August News Digest

The GSLIS News Digest highlights recent news, events, and accomplishments of GSLIS faculty, staff, and students. For more news, visit the GSLIS home page and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

News from GSLIS at Illinois

Faculty news

Alkalimat hosts forum at Archives 2013
Professor Abdul Alkalimat led a forum at Archives 2013, the joint annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists and the Council of State Archivists, which took place from August 11-17 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The topic was “Memory and Power: How Diversifying the Archives Can Help Us Welcome the Future.”

Efron presents at SIGIR 2013
Associate Professor Miles Efron presented his paper, “Query Representation for Cross-Temporal Information Retrieval,” at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval (SIGIR) Conference in Dublin, Ireland on July 30.

Hotchkiss named University of Cincinnati distinguished alumna
Valerie Hotchkiss, GSLIS affiliated professor and director of the University of Illinois’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library, was chosen by the University of Cincinnati (UC) McMicken College of Arts and Sciences to receive one of two Distinguished Alumni Awards awarded last spring. Hotchkiss received a bachelor’s degree in classics from UC in 1982.

La Barre speaks at ISKO conference
Associate Professor Kathryn La Barre was invited to speak at the International Society for Knowledge Organization Conference held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from May 27-29. She presented her paper, “Facets, Views and Frames: Enhancing Connectedness in Knowledge Organization.” 

Mak presents in London, Montreal
Assistant Professor Bonnie Mak was invited to speak at London, England’s Centre for Creative Collaboration (C4CC), where she presented “Eight Minutes on Publication” on June 14. Mak also was invited to participate in a launch event of the archivefutures research network in Montreal, Quebec, on June 21, at which she co-presented a session on material transformations.

Staff and student news

Andracki, Martaus, and Smith present at ChLA Conference
Three GSLIS students gave presentations at the 40th Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference held in Biloxi, Mississippi, on June 13-15. Doctoral student Alaine Martaus presented “Playing with Time: Historicizing the Future in Contemporary Young Adult Science Fiction”; doctoral student Mikki Smith presented “Learning to Play, Playing to Learn: Oliver Optic’s Magazine, 1867–1875”; and master’s student Tad Andracki presented his paper, “Playing with Everything: Childhood, Biopower, and Animacy in The Brave Little Toaster.”

Barton, Booker receive scholarships to attend NCAAL conference
Master’s student Karen Barton and recent GSLIS graduate Liza Booker (MS ’13) each received one of six $1,000 scholarships to attend the ALA Black Caucus’s 8th  National Conference of African American Libraries (NCAAL), which was held August 7-11 in the greater Cincinnati/northern Kentucky area. Booker presented her poster titled, “The Importance of African-American Archives.”

Burch attends AASL/ISLMA Leadership Conference
GSLIS K-12 Program Coordinator Georgeann Burch attended the American Association of School Librarians/Illinois School Library Media Association (AASL/ISLMA) Leadership Conference in Bloomington, Illinois, on June 19.

Jett wins Balisage Student Award
Master’s student Jacob Jett is one of three winners of a 2013 Balisage Student Award. This annual award provides support for students to attend Balisage, a conference devoted to markup languages, technologies, theories, and practices. The 2013 conference was held August 6-9 in Montreal, Quebec.

Martin presents at Archives 2013
Master’s student Stephanie Martin presented her poster, "Over a Century of Collaboration: Libraries, Archives, and Museums in the United States,” at Archives 2013, the joint annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists and the Council of State Archivists.

Moore receives ARLIS travel award
Dan Moore received a student travel award to attend the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) annual conference, which was held in Pasadena, California from April 25-29. Moore earned his master’s degree at the end of the summer semester.  

Nhek wins APALA and CLA scholarships
Master's student Christina Nhek  was recently named the recipient of two scholarships, the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association or APALA Scholarship and the California Library Association or CLA Scholarship for Minority Students in Memory of Edna Yelland.

Organisciak gives talks at Digital Humanities, JCDL
Doctoral student Peter Organisciak  gave presentations at two conferences this summer. He presented his paper, “Incidental Crowdsourcing: Crowdsourcing in the Periphery,” at Digital Humanities 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska, on July 17. At the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL), which was held July 22-26 in Indianapolis, Indiana, he presented “Addressing Diverse Corpora with Cluster-based Term Weighting.”

Serbanuta and Sweeney awarded Garfield Dissertation Fellowships
GSLIS doctoral candidates Claudia Serbanuta and Miriam E. Sweeney have been honored with 2013 Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships from Beta Phi Mu, the International Library and Information Studies Honor Society. Up to six recipients are selected each year for this prestigious award, which is a national competition among doctoral students who are working on their dissertations. The amount awarded for each fellowship is $3,000.

Smith presents at SHARP conference
Doctoral student Mikki Smith presented “Geographies of Amateur Newspapers: Late 19th-Century Youth Collaborations and Exchanges” at the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) Annual Conference, “Geographies of the Book,” which was held at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, from July 18-21.

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