News & Events


20th Annual McCusker Lecture Featuring Sari Feldman

Sari Feldman, executive director of the Cuyahoga County (OH) Public Library and president of the American Library Association through June 2016, will give the 20th annual McCusker Memorial Lecture on October 6, 2016. While ALA president, Feldman initiated a national public awareness campaign, Libraries Transform, designed to increase awareness of and support for libraries of all types. Registration will open in the summer.


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Faculty News

Bill Crowley, professor, published “Readers' Advisory: Differing Mental Models and the Futures of Libraries, Librarians, and Readers’ Advisory” in Reference & User Services Quarterly 55, no. 2 (Winter 2015). Dr. Crowley engages with Duncan Smith’s 2015 article “Readers’ Advisory: the Who, the How, and the Why,” itself a response to Dr. Crowley’s 2014 article “Time to Rethink Readers’ Advisory Education.” “It’s an exciting opportunity for all of us to have two such notable professionals offering their expertise and opinion on the future of RA, providing deep reflection, solid arguments, and reflection on their differing RA paradigms,” reads the abstract.

Janice M. Del Negro, associate professor and 2015-16 Follett Chair, has received the 2016 National Storytelling Network ORACLE Circle of Excellence Award, presented annually to artists “recognized nationally by their peers to be master storytellers who set the standards for excellence and have demonstrated, over a significant period of time, a commitment and dedication to the art of storytelling.” An award ceremony will take place July 23 during the 2016 National Storytelling Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. In other news, Del Negro will moderate the panel “Mind-Bending Women of YA” during the School Library Journal annual Day of Dialog, to be held May 11 at the UIC Forum.

Sujin Huggins, assistant professor, has been appointed a member of the Hans Christian Andersen Jury of the International Board on Books for Young People for 2018. Presented every other year, the Hans Christian Andersen Awards recognize lifelong achievement and are given to an author and an illustrator whose complete works have made an important, lasting contribution to children's literature.

Randy Silverman, adjunct instructor, was awarded the 2016 Gardner Prize by the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. The prize is given annually in recognition of the “outstanding academic contributions of an individual within the state of Utah.” Silverman has been head of preservation at the University of Utah’s Marriott Library since 1993.

Karen Snow, assistant professor and director of the Ph.D. program, was awarded an IFLA 2016 National Committee Fellowship Grant to attend the IFLA 2016 Congress in Columbus in August.

Troy A. Swanson, adjunct instructor and MLIS ‘00, and Heather Jagman, coordinator of reference, instruction and academic engagement at DePaul University, received the ACRL Instruction Section Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award as editors of the book Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think about Information (ALA Editions, 2015). The award, donated by Emerald Group Publishing and inclusive of a plaque and cash prize of $3,000, recognizes an outstanding publication related to library instruction published in the past two years. “Not Just Where to Click is an extremely useful and well-designed volume that considers information literacy instruction from a variety of perspectives,” said award committee Chair Elana D. Karshmer of Saint Leo University. Swanson serves as department chair, library, and teaching and learning librarian at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois.

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Alumnae/i News

Becca Boland, MLIS '07, was appointed assistant head of popular materials/teen librarian at the Ela Area Public Library District in Lake Zurich, IL.

Christi Gerrish, MLIS ’07, was appointed director of the Glen Carbon (IL) Centennial Library. “I always wanted to be an academic librarian,” she told the Edwardsville Public Intelligencer. “But I just love public libraries and how they serve the community. Who wouldn’t be excited to work for the Best Small Library in America?”

Nancy Radler, MLIS '14, was appointed prospect research specialist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Deborah L. Rusin, MLIS '99, was inducted into the VIP Professional Woman of the Year Circle of the National Association of Professional Women. Rusin is director of library and research services at Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP, in Chicago.

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