SLIS Community News, February 2019

January 29, 2019

Naresh Agarwal

SLIS faculty presenting papers across the globe!


Associate Professor Naresh Agarwal gave four talks this winter. He was the Keynote Speaker at the International Conference on Library and Information Science, January 19-21 in Sapporo, Japan (pictured). The title of his speech was, "Disconnectedness in a connected world: Navigating between the physical and digital contexts." Agarwal gave an invited talk, "Understanding Context in Information Behavior: Does Context matter in Research Data Management?" at the Winter Conference of the New England Chapter of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) on January 11 in Worcester, MA. At the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of ASIS&T, January 3-4, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, he made a remote presentation on the South Asia Chapter of ASIS&T. He also presented a co-authored research paper, "Is there a mantra for successful collaboration? Mapping faculty experience in facilitating cross-culture collaboration.” On December 9, 2018, Agarwal gave an invited talk “Teaching Innovation in Information Science: Curriculum and Course Development” remotely at the Curriculum Development Workshop (“Excellence through Innovation: Re-envisioning Information Science through Curriculum in Bangladesh”) held at the Institute of Information Sciences, Noakhali Science and Technology University, Noakhali, Bangladesh.

SLIS Director Sanda Erdelez co-presented a paper, “The Use of Online Discussion Forums by People with Alzheimer Disease and their Caregivers,” at the BOBCATSSS conference in Croatia on January 24 (pictured below with Jeffrey Pomerantz). She also attended a kick-off meeting of the international research project on information needs of people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers; she is one of two co-Principle Investigators on the project.

Associate Professor Daniel Joudrey presented “Teaching RDA-3R and IFLA-LRM to LIS Students and Metadata Professionals” at ALA Midwinter on January 25, at the meeting of the Competencies and Education for a Career in Cataloging Interest Group.

Assistant Professor Kyong Eun Oh and Associate Professor Rong Tang co-wrote a paper, "Mobile News Processing: University Students’ Reactions to Inclusion/Exclusion-Related News," which was accepted by iConference 2019, to be held in March 2019 in University of Maryland College Park. Prof. Oh also wrote an article, “Personal information organization in everyday life: Modeling the process” which was accepted by the Journal of Documentation.

Jeffrey Pomerantz and Sanda ErdelezAssociate Professor Jeffrey Pomerantz (pictured, right) presented a paper at the BOBCATSSS conference in Croatia on January 22. The presentation, "Teaching and Learning with Extended Reality Technology" is based on a report he authored last year, Learning in Three Dimensions: Report on the EDUCAUSE/HP Campus of the Future Project.

Assistant Professor Colin Rhinesmith will present at iConference 2019 in March 2019 in University of Maryland College Park. His paper and poster, "Participatory Development of an Open Source Broadband Measurement Platform for Public Libraries” is based on Rhinesmith’s current IMLS grant-funded research.

Students & Alumni

Lynnfield Library Director Jennifer Inglis ’03MS was featured on ItemLive

Meaghan O'Connor ’09MS was asked to stand for Director-at-Large for the Public Library Association board.

Gary Shaffer ’16MS is now the City Librarian for Glendale, CA. 

Hanna Soltys '17MS is the new Reference Librarian in the Prints & Photographs Division at the Library of Congress (LOC). She began at the LOC as part of the 2018 pilot Librarian-in-Residence program assigned to the Prints & Photographs Reading Room.

Dartmouth Music Librarian Memory Apata '20MS was featured in the The Dartmouth

Upcoming Events

March 27: The SLIS Alumni Board Presents: A Conversation with the 25th Law Librarian of Congress, Jane Sanchez ’76MS. Sanchez will share her thoughts on the versatility of a degree in LIS. Register for free today. 

April 12-13: Join us for the 2019 Allen Smith Symposium, “From Community to Curriculum: Translating Social Responsibility into Archival Education.” The Symposium will feature guest speakers for panel discussions, and a second day devoted to working groups. Register for free today. 

April 17: SLIS Spring Career Fair. SLIS students and recent alums are welcome to network with potential employers. Check the Career Fair page for more details. 

Photos courtesy of Naresh Agarwal and Sanda Erdelez.