Graduate School of Library and Information Science - University of Illinois en Brooks delivers invited talk to Board of Trustees <p>GSLIS Research Scientist Ian Brooks was recently invited to give <a href="">a presentation to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees</a> at their September meeting. Brooks was one of eight faculty members on campus who gave brief presentations about their research and outreach activities. </p> <p>The presentations addressed health and wellness research from a broad spectrum of academic disciplines, underscored the broad excellence of the campus, and gave keen insights into the factors that attract outstanding faculty to Illinois as well as why they choose to stay. Over the last eight years, Brooks has been developing INDICATOR, an advanced information system for monitoring the health of a community by looking at human, animal, and environmental indicators. By using data from a variety of sources in a community—including emergency room data, school attendance data, and social media posts—INDICATOR can provide an accurate picture of health outbreaks in a community and help public officials make educated public health decisions.</p> <p>Brooks, <a href="">who joined GSLIS last year</a>, previously conducted research at SmithKline Beecham in areas including HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, and heart disease, and led the statistics and life science sections at Wolfram Research. He received a bachelor of science in biophysics from the University of York, a master of science in applied and engineering physics from Cornell, and a PhD in biochemistry from Bryn Mawr College.</p> data analysis Social and Community Informatics Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:08:31 +0000 kimsch 9417 at Get to know Jenny Benevento (MS '05), taxonomist <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/resize-300w/JennyB_portrait.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="200" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A sense of inquiry and enterprising approach to her work makes every day interesting for taxonomist Jenny Benevento. She's found success in her field, working on a contract basis and using her time in between jobs to learn new things and see the world. </p><p><strong>Where do you work and what is your role?</strong></p><p>I am a taxonomist. I've worked fulltime as an employee of corporations (Sears/Kmart) and organizations (Associated Press) and freelance on smaller projects. Currently I am doing taxonomy contract work at Taxonomists tend to hyper-specialize and most recently I've worked with ecommerce product classification and metadata. Basically that means I help people shop more effectively online by creating classification schemes and filters based on analyses of what products a given company sells, how people buy and browse for them, and competing companies.</p><p><strong>What do you like best about your job?</strong></p><p>I like so many things! I like being a subject generalist. I spend a short amount of time binging on a lot of specific information and then move on. So if you need to know what you should consider when purchasing a stroller, though I have no experience with babies, I'm your woman! Likewise, I've interviewed people about their underwear shopping behaviors and discussed the classification of bongs more than I ever thought possible. Every day is a different (and often weird) thing. I like finding odd outliers and solving the problem of what to do with them. </p><p>I enjoy being the ambassador between the technical implementation side with engineers who have the constraints of how the data is modeled and the design and user experience side who care more about how people actually find things and coming up with a compromise that works for everyone. I love advocating for users and user privacy.</p><p>I also like that my job is (at least currently) highly in demand. More people need taxonomists than there are taxonomists, so I don't have to take jobs I find boring.  </p><p><strong>How did GSLIS help you get to where you are today?</strong></p><p>Librarianship is many different jobs but the first is classification. Having a library and information science degree is the best training for what I do, especially with the classification-forward training Illinois historically provides. Though people consider me a "nontraditional" librarian, I disagree. The father of library science, Ranganathan, did exactly what I do for a living but for a different audience with less technology. I essentially have an online reference desk for connecting people with stuff they need and serve millions of people a month. I use a reference interview on all of my "patrons" or "clients" or "customers" or whatever we'd like to call it. Without Pauline Cochrane's instruction, I wouldn't have my career. </p><p>I'd also say GSLIS indoctrinated in me that a professional presents and gets experience in their chosen field in order to get a job.  </p><p><strong>What advice would you like to share with GSLIS students?</strong></p><p>It's great to have preferences about what specialization of librarian you want to be and where you want to live, but the more open you can be about those constraints, and the broader the training you get, the better jobs and salaries you'll get down the line. Your first job is, in many ways, a lot about proving that someone thought you worthy of being hired. Look at job ads the whole time you're in school and see what kind of librarians people are hiring for. Even if it isn't your first love, if there's a shortage of science librarians or Arabic catalogers and you can put up with that job for a couple of years, you're far more likely to find a job than someone who will only be a reference/instruction librarian at a medium sized school in a town everyone wants to live in. If you don't want to move and you're set on a certain kind of job, that's a valid choice, but accept that that choice may come with an uphill battle to employment and less employment than the rest of your cohort.</p><p>Your training doesn't stop with graduate school—you should be teaching yourself new things and technologies all the time. Saying you're not a tech person is like saying you enjoy being illiterate and refuse to learn to read. Codexes were once technology. Librarians led the charge with "technology" even before there was a printing press. Everyone shouldn't need to code beautifully, but ignorance about technology leads to buying tech systems that are overpriced, broken, unsuitable, and a privacy nightmare. It's also offensive to tech staff that have gone out of their way to understand the mission of your organization that you can't repay the favor and even basically understand their day-to-day existence and make it easier. Learning how the technology works that you make decisions on will lead to fewer headaches and better partnerships, and ultimately better service for the end user.  </p><p><strong>What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?</strong></p><p>Traveling! I have only nine U.S. states to go, and a whole lot of countries. I love road trips to weird places like those in <a href="" target="_blank">Atlas Obscura</a>. I'm the most obsessive travel researcher you will ever meet. I love swimming, craft beer, eating delicious food, photography, and of course reading.  </p><p><strong>What’s next for you?</strong></p><p>I am mostly working on medium length contracts and then taking time off to travel or learn things in between. Careerwise, I'm interested in recommender systems and some document processing which I have to teach myself because I was too scared to take classes with Dean Renear or Professor Dubin.</p> alumni news alumni profile Get to know GSLIS Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:44:11 +0000 cglaze 9411 at Twidale leads Trust & Security Seminar <p>GSLIS faculty member Michael Twidale delivered a talk on September 9 as part of the <a href="" target="_blank">Information Trust Institute’s Trust &amp; Security Seminar Series</a>. The series highlights many aspects and applications of information security. In his talk, “The Usability of Security,” Twidale discussed the need for balance between security and usability. </p><blockquote><p><strong>Abstract:</strong> Is an 8-character password more secure than a 4-character one? Is a 16-character password even more secure? What about a 32-character password? Or a 64-character one? What does your model of security say? Does it say that the longer the password, the more secure it is, or the longer the password, the less secure it is, because people will write it down and get more cynical about your stupid, inconvenient rules? Is it safer to make people switch to a new password every year, every quarter, every week, every hour, or every minute? </p><p>You can build a fabulous system with dozens of options, but if people don't find it useful, usable, and acceptable, then it won't get used. If you force them, people will subvert it. Trust is a critical element in adoption, continuing use, and, indeed, committed use. Poor design and a failure to look at the issues from the perspective of end users and different stakeholders can lead to costly failures. This talk will explore how usability analysis, computer-supported cooperative work, and sociotechnical systems engineering can inform the design of resources that have elements of security and privacy. </p></blockquote><p>Twidale is a professor at GSLIS and research associate professor at the Information Trust Institute. His research interests include computer-supported cooperative work, computer-supported collaborative learning, human-computer interaction, information visualization, and museum informatics. His current projects include studies of informal social learning of technology, technological appropriation, metrics for open access, collaborative information retrieval, low-cost information visualization, ubiquitous learning, and the usability of open source software. His approach involves the use of interdisciplinary techniques to develop high-speed, low-cost methods to better understand the difficulties people have with existing computer applications and so to design more effective systems.</p> cybersecurity faculty news user experience Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:17:32 +0000 cglaze 9410 at Bonn speaks on scholarly communication, publishing <p>Senior Lecturer Maria Bonn will speak at two events this month.</p><p>On September 17 Bonn will participate in a panel discussion titled, <a href=";calMin=201408&amp;cal=20140826&amp;skinId=1" target="_blank">“The Future of Scholarly Communication.”</a> The event will be cohosted by GSLIS, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, the Scholarly Commons of the University Library, and the Spurlock Museum. Discussants will also include Kathleen Fitzpatrick, director of scholarly communication for the Modern Language Association and visiting research professor of English at New York University; and Seth Denbo, director of scholarly communication and digital initiatives for the American Historical Association. This event is free and open to the public. </p><p>A few days later Bonn will present the closing lecture of a <a href="" target="_blank">Humanities Without Walls all-consortium workshop</a> that will be held on September 19-20 in Chicago. The workshop will serve as a launch event for the <a href="" target="_blank">Global Midwest research initiative</a>. Bonn will copresent “Innovative Opportunities for Publishing Outcomes” with John Wilkin, dean of libraries and university librarian for Illinois. GSLIS is a key intellectual and infrastructural partner for Humanities Without Walls, a cooperative effort of fifteen research universities to foster collaborative research, teaching, and scholarship in the humanities. </p><p>At GSLIS, Bonn teaches courses on the role of libraries in scholarly communication and publishing. Her research interests include publishing, scholarly communication, networked communication, and the economics of information. She currently serves as editor for the <em>Journal of Electronic Publishing</em>.</p><p>Prior to her teaching appointment at GSLIS, Bonn served as the associate university librarian for publishing at the University of Michigan Library, with responsibility for publishing and scholarly communications initiatives, including the University of Michigan Press and the Scholarly Publishing Office. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester, master's and doctoral degrees in American Literature from SUNY Buffalo, and a master's in information and library science from the University of Michigan.</p> Scholarly Communication Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:02:42 +0000 cglaze 9388 at Ludäscher to present at Yahoo!-DAIS Seminar on October 7 <p>GSLIS Professor Bertram Ludäscher will present, "Unifying Why and Why-Not Provenance using First-Order Query Evaluation Games," at the Yahoo!-DAIS (Database and Information Systems Laboratory) Seminar from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on October 7 at the Siebel Center for Computer Science (Room 216). He also will be the featured speaker at this month's <a href="/events/2014/09/19/cirss-seminar-series-bertram-ludaescher">CIRSS Seminar Series</a> at GSLIS on September 19.</p><p>His Yahoo!-DAIS presentation will address the following:</p><p style="padding-left:30px;">After a brief, high-level overview of my research areas and ongoing projects, I will focus on a foundational problem in database theory; i.e., how to explain the presence or absence of tuples in a query result. To this end, I will present a new model of provenance, based on a game-theoretic approach to query evaluation: First, we study graph-based games G in their own right, and ask how to explain that a position x in a game graph G is won, lost, or drawn. The resulting notion of "game provenance" is closely related to winning strategies, and excludes from provenance all "bad moves"; i.e., those which unnecessarily allow the opponent to improve the outcome of a play. In this way, the value of a position is determined soley by its game provenance. We then define provenance games by viewing the evaluation of a first-order query as a game between two players who argue whether a tuple is in the query answer. For RA+ queries, game provenance is equivalent to the most general semiring of provenance polynomials N[X]. Variants of our game yield other known semirings. However, unlike semiring provenance, game provenance also provides a very natural, "built-in" way to handle negation and thus to answer Why-Not questions: In (provenance) games, the reason why x is not won is the same as why x is lost or drawn (the latter is possible for games with draws). Since first-order provenance games are draw-free, they yield a new provenance model that combines how- and why-not provenance.</p><p>A leading figure in data and knowledge management, <a href="">Ludäscher joined the GSLIS faculty</a> this fall. He also holds an appointment at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and an affiliate appointment at the Department of Computer Science. He previously served as a professor at the Department of Computer Science and the Genome Center at the University of California, Davis. Until 2004, he was a research scientist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and an adjunct faculty in the CSE Department at UC San Diego.</p><p>Ludäscher's research interests span the whole data to knowledge life-cycle, from modeling and design of databases and workflows, to knowledge representation and reasoning. His current research focus includes both theoretical foundations of provenance and practical applications, in particular to support automated data quality control and workflow-supported data curation. He is one of the founders of the open source Kepler scientific workflow system, and a member of the DataONE leadership team, focusing on data and workflow provenance.</p> database theory Information Organization, Access, and Retrieval Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:49:30 +0000 cashwill 9402 at Gant to moderate TPRC42 panel <p>Jon Gant, GSLIS research associate professor and director of the <a href="" target="_blank">Center for Digital Inclusion</a>, will moderate a panel at this week’s <a href="" target="_blank">Telecommunication Policy Research Conference</a> (TPRC42), held at George Mason University School of Law on September 12-14. Gant, a national leader in the areas of digital inclusion and broadband adoption, served on the program committee for the conference as well.</p> <p>Gant will moderate the panel “Internet, Innovation &amp; Effects” on September 13. Papers discussed at this panel will include:</p> <p style="padding-left:30px;"><a href="" target="_blank">"Current Trends and Controversies in Internet Peering and Transit: Implications for the Future Evolution of the Internet"</a><br />David P. Reed, University of Colorado at Boulder; Douglas Sicker, Carnegie Mellon University; Donny Warbritton</p> <p style="padding-left:30px;"><a href="" target="_blank">"Measurement and Analysis of Internet Interconnection and Congestion"</a><br />David D. Clark, MIT CSAIL; Amogh D. Dhamdhere, CAIDA/UC; Matthew Luckie, CAIDA; Steven Bauer, MIT (LCS); K.C. Claffy, University of California, San Diego (UCSD); William Lehr, MIT CSAIL; Bradley Huffaker, CAIDA</p> <p style="padding-left:30px;"><a href="" target="_blank">"Do Internet Exchange Points Really Matter? Evidence from Bolivia"</a><br />Hernan Galperin, Universidad de San Andres; Maria F. Viecens, University of San Andres; Ignacio Alvarez-Hamelin, Universidad de Buenos Aires</p> <p>TPRC is an annual conference on communication, information, and Internet policy that convenes international and interdisciplinary researchers and policymakers from academia, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. Its purpose is to present original research relevant to policy making, share information about areas where research is needed, and engage in discussion on current policy issues.</p> internet research Social and Community Informatics telecommunications policy Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:30:05 +0000 cashwill 9386 at Info City CU launches lecture series <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/resize-300w/InfoCity-Choate.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="453" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/resize-300w/InfoCity-Choate2_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="463" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>For six years GSLIS has sponsored ten Digital Divide Lectures each fall. This year, the lectures continue under a new name: the Information City Lectures. Urbana Free Library Director Celeste Choate opened the lecture series in early September.  </p><p>The lectures are hosted in conjunction with Info City CU, a partnership between the Community Informatics Lab at GSLIS headed by Associate Professor Kate Williams, the Department of African American Studies, the Digital Equality Initiative, and Chrisp Media. Info City CU will build upon decades of public computing innovation in Champaign-Urbana and pursue equitable and citywide access to technology, digital literacy, and relevant online content and applications.</p><p>“An information city is coming into being. The industrial city was a result of all kinds of forces. This time around, can we be more conscious and deliberate? Can we make sure the outcomes work for all of us? This means conversation, so the Digital Divide Lectures become the Information City Lectures,” said Williams.</p><p>In her talk, Choate emphasized the constant service innovations of the public library during her first months as director but also over the history of the public library as an institution. She talked about the longstanding Tech Volunteers program that evolved from a GSLIS community informatics class field assignment. She also highlighted the library’s successful Teen Open Lab program where the library's auditorium becomes a teen-only space during afterschool hours. Young patrons can design and make objects on a 3-D printer, compose and record music, and even sew on a modern computerized sewing machine—all of this supported by the library's strong book collection. The program was designed by librarians in consultation with their young adult patrons.  </p><p>Upcoming lectures include the University’s new chief information officer, Mark Henderson, who will speak at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 27 at the Champaign Public Library. All lectures are open to the public. For the full schedule of talks please visit the <a href="" target="_blank">Info City Lecture Series website</a>.<a href=""> </a></p> School News Social and Community Informatics Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:23:24 +0000 cglaze 9380 at Alumni to share experiences during Career Exploration Week <p>From September 15-18, GSLIS Student Affairs will host Career Exploration Week. The week will feature talks by professionals from different career areas in library and information science in order to help students explore the many options open to an LIS professional. Speakers will discuss how their professional interests developed and evolved, share what a typical work day is like, and offer advice for those interested in pursuing a similar path. There will be time for questions.<br /><br />Events will be held at 7 p.m. virtually in the <a href="">Student Services Meeting Room</a> (GSLIS login and password required). </p><h3>Public Libraries: Monday, September 15 </h3><ul><li><strong>Karyn Applegate</strong> (MS '11), Director of the Rock Hill (MO) Public Library</li><li><strong>Toby Greenwalt</strong> (MS '04), Director of Digital Strategy and Technology Implementation at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh </li><li><strong>Samantha Sednek </strong>(MS '11), Head of Youth Services at Medford Public Library</li></ul><h3>Academic Libraries: Tuesday, September 16</h3><ul><li><strong>Becky Hodson</strong> (MS '13), Reference Librarian, Public Support Services, at Kishwaukee College Library</li><li><strong>Eric Phetteplace</strong> (MS '11), Systems Librarian at California College of the Arts</li><li><strong>Yasmeen Shorish</strong> (MS '11), Physical &amp; Life Sciences Librarian and Data Management Consultant at James Madison University </li></ul><h3>Research and Knowledge Management: Wednesday, September 17 </h3><ul><li><strong>Katie Webber</strong> (MS '11), Knowledge Management Specialist at Bain and Co.</li><li><strong>Matt Smith </strong>(MS '11), Assistant Director of Prospect Research and Management for The University of Maryland Medical System </li><li><strong>Yoo Seong-Song</strong>, Associate Professor at the Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library at the University of Illinois and Adjunct Instructor (business speciality) at GSLIS </li></ul><h3>Taxonomy and User Experience: Thursday, September 18</h3><ul><li><strong>Lori Hurley</strong> (MS '13), Information Architect at Allstate Insurance</li><li><strong>Cate Kompare</strong> (MS '13), User Experience Designer at Pixo</li><li><strong>Jenny Benevento</strong> (MS '05), Category Analyst at Etsy</li></ul> School News Student Affairs Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:34:02 +0000 cglaze 9385 at GSLIS faculty, students present at JCDL <p>GSLIS faculty and students are presenting their research at this week’s <a href="" target="_blank">Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL)</a>, held at City University London on September 8-12. 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.</p> <h4>Papers</h4> <p>"A preliminary evaluation of HathiTrust metadata: Assessing the sufficiency of legacy records"<br />Presenters include doctoral student Katrina Fenlon and affiliated faculty member Timothy Cole, with Colleen Fallaw and Myung-Ja Han.</p> <h4>Posters</h4><p>"Exploring Relationships Among Video Games"<br />Presenters include doctoral students Jacob Jett and Simone Sacchi, with Rachel Ivy Clarke and Jin Ha Lee.</p><p>"What Is This Song about Anyway?: Automatic Classification of Aboutness Using User Interpretations, Social Tags, and Lyrics"<br />Presenters include doctoral student Kahyun Choi and Professor J. Stephen Downie with Jin Ha Lee.</p> <h4>Demonstrations</h4><p>"When Catalogs Collide: A Mashup Up of the Bibliographic Records from New Zealand's National Bibliography and the HathiTrust"<br />Presenters include GSLIS affiliate David Bainbridge and Steffan Safey. </p> Digital Libraries HTRC Information Organization, Access, and Retrieval School News Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:09:17 +0000 cashwill 9378 at GSLIS faculty, students present at print and digital culture conference <p>Several GSLIS faculty and students will be presenting scholarly papers at the <a href="" target="_blank">Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture’s biennial conference</a> at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on September 19-21, 2014. </p><p>This year’s conference is titled “African American Expression in Print and Digital Culture.” Presentations will explore potential intersections of African American studies and print and digital culture. Conference organizers plan to produce a volume of essays developed from conference discussions that will be included in the University of Wisconsin Press series, “Print Culture History in Modern America.” </p><p>GSLIS presentations include:</p><ul><li><strong>Abdul Alkalimat</strong>, professor emeritus, will present “African American Bibliography." </li></ul><ul><li><strong>Nicole Cooke</strong>, assistant professor, will present “Hip-Hop Smoothed Out on a Library Tip: Using Archives to Develop Literacy Skills.”</li></ul><ul><li><strong>Melissa Hayes</strong>, doctoral student, will present “From ‘Frank Ridicule’ to ‘Wholesome Attractive Pictures’: Criteria for Picture Book Evaluation in Charlemae Rollins’ <em>We Build Together</em> (NCTE, 1948).”</li></ul><ul><li><strong>Christine Jenkins</strong>, associate professor, will be chair a session titled, “‘What Books, Then, Shall We Choose?’” The Impact and Legacy of Charlemae Rollins’ <em>We Build Together</em> (NCTE 1941, 1948, 1967).” </li></ul><ul><li><strong>Cass Mabbott</strong>, doctoral student, will present “Creating Justice in Children’s Literature: Charlemae Rollins’ Quest for Publishing Equity."</li></ul><ul><li><strong>Kate Williams</strong>, associate professor, will present “Roots and Flowers: The Life and Work of Afro-Cuban Librarian Marta Terry González.”</li></ul><p>Also participating is GSLIS aluma <strong>Loretta Gaffney </strong>(PhD ’12), who will present “From Canon to “Pornography”: Common Core and the Backlash Against African-American Literature.” Gaffney is an adjunt professor at the University of Californa, Los Angeles Department of Information Studies. </p> Scholarly Communication School News Tue, 09 Sep 2014 17:49:57 +0000 cglaze 9369 at Mak to speak at Yale <p>Bonnie Mak, associate professor, will visit Yale University to participate in two events this fall. </p><p>She is an invited discussant in the symposium of the <a href="" target="_blank">Yale Program in the History of the Book</a>. Mak will participate in seminars that explore how handwritten notes or visual elements added to books affect the relationship of those books to specific locations and times. The symposium, “Time and the Book,” will be held on September 12-13 at the Yale Beinecke Rare Book &amp; Manuscript Library. </p><p>In her symposium talk, “Time Suspended,” Mak will explore how inscriptions, annotations, bookplates, and even coffee stains, often overlooked as accidental or dismissed as extraneous, may contain information of scholarly interest regarding the performance and use of a given book over time. Likewise, the elements that structure and provide access to databases and electronic resources can be studied as evidence of how information is constituted, configured, and disseminated, by whom and for whom.</p><p>Later this semester, Mak will speak at the workshop, <a href="" target="_blank">“Diaspora and the Digital,”</a> which considers the challenges and opportunities faced by born-digital literary archives and projects in the digital humanities. The workshop is the closing event of the collaborative research network, Diasporic Literary Archives, led by the University of Reading with international partners in Trinidad and Tobago; the Centro di Ricerca sulla Tradizione Manoscritta di Autori Moderni e Contemporanei at the University of Pavia; the Institut Mémoires de l’Édition Contemporaine in France; the National Library and Archives Service of Namibia; and Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, where the event will be held on October 23-24. Mak will participate in a session on the preservation of and access to born digital archives. </p><p>Mak, who joined the GSLIS faculty in 2008, is jointly appointed in the Program in Medieval Studies. Her research interests include manuscript, print, and digital cultures; the cultural production and circulation of knowledge; palaeography and diplomatics; manuscript studies; book history; medieval and early modern collecting; and the history of archives and libraries. At GSLIS, Mak co-chairs the <a href="" target="_blank">History Salon</a>. She is currently a member of the Advisory Editorial Board of <em>Information &amp; Culture</em> and the Editorial Board of the online and open-access journal, <em>Architectures of the Book</em>. Her first book, <em>How the Page Matters</em>, was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2011, and she is at work on her next book-length project, <em>Culture in an Age of Data</em>, a cultural history of digitizations.</p> faculty news History, Economics, and Policy Scholarly Communication Tue, 09 Sep 2014 14:51:49 +0000 cglaze 9376 at GSLIS Faculty Ranked as Excellent <p>Fifteen GSLIS instructors were named to the University’s <a href="" target="_blank">List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent for Spring 2014</a>. The rankings are released every semester, and results are based on the Instructor and Course Evaluation System (ICES) questionnaire forms maintained by Measurement and Evaluation in the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. Only those instructors who gave out ICES forms during the semester and who released their data for publication are included in the list.<br /><br />Faculty and instructors appearing on the list include Robert Burger, Betty Bush, Nicole Cooke, Paul Healey, Jeanne Holba Puacz, Christine Jenkins, Bonnie Mak, Kate McDowell, Carole Palmer, Fred Schlipf, Carol Tilley, Anieta Trame, Mike Twidale, and Melissa Wong. Doctoral student Damien Duffy was also named to the list for his work as a teaching assistant. Two instructors, Betty Bush and Melissa Wong, received the highest ranking of “outstanding.”</p><p>Nine GSLIS instructors were named to the <a href="" target="_blank">List for Summer 2014</a>: Robert Bothmann, Robert Burger, Betty Bush, Linda Diekman, Andrew Huot, Kathryn La Barre, Bea Nettles, Pat Olson, and Melissa Wong. Diekman, Huot, Olson, and Wong received "oustanding" rankings. </p> faculty news School News Fri, 05 Sep 2014 21:53:16 +0000 cashwill 9354 at New grant supports digital literacy learning in C-U <p>Senior Research Scientist Martin Wolske and four GSLIS graduate students are working on a new project called, “Digital Literacy for ALL Learners.” The project, funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, will be a collaborative effort involving community volunteers and five local sites that will serve as community technology learning centers in Urbana-Champaign: Urbana Free Library, Champaign Public Library, Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center, Tap In Leadership Academy, and Kenwood Elementary School.  </p><p>The goal of the project, which will continue through June 2015, is to foster basic digital literacy by teaching community members technology literacy skills. This particular project is unique because it employs a project- and capability-based approach rather than a more traditional approach of teaching skills like mousing and keyboarding. </p><p>As Wolske, the principal investigator, explained, there is a saturation in digital literacy instruction with regard to hardware skills, and many new computer users can’t accomplish things that are meaningful to them simply by learning to operate computer hardware. For example, a person interested in genealogy could receive assistance in locating online databases and navigating those resources to discover historical information about their ancestors. This user would leave with increased computer proficiency as well as digital literacy skills and knowledge of reliable electronic resources. </p><p>Digital Literacy for ALL Learners addresses the challenge of making digital literacy learning meaningful by applying a capability approach. Teachers in this new program will take into account the capabilities, values, and goals of individual students and guide them in solving problems that have personal meaning, helping them learn ways of solving those problems using computer technologies or other tools. </p><p>“The real importance is creating the capability assets that allow people to achieve those things that they value doing and being, which we are trying to understand. In what ways do they have a lack of capabilities to achieve those things? How might computers support or not support them being able to achieve it?” said Wolske. </p><p>Wolske and his team hope their work will benefit more than 675 community members, including 525 youth and 150 adults. “I expect we will exceed that, especially because of the number of volunteers that have already stepped forward,” he said. In addition to the project’s four graduate assistants, volunteers from GSLIS and the community will play a key role in staffing the technology learning centers. </p><p>GSLIS students who would like to volunteer can learn more by visiting <a href="" target="_blank">the project’s Moodle page</a> (login required). Members of the community who would like to participate should contact <a href="">Martin Wolske</a>.</p> digital divide School News Social and Community Informatics Thu, 04 Sep 2014 17:43:07 +0000 cglaze 9365 at Stuart to Sinclair: Sarah Hoover’s experience at the RBML <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/resize-300w/hoover_sarah.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="389" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>For many students of rare books and manuscripts, it's the tangible aspects of the occupation that first draw them in—the look, feel, and smell of paper and bindings crafted in another time. But the work of most professionals in this field blends old and new, using modern resources and technologies to connect today’s scholars with historical artifacts. Sarah Hoover (MS '14) experienced this process firsthand while completing her <a href="/academics/degrees/specializations/certificate1">Certificate in Special Collections</a> and practicum experience.</p><p>Sarah can trace her initial interest in manuscripts back to her undergraduate coursework in medieval studies at Lafayette College. After completing a master's in art history and medieval studies at the University of Illinois, she shifted directions and began working toward a second master's at GSLIS.</p><p>"I had been looking at rare book and special collections libraries that had medieval manuscripts already, which was a segue to the LIS field for me. I also had an interest in museums, and the combination of library and museum inherent in special collections seemed like something that would allow me to align my interests," Sarah explained. "I decided that I wanted to go into library science, and special collections was a really good fit."</p><p>Sarah's studies at GSLIS included the essentials of library and information science with a special collections twist. In LIS590BCL, Rare Book Cataloging, she and her peers cataloged materials from the <a href="" target="_blank">HathiTrust Digital Library</a>, a collaborative multi-institutional repository working to preserve the cultural record and maintain accessibility for future scholars. In LIS590EXL, Planning, Production &amp; Practice of Library &amp; Museum Exhibitions, she created an exhibition catalog of University Library books on Stuart-era coronations and royal ceremonies in England.</p><p>During her final semester at GSLIS, Sarah completed her practicum experience at the University's <a href="" target="_blank">Rare Book and Manuscript Library</a> (RBML). Her main project was to catalog the library of American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright Sinclair Lewis. Many of the sixty or so volumes she handled weren't exactly what one might expect to see in a rare books library.</p><p>"Most of the books were from the twentieth century, with a few from the late nineteenth century, so many had copies in the main stacks as well. It was really interesting to see the different challenges that came up with records. Even though they were relatively modern books, there were a lot of unusual scenarios," Sarah found. </p><p>For example, among Lewis's collection were single volumes of multivolume sets, items that differed from editions in other University Library collections, and one book containing captions in multiple languages. A couple of Lewis's volumes included handwritten notes to and from him, and one even included an annotation in the form of a lipstick print, something not often considered in cataloging classes.</p><p>Another of Sarah's projects at the RBML involved transforming her previously created coronations and ceremonies print exhibition into an online format. "I'd already done the research on the items and written up descriptions for them, so I had to start looking at ways of turning it into an online exhibition." She became familiar with <a href="" target="_blank">Omeka</a>, an open-source web publishing platform for scholarly displays and worked with a developer to perfect the details of the exhibition and add a timeline element.</p><p>"It was really helpful for getting on-the-ground experience," Sarah said of her practicum. Being part of the library’s cataloging team, problem-solving using the library's systems and software, and the mentorship provided by the RBML staff prepared Sarah to take on the challenges of working in the multifaceted field of special collections, whatever they may be.</p> alumni news Information Organization, Access, and Retrieval MBMS Spotlight Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:26:04 +0000 cglaze 9355 at Diesner awarded one of Illinois’s first grants from AB InBev <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/resize-300w/20140804_122741.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="215" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/resize-300w/20140804_122741-cropped.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="218" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Assistant Professor Jana Diesner and two GSLIS doctoral students began their work on one of the University of Illinois's first grants from leading international brewer Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev. The project team, including Diesner as principal investigator and doctoral students Jinseok Kim and Shubhanshu Mishra, will use data mining and social network analysis techniques advance techniques for assessing the impact of information disseminated on social media. They met with AB InBev representatives at the company’s St. Louis headquarters in August to get a deeper understanding of the processes, technologies and data used at their data analytics and customer services management unit.  </p><p>Diesner is an expert in network analysis and has developed a tool that analyzes data culled from a variety of sources, including social media, in order to reveal connections between social stakeholders and the content that they are produce and share.</p><p>“We are developing cutting-edge methods and knowledge at the nexus of natural language processing, network analysis, and machine learning to improve and advance the status quo of actionable social listening,” Diesner explained. “We are assessing the impact of information shared by this organization in an empirical, rigorous, and scalable fashion. The close collaboration with AB InBev provides us with access to real-world, large-scale data and metadata as well as subject matter expertise that can help us to evaluate the performance and usefulness of the computational solutions that we are developing.” </p><p>Titled, “Socio-Technical Data Analytics for Improving Impact and Impact Assessment,” the project is expected to continue through April 2015. Along with one other recently-awarded Illinois grant, it cements a developing partnership between Illinois and AB InBev, which established a permanent office in the University’s Research Park last fall.</p><p>Diesner is an assistant professor at the iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned her PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, in the Computation, Organizations and Society (COS) Program. Diesner conducts research at the nexus of network science, natural language processing and machine learning. Her research mission is to contribute to the computational analysis and better understanding of the interplay and co-evolution of information and the structure and functioning of socio-technical networks. She develops and investigates methods and technologies for extracting information about networks from text corpora and considering the content of information for network analysis. In her empirical work, she studies networks from the business, science and geopolitical domain. She is particularly interested in covert information and covert networks.</p><p></p> Social and Community Informatics socio-technical data analytics Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:20:50 +0000 cglaze 9319 at