• GSLIS 2009-2010 Centennial Scholar
  • Numerous keynote addresses at conferences in the US and internationally
  • College of Education Senior Scholar Award and the Faculty Fellows Award
  • National Center for Supercomputing Applications Faculty Fellows Award
  • Freeman Foundation Fellow, China, 996
  • Fellow of the National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy


  • University of Illinois Distinguished Teacher/Scholar, 2006-07
  • Pratt-Severn Faculty Innovation Award from the Association for Library and Information Science Education, 2006
  • Council of Graduate Students in Education Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, Advising, and Research, 1995
  • Regularly on the University’s “List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students”



Numerous grants from National Institutes of Health; National Science Foundation; Institute for Museum & Library Services; Department of Education; Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; Department of Education and Science, Ireland; Dublin Docklands Development Authority, Ireland; foundations, universities, publishers, and tech companies.


  • Editorial boards of 20+ journals,
  • ad hoc reviews for many others;
  • frequent reviews of proposals or manuscripts for publishers,
  • regular conference program reviews,
  • reviews for research funding agencies,
  • editing for Wikipedia and Open Directory.