Kent State SLIS Well Represented at 2014 ASIST Conference

Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science will be well represented by faculty, alumni and current students at the 2014 conference of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIST), Oct. 31-Nov. 5 in Seattle.

Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., will be on the ASIST Conference panel “Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS) as Linked Data Services” (Marcia Lei Zeng, Joseph A Busch, Marjorie Hlava, Imma Subirats, SLIS alumna Maja Žumer and Vivian Bliss).

Professor Yin Zhang, Ph.D., will be in the session of President's Reception Featuring Posters with the following two posters:

  • System Function Adoption of an Open Source Digital Repository System: A Global View. Hsin-liang Chen, Indiana University-Indianapolis, and Yin Zhang, Kent State University
  • A Tale of Social Q&As in the United States and China. Yin Zhang, Kent State University; and Shengli Deng and Lina Yang, both of Wuhan University, China

In addition, she will be on the panel “Transforming the Data Landscape: Connecting Data, Policies and Communities” (Joan E. Beaudoin, Deborah H. Charbonneau, Suzie Allard, Carol Tenopir, Hsin-Liang Chen, Yin Zhang, Jian Qin, Lisa Zilinski).

Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management, Denise A.D. Bedford, Ph.D., will present a workshop on “Knowledge Audits from A to Z (SIG/KM)” with current student Unnatti Mishra. Bedford is incoming chair of the SIG KM.

Assistant Professor Lala Hajibayova, Ph.D., will present a poster titled “Investigation of Level of Abstraction of Tags: What is Basic Across Basic Resource Genres?”

SLIS alumna Virginia A. Dressler, M.L.I.S. ’07, will present a poster titled “Re-platforming Digital Collections for Enhanced Access & Search Functionality.”

SLIS alumnus Sammy Davidson, M.L.I.S. '13, who is currently a knowledge management student in the Master of Science in IAKM program, received the best poster proposal award and will present his poster at the session on Digital Liaisons: Building Communities and Empowering Culture through Digital Libraries.

SLIS alumna Shadi Shakeri, M.L.I.S., ’13, University of North of Texas, and Associate Professor Karen Gracy, Ph.D., will present a poster titled “A Model for Data Curation Research in Small Sciences.”

SLIS alumna Alison Dickerhoof, M.L.I.S. ‘14, and Assistant Professor Catherine L. Smith, Ph.D., will present a poster titled “Looking for Query Terms on Search Engine Results Pages,” based on Dickerhoof’s master’s thesis. According to the ASIST website: "The Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology is the premier international conference dedicated to the study of information, people, and technology in contemporary society. The ASIS&T AM gathers leading scholars and practitioners from around the globe to share innovations, ideas, research, and insights into the state and future of information and communication in play, work, governance, and society." For more information, visit

The School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University offers a Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) and Master of Science in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM). In addition, the school participates in an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in the College of Communication and Information. With more than 700 students enrolled, SLIS has the largest graduate program at Kent State. Its M.L.I.S. is the only American Library Association-accredited master’s program in Ohio and is recognized by U.S. News and World Report among the nation’s top 20 LIS programs, with a youth services program that is ranked 10th. For more information, visit

POSTED: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:52 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 12:01 PM