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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....

Jan. 30, 2017

Doctoral student Shadi Rezapour and Assistant Professor Jana Diesner will present a paper at The 11th IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing (ICSC 2017), which will be held January 30 through February 1 in San Diego, California. ICSC 2017 provides an international forum for researchers and practitioners in academia and industry to present research that advances the state of semantic computing and identifies emerging research topics.

Rezapour and Diesner will present, "Identifying the Overlap between Election Result and Candidates' Ranking based on Hashtag-Enhanced, Lexicon-Based Sentiment Analysis." The paper's coauthors include Lufan Wang (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) and Omid Abdar (Department of Linguistics).

Abstract: The popularity and availability of Twitter as a service and a data source have fueled the interest in sentiment analysis. Previous research has shed...

Jan. 24, 2017
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A pending Supreme Court case involving a dispute over cheerleading uniforms may provide legal guidance on the difference between "creative works" and "useful works" in copyright law, says University of Illinois professor and copyright librarian Sara R. Benson, a current master's student in library and information science at the iSchool.

Benson, an expert on copyright law, spoke with News Bureau business and law editor Phil Ciciora about a pending U.S. Supreme Court case involving rival cheerleading uniform manufacturers. The dispute centers around whether cheerleader-uniform designs can be copyrighted – and if so, can that create a copyright monopoly.

Why is this case, Star Athletica v. Varsity...

Jan. 12, 2017

The iSchool will be well represented at the annual conference for the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), which will take place from January 17-20 in Atlanta. ALISE '17 will explore how LIS educators and researchers can develop curricula, programs, and research activities that support partnerships with communities to manage and create change.

Meetings & Workshops

Associate Professor Carol Tilley will participate in the Board of Directors Meeting at 3:00 p.m. on January 16, concluding her three-year term as director of external relations, an elected position to the ALISE Board.

Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Programs Linda C. Smith is a co-organizer for the pre-conference workshop, "...

Dec. 13, 2016
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After working for several years as a bank examiner with the federal government, Erin Glasco switched gears to pursue her interest in archives and special collections, enrolling in the iSchool as a Leep student in 2015. While Glasco enjoyed the variety of her work at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, she was frustrated by her inability to help consumers solve their issues with financial institutions until after the damage had been done. 

"I changed careers because I wanted one that I could feel passionate about, and one that would allow me to take a more proactive role in repairing harm," said Glasco. "I best see that happening in my role as an archivist through my commitment to meaningfully diversifying the historical record via archives."

She chose Illinois after attending an...

Dec. 12, 2016

By using products such as soap, shampoo, body lotion, toothpaste and makeup, the average consumer may be exposed to dozens of chemicals each day. It's not easy, though, to know exactly what is in many consumer products or what potential risks they pose, either individually or in combination.

A doctoral student and a professor in the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences are using an informatics approach to help prioritize chemical combinations for further testing by determining the prevalence of individual ingredients and their most likely combinations in consumer products.

Doctoral student Henry Gabb and professor Catherine Blake published the results of the first phase of their work in Environmental Health Perspectives, a journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health...

Dec. 9, 2016


Doctoral students Ming Jiang and Shubhanshu Mishra will present research papers at the 26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING), which will be held December 11-16 in Osaka, Japan. The COLING conference, held every two years, is one of the top international conferences in the field of natural language processing and computational linguistics, which covers research topics such as question answering, text summarization, information extraction, discourse structure, and more. 

Jiang will present a paper coauthored with Assistant Professor Jana Diesner titled, "Says Who...? Identification of Expert versus Layman Critics’ Reviews of Documentary Films."

Abstract: We extend classic review mining work by building a binary classifier that predicts whether a review of a documentary film was written by an expert or a...

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