The Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois is actively recruiting outstanding doctoral students with researchinterests in the History of Information. Admitted candidates will receive up to 4 years of funding, including tuition waivers, stipends, and benefits. Topics of investigation might include:

* Production & circulation of knowledge

* Systems of information provision

* Communications networks, including the postal service, the telegraph, telephone & Internet

* Political economy of information

* Information infrastructures, including libraries, archives, museums

* Manuscript, print, digital cultures, including histories of documents, books & e-books, reading & readers

* The information society

* Library & information professions/occupations

* Information and communication technologies/policies/systems

* Information management/processing


Recent projects by faculty have explored the development of systems of telecommunication in the 19th and 20th centuries, early 20th century staff magazines in Britain, and the cultural implications of digitizing medieval manuscripts. Current dissertation topics include the provision of information in the Depression-era US, the information practices of the US Department of Agriculture, amateur publishing and periodicals for youth in the 19th century, the organization of commercial information in early 20th century America, and cultures of reading in Kenya.

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science supports a broad range of interdisciplinary research in areas such as youth services, user services and outreach, information history and policy, social and community informatics, data curation, socio-technical data analytics and information organization.Additional information about research at GSLIS is available at


For specific information about the GSLIS PhD program, please visit or contact [log in to unmask]. Students from historically and statistically underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Deadline for PhD applications is December 15, 2012.


Megan Finn Senseney
Project Coordinator, Research Services
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
501 East Daniel Street
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Phone: (217) 244-5574
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