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Jul. 6, 2015

Senior Research Scientist Martin Wolske and incoming CAS student Travis Faust (MS '15) were among more than 15,000 attendees of the International Society for Technology and Education (ISTE) annual conference. Held June 28 - July 1 in Philadelphia, ISTE 2015 drew teachers, administrators, media specialists, and other educational technology enthusiasts.

Wolske and Faust, along with alumna Miriam Larson (MS '12, CAS '13), led an interactive lecture titled, "Creating an After-School Collaborative Space in the Library."

Abstract: We believe it is critical to make time for community. With a focus on technology and literacy for the community, we'll share our unfolding story of creating an after-school collaboration space. We’ll use popular education activities and small and large group discussions to explore what your collaboration space might...

Jul. 1, 2015
Flannery (left) and Amy Crump

It’s no surprise that MS student Flannery Crump chose GSLIS when she decided to pursue a career in LIS. The program was recommended to her by a reliable source—her mother, Amy Crump. She’s following in her mother’s footsteps toward a career in public librarianship.

Flannery Crump

Why did you decide to pursue an LIS degree?
All throughout my childhood, my parents would take me to the library. I can't remember the first time I went to a library because it was probably when I was a baby. I have the most fond memories of living in Champaign, Illinois, when I was younger and walking to the Champaign Public Library almost every day. Then when I was about twelve or thirteen, my mom started working on her MS in library and information science through the University of Illinois. I got to...

Jun. 25, 2015

Three members of the GSLIS community will participate in Digital Humanities 2015 (DH2015), the annual conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations. The event will be held June 29 - July 3 at the University of Western Sydney.

Professor and Associate Dean for Research J. Stephen Downie will participate in a panel discussion titled, "Digital Dunhuang: Enhancing Virtual Explorations of the Real Dunhuang." Downie and GSLIS doctoral candidate Peter Organisciak will present the short paper, "Remembering Books: A Within-book Topic Mapping Technique.” Postdoctoral research associate Sayan Bhattacharyya will present with Downie the short paper, "Approaching Textuality with the Metaphor of the Digitized Workset.”

Organisciak also spoke at the joint conference of the Association for Computers and the Humanities and the...

Jun. 18, 2015

GSLIS faculty, staff, and students will present their research at the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL), held at the University of Tennessee on June 21-25. The event brings together international scholars focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, organizational, and social issues. The goal is to provide a forum for shared learning and facilitate the application of knowledge for research, development, construction, and utilization in digital libraries.

Professor and Associate Dean for Research J. Stephen Downie will present the conference's closing keynote, "The HathtiTrust Research Center: Providing Analytic Access to the HathiTrust Digital Library's 4.7 Billion Pages."

Papers presented at JCDL 2015 include:

"MapAffil: A Bibliographic Tool for Mapping Author Affiliation Strings to Cities and their Geocodes Worldwide."
By Assistant Professor Vetle Torvik....

Jun. 15, 2015

Assistant Professor Elizabeth Hoiem and doctoral student Melissa Hayes will participate in the annual conference of the Children’s Literature Association coming up June 18-20 in Richmond, Virginia. The theme of the year’s conference is “‘Give me liberty, or give me death!’: The High Stakes and Dark Sides of Children’s Literature.”

Hoiem will chair a session titled, “Liberty and Death for the Nineteenth-Century Child,” during which she will present her paper, “‘Naughty full-grown babes’: Children's Literature and the Radical Press, 1816-1836.”

From the abstract: My paper investigates intersections between British working-class radical literature and children’s literature in the early-nineteenth century, during the fight for freedom of the press. Arguing that these are mutually constitutive genres, I show that both workers and children were constructed as vulnerable audiences who require mental...

Jun. 12, 2015

GSLIS master’s student Janet Swatscheno has been selected to participate in the highly competitive 2015 Library of Congress (LoC) Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program. She will spend ten weeks working full time on-site in Washington, DC, at the LoC’s John W. Kluge Center, which hosts scholars from the United States and abroad.

Swatscheno’s project is to conduct an evaluation of the center’s information needs related to its internal database of information on visiting scholars. Center staff use the database to extract data for documents such as reports and press releases. Following her evaluation, Swatscheno will recommend and implement changes to improve usability.

Swatscheno hopes this summer experience will complement her coursework at GSLIS in areas including data curation, digital preservation, and digital humanities. “...

Jun. 2, 2015

Several GSLIS affiliates presented this week at HASTAC 2015, the annual conference of the Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory. Held at Michigan State University May 28-29, HASTAC 2015 featured presentations relating to the theme, "Art and Science of Digital Humanities."

GSLIS postdoctoral research associate Sayan Bhattacharyya presented an interactive session titled, "Workshop on Text Analytics with the HathiTrust Research Center: An Introduction to Tools for Working with Digitized Text and Metadata."

From the abstract: This workshop is intended for a broad audience ranging from curious graduate students exploring digital humanities to the experienced text mining researcher. The workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to the HathiTrust Digital Libraru collection and its...