GSLIS in a Flash!

Join us on Friday, October 19, as GSLIS students present lightning talks on topics of interest to the LIS community in the popular Pecha Kucha style format. Talks will highlight an individual's current work, a timely issue in the field, or a vision of how librarians and information professionals can make the world a better place. The event will take place at 5:30pm in Room 126.

Topics and Presenters:

"Building Capacity for Innovation through a Local Community Fab Lab Network" presented by Jeff Ginger, PhD candidate

Historically, rapid fabrication and prototyping production facilities have been open only to highly privileged individuals such as designers, engineers and researchers in university and corporate settings. The Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab has broken this mold to become a truly open maker space by partnering with three anchor institutions in our local community: the Urbana Free Library, Stratton Elementary School and Tap In Leadership Academy. This talk will review the Fab Lab's current strategies for miniature Fab Lab deployments in these locations as well as some of the scholarly implications relevant to LIS, including applied digital literacy, composite informal learning, and the democratization of production as an emergent social role of the public library. Not only is this Fab Lab engagement initiative an example of community informatics but it is also a superb illustration of the sorts of interdisciplinary roles information professionals will need to fill in the future.

"Connecting Urbana-Champaign with 19th-Century Edo: FloatingWorldCU" presented by Bryan Fijalkovich, GSLIS student

FloatingWorldCU, started in September 2012, is an Omeka-based online collection, forum, and educational resource centering on a collection of Japanese woodblock prints donated to the Krannert Art Museum. The donor is the Utagawaha Monjinkai foundation, a group founded in 1990 to preserve the art of ukiyo-e, mainly woodblock-printed “pictures of the floating world,” and promote Japanese culture. Ukiyo-e was produced using a collaborative method during the Edo Period (1615 – 1865), often depicting figures of the Kabuki Theater and government-licensed pleasure quarters. The Utagawaha Monjinkai embarked on a project to donate 10,000 woodblock prints to educational institutions across the globe. Fifty of these were donated to the Krannert’s Giertz Education Center. This session will focus on the process of creating FloatingWorldCU, determining its audience, its stakeholders, and cultivating collaboration, in addition to briefly discussing the histories of ukiyo-e, the Utagawaha Monjinkai, and their connection with the Krannert Art Museum.

"Access Ability: Issues of Assistive Technology and the Accessible Web in Student-Focused Libraries" presented by Lily Sacharow, MS student

As online and digital resources become ever more essential for academic success, it is critical for organizations that offer related services to consider that in any given population there will be a huge variety in how people learn, use, and process information. Currently the Digital Learning Projects assistant at UIUC’s Undergraduate Library, Sacharow is working to ensure that the library, its website, and the resources offered by both can be accessed and utilized by the broadest possible spectrum of people. Whether a student has a new or difficult academic challenge ahead, a visible disability or an invisible one, or is unsure of what help and support their campus can offer them, libraries should make efforts to understand the tools, techniques, and principles used for accessibility in today’s technological world.

"Recreating Documents" presented by Ingbert Schmidt, PhD candidate

In library and information science, the emphasis is typically on facilitating reuse of documents. There are many motivations behind this emphasis, but efficiency and time savings are common motivations. However, participants in an on-going study of knowledge communication practices have a strong tendency to re-create existing documents from scratch, despite the fact that sometimes multiple documents that serve the same purpose already exist in the organization's archive. While at first this behavior seems wasteful, examination of their practices indicate that participants often have good reasons for re-creating documents. These include (a) empowerment, (b) learning, (c) personalization, (d) customization, and (e) simplification.

"Huxley, Orwell, Bradbury...Who's Next?" presented by Brian Wilson, MS student

The information science side of library and information science has been on the rise lately. Although massive efforts to either ban or burn books have decreased recently, progress in information science may lead to a situation where there is no need to bother banning or burning anything. In A Brave New World, Huxley predicted control through information. In 1984, Orwell predicted control through fear and surveillance. And in Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury predicted control through the destruction of information. But what do current advances in information science enable? How could a 21st century authoritarian government control its citizenry? In this talk, 2nd semester graduate student Brian Wilson will outline a possible future that may follow in the footsteps of Huxley and Orwell. What comes next? As librarians have helped patrons filter information for many years, the answer proposed will sound familiar.

"CU" presented by Brian Zelip, MS student

CU Wiki is a website-based project supporting the production and sharing of knowledge about a community by itself. It draws from best practices within the local community wiki movement and is guided by community informatics scholarship. In its first six months the site has grown to over 1,700 pages, pictures, documents and geo-encoded references about the Champaign-Urbana region by an increasing number of university and non-university editors. This presentation will showcase the website, detail its past and future direction, and tour the local community wiki movement.


Room 126, LIS Building

Event Date: 

Fri, 10/19/2012 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm

If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate, please email the contact person. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.