Elisandro Cabada is Named as the Library Journal 2022 Mover and Shaker for Innovation

Elisandro (Alex) Cabada is an Assistant Professor, Medical and Bioengineering Librarian, Director of the Grainger Engineering Library IDEA Lab, and now, one of the recipients of the 2022 Library Journal Movers and Shakers Award for Innovators. Recognized for his efforts in the integration and development of emerging technologies into library services, the award recognized him for his contributions to service and outreach. This achievement is distributed by the Library Journal and is given to those who applied a sense of care, both for themselves and others, in their future work, culture, and goals. As such, awardees have seen to focus on creating spaces for learning in libraries, service for patrons, accessibility, and contributing to equity, diversity, and inclusion both internally and in their community.

Cabada is recognized for his work at the Grainger Engineering Library, including the creation of the IDEA Lab, which provides support for emerging and immersive technologies (such as VR). His contributions also include the development of the Walter Library Breakerspace at the University of Minnesota, a technology-rich digital scholarship and innovation center, as well as, his current work with library services at Carle Illinois College of Medicine and the Health Maker Lab campus network.

Commenting on this achievement, Cabada shares, “This award is for everyone who has helped me throughout my career. From my supervisors, mentors, colleagues, and family and friends, without their guidance, patience, and support I would not be so privileged to be involved in so many wonderful projects.”

Read more here about the Library Journal Movers and Shakers Awards.

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Fall 2021 Publications by Library Faculty and Academic Professionals

As a companion to our previous post, we present some of the publications our Library faculty and academic professionals have published this past fall. Peruse the selected bibliography we have provided below to learn more about these topics.

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

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Lynne M. Thomas is a Finalist for Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine

University Library’s own Lynne M. Thomas has been recognized as a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine for her work in Uncanny Magazine, for which she is the co-editor-in-chief and co-publisher with her husband, Michael Damian Thomas. In addition, Lynne M. Thomas is the head of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library and has won the Hugo Award nine times; she has been a finalist 20 times for the award since 2011, along with being a finalist multiple times for World Fantasy Awards and Locus Awards.

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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Victor Jones Awarded with the EIU College of Education Rising Star Alumni Award

Victor Jones is the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility for the University Library at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  Recognized for his work, Jones was awarded the EIU College of Education Rising Star Alumni Award, which is given out by the College of Education and Professional Studies at Eastern Illinois University.

Those receiving the CEPS Rising Star Award must have graduated within ten years from Eastern Illinois University and using their degree from the College of Education or College of Health and Human Services, have excelled in their field or career.

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