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Apr. 23, 2015

Assistant Professor Elizabeth Hoiem will speak at the second Mapping the Landscapes of Childhood Conference, which will be held May 8-9 at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. The conference is hosted by the multidisciplinary Institute for Child and Youth Studies and will address three themes:

  • Appropriations of childhood
  • Is work the opposite of play?
  • Does humanitarian aid help or harm children? 

In her talk, “British Industrial Labor Movements and the Origins of Modern Adolescence,” she will discuss how early labor laws engendered new conceptualizations and legal definitions of childhood and adolescence.

From the abstract: Historians agree that modern adolescence is the product of industrialization and first occurs among wealthier youth, whose protracted schooling and leisure constitutes a transitional period. Prior to a shared discourse of adolescence...

Apr. 22, 2015

Professor Michael Twidale will speak this Thursday at a conference hosted by the Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy (CHAMP) at Illinois. The conference, “Entrepreneurial Heritage and the Information Economy,” will draw local and international scholars to discuss the trend of managing world heritage sites as economically productive resources and the role of cultural heritage in the global knowledge economy.

Twidale will deliver a talk titled, “Cultural Heritage and The Innovator’s Dilemma,” at 3:00 p.m. The conference is free and open to the public. All talks will be held at the Illini Union, room 314.

Twidale joined the GSLIS faculty in 1997. At Illinois he concurrently holds appointments with the Department of Computer Science, the Information Trust Institute, and the Academy...

Mar. 12, 2015

GSLIS Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke recently spoke at the Digital Sociology Mini-conference, which was held February 27-28 in New York. Her talk, "Combating Cultural Misinformation/Disinformation on the Internet," was presented as part of a panel discussion titled, "Race, Racism, and Digitally Mediated Spaces." The mini-conference was hosted by the Digital Laboratory Working Group of The City University of New York and held in conjunction with annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society.

Abstract: The Internet is saturated with information that is of low-to-no quality. Yet, with lightening speed a great deal of this information goes viral without being vetted or confirmed. Much of this information is good and/or positive, but there is another, darker, side to this information coin—there is an inordinate amount of misinformation and disinformation (mis/dis) online. Mis/dis is information that is false, and even salacious and malicious enough to be damaging,...

Mar. 12, 2015

Katharine C. Chandler (MS ’06), reference librarian at the Free Library of Philadelphia Rare Book Department, has been selected to receive the 2015 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Western European Studies Section (WESS) / Slavic and East European Section (SEES) De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant for her project “Whimsical Penwork: The Carthusian Graduals of the Chartreuse de Champmol.”

Sponsored by the Walter de Gruyter Foundation for Scholarship and Research, the grant provides €2,500 to support a trip to Europe. The primary criterion for awarding the grant is the significance and utility of the proposed project as a contribution to the study of the...

Feb. 23, 2015

GSLIS Professor Emeritus Abdul Alkalimat and Associate Professor Kate Williams have teamed up to produce their latest book, Roots and Flowers: The Life and Work of Afro-Cuban Librarian Marta Terry González. The book follows Terry’s work as an influential library director in Cuba from the 1960’s through the turn of the century, establishing her as an example of Afro-Cuban involvement in Cuban culture and history and as a model for librarians serving communities during periods of social change.

Alkalimat and Williams have worked together to explore community informatics around the globe, including the United States, the UK, China, and Cuba. Alkalimat and Williams previously co-authored, with Doug Gills, Job?Tech: The...

Feb. 3, 2015

GSLIS Associate Professors Kathryn La Barre and Carol Tilley are collaborating with John Walsh, associate professor of information and library science in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington, on a new project called The Comic Book Readership Archive, or CoBRA.

In this pilot project, Tilley, La Barre, and Walsh will build a digital archive of materials related to comic book readership and fandom, focusing initially on materials collected from Marvel Comics publications from 1961-1973. The archive will include content and data gathered from fan mail, fan club publications and membership rolls, contests sponsored by publishers and fan clubs, fanzines, and programs and attendee records from comic book conventions and similar events.

CoBRA will allow scholars to visualize and analyze networks of related comic creators, readers, titles, and publishers as well as study demographics of comic book readership. The detailed digital...