Graduate School of Library and Information Science - University of Illinois http://www.lis.illinois.edu/rss.xml en CAS project presentation: (Boaz) Sunyoung Jin http://www.lis.illinois.edu/events/2014/07/31/cas-project-presentation-boaz-sunyoung-jin <p>(Boaz) Sunyoung Jin will present her CAS project "A Model and Roles of a Common Terminology to Improve Metadata Interoperability" on Thursday, July 31 in Room 109 at 11 am.  </p><p>Her committee includes: </p><p>David Dubin, GSLIS Research Associate Professor<br />Allen Renear, GSLIS Professor and Interim Dean<br />Linda C. Smith, GSLIS Professor and Associate Dean  </p><p>All those interested are welcome to attend. A copy of the project report is available in 112 LIS Building.</p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-location"> <div class="field-label">Location:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GSLIS Room 109 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-eventdate"> <div class="field-label">Event Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 07/31/2014 - <span class="date-display-start">11:00am</span><span class="date-display-separator"> - </span><span class="date-display-end">1:00pm</span></span> </div> </div> </div> http://www.lis.illinois.edu/events/2014/07/31/cas-project-presentation-boaz-sunyoung-jin#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:34:44 +0000 kimsch 9260 at http://www.lis.illinois.edu Ludäscher joins GSLIS faculty http://www.lis.illinois.edu/articles/2014/07/ludaescher-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> http://www.lis.illinois.edu/articles/2014/07/ludaescher-joins-gslis-faculty#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:58:50 +0000 kimsch 9258 at http://www.lis.illinois.edu Academic Success Series: How to Read for Grad School http://www.lis.illinois.edu/events/2014/09/04/academic-success-series-how-read-grad-school <div class="field field-type-text field-field-longtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Academic Success Series: How to Read for Grad School </div> </div> </div> <p>Join us for a discussion with <a href="http://slis.ua.edu/miriam-e-sweeney-phd/" target="_blank">Dr. Miriam Sweeney (PhD '13)</a>, SLIS University of Alabama, as she discusses tips for mastering reading assignments at the graduate level.</p><p>This event will be streamed via Blackboard Collaborate in the <a href="http://go.illinois.edu/gslis_student_serv_rm" target="_blank">Student Affairs Meeting Room</a>.</p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-location"> <div class="field-label">Location:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Virtual </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-sponsor"> <div class="field-label">Sponsor:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GSLIS Student Affairs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-eventdate"> <div class="field-label">Event Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 09/04/2014 - <span class="date-display-start">12:00pm</span><span class="date-display-separator"> - </span><span class="date-display-end">1:00pm</span></span> </div> </div> </div> http://www.lis.illinois.edu/events/2014/09/04/academic-success-series-how-read-grad-school#comments Student Affairs Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:46:08 +0000 kimsch 9257 at http://www.lis.illinois.edu How making makes a difference http://www.lis.illinois.edu/articles/2014/07/how-making-makes-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="http://www.makerspaceurbana.org/" 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="http://cucfablab.org/" 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> http://www.lis.illinois.edu/articles/2014/07/how-making-makes-difference#comments Librarianship Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:35:34 +0000 kimsch 9256 at http://www.lis.illinois.edu GSLIS names 2014-2016 Research Fellows http://www.lis.illinois.edu/articles/2014/07/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="http://lis.uncg.edu/people/faculty-profiles/dr-julia-hersberger/" 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="http://rebekahwillett.wordpress.com/" 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> http://www.lis.illinois.edu/articles/2014/07/gslis-names-2014-2016-research-fellows#comments School News Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:26:18 +0000 cglaze 9250 at http://www.lis.illinois.edu GSLIS @ 2014 HSLI http://www.lis.illinois.edu/events/2014/11/13/gslis-2014-hsli <p>We invite you to join GSLIS at the 2014 Health Science Librarians of Illinois Conference, scheduled for November 13-14 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign. More details to be announced.</p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-location"> <div class="field-label">Location:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-eventdate"> <div class="field-label">Event Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-start">Thu, 11/13/2014</span><span class="date-display-separator"> - </span><span class="date-display-end">Fri, 11/14/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> http://www.lis.illinois.edu/events/2014/11/13/gslis-2014-hsli#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:25:21 +0000 mclaugh 9255 at http://www.lis.illinois.edu GSLIS @ 2014 ISMLA http://www.lis.illinois.edu/events/2014/11/06/gslis-2014-ismla <p>We invite you to join GSLIS at the 2014 Illinois School Library Media Association Conference, scheduled for November 6-8 at the Tinley Park Convention Center. More details to be announced.</p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-location"> <div class="field-label">Location:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park, IL 60477 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-eventdate"> <div class="field-label">Event Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-start">Thu, 11/06/2014</span><span class="date-display-separator"> - </span><span class="date-display-end">Sat, 11/08/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> http://www.lis.illinois.edu/events/2014/11/06/gslis-2014-ismla#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:15:20 +0000 mclaugh 9254 at http://www.lis.illinois.edu GSLIS Breakfast at ILA http://www.lis.illinois.edu/events/2014/10/15/gslis-breakfast-ila <p>Please join us in Springfield for the GSLIS Breakfast at ILA.</p><p>All alumni and current students are invited to attend receptions and other GSLIS events organized around conference, regardless of their participation in conference activities. Please stop by and see us! We encourage you to bring a potential MS or PhD student to meet our faculty and other alumni.</p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-location"> <div class="field-label">Location:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> President Abraham Lincoln Doubletree Hotel Ballroom, 701 E. Adams Street, Springfield, IL 62701 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-eventdate"> <div class="field-label">Event Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 10/15/2014 - <span class="date-display-start">8:00am</span><span class="date-display-separator"> - </span><span class="date-display-end">10:00am</span></span> </div> </div> </div> http://www.lis.illinois.edu/events/2014/10/15/gslis-breakfast-ila#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:17:42 +0000 mclaugh 9253 at http://www.lis.illinois.edu Organisciak receives Outstanding Contribution Award http://www.lis.illinois.edu/articles/2014/07/organisciak-receives-outstanding-contribution-award <p>GSLIS doctoral student Peter Organisciak is among the recipients of the <a href="http://csdh-schn.org/2014/05/28/2014-csdhschn-outstanding-contribution-award/" 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="http://dayofdh2014.matrix.msu.edu/" 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="cirssweb.lis.illinois.edu/">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> http://www.lis.illinois.edu/articles/2014/07/organisciak-receives-outstanding-contribution-award#comments digital humanities honors and awards student news Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:29:53 +0000 cglaze 9252 at http://www.lis.illinois.edu Get to know Sally Ma (MS '07), lead technical librarian http://www.lis.illinois.edu/articles/2014/07/get-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="http://www.ala.org/offices/diversity/spectrum" 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="http://www.twitter.com/realsallyma">@realsallyma</a> to learn more about it!</p> http://www.lis.illinois.edu/articles/2014/07/get-know-sally-ma-ms-07-lead-technical-librarian#comments alumni news alumni profile Get to know GSLIS Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:41:18 +0000 cglaze 9243 at http://www.lis.illinois.edu Abdul Alkalimat, GSLIS professor, retires http://www.lis.illinois.edu/articles/2014/07/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="http://www.brothermalcolm.net/" target="_blank">brothermalcolm.net</a> and <a href="http://eblackstudies.org/" target="_blank">eBlackStudies.org</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> http://www.lis.illinois.edu/articles/2014/07/abdul-alkalimat-gslis-professor-retires#comments faculty news Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:17:45 +0000 cglaze 9245 at http://www.lis.illinois.edu Reception at SAA Annual Meeting http://www.lis.illinois.edu/events/2014/08/14/reception-saa-annual-meeting <p>Join GSLIS alumni, students, and staff for a reception at the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting. Please RSVP to <a href="mailto:">"the GSLIS Advancement Office"-gslis-advancement, at illinois.edu-</a>. Questions may be directed to alumni host <a href="mailto:">"Casey Westerman"-westerman, at gmail.com-</a>. </p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-location"> <div class="field-label">Location:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scion, 2100 P St NW, Washington, DC 20037 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-eventdate"> <div class="field-label">Event Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 08/14/2014 - <span class="date-display-start">7:30pm</span><span class="date-display-separator"> - </span><span class="date-display-end">9:30pm</span></span> </div> </div> </div> http://www.lis.illinois.edu/events/2014/08/14/reception-saa-annual-meeting#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:04:40 +0000 cglaze 9241 at http://www.lis.illinois.edu JASIST to publish Mak's 'Archaeology of a Digitization' http://www.lis.illinois.edu/articles/2014/07/jasist-publish-maks-archaeology-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="http://historysalon.wordpress.com/" 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> http://www.lis.illinois.edu/articles/2014/07/jasist-publish-maks-archaeology-digitization#comments faculty news History, Economics, and Policy Scholarly Communication Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:39:08 +0000 cglaze 9216 at http://www.lis.illinois.edu Blackboard Collaborate & Moodle Overview for LEEP instructors http://www.lis.illinois.edu/events/2014/08/06/blackboard-collaborate-moodle-overview-leep-instructors <p>GSLIS ITD holds the Blackboard Collaborate and Moodle Instructor Overview Session for LEEP instructors to come together and discuss their methods for online instruction as well as ask any burning questions about emerging trends in distance education. Managers Matt Beth and Aisha Conner-Gaten will answer questions about both Moodle and Blackboard Collaborate. Attendance is optional but encouraged.</p><p><strong>Location: </strong><a href="http://go.illinois.edu/gslis_meeting">Blackboard Collaborate Meeting Room</a></p><div class="field field-type-date field-field-eventdate"> <div class="field-label">Event Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 08/06/2014 - 2:00pm</span> </div> </div> </div> http://www.lis.illinois.edu/events/2014/08/06/blackboard-collaborate-moodle-overview-leep-instructors#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:29:32 +0000 cglaze 9236 at http://www.lis.illinois.edu Blackboard Collaborate & Moodle Overview for LEEP instructors http://www.lis.illinois.edu/events/2014/07/15/blackboard-collaborate-moodle-overview-leep-instructors <p>GSLIS ITD holds the Blackboard Collaborate and Moodle Instructor Overview Session for LEEP instructors to come together and discuss their methods for online instruction as well as ask any burning questions about emerging trends in distance education. Managers Matt Beth and Aisha Conner-Gaten will answer questions about both Moodle and Blackboard Collaborate. Attendance is optional but encouraged.</p><p><strong>Location: </strong><a href="http://go.illinois.edu/gslis_meeting">Blackboard Collaborate Meeting Room</a></p><div class="field field-type-text field-field-location"> <div class="field-label">Location:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Blackboard Collaborate Meeting Room </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-eventdate"> <div class="field-label">Event Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:00am</span> </div> </div> </div> http://www.lis.illinois.edu/events/2014/07/15/blackboard-collaborate-moodle-overview-leep-instructors#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:28:47 +0000 cglaze 9235 at http://www.lis.illinois.edu