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Nov. 2, 2017

Master's student Sara Benson, copyright librarian and assistant professor at the University Library, and Harriett Green, affiliated faculty member and head of scholarly communication and publishing at the University Library, have been invited to present at the 2017 Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute (SCI 2017).

SCI 2017, which will be held from November 5-9 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is a forum for teams of individuals from diverse backgrounds to come together to define challenges, explore strategies, and establish collaborations in the domain of scholarly communications. This year's theme is "Scholarly Storytelling: Compelling Research for an Engaged Public."
 
Benson and Green's project, "A New Framework for Sharing and Reflecting Non-Textual Cultural Narratives," explores how researchers, cultural heritage institutions, designers, and communities can collaborate to design...

Nov. 1, 2017
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Senior Lecturer Maria Bonn is sharing her research on scholarly communication with scholars, professionals, practitioners, and educators through two major, education-focused conferences. 

At the 14th Annual Open Education Conference (OpenEd17), which took place in Anaheim, California, from October 11-13, Bonn led the round table discussion, "Walking the Walk for Open Pedagogy: Community Design of a Shared Open Educational Resource about Scholarly Communication for Librarians and Learners."

Abstract: This presentation describes our work developing a collaborative, community-driven, dynamic OER for introducing students and practitioners to scholarly communication. An open resource is critical to this approach because scholarly communication has a multiplicity of contexts and meanings so institutions, instructors, and learners need to be able tell their own stories. Openness creates a space in which...

Oct. 25, 2017
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Visiting Assistant Professor Melissa Ocepek has received the 2017 Elfreda A. Chatman Research Award for her research proposal, "An Exploration of Everyday Information Behavior." The award is presented by the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Special Interest Group (SIG), Information Needs Seeking and Use (USE).

The award recognizes the best research proposal that falls within the scope of information behavior. Ocepek's proposal seeks to observe a small group of individuals over one week to see how they interact with information across contexts.

"This work aligns with my previous projects that have focused on the everyday, specifically Henri Lefebvre's definition of the everyday as 'the totality of life,'" Ocepek explained. "Information behaviors occur in all facets of life—in the workplace, home, grocery store, gym, or time spent with friends."

Ocepek's research and teaching interests include everyday information behavior,...

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...

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