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Aug. 6, 2015

Four GSLIS master’s students have been selected by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Committee on Diversity and Leadership to participate in the 2015-2017 Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) as ARL diversity scholars.

Underwritten by ARL member libraries, the IRDW offers numerous financial benefits to program participants as well as leadership development provided through the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium, a formal mentoring program, career placement assistance, and an ARL research library visit. This program reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse research library professional community that will better meet the challenges of changing demographics in higher education and the emphasis on global perspectives in the academy.

The 2015-2017 ARL diversity scholars are:

Jul. 29, 2015

A paper authored by doctoral candidate Peter Organisciak will presented by a coauthor at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-15) on July 31. Held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on July 25-31, IJCAI-15 is sponsored by the IJCAI, a scientific and educational nonprofit, in partnership with the Argentinean Association of Artificial Intelligence and cosponsored by Argentina’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation; the Department of Computer Science at the School of Exact and Natural Sciences of Buenos Aires University; and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Universidad Nacional del Sur.

Organisciak and coauthors Jaime Teevan, Susan Dumais, Robert C. Miller, and Adam Tauman Kalai were invited to present their paper, “Matching and Grokking: Approaches to Personalized Crowdsourcing,” which is adapted from work presented previously at the Second AAAI Conference on...

Jul. 27, 2015

Several members of the GSLIS community gave presentations at the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School, which was held on July 20-24 at the University of Oxford. Attendees followed one of eight workshops throughout the week, and attended several additional lectures and a poster session. Presenters from GSLIS included: J. Stephen Downie, professor and associate dean for research; Nushrat Khan, master’s student; Allen Renear, professor and dean; Megan Senseney, senior project coordinator for research services; and Andrea K. Thomer, doctoral student.

Downie, Senseney, and Renear spoke in the workshops series, “An Introduction to Digital Humanities.” Senseney co-organized the workshop, “Humanities Data: Curation, Analysis, Access, and Reuse...

Jul. 23, 2015

Several members of the GSLIS faculty and student body will participate in Library History Seminar XIII on July 31 - August 2 at Simmons College. The seminar, which takes place every five years, is sponsored by the Library History Round Table of the American Library Association. The theme of the 2015 event is “Libraries: Traditions and Innovations.”

Presentations by GSLIS faculty and students include:

“Libraries of Light: the Design of Public Libraries in Britain in the Long 1960s, Featuring Analyses of the Hampstead Public Library (1964) and Birmingham Central Library (1974)”
Alistair Black, professor

“The Alternative Acquisitions Project—Building Library Collections through Collaboration”
Christine D’Arpa, doctoral candidate

“Countering ‘Frank Ridicule’ with ‘Wholesome Attractive...

Jul. 22, 2015

GSLIS doctoral candidates Tiffany Chao, Noah Lenstra, and Nic Weber have been honored with 2015 Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships from Beta Phi Mu, the International Library and Information Studies Honor Society. Up to six recipients are selected each year for this prestigious award, a national competition among doctoral students who are working on their dissertations. The amount awarded for each fellowship is $3,000.

Chao's dissertation is titled, "Methods Metadata: Curating Scientific Research Data for Reuse."

Metadata generation is an essential activity in the curation and management of scientific research data for multidisciplinary sharing and reuse. The description of research methods implemented by scientists is especially critical for data reuse yet the provision of this metadata is not always a common practice. Using a case study...

Jul. 10, 2015

Seven GSLIS master's students have been named 2015 Spectrum Scholars by the American Library Association (ALA). Established in 1997, the Spectrum Scholarship Program was created to promote diversity among graduate-level library school students. Each master's-level scholar receives $5,000 from the ALA as well as over $1,500 toward professional development opportunities. In addition, GSLIS provides each scholar with a tuition waiver. Illinois residents who are recipients of the Spectrum Scholarship also receive a grant from the Sylvia Murphy Williams Fund, given by the Illinois Library Association (ILA).

The Spectrum Scholarship recipients at Illinois are:

  • Vivian Alvarez (ALSC Scholar in honor of Ellen Fader)
  • Anna Buck
  • Ariel Gonzalez
  • Erik Ponder (ProQuest Scholar)
  • Jennifer Smith
  • Alice Son (...
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...