Spring saw University of Illinois Library faculty and academic professionals traveling the world both physically and virtually to give keynotes, present webinars, and participate in panels. Topics included extending information literacy capacity to better serve international students or to include intersections with scholarly communication, eighteenth century ritual and popular culture, support for underrepresented groups in technology, and more. The following list is just a sampling of the many ways library faculty and academic professionals at Illinois contributed back to their professional communities in the past few months.
Laila Hussein Moustafa, Middle East and North African Studies Librarian and Assistant Professor at the University Library, has been appointed to the Donor Board of Arcadia, which is administered by the British Library. The Donor Board supports the preservation of endangered archival and museum material, and supports open access advocacy and repositories.
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.