John Wilkin Returns to Lead Library

John Wilkin

John Wilkin, who fulfilled the role of interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost since February 18, 2017, returned to his position as dean of libraries and university librarian on January 16, 2018. Andreas Cangellaris, formerly the dean of the College of Engineering at Illinois, was selected by Chancellor Robert Jones as the campus’s permanent vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost.

William Mischo, The Berthhold Family Professor in Information Access and Discovery, served as acting university librarian during Wilkin’s 11-month absence and has returned to his post at the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center as head librarian.

“I’m both proud and enthusiastic about returning to the Library, and owe a great debt of gratitude to Bill Mischo for his outstanding leadership over the last year,” said Wilkin. “Ours is one of the finest libraries in the world, and Bill’s intelligence, hard work, and trustworthy partnership made sure we kept on course and I could attend to University-wide issues in the provost’s office. I want to thank Bill for all he did to help us through this period and to say that I’m looking forward to reconnecting with my Library friends.”

14-millionth Volume Announced

Engine of Innovation

The Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has added the 14-millionth volume to its collections, The University of Illinois: Engine of Innovation. The book, published by the University of Illinois Press, is one of several major projects commemorating the university’s sesquicentennial.

The University of Illinois: Engine of Innovation, illustrated with more than one hundred images, is a collection of essays by experts and students that explore the university’s celebrated accomplishments and historic legacy, including the Mosaic web browser, the discovery of Archaea, and pioneering triumphs in women’s education and wheelchair accessibility. Engine of Innovation’s author is Professor Emeritus of History, Law and American Indian Studies Frederick E. Hoxie.

“This acquisition is especially noteworthy given the role of Professor Hoxie’s book in the celebration of our university’s 150th anniversary,” said William Mischo, acting university librarian and dean of libraries.

“I am honored to have Engine of Innovation honored in this way,” said Hoxie. “The book is a gratifying affirmation of the university’s century and a half commitment to innovation for the public good.”

A display recognizing all of the Library’s millionth volumes, including Engine of Innovation, will be permanently housed on the first floor of the Main Library on the Urbana campus next year. The display is made possible through a generous gift to the Library in recognition of the 14-millionth volume from Library Friend Paul Lisnek, ’80 LAS, MA ’80 LAS, JD ’83 LAW, PHD ’86 LAS. Lisnek, of Chicago, Illinois, is a multi-Emmy, Cablefax, Telly, and Beacon Award-winning television host and analyst. He has been the political analyst for WGN-TV since 2008 and currently hosts Politics Tonight and the Behind the Curtain podcast.

“I have been blessed with much success in my career. I’ve never forgotten that my success is due to the years spent at the U of I, and the countless hours doing research, writing, and studying in the various libraries around campus. I wanted to find a way to say thank you and commemorate all that the Library and university have meant to me. This seemed a fitting and lasting tribute to honor the continued growth of one of the largest libraries in the nation,” said Lisnek. “My hope is that others will think of their own success and find their personal way to say thanks and give back to where it all started.”

The Library will celebrate its 14-millionth volume milestone with a special event in the fall of 2018 upon the display’s completion.