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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...

May. 30, 2017
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J. Stephen Downie, professor and associate dean for research, has been named a National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Faculty Fellowship awardee for the 2017-18 academic year. Faculty Fellows work with NCSA on specific projects aimed to help solve grand challenges facing all people, including deep learning, the internet of things, data analysis, volcano activity, and more.

Downie’s project is titled, “Modeling the Massive HathiTrust Corpus: Creating Concept-Based Representations of 15 Million Volumes.” Through this research, he hopes to make the HathiTrust collection—15 million books spanning multiple centuries—available for large-scale research use through optimized,...

May. 24, 2017

Assistant Professor Jana Diesner and Professor Ted Underwood will present at Cultural Analytics 2017, a symposium devoted to new research in the fields of computational and data-intensive cultural studies, which will be held at the University of Notre Dame on May 26-27.

Diesner will give the talk, "Impact Assessment of Information Products and Data Provenance," on May 26. Her talk explores the question of how we can assess the impact of information products on people beyond relying on count metrics and by analyzing the substance of user-generated content. Diesner also addresses how limitations with the collection, quality, and provenance of large-scale social interaction data impact research outcomes and how we can measure these effects. 

From the abstract: I present our work on developing new computational solutions for identifying the impact of information products on people by leveraging...

May. 23, 2017
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Assistant Professor Matthew Turk has been recognized by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) as an outstanding 2016-2017 SPIN mentor. The SPIN (Students Pushing Innovation) internship at NCSA provides undergraduates at Illinois with the opportunity to apply their skills to real challenges in areas such as high-performance computing, data analysis and visualization, and cybersecurity. Turk was nominated for the honor by his SPIN intern, Charles Rozhon, who recently graduated with his BS in computer science. Rozhon's project was to develop interactive visualization tools for volume rendering simulation datasets. 
 
"Chuck built from scratch an OpenGL volume renderer that could handle a particularly persnickety data format called adaptive mesh refinement, and then he put that upstream (ultimate source of his project) into an open source project," Turk said. "I'm delighted that Chuck will be continuing in his studies toward a PhD, but we'll miss him at...

May. 11, 2017
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Thirty minority students were recruited in the early 1970s to attend the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences (now the School of Information Sciences) at the University of Illinois. Called the Carnegie Scholars, all but one of the black and Latino students graduated, and they went on to successful careers in and out of the library profession.

The program was an outgrowth of Project 500, the University of Illinois' 1968 initiative to increase the number of black students enrolled and increase the diversity of the campus. Like that program, the Carnegie Scholars suffered from discrimination, low expectations and a lack of support, writes Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke in a recently published article.

Cooke reviewed the history of the Carnegie Scholars program in her article, "The GSLS Carnegie...

May. 10, 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), is coleading a group that is working to encourage broad adoption of a consistent policy for software citation across disciplines. By using a consolidated set of citation principles, FORCE11 Software Citation Implementation Working Group hopes to improve knowledge creation and sharing through the use of technology. 

On May 10-11 Katz will discuss this software citation research at the 2nd Conference on Non-Textual Information in Hannover, Germany. In his talk, "Software citation: a cornerstone of software-enabled research," he will present the Software Citation Principles that the previous FORCE11 group (Software...

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