Ayla Kenfield, Repository Services Librarian in the Scholarly Communications & Publishing Department, was awarded Outstanding Paper from the 2023 Emerald Literati Awards.
For over 30 years, award winners of the Outstanding Paper Awards have been chosen by a journal editorial team for the most impressive pieces of work from the previous year. Outstanding Paper is awarded to authors whose research creates and facilitates real change beyond academia, serving as an outstanding contribution to the body of knowledge.
Assistant Dean of Libraries for Facilities Tim Newman, who also serves in the Illinois Army National Guard, completed command of the Chicago-based 108th Sustainment Brigade. Colonel Newman was recognized for his service and presented with the Legion of Merit during the Brigade’s Change of Command Ceremony on July 16, 2023. Read more…
Jessica Ballard-Lawrence, Archivist for Multicultural Collections and Services, has received the Ebony Excellence Award (faculty category) from the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (BNAACC) on the University of Illinois campus.
According to the University Archives’ Out of the Vault newsletter, “The annual awards celebrate faculty, staff, students, student organizations, and campus departments for their outstanding work to promote Black excellence.” BNAACC states that the Faculty Member of the Year Award recognizes work that “furthers [student] interests in learning and opportunities through culturally relevant pedagogies and by fostering a culture of care.”
Lynne M. Thomas, head of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, is a finalist for a Hugo Award—science fiction’s most prestigious award. She is a nominee for the award for Best Semiprozine for her work in Uncanny Magazine. Thomas serves as the co-editor-in-chief and co-publisher along with her husband, Michael Damian Thomas. The nomination also includes Managing/Poetry Editor Chimedum Ohaegbu; Managing Editor Monte Lin; Nonfiction Editor Meg Elison; and Podcast Producers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky.