The University Library was fortunate enough to host not one, but three special events to recognize extraordinary faculty and their accomplishments. In ceremonies this past fall, Christopher J. Prom, William H. Mischo, and Clara M. Chu were formally invested in their positions. These professorships serve as lasting tributes to the donors who establish them.
Christopher J. Prom was honored as the third Andrew S. G. Turyn Endowed Professor at an investiture ceremony on September 16, 2016. Prom, who serves as the assistant university archivist, has led many initiatives over the past 16 years to make archival materials more accessible at Illinois and at other archives and libraries. His research describes the ways in which archival users seek information and assesses methods that archivists use to efficiently meet user needs.
The Andrew S. G. Turyn Endowed Professorship was established through a significant gift from the estate of former librarian, alumnus, and longtime Library Friend Andrew S. G. Turyn. Offered on a five-year rotating basis, it is open to full professors of library administration who are pursuing innovative research in any scholarly area, including library and information science, the humanities, the sciences, the social sciences, the arts, and other fields. The professorship enhances the Library’s services, programs, and reputation by recognizing and fostering significant research contributions of its faculty.
The Turyn family legacy is documented at Illinois. The papers of Andrew Turyn’s parents, Felicia L. Turyn and Alexander Turyn, are located in the University Archives.
On September 30, 2016, William H. Mischo was invested as The Berthold Family Professor in Information Access and Discovery. Mischo, head of the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center, is the inaugural holder of the professorship. He was selected for his interest, expertise, and academic abilities in creating, directing, and maintaining accessible and searchable digital data platforms for users.
Alumna and Library Friend Carol A. Berthold created the Berthold Family Endowment Fund in 2008. In 2015, she designated this fund to support a permanent faculty position in Information Access and Discovery.
Clara M. Chu, director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, was honored as the third Mortenson Distinguished Professor of International Library Programs at an investiture ceremony on October 14, 2016. The ceremony, which preceded the Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture, was part of the Center’s 25th anniversary celebration.
Clara brings more than two decades of professional knowledge and experiences to advance the mission of the Mortenson Center and build upon its vison of “developing librarians worldwide.”
C. Walter and Gerda Mortenson generously contributed $2 million to create the professorship in 1986. Their endowment provides a long-term source of funding for the promotion of international education, understanding, and peace through library programs. It was the first named academic position of its kind in the United States.