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SLIS Points of Pride 2011-2012

June 2012

SLIS Assistant Professor Belinda Boon, Ph.D., was quoted in a news article in the June 18, 2012, Christian Science Monitor (http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2012/0618/E-book-battle-Libraries-publishers-square-off-on-pricing), which was reprinted in the Alaska Dispatch (June 18, 2012): http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/battle-over-e-book-pricing-comes-head-between-libraries-and-publishers. "Everyone is trying to figure out what the actual business model is going to look like," says Belinda Boon, a collection development expert at Kent State.

SLIS adjunct instructor Miriam B. Kahn, Ph.D., published Disaster Response and Planning for Libraries (Chicago & London: American Library Association, 2012), 3rd ed.

An article by SLIS Assistant Professor Daniel Roland, Ph.D.,  titled "The Information Behavior of Clergy Members Engaged in the Sermon Preparation Task: Wicks Revisited," has been published by the Journal of Religious & Theological Information, Vol. 11, Issue 1-2, 2012.

SLIS Assistant Professor Daniel Roland, Ph.D., attended the 2012 annual meeting of the American Theological Library Association in Scottsdale, Ariz., in June, where he presented a workshop on using DEVONThink Pro Office as a research tool.

SLIS Interim Director and Associate Professor Don Wicks, Ph.D., has been named editor of the Journal of Religious & Theological Information, a resource for bibliographers, librarians and scholars interested in the literature of religion and theology. Both international and pluralistic in scope, this peer-reviewed journal encourages the publication of research and scholarship in the field of library and information studies as it relates to religious studies and related fields, including philosophy, ethnic studies, anthropology, sociology, and historical approaches to religion. ("Information" refers to both print and electronic, and both published and unpublished information.)

SLIS Professor Yin Zhang, Ph.D.,  and Associate Professor Athena Salaba, Ph.D., presented their research findings on June 24 at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference, ALA ALCTS, Anaheim, Calif. Their presentation titled "Research, Development, and Evaluation of a FRBR-Based Catalog Prototype" covered major findings from a number of user studies conducted with funded support through an IMLS Grant.

May 2012

A poster by SLIS/IAKM adjunct instructor Annie Green, D.Sc.,  was named best poster at the European Conference on Intellectual Capital 2012, Arcada University, Helsinki, Finland, in April 2012. The poster was titled “Measuring Organization Vitals that are Essential to Sustain the Life of the Organization.” 

SLIS Lecturer Mary Ann Nichols has been invited to serve on the 2012-2014 YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Popular Paperbacks for Teens Selection Committee.

Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management Denise Bedford, Ph.D., is co-author with J. Timothy Sprehe of “Strategic Information Management,”which will be published by Scarecrow Press in March 2013.

SLIS Assistant Professor Daniel Roland, Ph.D., recently gave presentations at the Kent Unitarian Universalist Church as well as the Silver Lake Church.

SLIS alumna and adjunct Instructor Sharon Holderman, MLIS ’07, has published an article titled “Be Prepared: Writing a Practical Disaster Manual” in Library Leadership & Management, v 26(2) in 2012. Available at http://journals.tdl.org/llm/article/view/6288/5949

SLIS Assistant Professor Miriam Matteson, Ph.D., co-authored an article, “Emotional Labor in Librarianship: A research agenda,” with S.S. Miller for the Library and Information Science Research (2012). 

SLIS Assistant Professor Miriam Matteson, Ph.D., and S.S. Smith will give their presentation, “Emotions at Work: An examination of emotional labor in librarianship,” at the Library Research Roundtable sponsored by the American Library Association on June 21-26, 2012, in Anaheim, Calif.

A peer-reviewed conference paper by SLIS/IAKM Assistant Professor Karl Fast, Ph.D., “Making sense of information with our hands,” has been published in Workshop on Pervasive Information Architectures as Architectures of Meaning for Complex Cross-Channel Systems, Pervasive Computing 2012, Newcastle on Tyne, UK, June 2012.  http://pervasiveconference.org/2012 

SLIS/IAKM Assistant Professor Karl Fast, Ph.D., presented “Information Overload is an Opportunity” at Information Architecture Summit 2012, New Orleans, La. http://2012.iasummit.org/; and at Midwest UX, Columbus, Ohio, June 2012. http://2012.midwestuxconference.com 

SLIS Assistant Professor Belinda Boon, Ph.D., coordinated the Children’s Activity Area of the 2012 Ohioana Book Festival for the fourth straight year. The activity area is staffed by SLIS student volunteers and provides crafts and activities for children attending the festival.

SLIS/IAKM Assistant Professor Karl Fast, Ph.D., was the principal supervisor for papers presented by two students at Midwest UX, Columbus, Ohio, June 2012: A. Campbell, “How to rapidly prototype multi-touch applications,” and D. Brahler, “What natural user interfaces are and why they matter to UX designers.” http://2012.midwestuxconference.com 

SLIS Professor Yin Zhang, Ph.D., and Associate Professor Athena Salaba, Ph.D., have co-authored “What Do Users Tell Us about FRBR-Based Catalogs?” which has been accepted for publication for an upcoming 2012 issue of Cataloging and Classification Quarterly. 

SLIS Professor Yin Zhang, Ph.D., served on juries on behalf of the American Library Association (ALA) Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research (2012) and the American Library Association (ALA) Jesse H. Shera Award Distinguished Published Research (2012) 

SLIS/IAKM Assistant Professor Karl Fast, Ph.D., served on a panel with JMC Assistant Professor Stefanie Moore and IAKM alumnus Damon Herren to discuss “PR and Understanding the User Experience” at the April 2012 Akron PRSA You Too Social Media Conference 2012, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. http://www.youtoosm.com/

SLIS Adjunct Instructor Roland M. Baumann, Ph.D., has authored a book review of Starting, Strengthening and Managing Institutional Repositories: A How-To-Do-It Manual by Jonathan Nabe, New York: Neal-Schuman Publisher, 2011, for the Journal of Archival Studies. The review appeared in issue 1 of 2012. Posted May 23, 2012

SLIS Adjunct Instructor Roland M. Baumann, Ph.D., provided assistance as an outside referee of “The Small Settlement Social Library in the Nineteenth Century Western Reserve:  Context, Organization and Content,” an article submission to Ohio History.

SLIS Adjunct Instructor Roland M. Baumann, Ph.D., served as a member on the Outreach Committee of the Academy of Certified Archivists. 

SLIS Assistant Professor Miriam Matteson, Ph.D., and S.S. Smith will give a presentation titled “Emotional Labor in Libraries: Exploring Measures and Methods” at the 4th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries on May 22-25, 2012, in Limerick, Ireland. http://www.isast.org/qqml2012.html 

SLIS Adjunct Instructor Roland M. Baumann, Ph.D., presented “Overcoming the Demand Side in the Job Market:  an Archival Educator’s Perspective” in program session “Archival Survival Kit: Getting and Keeping that Professional Job,” at the Midwest Archives Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich., on April 20, 2012. 

SLIS Adjunct Instructor Roland M. Baumann, Ph.D., has recently provided consultations in Records Management and Archives for the Electric Light and Power Department, City of Oberlin (Nov.-Dec., 2011), Malone University (May 2011 and April 2012), and the Oberlin College Archives (March and April, 2012). 

SLIS Assistant Professor Karen Gracy, Ph.D., presented “Getting Your Films Online:  How to Make Motion Picture Collections Accessible in the Digital Environment” for the Ohio's Heritage Northeast consortium (the Greater Cleveland History Digital Library Consortium) at the Cleveland Clinic Auditorium, in Beachwood, Ohio on February 23, 2012. Posted May 23, 2012

SLIS/IAKM Assistant Professor Karl Fast, Ph.D., presented “IA i(s|n) the Future” at World Information Architecture Day, Ann Arbor, Mich., February 2012. http://worldiaday.org/ 

SLIS Professor Yin Zhang, Ph.D., and S. Kudva presented Dynamics of Facets in Next Generation OPACs” at the 2012 ALISE Annual Conference in January 2012 in Dallas, Texas.

SLIS Assistant Professor Miriam Matteson, Ph.D., presented a poster on “Emotional Labor in Librarianship” at the Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference on January 17, 2012, in Dallas, Texas. 

SLIS Assistant Professor Karen Gracy, Ph.D., presented “Distribution and Consumption Patterns of Archival Moving Images in Online Environments” at the Digital Conversion Interest Group at the Archival Education and Research Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 10-15, 2011, and at the American Library Association Mid-Winter Meeting in Dallas, Texas, on January 20-24, 2012. 

SLIS Assistant Professor Belinda Boon, Ph.D., is the chair-elect of the Ohio Library Council’s Library Education Committee which oversees the Ohio Public Library Certification program. She also serves on the LSTA Advisory Council and the Choose to Read Ohio planning committee for the State Library of Ohio. 

SLIS Adjunct Instructor Roland M. Baumann, Ph.D., presented “’Revisiting the Promised Land’”: Some Reflections from an Archivist/Historian Across the U. S. Border,” a paper for the conference “Re-Visiting The Promise:  Time, Place and Contested Space in African Canadian communities,” funded by the Canadian government, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on May 8, 2011.  The talk is on the PLP website:  http://artsites.uottawa.ca/lamacs/en/category/research-projects/the-promised-land-project/

SLIS Adjunct Instructor Roland M. Baumann, Ph.D., co-chaired “Redesigning Websites with User Perspectives” at the Midwest Archives Conference in St. Paul, Minn., on April 29, 2011. 

SLIS/IAKM Assistant Professor Karl Fast, Ph.D., and K. Sedig are co-authors of “Interaction and the epistemic potential of digital libraries,” published in International Journal on Digital Libraries, 2011: 11(3), 169-207. doi:10.1007/s00799-011-0066-8 

SLIS/IAKM Assistant Professor Karl Fast, Ph.D., presented “Information as opportunity” at World Usability Day, Cleveland, Ohio, November 2011. http://www.worldusabilityday.org/

SLIS Assistant Professor Karen Gracy, Ph.D., presented “Positioning Preservation Education Programs to Prepare Professionals and Researchers in the Area of Audiovisual Preservation,” during the “At the Nexus of Analog and Digital: A Symposium for Preservation Educators,” seminar in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on June 5-7, 2011. 

SLIS Lecturer Mary Ann Nichols and Professor Carolyn S. Brodie, Ph.D., are co-authors of “Picture Perfect: Picture Books for Teens,” published in December 2011 issue of Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), the leading library journal dedicated to the needs of young adult librarians, the advocacy of young adults, and the promotion of young adult literature and reading. (http://faculty.kent.edu/mnichol1/PicturePerfectVOYAarticle.pdf

SLIS Professor Yin Zhang, Ph.D., Associate Professor Athena Salaba, Ph.D., and Maja Zuma organized conference sessions on “FRBR Implementation and User Research Developing FRBR-Based Library Catalogs for Users” for the American Society for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting in in October 2011 in New Orleans, La. 

SLIS Professor Yin Zhang, Ph.D., and Associate Professor Athena Salaba, Ph.D., presented “User Participatory Design and Implementation of a FRBR-Based Catalog Prototype” at the 74th American Society for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting in October 2011 in New Orleans, La. 

April 2012

SLIS Associate Professor Athena Salaba, Ph.D., and SLIS Professor Yin Zhang, Ph.D., have co-authored “Searching For Music: End-User Perspectives On System Features” and “A User Study of Moving Images Retrieval Systems and Implications on System Design for Library Catalogues,” both of which have been accepted for publication in support of In Indexing and Retrieval of Non-text Information, Knowledge and Information (K&I) Series, Berlin: De Gruyte. Posted May 23, 2012

SLIS Lecturer Mary Ann Nichols presented “More Fascinating than Fiction: A Teen Nonfiction Update 2011,” at the annual OELMA (Ohio Educational Library Media Association) conference in Columbus, Ohio. 

SLIS Professor Marcia Zeng, Ph.D., has been an invited expert of the Working Group to develop the Asset Description Metadata Schema (ADMS) since 2011. ADMS is an initiative of the ISA Programme of the European Commission which formed a multidisciplinary working group of researchers, EU institutions, standardization bodies and other experts to create a vocabulary for describing semantic assets such as data dictionaries, data models, code lists, XML schemas and RDF models.

An article by SLIS Assistant Professor Daniel Roland, Ph.D., "Using Sermon Text Archives to Investigate the Construction of Social Values: A Proposal for a Collaborative Research Agenda in Social Epistemology," has been published in the latest issue of Theological Librarianship

SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., co-authored an article with Stella G. Dextre Clarke, “From ISO 2788 to ISO 25964: the evolution of thesaurus standards towards interoperability and data modeling,” for ISQ: Information Standards Quarterly (Winter 2012, v.24, no. 1), a publication of NISO (National Information Standards Organization). http://www.niso.org/publications/isq/2012/v24no1/clarke/. 

An abstract by Denise Bedford, Ph.D., Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management in the School of Library and Information Science, titled “Challenges and Opportunities: Designing and Delivering a 21st-Century Knowledge Management Education Program,” was selected for submission as an academic paper to ICICKM12 (International Conference on Intellectual Capital and Knowledge Management) this year. The 9th ICICKM12 will be held October 18 and 19, 2012, in Bogota, Columbia. http://academic-conferences.org/icickm/icickm-home.htm

Two students and a faculty member from IAKM had presentations accepted to the upcoming Midwest UX conference. Amelia Campbell will be speaking on “How to Rapidly Prototype Multi-touch Applications.” David Brahler is giving a presentation titled “What Natural User Interfaces Are and Why They Matter to UX Designers.” Campbell and Brahler are master’s students in User Experience Design (UXD). In addition, IAKM Assistant Professor Karl Fast, Ph.D., will be giving a presentation on “Information Overload Is an Opportunity.” Midwest UX will be held in Columbus, Ohio, from May 31 to June 2. http://midwestux.com/

IAKM students John Gurtz, Juan Pasquier and Chris Oliver, master’s students in User Experience Design (UXD), presented a poster called “Metaphors in User Experience Design” at the 13th annual IA Summit in New Orleans on March 25, 2012. IAKM Assistant Professor Karl Fast, Ph.D. also gave a presentation at the summit; his presentation was titled “Information Overload Is an Opportunity.” The conference was sold out, with 685 people attending, making it the largest summit ever. http://2012.iasummit.org/schedule/information_overload_is_an_opportunity.html

March 2012

An abstract by Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management Denise Bedford, Ph.D., has been selected for presentation as an academic paper to The 13th European Conference Knowledge Management (ECKM) 2012, Sept. 6 and 7 in Cartagena, Spain. The title of the paper is “Rate of Uptake of Published Knowledge Management Literature and Research.” The ECKM provides a forum for discussion, exploration and development of both theoretical and practical aspects of information management and evaluation, as well as an opportunity to network with other academics, researchers and practitioners in this important field.

Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management Denise Bedford, Ph.D., will present a poster on "Convergence and Divergence: Two Areas of Information Architecture Practice" at the IA Summit Poster Night, March 23, 2012, in New Orleans.

February 2012

UNESCO endorsed the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) Manifesto for Digital Libraries at its General Conference in November 2011. The manifesto provides principles to assist libraries in undertaking sustainable and interoperable digitization activities to bridge the digital divide –- a key factor in achieving the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations. Digital libraries are essential for access to information and preserving national heritage. The manifesto was initiated by former IFLA President Claudia Lux (2007-2009).  SLIS professor Marcia Zeng, Ph.D., is one of the members of the working group that developed the Manifesto. For more information: http://www.ifla.org/en/news/unesco-endorses-the-ifla-manifesto-for-digital-libraries.

ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, just published Part 1 of a new international standard ISO 25964 titled "Information and documentation: Thesauri and interoperability with other vocabularies." This two-part standard has been developed by a working group with members from 15 countries and a chairperson from the UK. It gives recommendations for the development and maintenance of thesauri intended for information retrieval applications and is applicable to vocabularies used for retrieving information about all types of information resources, irrespective of the media used (text, sound, still or moving image, physical object or multimedia) including knowledge bases and portals, bibliographic databases, text, museum or multimedia collections, and the items within them. SLIS professor Marcia Zeng, Ph.D., is the United States member of the ISO working group. http://www.iso.org/iso/catalogue_detail.htm?csnumber=53657 

IAKM Assistant Professor Karl Fast, Ph.D., was an invited speaker at World Information Architecture Day (http://worldiaday.org/). The event was held in 14 cities around the world on Feb. 11, including three cities in North America: Vancouver, Los Angeles and Ann Arbor. Fast was part of the Ann Arbor event, which attracted more than 150 people. He discussed the future of information architecture and grand challenges for the field. 

SLIS Assistant Professor Kiersten F. Latham, Ph.D., served on two panels at the iConference 2012 conference in Toronto in February. "Material Relations: Information, Media, Technology” focused on the “divergent theoretical, disciplinary, methodological and interdisciplinary orientations of our material relations to information, media, and technology.” In “A Visual Approach to the Perennial Question: ‘What is Information?’” Latham was on an expert panel responding to research that presented a “fresh, interdisciplinary, visual perspective on this perennial question.”

A paper by SLIS adjunct instructor Louri Bairatchnyi, Ph.D., "Cultural Identity, Global Mindset, and Knowledge Management: From Awareness to Knowledge and Competence" (http://m12.cgpublisher.com/proposals/266), has been accepted for presentation at the 12th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organizations scheduled for July 6-8, 2012, in Chicago. Bairatchnyi teaches courses in IAKM's knowledge management concentration.

January 2012

SLIS Assistant Professor Catherine Smith, Ph.D., published a position paper for The Fifth Workshop on Human-Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval, Oct. 20, 2011, Mountain View, Calif. The paper was titled “Conditions of Trust for Completely-Remote Methods: A Proposal for Collaboration.”

An article by SLIS Assistant Professor Kiersten F. Latham, Ph.D., “Museum object as document: Using Buckland's information concepts to understand museum experiences,” has been published in the Journal of Documentation (2012, vol. 68, issue 1). The purpose of this article is to understand the meaning of museum objects from an information perspective. Links are made from Buckland's conceptual information framework as a semiotic to museum object as “document” and finally to user experience of these museum “documents.” The aim is to provide a new lens through which museum studies researchers can understand museum objects and for LIS researchers to accept museum objects as another form of document to be studied. 

SLIS Alumna and Adjunct Instructor Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, M.L.S. ’91, has published a chapter titled “Waking Up the Neighborhood: Partnerships with Local Businesses and Art Communities” in the recently published book Partnerships and Collaborations in Public Library Communities: Resources and Solutions.

SLIS Assistant Professor Karen F. Gracy, Ph.D., and Adjunct Instructor Miriam B. Kahn, Ph.D, are co-authors of “Preservation in the Digital Age,” published in the January 2012 issue of Library Resources and Technical Services, a publication of the American Library Association’s Association for Library Collections and Technical Services.

SLIS Adjunct Instructor Miriam B. Kahn received her Ph.D. from Kent State University in December 2011 in history with a specialty in Public History. Her dissertation is “Werner and His Empire: The Rise and Fall of a Gilded Age Printer” and is on deposit at EDT and with UMI / ProQuest. Kahn has taught a variety of workshops for SLIS since 1992, and courses including Rare Book Librarianship, Preservation Management, History of Libraries and Research Methods for Genealogy and Local History since 2006. She received CCI’s first Outstanding Teaching Award in 2011. She is the author of numerous articles and books on preservation and disaster response and is principal of MBK Consulting, which offers training, consulting and research for libraries, archives, historical societies and other organizations.  You can read more about Kahn's activities and teaching at http://www.mbkcons.com.

An article by Denise A.D. Bedford, Ph.D., "Enabling Personal Knowledge Management with Collaborative and Semantic Technologies," has been published in the Dec. 2011/Jan. 2012 special issue of the Bulletin of the American Society of Information Science and Technology. She presented the paper at the Knowledge Management Special Interest Group Workshop at the 2011 national conference of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T).

An article by Karen Gracy, Ph.D., titled "Distribution and Consumption Patterns of Archival Moving Images in Online Environments" has been accepted for publication in the refereed journal, American Archivist. The article will appear in 2012. 

Athena Salaba, Ph.D. was selected to participate in the Kent State University Institute for Excellence during the coming year. Here is a description of the Institute: "The mission of the Institute for Excellence at Kent State University is to develop and promote a culture of excellence for faculty and staff. Research has shown that while many important qualities associated with excellence — collaboration, agility, foresight and strategic thinking — are inherent, these are traits that also can be learned. When that learning takes place the result is improved performance for the individual and their work unit. Participants are drawn from people in faculty and administrative positions across the campus. They meet monthly beginning in January and participate in readings, discussion, interviewing of top KSU executives, sessions with visiting experts, exercises and projects of various kinds, etc."

An article by Rosemary DuMont, Ph.D., was accepted for publication. "An Assessment of She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse by Elizabeth A. Johnson" will appear in the fully peer-reviewed journal The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society.

Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor Karen Gracy, Ph.D., have received a National Leadership Grant in the amount of $219,386 from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The funds will be used to help improve access to digital resources within and beyond the library world through what is known as “Linked Open Data (LOD).”

Denise Bedford, Ph.D., will present a paper at The Eighteenth Annual International Deming Research Seminar, Feb. 27 and 28, 2012, in New York City. Bedford’s abstract for “The Role of Knowledge Management in Creating Transformational Organizations and Transformational Leaders” states, “W. Edward Deming’s theories of management have informed our thinking and practices for four decades.  In addition to informing business practices, his thinking provided a cornerstone in the foundation for the discipline known as knowledge management.  We consider three questions:  (1) how do Dr. Deming’s theories align with the current representation of knowledge management? (2) How might today’s knowledge management practice help realize Dr. Deming’s vision?  (3) What form of education encourages systemic transformation?  This paper begins with a topical map that represents the 21st century view of knowledge management, including its 10 competency areas. Dr. Deming’s theory of management, his 14 points and 5 leverages are overlaid on the map. The paper suggests that we must move from business management to knowledge management in order to achieve Dr. Deming’s vision. It also proposes that knowledge management education will be the primary driver. This paper proposes two education models: (1) A model for a master’s degree in business administration with a focus on knowledge management, and (2) A model for a master’s degree in knowledge management.”  

A paper by Don A. Wicks, Ph.D., interim director and associate professor, School of Library and Information Science, and director, Center for the Study of Information and Religion; Douglas Goldsmith, assistant professor, School of Visual Communication Design; and Darin Freeburg, CCI doctoral student, was accepted for presentation at the Second International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society, Feb. 20-22, 2012, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The paper, titled “Visual Depictions of Religion in Children’s Picture Books,” offers an exploratory study of how religion and spirituality are depicted in picture books for pre-schoolers and early primary-age children. It makes use of a sample of 56 titles from a larger collection of 21,000 picture books published in the past 40 or more years, found in the Marantz Picturebook Collection for the Study of Picturebook Art in SLIS. The paper studies the physical, intellectual, and organizational spaces found in children’s literature and represented by expressions of visual communication as well as words.