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Mar. 2, 2017
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Kristina Williams believes deeply in the strength of character built by service to one's community and the enrichment gained through civic and neighborly engagement. It was this commitment to community involvement, which she observed in iSchool students, that first attracted her to the MS/LIS degree program.

Why did you decide to pursue an LIS degree?

I came to librarianship by way of my first graduate degree program at the University of Illinois—I earned a master's in communication following volunteer work as a news media coordinator for AmeriCorps. I realized that I enjoyed research and working in academia, and I found the core values of librarianship to be well aligned with my own professional aspirations.
 
Why did you choose the iSchool at Illinois?

While at the...

Mar. 1, 2017

Professor Alistair Black and doctoral student Steven Witt discussed their research at the Penn Libraries symposium, The Science of Information, 1870-1945: The Universalization of Knowledge in a Utopian Age, which was held February 23-25 at the University of Pennsylvania and the Beckman Center at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. 

Black presented, "'All information flows toward it, or returns to it in a form worked up into shape': The Intelligence Branch and Libraries of the British War Office, 1873-1914."

Abstract: Intelligence has always been an aspect of organized warfare. It was not until the 1873, however, that the British Army effectively recognized this formally by establishing a dedicated division, under the auspices of the War Office, named the "Intelligence Branch," whose work was to be supported by collections of printed materials in...

Feb. 22, 2017
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Master’s student Kortney Rupp has been selected by American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications as one of two recipients of the ACS Publications Travel Grant for Librarians and Library School Students. The grant provides funding to attend the 253rd ACS National Meeting & Exposition, which will be held April 2-6 in San Francisco and focus on the theme of “Advanced Materials, Technologies, Systems & Processes.”

“This travel grant will be the first opportunity to engage with the chemical information community as a...

Feb. 22, 2017

Doctoral student Shadi Rezapour and Assistant Professor Jana Diesner will present a paper at the 20th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2017), which will be held February 25-March 1 in Portland, Oregon. CSCW brings together experts from industry and academia to explore the technical, social, material, and theoretical challenges of designing technology to support collaborative work and life activities. 

Rezapour and Diesner will present, "Classification and Detection of Micro-Level Impact of Issue-Focused Films based on Reviews."

Abstract: We present novel research at the intersection of review mining and impact assessment of issue-focused information products, namely documentary films. We develop and evaluate a theoretically grounded classification schema, related codebook, corpus annotation, and prediction model for detecting multiple types of impact that...

Feb. 21, 2017

iSchool staff and students will participate in the 12th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC), which will be held on February 20-23 in Edinburgh, Scotland. IDCC is organized annually by the UK-based Digital Curation Centre and provides opportunities for educators and professionals to consider digital curation in a multidisciplinary context. The theme of this year's conference is "Upstream, Downstream: embedding digital curation workflows for data science, scholarship and society."
  
iSchool presentations include:

"When Scientists Become Social Scientists: How Citizen Science Projects Learn About Volunteers," a paper authored by iSchool Assistant Professor Peter Darch.

"Revealing the Detailed Lineage of Script Outputs using Hybrid Provenance," a paper authored by iSchool postdoctoral research associates Qian Zhang and Yang Cao and Professor Bertram Ludäscher, director of...

Feb. 15, 2017
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Twelve iSchool master's students attended BOBCATSSS 2017, which was held in Tampere, Finland, from January 25-27. 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. For the past several years, the iSchool has supported student participation in this unique library and information science event.

The theme of this year's symposium was "Improving Quality of Life through Information" and included the topics of libraries, information, and interactive media. The symposium explored questions of how libraries and literature impact people’s health and self-awareness; how interactive media can improve our quality of life; and whether new kinds of information sources can contribute to applications that make life easier.

This year's participants included...

Feb. 13, 2017

Master's students Jessica Colbert and Daniel Mills will be presenting workshops on behalf of the iSchool Queer Library Alliance at the 2017 Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Trans, and Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC 2017), which will be held February 17-19 at Navy Pier in Chicago. "United in Solidarity" is the theme of this year's conference, which marks the 25th anniversary of the MBLGTACC. 

Colbert and Mills will present a workshop designed to educate LGBT college students about online privacy inspired by the Library Freedom Project:

Library Freedom Project is a partnership among librarians, technologists, attorneys, and privacy advocates which aims to address the problems of surveillance by making real the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries....

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