In the 2010s, new youth services faculty reflected larger shifts in motion, both in the profession and at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Literary scholar Elizabeth Hoiem (PhD, English, University of Illinois), whose research focuses on both the history of children’s literature and material culture and digital humanities pedagogy, joined the faculty in 2014, and social scientists Rachel M. Magee (PhD, Information Studies, Drexel) and Kyungwon Koh (PhD, Library and Information Studies, Florida State University), joined the faculty in 2015 and 2018, respectively. Together, the appointments expanded the School of Information Sciences’ (iSchool’s) traditional youth services’ focus on print media and storytelling to encompass digital youth, the maker movement, social computing, and human information behavior. Faculty were increasingly contributing to the high-profile interdisciplinary research work of the iSchool during a time of explosive interest in all forms of information, sustaining Illinois’ ranking as the #1 graduate program in youth services librarianship by U.S. News and World Report.
iSchool Youth Services Faculty Research Profiles
Selected Scholarship by CCB Affiliates and iSchool Youth Services Faculty