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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GSLIS’ Nicole A. Cooke honored with ALA Equality Award

 

Illinois (USA) – “Nicole A. Cooke, assistant professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, is the 2016 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Equality Award. The annual award—$1,000 and a framed citation of achievement donated by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group—is given to an individual or group for outstanding contributions toward promoting equality in the library profession. Cooke’s award will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando on June 26, 2016.
The jury noted that throughout her career, Cooke has been a passionate advocate for equity and has spearheaded diversity initiatives within the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and at her home institution. In particular, the members were impressed with Cooke’s extensive record of publications and dedicated social-justice oriented approach to her teaching, both of which indicate the far-reaching impact that her personal commitment to equality has on the rest of the profession, as well as future colleagues.”
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Library and GSLIS awarded grant to bring HTRC resources to academic librarians

 

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded $398,844 to the University of Illinois (USA) Library and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science through its Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. Harriett Green (MS ’09), English and Digital Humanities Librarian at the University Library, is the principal investigator (PI) on the project, “Digging Deeper, Reaching Further: Libraries Empowering Users to Mine the HathiTrust Digital Library Resources.”
J. Stephen Downie, GSLIS professor and associate dean for research and co-director of the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC), and Beth Sandore Namachchivaya, associate university librarian for research, are co-PIs on the project.
According to the abstract, the project will “develop a shared curriculum for use in academic libraries [as well as] a train-the-trainer series designed to assist librarians in getting started with the tools, services, and related research methodologies of the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC).””
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National Leadership Grant for the GSLIS project, “App Authors: Closing the App Gap II.”

 

“IMLS funds App Authors: Closing the App Gap II
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded GSLIS (Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA) a US$248,205 National Leadership Grant for the project, “App Authors: Closing the App Gap II.” Principal investigator Deborah Stevenson, assistant professor and director of the Center for Children’s Books, and co-PI Kate McDowell, associate professor and assistant dean for student affairs, began work on the IMLS-funded planning phase of the project, “Closing the App Gap I,” in 2013.”
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GSLIS Assistant Professor Knox receives ILA Intellectual Freedom Award

 

“Emily Knox, assistant professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA), is the 2015 recipient of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) Intellectual Freedom Award. The award, presented by the ILA Intellectual Freedom Committee, recognizes an individual or group for outstanding contributions in defending intellectual freedom or the advancement of these principles. The award is sponsored by Quality Books Inc. (QBI).
With research interests in intellectual freedom and censorship, print culture and reading practices, and information ethics and policy, Knox is a prolific author of articles and book chapters. She recently published her second book, Book Banning in 21st Century America, the first monograph in the Beta Phi Mu Scholars Series. She is also a popular speaker, presenting at conferences both in the United States and abroad.
adapted from an Illinois Library Association press release”
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GSLIS at Illinois welcomes new faculty

 

“The Graduate School of Library and Information Science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA is pleased to announce the addition of three new faculty members. Peter Darch and Rachel Magee will join the faculty this fall, and Jodi Schneider will begin her appointment in August 2016. “We’re very pleased to be welcoming three accomplished faculty members to GSLIS. The range of their expertise complements the breadth of our teaching and research, and we’re thrilled they are joining us,” said Allen Renear, GSLIS dean and professor.”

 

GSLIS welcomes nominations for annual intellectual freedom award

 

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) “seeks nominations for the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award. The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2015.

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 GSLIS faculty to honor Dean Emeritus Downs, a champion of intellectual freedom, on the occasion of his 25th anniversary as director of the School.”
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GSLIS Prof. Cooke receives Leadership Award in Education

 

“Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) has been selected to receive the University YWCA’s 2015 Leadership Award in Education in recognition of her work in social justice and higher education.
The annual award honors individuals or organizations whose work supports the mission of the YWCA, which is “dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.” Honorees display leadership, initiative, creativity, and dedication through their work in the community, and set positive examples for others.
A statement from the YWCA described Cooke as “an excellent academic, mentor, and proponent for institutional diversity and social justice. Dr. Cooke has worked diligently to diversify the curriculum and create spaces of inclusion for people of color within [the] library and information sciences.””
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