Lynne M. Thomas is a Finalist for World Fantasy Award

Lynne M. Thomas, the Head of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, was recognized as a finalist for the Special Award (Non-Professional) along with Michael Damian Thomas for their work in Uncanny. The World Fantasy Awards are given out to fantasy fiction publications and lifetime achievements in various art and literature. These awards are presented at the World Fantasy Convention, which is an annual gathering for people interested in light and dark fantasy art and literature. Thomas and other finalists will have a chance to be one of the winners at the 2022 World Fantasy Convention, which will be taking place at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, Louisiana from November 3-6, 2022. 

Uncanny is an online magazine that features Science Fiction and Fantasy literature, poetry, prose, and nonfiction stories. It has had a track record of accomplishments, with 5 Hugo Awards and this being the seventh time as a finalist in the Special Award (Non-Professional) category at the World Fantasy Awards. Commenting on this achievement, Lynne M. Thomas shares, “We are thrilled to once again be recognized for our work –and the excellent work of our authors — by the World Fantasy Awards.”

Congratulations Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas for this huge achievement!

To learn more about Uncanny and how to read the publication, read here.

More information about the World Fantasy Awards and the finalists can be found here.

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Kelli Trei as New Vice-Chair of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) Executive Committee

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) has elected Kelli Trei as the new Vice-Chair of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) Executive Committee for the 2022-2024 term. Kelli is also Biosciences Librarian at the Funk ACES Library and an Associate Professor. The BHL is the world’s most extensive digital library for biodiversity literature and archives. As a continuing member of the Executive Committee (formerly, Kelli served as Secretary), she will assist in the BHL’s commitment to making biodiversity literature and data freely accessible worldwide.

The University of Illinois Library has been a part of the Biodiversity Heritage Library since 2014. It contributes to the BHL bydigitizing its own historical science literature, which is then accessible to the public. When elected as the new Vice-Chair of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) Executive Committee, Kelli commented, “I am deeply committed to the work of the BHL in democratizing scientific information, literature, and data and making it available to users the world over. I am excited to further expand my service to the BHL by continuing to build connections with other biodiversity organizations, support the chair and the rest of the Partners, and further the mission of the BHL: ‘Inspiring discovery through free access to biodiversity knowledge.'”

Again, congratulations to the University Library’s own, Kelli Trei!

To learn more about the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) and its mission, read here

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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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