Clara M. Chu, Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs in the University of Illinois Library, has been appointed to a two year term as the ALA representative to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.
Three Illinois Librarians have been elected to positions in the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) elections. Harriett Green has been elected the Section Vice Chair/Chair Elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Literatures in English Section. Merinda Hensley has been elected as the Section Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect of ACRL’s Instruction Section. Marek Sroka has been elected Member at Large for the Library History Round Table.
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.