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Oct. 3, 2017
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Doctoral student Shadi Rezapour has received a scholarship to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) in Orlando, Florida, on October 4-6. The GHC Student Scholarship, awarded by AnitaB.org, is very competitive and covers all expenses related to attending the conference.

The world's largest gathering of women technologists, GHC is presented in partnership with Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). To be considered for a GHC Student Scholarship, students must be enrolled in a degree program in a technical discipline, demonstrate an interest in computer science, and be active in their community. 

Rezapour, a member of Assistant Professor Jana Diesner's group, is conducting research on topics related to natural...

Sep. 18, 2017

Three recipients of the 2017 Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum Fellowships have ties to the iSchool. Jane Kelly, an MS/LIS student in the Leep program, and Nushrat Khan (MS '16) were awarded DLF Forum Fellowships for Students and New Professionals. Richard J. Urban (PhD '12) was named a KRESS+DLF Forum Fellow. The awards recognize the recipients' dedication to their work and the field of digital libraries.

Kelly is the historical and special collections assistant at the Harvard Law School Library. "The work I'm most excited about these days is the HLS Community Capture Project, a grant-funded project that I'm managing to prototype a tool to facilitate born-digital collecting from student organizations at Harvard Law School," she said. "When I'm not working on that, you'll likely find me with researchers in our reading room, managing our print collection of institutional, student, and faculty publications, or doing a little web archiving. I'm interested in the ways in...

Aug. 31, 2017

Members of the Whole Tale Archaeology Working Group will meet with fellow computational archaeologists, environmental scientists, and other researchers for the first "Prov-a-thon" on practical tools for reproducible science. Held in conjunction with the DataONE All-Hands Meeting in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, the two-day workshop on August 31 and September 1 is cosponsored by the NSF-funded projects Whole Tale, DataONE, and the Arctic Data Center.

The goal of the workshop is to expose scientists to existing and emerging provenance tools from DataONE, Whole Tale, and other projects (e.g., SKOPE),  and conversely, to gather feedback, new requirements, and new ideas for effective uses of provenance from the scientific community. The first day of the workshop...

Aug. 30, 2017
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Two ischool graduate students undertook placements at Oxford University this summer. The placements were part of the Oxford-Illinois Digital Library Placement Program, an ongoing collaboration between Illinois and Oxford. Master's student Anna Oates and doctoral student Jessica (Yi-Yun) Cheng spent six weeks at the Bodleian Libraries and the Oxford e-Research Centre, respectively.

The program, a collaboration between the iSchool, Oxford e-Research Centre, and Bodleian Libraries, is now in its fourth year. Kevin Page, the Centre's coordinator for the program, and Michael Popham, head of Digital Collections & Preservation Services and Bodleian's coordinator for the program, work closely with the students on specific...

Aug. 29, 2017

Doctoral candidate Katrina Fenlon successfully defended her dissertation, “Thematic research collections: Libraries and the evolution of alternative scholarly publishing in the humanities,” on September 8.

Her committee included Carole Palmer (chair), professor and associate dean for research, University of Washington Information School; Senior Lecturer Maria Bonn; Julia Flanders, professor, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Northeastern University; and Dean Allen Renear.

From the abstract:

The omission of digital scholarship from systems of scholarly communication – including peer review, library collection, discovery, organization, and preservation – poses a potential detriment to the evolution of humanities scholarship and the completeness of the scholarly record. One  emergent  genre  of  digital  production  in  the  humanities  is  the thematic  research collection (Palmer,  2004):  a collection created  by  scholarly  effort,  which  gathers...

Aug. 11, 2017
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When Rob Callahan isn't participating in an online class, he is out flying helicopters. First Lieutenant Callahan flies H-60 Blackhawks as an aeromedical evacuation officer in the U.S. Army. 

"I have been fortunate to have commanders and supervisors who support my off-duty education," he said. "Since classes are held at the same time each week, I do my best to shape my schedule so I am available for the live sessions. When unavoidable conflicts arise, my professors are both understanding and accommodating, and Moodle recordings help me keep up to date."

Callahan is currently working on his MS in information management (MS/IM). He is the recipient of a scholarship that focuses on recruiting exceptional students, which...

Jul. 26, 2017

Three iSchool master's students have been selected by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Committee on Diversity and Leadership to participate in the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) as ARL diversity scholars.

Underwritten by ARL member libraries, the IRDW offers numerous financial benefits to program participants as well as leadership development provided through the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium, a formal mentoring program, career placement assistance, and an ARL research library visit. This program reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse research library professional community that will better meet the challenges of changing demographics in higher education and the emphasis on global perspectives in the academy.

The 2017–2019 ARL diversity scholars are: 

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