Sarah Christensen, Visual Resources and Outreach Specialist for the department of Research and Information Services at the University Library, has been awarded the Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence Award (CAPE). The CAPE is designed to recognize and celebrate “the importance of contributions made by academic professionals” at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. It is also a signal of high esteem in which their colleagues hold them. This prominent award was presented to Christensen and five other individuals from across campus for their outstanding contributions to the university community and beyond.
Cait Coker, Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has received the 2021 Lord Ruthven Award for Best Nonfiction for her book The Global Vampire: Essays on The Undead in Popular Culture Around the World. This award is presented by the Lord Ruthven Assembly, “a group of academic scholars specializing in vampire literature and affiliated with the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts”.
At the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Bethany Anderson (Natural and Applied Sciences Archivist, University Library), in collaboration with Christopher J. Prom (Associate Dean for Digital Strategies, University Library) and Jenny Davis (Associate Professor of American Indian Studies and Anthropology and Chancellor’s Fellow of Indigenous Research and Ethics, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences), have been awarded the Doris Duke Indian Oral History Program Archives: Revitalization and Community Building Grant by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
This two-year grant of $196,000 will support the Doris Duke Native Oral History Revitalization Project, in which the University of Illinois Archives will digitize and enhance access to its Doris Duke Indian Oral History Program Archives. Furthermore, this project hopes to build and strengthen respectful relationships between the project personnel, the university, the University Archives, and the Native Nations documented in the Doris Duke Oral History Program Archives. The University of Illinois is one of seven institutions participating in The Doris Duke Native Oral History Revitalization Project.
Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, the coordinator for the Library’s Information Literacy Services, has been elected to be part of ORCID’s 2021 Board. The ORCID board members strive to support the vision and mission of ORCID, working collaboratively to connect researchers around the world.