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Oct. 24, 2017

Several iSchool faculty and students will participate in the 2017 Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Annual Meeting, which will be held October 27-November 1 in Washington, D.C. The meeting, now in its 80th year, is the premier international conference dedicated to the study of information, people, and technology in contemporary society. This year's theme is "Diversity of Engagement."

The involvement of iSchool faculty extends beyond participation in the event. Associate Professor Kathryn La Barre and Assistant Professor Emily Knox are members of the ASIS&T Board of Directors, contributing to governance activities. La Barre, chair of the 80th Anniversary advisory group, will be capturing ASIS&T memories in a brief oral history format from participants as part of the anniversary celebrations and working with Toni Carbo (University of Pittsburgh) and iSchool doctoral student Cass Mabbott to assemble an interactive timeline. Knox is one of...

Oct. 23, 2017
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Daniel S. Katz, iSchool affiliated faculty member and assistant director for scientific software and applications at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), was the keynote speaker for the International Workshop on Science Gateways – Australia (ISGW-A) during the 11th eResearch Australasia Conference, and was the closing plenary speaker for the conference, which was held from October 16-20 in Brisbane, Australia. The conference brings together researchers from across the region and the globe to discuss how information and communication technologies enable them to collaborate and collect, manage, share, process, analyze, store, find, understand, and reuse information.

In his ISGW-A presentation, "Software Citation: A Solution with a Problem," Katz examined how software citation provides credit to software developers but "overloads" the existing academic publication and indexing system. Developers are allowed to submit software to publishers for review and...

Oct. 20, 2017
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According to Associate Professor Kate McDowell, storytelling is one of the few ways you can help people quickly understand cause, effect, and what they can do. For that reason, storytelling is a valuable tool for nonprofits wishing to educate the public about their mission and attract more volunteers and donations.

McDowell was recently honored by the Prairie Rivers Network (PRN) as Volunteer of the Year for helping the organization tell the story of its fifty-year history. PRN, the Illinois affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation, is a member-supported nonprofit organization that champions clean, healthy rivers and lakes and safe drinking water to benefit the people and wildlife of Illinois.

McDowell was approached by PRN after giving several invited presentations on...

Oct. 10, 2017
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Senior Lecturer Maria Bonn and colleagues in Kansas and North Carolina have received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS LG-72-17-0132-17) to fund their project exploring the need for and components of an open educational resource (OER) for teaching library students and professionals about scholarly communication. Co-principal investigators on the project include Will Cross, director of the Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center at North Carolina State University Libraries, and Josh Bolick, scholarly communications librarian at the University of Kansas Libraries.

While scholarly communication is recognized as a core competency for librarianship, educational resources for training and continuing education are currently lacking in this area. In the IMLS-funded project, Bonn's research team will design and conduct a nationwide survey and workshop to engage with two central stakeholder groups: library school instructors and scholarly...

Oct. 9, 2017
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Assistant Professor and MS/LIS Program Director Nicole A. Cooke presented her research on October 3 as part of the Digital Dialogues series at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH). The series is the signature events program of MITH, a digital humanities center that is jointly supported by the University of Maryland (UMD) College of Arts and Humanities and UMD Libraries.

In her talk, "Acknowledging History in Order to Disrupt it: Unearthing the Segregated History of Library and Information Science," Cooke discussed examples of segregation in LIS,...

Oct. 5, 2017

Assistant Professors Rachel M. Magee and Deborah Stevenson will present research on youth and technology at the Digital Media & Learning Conference 2017 from October 4-6 at the University of California, Irvine. The conference is an annual event supported by the MacArthur Foundation and organized by the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub located at the UC Humanities Research Institute at UC Irvine.

On October 5, Magee and Stevenson, director of The Center for Children's Books, and doctoral student Melissa Hayes will present "App Authors: Kids Designing, Creating, and Sharing Apps in Informal Learning Settings." The App Authors project connects youth with skills and tools to design, create, and share apps, introducing learners to coding and the design process. The project is developing curricula for app-building in school and public libraries. The talk will discuss the App Authors framework, current curriculum...

Oct. 4, 2017
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Jana Diesner, assistant professor and PhD program director at the iSchool, is co-principal investigator on a multi-institutional initiative funded by the Army Research Lab to enable new predictive battlefield analytics and services. Diesner will collaborate on the project with researchers from Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering.  

On the battlefields of tomorrow, humans and technology will work together in a seamless, cohesive network, giving soldiers a competitive edge and keeping troops and civilians out of harm's way.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been selected to lead a $25 million initiative to develop the scientific foundations of a next-generation Internet of Battlefield Things (IoBT), designed to enable new predictive battlefield analytics and services. The "Alliance for IoBT Research on Evolving Intelligent Goal-driven Networks (IoBT REIGN)," funded by the Army Research Lab, includes collaborators from ARL,...

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