ALISE Members in the News


ALISE Members is the News features news and highlights from ALISE personal and institutional members.  If you would like to include your item, please send a short description for website release and a link to the full story, press release or web page to [email protected]

April 2, 2013

Joel Silver Appointed Director of Indiana University’s Lilly Library

Ruth Lilly Dean of University Libraries Brenda L. Johnson has announced the appointment of Joel Silver as the Director of the Lilly Library, effective April 1.

“Joel is known internationally within the academy for his impeccable credentials as a rare books curator, a prolific scholar, and brilliant professor,” Johnson said in announcing the decision. “Over the past decade that Joel has served as Associate Director and most recently as Interim Director, Joel has become known for his collaborative leadership style and diligent work ethic. I have full confidence that he will be an outstanding Director for the Lilly Library.”

Recent Articles in Scientometrics

Indiana University SLIS faculty members contributed articles to the March and April issues of Scientometrics – (a journal published by Springer.) SLIS Ph.D. student Chaoqun Ni and faculty members Cassidy Sugimoto and Blaise Cronin extended the framework for bibliometric analysis of scholarly communication. In the April issue, SLIS faculty member Staša Milojević and Loet Leydesdorff from the University of Amsterdam developed the idea of “information metrics” as the basis for understanding bibliometrics, scientometrics, informetrics, and webometrics.

School Library “Rock Star” to Join Rutgers School of Communication and Information

An early adopter of helping children to create a “robust academic digital footprint,” Joyce Valenza, Ph.D., will join Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information (SC&I). Dr. Valenza, dubbed a “rock star librarian” by School Library Journal, will use her extensive experience in education and technology to lead courses in school media, social media and learning, and digital youth in SC&I’s undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. programs.

“At this challenging and exciting time for education and libraries, I am thrilled to join Rutgers’ dedicated faculty, and honored to be invited to contribute to the future of its highly respected school library media program,” said Dr. Valenza.

Dr. Valenza, a high school teacher-librarian at the Springfield Township High School Library since 1998, comes to SC&I in January 2014 with a wide array of research interests, including youth information seeking and communication behaviors in mediated and socially networked environments.

Library and Information Science Department Chair Marie L. Radford, Ph.D., expressed her excitement over Dr. Valenza joining the faculty in the department’s nationally ranked (#2) program in the School Library Media area.

“Dr. Valenza is an internationally recognized scholar in digital youth, technology and information literacy, with an impressive career as a school media specialist, author, researcher and dynamic speaker,” said Dr. Radford.

Dr. Valenza is eager to collaborate with Associate Professor and Director of the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) Ross Todd, Ph.D., in exploring critical research questions relating to libraries, young people and learning.

“Dr. Joyce Valenza is one of the most eminent school librarians whose research and professional practice has charted new territory for the future of school libraries,” said Dr. Todd.

Dr. Valenza, a former Philadelphia Inquirer tech columnist, speaks nationally about issues relating to libraries and thoughtful use of educational technology. She currently blogs for School Library Journal, is active in American Library Association, American Association of School Librarians, Young Adult Library Services Association, and International Society for Technology in Education, and contributes to VOYA, Technology and Learning. In 2011, Dr. Valenza earned the Edublog Awards Lifetime Achievement Award.

About the School of Communication and Information

The School of Communication and Information (SC&I) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick, N.J., is known for its creativity and commitment to solving society’s problems. SC&I community members work at the interface of communication and information to understand: global media, community and democracy; health and wellness; organizations, policy and leadership; and social media interaction and collaborative design. SC&I offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate and continuing education opportunities on campus, online and through hybrid formats.

April 1, 2013

UT College Creates Endowed Professorship; Carol Tenopir First Recipient

Carol Tenopir, a Chancellor's Professor in the School of Information Sciences, is the first recipient of a new endowed professorship in the College of Communication and Information (CCI).

The CCI Board of Visitors Professorship was made possible by generous gifts from donors, including current and former members of the college's Board of Visitors.

The professorship was established to recognize and reward outstanding college faculty whose research, creative activity, teaching and academic and professional service have uniquely contributed to the mission of their school, the college and the university.

"The establishment of this professorship allows the college to provide extra financial support to its best faculty members and to recognize their achievements," said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. "We are grateful to the college's Board of Visitors and the other donors who made this possible. We also are very pleased to name Carol Tenopir, one of the college's most distinguished faculty members, as the inaugural holder of this professorship."

All tenured faculty in the college are eligible for consideration for the endowed professorship, which lasts for three years and provides a supplement to their salary that they are free to use in pursuing their research interests and professional activities.

Tenopir is the college's director of research and also leads the Center for Information and Communication Studies. She recently was named a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her distinguished work in information sciences, notably in the ongoing study of the online information industry and scholarly reading patterns of scientists.

"I am honored and humbled to be the recipient of the first CCI Board of Visitors Professorship," said Tenopir. "It is a privilege to have the opportunity to continue to work on an agenda of excellence with my great colleagues in the college and on the Board of Visitors."

March 20, 2013

Dominican University Faculty Promotions and Appointments

Dr. Janice Del Negro has been promoted to Associate Professor, effective fall 2013. Dr. Del Negro received her BA from Hunter College, her MLS from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her academic interests include youth services and programs in public libraries; books and materials for youth; storytelling; evolution and evaluation of folk and fairy tales; reviewing and criticism; and images of the feminine in folktales and children's & YA literature. She teaches courses for all levels, from introductory courses through storytelling, library materials for children, library materials for young adults, library services for children and young adults; and teaching in the PhD program including serving as a dissertation chair.

Dr. Sujin Huggins has been promoted to Assistant Professor following her earning a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, effective immediately. Dr. Huggins received her BA from the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and her MSLIS from the UIUC. Her academic interests include library service and literature (specifically of the Caribbean and African Diasporas) for youth; critical pedagogy and the LIS curriculum; literacy (ideological and practical); youth community informatics; storytelling; and the taxonomy of folktales. She teaches reference and online materials, library materials for children, and community informatics, and is a frequent practicum supervisor.

Mary Minow, A.M.L.S., J.D., has accepted the appointment as the holder of the Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science Follett Chair.

For the third year in a row, two Dominican GSLIS alumnae/i have been named Library Journal "Movers and Shakers."

Kate Tkacik, MLIS '12 has been named a 2013 Library Journal Mover and Shaker in the "Community Builders" category. Tkacik, a research analyst at Bank of Montreal, was cited for coining the term "tumblarian" to tag her library-related posts on the Tumblr social network; she currently has nearly 11,000 followers!

Mikael Jacobsen, MLIS '08, has been named a 2013 Library Journal Mover and Shaker in the "Innovators" category. Jacobsen, who is supervisor of adult computer labs at the Skokie Public Library in Skokie, Illinois, was cited for his talent in using the library's digital media lab to make the library a center for patron creativity. See his profile and access the full list on Library Journal's website.

February 26, 2013

Marilyn Irwin Chair of Award Jury for Books on Disability Experience

SLIS Associate Professor Marilyn Irwin was the Chairperson of this year’s Schneider Family Book Award Jury. Her role builds on her professional expertise with both disability resources and with library resources for children and young adults.

New Directions: Research, Curriculum and Realignment (ALISE 2013)

On Wednesday, January 23, 2013, SLIS faculty members Pnina Fichman and Howard Rosenbaum organized and participated in a panel discussion sponsored by the Special Interest Group (SIG) – Research at the ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education) Annual Conference. The session included a discussion about the upcoming SLIS and SoIC merger.

February 7, 2013

Professor Anthony Cocciolo is the first Pratt SILS faculty member to win the Pratt-Severn Faculty Innovation Award

Established in 1996, the $1,000 cash award (sponsored by Association of Library and Information Science Educators and by Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science) is designed to identify innovation by full-time faculty members, or a group of full-time faculty members, in incorporating evolving information technologies in the curricula of accredited masters degree programs in library and information studies.  The award is named after David Severn, a 1968 Pratt SILS alumnus.  Anthony is receiving this award for his innovations in digital archives education.

He accepted the award at the ALISE Awards Reception, held Thursday, January 24, 2013 at the Seattle Public Library.  For more information on the award recipients, please visit

The American Library Association awarded German Traces NYC the 2013 Cutting-Edge Technology in Library Services Award

German Traces NYC is a collaboration between Goethe-Institut New York Library (Brigitte Doellgast) and Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science (Profs. Anthony Cocciolo and Debbie Rabina). This mobile experience uses an augmented reality app to allow learners to explore German cultural heritage in New York City. After downloading the app, users can simply hold up their mobile phones and view archival photos layered on top of the images visible through the phone’s camera, and watch stories about specific historic sites. More than 19,000 people visited the website in the year since launch.

February 2, 2013

Brunelle Awarded Archive Internship with Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

Kate Brunelle, a graduate student in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Library and Information Science, is the recipient of a prestigious internship from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington, D.C.

January 31, 2013

Social Dynamics of Science

Indiana University faculty member Staša Milojević recently co-authored an article with colleagues from the School of Informatics and Computing, and from Dalian University, China. The article, “Social Dynamics of Science,” appeared in the Scientific Reports – an open access source for peer-reviewed research from the publishers of Nature.

Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics – Spring 2013

The Rob Kling Center for Social informatics (RKCSI) is based at Indiana University, Bloomington. It is named in honor of the late Rob Kling (SLIS Professor who died in 2003). The Center’s activities include a Speaker Series that students can attend — (free and open to the public). The February 2013 speakers will be John Durham Peters (University of Iowa) and Jean Lave (University of California, Berkeley School of Information).

IU information visualization professor takes expertise to World Economic Forum

Indiana University's Katy Börner began offering what is currently the university's only massive open online course this week, and just to underscore how globally connected education has become, the international leader in information visualization kicked off the class from Davos, Switzerland, where Börner is apparently the first person from IU to ever present at the World Economic Forum.

January 18, 2013

Using Video Games to Enhance Treatment Outcomes for Stroke and TBI Patients

SLIS faculty member Hamid Ekbia is a recipient of an Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) grant awards. His research project "InSight Rehab: Using Video Games to Enhance Treatment Outcomes for Stroke and TBI Patients" was awarded $25,000. One of the goals of the awards is to "encourage statewide collaborations and speed the development of new medical treatments and services."

January 17, 2013

Library Student Association Donates Books to Children’s Center at Southern Miss

Group President Callie Wiygul and other members of the organization presented 288 new and used books to the center as part of a fall service project. Wiygul noted that the group selects an outreach/service project for benefactors in the Hattiesburg community each semester.

November 9, 2012

Dominican GSLIS Follett Chair Mary Minow Comments on HathiTrust Ruling

Minow, 2011-13 Follett Chair at Dominican University's Graduate School of Library and Information Science, is among a group of practicing attorney experts who have commented on the recent HathiTrust case ruling, which has been widely perceived as a victory for librarians, patrons, and universities. The attorneys are featured on Thomson-Reuters' blog "The Knowledge Effect."

Sara Paretsy Speaks to the Power of "Voice" at Dominican GSLIS's McCusker Memorial Lecture

The 16th annual McCusker Memorial Lecture featured bestselling author and intellectual freedom advocate Sara Paretsky. Paretsky, creator of the series of mystery novels about private detective V. I. Warshawski, spoke to a capacity crowd at Dominican University on October 24. The importance of voice, and empowering all voices to be heard, was the keynote theme of the lecture, which was co-sponsored by Dominican and the Freedom to Read Foundation at the American Library Association.

October 4, 2012

University of Washington iSchool Professor Karen Fisher awarded grants to research immigrant minority youth as info intermediaries

A $460K research grant awarded to iSchool Professor Karen Fisher from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will enable her to examine how immigrant minority youth serve as information and technical intermediaries in their families and communities. Fisher and her research team will conduct Teen Design Days workshops and a large-scale survey with Seattle youth, as well as community workshops about how libraries can support immigrant minority youth by providing targeted information and digital literacy training. In addition to IMLS, funding for the project comes from the University of Washington Office of the Provost, Microsoft Global Community Affairs, Microsoft Research, and the University of Washington Information School.

October 2012

C. Sean Burns is a recipient of the 2012 Beta Phi Mu Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Award. Under the theoretical framework of decision and game theory and aided by Herbert Simon's concept of bounded rationality, his dissertation uses bibliometrics and regression analysis to model the probability that academic library users can use Google Scholar to retrieve non-proxy, open or full-text access content.

September 25, 2012

Koontz receives IMLS National Leadership Grant to serve diverse library populations

Dr. Christie Koontz of the School of Library & Information Studies at The Florida State University received a National Leadership Grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for her proposal to help public libraries better target and serve their diverse populations.

Koontz and co-principal investigator Dean K. Jue of FSU’s Florida Resources and Environmental Analysis Center received the grant for “iMap Libraries: Helping Provide Equity of Public Library Services.” School of Library & Information Studies Associate Professor Lorri Mon will lend her expertise in social media to the project.

September 10, 2012

Rebecca Meehan Joins Kent State SLIS Faculty

Rebecca A. Meehan, Ph.D., of Hudson, Ohio, has joined the faculty of the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. Meehan will be an assistant professor of Health Informatics in the school’s Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM) program.

Marianne Martens Joins Kent State SLIS Faculty

Marianne Martens, Ph.D., has joined the faculty of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Kent State University. As an assistant professor, Martens will teach and conduct research in youth services librarianship, an area for which SLIS at Kent State is ranked 13th in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Christine Hudak Joins Kent State SLIS Faculty

Christine A. Hudak, Ph.D., RN-BC, CPHIMS, of Cleveland, Ohio, has joined the faculty of the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. Hudak will be a professor of Health Informatics in the school's Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM) program.

iDEAL (information, Diversity, Engagement, Access and Libraries) Summit,  Information Literacy Across the Lifespan, November 10, 2012

We would like to invite you to attend and participate in the 4th Annual iDEAL Summit, Information Literacy Across the Lifespan, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro on Saturday, November 10, 2012  from 1:00 – 5:00 pm.  This conference will explore information literacy theory and instructional practice in a variety of information organizations and examine approaches for addressing the needs of users at all stages of life.
Registration for the conference is free.  You can register to attend at Registration.  Registration must be submitted by November 5th, 2012.

September 7, 2012

International Opportunities in Information Studies: Bangalore, India; Mysore, India.

Participants will study for 12 days in the cities of Bangalore and Mysore in the state of Karnataka, India. During the program, we will visit information repositories such as libraries, research institutions and software companies, where participants will interact with students, faculty, staff and information professionals. In addition, visits to cultural sites such as Mysore Palace will facilitate the exploration of how tacit knowledge is applied in oral societies. In Bangalore, we will be hosted by the Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (XIME), one of the most advanced business entrepreneurship graduate schools. In Mysore, our host will be the International Institute of Information Management.

September 5, 2012

Florida State University SLIS appoints Interim Director

Florida State University’s College of Communication & Information (CCI) Dean Larry Dennis announced Tuesday that Dr. Kathleen Burnett will serve as the interim director of the School of Library & Information Studies (SLIS).

A professor at SLIS, Dr. Burnett has served in many roles within the School during her time at FSU. She was associate dean from 1998-2004 under Dean Jane B. Robbins.

August 31, 2012

Call for Submissions

Has one of your students authored a paper that wowed you? Please encourage your graduate students to submit their works for publication in the SLIS Student Research Journal (SRJ). SRJ is an open access, peer-reviewed, student-run publication of the San José State University School of Library and Information Science.

August 29, 2012

Harper earns promotion, key appointments

Sarah Meghan Harper, Ph.D., has been promoted to the rank of associate professor in the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Kent State University. In addition, she has recently been honored with two prestigious appointments – as co-chair of the Virginia Hamilton Conference on Multicultural Literature for Youth, the longest-running event in the United States to focus exclusively on multicultural literature for children and young adults (sponsored by SLIS, the College and Graduate School of Education, Health and Human Services and the Office of Continuing and Distance Education); and as a member of the American Library Association (ALA) Council, which delegates authority to the divisions of the national association to carry out programs and activities as well as determining all ALA policies.

August 23, 2012

Registration Now Open for Symposium on Diversity in LIS Education to be Held November 8-9, 2012 at the University of Maryland

The University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, Maryland’s iSchool, the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) will host the Symposium on Diversity in LIS Education on November 8-9, 2012, at the University of Maryland, College Park campus. This event is free and open to the public.

August 19, 2012

Welcome, Dr. Kyungwon Koh!

The University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kyungwon Koh to our faculty as an Assistant Professor. Children and adolescents in our digital society define Dr. Koh’s main area of expertise including her dissertation research, in which she proposes a theoretical framework for youth information behavior in the digital age building upon Radical Change Theory. Her nationally acclaimed research program has garnered several awards including the ALISE Research Grant Competition Award, the Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, the ASIS&T SIG USE PhD Student Award, and a conference award from the MIT Media Lab.

August 14, 2012

Welcome Craig MacDonald!

The School of Information and Library Science at Pratt Institute is pleased to announce the tenure-track appointment of Craig M. MacDonald, PhD as assistant professor beginning fall 2012.  We are delighted that he is joining the Pratt-SILS faculty. Professor MacDonald received his Ph.D. in Information Studies from the iSchool at Drexel University in June 2012. His research focuses on understanding how users perceive and evaluate interactive computer systems, with a specific focus on the connections between usefulness, usability, and user experience. He will be teaching courses at SILS in interaction design, information architecture, usability evaluation, and people-centered design.

August 7, 2012

Dr. Anthony Cocciolo, recipient of the Library of Congress National Digital Stewardship Innovation Award 2012

Dr. Anthony Cocciolo, Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute: Recognized for his innovative approaches to teaching digital preservation practices, in particular his work partnering classes with archival institutions to work on the digitization and digital preservation of analog audio collections.

August 3, 2012

Digital Preservation Management Workshop:  Short-Term Solutions for Long-Term Problems, Sept 26 - 28/12

SIS is pleased to host, in collaboration with the Association of Canadian Archivists, the Digital Preservation Management Workshop: Short-Term Solutions for Long-Term Problems taking place at McGill University September 26th - 28th, 2012, with the following instructors : Dr. Nancy McGovern,  Kari Smith and Dr. Carolyn Hank (SIS, McGill University)

August 1, 2012

Wayne State University National Digital Stewardship Alliance PSA Video

The WSU National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) student group presented their Proof of Concept Public Service Announcement on Digital Fragility at the Digital Preservation 2012 annual meeting in Washington, DC last week. This is the first in a series of four educational videos that aim to improve the public’s knowledge of what they can do to preserve data stored digitally. The group began a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to professionally produce all four PSAs. Faculty Advisor, Kim Schroeder said, “The Outreach Committee at the NDSA has been tremendous at encouraging student participation and growth. Since we know that this is an expanding field, we want to be sure that our students get as much exposure to digital tools, migration and preservation as possible. The student group allows students to develop their research ideas, while working with the greater NDSA allows more opportunities for students to hear from international experts in the field. Another aspect of success has been tapping into our distance students. Almost all of our work accommodates distance students as well as our field trips and lectures.”

July 31, 2012

Cody White Writes About Prop 13

Cody White, a recent UCLA Information Studies graduate, wrote an award-winning essay titled "Rising from the Ashes: The Impact of Proposition 13 on Public Libraries in California" which was highlighted in a recent issue of American Libraries Direct.


Tharron Bloomfield named Mellon Foundation Conservation Resident

Starting October 1st 2012, Tharron Bloomfield will join UCLA as the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Conservation Resident for two years. Tharron will be a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Studies, providing instruction in that department as well as in the UCLA/Getty Program in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation. Tharron specializes in indigenous material culture, emphasizing ways to combine his own Maori perspective with preservation practices. He will be working closely with faculty mentors to develop materials and skills for teaching and on select research projects.


T-Kay Sangwand at UT Libraries to partner with WITNESS

The University of Texas Libraries' HRDI (Human Rights Documentation Initiative) is expanding its collection with source materials provided by WITNESS, a human rights organization. This partnership will ensure the long-term preservation of human rights videos thanks to the work of HRDI. T-Kay Sangwand, a 2008 alumna from the Information Studies program, is an archivist at HRDI and she states that the WITNESS collection complements HRDI's existing holdings, "particularly on armed conflict and genocide in Central America and Africa."

July 30, 2012

Dr. L.R. Poos appointed Interim Dean of SLIS

The Catholic University of America has announced that Dr. L.R. Poos, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, has accepted appointment as Interim Dean of CUA’s School of Library and Information Science.  Dr. Poos replaces Dr. Ingrid Hsieh-Yee, who served as Interim Dean for the past two and a half years.  We want to express our warmest appreciation to Dr. Hsieh-Yee for her hard work and dedication during this time, and welcome her back to the ranks of full-time faculty in the School.

July 27, 2012

UT Austin iSchool Receives IMLS Grant to Study the Evolution of Information Work

The School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin received a $500,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to educate doctoral graduate students about the evolving occupations of information professionals. As future faculty and scholars, these students will advance the study of information work in the nation’s information schools.

April 12, 2012

UT Information Sciences Professor Receives Top SEC Award

The Southeastern Conference (SEC) has awarded Carol Tenopir, professor and
director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies, with one
of its first Faculty Achievement Awards.
The new SEC award program was created to honor professors from the SEC with
outstanding records in teaching and scholarship.

April 7, 2012

Harold Borko (1922-2012): Professor Pioneered Information Studies at UCLA

Emeritus Professor of Information Studies Harold Borko died on April 7 at
age 90. Having joined the UCLA faculty in 1968, he was instrumental in
bringing the field of information science to UCLA's School of Library
Service. Among the courses that he created and taught were "Principles of
Information Systems Analysis and Design," "Information Retrieval Systems,"
and "Data Processing in the Library."

April 2, 2012

New editor, renewed focus for Dominican University’s peer-reviewed World Libraries

World Libraries, a free, peer-reviewed library and information science journal, begins a new era with the publication of Volume 19, Numbers 1 and 2 this spring. Volume 19 is the first to be published by the journal’s new editor Christopher Stewart, assistant professor at Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS).

March 27, 2012

UA’s SLIS to Host National Latino Children’s Literature Conference

The conference will feature eight award-winning Latino authors and illustrators from across the United States, some of whom are also highly recognized researchers in the fields of education and English. Conference organizer Jamie Naidoo, an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Studies, said past attendees have been from outside Alabama, but this year a greater number of Alabama librarians are attending.


UA Professor Consults for Sesame Street

Dr. Jamie Naidoo has been chosen as an educational consultant by Sesame Street in New York to design culturally relevant and sensitive programs for Latino children. In this role he will suggest ways to use Latino children's literature in the Sesame Street programs as well as ways to reach the Latino family market.

March 21, 2012

Dominican University GSLIS Spring Lecture, 3/21/12

Barbara J. Ford, director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and Mortenson distinguished professor at the Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, delivered the annual Spring Lecture on "UNESCO, Libraries, and Inclusive Knowledge Societies." Ford is also an American Library Association (ALA) representative and on the United States National Commission for UNESCO.

March 13, 2012

C. W. Follett Lecture

On March 13, Dominican University’s Follett Chair, Mary Minow, presented the annual Follett Lecture, “Ebooks and the Reader,” to a standing-room-only audience. Minow discussed timely and groundbreaking issues such as confidentiality of ebook reading records; different ways to access ebooks including purchase, rental, and library lending; a constantly changing rights and permissions environment; and more.

March 2012

San Jose State University Develops a Virtual Internship Program

Virtual internships are real internship opportunities characterized by their flexibility and quality of independence. With the Internet and other technological advancements, students have a choice between pursuing internships that require their physical presence or those that can be participated in virtually. No longer limited by geographic location, students may gain professional work experience and enhance their skills with desired organizations regardless of distance. Virtual internships have opened up the professional world to students and can be just as rewarding as any on-site opportunity.


Dominican GSLIS Lends a Hand to Hubbard Street Dance Company

When Hubbard Street Dance Chicago celebrates its 35th anniversary next year, many people will be interested in browsing the company’s extensive archive of performances, rehearsals and special events.
It’s something that wouldn’t be possible, says Hubbard Street general manager Kristen Brogdon, without the help of students from Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science, who are sorting through hundreds of hours of footage and organizing the archives in a user-friendly system.
Without the resource of a full-time audio-visual specialist to collect, organize and catalog footage, the extensive collection has become difficult to navigate.

February 21, 2012

Twitter Networks are like Airline Hub Maps: NPR Morning Edition story

I am pleased to share with you an NPR interview with one of my collaborators, Dr. Barry Wellman from the University of Toronto. He was interviewed by Shankar Vedantam for a story that was featured this morning (2/21/2012) on NPR Morning Edition with Steve Inskeep. In the interview, Dr. Wellman discussed findings from a recent study that he co-authored with Dr. Yuri Takhteyev and [Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd] called, “Geography of Twitter Networks.”

February 10, 2012

Dr. Toni Samek wins 3M National Teaching Fellowship

Maclean’s magazine and the Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) announced today the winners of the prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship, embodying the highest ideals of teaching excellence in Canada. Included on the 2012 list is our own Toni Samek (PhD).

This comes on the heels of news that the University of Alberta is home to 4 out of 10 of this year’s 3M National Teaching Fellowship winners.

January 25, 2012

Dr. Gruzd was recently awarded a $150k grant from the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia to grow the Social Media Lab at Dalhousie University

This new infrastructure grant will allow Dr. Gruzd to continue to grow his social media research lab at Dalhousie.  Dr. Gruzd will use the grant to renovate newly allocated space within the Dalhousie Faculty of Management and to purchase new equipment to support the lab’s future projects. Equipment includes new tablets, computers and a large multi-touch video wall that will allow researchers to visualize large datasets on a single screen and discover patterns in online data.

November 2011

MIS student from University of Ottawa wins national research grant from Canadian Association of Research Libraries

In November 2011, University of Ottawa Master’s of Information Studies student Max Neuvians was chosen as one of two recipients for a national research grant awarded by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL). This prestigious grant is awarded to new and established librarians working in research libraries and who are actively conducting research. This is the fourth consecutive year that the grant has been awarded, and the first time ever that it has been awarded to a student. For his research project, Mr. Neuvians is analyzing, interpreting, and understanding the existing body of social media policies utilized by public information institutions, as they relate to their employees. The project will provide an analytical overview of social media policy and propose recommendations for improved social media policy for the future, with a focus upon ethical and curatorial themes for both the workplace and the information profession as a whole. Although the Master’s of Information Studies at the University of Ottawa is a newly-established program, we are proud that our students are already demonstrating their ability to compete on the national scene.