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Jun. 13, 2018
Russian and American Dialogue participants

Last month a contingent from the iSchool at Illinois took part in a special dialogue with librarians in Russia. The second working meeting of the U.S.-Russia Dialogue on the Civic Role of Libraries in the 21st Century, which was held on May 14-15 in Suzdal, Russia, included Adjunct Assistant Professor Ellen Knutson, who also served as a Dialogue secretary and coordinator of the U.S. delegation; Assistant Professor and MS/LIS Program Director Nicole A. Cooke; Graduate Studies Advisor Karla Lucht; and master's student Kelsey Pietens.

More than twenty people took part in the Dialogue, including leading Russian and American specialists from different types of libraries, university iSchool programs, and Russian and American library associations....

Jun. 1, 2018

PhD student Yingjun Guan will present his research at the Conference on Statistical Learning and Data Science / Nonparametric Statistics, which will be held June 4-6 at Columbia University. The conference brings together researchers in statistical machine learning and data mining from academia, industry, and government to discuss topics such as big data analytics, classification, learning theory, network analysis, and signal and image processing. The Department of Statistics at the University of Illinois is a cosponsor of the event.

Guan will present his poster, "IMDB Review Mining and Movie Recommendation," in which he examines how movie- and user-related information extracted from the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) can be used to predict movie ratings. 

"Our project plans to benefit both the movie production corporations and the audience," Guan explained. "Data mining and supervised machine...

May. 31, 2018

Doctoral candidate Steve Witt successfully defended his dissertation, "Making Internationalism Conscious: Libraries and the Transnational Struggle for Global Order (1911-1951)," on May 30. 

His committee included Associate Professor Kathryn La Barre (chair); Professor Emeritus Alistair Black; affiliated faculty member Clara Chu, director of the Mortenson Center; and Melanie Kimball, associate professor of library and information science at Simmons College.

From the abstract: Focusing on the role of information professions and INGOs in the creation and dissemination of information to support the internationalist movement during the early 20th century, this dissertation examines three historical cases: the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's (CEIP) International Mind Alcove Program, the international community's work to re-build the University of Louvain Library, and the American Library Association's development of the Paris Library School.  Analyzing these...

May. 21, 2018

Each year, the School recognizes a group of outstanding students for their achievement in academics as well as a number of attributes that contribute to professional success. The following student awards were presented at the School's Convocation ceremony on May 13, 2018.

Bryce Allen Award for Reference Services

Presented to Lizzy Boden    

Lizzy Boden is the quintessential reflective practitioner, continuously thoughtful and self-reflective about her positionality at the reference desk as she grapples with the ethical and service obligations of the reference librarian. Her interest in reference services and commitment to excellence in practice is obvious to all who encounter her at the reference desk. She is passionate about supporting library users and cares deeply about their own agency in their information seeking. Because of this she also grapples with complex and troubling...

May. 21, 2018

Doctoral candidate Dianah T. Kacunguzi will present her research at the 10th Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML 2018), which will be held on May 22-25 in Chania, Greece.

In her talk, "Preservation of Endangered Indigenous Knowledge: The Role of Community Libraries in Uganda," she will discuss how community libraries engage with varied indigenous groups in Uganda to facilitate ongoing practices and preserve their knowledge for future generations.

"Indigenous knowledge is facing the possibility of total extinction in many countries, including Uganda," said Kacunguzi. "My study seeks to closely examine ways in which endangered indigenous knowledge can be preserved to prevent possible extinction and ensure long-term use by future generations."

Kacunguzi's research interests focus on the preservation of intangible cultural heritage. She is particularly interested in...

Apr. 17, 2018

Assistant Professor Jana Diesner is the program co-chair of the 3rd International Workshop on Social Sensing (SocialSens 2018). The workshop will be held on April 17 in Orlando, in conjunction with the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Internet of Things Design and Implementation (IoTDI 2018).

SocialSens 2018 will bring together researchers and engineers from academia, industry, and government to present recent advances in social sensing, as described on the website:

Social sensing has emerged as a new paradigm for collecting sensory measurements by means of "crowd-sourcing" sensory data collection tasks to a human population. Humans can act as sensor carriers (e.g., carrying GPS devices that share location data), sensor operators (e.g., taking pictures with smart phones), or as sensors themselves (e.g., sharing their observations on Twitter). The proliferation of...

Apr. 4, 2018
Mark McCarthy with Provost Andreas Cangellaris [Hoemann-Perrone Photography]

iSchool master's student Mark McCarthy received the 2018 Alexis Wernsing Innovation Award at this spring's Innovation Celebration, hosted by the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation in partnership with the University of Illinois, Parkland College, and community sponsors. The award recognizes “an individual or team from the University of Illinois that has channeled their experience living with a disability into positive change through the creation of new products, environments, or protocols that enhance quality of life.”

McCarthy was honored for his...