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May. 16, 2017
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Doctoral student Craig Willis has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to work with the biomedical and healthCAre Data Discovery Index Ecosystem (bioCADDIE)/DataMED team on a pilot project this summer. The award is based on his participation in the 2016 bioCADDIE Dataset Retrieval Challenge, which had the objective of creating innovative ways for biomedical researchers to search and discover biomedical research data.

"bioCADDIE is an NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) project to develop the DataMed [2] system, sometimes described as the 'PubMed of data,'" said Willis. "At the end of the challenge, they awarded two subcontracts. The goal of my project is to prototype and evaluate expansion models for integration into the DataMed...

May. 15, 2017

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 14, 2017.

Bryce Allen Award for Reference Services

Presented to Leah Dudak

Leah Dudak brings enthusiasm and a positive attitude to the Music and Performing Arts Library (MPAL) reference desk. No question is too small, and she clearly enjoys assisting all patrons with their information needs. She uses her music knowledge and library skills to help patrons find scores and recordings, track down elusive journal articles, and more. She extends the reach of the reference desk by creating LibGuides for events and contributing to social media accounts. At the Main Library, Leah tackles the toughest patrons with joy and dignity and...

May. 12, 2017
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The University of Illinois has long been a leader in accessibility for persons with disabilities. This tradition continues with a new web app called "Access Illinois" created by MS student Mark McCarthy and his team members Matt Arensdorf (undergraduate student, computer science) and Emily Chen (PhD student, computational linguistics). The app earned the team first place in HackCulture, a humanities-focused hackathon held at the University Library from April 8-23. 

While the University provides accessibility maps, these maps require additional steps for successful use when a person is operating with one hand, such as when using wheelchair or cane. Access Illinois integrates existing...

May. 9, 2017

Doctoral candidate Andrea K. Thomer successfully defended her dissertation, "Site-Based Data Curation: Bridging Data Collection Protocols and Curatorial Processes at Scientifically Significant Sites," on May 8.

Her committee included Carole Palmer (chair; professor and associate dean for research, University of Washington Information School), Bryan Heidorn (director, University of Arizona School of Information), Professor Michael Twidale, and Dean Allen Renear.

May. 9, 2017

Doctoral candidate Cheryl Thompson successfully defended her dissertation, "Data Expertise and Service Development in Geoscience Data Centers and Academic Libraries," on May 8.

Her committee included Carole Palmer (chair; professor and associate dean for research, University of Washington Information School), Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld (professor, The Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University), Matthew Mayernik (project scientist and research data services specialist, National Center for Atmospheric Research), and Professor Linda C. Smith.

From the abstract: eScience brings the promise of advancements in scientific knowledge as well as new demands for staff that can manage large and complex data, design user services, and enable open access. As scientists grapple with these new demands, one ramification is that research institutions are extending their services to address data management concerns. As more organizations extend their...

May. 1, 2017
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iSchool faculty and students will participate in the University of Illinois Social Media Analytics Summit, which will be held on Tuesday, May 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The event will take place at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) auditorium. Registration is free, but space is limited.

The event is jointly organized by Joe Yun, adjunct professor of social media analytics and doctoral candidate at Illinois, and iSchool faculty members Jana Diesner, assistant professor and doctoral program director, and Robert Brunner, professor.

The focus of the summit is to bring together researchers, educators, ...

Apr. 27, 2017
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With a passion for making books accessible to anyone at any age, Justin Williams made it his mission to seek a career in a library that would allow him to connect with others and make an impact in their lives through the use of stories and information. Williams is set to graduate this May and has a job lined up at as a teen librarian for the White Oak Library District in Lockport, Illinois.

Why did you decide to pursue an LIS degree?

I wanted to pursue a master's in library and information science because I've always found my home in books. They've taken me places I could never go without them, and I feel that my reading habits over my lifetime have made me a better person. I've found my passion in reading, and some of the ideas that authors have given me have helped shape my thinking...

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