Graduate School of Library and Information Science - University of Illinois en 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 How making makes a difference <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> first published in the Summer 2014 issue of Intersections, the GSLIS magazine </div> </div> </div> <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/MakerspaceGroup.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="170" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/resize-300w/MakerspaceVertical.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="450" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Assistant Professor Emily Knox (MS ’03) knows her way around a reference desk. She is a scholar working in intellectual freedom and censorship. She holds multiple degrees from prestigious universities. And now, thanks to <a href="" target="_blank">Makerspace Urbana</a>, she has added even more talents to her toolbox. She can work a soldering iron. And sew a flapper dress.</p> <p>When Knox moved to Champaign to begin teaching at GSLIS, she joined Makerspace Urbana as a way to meet new people in the community. She quickly became a core member of the group, even working to help organize last fall’s Urbana-Champaign Mini Maker Faire.</p> <p>“Being a part of Makerspace Urbana has increased my confidence in making and fixing all sorts of things. I've learned how to solder and greatly improved my sewing skills. For example, I recently broke the screen on my smartphone and rather than pay for it to be fixed, I bought all the supplies and I repaired it at Makerspace,” Knox said.</p> <p>Makerspaces are popping up all over the country, and their purpose is to bring production into the hands of everyone—literally. By providing access to tools and technology in a welcoming group environment, makerspaces allow for tinkering, collaboration, exploration, making, and ultimately, confidence building.</p> <p>Many public libraries are making space for makerspaces either by providing space and equipment, or in conducting shared programming with independent area groups.</p> <p>“Makerspaces are the next step in making resources available to the community. If a library has funding, it can provide access to all sorts of resources—not just books,” said Knox. “And you can choose to include in your makerspace anything your patrons might use, from tech to power tools.”</p> <p>For the 2013 Teen Tech Week, librarian Joel Spencer (MS ’10), partnered with Makerspace Urbana and the <a href="" target="_blank">Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab</a> to create a series of workshops and open lab times at the Urbana Free Library. Teens were invited to learn how to solder by making a “blinky robot badge,” build a simple synthesizer, and make a didgeridoo, as well as use musical instruments, a 3D printer, and media production software.</p> <p>Spencer was so pleased with the success of these events, that he now holds an open lab three times a week. This teen-only space attracts twenty to thirty teens each day it is open, and they are working on projects such as writing and recording music and designing game pieces that are printed on the 3D printer. Many GSLIS students volunteer during these open labs to help the teens.</p> <p>“The atmosphere I’m trying to create is open—that is why I called it an open lab,” said Spencer. “There tends to be a built-in fear about technology, and that can build up a barrier. I wanted to make the space available to everybody, so it was more of a hangout, but at the same time great stuff is also going on in the same room. Our makerspace blends naturally into what is already occurring, and I try to make it very approachable. Then the teens can ask, ‘How did you do that?’” said Spencer.</p> <p>In setting up his space, Spencer worked closely with fellow librarian Amber Castens (MS ’11) and GSLIS doctoral candidate Jeff Ginger, who works with the operations and community engagement aspects of the local Fab Lab. While the Fab Lab is physically located on the Illinois campus, Ginger and his colleagues have created partnerships with a number of institutions to bring the Fab Lab off campus and into the community.</p> <p>“Historically, fabrication and production facilities have been open only to highly privileged individuals—professional designers, engineers, and people in university and corporate settings,” he said. “That’s a problem in two ways: one, it keeps the access to just the highly privileged individuals; and two, it continues the privatization of information production and information processing.”</p> <p>Erin Fisher (MS ’08) is the library program manager at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. She is working with colleague Kyle Felker to develop a makerspace for students. “At the heart of academic libraries lies a commitment to growth, learning, and exploration,” she said. “By bringing makerspaces into libraries, we can provide more options for self-directed, innovative learning; we can provide a space that acts as an incubator for ideas; and we can provide tools for the rapid prototyping of those ideas.”</p> <p>Spencer has seen the difference programming like this can make for teens. “The effect of the programming has been phenomenal, especially in kids who normally had behavioral issues in the library,” he said. “Now we are working on something together. Now we are learning together. It really has had wonderful ripple effects. You get to know each other on a different level.”</p> Librarianship Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:35:34 +0000 kimsch 9256 at GSLIS names 2014-2016 Research Fellows <p>The GSLIS faculty have selected three scholars to be appointed research fellows from August 2014 to August 2016. <a href="/people/faculty/research-fellows">GSLIS research fellows</a> are chosen because their work is relevant to the interests of GSLIS faculty and students. Each will give at least one lecture during their appointment.</p><p>Nominated by Professor Les Gasser is <strong>Kristen Haring</strong>, assistant director of and lecturer in Stanford University’s Science in the Making Integrated Learning Environment program. Haring’s teaching addresses science and technology as components of culture, and her research focuses on communications technology. Her current projects include a book on the influence of the telephone on conceptions of place, and a book and exhibit on the cultural history of binary systems.</p><p>Nominated by Assistant Professor Nicole Cooke and Associate Professor Kate McDowell is <a href="" target="_blank">Julia Hersberger</a>, associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Department of Library and Information Studies. Hersberger’s research interests include information behavior, resilience theory, virtual communities, and social networking. Her research expands theories of resilience and information poverty to examine information exchange and behavior in often overlooked populations.</p><p>Nominated by Associate Professor Christine Jenkins, Assistant Professor Carol Tilley, and Associate Professor Kate McDowell is <a href="" target="_blank">Rebekah Willett</a>, assistant professor of library and information studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Willett teaches courses on young adult literature, multicultural literature for children and young adults, informational divides, and online participatory cultures. She has conducted research on children’s media cultures, focusing on issues of gender, play, literacy, and learning.</p> School News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:26:18 +0000 cglaze 9250 at Organisciak receives Outstanding Contribution Award <p>GSLIS doctoral student Peter Organisciak is among the recipients of the <a href="" target="_blank">2014 Outstanding Contribution Award</a> given by the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities. The award recognizes a landmark contribution to the field of digital humanities made by a Canadian researcher or team or researcher(s) at a Canadian institution. </p><p>The 2014 award honors the group that created and initially maintained a project called <a href="" target="_blank">A Day in the Life of Digital Humanities (Day of DH)</a>. Organisciak was recognized as one of the original creators of the project, along with Geoffrey Rockwall and Stan Reucker. Fellow award winners also included Megan Meredith-Lobay, Kamal Ranaweera, and Julianne Nyhan, who were instrumental in the maintaining Day of DH through it’s first four years. </p><p>The group, then colleagues at the University of Alberta, first conceptualized Day of DH in 2008 in response to efforts to define the boundaries of digital humanities.</p><p>“At the time, digital humanities was growing rapidly in popularity, and there were many attempts to explain what is or isn't part of the field. We decided to try a different approach: rather than saying what it is, we would show what it is. For the Day of DH, self-identified digital humanities scholars simply documented a day in their life, as a sort of bottom-up, collective definition,” Organisciak explained.</p><p>“However, while the project was meant to be a number of things, I believe its success lies as a community event. It connected scholars from around the world, helping share ideas and introducing people with similar research interests. Since many digital humanities scholars are not part of a DH center but rather work within other departments, it offered them community.”</p><p>Organisciak is a fourth-year PhD student at GSLIS and a research assistant in the <a href="">Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS)</a>. His research interests lie at the intersection of online systems and users, specifically at the juncture between the humanistic view of users and the technical considerations of systems design.</p> digital humanities honors and awards student news Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:29:53 +0000 cglaze 9252 at Get to know Sally Ma (MS '07), lead technical librarian <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/Sally%20Ma.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="299" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Former ALA Spectrum Scholar and LEEP graduate, Sally Ma has held a variety of jobs in the information professions since completing her MS. She now enjoys tackling new challenges and learning new things as the lead technical librarian at BAE Systems.</p><p><strong>Where do you work and what is your role?</strong><br />I work at BAE Systems, a global defense, security, and aerospace company, as the lead technical librarian in Chesapeake, Virginia. My main role is document control for technical documents and engineering drawings. I manage all aspects of the library, including research, cataloging, collection development, SharePoint management, and training staff.</p><p><strong>What do you like best about your job?</strong><br />As a defense contractor, I take pride in my work and the products and services of my company. Prior to my current position, I did not have a technical background and working in an engineering department means that I am always learning something new. For example, I’ve discovered that AutoCAD can be quite fun! The job has a high degree of autonomy with increasing responsibilities. I enjoy tackling the changes and challenges that come with constant new projects. Plus, I have awesome coworkers!</p><p><strong>How did GSLIS help you get to where you are today?</strong><br />I am extremely grateful for the support I received at GSLIS, especially as a recipient of the <a href="" target="_blank">American Library Association’s Spectrum Scholarship</a>. I completed the <a href="/future-students/leep">LEEP program</a> and was introduced to working in virtual teams and various technologies for online collaboration, many of which I have used throughout my career. My degree has helped me obtain a wide range of roles, including advancement researcher, youth services manager, and information literacy instructor. These roles may seem quite different, but they all share a basic foundation in library and information science that I learned at GSLIS.</p><p><strong>What advice would you like to share with GSLIS students?</strong><br />I recommend that GSLIS students take at least a few technology-focused courses. My Web Design and Construction for Organizations course was quite challenging but turned out to be the most useful and practical for my career so far. While a student, expand your network by taking advantage of student rates for conferences and professional organizations like the American Library Association and Special Libraries Association. Lastly, be open-minded about your career path. I never saw myself as a cataloger in grad school, but here I am today cataloging complex technical manuals and loving it!</p><p><strong>What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?</strong><br />I enjoy spending my weekends exploring new outdoor adventures with my fiancé and Spock, our miniature Dachshund who loves long hikes. I also enjoy exercising, baking, and DIY projects around the house.</p><p><strong>What’s next for you?</strong><br />I enjoy writing and social media and plan on starting a food or lifestyle blog this year. You can follow me on Twitter <a href="">@realsallyma</a> to learn more about it!</p> alumni news alumni profile Get to know GSLIS Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:41:18 +0000 cglaze 9243 at Abdul Alkalimat, GSLIS professor, retires <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/Abdul_Alkalimat.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="448" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Professor Abdul Alkalimat, who has been a member of the faculty at GSLIS and the Department of African American Studies since 2007, retired from the University of Illinois on May 31.</p><p>Alkalimat’s research interests include digital inequality, community informatics, and African American intellectual history as well as all aspects of Black liberation. At GSLIS, Alkalimat co-led the Community Informatics Research Laboratory with Assistant Professor Kate Williams. He taught courses on the digital divide; Black people and information technology; and African American bibliography.</p><p>“The opportunity to be part of community informatics at GSLIS has been a rewarding experience. Community informatics attends to the cutting edge of the information revolution’s transformation of the local community, and GSLIS continues to play a leading role. My bucket list is long, but I plan to continue this work in various ways,” Alkalimat said. </p><p>Among the many accolades he received during his career of nearly five decades, Alkalimat was honored on campus with the 2008 Outstanding Teaching in African American Studies Award. The quality of his teaching was reflected in the recognition and respect he earned from his students, which was of primary importance to him. Examples of his students’ appreciation include making a donation to the School in his name, and years after graduation, enrolling their children in his classes and reminiscing about their time at GSLIS.</p><p>Alkalimat has focused for nearly five decades on the field he helped to found, African American studies, particularly the history and sociology of Black liberation. His textbook, <em>Introduction to African American Studies</em>, was the first of its kind, published in seven editions over the years and now used freely in an online edition. While at Illinois, he video-recorded several semesters of lectures; those recordings are used today by individuals in the U.S. and abroad. In the mid-1990s, Alkalimat began to study information technology, inventing a subfield called eBlack Studies that now has its own journal and a network of scholars.</p><p>“Abdul is one of the nation’s leading figures working at the intersection of African American studies and community informatics, and we have had the very good fortune to have had him at GSLIS for most of the last decade. I am pleased to say that he will still be in Champaign-Urbana and still involved in the work of the School,” said GSLIS Dean Allen Renear.</p><p>Alkalimat has authored several books, including <em>The African American Experience in Cyberspace</em>, <em>Malcolm X for Beginners</em>, and <em>Black Power in Chicago: Harold Washington and the Crisis of the Black Middle Class</em>. He co-authored, with Assistant Professor Kate Williams and UIC’s Doug Gills, <em>Job?Tech: The Technological Revolution and Its Impact on Society</em>. As a result of teaching in China he collaborated with three colleagues to produce <em>Community Informatics in China and the US: Theory and Research</em>. His next book (again with Williams) is <em>Roots and Flowers: The Life and Work of Afro-Cuban Librarian Marta Terry Gonzalez</em>. Alkalimat co-authored and later helped to oversee the grant that won federal funding of high-speed Internet for Champaign-Urbana called UC2B. </p><p>Alkalimat currently serves on the editorial boards of <em>The Black Scholar</em> and <em>Fire!!!</em> and manages several research websites, including <a href="" target="_blank"></a> and <a href="" target="_blank"></a>. He started and edited for seventeen years the largest discussion list for Black Studies, <em>H-Afro-Am</em>. He has taught at institutions from coast to coast (including Fisk, Northeastern, U of Toledo, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, and UIC) and at Freie Universität Berlin, Oxford, Peking University, and the University of Ghana. He holds doctoral and master’s degrees in sociology from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and philosophy at Ottawa University.</p> faculty news Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:17:45 +0000 cglaze 9245 at JASIST to publish Mak's 'Archaeology of a Digitization' <p>Assistant Professor Bonnie Mak’s most recent publication, "Archaeology of a Digitization," will appear in the August edition of the <em>Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST)</em>. In this article Mak proposes an approach to analyzing databases and other digitized resources as "artefacts of the modern day, evidence of how we are now collectively perceiving, imagining, making, organizing, and sharing our cultural heritage."</p><p>Mak explores the history of selection and production practices of Early English Books Online (EEBO), a database that is relied on heavily by scholars in the humanities. The sources available via EEBO and the methods and motivations behind the selection and digitization of each exemplify Mak’s assertion that digitized materials embody modern perceptions of original works. Moreover, she argues that digitally encoded resources are cultural objects that should themselves be considered sites of scholarly investigation. Her excavations of EEBO reveal that the present-day database has benefited from various competing national agenda of the early- and mid-twentieth century, wartime technologies, and the labor of female historians, librarians, bibliographers, photographers, and spies during World War II.</p><p>"Databases carry traces of their own history that can be examined in a broader investigation of the social processes and practices of knowledge-production," Mak said. "My article demonstrates how we might begin to undertake the work of critically analyzing such digital resources and shows what a historical approach can offer to the study of new technologies."</p><p>Mak, who will receive tenure and be promoted to associate professor this fall, joined the GSLIS faculty in 2008. Her research interests include the interpenetration of 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 new 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 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:39:08 +0000 cglaze 9216 at Navsaria speaks about early childhood literacy, health in New York Times <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/salvationarmy20110726_0304_med.jpeg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="427" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In late June, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a new policy that asks pediatricians to strongly encourage parents to read to their children daily, especially in the first three years of a child’s life. GSLIS alum and pediatrician Dr. Dipesh Navsaria (MS ’04) works on a national scale to draw attention to the importance of reading to a child’s physical and social development. <a href="" target="_blank">He was quoted in the New York Times about the new policy</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>The pediatricians’ group hopes that by encouraging parents to read often and early, they may help reduce academic disparities between wealthier and low-income children as well as between racial groups. “If we can get that first 1,000 days of life right,” said Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, “we’re really going to save a lot of trouble later on and have to do far less remediation.”</p><p>Dr. Navsaria is the medical director of the Wisconsin chapter of <a href="" target="_blank">Reach Out and Read</a>, a nonprofit literacy group that enlists about 20,000 pediatricians nationwide to give out books to low-income families. The group is working with <a href="" target="_blank">Too Small to Fail</a>, a joint effort between the nonprofit Next Generation and the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation that is aimed at closing the word gap.</p><p>At the annual Clinton Global Initiative America meeting in Denver on Tuesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton will announce that Scholastic, the children’s book publisher, will donate 500,000 books to Reach Out and Read. Too Small to Fail is also developing materials to distribute to members of the American Academy of Pediatrics to help them emphasize the read-aloud message to parents.</p></blockquote> literacy Youth Services Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:35:44 +0000 kimsch 9222 at Tilley to speak at Comic-Con International: San Diego <p>Assistant Professor Carol Tilley will join more than 130,000 of her fellow comic book fans at <a href="">Comic-Con International</a> in San Diego July 24-27. This annual convention is considered by many to be the premier comics and entertainment event in the world. It focuses on creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and related artforms and celebrates the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.</p><p>Tilley will share her expertise in comics and comics history through her participation in the following events:</p><ul><li><strong>“Using Graphic Novels in Education”</strong> (July 24, 12-1 p.m., Room 30CDE), in which she will join other experts from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) to discuss the use of comics in classrooms and strategies for combating the confusion that often leads graphic novels to be targeted by censors.</li><li><strong>“Dr. Wertham's War on Comics”</strong> (July 25, 12-1 p.m., Room 30CDE), where she will present a talk about Fredric Wertham, who nearly destroyed the comics artform in the 1950s through his efforts to discredit the medium.</li><li><strong>“Reading With Pictures—Getting the Most out of Graphic Novels in Your Classroom &amp; Library,” </strong>(July 25, 4-5 p.m., Room 29A), where she will serve as a special guest on a panel addressing the latest research and proven practical strategies for using comics and graphic novels in the classroom or library.</li><li><strong>“Sixty Years of Seduction: Right, Wrong, and Wertham”</strong> (July 25, 8-9 p.m., Room 9), in which she will again discuss her research on Frederic Wertham.</li><li><strong>“Banned Comics”</strong> (July 26, 1-2 p.m., Room 30CDE), in which she will once again join colleagues from the CBLDF for a panel session to discuss some of the greatest comics—and those most frequently targeted for bans. Panel speakers include well-known comics creators Jeff Smith and Gene Luen Yang.</li></ul><p>Tilley has received recent press coverage for her work through interviews in <a href=";cPath=98_132&amp;products_id=1132" target="_blank">Comic Book Creator #5</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">DiamondBookshelf</a>, <a href=",0,1144862.story" target="_blank">Baltimore City Paper</a>, and in the documentary <a href="" target="_blank">Diagram for Delinquents</a>.  </p><p>At GSLIS, Tilley teaches courses in comics’ reader’s advisory, media literacy, and youth services librarianship. Part of her scholarship focuses on the intersection of young people, comics, and libraries, particularly in the United States during the mid-twentieth century. Additional research interests include history of youth services librarianship, children's print culture, information inquiry and instruction in school libraries, information seeking and use, and media literacy. Tilley's research has been published in journals including the <em>Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST)</em>,<em> Information &amp; Culture: A Journal of History</em>, and <em>Children’s Literature in Education</em>. Her research on anti-comics advocate Fredric Wertham has been featured in the <em>New York Times</em> and other media outlets. This fall Tilley will receive tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor. </p><div style="width:1px;height:1px;"> </div> comics faculty news Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:40:03 +0000 cglaze 9221 at Eight students named ALA 2014 Spectrum Scholars <p>Eight GSLIS master's students have been named <a href="" target="_blank">2014 Spectrum Scholars</a> by the American Library Association (ALA). Established in 1997, the Spectrum Scholarship Program was created to promote diversity among graduate-level library school students. Each master's-level scholar receives $5,000 from the ALA as well as over $1,500 toward professional development opportunities. In addition, GSLIS provides each scholar with a tuition waiver. Illinois residents who are recipients of the Spectrum Scholarship also receive a grant from the Sylvia Murphy Williams Fund, given by the Illinois Library Association (ILA). </p><p><strong>Alonso Avila </strong>(Giles Scholar) is entering his second year at GSLIS and specializing in special collections. He is interested in the fusion of hip-hop and librarianship and their potential to promote literacy and social awareness.</p><blockquote><p>"I am humbled to be a recipient of the ALA Spectrum Scholarship and look forward to the opportunities that ALA has to offer. This scholarship will not only help me to complete my degree in Spring 2015, but it will also enable me to network with professionals and learn how to work with the local and academic communities. It is also a great honor to be a part of a larger cohort who are committed to serving the public and fostering inclusion in LIS."</p></blockquote><p><strong>Lucy Gonzalez</strong> (ACRL Scholar) is interested in youth literacy and the role of libraries in support of underrepresented communities, specifically with regard to libraries’ impact on access to higher education. She plans to work as a reference librarian in an academic library.</p><blockquote><p>“The Spectrum Scholarship is a huge part of achieving my own academic goals. It will expose me to many individuals who are also passionate about library and information science as well as opportunities to make an impact in this field. I will be able to work towards my degree so that I may one day help others to achieve their own academic goals as well through the role of reference librarian.”</p></blockquote><p><strong>Bradley Kuykendall</strong> is a second-year master’s student and current treasurer of the ALA Student Chapter. Interested in academic and corporate libraries, he is an ARL Career Enhancement Program Fellow at the National Library of Medicine and works for John Deere at the University of Illinois Research Park. </p><blockquote><p>“This Spectrum Scholarship gives me the opportunity to be a part of a great network of individuals in the LIS community, where I can gain valuable knowledge and wisdom as I navigate through my career, as well as help support my financial needs while in school.”</p></blockquote><p><strong>Jhani Miller</strong> is studying community informatics and conducting research in central and southern Illinois.</p><blockquote><p>“I was thrilled to learn of my selection as a Spectrum Scholar, and I am quite honestly still at a loss for words. I'm excited about this opportunity to widen my professional network, learn more about ALA, and continue my research. I cannot thank everyone enough for their confidence, and I am truly humbled by it all. It has been an honor to learn next to so many gifted peers while here, and I look forward to continuing this amazing, academic journey at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.”</p></blockquote><p><strong>Jerrod Moore</strong> (NLM/MLA Scholar) is studying community informatics and is a Mix IT Up! scholar. He hopes to improve diversity in the LIS professions as director of an undergraduate library.</p><blockquote><p>“I am extremely honored to have been selected as a Spectrum Scholar. I know that there were many qualified candidates who were not chosen, and I am a bit overwhelmed to be amongst the few who were chosen. It is extremely rewarding and validating to know that my hard work is being noticed and rewarded. I would be remiss if I did not thank the faculty and staff at GSLIS for all they do to make all that we have and will accomplish possible.” </p></blockquote><p><strong>Maria San Ramon</strong> will begin taking classes at GSLIS this summer as a LEEP student. She will pursue a Certificate in Youth Services and plans to continue working as a young adult librarian after completing her degree. She hopes to eventually advance to an administrative position.</p><blockquote><p> “The Spectrum Scholarship is an opportunity for me to go back to graduate school and achieve my dream.”</p></blockquote><p><strong>Alejandra Santana</strong> (William R. Gordon Scholar) is earning a master’s degree with a Certificate in Youth Services and plans to work in a public library setting, possibly in her hometown, Chicago. </p><blockquote><p>“This scholarship means the world to me. I've always had to pay for schooling myself, and I was really worried this year because I didn't know if I would be able to, but then I received this scholarship! The opportunities and the networking possibilities can really open doors and help me in that first step to starting a career, and I can't wait to start!”</p></blockquote><p><strong>Jason Toms</strong> is interested in the cultural appropriation of minority identities, the assumptions surrounding librarians as neutral and nonjudgmental public servants, and the roles of race, gender, and sexuality in answering the question of what it means to be an informed citizen.</p><blockquote><p>“This scholarship serves as an inspiring reminder that hard work and dedication is eventually rewarded. This scholarship invigorates my faith in myself and my ambition for recognition of who I am and what I offer. I come from humble beginnings, but I have been blessed with this prestigious acknowledgement. I want to inspire other minorities to support the vitality of the library and information science profession with a career as an academic librarian at Columbia University or New York University. My first master’s degree is in sociology and my LIS degree will situate me as competitive in a field that is lacking minority voices.”</p></blockquote> honors and awards student news Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:50:30 +0000 cglaze 9220 at Get to know Alana Callender (MS '80), museum director <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/Callender.jpeg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="375" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The research and organizational skills Alana Callender developed at GSLIS have contributed to her success in several departments of the college where she has made a career for more than three decades.</p><p><strong>Where do you work and what is your role?</strong><br />I work for the Palmer College of Chiropractic. It is the first chiropractic school in the world, and I am developing their museum. I also run the historic home of the second president of the school.</p><p><strong>What do you like best about your job?</strong><br />I like the flexibility, autonomy, and creativity. I never know from one day to the next what I will be doing, and the range of tasks is incredible. It is up to me to decide what the priority is at any given moment. I find the detail work soothing and the creative part challenging.</p><p><strong>How did GSLIS help you get to where you are today?</strong><br />I started at Palmer College thirty-one years ago as a librarian. I had held one other professional library job before coming here—working for the Department of Justice Library in Washington, D.C. I only stayed in the library here at Palmer College for three years, moving from there into the research department, then into admissions, before tackling my present role. The organizational skills, research knowledge, and attention to detail required in library and information science have served me well. I know how and where to find answers.</p><p><strong>What advice would you like to share with GSLIS students?</strong><br />Be open to possibilities. I still consider myself a librarian first, but I could never have predicted my career path.</p><p><strong>What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?</strong><br />I research and write as a hobby and as a job. I especially enjoy history and am the executive director of an international chiropractic history organization that publishes a semiannual journal. I volunteer at Habitat ReStore. I also like to take cooking and wine classes. And I have ten grandchildren if I need a distraction.</p><p><strong>What’s next for you?</strong><br />More of the same until I can't get myself into work. And then I'll do it from home. The advances in technology have brought so much information to my desktop.</p> alumni news alumni profile Get to know GSLIS Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:54:33 +0000 cglaze 9215 at GSLIS faculty, students work to create data literate citizenry <p>Every day, we make decisions based on data. If selected for a trial, jurors would hear testimony from expert witnesses before deciding guilt or innocence. Parents choose medical treatments for their children based on scientific research. Democracy relies on engaged citizens who base their decisions on information drawn from an array of sources. In these situations and many others, we are called upon to make potentially life-altering decisions on the basis of data, but just how much do we really understand?</p> <p>The ability to find, interpret, and question the reliability of influential information is a necessity. This information increasingly takes the form of numerical data from high-level research, and effectively making use of this information can be a challenge. The term “data literacy” is used to refer to the ability to discover, analyze, and apply this kind of information, and awareness of the need to further develop data literacy is gaining momentum in the research world and in the information professions.</p> <p>GSLIS Professor Michael B. Twidale, Associate Professor Catherine Blake, and Research Associate Professor Jon Gant are among those who have recognized the need to cultivate a data literate citizenry. They outlined the rationale in their paper, “<a href="" target="_blank">Towards a Data Literate Citizenry</a>,” which was first presented at the 2013 iConference.</p> <p><strong>The data literate citizen</strong></p> <p>Twidale, Blake, and Gant envision the data literate citizen as a person who thinks critically about data encountered in daily life and is comfortable with questioning sources and accuracy rather than feeling intimidated. This person would not simply accept outright the conclusions that others, such as politicians or journalists, may draw from data, but would instead conduct their own analysis and in the case of citizen science, contribute their own data. As stated in their paper, the authors envision “a sociotechnical ecology where data, information, people, and technology co-evolve.”</p> <p>Having established the situation and goals in their first paper on the topic, they are now approaching the issue as a research question. “It’s a huge problem,” Twidale said. “The challenge is, how are we going to do it? How are we going to design better experiences to get towards this goal?”</p> <p>The authors argue that information schools are well prepared to accomplish this goal. Due to their multidisciplinary nature and mission to bring together people, information, and technology, iSchools are positioned to produce experts who can lead this movement.</p> <p>The role of information professionals, who have historically acted as intermediaries in guiding untrained citizens in interpreting traditional forms of information, is developing to include teaching data literacy skills. As professionals, they can assist colleagues and the public in interpreting and questioning data and by raising awareness of literacy issues. GSLIS graduates are well prepared for these roles, as coursework for many students now includes study of data literacy. In fact, research in data literacy falls at the  intersection  of  three GSLIS specializations: the <a href="/academics/degrees/specializations/soda" target="_blank">Specialization in Socio-technical Data Analytics</a>, the <a href="/academics/degrees/specializations/data_curation" target="_blank">Specialization in Data Curation</a>, and the <a href="/academics/degrees/specializations/ci" target="_blank">Certificate in Community Informatics</a>.</p> <p><strong>Growing data literacy</strong></p> <p>With digital literacy and access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) still a major hurdle in the U.S. and around the world, tackling the next challenge may seem daunting, but Twidale, Blake, and Gant have suggested several ways to start growing data literacy now. To those who need data literacy skills most urgently, such as judges and lawyers, journalists, data curators, and individuals in decision-making roles, specialized training is an immediate solution. For example, in 2013 the University of Illinois’s Institute for Genomic Biology offered a “Genomics for Judges” workshop that gave judges a crash course in the science of DNA and examined legal questions related to the use of DNA evidence in court.</p> <p>Another way is for those with higher levels of data literacy to act as intermediaries. Intermediaries teach new skills and find ways to make data less intimidating, such as through the use of visualizations. The development of data journalism and the increasing prevalence of graphical representations of information in the news evince that information sharing is already moving toward a more data rich, but also more approachable, form.</p> <p>Changes in the environments of data production and consumption are spurring the need to cultivate data literacy. Results of scientific research are becoming more accessible to the average person as technologies advance. Publicly and federally funded initiatives to increase transparency have led to increased availability of open data. The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for example, expect investigators to make available to other researchers the data collected while working with their support.</p> <p>Local and state governments are also working to share more data online, with the ultimate goal of increasing public engagement. However, the information that is made available often sees little use, says Gant, likely because the public lacks the skills to access, understand, or apply the information. As another limitation, Blake points to poor data organization choices by data providers. However, Gant believes the spread of ICTs, such as broadband Internet and devices used to access the World Wide Web, are making possible a new level of citizen-government interaction, allowing individuals to become active consumers and users of information.</p> <p>Under Gant’s direction, the <a href="" target="_blank">Center for Digital Inclusion</a> has worked to increase access to ICTs and to make improvements in digital literacy and the capability to access digital resources. Gant sees data literacy as a logical progression to digital literacy and an integral component for any organization seeking to incubate engagement based on data. “Digital literacy delivers the data, and data literacy is the next step,” he said. “A lot of people aren’t comfortable enough to download and start analyzing the data.”</p> <p>Just as data accessibility is increasing, the spread of ICTs and the increasing availability of analysis and visualization tools are making it easier than ever for people to actively engage with data. Free tools such as <a href="" target="_blank">Many Eyes</a>, which allows anyone to share data sets, create visualizations, analyze findings, and discuss discoveries, empower users to interact directly with data.</p> <p>This kind of participation is what Twidale, Blake, and Gant hope to see more of. “Encountering data is just the start,” said Blake. “We want to empower people to interact and engage with data throughout the information lifecycle. Data plays a central role in many of our personal and community decisions surrounding our health, education, and the environment. When people begin to collect and analyze data for themselves, we believe that a higher quality of life will be the result. The average citizen can engage with the grand challenges of the twenty-first century.”</p> Data Curation History, Economics, and Policy Information Organization, Access, and Retrieval Social and Community Informatics SODA Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:20:10 +0000 kimsch 9212 at School librarians walk away with network, knowledge after Summer Getaway <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/Getaway-sized_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-resize-300w imagecache-default imagecache-resize-300w_default" width="300" height="188" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>GSLIS hosted a series of workshops recently that brought together school librarians from across the state to learn about current topics in K-12 librarianship from experts and from each other.</p><p>The Summer Getaway: Professional Development for School Librarians event consisted of four workshops spread across a three-day period, June 23-25, which focused on emerging trends and issues in school librarianship and offered opportunities to gain hands-on experience using the newest technologies. Topics included performance evaluations and student learning objectives; ebooks and ereaders; iPads and apps for K-8 library instruction; and Google apps. The workshops were led by experts in the field, including librarians, media specialists, an assessment consultant from the Illinois State Board of Education, and a technology and classroom instructor.</p><p>Since many school librarians serve as the only librarian for several schools or even for an entire district, opportunities for these educators to share resources and network with peers are few and far between. The Summer Getaway allowed participants to connect with other professionals in their field throughout the event and at a luncheon sponsored by the Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) on June 25.</p><p>As a library resource center director and president of the Mt. Prospect Education Association, Michelle Waters-Walsh will take what she learned at the Getaway back to her district and launch an initiative to help educators implement student learning objectives. “Now I have a better framework for how we’ll do that with our school librarians and I’ll be able to share that with them,” she said. “Getting to know what other librarians are doing at other schools, being able to network with them and share ideas with them, is just an incredible opportunity. I’m the only librarian at our middle school and we’re only a four-school district, so I don’t get to meet a lot of other librarians. This is like one-stop shopping for networking with other librarians at other levels.” </p><p>“The Summer Getaway event brought together experts from the field and the expertise of the nation’s top school both for library and information science and for youth services to offer the kind of continuing professional development that is crucial for school librarians today,” said Georgeann Burch, GSLIS K-12 program coordinator. Burch co-organized the event with Tonyia Tidline, director for professional development. </p><p>“We were so pleased to welcome librarians from across Illinois, and we hope that the supportive, educational network that we built this week extends beyond the three-day workshop series and allows participants to continuing working together to apply what they learned here,” said Burch.</p> Librarianship school librarianship Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:31:03 +0000 kimsch 9211 at CIRSS, HTRC represented at Digital Humanities 2014 <p>Several members of the GSLIS community will participate in <a href="" target="_blank">Digital Humanities 2014</a>, and will present on topics related to research conducted at the <a href="" target="_blank">Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS)</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC)</a>. The conference, held July 7-11 in Lausanne, Switzerland, is organized annually by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations. The theme of the 2014 meeting is "Digital Cultural Empowerment." Presentations include:<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Digital Humanities Data Curation Institutes: Challenges and Preliminary Findings.</a> Presenters include CIRSS Senior Project Coordinator Megan Senseney (MS '08) and CIRSS affiliated researcher Trevor Muñoz (MS '11), director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) and assistant dean for digital humanities research at the University of Maryland Libraries.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Rethinking HathiTrust Metadata to Support Workset Creation for Scholarly Analysis.</a> Presenters include GSLIS doctoral student and CIRSS research assistant Katrina Fenlon and GSLIS affiliated faculty member Timothy Cole, mathematics librarian and professor of library administration at the University of Illinois Mathematics Library.<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Linked Open Data Technologies and Emblematica Online II.</a> Presenters include GSLIS affiliated faculty member Timothy Cole.<a href="" target="_blank"></a></p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Large-scale Text Analysis through the HathiTrust Research Center.</a> Presenters include GSLIS doctoral student and CIRSS research assistant Peter Organisciak; GSLIS postdoctoral research associate Sayan Bhattacharyya; and Professor and Associate Dean for Research J. Stephen Downie, codirector of HTRC. </p> CIRSS Data Curation Digital Libraries HTRC Information Organization, Access, and Retrieval School News Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:42:05 +0000 cglaze 9209 at GSLIS welcomes nominations for annual intellectual freedom award <p>GSLIS seeks nominations for the <a href="/newsroom/awards/downs-award" target="_blank">Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award</a>. The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2014.</p> <p>Given annually, the 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. Granted to those who have resisted censorship or efforts to abridge the freedom of individuals to read or view materials of their choice, the award may be in recognition of a particular action or a long-term interest in and dedication to the cause of intellectual freedom. </p> <p>The Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award was established in 1969 by the GSLIS faculty to honor Dean Emeritus Downs, a champion of intellectual freedom, on the occasion of his 25th anniversary as director of the School. </p> <p>Previous winners have included DaNae Leu (2013) for her efforts to keep a controversial picture book on the shelves of her elementary school library; Librotraficante (2012) for its efforts to oppose the censorship of ethnic and cultural studies materials in Arizona; Marianna Tax Choldin (2011) for her international work in educating librarians about intellectual freedom; the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (2010) for its consistent dedication to the active defense of First Amendment rights; and the West Bend (WI) Community Memorial Library for its steadfast advocacy on behalf of intellectual freedom in the face of a library challenge (2009).</p> <p>Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO Publishing Company, provides an honorarium to the recipient and co-hosts the reception in honor of the recipient. The reception and award ceremony for the 2014 Downs Intellectual Freedom Award will take place in January 2015 during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.</p> <p>Letters of nomination and documentation about the nominee should be sent to Associate Professor Terry Weech, either <a href="mailto:">"by 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 by October 1, 2014. Questions should be directed to <a href="mailto:">"Associate Professor Terry Weech"-weech, at</a>.</p><p> </p> Downs Award Information Organization, Access, and Retrieval intellectual freedom Librarianship Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:55:03 +0000 kimsch 9208 at