeHarper’s Magazine, and The New York Times. His book Library: an Unquiet History (W. W. Norton, 2003) is available in eight languages worldwide, and he is coauthor with Jeffrey Schnapp of The Library Beyond the Book (Harvard, 2014). His newest book, a material and cultural history of writing, Palimpsest: A History of the Written Word, appeared in 2015 under the Norton imprint.




Black honored by IPRH for research in the humanities

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:57:38 +0000

Professor Alistair Black's research on the design of post-war British public libraries has received an Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) Prize for Research in the Humanities. Black's entry, "The Long Journey to Libraries of Light," was selected as the winner of an Honorable Mention for best faculty research.

The entry was an extract from Chapter 2 of Black's new book, Libraries of Light: British Public Library Design in the Long 1960s, which is a sequel to his earlier work on pre-1939 public library design, Books, Buildings and Social Engineering (2009). In his latest book, Black examines how the design of public libraries in Britain in the long 1960s (defined as c. 1955 to c. 1975) was characterized by the harnessing of "light." He discusses how this word not only describes the materiality of new sixties libraries ─ with their open-plan, decluttered, light-drenched interiors ─ but also serves as a metaphor for the public library's role at the time as a beacon of social egalitarianism and cultural universalism.

Established at the University of Illinois in 1997, the IPRH promotes interdisciplinary study in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. The 2016-17 IPRH Prizes for Research in the Humanities will be formally announced at a ceremony and reception on May 1 at the IPRH in the Levis Faculty Center.

Black has been a full professor at the iSchool since 2009 and was named an iSchool Centennial Scholar for 2014-2015. His current research interests include information-management practices in the Intelligence Branch of Britain's Victorian War Office and the design of the new British Library in the context of the "two cultures" debate in post-war Britain. 




Magee named ALA-Google RtC Faculty Fellow

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:53:23 +0000

Assistant Professor Rachel Magee has been named an American Library Association (ALA)-Google Ready to Code (RtC) Faculty Fellow. As an RtC Fellow, she will participate in Phase II of the Libraries Ready to Code project, which ALA and Google launched in January 2017 to help equip librarians with the right skills and tools to encourage kids to code. 

Magee and her five RtC Fellow cohorts will collaborate to redesign one of their courses to integrate Ready to Code ideas. After piloting their new courses this fall, they will share their revised syllabi and course models with library and information science colleagues at other institutions.

"For the fellowship, I'll be working on redesigning the syllabus for Youth Services Community Engagement (LIS 490YSL) to include coding and computational thinking concepts. The new version of the course will be offered in Fall 2017 through the Leep online learning option for MS/LIS students. I look forward to working with the other fellows and attending the RtC Fellow workshop at ALA this summer," said Magee.

Magee is a youth advocate who teaches about and researches youth technology and information practices, informed by her background as a public librarian. Her research efforts include App Authors, a three-year project to develop curricula for app-building in school and public libraries. Magee holds a PhD in information studies from Drexel University, a master's degree in information resources and library science from the University of Arizona, and a BS in radio-television-film and a BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin.
 




MS student Leanna Barcelona brings student archives to life through award-winning exhibit designs

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 21:06:04 +0000

Master's student Leanna Barcelona uses materials from the past to connect with students today in her artistic and award-winning exhibits.   Since her high school days in the northwest Chicago suburb of St. Charles, Illinois, Barcelona has wanted to be an archivist. As an undergraduate student, she worked at the Student Life and Culture Archives at the University of Illinois, and after earning her bachelor's degree in history and political science in May 2015, she decided to stay at Illinois for her MS in library and information science (MS/LIS) degree. "I wanted to continue working at the Student Life and Culture Archives as a graduate student, and financially it made the most sense. It also doesn't hurt that the iSchool is ranked as the #1 graduate school for its field," she said. Barcelona is a two-time recipient of the C. Barber Mueller Prize for Exhibition Design, sponsored by the University of Illinois Library Exhibitions Committee. In March 2015, Barcelona won the prize for her exhibit, "A Snapshot of Women's History at U of I: 1871-Present," which showcased digitized photographs from the University Archives of Women's History Month. In February 2016, she won for her exhibit for Black History Month, "Stepping through Time: Black Greek Letter Organizations at U of I," which featured materials from the Student Life and Culture Archives and highlighted Black Greek letter organizations.   "In March, I had an exhibit in the Main Library titled '150 for 150: Celebrating the Accomplishments of Women at the University,' for a sesquicentennial project. The Library and Gender Equity Council are creating a website that will feature over 150 great women from the University, and I have researched and generated the content for the website," said Barcelona.  In addition, she is working on another exhibit using the American Library Association Archives to showcase the centennial celebration of the U.S. entry into World War I. Barcelona's graphic design skills were recognized again this month when she won first prize in the Image of Research competition sponsored by the Graduate College.  "For the competition, I took a photograph of a storage vault at the Archives Research Center and overlaid the picture with a digitized photograph from the archives of students on the Quad in 1937. I came up with this idea after thinking about how student histories 'live' within the Student Life and Culture Archives program. A lot of my research, especially exhibits, focuses on student histories and how their shared histories connect throughout time," she said.  In her free time, Barcelona loves to read. "I usually try to read a book a week. When I'm not reading, I like to do crafty things like knitting or wood burning. I also enjoy being active and attending group fitness classes on campus," she said. Her career goal is to become a University Archivist or at least continue working in the archives of an academic institution. "Universities are hubs of political and social movements, which can be captured and preserved in archives, and this creates rich research materials," said Barcelona. "I enjoy helping people in their research endeavors and working with collections, so this type of position would be ideal."   [...]



Dempsey to speak on library collections at CIRSS seminar

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 16:22:43 +0000

(image) Lorcan Dempsey, vice president and chief strategist at OCLC, will be the featured speaker at the iSchool's Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) seminar on Friday, April 14, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in room 126. In his talk, "Reflections on collections: how changes in research workflow and the network information space are changing our view of collections," he will examine trends that are influencing how we think about library curatorial activities and are reshaping library collections. 

Dempsey coordinates strategic planning and oversees research, membership and community relations at OCLC. He has worked for library and educational organizations in Ireland, the UK, and the United States. In 2010, he received the National Federation of Advanced Information Services’ highest award, The Miles Conrad Award, a prestigious annual honor given for achievement in fostering the growth of information services. He is an honorary Doctor of the Open University in the UK and has twice received an ALCTS Presidential Citation for his work with OCLC colleagues. He began his career in public libraries in his native home of Dublin, Ireland. Before moving to OCLC, he managed the UK higher education national investment in information services for Jisc. He has a BA and MLIS from University College Dublin.




Annual Storytelling Festival to be held April 15

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 18:24:42 +0000

(image) The Center for Children's Books (CCB) will host the 2017 Storytelling Festival on Saturday, April 15, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the iSchool, Room 126. Coordinated this year by Associate Professor Kate McDowell (PhD '07) and MS/LIS student Sarah Sahn, the festival will feature both new performers and returning seasoned storytellers who will share age-old folklore, personal stories, and everything in between.

The festival is proud to present the following storytellers and the stories they have selected:

  • "Fantaghiro the Beautiful," presented by Julia Neal
  • "Gina the Giant," presented by Rachel Johannigmeier
  • "Old Sultan (faithful dog)," presented by Christine Young
  • "The Marriage of the Mouse," presented by Emily Neal
  • "The Lost Years of Gilgamesh: Before the Epic," presented by Rob Chappell
  • "St. Guinefort", presented by Maisie Iven
  • "Into the Woods," presented by Robin Higgins
  • "Old Man Douglas and the Tale of the Jackalope," presented by Erin O’Neall
  • "The Stonecutter," presented by Kate McDowell

"This year’s festival will bring together tales from Mesopotamia, Japan, and feminist folktale adaptations. Expect to see several loyal and faithful dogs, conversations with powerful beings like the sun and the wind, and the story of the invention of cowboy boots,” said McDowell.

The cost for general admission is $5 and is $3 for students with a student ID. Tickets can be purchased at the door beginning at 6:15 p.m. Some material will not be appropriate for children.

For more information, or if you need a special accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact the CCB at (217) 244-9331 or ccb [at] illinois.edu.