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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."

Jul. 18, 2016

Doctoral candidate Jinseok Kim has been awarded a Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship by Beta Phi Mu, the International Library and Information Studies Honor Society. Up to six recipients are selected each year for this prestigious award, a national competition among doctoral students who are working on their dissertations. The amount awarded for each fellowship is $3,000.

"The Eugene Garfield Dissertation Fellowship will be a tremendous benefit to my doctoral research. It is a recognition for my work and will provide me valuable resources for gaining new knowledge," said Kim.  

Kim's research focuses on the role of data processing in knowledge discovery from data. His dissertation is titled, “The impact of author name disambiguation on knowledge discovery from big scholarly data.”

Abstract: By utilizing large-scale bibliometric data,...

Jul. 15, 2016

Kristyn Caragher (MS '14) successfully completed her Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) on July 12 with the presentation of her project, "Anti-Oppression Workshop Series at the University Library."

Her committee includes Professor Linda Smith (chair), Associate Professor Kathryn La Barre, and Zoe Revell (Business Information Services library operations associate, University Library).

Jul. 11, 2016

Master's student Galen Kelly has focused his studies on knowledge management and applied business research and supplemented his educational experience by working as a business research consultant. He is currently completing an internship in product strategy at U.S. Cellular and preparing to graduate this August.

Why did you decide to pursue an LIS degree?
I wanted something that would provide me with a variety of high-quality options because when I began the program, I wasn't entirely sure what I wanted to do after graduating. The diversity of coursework and research/professional opportunities associated with this degree were incredibly appealing, so I applied.

Why did you choose the iSchool at Illinois?
The iSchool was the clear choice for me because of its connections...

Jul. 8, 2016

At the same time that humanity shifts toward digital ways of living and working, the proportion of senior citizens among the world's population is growing. Rejecting the idea that aging is just a matter of declining minds and bodies, iSchool doctoral candidate Noah Lenstra (MS '09, CAS '11) has explored digital literacy among older adults in Champaign-Urbana using information infrastructure theory and the extended case method.

For his dissertation research, Lenstra conducted one year of participant observation in senior centers and public libraries. This included two hundred and sixty-seven computer help sessions with two hundred and nine seniors; interviews with seniors and staff; and examination of institutional documents. Throughout this study he practiced the reciprocal research method.

Reciprocal research, devised in the Community Informatics Research Lab, entails providing service as you collect data and reporting findings back to community partners. Lenstra's...

Jul. 6, 2016
Pictured from left: S. Mishra, D. Houston, and D. Collier

A recent analysis of online conversations about President Obama’s proposed plan for tuition-free community colleges, America's College Promise, indicates that a significant number of people oppose the plan because it lacks measures to help them and the millions of other borrowers currently mired in student loan debt.

Researchers—including iSchool doctoral student Shubhanshu Mishra—examined the content and civility of more than 1,800 comments that were posted on four prominent websites during the week following Obama's announcement of the America's College Promise plan on January 8, 2015. The comments, which were downloaded from the White House webpage and the Facebook pages for CNN Money, NBC News, and the Fox News program "Hannity," also provide a glimpse of the roiling anger and frustration among students and their parents that spiraling tuition costs are making higher education nearly unaffordable.