Summer 2023 Publications by Library Faculty and Academic Professionals

To follow our previous post covering presentations, we recognize the publications our Library faculty and academic professionals have published this past summer. See the selected bibliography below to learn more about these topics. 

(Links to OA journals, the DOI for individual articles, or the catalog record are provided when available.) 

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Summer 2023 Presentations by Library Faculty and Academic Professionals

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library faculty and academic professionals presented on several subjects this past summer. We would like to congratulate and recognize our researchers on their significant contributions to the university, the Library and Information Science department, and other disciplines. A curated bibliography of these presentations is presented below.

(Links to presentation recordings or materials are provided when available.)

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Thomas receives Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine

Lynne M. Thomas, head of The Rare Book & Manuscript Library, has received science fiction’s most prestigious award, the Hugo Award– in the Best Semiprozine category for her work on Uncanny Magazine. Thomas is the co-editor-in-chief and co-publisher with her husband, Michael Damian Thomas. The award includes Managing/Poetry Editor Chimedum Ohaegbu, Managing Editor Monte Lin, Nonfiction Editor Meg Elison, and Podcast Producers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky. The Best Semiprozine Hugo Award marks Thomas’ 11th Hugo Award win—tying in for first all-time among female Hugo Award winners with Connie Willis and sixth for wins overall! Read more.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to receive the recognition of the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine. This means a lot to our family because the bulk of last year’s issues of Uncanny Magazine were produced while our daughter was hospitalized, entered palliative care, and I also had a major surgery.”

Two stories published in Uncanny Magazine were also on the Hugo Award ballot. “If You Find Yourself Speaking to God, Address God with the Informal You “by John Chu was a finalist for the Best Novelette Hugo Award, and “Rabbit Test” by Samantha Mills won the Best Short Story Hugo Award. 

The awards were announced on Saturday, October 21, at Chengdu Worldcon, the 81st World Science Fiction Convention in Chengdu, China. The Hugo Award was first presented in 1953 and then awarded every year since 1955 by members of the World Science Fiction Society at the World Science Fiction Convention.

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