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Inaugural Issue of iSchool Review is out!


The iSchool Review ( is a new, digital publication to showcase work from iSchool students around the world.
The inaugural issue features work from students at four iSchools: UC Berkeley, the University of Toronto, University College London and Humboldt‐Universität zu Berlin. Enjoy this and future issues!
Students who are interested in submitting work to be published in the Fall 2016 issue, please review the submissions guidelines.


Maryland’s iSchool Announces New Bachelor of Science Program


Maryland (USA). – “The College of Information Studies, Maryland’s iSchool, announces a new Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) degree. Building on the iSchool’s tradition of preparing high-impact information professionals, the BSIS degree will fill a growing demand for students skilled at working with information in a variety of fields including government, healthcare, education, technology, and policy.
Dean Brian Butler described the new program as integral to the iSchool’s continued efforts: “This is our entry into undergraduate education, which is central to the mission of the University and an important part of its contribution to the state of Maryland. We are excited to join this worthwhile endeavor.”
The undergraduate program joins the three existing graduate degree programs in Human Computer Interaction, Information Management, and Library Science, as well as the PhD in Information Studies. The BSIS degree will build upon the strengths of these existing programs, bringing additional accolade to the iSchool in the wake of its recent U.S. News & World Report ranking as a top-ten information school in the country among all public universities.”
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National Consortium for Data Science Chooses Drexels Marcello Balduccini as 2016 Data Fellow


Philadelphia (USA). – “Three researchers located at Drexel University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have been named 2016 Data Fellows by the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS) […].
The NCDS, a public-private partnership to advance data science and address the challenges and opportunities of big data, will provide each Data Fellow with $50,000 to support work that addresses data science research issues in novel and innovative ways. Their work will be expected to advance the mission and vision of the NCDS, which formed in early 2013. Fellowships begin July 1 and last one year.
Data Fellow positions are open to faculty members at NCDS member institutions, which includes universities in the University of North Carolina system and Drexel University. A record 30 researchers from six member universities applied for Fellowships this year. Their proposals addressed many of the hot research topics in data science, including data mining, business analytics, cybersecurity, the Internet of Things, and using data for informed decision-making. […] A review committee representing seven NCDS member institutions reviewed the proposals and chose the three 2016 Data Fellows. They are:
– Marcello Balduccini, assistant research professor, College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University (Title: Action-centered Information Retrieval)
– Casey Dietrich, assistant professor, civil, construction, and environmental engineering, North Carolina State University (Title: Mapping and Visualization of Coastal Flood Forecasts for Decision Support)
– Nirjon Shahriar, assistant professor, department of computer science, UNC-Chapel Hill (Title: Privacy Analytics of Homegrown IoT Data)”
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UC Irvine Launches Executive Master’s Program in Human-Computer Interaction & Design


Irvine, Calif. (USA). – “UC Irvine’s Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) has announced the launch of a Master of Human-Computer Interaction and Design (MHCID). Housed in the Department of Informatics, the new MHCID offers the world’s only low-residency one-year master’s program that combines the benefits of a high-touch on-campus experience with the flexibility of online learning. The new accelerated program has just started accepting applications for its first cohort of graduate students who will begin this fall.
“We listened to our Advisory Board, got feedback from the world’s largest UX employers, and built on our world-class research to custom design a program for today’s competitive employment landscape,” said Robert A. and Barbara L. Kleist Professor in Informatics Gillian Hayes, who is also the faculty director for the MHCID program.
Focusing on professional education, the MHCID is an interdisciplinary degree that builds on the strengths from multiple schools across the UC Irvine campus, including the arts, business, education and humanities. The program brings together design, technology and the study of human behavior to prepare its graduates to be leaders in user experience research and design, interaction design, information architecture, product design and human-computer interaction. ”
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CMU’s Heinz College Named Top Analytics Program


Pittsburgh (USA). – “Whether it’s better understanding consumer behavior, improving health care for veterans or finding ways to save taxpayer money, operations research plays a critical role. And now Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College can claim some of the best operations researchers in the country.
The college won the UPS George D. Smith Prize by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).
The announcement was made April 10 at the 2016 INFORMS Conference on Business Analytics & Operations Research in Orlando. The prize, named for the late UPS chief executive officer, includes a $10,000 award.
Heinz College’s analytical education, experiential learning activities and collaborations with partner organizations played an important role in the win.”
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Illinois’ Carol Tilley elected to Comics Studies Society leadership role


Champaign (USA) – “Carol Tilley, associate professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaing, has been elected second vice president of the Comics Studies Society (CSS) in the organization’s first election since its founding in 2014. As Tilley moves through the roles of second vice president (effective immediately), first vice president (2017-2018), president (2018-2019), and past president, she will be the first person elected to those roles by the full membership.
CSS is the first professional association for comics scholars in the United States, open to researchers and teachers “who share the goals of promoting the critical study of comics, improving comics teaching, and engaging in open and ongoing conversations about the comics world.” The group currently boasts five hundred members representing more than two dozen countries.
At GSLIS, Tilley teaches courses in comics reader’s advisory, media literacy, and youth services librarianship. She is a faculty affiliate in the Center for Children’s Books and Center for Writing Studies at Illinois. In addition to her newly-elected role with CSS, Tilley is a member of the 2016 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards judging panel and is the director of external relations for the Association for Library and Information Science Education.
Part of Tilley’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of young people, comics, and libraries, particularly in the United States during the mid-twentieth century. Her research has been published in journals including the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), Information & Culture: A Journal of History, and Children’s Literature in Education. Her research on anti-comics advocate Fredric Wertham was featured in The New York Times and other media outlets.”
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Rutgers Assistant Professor Chirag Shah Awarded IMLS 2016 National Leadership Grants for Libraries Award


New Brunswick (USA) – “The School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, is proud to announce that Assistant Professor Chirag Shah is the recipient of an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) 2016 National Leadership Grants for Libraries award for the project “Online Q&A in STEM Education: Curating the Wisdom of the Crowd.” The project received $491,973.00 in funding. The three-year research project, starting in fall 2016, will be led by the principal investigator (PI) Shah, in partnership with co-PI Rich Gazan, associate professor at the University of Hawaii. The project addresses the growing need for investigating people’s online question-answering (Q&A) behavior and the quality assessment method applied by experts to augment learning experiences of students, specifically in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. It will serve libraries and librarians, as well as students and educators in STEM classes. The project will integrate crowdsourced information and the wisdom of librarians and other information professionals to enhance the experience of STEM learners.
The outcomes will provide mechanisms through which current informational services (e.g. virtual referencing) could obtain broader applicability and sustainability with new applications in education contexts.
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Maryland’s iSchool Announces Youth Experience Opportunities: Post-Master’s Certificate & MLS Specialization


“College Park, Md. (USA) – The University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, Maryland’s iSchool, is excited to announce two new opportunities in Youth Experience (YX). Beginning Fall 2016, the YX specialization will be available for students in the Master of Library Science (MLS) Program at the iSchool. In addition to the specialization, the iSchool is developing a post-master’s certificate in YX with generous funding from the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS).
Both fully-online programs are being developed in response to a need for targeted support for children and youth librarians. The YX opportunities will prepare leaders, educators, and change agents who deeply understand the dynamic contexts of youth. Education is no longer confined to the school building – youth are learning across both formal and informal learning spaces, including libraries, museums, community centers, and online environments. Information professionals must be prepared to meet youth in their own spaces (online, in person, and in between), use technology to facilitate existing interests, and be in tune with what they find relevant and motivating.
“Using the existing expertise in librarianship and learning sciences at the iSchool, we created a new portfolio of courses related to youth (birth to 18) called Youth Experience (YX). In order to better address the existing community needs, we are thrilled to continue this development and create a post master’s certificate for current children and youth librarians, which will include critical aspects of promoting learning using technology such as adult mentorship, partnership, participatory design, and design thinking in the context of learning in libraries and beyond.” – Mega Subramaniam, iSchool Associate Professor and Principal Investigator for the IMLS.”
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GSLIS’ Nicole A. Cooke honored with ALA Equality Award


Illinois (USA) – “Nicole A. Cooke, assistant professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, is the 2016 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Equality Award. The annual award—$1,000 and a framed citation of achievement donated by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group—is given to an individual or group for outstanding contributions toward promoting equality in the library profession. Cooke’s award will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando on June 26, 2016.
The jury noted that throughout her career, Cooke has been a passionate advocate for equity and has spearheaded diversity initiatives within the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and at her home institution. In particular, the members were impressed with Cooke’s extensive record of publications and dedicated social-justice oriented approach to her teaching, both of which indicate the far-reaching impact that her personal commitment to equality has on the rest of the profession, as well as future colleagues.”
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School of Information Sciences (SIS) at the University of Tennessee is offering a new graduate certificate program in Youth Informatics


“KNOXVILLE (USA) —The School of Information Sciences (SIS) at the University of Tennessee is offering a new graduate certificate program in Youth Informatics.
The program is open to all Master’s/PhD students. It requires successful completion of 12 credit hours, four classes of three credit hours each.
The certificate program will provide valuable information and credentialing to any professional engaged in youth services or youth interactions such as teachers, education administrators, school or public librarians, computer/software programmers and designers, and youth group leaders.
To get more information about the Youth Informatics Certificate Program call the SIS offices at 865-974-2148, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EST) or send an email to
The program, which is pending final approval from the SACSCOC accrediting agency, will officially launch in Fall 2016. ”
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