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.
Clara Chu, Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor at the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs in the University of Illinois Library, has been named the 2016 recipient of the ALISE Award for Professional Contribution to Library and Information Science Education. The award was presented to Chu on January 7, 2016 at the ALISE Annual Conference.
The 2015 Library Research Showcase was just a sampling of the research pursued by University of Illinois Library faculty and academic professionals. In the course of the Fall you could also find them representing Illinois and sharing knowledge with their colleagues at a wide range of events, often invited to speak due to their prominence in the field. Below are some of the places you may have found librarians addressing such issues as research data management, digital preservation, information literacy, discovery, inclusiveness…and more.