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Nov. 7, 2017

Doctoral candidate Jeanie Austin successfully defended their dissertation, "Libraries for Social Change: Centering youth of color and/or LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth in library practice," on November 6.

Their committee included Associate Professor Emerita Christine Jenkins (chair), Assistant Professor and MS/LIS Program Director Nicole A. Cooke (research director), Associate Professor Carol Tilley, Associate Professor Soo Ah Kwon (Department of Asian American Studies), and Rae-Anne Montague (Director of Grassroots Fundraising, Education Justice Project).

From the abstract:

Critically aware libraries are capable of providing meaningful services to youth made most vulnerable to the state through surveillance, policing, and incarceration.  This research traces how past policies and processes that established white, middle-class, and hetero-normative conduct and knowledge as central to library services have worked—and continue to work—against youth of...

Nov. 7, 2017
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Nandana Nallapu is learning about data science, both through her work in the classroom and as an intern for the John Deere Technology Innovation Center at the University of Illinois Research Park. With a bachelor's degree in information technology from SRKR Engineering College in India, she is building on her academic success by earning an MS in information management (MS/IM).

Nallapu worked as a software engineer before coming to the iSchool for her MS/IM degree. She discovered the opportunity at John Deere after attending career fairs and networking events during the spring semester. Her internship, which began in the summer, includes cleaning and analyzing agricultural data and finding ways to use the results in John Deere's apps and products. She enjoys working on interesting...

Nov. 6, 2017
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Master's student Jiayi Liu has received two awards to attend the CIKM 2017 International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, which will be held on November 6-10 in Singapore. The conference will highlight technologies behind the "Smart Cities, Smart Nations" vision shared by urban areas worldwide and will explore technology and business collaboration opportunities through open innovation.

The first award received by Liu is the CIKM Travel Award, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Hypertext, Hypermedia and Web (SIGWEB). The second award is the SIGIR Student Travel Grant, sponsored by the ACM Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval.

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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...

Oct. 27, 2017
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Imagine a Facebook app that instantly predicts the likelihood of skin cancer. Waya.ai, a technology startup based in Champaign, has developed this open source app and is working on its next product—a smartphone app that can detect if a person has suffered a concussion. Ravijot Narang, a student in the iSchool's MS in information management (MS/IM) program, is working on product strategy, product validation, market analysis, and customer development for the new company, which is dedicated to improving healthcare through the use of artificial intelligence and big data.

Narang, who earned a BS in electrical engineering from Shri G.S. Institute of Technology and Science in India, came to Illinois because of the flexibility of the iSchool's MS/IM degree program. He met Waya.ai founder Michael Dietz, an...

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. 19, 2017
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Master's student Tura Dover served as an intern for the Illinois Library Association (ILA) during its annual conference on October 10-12. Dover worked at the registration desk and said the best part about her experience was "meeting people from different arms of the library system and LIS programs" as well as getting a better understanding of the ILA.

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