Nominations Sought for Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award

 

Nominations for the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award are being sought by the iSchool at Illinois. The deadline for nominations has been extended to October 10, 2017.

The annual award acknowledges individuals or groups who have furthered the cause of intellectual freedom, particularly as it impacts libraries and information centers and the dissemination of ideas. Granted to those who have resisted censorship or efforts to abridge the freedom of individuals to read or view materials of their choice, the award may be in recognition of a particular action or a long-term interest in and dedication to the cause of intellectual freedom.

The Downs Award was established in 1969 by the Illinois iSchool’s faculty to honor Dean Emeritus Robert B. Downs, a champion of intellectual freedom, on the occasion of his twenty-fifth anniversary as director of the school.

The Downs Award recipient will receive an honorarium from Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO Publishing Company. The honoree will be recognized during the 2018 American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

Nomination instructions and a list of past recipients can be found on the Downs Award website.

 

UI iSchool’s Prof. Twidale named Outstanding Information Science Teacher by ASIS&T

 

University of Illinois Professor Michael Twidale, program director for the UI iSchool’s MS in information management, is the 2017 recipient of the Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award from the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). The award recognizes Twidale’s unique teaching contributions through his methods of explaining highly technical material to students in various learning environments.

According to nominator Linda C. Smith, UI professor and associate dean for academic programs, Twidale “has been an outstanding information science teacher throughout his twenty years at Illinois, with his impact extending literally around the world. In courses such as Interfaces to Information Systems, Entrepreneurial IT Design, and Museum Informatics, whether face to face, online, or hybrid, he consistently performs as a master teacher with a strong commitment to students.”

Twidale will be presented with the award at the 2017 ASIS&T Annual Meeting, which will be held from October 27 to November 1 in Washington D.C.

“I am thrilled to receive this award from my professional association. It is an honor to be recognized for my efforts in developing innovative methods to engage and inspire students,” Twidale said.

Read the complete story on the University of Illinois website.

 

iSchools at ALA Annual Conference

 

The iSchools organization will be well represented at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition, with many members exhibiting and making presentations. The ALA Conference takes place June 22-27 in Chicago.

The School of Information Sciences at Illinois will be represented in booth #4742 in the Exhibit Hall. Alumni and students are invited to attend the Alumni Reception and LSAA Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 25, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Petterino’s, 150 N. Dearborn. Click here for more about Illinois iSchool faculty presentations and other events.

The Syracuse University School of Information Studies will be represented in booth #4839. Syracuse will be participating in ALISE’s Library and Information Studies Cooperative Alumni Reunion on Sunday, June 25, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Swissotel, Alpine II room. Click here for more on Syracuse faculty sessions and presentations.

The Rutgers School of Information and Communication will have representatives on hand in booth #4942. Rutgers iSchool faculty will also be supporting the ALISE/LIS Cooperative Alumni Reunion on Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Swissotel Hotels & Resorts, Room Edelweiss. Click here for details about Rutgers participation in the event.

Representatives of the Simmons College School of Library and Information Science will be in booth #4740. Alumni and students are invited to a free reception on Saturday, June 24, 5:30 p.m. at Tapas Valencia. Visit the Simmons iSchool website for more information.

Attendees can meet with a representative of the Department of Information Studies at University College London in booth 4734. Click here for details.

The University of Washington Information School will be on hand in booth #4739.

Alumni and friends of the University of Michigan School of Information are invited to attend a reception on Thursday, June 22 from 5:00-6:30 pm at the 676 Restaurant in the Chicago Omni Hotel.

 

iSchool at Illinois seeks nominations for the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award

 

The iSchool at Illinois seeks nominations for the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award. The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2017.

Given annually, the award acknowledges individuals or groups who have furthered the cause of intellectual freedom, particularly as it impacts libraries and information centers and the dissemination of ideas. Granted to those who have resisted censorship or efforts to abridge the freedom of individuals to read or view materials of their choice, the award may be in recognition of a particular action or a long-term interest in and dedication to the cause of intellectual freedom.

Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO Publishing Company, provides an honorarium to the Downs Award recipient and co-hosts the reception held in honor of the recipient. The reception and award ceremony for the 2017 Downs Intellectual Freedom Award will take place in February 2018 during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

Click here to learn more, including information on submitting nominations.

 

Martin Wolske Named Interim Director of the Center for Digital Inclusion

 

The School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois has announced the appointment of Martin Wolske as interim director of the Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI). Wolske assumes the position following the departure of Jon Gant, founding director, who recently accepted the deanship of the School of Library and Information Sciences at North Carolina Central University in Durham.

As a senior research scientist and adjunct lecturer, Wolske is well known for his excellence in teaching, research, and community service. His experience includes leadership roles in the international Community Informatics Research Network and the Engagement Scholarship Consortium’s Outreach and Engagement Practitioners Network. A frequently invited speaker at national and international venues, Wolske shares insights gained through advanced research in areas such as community informatics and digital literacy. His accomplishments also include service as president of the Champaign Public Library Board of Trustees, which recently completed a successful search for a new director.

Wolske looks forward to his new role and the opportunity to further the mission of CDI: to foster inclusive and sustainable societies through research, teaching, and public engagement about information and communication technologies (ICT) and their impacts on communities, organizations, and governments. Learn more

 

Illinois iSchool Adds Three Faculty Members

 

Three new faculty members joined the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois.

Ted Underwood joined the iSchool in August as a professor. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of English, where he has served on the faculty since 2003. Underwood worked at the University of Rochester and Colby College before coming to Illinois. He has authored two books—Why Literary Periods Mattered: Historical Contrast and the Prestige of English Studies and The Work of the Sun: Literature, Science and Political Economy 1760-1860—and is working on a third, The Horizon of Literary History. He specializes in the broad collection of fields known as digital humanities. Learn more.

Following a one-year postdoctoral assignment at the University of Pittsburgh, Jodi Schneider joined the faculty in August as an assistant professor. Her research interests include computer-supported cooperative work; linked data including ontologies, metadata, and the semantic web; and scholarly communication. She previously worked as a science library specialist at Amherst College and as a web librarian at Appalachian State University. Her contributions to library technology include founding the Code4Lib Journal and co-authoring the “W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group Final Report,” which has been translated into French, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese. Learn more.

Prior to joining the iSchool in September, Matthew Turk was a research scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and a research assistant professor at the Department of Astronomy at Illinois. He continues to hold a joint appointment with Astronomy and is group leader at the Data Exploration lab at NCSA. His research focuses on the organization of data and the meaning behind it, how groups of individuals collaborate in an inherently competitive system, and how the interaction of software and the human experience of knowledge generation can be influenced to increase productivity or understanding. Learn more.

 

Illinois’ Emily Knox elected to National Coalition Against Censorship board

 

Champaign, Illinois (USA). – “Assistant Professor Emily Knox has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC). An alliance of more than fifty nonprofit organizations, NCAC promotes freedom of thought, inquiry, and expression and opposes censorship in all its forms.
Knox’s research interests include information access, intellectual freedom and censorship, information ethics, information policy, and the intersection of print culture and reading practices. In 2015 she was awarded the Illinois Library Association Intellectual Freedom Award and was named a WISE Instructor of the Year.
Knox’s book, Book Banning in 21st Century America, was published by Rowman & Littlefield in January 2015. It is the first monograph in the Beta Phi Mu Scholars’ Series. The book is an expansion of the analysis presented in her Library & Information Science Research article, “Society, institutions, and common sense: Themes in the discourse of challengers in 21st century United States.””
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iSchool at Illinois changed its name and seeks nominations for Downs Intellectual Freedom Award

 

Champaign, Illinois (USA). – “The iSchool at Illinois announced that GSLIS, has change its name to the School of Information Sciences. “This change follows months of planning and communication, including a period of stakeholder consultation, and formal approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and the Illinois Board of Higher Education.
The new name encompasses the current expansion of academic offerings.
This fall, we will admit the first cohort of students to our new MS in Information Management, and we are continuing to advance and evolve our well-established programs: MS in Library and Information Science, MS/K-12 School Librarianship, Certificate of Advanced Study, and the PhD. In addition, plans are underway to establish an undergraduate major.
The name change also reflects our tradition of innovation and excellence.
We look forward to an equally bright future, one that embraces the full range of intellectual practices around information and advances our ethic of service, empowerment, and social benefit.”

The School seeks as well nominations for the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award. The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2016.
Given annually, the award acknowledges individuals or groups who have furthered the cause of intellectual freedom, particularly as it impacts libraries and information centers and the dissemination of ideas. Granted to those who have resisted censorship or efforts to abridge the freedom of individuals to read or view materials of their choice, the award may be in recognition of a particular action or a long-term interest in and dedication to the cause of intellectual freedom.
The Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award was established in 1969 by the faculty to honor Dean Emeritus Downs, a champion of intellectual freedom, on the occasion of his twenty-fifth anniversary as director of the School.”
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Illinois’ “Whole Tale” enables new discovery by bringing ‘life’ to research articles

 

Champaign, Illinois (USA). – “The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $5M to the “Whole Tale” project, led by Professor Bertram Ludäscher (PI) along with CIRSS affiliate Matthew Turk (co-PI, NCSA) and Associate Professor Victoria Stodden (co-PI). The five-year NSF Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) project will create methods and tools for scientists to link executable code, data, and other information directly to online scholarly publications, with the aim of helping to ensure reproducibility and pave the way for new discoveries. Project partners include co-PIs at the University of Chicago, the Texas Advanced Computing Center, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Notre Dame.”
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Illinois’ Carol Tilley elected to Comics Studies Society leadership role

 

Champaign (USA) – “Carol Tilley, associate professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaing, has been elected second vice president of the Comics Studies Society (CSS) in the organization’s first election since its founding in 2014. As Tilley moves through the roles of second vice president (effective immediately), first vice president (2017-2018), president (2018-2019), and past president, she will be the first person elected to those roles by the full membership.
CSS is the first professional association for comics scholars in the United States, open to researchers and teachers “who share the goals of promoting the critical study of comics, improving comics teaching, and engaging in open and ongoing conversations about the comics world.” The group currently boasts five hundred members representing more than two dozen countries.
At GSLIS, Tilley teaches courses in comics reader’s advisory, media literacy, and youth services librarianship. She is a faculty affiliate in the Center for Children’s Books and Center for Writing Studies at Illinois. In addition to her newly-elected role with CSS, Tilley is a member of the 2016 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards judging panel and is the director of external relations for the Association for Library and Information Science Education.
Part of Tilley’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of young people, comics, and libraries, particularly in the United States during the mid-twentieth century. Her research has been published in journals including the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), Information & Culture: A Journal of History, and Children’s Literature in Education. Her research on anti-comics advocate Fredric Wertham was featured in The New York Times and other media outlets.”
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