Pionke Awarded Carnegie-Whitney Grant


JJ Pionke, Applied Health Sciences Librarian and Assistant Professor at the University Library, has received the American Library Association’s Carnegie-Whitney Grant. In the course of the grant, Pionke will create a suite of annotated research guides on specific disabilities. Funds will support hiring a graduate hourly to work with Pionke on the guides.

Pionke was inspired to embark on this project due to the limited nature of current information resources on disabilities. She hopes that this project will result in the premier comprehensive resource on the many facets of disabilities. Guides will cover information related to specific disabilities, including not just typical research and reference sources but popular literature and film, clinical resources, and applicable assistive technologies.

The Carnegie-Whitney Grant is awarded from a fund that was first established by Andrew Carnegie in 1902 and is administered by a standing committee of the American Library Association. The funds are used to support preparation of reading lists, webliographies, indexes and other guides. Selected projects must focus on American libraries, prove usefulness to a broad audience, and be intended for national distribution. More information on this grant and previous awardees may be found on the ALA website.

Pionke joined the University of Illinois Library faculty in November 2014 as the Applied Health Sciences Librarian and Assistant Professor. Before coming to the University of Illinois, Pionke was the Instruction and Research Services Librarian and Assistant Professor at Wichita State University. Pionke’s research interests include emerging technologies, medical librarianship, and disability and the library. Some of her recent work has appeared in the Journal of the Medical Library Association and the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship.

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