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5th Annual Butler Lecture Featuring Holly Black

Save the date! Holly Black, author of the Spiderwick Chronicles series, Newbery Honor Book Doll Bones, The Darkest Part of the Forest, and many more novels and graphic novels for kids and teens will deliver the 2017 Butler Lecture on March 16, 2017. The Lecture is free and open to the public, with registration required. It will take place at 6:00 p.m. and will be followed by a reception and booksigning. Register.

2017 Follett Lecture Featuring David Lankes

Save the date! Dr. R. David Lankes, 2016-17 Follett Chair, is associate dean of the University of South Carolina's College of Information and Communications and director of the School of Library and Information Science there. Lankes is the author of The Atlas of New Librarianship and Expect More, and is a strong advocate for innovation and excellence in twenty-first century libraries. Lankes has done research for the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, The U.S. Department of Education, The U.S. Department of Defense, The American Library Association, and the MacArthur Foundation among others. He earned B.F.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Syracuse University. The Lecture will take place on April 12, 2017 and is free and open to the public, with registration required. It will take place at 6:00 p.m. and will be followed by a reception. Registration will open in mid-January.


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Faculty News

Karen Brown, professor, presented with Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe "Team-based Assessment: Collaborating for a Campus Message about Student Learning" at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' Leading Change, Academic Affairs Summer Meeting in Denver in July 2016.

Mary Pat Fallon, associate professor, attended the American Association of University Professors Conference on Shared Governance in Washington, DC, September 30 through October 2, 2016.

Cecilia Salvatore, professor and coordinator of archives and cultural heritage, along with Mina Duarte, MLIS '05 and PhD '13, presented a paper at the 14th Biennial Dominican Colloquium at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 9-12, 2016 titled "Library and Information Services and Resources in a Hispanic-Serving Institution: A Case for the Dominican Way." Dr. Salvatore also presented a paper at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio, August 13-19, 2016, titled "Social Media, Cultural Heritage Resources, and the Chamorro Diaspora." IFLA papers are published in IFLA proceedings. Dr. Salvatore has accepted a two-year appointment to serve on the PARS (Preservation and Reformatting Section) Oral History Working Group of ALA-ALCTS.

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Alumnae/i News

Becca Boland, MLIS '07, of the Ela Area Public Library was named ILA Young Adult Librarian of the Year.

Trenton Carls, MLIS '14, was appointed technical services librarian at the Chicago History Museum.

Patricia "Trixie" Dantis, MLIS '12, of the Arlington Heights Public Library received ILA's Crosman Memorial Award.

Renee Grassi, MLIS '09, was appointed Youth Services Manager of the Dakota County Library System in Dakota County, MN.

Mike Hominick, MLIS '10 and Tracy Gossage, MLIS '12, both of the Northbrook Public Library, received ILA's Readers' Advisory Service Award.

Jawahir Javaid, MLIS '14, was appointed public services librarian at the Villa Park Public Library.

Emily King, MLIS '16, was appointed reference librarian at the Lincoln Library in Springfield, IL.

Katie Lawrence, MLIS '11, was appointed youth librarian at the Grandville Branch of the Kent District Library System.

Ted Mulvey, MLIS '11 received an Outstanding Service Award from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, where he is the information literacy librarian.

Pattie Piotrowski, University of Illinois at Springfield, MLIS '98, was named ILA's Academic Librarian of the Year Award.

Martha Sarno, MLIS '12, was appointed interface manager at adidas Group, working in Bavaria, Germany.

Laurel Schilling, MLIS '12, was appointed reference librarian at the Bellwood Public Library.

Matt Teske, Indian Trails Public Library District, MLIS '97, won ILA's TBS, Inc. Technical Services Award.

Leah White, MLIS '08, was appointed learning and development coordinator at the Skokie Public Library.

Read here for more SOIS alumnae/i making news.