The Illinois Library Association (ILA) announces JJ Pionke, Applied Health Sciences Librarian & Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UICU), as the 2019 Crosman Memorial Award Winner. The Crosman Award is named in memory of Alex Crosman, director of the Peoria Public Library at the time of his death in 1986. The award recognizes the achievements of library workers who are new or relatively new to the field and encourages continued involvement in the profession. Other awards honor those who have accomplished a great deal over a long period of time; this award honors someone who has accomplished a great deal in a short time.
Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Professor and Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction in the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in collaboration with Kyle Jones, Assistant Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing at the Indiana University-Indianapolis (IUPUI), has been awarded a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for Prioritizing Privacy: Training to Improve Practice in Library Analytics Projects.
This three-year grant for $249,198 will support the development of a continuing education program to train academic library practitioners to comprehensively address privacy and related ethical considerations in learning analytics projects. The training will be developed by Hinchliffe and Jones working with a team of content experts and guided by the input of an expert advisory board.
Professor Bruce R. Schatz receives full funding for his recently submitted project: “Predicting Mortality from Wearable Devices” from the Campus Research Board. This is a great achievement for Schatz as the Campus Research Board receives requests totaling approximately $5,000,000 annually—and generally awards only one-third of that amount.
The Board has designated Schatz’s project as an Arnold O. Beckman Award. These awards are funded from the endowment given to the university by Dr. Beckman, and only the projects of special distinction or promise are selected to receive this designation. The award will be used to purchase unique datasets on physical activity from the UK Biobank. Schatz will develop predictive models of 5-year mortality from sensor data provided by 100,000 participants from this national UK health resource.
This year the American Library Association Annual Conference will be hosted in Washington D.C., from June 20-25. The event will be attended by over 25,000 librarians, authors, publishers, business professionals, educators, and students (basically anyone who is eager to learn and shape the future of the industry or passionate about books and libraries). If you’re there, consider stopping by to see U of I librarians presenting their research at one of the sessions listed below or attend one of the other ALA-related events.