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Knox elected ASIS&T director-at-large

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:34:58 +0000

Assistant Professor Emily Knox has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). Her three-year term as a director-at-large will begin on November 1, 2017.

ASIS&T is a professional organization that seeks to discover new theories, practices, and tools to improve information access. Founded in 1937, today the group boasts an international membership representing fifty countries. Publications of the association include the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology, and Annual Review of Information Science and Technology (ARIST).

Knox joined the iSchool faculty in 2012. Her research interests include information access, intellectual freedom and censorship, information ethics, information policy, and the intersection of print culture and reading practices. She recently edited Trigger Warnings: History, Theory, Context, published by Rowman & Littlefield. Her previous book, Book Banning in 21st-Century America, which was also published by Rowman & Littlefield, addresses challenges to materials in public libraries and schools. She serves on the boards of the Freedom to Read Foundation, National Coalition Against Censorship, and Beta Phi Mu and is the treasurer of the ASIS&T Information Ethics and Policy SIG.

Knox received her PhD from the doctoral program at the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information, and she earned her master's in library and information science from the iSchool at Illinois.

"I'm looking forward to serving on the ASIS&T board and working to strengthen the association's mission to improve access to information for all," said Knox. 

Professional Mentor Program Orientation

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:32:50 +0000

The iSchool Professional Mentor Program opens the door to connections with working professionals to help you expand your networking and understanding of career opportunities. In this program, you will conduct three half-hour interviews and one half-day job shadow (if your mentor is within traveling distance). We have 60+ mentors eager to answer your questions and provide feedback on your professional materials. You MUST attend an orientation session to participate. Participants will then meet individually with Michele Plante (mplante [at] within a week of orientation to select a mentor.

Comments from students who participated in the spring:

  • “My mentor has been marvelous.”
  • “I had a wonderful experience.”
  • “This was a great program (and) a great way to find out more about a field you’re interested in.”
  • “I loved that I was able to participate in a brief job shadow.”
  • “This program is really fantastic and I am so honored to have been part of it.”
  • “The best part was the amount of information I learned.”



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Event Date: 

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 12:00pm