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The Reinberger Children’s Library Center at Kent State University has become the new home of the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, assuming the role formerly held by the Center for Children’s Books at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  This prestigious honor joins other notable programs at the Reinberger, including the scholarly research resource the Marantz Picturebook Collection for the Study of Picturebook Art and the Jacqueline M. Albers Guest Scholar in Children’s Literature Fellowship. The O’Dell Award is further recognition of the strength of the School of Inform...

The University Library is located in the heart of the Kent State University campus.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Kent State University in the top 20 Best Library and Information Studies Programs in the country in its 2022 edition of Best Graduate Schools. Kent State is the only Ohio institution included in this ranking. Overall, Kent State is recognized in 12 new national rankings in the 2022 edition of Best Graduate Schools, including three specialty rankings. U.S. News released the rankings Tuesday, March 30. In addition to being recognized as a Best Library and Information Studies Program in the nation, Kent State is included in three library and information studi...

Whether using their library and information science, user experience design, health informatics or knowledge management master's degrees, our alumni find careers as diverse as libraries, hospitals, online marketplaces, museums and more.

Each year the American Library Association selects student chapters who exemplify values of excellence, service and compliance while performing at a consistently high level, making a difference in the lives of their students. This year, Kent State’s ALA Student Chapter was selected as the runner-up for the award. The Student Chapter at Kent State was reactivated in January of 2018 by recent iSchool graduate, Jacquie Kociubuk. Kociubuk says she was driven to reactivate the Chapter after feeling disconnected from her peers as a first-year online student.  “The ALA Student Chapter a...

Children and young adults are among the most vulnerable victims of the current opioid crisis. Circumstances well beyond their control impact their lives in huge ways.  And the key to recovery of any kind is hope—hope for something better, hope for lasting change.  However, as communities and families struggle, hope can be hard to come by.  Sometimes you need to borrow it, and the library can be a place to find it.    Attendees to any of the Opioids in Communities—Libraries in Response events will have the chance to hear a presentation from Dr. Meghan Harper (Kent S...

College of Communication & Information

David Trebing, Ph.D., an associate professor in the School of Communication Studies (COMM), and Stephanie Smith, an assistant professor who teaches in COMM and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC), will lead a teaching colloquium on Friday, April 13, in Rm. 226 of Taylor Hall beginning at 2:15 p.m.   This panel discussion will be the first in a series of teaching colloquia and will highlight evidence-based teaching research ideas from James M. Lang’s book, Small Teaching. The panel discussion will focus on motivating factors for students and how to i...

College of Communication & Information

Tales from the Curb MuseLab Exhibit

The idea for the latest MuseLab exhibit grew out of a Museum Communications course, and was later implemented by students completing their culminating experience: Four chairs rescued from a curb in Kent, Ohio. Four tales of an imagined past. Explore their unique "stories" in this new exhibit. Watch for blog posts on June 1 and July 1 about this exhibit experience for the CE students. MuseLab, 3rd floor, University Library Mondays & Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Now through Aug. 16, 2017 Free admission ...

UXD Wireframing

Fusionist. Cybernetic Director. Chief Drone Experience Designer. Avatar programmer. User experience designers at Google, Microsoft, Android, Chrome and Artefact have predicted that these job titles are among the most important design jobs of the future, according to an article in Fast Company Co.Design, the world’s leading progressive business media brand focused on innovation in technology, leadership, world changing ideas and design. The College of Communication and Information (CCI) will offer a new undergraduate minor in User Experience Design (UXD), open to students of any major. ...