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Jun. 20, 2017
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Assistant Professor Jodi Schneider will discuss her study of biomedical research reports at the 2nd European Conference on Argumentation, ECA Fribourg 2017, on June 20-23 in Fribourg, Switzerland. The theme of the conference is "Argumentation and Inference." She will also speak at the preconference, "Status, Relevance, and Authority of Facts."
 
Schneider and Sally Jackson, professor of communication at Illinois, are organizing "Innovations in Reasoning and Arguing about Health," a panel that will examine how the complex set of inference practices in the health care profession is changing as people discover better ways to arrive at conclusions about health.

"Inference, or steps in reasoning, is an important part of studying how we make decisions on any topic," said Schneider. "Everyone wants sound reasoning about health—patients, health care providers, public health institutions, medical researchers,...

Jun. 20, 2017
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In Assistant Professor Emily Knox's information policy course (IS 590IP), one of the assignments involves reading about workers in developing countries whose job is to censor objectionable photos posted on social media. The article includes graphic descriptions of some of the photos. Is a trigger warning warranted before assigning the reading to the class?

The use of trigger warnings in college and university classrooms has been a subject of heated debate in recent years. The question of whether an instructor should alert his or her students to the fact that a piece of material they will be reading or viewing in class could be potentially distressing is complex.

Knox takes a comprehensive look at trigger warnings in her edited book, Trigger Warnings: History, Theory, Context, which was recently published by Rowman & Littlefield. The book provides the historical context and theory behind trigger warnings as well as case studies from instructors and students...

Jun. 19, 2017
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The American Library Association (ALA) will hold its 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago on June 22-27. The theme of the conference is "Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves."

Visit with the iSchool at Booth #4742 in the Exhibit Hall from June 23-26. For a complimentary pass, contact the ischool-advancement [at] illinois.edu (iSchool Advancement Office). Passes are offered to alumni, current students, prospective students, and their guests. Please note that this is an exhibits-only pass; it will not allow access to any of the workshops or conference sessions.

Alumni and students are invited to attend the...

Jun. 16, 2017

iSchool faculty, staff, and students will present their research at the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL), which will be held on June 19-23 in Toronto. The event brings together international scholars focusing on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, organizational, and social issues. The goal is to provide a forum for shared learning and facilitate the application of knowledge for research, development, construction, and utilization in digital libraries.

Papers to be presented at JCDL 2017 include:

  • "Information-Seeking in Large Scale Digital Libraries: Strategies for Scholarly Workset Creation"
    Authors include J. Stephen Downie, professor and associate dean for research, and Peter Organisciak (PhD '15), postdoctoral research associate
     
  • "Uncertainty about the Long-Term: Digital Libraries, Astronomy Data, and Open Source Software"
    Authors include...
Jun. 12, 2017

The iSchool is co-organizing a workshop on digital scholarship with Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) Library on June 14-16 in Beijing. The workshop, Digital Scholarship Centers: Building Library Services for Data-Driven Scholarship, will instruct participants in library service models for digital scholarship and discuss concepts in digital humanities and computational social science. Dean Allen Renear will give opening remarks. Other iSchool presenters include J. Stephen Downie, professor and codirector of the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC); Peter Organisciak (PhD '15), postdoctoral research associate; Eleanor Dickson, visiting HTRC digital humanities specialist; and Nic Weber (PhD '15), assistant professor at the University of Washington.

Downie will give the talks:

  • "Text Mining Concepts and Methods: HTRC and Non-Consumptive Research"
  • "Quick and Painless Introduction to Machine Learning"
  • "WEKA Machine Learning Tools: A Friendly...
Jun. 7, 2017
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Carol Tilley will be a keynote speaker for the NASIG 32nd Annual Conference, which will be held June 8-11 in Indianapolis. An independent association of librarians and academic publishing professionals, NASIG promotes communication, information, and continuing education about scholarly communications, serials, and electronic resources. Her talk, "The Secret Life of Comics: Socializing and Seriality," will provide an overview of the past, present, and future of comics in libraries, giving special emphasis to the role of readers and fandom in making comics a relevant and exciting medium to collect and preserve. 

Tilley also gave the keynote address for Monstrous Women in Comics: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Women in Comics and Graphic Novels, which took place May 25-27 at the University of North Texas. Her talk, "A Regressive Formula of...

May. 31, 2017
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Adjunct Professor Fred Schlipf and iSchool alumnus John Moorman (PhD '03) drew upon their wealth of experience working in libraries when writing The Practical Handbook of Library Architecture, which will be available this fall from ALA Editions. The authors, both retired directors of public libraries, have consulted and taught about library building design, presented on the subject at conferences, and served on a variety of library committees.

The handbook details the overarching rules of functional library design, which include keeping space flexible, designing for security, providing bright but low-glare lighting, making library users comfortable, keeping things simple, planning for growth, and never losing control over the building. The vocabulary list in the handbook began as a handout from the how-to-do-it course on library buildings that Schlipf taught at the iSchool for many years.
 
"John and I have been presenting conference programs on library...

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