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Aug. 10, 2016

Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke and doctoral candidate Jeanie Austin will speak this week at the National Diversity in Libraries Conference, which will be held August 10-13 at the University of California, Los Angeles.

With the theme, “Bridges to Inclusion,” the conference will highlight issues related to diversity and inclusion that affect staff, users, and institutions in the library, archive, and museum fields. The event aims to articulate the value of and develop strategies for diversity and inclusion in these fields.

Cooke will speak during the town hall-style session, “Caught in the Crossfire: A Conversation on Libraries and Communities in Distress,” on August 10 at 4:30 p.m.

In this town hall, facilitators will share brief comments regarding the role of libraries in times of crises, including ideas such as the need to integrate critical approaches...

Aug. 9, 2016

iSchool faculty, staff, and students will participate in the upcoming International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, Ohio, on August 13-19. This annual conference brings together LIS professionals and students from more than one hundred and twenty countries and provides opportunities for networking and professional development. Among the presenters will be the iSchool faculty and students listed below. Attendees are invited to meet with faculty and staff at Booth #C-111 and attend a social gathering on Monday, August 15.

iSchool presentations:

Associate Professor Terry Weech and affiliated faculty member Clara Chu...

Aug. 4, 2016

Two 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 2016-2018 ARL diversity scholars are:

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Aug. 4, 2016

Doctoral students Kahyun Choi and Yun Hao and Professor J. Stephen Downie will present their paper, "WiMIR: An Informetric Study On Women Authors In ISMIR," at the 17th International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) Conference. Coauthors of the paper include Xiao Hu (PhD '10), Jin Ha Lee (PhD '08), Audrey Laplante, and Sally Jo Cunningham.

Abstract: The Music Information Retrieval (MIR) community is becoming increasingly aware of a gender imbalance evident in ISMIR participation and publication. This paper reports upon a comprehensive informetric study of the publication, authorship and citation characteristics of female researchers in the context of the ISMIR...

Jul. 28, 2016
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Master’s student Krystal Cooper will share the stage next week with researchers and industry professionals at the Broadening Participation in Visualization Workshop (BPViz). She will participate in a panel discussion on “The Many Paths to Visualization.”

BPViz is sponsored by Computing Research Association–Women, Coalition to Diversity Computing, and National Science Foundation. The 2016 workshop will be held August 3-4 at Purdue Polytechnic and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

This theme is, "Bridging Science, Technology and the Arts through Visualization":

The need for persons knowledgeable of the visualization process is...

Jul. 27, 2016

Doctoral student Jacob Jett, faculty affiliate Timothy W. Cole, Research Associate Professor David Dubin, and Professor and Dean Allen H. Renear will present, “Discerning the intellectual focus of annotations,” at Balisage: The Markup Conference 2016.

Abstract: Much attention has been given to strategies for anchoring annotations in digital documents, but very little to identifying what the annotation is actually about. We may think of annotations as being about their anchors, but that is not typically the case. Two annotations may have the same anchor, such as a string of characters, but one annotation is about the sentence represented by that string and the other about the claim being made by that sentence. Identifying targets and making this...

Jul. 26, 2016

iSchool master's student Maryjo Siergiej has won the 2016 Young Adult Services Symposium student stipend from the Young Adult Library Services Association. The stipend will provide Siergiej with up to $1,000 to offset travel expenses to attend the symposium, which will be held on November 4-6 in Pittsburgh.

"Working with young adults requires creating an environment where they feel safe," Siergiej wrote in her application. "When I was a teen, library programs helped broaden my world view; I hope to similarly inspire teens."

Christine Jenkins, associate professor emerita, recommended Siergiej for the stipend. She highlighted Siergiej’s "genuine passion for library work with young adults."

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