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UIUC’s Dr. Emily Knox to Give Keynote Address at HSLI 2017 Annual Conference

(via the Publicity Subcommittee of the HSLI Conference Planning Committee)

The Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) Annual Conference organizers are pleased to announce that Emily Knox, Ph.D., M.S.L.I.S., will be the 2017 Conference keynote speaker. An Assistant Professor at the School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the keynoter will speak on Friday morning, October 27, addressing the timely and thought-provoking topic “Providing Ethical Services in Changing Times”. Aligning with the 2017 Conference theme, “The Time Are Changing”, the talk will focus on the following issues. Librarians and other information professionals have long relied on codes of ethics and other guidelines for providing ethical services to all. In a time of rapid political, social, and technological change, do these codes still make sense? How should they be interpreted during a time of radical change? Is it time to update them?

Professor Knox received her Ph.D. form the doctoral program at the Rutgers University School of Communications & Information. Her Master’s in Library and Information Science is from the iSchool at UIUC. She also hold a B.A. in Religious Studies from Smith College an A.M. in the same field from The University of Chicago Divinity School. Prior to her current roles, she worked as both a reference librarian and an associate library director. At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, her teaching, research, and publication activities are focused on information access, intellectual freedom and censorship, information ethics, information policy, and the intersection of print culture and reading practices. She is also a member of the Mapping Information Access research team.

Professor Knox is Editor of the recently-published Trigger Warnings: History, Theory, Context and the author of Book Banning in 21st Century America (the first monograph in the Beta Phi Mu Scholars’ Series), both published by Rowman & Littlefield. In 2015, she received the Illinois Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Award and was named a WISE (Web-based Information Science Education) Instructor of the Year. Currently, she serves on the boards of the Association for Information Science & Technology, the Freedom to Read Foundation, and the National Coalition Against Censorship.

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