GSLIS PhD student Yang Luo successfully defended her dissertation proposal last spring and promptly left on a trip to China for field research over the summer. The CCB was excited to find the opportunity to meet with Luo and to talk about her research and trip.
“My research is on the history of children’s libraries in China. I’m specifically looking at the time period from 1912-1937,” says Luo about her research. “I’m interested in the development and genesis of children’s libraries during this time, and my initial investigation has found several factors during this time period—modern education reform, the public library movement, the Republic’s investment in child welfare, influence of Western librarianship, the appearance of children’s rooms and children’s literature—that converge to form children’s libraries in the early twentieth century.”
For the full interview, check out our Interview with Yang Luo page on the research section of the CCB website.
Updated montly, this section will detail conference presentations, publications, and other research activity by CCB Affiliates.
CCB Affiliate and GSLIS Assistant Professor Carol Tilley will present on a panel about comics and print culture sponsored by SHARP (the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Printing) at the American Historical Association’s annual meeting in Washington, DC, January 2-5.
GSLIS masters student Katrina Spencer recently attended the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) regional conference in St. Louis, MO, with the support of the CCB and GSLIS. She hosted a CCB Brown Bag on conference-going and networking, available as a Blackboard Collaborate download.
The CCB maintains a list of current and recent doctoral students at GSLIS and elsewhere at the University of Illinois whose research relates to youth services or children's literature. See what kinds of work is being done on our doctoral student research page.
The Youth, Literature, & Culture group (YLC) is an interdisciplinary collaboration of faculty and doctoral students from the University of Illinois, Illinois State University, and Eastern Illinois University.
In formal existence since 2004, this group brings together faculty and doctoral students who share a scholarly interest in children’s and young adult literature and media. We represent various disciplines, including Education, English, History, Library and Information Science, and meet monthly to discuss research on young people, texts, and cultural contexts. We also participate in the annual GSLIS Research Showcase, and host the Gryphon Lecture, an annual lecture featuring a leading scholar of youth and literature, media, or culture.
For the 2013-2014 academic year, YLC will meet on selected Fridays in the CCB (Room 24 of GSLIS) from 10:00-11:00 am. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend. Please email Deborah Stevenson for more details.
The next Youth, Literature, and Culture Research Workshop will take place on Friday, October 25 at 10:00 am. CCB outreach and communications coordinator Tad Andracki will share his ChLA presentation, "Playing with Everything: Childhood, Biopower, and Animacy in The Brave Little Toaster," which draws on queer studies, affect theory, and posthumanism to examine the classic animated film.
The Gryphon Lecture series is hosted every spring semester by the Center for Children's Books and features a leading scholar in the field of youth literature. It is an event developed to hold relevance across disciplines at the University. These lectures are free and open to students and the public. A reception to discuss issues raised, network across departments, and meet with the speaker follows each lecture. Visit our Gryphon Lecture archives for a list of previous speakers and audio.
Archived information about previous conferences, presentations, and research profiles is kept in our research archives.