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Jan. 25, 2016

Associate Professor Miles Efron has been named the GSLIS Centennial Scholar for 2015-2016. The Centennial Scholar award is endowed by alumni and friends of GSLIS and given in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and/or professional promise in the field of library and information science.

“This is a real honor. One of the things that makes GSLIS a great academic home is the excellence and intellectual diversity of our faculty. To be recognized in this way by colleagues whom I really admire is so gratifying. I give my strongest thanks to the GSLIS faculty for this recognition and support of my work,” Efron said.

“This award will help me to continue organizing GSLIS’s ongoing participation in the annual Text Retrieval Conference (TREC), hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. It will also afford me a much-welcomed freedom to pursue a project in the digital humanities—analyzing data from the HathiTrust—that I have had on the back burner for a...

Dec. 21, 2015

Abbott's nutrition business has awarded GSLIS $25,000 for a project led by Assistant Professor Vetle Torvik titled, “Computer-assisted text-mining across biomedical papers and patents for competitive intelligence.” Working with Torvik on this year-long project is doctoral student Adam Kehoe (MS ’09).

With guidance from biomedical scientists at Abbott, Torvik and Kehoe will develop a new system for literature-based discovery that will draw on literature from both academia and industry. The goal is to create a system that will improve discovery in the realm of biomedical research by combining these two traditionally independent bodies of work. In addition to meeting Abbott’s specific research needs, the new tool will be made available online to external researchers.

“We are interested in what extra can we find when we put together these two separated literatures. Are there discoveries to be had when we put these things together?” said Torvik.


Dec. 11, 2015

J. Stephen Downie, GSLIS professor and associate director for research, gave a keynote at the 16th International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR) held in Malaga, Spain, this fall.

Downie reflected on how far music information retrieval (MIR) research has come in making access to music resources quick and simple over the last three decades.

“I am constantly surprised by the totally groovy and jaw-droppingly spiffy new music applications developed by my fellow MIR researchers. This represents the extraordinary vibrancy of the MIR community,” said Downie.

This year marked the eleventh running of MIREX, the Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange, which was held in conjunction with the ISMIR conference. MIREX is an evaluation campaign of music information retrieval systems and algorithms that takes place annually at the conference. Nearly 100 researchers...

Dec. 1, 2015

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been awarded a new research grant by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to explore the benefits for users of linked open data (LOD) for digitized library special collections. Timothy Cole (MS '89), mathematics librarian in the University Library and coordinator for library applications within the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), will serve as principal investigator. Myung-Ja “MJ” Han (MS '06), metadata librarian, and Caroline Szylowicz, Kolb-Proust librarian and curator of rare books and manuscripts, will serve as co-principal investigators. Jacob Jett, GSLIS doctoral student and CIRSS research assistant, will add expertise acquired through participation in prior CIRSS projects involving LOD.


Oct. 13, 2015

Despite the ubiquity of search in many people’s daily lives, a lack of search literacy can make it difficult to find solutions to technical problems, such as completing software-based tasks like troubleshooting program installations. GSLIS Professor Michael Twidale and Assistant Professor Max Wilson of the University of Nottingham have received funding from Google for a project that aims to develop an understanding of search literacy, and to recommend best practices for teaching technical search literacy and creating tools in support of this kind of search.

Google has awarded Wilson (principal investigator) and Twidale (co-PI) $65,000 to pursue “Understanding Search Literacy and Search Skills Adoption: How People Solve Technical Problems via Search.”

In addition to his role at GSLIS, Twidale holds appointments with the Department of Computer Science, the Information Trust Institute, and the Academy of Entrepreneurial Leadership at Illinois. His research interests...