News & Events


Read our quarterly Off the Shelf newsletter for the latest SOIS news.

Faculty News

Karen Brown, professor, presented a two-day workshop, “Assessing and Communicating Library Contributions to Institutional Priorities," with Kara Malenfant for AMICAL, a consortium of libraries at American international liberal arts institutions, at the American University of Kuwait, Kuwait City in January 2017. Brown also delivered a keynote presentation, “Documenting and Communicating Library Impact with Campus Assessment Projects.” at the Annual Meeting of the Council of Chief Librarians, California Community Colleges in Sacramento, March 2017.

Sujin Huggins was promoted to associate professor. Dr. Huggins also spoke on a panel presentation at ALISE in Atlanta titled "The LIS Educator's Career Life Cycle of Social Responsibility: Issues and Solutions."

Kate Marek, dean and professor, will be participating on a respondent panel during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Sunday June 25 titled "From MLIS to MLD: It's Time to Integrate Design Thinking and Philosophy into LIS Education."

Jenna Nemec-Loise, adjunct instructor, published an article in the spring issue of Children and Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children, titled "Lessons from Lititz" featuring the contributions of Hal Patnott and Alexsandra Podrasa, both MLIS students.

Cecilia Salvatore, professor and coordinator of archives and cultural heritage, was appointed to the Illinois State Archives Advisory Board/Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board for a three-year term. Dr. Salvatore was also appointed Secretary of the Genealogy and Local History Section Standing Committee of IFLA for a three-year term, and participated in the IFLA Presidents Meeting and Vision in Athens, Greece, in April.

Read about past faculty achievements.

Alumnae/i News

Guadalupe Colin, MLIS '16, was appointed librarian at the Palatine Public Library District.

Monica Dombrowski, MLIS '08, was appointed director of digital services at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, Illinois. Ms. Dombrowski, along with Melissa Bernasek, MLIS '06, published a chapter in Teaching Technology in Libraries: Creating Ideas for Training Staff, Patrons, and Students (McFarland, 2016). The chapter is titled "The Accidental Trainer: Instructional Librarianship in the Modern Day Library."

Teresa Espinoza, MLIS '16, was appointed children's librarian at the Wrightwood-Ashburn Branch of the Chicago Public Library.

Kyle Jones, MLIS '09, won the ALISE Research Grant Competition for "Algorithms in the Library: An Investigation into Academic Library Participation in Learning Analytics and Related Intellectual Freedom and Privacy Issues."

Joanna Marek, MLIS '08 and MAEA '12, will present "Perfect Pairings: Teaching Visual Literacy Using Primary Source Pairings with the Caldecott, Newbery, & Coretta Scott King Book Award Titles" at the American Association of School Librarians' annual conference in Phoenix, November 9-11, 2017.

Rachel Reinwald, MLIS '10 was awarded "Citizen of the Year" by Illinois School District 41 in Lake Villa, Illinois, where she works as school services liaison.

John Schumacher, MLIS '10, was featured in a news story about his work as Scholastic Book Fairs' ambassador for school libraries.

Leigh Anne Wilson, MLIS ’16, was appointed youth services librarian at the St. Charles (IL) Public Library.

Read about more SOIS alumnae/i making news.