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Mar. 15, 2018

The following iSchool faculty, staff, and students will participate in iConference 2018, which will be held March 25-28 in Sheffield, UK. The annual event brings together scholars, researchers, and information professionals to share insights on critical information issues. The theme of this year's conference is "Transforming Digital Worlds."

Sunday, March 25

Professor J. Stephen Downie will serve as a faculty mentor for the 2018 Doctoral Colloquium, 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. At the colloquium, doctoral candidate Jooho Lee will present her dissertation, “Collaboration and Science: A Study of Scientific Claims Made in Three Decades of Biomedical Research."

Monday, March 26

Professor J. Stephen Downie and Xiao Hu (PhD '10), with Ira Keung Kit Tam and Meijung Liu (University of Hong Kong), will present their paper, "...

Mar. 13, 2018
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Adjunct Assistant Professor Debra Mitts-Smith (MS '98, PhD '07), author and expert on children's and young adult literature, will serve as the distinguished speaker for the 2018 Charles W. Mann Jr. Lecture in the Book Arts on March 22 at Pennsylvania State University.

Her talk will focus on images of the wolf in children's books published in Western Europe and North America from the sixteenth century to the present. She will address the values and attitudes that inform our depictions of the wolf, and how illustrations of wolves in children's books impart social, cultural and scientific information not only about wolves, but also about humans and human behavior. The event is available for livestream viewing on Mediasite Live.

Mitts-Smith's research focuses on visual culture, children's literature, and the history...

Mar. 7, 2018

Twenty iSchool instructors were named in the University's List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent for Fall 2017. The rankings are released every semester, and results are based on the Instructor and Course Evaluation System (ICES) questionnaire forms maintained by Measurement and Evaluation in the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. Only those instructors who gave out ICES forms during the semester and who released their data for publication are included in the list.

Faculty and instructors appearing on the list include Bobby Bothmann, Nicole A. Cooke, Peter Darch, Jana Diesner, Damian Duffy, Jeff Ginger, Jeanne Holba-Puacz, Jimi Jones, Emily Knox, Kathryn La Barre, Emily Lawrence, Jessica LeCrone, Rachel M. Magee, Kate McDowell, Melissa Salrin, Yoo-Seong Song, Michael Twidale, John Weible, Elizabeth Wickes, and Melissa Wong.

Mar. 2, 2018
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Assistant Professor Emily Knox and iSchool alumnus James LaRue (MS '81), director of the American Library Association's (ALA's) Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation, will serve as panelists for a special forum on March 5 at the University of Oregon. The event is part of the University's 2018 event series, which aims to address challenging, contemporary issues of free expression on college campuses.

Knox and LaRue will be joined by Jody Gray, director of the ALA's Office of Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach. Their panel discussion, Allies Not Enemies: Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice, will examine the complex issues involved at the intersection of values and real-world situations and...

Feb. 27, 2018
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Senior Lecturer Maria Bonn will discuss scholarly communication at The Collective, an annual gathering of librarians, archivists, and library staff at academic libraries. The 2018 Collective, which will take place from February 28-March 1 in Knoxville, Tennessee, will center around the theme, "The Library as Test Kitchen," and feature a "test kitchen environment" where participants can "try out 'recipes' for next generation librarianship."

Bonn will present "Soup from a Stone: Collective Development of Open Educational Resources that Welcome Undderrepresented Voices to Scholarly Communication" with Josh Bolick, scholarly communication librarian at the University of Kansas Libraries, and William Cross, director of the Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center at North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries.

Communication is about community and collaboration. Here we ask our...

Feb. 20, 2018
“Young Doctors” #4 (July 1963), Charlton Comics

The images of doctors found in comics can be comforting, such as the authoritative and compassionate "Rex Morgan, M.D.," or bizarre, as in the case of Marvel Comics character Dr. Strange, a neurosurgeon turned sorcerer.

Their depiction in comics has progressed from slapstick portrayals in the early 20th century to comics that present more realistic representations of them and of the ethical questions they face. Associate Professor Carol Tilley wrote about the representations of doctors and medical practice in comic strips, comic books and graphic novels in the February issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics. The issue was devoted to the topic of graphic medicine.

An increasing number of comics today deal with subjects such as chronic illnesses and patient experiences, as well as education about medical issues, said Tilley, a comics historian and scholar who served as a judge for the Eisner Comic Industry Awards in 2016.

"The way comics have portrayed doctors has...

Feb. 16, 2018
Professor Downie gives an update on HTRC

Over 140 people attended the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) UnCamp, hosted by the University of California, Berkeley Libraries, on January 25 and 26. In addition to keynotes focused on methodologies of text and data mining, researchers from the fields of information science, digital libraries, literary history, digital pedagogy, and the history of social movements presented their work and its intersection with the HathiTrust Digital Library. Slides and notes from the presentations are available on the Uncamp website.

iSchool-affiliated presentations included:

"Consistency and Confidence in the Million-Book Library"
Keynote presented by...

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