Research and Interest Groups

GSLIS faculty and students collaborate in a number of different research groups:

  • Eclectic Design Research Group (EDRG)
    The Eclectic Design Research Group (EDRG) is a multidisciplinary group headed by Professor Michael Twidale that researches design and design methods by "selecting what appears to be best in various doctrines, methods, or styles," and combining them to create new and more powerful methods. We do not believe in picking a single doctrine, field, method, approach, style, etc. Rather, we are constantly exploring new ideas, new methods, and new approaches to design, and always welcome new types of design projects. One common theme of the group is our interest in design. Another common theme of the group is our interest in rapid, iterative methods. A third theme is our focus on what people actually do. Thus rapid prototyping and evaluation, scenario-based design, participatory design, etc., are all topics which we recurringly address. The purpose is to try to understand the nature of design, and to develop principles of design that are robust across different applications. While we originally focused on computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), EDRG has gradually broadened its scope to include areas such as knowledge management (KM), human-computer interaction (HCI), computer-mediated communication (CMC), social informatics (SI), and sociotechnical systems, and bioinformatics among others, and the disciplines and approaches we embrace is constantly expanding.
  • Electronic Publishing Research Group
  • e-Research Roundtable (ERRT)
  • e-research study group
  • History Salon
    History Salon is a forum for the exchange of ideas about the history of books, libraries, and information. The diverse conversations that take place at the Salon are united by their historical approaches to library and information science. History Salon is sponsored by the History, Economics, and Policy cluster at GSLIS.
  • INCLUSIONS and EXCLUSIONS in Social Community & Organizational Informatics
    Key goals are to share and refine concrete tools broadly related to informatics for constructive discussions of racism and diversity. We want to ensure that policies are not substituted for action, as Sara Ahmed notes in her new book. In addition to reading excerpts from Ahmed’s On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life and other publications, we will evaluate websites, watch videos, critique diversity plans, and engage in other activities recommended by participants.
    CONTACTS: slirish [at] illinois [dot] edu (Sharon Irish), andrack2 [at] illinois [dot] edu (Tad Andracki), and croh2 [at] illinois [dot] edu (Charlotte Roh), Tentative meeting time: First and Third Thursdays, noon-one at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 501 E. Daniel St., Champaign, IL; First Thursdays informally organized around a short reading; third Thursdays will feature research broadly related to digital inclusion
  • Language Evolution and Distributed Information Systems Study Group
    This study group/seminar covers mathematical, computational, experimental and empirical research at the intersection of language evolution and distributed information systems. Some central issues include: how artificial agents can create and adapt their own communication languages; models of human language emergence and change; symbol grounding; emergent web ontologies and "folksonomies"; population and network models of language dynamics; online consensus and agreement in very large spaces; emergence/evolution of signalling and communication in biological systems (molecular to population levels); language as a complex adaptive system; dynamic resource description/discovery systems and metadata; distributed information integration; etc. The study group is intended as a way for interested people in the UIUC community to participate and track work in this rapidly expanding area--the core UIUC group has been meeting steadily since 2003. The process is reading and presentation of research papers; a prior reading of each paper is generally assumed in the discussion.
  • Math study group
  • Social informatics reading group
  • Research Forum
    Created to provide an opportunity for doctoral students and faculty to present on-going and in-progress research for discussion and feed back. The forums are very informal and all members of the GSLIS community are welcome to attend and to take part in the discussion. Meetings are held monthly, with details about time, date, and room published on the GSLIS calendar.
  • Research Writing Group
    Meets weekly to offer constructive feedback and criticism on a writing project, such as an article for publication, or a research proposal description. All GSLIS faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate, and to contribute papers for discussion. Papers can be at any stage, from outline to nearly finished draft.
  • Socio-technical Data Analytics (SODA) Group
    Faculty, researchers and students in the socio-technical data analytics group design, develop, and evaluate new technologies in order to better understand the dynamic interplay between information, people and information systems. We are a highly interactive group with complementary areas of interest that span a range of genres from the humanities and everyday life, to journalism and scientific literature. Our expertise includes analysis methods in information retrieval, data and text mining, knowledge discovery, and collaboration. In addition to text analysis, we explore multimedia such as games and music, and new kinds of data such as twitter feeds. For more information, visit the SODA web page.
  • Youth, Literature, and Culture Research Workshop
    Hosted by the Center for Children's Books, the group meets several times a semester to present and discuss ongoing and published scholarly research on youth literature, librarianship, and youth media and culture. Participants are faculty and doctoral students from multiple disciplines including library and information science, English, and education, and from several regional universities.