If quiz-show host Alex Trebek had asked the iSchools, we would have told him that librarians not only know the answers, they know the questions as well. But to all appearances Trebek has figured this out on his own: The New York Times is reporting that Chicago librarian Emma Boettcher has won Trebek’s popular quiz-show Jeopardy. In the episode airing June 3, 2019, Boettcher successfully provided all the answers (in the form of a question) needed to defeat long-time defending champion James Holzhauer.
Holzhauer has become something of a media phenomenon during his 33-show reign as Jeopardy champion. The 33-year-old professional sports better used his gambling moxie to dominate competitors and rack up $2.5 million in prize money.
The Chicago Tribune reports that 27-year-old Boettcher is a user experience resident librarian at the University of Chicago. She received her master’s degree in information science in 2016 from the iSchool at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her master’s paper was titled, “Predicting the Difficulty of Trivia Questions Using Text Features.” The UNC iSchool is an iSchools member at the iCaucus level.