BORN AND LIVED: Quogue, NY; East Aurora, NY; Rochester, NY; Buffalo, NY; Chongqing, China; Ankara, Turkey; Albion, MI; Ann Arbor, MI; Champaign, IL. Plus some more.
EARLY LIFE: Miltary brat, itinerant English PhD, long life in Ann Arbor MI (go Blue).
PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES: Visiting Assistant Professor, English; Interface Specialist, Digital Library Program Development Librarian; Director, Scholarly Publishing Office; Assoicate University Librarian for Publishing; Senior Lecturer; Associate Professor.
FAMILY: Married (to the Dean of Libraries, UIUC); one son and one step daughter; mom living “in my basement.”
IN MY SPARE TIME: I cook, garden, run, watch too much TV.
FAVORITE BOOKS: The Voice that Is Great Within Us, an anthology of twentieth century American poetry.
PET PEEVES: Squeaking styrafoam, walls of televisions, timid libraries.
PHILOSOPHY: Be brave, smart and kind.
MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: Creation of Michigan Publishing.
GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW: Populating academic libraries with ace scholarly communication librarians.
HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS: Which industry? Libraries? Publishing? The space where those meet? Surviving, sometimes thriving, declaring themselves in crisis.
University of South Carolina Lancaster
476 Hubbard Drive
Lancaster, SC 29720
Phone: (803) 313-7061
PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES: My full CV can be found here: https://bit.ly/2EzElJh.
IN MY SPARE TIME: I enjoy reading, cooking, traveling, and enjoying books, music, and other outlets of Korean history, language, culture, and music.
FAVORITE BOOKS: I’ll share authors instead: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Haruki Murakami, Jhumpa Lahiri, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nnedi Okorafor, Julie Otsuka.
PHILOSOPHY: I will continue to improve.
MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT: Outside of winning the 2019 ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year award, it is winning my first grant (2013), which supported my study of Korean academic librarians.
GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW: To have attained a deep, positive impact in lowering abuse and neglect in American library workplaces.
HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS: I suspect we will be doing the same work we are engaged in now, with an expanded focus on ensuring the well-being of library employees. The nature of our relationships with vendors in terms of accessible information and labor practices will also be re-examined and recalibrated to one that is more equitable and sustainable to content creators.
LIBRARY PROFILES ENCOURAGED
University of South Carolina Lancaster
476 Hubbard Drive
Lancaster, SC 29720
Phone: (803) 313-7061 • Fax: (803) 313-7101 • https://sc.edu/about/system_and_campuses/lancaster/experience/library/index.php
BACKGROUND/HISTORY: Ground was broken for the original USC Lancaster library in 1973, opening officially on April 6, 1975 with 28,000 volumes. That space served a growing community of students, faculty, and staff until its rededication in 2004 as Medford Library.
The new facility opened in 2005 and now houses over 55,000 volumes, offering a full slate of programs and services supporting the pedagogical, scholarly, and lifelong learning needs of #LancerNation.
NUMBER OF STAFF AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Two full time faculty librarians.
OVERALL LIBRARY BUDGET: $354,000
TYPES OF MATERIALS YOU BUY (EBOOKS, TEXTBOOKS, DVDS, VIDEO STREAMING SERVICES, DATABASES): Books, DVDs, video streaming services, databases.
WHAT TECHNOLOGIES DOES YOUR LIBRARY USE TO SERVE MOBILE USERS? We use the SpringShare platform for our main website and library (research) guides.
DOES YOUR LIBRARY HAVE AN ILS OR ARE YOU PART OF A COLLABORATIVE ILS? We have an ILS as part of the USC System.
DO YOU HAVE A DISCOVERY SYSTEM? Yes.
DOES YOUR LIBRARY HAVE A COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT OR SIMILAR DEPARTMENT? No, our library faculty engage in this work as a part of their many generalized librarian duties.
WHAT PROPORTION OF YOUR MATERIALS ARE LEASED AND NOT OWNED? Outside of our database subscriptions, we don’t lease materials.
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR LIBRARY WILL BE LIKE IN FIVE YEARS? I hope it continues its trajectory of being the space and place of choice for our students, faculty, and staff. We’ll be able to do this more handily with an infusion of permanent and skilled library employees, leaders who (continue) to advocate for a 21st-century library space, and stable funding resources.
WHAT EXCITES OR FRIGHTENS YOU ABOUT THE NEXT FIVE YEARS? I’m hopeful that as libraries continue to be vibrant community centers, that library leaders will begin advocating for the well-being of library employees in addition to the concepts surrounding libraries and the things that are housed within.
School of Information Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
501 E. Daniel Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-3280 • ischool.illinois.edu
BACKGROUND/HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL: Visit ischool.illinois.edu/our-school/history and ischool.illinois.edu/our-school/history/historical-timeline.
NUMBER OF FACULTY: 38
CURRICULUM TRACKS; KEY COURSES:
M.S. in Library and Information Science (ALA-accredited)
2 required courses: Information Organization and Access; Libraries, Information and Society
6 pathways (https://ischool.illinois.edu/degrees-programs/ms-library-and-information-science/pathways): archival and special collections; data and asset management; information organization and management; knowledge management and competitive intelligence; research and information services; youth and school librarianship
M.S. in Information Management
3 required courses: Data, Statistical Models and Information; Sociotechnical Information Systems; Information Modeling
2 pathways (https://ischool.illinois.edu/degrees-programs/ms-information-management/pathways) data science and analytics; knowledge management and information consulting
MS in Library and Information Science (ALA-accredited)
MS in Information Management
MS in Bioinformatics
Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Library and Information Science (including a Digital Libraries concentration)
PhD in Library and Information Science
MS/LIS, MS/IM, and CAS are offered on-campus and fully online
The school has several active student organizations for co-curricular activities: https://ischool.illinois.edu/student-life/student-organizations
PRIMARY AREAS OF RESEARCH:
Two research centers:
Center for Children’s Books https://ccb.ischool.illinois.edu/
Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship http://cirss.ischool.illinois.edu/
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Many on-campus students gain valuable experience as graduate assistants in the University Library.
Students may enroll in a Practicum course for 2 hours of credit, a supervised field experience of professional-level duties in an approved library or information center.
There are internship opportunities at companies in the Research Park at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (http://researchpark.illinois.edu/).
The School offers a range of career services (https://ischool.illinois.edu/student-life/career-support)
PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS:
The School of Information Sciences was a founding member of the Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) (https://www.wiseeducation.org/) consortium, supporting sharing of access to online courses among selected schools in three countries (Australia, New Zealand, and the United States).
The School is a member of the iCaucus of the iSchools consortium (https://ischools.org/members/directory/).
What do you think your information/library school will be like in five years? A key partner in focus areas found in the University’s Strategic Plan, the Next 150 (https://strategicplan.illinois.edu/planning/#focus) including data science, health sciences, and public engagement.
Continuing to offer students the choice of pursuing degrees on-campus or online, with rich choices of courses available in either option.
Emphasis on preparing students for changing roles and expectations of professionals in all types of libraries — school, public, academic, and special — as well as opportunities in other sectors
What excites or concerns you about the next five years? The challenge of increasing the diversity of the student body and making the degree affordable with increased financial aid
The potential to accomplish more with funds raised through the With Illinois campaign, where our goals include offering an accessible education, enriching the student experience, and providing faculty support (https://with.illinois.edu/college-unit-priorities/ischool/).
[May want to look at: http://slis.simmons.edu/blogs/ourinformationfuture/files/2017/08/WhitePaper_Abels_Howarth_Smith_Final_Aug28.pdf Envisioning Our Information Future and How to Educator for It]
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU THINK OUR READERS SHOULD KNOW? Since 1996, Illinois has ranked #1 in the US News & World Report rankings of library and information studies master’s programs. In areas of specialization, Illinois ranks #1 in both Digital Librarianship and Services for Children and Youth and #3 in School Library Media.