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Apr. 10, 2018

A new website celebrating the accomplishments that women have made during the University of Illinois' 150-year history includes three women with iSchool connections.

The website, 150 for 150: Celebrating the Accomplishments of Women at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is part of the U of I's sesquicentennial celebration. The website highlights women who have made significant achievements as students, faculty members, staff, or alumni. It is a collaboration of the Gender Equity Council, whose mission is to foster a gender-equitable and inclusive climate for faculty, and the University Library.

Cindy Ingold, gender and multicultural services librarian and chair of the Gender Equity Council, oversaw the project. She said...

Apr. 6, 2018

Assistant Professor Emily Knox will give a presentation on trigger warnings on April 9 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Her talk, "Trigger Warnings: History, Theory, Context," will provide an overview of the multiple histories of trigger warnings as well as context for understanding how and why trigger warnings are used.

Trigger warnings are intended to alert readers that posts might "trigger" strong responses in those who had previously experienced trauma. The use of trigger warnings in university classrooms has been a subject of debate in recent years. According to Knox, as trigger warnings are a somewhat poorly understood method of communication, it is not surprising that they are controversial. 

"I'm looking forward to discussing trigger warnings with a community that is quite different from the iSchool," Knox said of her upcoming talk in Chicago. "Art is increasingly scrutinized in our political climate and I’m excited to discuss the...

Apr. 5, 2018

Associate Professor Victoria Stodden will present her research on reproducibility at the University of Delaware Department of Computer & Information Sciences Distinguished Speaker Lecture on April 6. The theme for the lecture series is "rising stars in a scientific world of convergence."

According to Stodden, the rate of production, collection, and analysis of data, and the speed at which computational infrastructure is changing (e.g., technologies for cloud computing, network capabilities, and high performance computing systems) implies a need for extreme agility in computationally enabled research. 

"In my talk, 'The Science of Computational Reproducibility,' I will outline a research agenda for the science of reproducibility that responds to the opportunities created by this rapid evolution in research environments, addressing reliability and...

Apr. 5, 2018
Betsy Hearne

Professor Emerita Betsy Hearne, former director of The Center for Children's Books, taught children's literature and storytelling at the iSchool for many years. She is the author of Choosing Books for Children: A Commonsense Guide, the folktale anthology Beauties and Beasts, fiction for both children and young adults, and picture books—one of which, Seven Brave Women, won the Jane Addams Children's Book Award. Hearne has reviewed books for almost forty years and has served as the children's book editor for Booklist and The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB). Her honors include a National Teaching Award from the Association of Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), the Anne Devereaux Jordan Award from the Children’s Literature Association, and the University...

Apr. 4, 2018

As participation in library publishing grows, the development of a strong evidence base to inform best practices and demonstrate impact is essential. To encourage research and theoretical work about library publishing services, the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC) gives an annual Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Library Publishing. The award recognizes significant and timely contributions to library publishing theory and practice.

The LPC Research Committee is delighted to announce that this year's award recipient is Daniel G. Tracy (MS '12), information sciences and digital humanities librarian at the iSchool and assistant professor at the University Library, for his article, "Libraries as Content Producers: How Library Publishing Services Address the Reading Experience." The work is an excellent discussion of an important and timely issue. With the growing interest in nascent...

Apr. 2, 2018

Associate Professor Kate McDowell is the 2018 recipient of the Excellence in Online & Distance Teaching Award, given annually by the University of Illinois. The award recognizes faculty members and instructors who have demonstrated sustained excellence and innovation in online and/or distance teaching and contributions to student learning through innovative uses of technology. She will receive the award at the University’s Celebration of Teaching Excellence on April 12.

McDowell's online courses at the iSchool include Literature and Resources for Children (IS 303/403); Literature and Resources for Young Adults (IS 304/404); Youth Services Librarianship (IS 406/506); Storytelling (IS 409); Fantasy Literature and Media for Youth (IS 590VV/446); Youth Services Community Engagement (IS 490YS); and Libraries, Information, and Society (IS 502).

According to nominator Linda C. Smith, professor and executive associate dean, McDowell "is unique among our faculty in...

Mar. 23, 2018

Assistant Professor Jodi Schneider, CAS student Janina Sarol (MSIM '17), and undergraduate Linxi Liu will discuss their research at the European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 2018) in Grenoble, France. Sarol will present their paper, "Testing a Citation and Text-Based Framework for Retrieving Publications for Literature Reviews," at the conference’s Bibliometric-enhanced Information Retrieval workshop on March 26.

Using the framework they created, the researchers collected articles that were connected in the citation network and filtered them using a combination of citation- and text-based criteria. Their paper discusses how well their framework performed in its first implementation, compared to conventional search methods of six published systematic reviews.

"Using different combinations of seed articles, we were able to retrieve up to eighty-seven percent of the total included studies in the...