Graduate School of Library and Information Science - University of Illinois en 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 Get to know Brian Wu (MS '13), data analyst <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/Brian_Outside_smallportrait.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="378" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a master’s student at GSLIS, Brian Wu worked as a data analysis intern at <a href="" target="_blank">Neustar, Inc.</a> at the <a href="">University of Illinois Research Park</a>. Since graduating and moving into and associate data analyst position he’s enjoyed the variety of tasks that come with work in a corporate data analysis setting. He hopes to use what he’s learned at GSLIS and Neustar as he begins to further specialize within this dynamic field.</p><p><strong>Where do you work and what is your role?</strong></p><p>I am an associate data analyst at Neustar, a company that has been historically known as the neutral provider of many telecommunications services like number portability and Domain Name System services. Today, Neustar is establishing itself as the real-time intelligence authority for business-to-business information and analytics across the globe.</p><p>My role within Neustar is an ever-changing one; I am jumping between building ontologies for information systems; metadata documentation; researching and exploring new technological and business opportunities; and user interface/user experience prototyping. Of course, being in the Research Park office also means I help with recruitment, as well as mentorship of interns.</p><p><strong>What do you like best about your job?</strong></p><p>I love how multifaceted my position is; I am building skills in business and technology, as well as seeing how they're interconnected and impacting each other. Every time I’m successful in building out a full ontology for a system or debugging an automation program, I always get a sense of relief and accomplishment. Moreover, being surrounded by a diverse group of coworkers that are willing to critique, discuss, and debate advances in technology is definitely a huge plus!</p><p><strong>How did GSLIS help you get to where you are today?</strong></p><p>GSLIS provided me with a lot of insight toward the complex world we live in. There are very few people outside of the LIS field that look at the big picture of everything. Having gone through a spectrum of LIS classes makes me understand that my work is an individual task in addition to it being an extrapolatable point for connecting people and projects. Of course, the faculty and staff at GSLIS are wonderful to work with and speak to; I've heard about countless opportunities, experiences, and suggestions simply by stopping by for a friendly chat.</p><p><strong>What advice would you like to share with GSLIS students?</strong></p><p>Have an inquisitive mind about everything. Pick up some new technical skills in your spare time and use them in your daily life—it will make implementing them at work much easier. Go to events and talk to people, even if you feel out of place. Find a mentor and be a mentor, in or out of GSLIS; these mentor-mentee interactions will grant you significant insight into your own thought processing and life decisions, and allow you to refine yourself.</p><p>Most importantly, get out there and DO things, even if they're not related to your dream job or the LIS field (or actual "work"). You never know what skills or people you might cross paths with, at a volunteer position or a postconference dinner!</p><p><strong>What do enjoy doing in your spare time?</strong></p><p>I'm a (nerdy) 90's kid at heart, so I always find time to watch anime and play video games. I also enjoy the occasional board game, Dungeons &amp; Dragons adventuring, or star gazing. Of course, being a foodie, I always clear some room in my schedule for cooking experiments or eating at a new restaurant.</p><p>Separate from personal pleasure, I am currently acting as the interim director of information technology for <a href="" target="_blank">Tap In Leadership Academy</a>. Every now and then I perform maintenance and documentation on existing systems, as well as dealing with specific requests to keep things running smoothly at Tap In.</p><p><strong>What's next for you?</strong></p><p>As much as I like diving into the various parts of Neustar, I am ready to start specializing and finding my own niche. This may mean seeking a specific direction on the job or going back to school part time to achieve the goal. But, before I decide on the path I will take, I am pulling in as many interesting projects as possible and making meaningful connections with people. I believe my time in the Neustar office at Illinois’s Research Park is an amazing experience, and it will definitely push me to transition towards greater and more lofty goals in the near future.</p> alumni news alumni profile Get to know GSLIS Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:38:29 +0000 cglaze 9346 at Manheim presents at Information Behaviour Conference <p>LEEP student Lilach Manheim will present her paper, “Information non-seeking behavior,” at the<a href="" target="_blank"> Information Behaviour Conference (ISIC)</a>, an international biennial conference to be held this year in Leeds, United Kingdom, from September 2-5. Manheim has received funding from GSLIS to travel and attend the conference.  </p><p>Manheim’s paper analyzes how the decision to <em>not </em>seek information has been studied and understood, with an examination of how the lens of information-seeking research has framed the way non-seeking behavior has been approached. Manheim argues that exploring information non-seeking behavior more holistically may lead scholars to discover that these behaviors could sometimes have beneficial uses, along with enabling a deeper understanding of information non-seeking in general. The premise originally came out of a project that Manheim created in Assistant Professor Nicole Cooke’s course, LIS 503: Use and Users of Information.</p><p>“I was thrilled to learn that my paper was chosen, especially since this is such a major conference for information behavior scholarship and is attended by many of the leaders in this field. Dr. Cooke’s support and guidance has been instrumental in completing this research and resulting paper, as well as in recommending that I submit my work to this conference,” said Manheim. “I also really appreciate the generous financial support provided by GSLIS through the conference travel grant for international travel. It demonstrates the school’s commitment to providing learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.”</p><p>Manheim is currently working in a long-term paid internship at the Salt River Project (SRP), a water and power utility company in Arizona. She started at the SRP corporate library, helping out on some instructional design development projects for the information management employee training program. She then joined the IT Strategy &amp; Architecture department, where she has enjoyed the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, including information governance, IT governance methodology and tools development, training and documentation development, and intranet redesign projects. She also has served as the content manager for two high-visibility departmental SharePoint intranet sites. Manheim’s long-term career goals are focused primarily on user experience research and human-centered information design. </p><p>“The ISIC conference is an incredible opportunity to learn about the latest advances in information behavior research, and to meet practitioners who conduct research outside of the academic setting,” Manheim says. </p><p>Manheim’s paper will be published in the international online journal, <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Information Research</em></a>.</p> Information Organization, Access, and Retrieval student news Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:31:56 +0000 cglaze 9353 at Stodden joins GSLIS faculty <p>The Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Illinois (GSLIS) is pleased to announce that Victoria Stodden has joined the GSLIS faculty.</p> <p>A leading figure in the area of reproducibility in computational science, Stodden is exploring how can we better ensure the reliability and usefulness of scientific results in the face of increasingly sophisticated computational approaches to research. Her work addresses a wide range of topics, including standards of openness for data and code sharing, legal and policy barriers to disseminating reproducible research, robustness in replicated findings, cyberinfrastructure to enable reproducibility, and scientific publishing practices. </p> <p>"Increasingly we form theories and make consequential decisions based on applications of highly complex methods applied to vast quantities of information," notes GSLIS Dean Allen Renear. "It is now more important than ever that both methods and data be accessible to other researchers within an infrastructure of policies and practices that support independent confirmation and reuse. The potential benefits include safer, fairer, more accurate, and more effective science. Victoria has been expertly directing national attention to this issue. And she has shown that while computational approaches may present new challenges for ensuring useful reliable scientific discoveries, they also present new opportunities for addressing those challenges. We are very excited to have Victoria at GSLIS." </p> <p>“GSLIS is such a compelling and natural place to teach and do research on the impact of digitization on scholarly research and dissemination practices. I am excited to be joining a forward thinking community of outstanding faculty and students deeply engaged at the interface of information and technology – a community emphasizing not only excellence in scholarly research but also innovation in teaching and mentorship, interdisciplinary breadth, and the spirit of technological creativity embodied by the university,” said Stodden. </p> <p>Stodden will hold an affiliate faculty appointment with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in addition to affiliate faculty appointments in the College of Law, the Department of Computer Science, and the Department of Statistics.</p> <p>“Victoria will establish and lead an interdisciplinary research team at NCSA, leveraging the breadth of activities and scientific applications at the center, as well as those in GSLIS and other academic units” stated NCSA Director Ed Seidel. “Victoria is an exemplar for the type of interdisciplinary faculty we are jointly recruiting with academic units across the university as NCSA develops faculty-led research teams to tackle complex, interdisciplinary problems, and advance our position as a world leading center for applications in simulation, modeling and advanced data-intensive computing.”</p> <p>“Computer Science sees terrific synergies between our growing focus on big data technologies and Victoria’s foundational work on reproducibility,” said Rob A. Rutenbar, head of the Computer Science Department.  “We’re really happy she chose Illinois.”</p> <p>Stodden co-chairs the NSF Advisory Committee for CyberInfrastructure and is a member of the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Advisory Committee. She also serves on the National Academies Committee on Responsible Science: Ensuring the Integrity of the Research Process and is a member of the NCBI Board of Scientific Counselors for the NIH National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central National Advisory Committee.</p> <p>Previously an assistant professor of statistics at Columbia University, Stodden taught courses in data science, reproducible research, and statistical theory and was affiliated with the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering. She co-edited two books released this year, <em>Privacy, Big Data, and the Public Good: Frameworks for Engagement </em>published by Cambridge University Press and <em>Implementing Reproducible Research</em> published by Taylor &amp; Francis.</p> <p>Stodden earned both her PhD in statistics and her law degree from Stanford University. She also holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of British Columbia and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Ottawa. Before joining Columbia’s faculty, she was a research fellow at Harvard Law School, a postdoctoral fellow at MIT Sloan School of Management, and a Kauffman Fellow in Law and Innovation in the Information Society Project at Yale Law School.</p> Data Curation Information Organization, Access, and Retrieval Scholarly Communication Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:05:14 +0000 kimsch 9348 at Lenstra to present oral history work at MAC Symposium <p>GSLIS doctoral student Noah Lenstra will serve on the concluding panel at the Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) Fall Symposium, which will take place September 12 and 13 at the Illini Union. The theme of the symposium is “Oral History, Archives, and Innovation.”</p><p>Lenstra will present his work as the project director of <a href="" target="_blank">eBlack Champaign-Urbana</a>, a collaborative program focused on creating a digital library of historical and cultural material, blogs, videos, and other media of the African-American community in Champaign-Urbana. For two years, Lenstra guided local high school students in implementing oral history projects with local African-American senior citizens. These projects involved partnerships with local businesses, community groups, churches, and community centers. The eBlackCU project worked with local archives, libraries, and museums to aggregate these oral histories into a single website.</p><p>Lenstra will focus his MAC comments on these projects, with a particular focus on what it means to develop, implement, and preserve community-based oral history projects in the digital age.</p><p>“The audience of 150 archivists from across the Midwest will, I hope, leave the panel with an enriched understanding of the work involved in this type of project, the benefits of moving their archives in this direction, and the collaborations required to bring this type of work to fruition,” says Lenstra.</p><p>Joining Lenstra in the panel discussion, titled "Local Oral History Projects Showcase," will be GSLIS alumni Joanne Kaczmarek (MS '00) and Ellen Swain (MS '95). The symposium itself will examine best practices to collect, curate, and disseminate oral histories in a digital age and how technologies and tools can be used to capture and preserve history. The program and link to registration is available on the <a href="" target="_blank">MAC website</a>.</p> Archives and Preservation Social and Community Informatics student news Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:27:06 +0000 cashwill 9333 at McDowell leads Student Affairs team <p>Kate McDowell (MS ’99, PhD ’07), GSLIS associate professor, has been appointed assistant dean for the Office of Student Affairs as of August 16, 2014. McDowell has been serving as interim assistant dean since January and will continue to oversee admissions, advising, career services, and recruiting while managing Student Affairs as it expands its services and renews its focus on student engagement. </p> <p>“Our mission is to foster a learning experience that enables students to reach their individual goals in a balanced, healthy, inclusive student environment,” said McDowell. “We support a full roster of advising and career events (<a href="" target="_blank">available on the GSLIS calendar</a>) as well as ongoing individual student consultations. This semester, we’ll have a survey and several open meetings in late October to gather feedback on Student Affairs work.”</p> <p>Students Affairs will also be organizing Lightning Talks on Saturday, October 11, during which students make quick presentations about their current projects. This will be just one of many activities planned for LEEP weekend. Staff will also be working on a new event called Course-apalooza in late October. </p><p>“Course-apalooza will let both on-campus and online students connect with instructors and allow instructors to promote their exciting spring course offerings," said McDowell. "The format will be a combination of short talks and info tables.”</p> <p>“I’m delighted that Kate has accepted this position. Kate has been here at GSLIS in one role or another for over 15 years; she has rich and discerning understanding of all aspects of the School, and has always been deeply committed to understanding and improving the student experience,” said GSLIS Dean and Professor Allen Renear.</p> <p>McDowell has been a member of the GSLIS faculty since 2007. She teaches and conducts research in youth services librarianship, the history of readers, and storytelling and has published articles in <em>Children and Libraries, Book History,</em> <em>Libraries and the Cultural Record, </em>and <em>Library Quarterly</em>. </p> School News student news Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:33:08 +0000 kimsch 9323 at Diesner, Mishra present at ACM Web Science Conference <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/Diesner_and_Mishra.jpeg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="225" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Assistant Professor Jana Diesner and GSLIS doctoral student Shubhanshu Mishra recently attended the ACM Web Science 2014 conference held in Bloomington, Indiana. They presented their paper, “Comparison of communication networks built from explicit and implicit data,” co-authored with Illinois engineering master’s student Amirhossein Aleyasen, as well as PhD candidate Aaron Schecter and Professor Noshir Contractor, both of Northwestern University. </p> <blockquote><p>Abstract: Social networks can be constructed from explicit information about who is talking to whom, and/ or inferred from the content of communication. How do the resulting network structures compare? We provided an answer to this question by constructing explicit social networks from chat logs and comparing them to implicit social networks built from text data generated by these agents. We apply different conceptualizations of similarity to the text data. This work helps to understand if explicit social networks (what people typically work with) can serve as a proxy for the true structure of communication networks. Our findings suggest that the more simplistic approach on the lexical level outperforms the more complex, topic-based approach. This means that reconstructing social networks based on lexical features is the best option tested, while detecting alternative and additional latent structures of people sharing the same topical knowledge requires looking for thematic clusters of word use.  </p></blockquote><p>They also presented a poster at the conference, <a href="">“Enthusiasm and support: alternative sentiment classification for social movements on social media”</a> co-authored with bioinformatics master’s student Sneha Agarwal, GSLIS doctoral students Jinlong Guo and Kirstin Phelps, and Johna Picco (MS ’14). By analyzing social media, specifically Twitter, they found that enthusiastic and supportive tweets are more prevalent in tweets about social causes than other types of tweets on Twitter. <a href="">Mishra participated in a PechaKucha event at the conference, presenting a lighting talk about this work.</a> </p> <p>“The conference not only involved the computational aspects of the field of web science, but also the need for greater interdisciplinary involvement of researchers from other fields,” said Mishra, who received the ACM SigWeb Student Travel award to attend the conference. “The presentations and sessions were a great blend of getting to know the social aspect of the information and research on the web along with introduction to new theories and solutions that can help in the advancement of web science research.” </p> network analysis Online Communities socio-technical data analytics web science Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:25:47 +0000 kimsch 9320 at Get to know Jennifer Borchardt (MS '11), customer experience VP <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/_IGP1775.jpg.jpeg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="305" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Jennifer Borchardt built on a strong background in user experience design and strategy with a master’s degree from GSLIS. Now Borchardt is a VP at a major bank and speaks professionally to peer groups and graduate students.</p><p><strong>Where do you work and what is your role?</strong><br />I am a group lead and vice president in the online customer experience team at Wells Fargo, one of the largest banks in the United States. My team designs Wells Fargo's customer-facing web sites and applications for mobile and tablet devices. My work is an exciting intersection of creative, technical, and business. My professional background is in user experience design and strategy. I have worked at Wells Fargo for nine years and have been in this field for almost eighteen years. I am based in San Francisco, but frequently travel around the U.S. for work. I was previously a lead for an international trading firm; I lived and worked throughout Europe for six years and managed creative and technical teams in fourteen countries.</p><p><strong>What do you like best about your job?</strong><br />The number one reason why I love coming to work each day is the people with whom I work. I have an exceptionally talented team and outstanding leaders who consistently challenge me. Working in a large financial institution isn't for everyone, but it's perfect for me. I really enjoy the structure and order of everything as well as the regulations and challenges of working within them. I also get to specialize and become an expert in a growing field. I am very passionate about what I do: help people make better financial decisions. I feel incredibly fortunate to be doing this work and to be able to go all of the places in the world this work has taken me.</p><p><strong>How did GSLIS help you get to where you are today?</strong><br />Illinois’s library and information science program is widely respected, so being a graduate has definitely opened a lot of doors for me personally and professionally. Immediately upon completing my graduate studies, I was offered a much larger strategic leadership role at Wells Fargo. Soon afterwards, I was invited to work with some leading graduate programs, including MIT and Stanford. My Illinois connection also gave me the opportunity to get speaking engagements with several respected technology companies and professional organizations.</p><p>The business and computer science courses I took at GSLIS were hugely valuable. The courses that were most beneficial and directly applicable to my career were Yoo-Seong Song's Information Consulting and Catherine Blake's Introduction to Databases. They were among the most challenging classes I have ever taken and gave me extremely valuable technical and professional skills. Studying at GSLIS was a great opportunity for me because it allowed me to continue working and stay current in a rapidly advancing field while getting a top-notch graduate education. I was able to immediately apply my professional experience to my studies and vice versa, which helped both tremendously.</p><p><strong>What advice would you like to share with GSLIS students?</strong><br />Be creative; creative in how you approach your GSLIS education and how you apply what you've learned to your professional pursuits. Library and information science is one of the most versatile areas of study. The skills learned in this program can be applied to a variety of fields—business, education, technology, finance, and science to name just a few. The only limitation is how you decide to use these skills and market yourself to potential employers.</p><p>Networking is also hugely important. Develop productive relationships with your professors and fellow students; if you're in the LEEP program, many of these students are already accomplished professionals so take extra care to connect with them, particularly if they are working in a field that interests you. If you have a class project that enables you to work with an outside company, it's well worth the effort to cultivate a relationship with the company's representative. Professors can often help with that. Also, don't forget to reach out to the Illinois alumni network. Informational interviews and emails can sometimes lead to a great job, given enough time and the right kind of effort.</p><p>In short, don't be shy about creatively (yet honestly) marketing yourself as having the valuable skills you're learning in GSLIS!</p><p><strong>What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?</strong><br />I am fortunate to have a job that gives me a lot of vacation time, so I travel around the world for scuba diving and cycling trips. The San Francisco Bay Area is one of the best places anywhere for cycling so I do a lot of riding here, too. I participate in about a dozen races and long-distance cycling events per year, including an annual ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. I also spend a lot of time working on my house and, like many GSLIS students, doting on my cats.</p><p><strong>What’s next for you?</strong><br />Professionally, I am evolving the user experience practice at Wells Fargo and growing my team of talented designers and user experience experts. I am also doing more professional speaking events and guest lecturing at graduate programs. I would love to be a guest speaker in a GSLIS class. Personally, I want to continue traveling and am planning to visit five new countries this year. Someday in the not too distant future, I would love to apply what I learned in GSLIS to help build libraries and learning centers in a developing country.</p> alumni news alumni profile Get to know GSLIS Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:54:38 +0000 cglaze 9248 at Knox’s intellectual freedom research gains national momentum <p>With a book under contract, a nationwide research project underway, a recent publication in <em>The Library Quarterly</em>, and plans to teach a unique new course to students across the country this fall, Assistant Professor Emily Knox (MS ’03) is gaining national attention for her research in the area of intellectual freedom. </p><p>First inspired to study banned books by her mother, a former high school librarian, Knox’s research today centers around the relationships between information, society, and power, and the impact of these relationships on intellectual freedom. She’s found her niche looking specifically at what factors motivate individuals to initiate book challenges.</p> <p>“I look at the themes in challengers’ discourse and try to understand the commonalities,” Knox explained. “How do they justify this thing that seems so strange to many of us and goes against a lot of ideas about ‘freedom’ in the United States?”</p> <p>Though there has been much documentation and publicity surrounding attempts to restrict access to print and electronic information, most focuses on the responses of librarians and communities rather than the factors that motivate some individuals to request that access to particular information be restricted. Knox is under contract with Rowman and Littlefield to publish a book in 2015 in which she’ll examine the worldviews that motivate challengers as well as their own reading habits.</p> <p>To explore this issue quantitatively, Knox and colleagues from the University of Kentucky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and MuckRock, an outlet for government document-based news and public records request clearinghouse, created the <a href="" target="_blank">Mapping Information Access</a> project. This initiative seeks to compile data on book challenges and internet filtering from the public records of every public library and school in the nation. Although starting with a sample of institutions across the country, the team hopes to eventually create a comprehensive record of challenges and shed light on the conditions in which information access has been challenged or restricted. They are collecting geographic, demographic, and economic data, as well as collection development policies and internet filtering protocols. </p><p>“Almost all of the books that you read on intellectual freedom say that books can be banned anywhere, but there’s no citation for that. We have really incomplete information. This research will give us a bird’s eye view of how challenging operates over the entire country,” Knox explained. “I’m interested in seeing if there are general trends with book banning. I’m particularly interested in correlations between challenges and economic downturns or insider/outsider effects.”</p> <p>Knox has also investigated the historical evolution of book banning and the implications of this in modern librarianship. In January, she published an article titled, “Supporting Intellectual Freedom: Symbolic Capital and Practical Philosophy in Librarianship,” in <em>The Library Quarterly,</em> 84(1). In this paper, Knox discussed how three areas—codification, institutionalization, and investigation—formed the foundation of a practical philosophy for the support of intellectual freedom in librarianship.</p> <p>Knox’s research into the history of intellectual freedom and contemporary censorship activities are coming together in a new course she will teach this fall. Offered jointly by GSLIS and the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), the graduate-level course will be taught online and will be open to any student enrolled in a library and information science program.</p> <p>“We will explore a range of topics in the class from the historical roots of intellectual freedom to pro- and anti-censorship arguments, as well as learn practical strategies for supporting intellectual freedom in libraries and other institutional settings,” Knox said.</p> <p>“We’re thrilled to enter into this partnership with the University of Illinois,” said FTRF Executive Director Barbara M. Jones. “We’re particularly looking forward to working with Emily Knox, who has quickly established herself as a leading expert in the field.”</p> intellectual freedom Librarianship Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:42:05 +0000 kimsch 9318 at Putting documentary films in ConText <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/Cover%20shot%20ConText_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="450" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/resize-300w/Context%20Word%20Image_0.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="259" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Documentary films are powerful storytelling vehicles. The best social justice films take us to places we’ve not been before, engaging our minds and our hearts as they explore some of the most significant issues of society: poverty, education, the environment, health, social equality. In ninety minutes or less, we are moved by these stories. But are we moved to action? </p><p>That is the question that Jana Diesner, assistant professor, set out to answer. “A great number of documentary films are made with the idea that by bringing an issue to the public in an artistically appealing, compelling, and dramatic way, they can have an impact by effecting change,” she said. “Often that means an incremental contribution towards some bigger goal.”</p> <p>However, it has been diffcult to tell whether watching a movie on climate change, for example, actually moves people to alter their perception or habits. In fact, the success of a social justice documentary is often measured either by quantitative metrics such as the number of screenings, or in a more qualitative fashion by conducting interviews with small focus groups before and after a screening.</p> <p>Diesner took a different approach that brings these solutions closer together. She wanted to find out how people thought and felt about an issue before and after a movie was released, and to identify how much the film’s content and its coverage in both traditional and social media contribute towards any change in the public discourse. She knew that by combining methods from natural language processing, social network analysis, and data visualization, she could get a more comprehensive, rigorous, and effcient grasp on the impact of a documentary.</p> <p>With support from the JustFilms division of the Ford Foundation—a major funder of documentary films—Diesner put together a team of graduate students from a diverse set of backgrounds to design and build ConText, a publicly available tool that facilitates impact assessment. In addition to evaluating impact after a film has been released, they also bring this computational solution to filmmakers in earlier stages of work. Using ConText, Diesner and her team work in collaboration with various directors, producers, and funders to identify strategic opportunities that make the most of outreach and campaigning, ultimately increasing the impact of films that are about to be released.</p> <p>This collaboration doesn’t only make the film’s impact more powerful, it also makes ConText work even better. “We gain a tremendous amount of valuable insights from working directly with filmmakers and those in the media. Their subject matter expertise is fundamental to our ability to improve our technology such that it becomes more useful and gets used to solve a specific real-world problem here and now,“ said Diesner. </p> <p><strong></strong><em><strong>Photo caption:</strong> Team members include, from left Andrew Higgins, doctoral student in philosophy; Shubhanshu Mishra, doctoral student in GSLIS; Sean Wilner, doctoral student in Informatics; Diesner; Kiumars Soltani, doctoral student in Informatics; Jinseok Kim, doctoral student in GSLIS; Liang Tao, master's student in agricultural engineering; and Amirhossein Aleyasen, master's student in computer science.</em></p><p> <strong>Putting ConText to work</strong></p><p><strong></strong>After realizing she could apply a computational method to a seemingly abstract question, Diesner and her team had to decide what indicators they would use to measure impact. They then got to work identifying and developing methods and software that enable the measuring and analysis of these indicators.</p> <p>It isn’t only important, though, to find the right opportunities for connection. Diesner found that filmmakers must also be strategic in the way in which they communicate with journalists if they want to increase a film’s impact. “In our analyses we sometimes see a strong focus in the press on portraying a film as a high-quality art product, which is certainly a major goal and success for a filmmaker. However, if they more strongly present their film as a vehicle for raising public awareness around an issue when talking to reporters, the focus turns to the issue, not the art. We have observed this trend for classic media as well as social media. On social media, interestingly, it is often the user community who ties the art product to a lively debate on a broad range of aspects of the issue,” said Diesner.</p> <p><strong>The House I Live In</strong></p> <p>One documentary that aimed to increase awareness and education concerning an issue is the award-winning film, <em>The House I Live In</em>. Written and directed by renowned filmmaker Eugene Jarecki, the documentary investigates drug use in America, acknowledging the devastating effects drug use has on families while also challenging the notion that the war on drugs, as it has played out in the political arena as well as the criminal justice system for the last forty years, is having any positive effect. In fact, the movie asserts that it is the war on drugs and mandatory minimum sentencing that has made “America the world’s largest jailer, and destroyed impoverished communities at home and abroad, all while drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today than ever.”</p> <p>In their baseline model, Diesner’s team discovered that the issues of mandatory minimum sentencing and prisons were jointly discussed with other topics, mainly drugs and legislation. Diesner asserts that facilitating discussion of these topics when talking about the documentary could increase the film’s chances of making an impact. Following the movie’s release, Diesner found that <em>The House I Live In</em> was covered by the press both as an art product as well as a vehicle for discussion around the war on drugs and the social issues that surround the topic. Early social media posts mainly related to screening announcements and introducing the movie's director, main characters, and issues. Eventually, the commenters on these posts not only tied the film to the issues at hand, but also included themes not addressed in the original posts, such as the workings of the prison system, the experiences of people of color, and how drugs have affected people’s lives. The film’s social media accounts continued the dialogue, and ultimately it is this engagement that has kept the issue—and the movie—in active discussion.</p> <p>The movie was released in 2012 and, among its many honors, received the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Two years later, the front page of the film’s website is devoted to educating readers and providing ways to act on the issue. Similarly, the documentary’s Facebook page remains active, notifying its nearly 20,000 fans about legislative developments as well as coverage of the drug war in the media.</p> <p><strong>Beyond the screen</strong></p> <p>ConText was developed to further investigate social justice documentaries, but the tool functions across a wide set of uses and users. From the very beginning, Diesner built ConText with a bigger goal in mind: to create a tool that conducted text analysis and network analysis in an integrated and efficient fashion, and to make this tool available across disciplines.</p> <p>Diesner and her team are currently expanding the reach of ConText by branching out into the assessment of other types of media, such as feature stories and campaigns. “We have begun to think about impact assessment in a more generalized way as it also applies to other domains, including academia, politics, and business. We also continue to develop, apply, and evaluate methods and algorithms for constructing different types of network data based on natural language text data and jointly analyzing text data and network data. ConText is our sandbox for providing these novel solutions.“</p> <p>In order to bring ConText to the end user, Diesner and her team are continuously running hands-on training workshops to participants from academia, the private sector, and governmental units. Diesner has conducted training workshops for this open-source tool with scholars in South Korea, Denmark, South Africa, Peru, Russia, and the U.S. “Seeing how people interact with the tool helps us to continuously improve the usability and routines offered in ConText. Users come to us with projects in mind and suggestions for new features that we might never think of, and we greatly appreciate that feedback.”</p><p><em><strong>Note regarding image:</strong> Topics present in the dataset containing press releases about the documentary </em>The House I Live In<em> after the documentary was released. Each cloud represents a topic comprised of several words. The words in the cloud have been tagged according to the sentiment related to them. The topic positioning represents how closely the text represents the topic. The center cloud represents a more central topics in the text which in this case is gun, assault, county and judge. Other topics around the center in clockwise direction are in decreasing order of their fit to the overall text. The font size of each word represents the frequency of that word relative to other words.</em></p> Social and Community Informatics socio-technical data analytics Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:09:24 +0000 kimsch 9316 at GSLIS students named ARL 2014-2016 Diversity Scholars <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> press release courtesy of The Association of Research Libraries </div> </div> </div> <p>Members of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Committee on Diversity and Leadership have selected thirteen LIS master's students to participate in the<a href="" target="_blank"> 2014–2016 Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) as ARL Diversity Scholars</a>.</p><p>Underwritten by ARL member libraries, the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce offers numerous financial benefits to program participants as well as leadership development provided through the annual ARL 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.</p><p>Jay Schafer, director of libraries at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and member of the IRDW selection committee, said, “It is always inspiring to review the IRDW applications and to learn there are so many highly qualified students from traditionally underrepresented groups who are excited about careers in academic and research libraries, and archives. My only regret is that we cannot provide support to a greater number of these students.”</p><p>Fellow selection committee member Alberta Comer, dean of the J. Willard Marriott Library and university librarian at the University of Utah, added, “The IRDW is helping libraries build a more diverse workforce, a critical component for providing the services and resources needed by students and faculty in the twenty-first century. Diversity in library staff and in library leadership is needed now more than ever as our communities become more enriched with racial and ethnic diversity.”</p><p>The 2014–2016 Diversity Scholars are:</p><ul><li><strong>    Alonso Avila, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign</strong></li><li>    Benjamin D. Branch, North Carolina Central University</li><li>    Richard Cho, University of California, Los Angeles</li><li>    Linh Gavin Do, Indiana University Bloomington</li><li>    Joyce Gabiola, Simmons College</li><li>    Alia Gant, University of Texas at Austin</li><li>    John Martin, University of North Texas</li><li>    Alda Migoni, University of California, Los Angeles</li><li>    Amanda Moreno, Long Island University/New York University</li><li>    Rebecca Orozco, St. Catherine University</li><li>    Monique Perez, University of Arizona</li><li>  <strong>  Yesenia Román-López, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign</strong></li><li>    Deborah Alvarez Tarver, Florida State University</li></ul><p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Association of Research Libraries (ARL)</a> is a nonprofit organization of 125 libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations.</p> honors and awards student news Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:58:38 +0000 cglaze 9300 at GSLIS to participate in IFLA Annual Conference <p>GSLIS will participate in the upcoming <a href="" target="_blank">International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)</a> World Library and Information Congress in Lyon, France, on August 16-22. This annual conference brings together LIS professionals and students from more than 120 countries and provides opportunities for networking and professional development. Among the presenters will be the GSLIS faculty and students listed below. Attendees are invited meet with faculty and staff at Booth #D-108. </p> <p>Professor <strong>Alistair Black</strong> will present his paper titled, “Mr. Hutchings Goes to Washington: British Librarians in the United States, 1876-1951,” at the Library History Special Interest Group session, “Building a Global Network: International Librarianship at the Confluence of Cultures, Practices, and Standards,” on August 17. </p> <p>Doctoral student<strong> Claudia Serbanuta</strong> will present her paper titled, “Mapping professional development: a technical library story,” at the Library History Special Interest Group session, “Building a Global Network: International Librarianship at the Confluence of Cultures, Practices, and Standards,” on August 17. </p> <p>Doctoral student<strong> RaShauna Brannon</strong> and University of Tennessee-Knoxville doctoral student LaVerne Gray will give a presentation titled, "The Social Justice Imperative in Library and Information Science Education and Research,” at the IFLA Section on Education and Training 40th Anniversary Summit on August 18. Brannon and Gray also will deliver their presentation as a poster titled, “Transformative Pedagogy: The Social Justice Collaboratorium.”</p><p>CAS student <strong>Joe Coyle</strong> (MS '11) and <strong>Rae-Anne Montague</strong> (MS '00, PhD '06), assistant professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, will deliver a poster presentation titled, “Mix IT Up! Youth-Centered Engagement @ Your Library" on August 18-19.</p> <p>Doctoral student<strong> K.R. Roberto</strong> and McGill University colleague Martin Morris will present, "Information-seeking Behaviour of LGBTQ Health Professional: New Data to Inform Inclusive Practice," at the LQBTQ Users Special Interest Group session, "Addressing the Silence: How Libraries can Serve Their LGBTQ Users," on August 18.</p><p>Associate Professor<strong> Terry Weech</strong> will present an overview of the GSLIS <a href="">Graduate Certificate in Special Collections</a> program in a presentation titled, “Certificate Programs for Special Collections Librarianship,” during the August 18 panel discussion, “What is the Ideal Curriculum?”</p> School News Mon, 04 Aug 2014 13:21:58 +0000 cglaze 9214 at GSLIS eUpdate: Volume 14, Number 1 <p><em>The GSLIS eUpdate, published every other month, summarizes current news, events, alumni and advancement highlights, and continuing professional development opportunities. Other publications that may be of interest to alumni and friends are listed on the </em><a href=""><em>GSLIS Publications</em></a> web page.</p> <p>_____________________________________________________<br />IN THIS ISSUE</p> <ol><li>GSLIS Spotlight</li><li>GSLIS News Summary</li><li>Continuing Professional Development</li><li>Alumni and Advancement Highlights</li><li>Calendar of Events</li><li>Unsubscribe and/or Contact Us</li></ol><p style="line-height:20px;">_____________________________________________________<br />1. GSLIS SPOTLIGHT</p><p><strong><a href="">Allen Renear named Dean of GSLIS</a></strong></p><p>Professor Allen Renear has been named the dean of the school. His appointment becomes effective August 16, pending approval of the university's board of trustees. Renear has been serving as interim dean since February 2012.</p><p>"He has worked diligently to improve the financial condition of the school, made critical hires in strategic areas of faculty strength and is working with faculty on a shared vision that will ensure GSLIS remains the top information school in the 21st century," said Ilesanmi Adesida, the vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost for the Urbana campus.</p><p style="line-height:20px;">_____________________________________________________<br />2. GSLIS NEWS SUMMARY</p> <p>For a comprehensive list of recent news items, visit the <a href=""><span>GSLIS Newsroom</span></a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="">GSLIS faculty, students work to create data literate citizenry</a></strong></p> <p>As data becomes more accessible and the tools to use and explore it become more common, the need for a data literate citizenry is growing. Read more about GSLIS Professor Michael B. Twidale, Associate Professor Catherine Blake, and Research Associate Professor Jon Gant's investigations into these issues and how GSLIS students and alumni can be essential in improving data literacy.</p><p><strong><a href="">CIRSS faculty, staff travel to Oxford for digital humanities workshop</a></strong></p> <p>GSLIS faculty and staff collaborated with the Oxford e-Research Centre to organize and lead a workshop, Data Curation and Access for the Digital Humanities, as part of the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School, which was held July 14-18.</p><p><strong>GSLIS Social Media</strong></p> <p>For up-to-date news and announcements, you are invited to follow us on <a href=""><span>Twitter</span></a> and "like" us on <a href=""><span>Facebook</span></a>.</p> <p style="line-height:20px;">_____________________________________________________<br />3. CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT</p> <p>The following courses are available for those interested in post-master's degree professional development. The courses are offered by GSLIS as an approved content provider for the <a href="" target="_blank"><span>ALA/APA-CPLA Program</span></a>. More information about the courses and registration information can be found on our <a href=""><span>CPLA web page</span></a>.</p><p><a href="">Politics, Networking, and Your Library</a><br />Dates: August 4 - September 8, 2014<br />Time: Online asynchronous sessions<br />Instructor: Pam Tomka, MLS<br />Cost: $300</p><p><strong>Upcoming in Fall 2014: Library Research Seminar VI</strong></p> <p>Be an engaged librarian! Papers, panels, posters, and workshops at Library Research Seminar VI will allow academics, practitioners, and graduate students to see how collaboration and cross-disciplinary research can create new knowledge and partnerships with deep and lasting impact. Join us October 7-9, 2014 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Information about the conference can be found on the <a href=""><span>Library Research Seminar web page</span></a>.</p> <p style="line-height:20px;">_____________________________________________________<br />4. ALUMNI and ADVANCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS</p><p><strong>Help GSLIS Recruit Outstanding Students</strong></p><p>As the October 15 deadline for spring admission approaches, we encourage you to share our <a href="">recruitment flyer</a> with individuals who have the potential for success in our master's program. Our School is working to recruit students from a broad range of backgrounds with the goal of preparing them for successful careers in a diverse job market. Staff in our Admissions Office are glad to answer questions and can be reached by telephone at (800) 982-0914 or via <a href="mailto:">"email" -lis-apply, at</a>. </p><p><strong>Tell Us about Your Editorial Roles</strong></p><p>The GSLIS Communications Office wants to hear from alumni who hold editorial leadership positions. If you edit a journal or serve on an editorial board, tell us about it. Send details, include your name, the publication title, and your role to <a href="mailto:">""-communications, at</a>. </p><p><strong><a href="">GSLIS seeks nominations for Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award</a></strong></p><p>Given annually, this award acknowledges individuals or groups who have furthered the cause of intellectual freedom, particularly as it impacts libraries and information centers and the dissemination of ideas. Letters of nomination and documentation about the nominee should be sent by October 1 to Associate Professor Terry Weech, either by <a href="mailto:">"email" -weech, at"</a> with a copy to <a href="mailto:">""-gslisdean, at</a>, or in paper form to Terry Weech, Associate Professor, GSLIS, 501 East Daniel Street, Champaign, IL 61820.</p><p><strong>$295 Needed to Reach LEEP Cohort Challenge Goal</strong></p><p>Established in 2009, the LEEP Cohort Challenge set a goal to raise $25,000 in support of LEEP student scholarships. Fourteen cohort leaders and over 100 donors have responded to the call for action. Over the six-year period, the campaign was infused by a little healthy competition among cohorts to see who could raise the most support. A summary of the current rankings follows:</p><p>Cohort 3: $4,775 (Marci Cohen, Leader)<br />Cohort 7: $3,700 (Brooke Johnson, Leader)<br />Cohort 1: $2,300 (Kendi Kelley, Leader)<br />Cohort 8: $1,955 (Amanda McKay/Jomichele Seidl, Co-Leaders)<br />Cohort 10: $1,350 (Judi Bikel/Helen Linda, Co-Leaders)<br />Cohort 9: $790 (Kathleen Mahoney, Leader)<br />Cohort 6: $655 (James Obst, Leader)<br />Cohort 5: $650 (Melissa Henderson, Leader)<br />Cohort 11: $600 (Jodi Schneider, Leader)<br />Cohort 15: $600<br />Cohort 14: $595<br />Cohort 13: $525 (Shannon Farrell, Leader)<br />Cohort 2: $400 (Connie Frankenfeld, Leader)<br />Cohort 12: $300<br />Cohort 4: $100 (Cyril Oberlander, Leader)<br />On-Campus Alumni/Friends: $5,410<br />Total Raised: $24,705</p><p>Click on <a href="">LEEP Distance Education Fund</a> to make your gift today.</p><p><a href="mailto:"><strong><span style="line-height:20px;">_____________________________________________________</span><br /></strong></a><strong><span style="line-height:20px;">5. CALENDAR OF EVENTS </span></strong></p><p><a href="">GSLIS Gathering @ 2014 SAA</a><br />Thursday, August 18, 2014<br />7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.<br />Scion<br />2100 P St. NW, Washington, DC 20037</p><p>Join GSLIS Alumni, students, and staff for a reception at the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting. Please RSVP to the <a href="mailto:">"GSLIS Advancement Office" -gslis-advancement, at</a>. Questions may be directed to alumni host Casey Westerman.</p><p><a href="">GSLIS @ 2014 IFLA</a><br />August 16-22, 2014<br />Lyon Convention Centre<br />Lyon, France</p><p>We invite you to visit GSLIS at Booth D108 at the <a href="">2014 IFLA Conference</a>. Assistant Dean for Advancement Diana Stroud and Associate Professor Terry Weech will host.</p><p><a href="">GSLIS Corporate Roundtable</a><br />Friday, September 12, 2014<br />11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br />University of Illinois Research Park - Enterprise Works<br />60 Hazelwood Drive, Suite 130, Champaign, IL</p><p>Speakers: James Blank (MS '97) and Erica McAllister, Caterpillar, Inc.<br />Topic: "Leveraging Enterprise Search to Solve Business Problems: A case study from Caterpillar, Inc."<br />Please e-mail <a href="mailto:">"Sharon Johnson"-sdjohnso, at</a>, CRT Coordinator, for details.</p> <p><a href="">GSLIS @ 2014 ILA</a><br />October 14-16, 2014<br />Prairie Capital Center<br />Springfield, IL</p><p>We encourage you to stop by Booth #311 to visit with alumni, faculty, students and staff.</p><p><a href="">GSLIS Breakfast @ ILA</a><br />Wednesday, October 15, 2014<br />8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.<br />President Lincoln Doubletree Hotel Ballroom<br />701 E. Adams Street, Springfield, IL 62701</p><p>Join GSLIS alumni, students and staff for a breakfast at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference. Please RSVP to the <a href="mailto:">"GSLIS Advancement Office" -gslis-advancement, at</a> prior to October 10.</p><p><strong>GSLIS @ 2014 ISLMA</strong><br />November 6-8, 2014<br />Tinley Park Convention Center<br />18451 Convention Center Drive<br />Tinley Park, IL 60477</p><p>We invite you to join GSLIS at the 2014 Illinois School Library Media Association Conference. More details to be announced.</p><p><strong>GSLIS @ 2014 HSLI</strong><br />November 13-14, 2014<br />Hilton Garden Inn<br />1501 S. Neil St.<br />Champaign, IL 61820</p><p>We invite you to join GSLIS at the 2014 Health Science Librarians of Illinois Conference. More details to be announced.</p><p>_____________________________________________________<br />6. UNSUBSCRIBE AND/OR CONTACT US</p> <p>This eUpdate is delivered to all GSLIS alumni with e-mail addresses on record at the University of Illinois Alumni Association. If you do not wish to receive further issues, please <a href="mailto:">"contact us" -gslis-advancement, at</a> and ask to be removed from the e-mail list. GSLIS will not release your e-mail address or share any other personal identifying information.</p> <p>Feel free to pass along the eUpdate to your friends and fellow GSLIS alumni and invite them to subscribe to receive the eUpdate directly! If someone has forwarded this message to you and you would like to subscribe, please <a href="mailto:">"email us" -gslis-advancement, at</a>.</p> <p>We always are interested in learning about your career and life accomplishments. To submit items, please complete and e-mail our <a href="" target="_blank">alumni update form</a>.</p> <p>The GSLIS website is an important resource for job seekers and employers alike, Visit our <a href="">careers page</a> to post a job, explore mentorship opportunities, and learn how to host students for practica, internships, and/or Alternative Spring Break.</p> <p>To support GSLIS, please visit our confidential and secure <a href="">giving site</a>.</p> <p>Have a comment about one of the stories you’ve read here? Have news that you think should be included in an upcoming issue? <a href="mailto:">"Contact us." -gslis-advancement, at</a></p> <p>Copyright © 2014 University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Permission is granted to reuse this information provided the source is cited.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:22:28 +0000 kqueal1 9262 at HathiTrust Research Center awarded grant from National Endowment for the Humanities <p>The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) is pleased to announce an exciting new project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.The NEH awarded $324,841 for “Exploring the Billions and Billions of Words in the HathiTrust Corpus with Bookworm: HathiTrust + Bookworm” (HT+BW), a two-year project that begins September 1, 2014, and will conclude August 31, 2016. </p><p>This project will be directed by J. Stephen Downie (co-director of the HTRC and GSLIS professor and associate dean of research) in collaboration with internal partners from the Illinois Informatics Institute (I3) and the University Library and external partners from Indiana University, Northeastern University, and Baylor College of Medicine. </p><p>For this project, the HTRC is partnering with the Cultural Observatory team that developed the Google Books Ngram Viewer together with Google. The goal of this collaboration is to implement a greatly enhanced open-source version of the Cultural Observatory’s “Bookworm”, a faceted text analysis and visualization tool used to track trends in the use of words and phrases over time. The HT+BW tool will assist scholars and their students in navigating the massive HT corpus by providing more powerful visualizations that incorporate multi-faceted “slicing and dicing” of the underlying data through an enhanced set of content-based and metadata-based features.</p><p>“The HathiTrust + Bookworm project will greatly enhance the value of HTRC for scholars,” said Downie, “by improving discovery, analysis, and exploration of their own research worksets as well as the entire HathiTrust corpus. The project itself reflects the quality of our collaborations both within HTRC and beyond, and I am especially impressed by the initiative taken by our GSLIS PhD student, Peter Organisciak, and our I3 colleague, Loretta Auvil, in working across departments and across institutions to bring this proposal to fruition.” </p><p>The HTRC is the official research arm of the HathiTrust, a repository that centrally collects image and text representations of library holdings digitized by the Google Books project and other mass-digitization efforts. Its mission is to contribute to the common good by collection, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge. </p> HTRC Information Organization, Access, and Retrieval Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:05:06 +0000 kimsch 9264 at Ludäscher joins GSLIS faculty <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/Ludaescher_Bertram_HighRes.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="450" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>GSLIS is pleased to announce that Professor Bertram Ludäscher will join the GSLIS faculty in Fall 2014.</p> <p>Ludäscher is a leading figure in data and knowledge management, focusing on the modeling, design, and optimization of scientific workflows, provenance, data integration, and knowledge representation. He is one of the founders of the open source Kepler scientific workflow system project, and a co-lead of the DataONE Working Group on Provenance in Scientific Workflows. DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth) is one of the initial NSF-funded DataNets and develops a distributed framework and cyberinfrastructure for environmental science data.</p> <p>Ludäscher is also developing workflow technology for quality control and data curation, e.g., of biodiversity data in natural history collections. He is leading the NSF-funded Euler project, where he is developing logic-based methods for the alignment and merging of biological taxonomies.</p> <p>At Illinois, Ludäscher will also have an appointment at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and an affiliate appointment at the Department of Computer Science.</p> <p>“This is an exciting time for the computer and information sciences: Everybody talks about ‘big data,’ and the market for data scientists is burgeoning. But with all the excitement about the new challenges and opportunities in data analytics, we must also continue to improve our capabilities to organize and curate data,” said Ludäscher. “To get valuable insights out of data at the end of analysis pipelines, we need to invest in the modeling, management, and curation of data further upstream. I’m excited to join the iSchool at Illinois, which has been the leader in information science research and education, emphasizing the importance of all phases of the data lifecycle. I’m also looking forward to collaborating with NCSA and working with colleagues in computer science on the many new challenges and opportunities in data science.”</p> <p>“We are delighted to have attracted one of the world's leaders in scientific data management to GSLIS,” said Dean Allen Renear. “Digital technologies have created exciting new opportunities to analyze vast quantities of diverse data, advancing science and addressing major societal problems—but supporting the use of this information presents deep challenges. For many years now Bertram has been leading the way in meeting these challenges.”</p> <p>“NCSA is a nexus of big data, both from the Blue Waters  petascale  supercomputer and from massive observational projects like the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. There are many issues involved in making meaning from—and finding, publishing, sharing, and archiving—these data,” said NCSA Director Ed Seidel. “We look forward to working with Professor Ludäscher and benefitting from his knowledge and expertise as we tackle these challenges together.”</p> <p>Ludäscher was most recently a professor at the Department of Computer Science and the Genome Center at the University of California, Davis. Prior to joining UC Davis, he worked at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego where until 2004 he was an associate research scientist, leading the Knowledge-Based Information Systems Lab.</p> <p>He received his MS in computer science from the Technical University of Karlsruhe in 1992, and his PhD in computer science from the University of Freiburg in 1998.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:58:50 +0000 kimsch 9258 at