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Jun. 20, 2018

The American Library Association (ALA) will hold its 2018 Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, Louisiana, on June 21-26. 

Visit with the iSchool at Booth #3630. For a complimentary pass, contact the ischool-advancement [at] illinois.edu (iSchool Advancement Office). Passes are offered to alumni, current students, prospective students, and their guests. Please note that this is an exhibits-only pass; it will not allow access to any of the workshops or conference sessions.

Recent alumni (2008-2018 graduates) are invited to attend a recent alumni reception on Saturday, June 23, from 4:00-6:30 p.m. at Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House.

Alumni are invited to attend the ISAA annual meeting and alumni reception on Sunday, June 24,...

Jun. 15, 2018

Deborah Stevenson, director of The Center for Children's Books at the iSchool, will present the App Authors research project at the Border-Crossing in Children’s Literature: The Second International Symposium for Children's Literature, which will be held on June 14-15 at Princeton University. The symposium will facilitate an exchange of ideas on new issues in children’s literature research between scholars from the East and West.

Stevenson, who is a principal investigator on the App Authors project with Associate Professor Kate McDowell, will give the talk, "App Authors: Coding Outside the Educational Box." She will discuss how the three-year project, App Authors: Closing the App Gap II, has developed a curriculum for use in school and public libraries that...

Jun. 14, 2018

Associate Professor Victoria Stodden will be a keynote speaker at the second annual Building Research Integrity Through Reproducibility conference, which will be held on June 15 at the University of Utah. She will also moderate the panel, "What Universities Do (and Don't Do) to Influence (or not) Research Reproducibility."

In her keynote presentation, "Computational Reproducibility," she will frame reproducibility in data-enabled scientific discovery, provide a brief history of efforts towards reproducibility within the scientific community, discuss the problems in replicating computational findings, and examine the lifecycle of data science. According to Stodden, the future of data science will include a major effort to develop infrastructure that supports the entire data science lifecycle, "promoting good scientific practice downstream like transparency and reproducibility."

Stodden's research...

Jun. 4, 2018
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Associate Professor Victoria Stodden will be a keynote speaker at the 2018 IEEE Data Science Workshop, which will be held June 4-6 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The workshop will bring together researchers from the academic disciplines of data science, including signal processing, statistics, machine learning, data mining, and computer science, along with industry experts from fields such as personalized health and medicine, earth and environmental science, applied physics, finance and economics, and intelligent manufacturing. 

Stodden will give the keynote, "Reproducibility and Generalizability in Data-enabled Discovery."

Abstract: As computation becomes central to scientific research and discovery – bringing us the field of Data Science – new questions arise regarding the implementation, dissemination, and evaluation of methods that underlie scientific claims. I present a framework for conceptualizing the affordances that support Data Science including computational...

Jun. 1, 2018
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PhD student Yingjun Guan will present his research at the Conference on Statistical Learning and Data Science / Nonparametric Statistics, which will be held June 4-6 at Columbia University. The conference brings together researchers in statistical machine learning and data mining from academia, industry, and government to discuss topics such as big data analytics, classification, learning theory, network analysis, and signal and image processing. The Department of Statistics at the University of Illinois is a cosponsor of the event.

Guan will present his poster, "IMDB Review Mining and Movie Recommendation," in which he examines how movie- and user-related information extracted from the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) can be used to predict movie ratings. 

"Our project plans to benefit both the movie production corporations and the audience," Guan explained. "Data mining and supervised machine...

May. 31, 2018
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Associate Professor Carol Tilley will participate in a panel discussion at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) this weekend. A celebration of independent comics, CAKE features workshops, exhibitions, and panel discussions as well as comics for sale.

On June 2, Tilley will moderate a panel featuring legendary comic artists Nicole Hollander, Mimi Pond, and Jim Woodring. She looks forward to her conversation with the panelists, especially in light of the personal connection she has with the works of Hollander and Pond.

"From my adolescence forward, my life and politics have been immeasurably enriched by Nicole Hollander's brain as channeled through her alter-ego Sylvia, the chain-smoking comic strip denizen whose satiric observations urge us to be better," Tilley said. "I first encountered the works of the brilliant Mimi Pond in my adolescence too: among her time-capsule books is 1982's The Valley Girl's...

May. 29, 2018
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Assistant Professor and MS/LIS Program Director Nicole A. Cooke will be a keynote speaker at two upcoming conferences: the New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) Annual Conference, which will be held May 30-June 1 in Atlantic City, and Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) 2018, which will be held June 13-15 at the University of Zadar in Croatia.

At the NJLA Annual Conference, Cooke will give the keynote, "Speak Freely: Reflective, Equitable, and Inclusive Conversations for All." Her talk will explore some of the barriers and enablers of open and critically reflective conversations and offer strategies for working toward equitable and inclusive dialogue. 

In her LIDA 2018 presentation, "Actions Speak Louder than Words: Centering Social Justice in LIS Practice," she will discuss how librarians can move beyond their role as social justice advocates and...

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