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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. 5, 2018

Doctoral candidate Paige Cunningham will speak at the Coursera Partners Conference, which will be held March 6-8 at Arizona State University. The theme of this year's conference is "Learners First: Beyond the Campus Walls." Participants will discuss best practices for creating top-quality, in-demand, and affordable online learning experiences.

Cunningham will present her poster, "Managing Coursera Data: A Data Workflow Case Study," on March 6 and speak on the same topic at the session, "Tips and Tricks to Design Your Own Research," on March 7. She is a member of the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL) Data Analytics Group at the University of Illinois, which is responsible for receiving, processing, documenting, and sharing the University's Coursera data so that researchers at Illinois have a better understanding of how to use it.

According to Cunningham, the...

Feb. 22, 2018

Master's student Natalie Leoni is the winner of this year's Graduate Student Exhibit Contest and the C. Barbara Mueller Award for Excellence in Exhibition Design, sponsored by the University of Illinois Library. Her exhibit, "Mapping Fiction," showcases holdings from the University Library's collections, displaying literary maps from books such as Winnie-the-Pooh and The Hobbit. The exhibit highlights how maps like these were created and disseminated.

According to Leoni, the inspiration for her exhibit came a field trip taken by her History of the Book class last semester. 

"Our class went to the Maps Library, where Jenny Johnson had laid out several interesting maps for us to examine. I was drawn to a book that was devoted to the galactic maps of Star Trek. It made me wonder what...

Feb. 9, 2018

Master's student Paige Dhyne likes to connect people with information. It was one of the reasons that Dhyne, who hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan, decided to study LIS after earning a dual bachelor's degree in film/video production and writing from Grand Valley State University. While initially attracted to the iSchool because of its number-one ranking, she became convinced that Illinois was the perfect fit for her after getting to know the iSchool staff, faculty, and students at a visit day last spring. 

Dhyne is happy with her decision to enroll in the MS/LIS program. "I've never felt lost or out of place, and the breadth and depth of opportunity here is unparalleled. If I had to make the choice again, I would choose the iSchool every time."

She is the recipient of an iSchool scholarship...

Feb. 6, 2018

iSchool master's student Lisa Morrison won the award for best paper at BOBCATSSS 2018, which was held in Riga, Latvia, from January 24-26. The BOBCATSSS Symposium is organized each year by library and information science students from European universities who plan and implement both the content and the management of the conference as a part of their studies.

Morrison coauthored the paper, "Reading Data - The Missing Literacy from LIS Education," with Associate Professor Terry L. Weech. 

"The paper analyzes the syllabi from required courses in three LIS programs, and it argues for required courses to include more data literacy instruction to ensure that future librarians have the skills they will need regardless of the type of...

Jan. 25, 2018

Connect with iSchool faculty and staff next month at the 2018 ALISE Annual Conference and the ALA 2018 Midwinter Meeting in Denver. ALISE 2018 will be held February 6-9, and ALA Midwinter will be held February 9-13. A reception to honor the Kansas City Public Library, recipient of the 2017 Downs Intellectual Freedom Award, will take place on Saturday, February 10, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in Ellingwood Rooms A and B at the Crowne Plaza Downtown Denver. The award is sponsored by the iSchool and Libraries Unlimited.

ALISE 2018

Tuesday, February 6

Professor and Executive Associate Dean Linda C. Smith, will co-facilitate a preconference workshop at 9:00 a.m. titled, "A Future by Design: What Do We Teach?"

Senior Lecturer Maria Bonn will present her poster, "Expanding Scholarly Communication Instruction for the Next Generation of LIS Leaders," at 6:30 p.m. at the...

Jan. 19, 2018

MS student Mark McCarthy has received the Stan Yellott Scholarship from the Rocky Mountain Oracle Users Group. The award provides financial support to students interested in pursuing studies related to information technology. McCarthy, an information management student, is certified in information accessibility, design, and policy and has earned several certificates in cybersecurity.

At Illinois he has led hackathon teams, including one that created the "Access Illinois" web app, which integrates existing accessibility maps on campus with Google Maps, and another that identifies a solution to keep people with disabilities at work.

"I personally am a user with a disability, and that affords...