School of Information Sciences


The School of Information Sciences at Illinois is recognized as a premier institution, consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top library and information science schools. For more than 120 years, the iSchool has prepared students for careers as leaders in information professions and research. As one of the oldest LIS schools in the country, the School was instrumental in developing the methods used in library and information science today. Our faculty, staff, and students are leaders in the field, recognized for their expertise and the impact of their scholarly contributions. Drawing on the resources of the University as well as on collaborations with scholars around the world and corporate sector partners, our researchers conduct research in a variety of areas including data science, information retrieval, librarianship, and much more, using multidisciplinary approaches to address key global challenges found at the intersection of people, information, and technology.

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  • Baker, Karen S. (Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship, 2016-12)
    Attention to data management at Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon (TFSE) began in 2013. The University of Illinois Springfield built this research field station by the Illinois River between Lewistown and Havana on land ...


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  • Hardesty, Emily A. (2016)
    How many times has a library patron apologized for asking a question or seemed too shy to walk up to the reference desk? Both public and academic librarians would say one too many. Too often does a patron’s question go ...


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  • Williams, Kate (University of Illinois GSLIS, 2010-11)
    Summarizes concepts from the core course LIS 518 Community Informatics


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  • Jackson, Sally A.; Schneider, Jodi (2016-07-09)
    Health controversies are infused with products of expert reasoning, often interpreted by non-experts. To understand these controversies, we must pay closer attention both to the field-dependent devices that characterize ...


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  • Samuel, Noah Oluwafemi; Williams, Kate (2016)
    Speaking at the United Nations in 1960, Fidel Castro declared that Cuba would become in one year “a territory free of illiteracy.” And in 1961 the island nation mobilized in a massive and successful literacy campaign, led ...


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