CCI Points of Pride

For a complete list of Points of Pride from the 2011-2012 academic year, see the 2012 Points of Pride Report.

April 2013

White Coats: Three Journeys through an American Medical School, the first book written by JMC Associate Professor Jacqueline Marino, has been selected for this year’s Ohioana Book Festival, to be held in May in Columbus. The book, which was illustrated by adjunct professor and JMC alumnus Tim Harrison, was featured on WKSU earlier this month and has been covered or reviewed by the The Plain Dealer, The Roanoke Times and Literary Journalism Studies, among other outlets.

JMC Associate Professor Karl Idsvoog will speak at the fifth Annual Journalism Ethics Conference sponsored by the Center for Journalism Ethics at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison on April 5.

Don Wicks, Ph.D., SLIS associate professor and special assistant to the director, was quoted in “ ’We can connect you:’ Libraries work to give readers new experiences” in the Newark Advocate of Newark, Ohio, on Feb. 25, 2013. It also appeared in the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette of Lancaster, Ohio; The News Messenger in Fremont, Ohio; The News Herald in Port Clinton, Ohio; The Times Herald of Port Huron, Mich.; Granville Sentinel in Granville, Ohio; and the Chillicothe Gazette.

VCD graduate student Daniel Echeverri presented a paper at the Designing Design Education for India (DDEI) conference taking place from March 13-15, 2013, in Pune, India. Echeverri’s paper focuses on students of difference design disciplines, like fashion, architecture, urban, working together in the same class. According to the website, the conference is “a unique opportunity for educators, practitioners, researchers and students in design-related areas to meet and exchange thoughts and research in design education and its future manifestations.” The conference is hosted by India Design Council, a national strategic body for multi-disciplinary design. Echeverri is a Colombian international student who earned his undergraduate degree in Graphic Design at Colegiatura Colombiana in 2006. He has studied Art Direction in Madrid, Spain and Photography and Journalism in New Delhi, India. Echeverri said he is very excited to travel to India and have the opportunity to present a paper. His long-term plan is to move to India to teach, as he hopes to contribute to the growing design community in the nation.

SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., and Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management Denise Bedford, Ph.D., were among the organizers of a workshop titled “Semantic Search: Magnet for the Needle in the Search Haystack,” a one-day  NKOS/CENDI Workshop held in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Department of Transportation Media Center on Dec. 6, 2012. Zeng's report of the workshop is published in the D-Lib Magazine March/April 2013 issue.

An article by Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management Denise Bedford, Ph.D., titled “Expanding the Definition and Measurement of Knowledge Economy: Integrating Triple Bottom Line Factors into Knowledge Economy Index Models and Methodologies” was published in the February 2013 issue of the Journal of Modern Accounting and Auditing.

On March 20, 2013, Goodyear Professor of Scholastic Journalism Mark Goodman was the keynote speaker at "Celebrating Communications," an event recognizing the First Amendment and journalism at Robert Morris University in Moon Township, Pa.  His presentation, "You Can't Print That! Censorship vs. Your Constitutional Rights," was before an audience of high school and college journalists from western Pennsylvania.  The event was sponsored by an AEJMC Knight News Challenge Grant and a Louis Inglehard First Amendment Grant from the College Media Association. On March 21, he presented sessions on student press law to high school journalists and their advisers at the 89th annual spring convention of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, held on the campus of Columbia University in New York City.

SLIS alumnus and adjunct instructor Brian C. Gray, M.L.I.S. ’04, contributed a chapter titled “Using Google Voice and Chat for Reference at the Kelvin Smith Library” in Designing and implementing virtual reference services: A LITA guide, ed. B.C. Thomsett-Scott (Chicago: American Library Association, 2013).

A new book by SLIS alumna and adjunct instructor Catherine Hakala-Ausperk,M.L.S. ’91, Build a Great Team: One Year to Success, has just been published by ALA Editions (2013). She also recently published a chapter titled “Grant Applications” in Library Management 101: A Practical Guide, ed. Diane L. Velasquez, (ALA Editions, 2013). Her previous publications include Be A Great Boss: One Year to Success (ALA Editions, 2011); “Reaching Little Heights,” book chapter in Children’s Services: Partnerships for Success,” ed. Betsy Diamant-Cohen (ALA Editions, 2010); and “Burgers, Baby Showers and Hot Nosh! Success Stories of Community/Library Connections,” book chapter in Partnerships and Collaborations in Public Library Communities: Resources and Solutions, ed. Karen Ellis (IGI Global, 2011).

The International Standard Organization (ISO) just published a new standard, ISO 25964-2:2013 Information and documentation -- Thesauri and interoperability with other vocabularies -- Part 2: Interoperability with other vocabularies. SLIS Professor Marcia Zeng, Ph.D., has served on the 12-member working group that developed the whole standard (including Part 1, published in 2011). Zeng is the only member representing the United States on the Working Group.  

Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management Denise Bedford, Ph.D., presented two papers at the 19th Annual International Deming Research Seminar on Feb. 25 and 26, 2013, in New York City: “Semantic Representation of W. Edward Deming’s Leadership Qualities for Self Evaluation of Leadership Competence” and “Cities as Knowledge Systems: Application of W. Edward Deming’s Systems Thinking.”

Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management Denise Bedford, Ph.D., presented a session on “Looking Under the Hood of an Autoclassification Engine” at a Joint ARMA NOVA/NCC-AIIM Seminar titled “Attorneys & Algorithms: The Case for Technology-Assisted Review and Categorization,” held on Feb. 27, 2013, at George Mason University in Arlington, Va.

On April 5, 2013, CCI Ph.D. candidate Shelley Blundell, M.L.I.S., presented the poster "Archival literacy in action: Exploring information literacy abilities in the Ludy T. Benjamin, Jr. Popular Psychology Magazine special collection” at the Society for Ohio Archivists Annual Conference in Dublin, Ohio. The poster is based on an independent investigation she performed in Fall 2012, at the University of Akron's Center for the History of Psychology with SLIS adjunct instructorJodi Kearns, Ph.D. The Society of Ohio Archivists also awarded Blundell a student scholarship to attend this conference and present her poster. She is one of the original four CCI Ph.D. students and is in her last semester of coursework this semester for her doctorate.

A paper by Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management Denise Bedford, Ph.D., titled “Embedding Knowledge Management in Public Sector Procurement – Redesigning for the Knowledge Economy” has been accepted for presentation at the ECKM 2013 conference to be held Sept. 5 and 6, 2013, in Kaunas, Lithuania.

SLIS Assistant Professor Belinda Boon, Ph.D., has been accepted into the Teaching Scholars program at Kent State University. “The Teaching Scholars for the Early Career Faculty Program is a faculty learning community that promotes shared scholarly inquiry about learning and teaching. Through collaborative relationships with student associates, faculty mentors, and teaching scholar peers, participants conduct a scholarly examination of significant issues within an identified course in an effort to enhance student learning. The goal of the program is to support the development of scholarly projects that investigate and identify significant learning environments.”

SLIS Associate Professor Don Wicks and Ph.D. and Ph.D. student Darin Freeburg have published an article (with VCD Assistant Professor Doug Goldsmith) titled " Depictions of Religion in Children’s Picture Books" in the Journal of Childhood and Religion, Vol. 4, Issue 3 (April 2013), 29 pages.

An article by SLIS Assistant Professor Kiersten F. Latham, Ph.D., titled “Numinous Experiences With Museum Objects” was published in the journal Visitor Studies, Vol. 16, No. 1, 2013, pp.3-20. The editor and board have selected this article as the ”free-access” article for this issue of Visitor Studies, which means that people will be able to download copies of the article from April to October as a sample of the journal. In addition, the article will be used as the centerpoint of a reflection from different museum professionals that are then posted on the VSA website. Examples of “Reflections on Research and Evaluation” are available online. Latham’s article can be found online.

The Ball State University Department of Journalism presented JMC Associate Professor Candace Perkins Bowen with the 2013 Indiana Scholastic Journalism award at its annual conference earlier this month. Bowen is also the director for the Center for Scholastic Journalism. The award citation describes Perkins Bowen as “tireless” and “passionate” in her “dedication and commitment to teaching and improving scholastic journalism.” Perkins Bowen was nominated by several members of the Journalism Educators Association from Indiana. She attended the award program at Ball State to receive the award and made brief remarks.

SLIS Assistant Professor Karen F. Gracy, Ph.D., has several publications forthcoming: “Ambition and Ambivalence: A Study of Professional Attitudes Toward Digital Distribution of Archival Moving Images,” American Archivist, 76, no. 2 (in press, 2013); “The Evolution and Integration of Moving Image Preservation Work in Cultural Heritage Institutions,” Information & Culture 48, no. 3 (in press, 2013); “Exploring Methods to Improve Access to Music by Connecting Library Data to Linked Data: A Report of Methodologies and Preliminary Findings,” with SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., and alumnus Laurence T. Skirvin, M.L.I.S. ’11, JASIST (in press, 2013). She also is author of a forthcoming book chapter: “Preservation in a Time of Transition: Redefining Stewardship of Time-Based Media in the Digital Age,” in Preserving Our Heritage: Perspectives from Antiquity to the Digital Age, ed. Michèle V. Cloonan. New York: Neal-Schuman (forthcoming, 2013).

Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management Denise A.D. Bedford, Ph.D., and SLIS Assistant Professor Karen F. Gracy, Ph.D., published “Leveraging Semantic Analysis Technologies to Increase Effectiveness and Efficiency of Access to Information,” Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries 1 (July 2012): 13-26. 

Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management Denise A.D. Bedford, Ph.D., has been invited to speak on "Librarians in the Knowledge Society: Valuing Our Intellectual Capital" at the 2013 Ohio Library Council conference at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky in October.

A paper by IAKM Associate Professor David Robins, Ph.D., has been accepted for presentation at EdMedia 2013: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology to be held in Victoria, Canada, June 24-28, 2013. The paper, titled, “The Impact of Findability on Student Perceptions of Online Course Quality and Experience,” is co-authored by Bethany Simunich and Valerie Kelly. This study proposed to investigate whether “findability,” an aspect of usability, is an important component in student perceptions of/satisfaction with online courses and, as such, should be considered more heavily in online course design.  Using standard usability testing measures, such as eye-tracking, time-on-task, and think-alouds, participants were asked to find essential course components in either a course with high findability or a modified version of the course with low findability, in order to determine the impact on student perceptions of course quality and experience. Participants rated those courses with high findability as a better overall experience (based on five dimensions). The researchers believe this study to be the first in a series of studies that will eventually lead to determining if findability and/or usability have a direct impact on student learning outcomes and, if so, what are the standards in these areas that should be set forth for online courses. 

October 2012

VCD Assistant Professor Jessica Barness recently launched the Emigre Magazine Index of the Goldstein Museum of Design at the University of Minnesota. The GMD maintains a complete collection of all 69 issues of Emigre, and this site was developed as a resource for designers, historians and fans of the publication. Barness completed the project as part of the GMD Joss Internship as a master's student.

JMC Assistant Professor Bob Batchelor, Ph.D., was appointed director of marketing and promotion for The John Updike Childhood Home. This post includes both the museum and the organization in Shillington, Pa., and the wider society, in general. The Society operates exclusively for the purposes of awakening and sustaining reader interest in the literature and life of John Updike, promoting literature written by Updike and encouraging critical responses to Updike's literary works.

JMC Associate Professor Karl Idsvoog was quoted in " Nonstop barrage of political ads flood the airwaves in battleground state of Ohio," on Oct. 14 in the New York Daily News.

JMC Associate Professor Bill Sledzik was featured in " Infocision deals with fallout from Bloomberg investigative story" on Oct. 15 in the Akron Beacon Journal.

An article by COMM Assistant Professor Rebecca Cline, Ph.D.,titled, "A Typology of Communication Dynamics in Families Living a Slow-Motion Technological Disaster," was featured in the Journal of Family Issues released on Sept. 29.

JMC Associate Professor Jacquie Marino wrote an essay featured in Rust Belt Chic: The Cleveland Anthology, which also features work by JMC alumna Connie Schultz. Rust Belt Chic tells stories about failure (mills closing), conflict (Pekar's constant grousing), growth (a thriving Iraqi immigrant community) and renewal (moving away only to, finally, return home). Put together, these stories create a new narrative about Cleveland that incorporates but deepens and widens the familiar tropes of manufacturing, stadiums and comebacks.

JMC Assistant Professor Bob Batchelor, Ph.D., was quoted in " Jersey Shore GTL routine will end, but effects will live on" in the Los Angeles Times on Oct. 3.

JMC Assistant Professor Bob Batchelor, Ph.D., and recent master's degree alumna Kaitlin Kirster wrote " Starbucks: A case study examining power and culture via radical sociodrama" for Prism, a free-access, online, peer-refereed public relations and communication research journal. The paper employs a new theoretical construct – radical sociodrama – as a lens to analyze how Starbucks exerts power in its interactions with consumers and other stakeholders. Investigating the corporation's use of language and symbols to create a unique cultural community reveals how Starbucks wields power to achieve its financial aims. The new theory advances the understanding of power and public relations by demonstrating how organizations use language and symbols to exert domination in the exchange with consumers and stakeholders.

JMC Assistant Professor Bob Batchelor, Ph.D., was featured in " Bond turns 50" on WTAM 1100 and WMMS-FM on Oct. 5.

JMC Lecturer Gene Sasso was quoted in " 2012 Online Graduate Programs for Communicators" by the Bulldog Reporter, the foremost producer of professional development webinars in the corporate communications marketplace and publisher of the industry's best-read, widest distributed trade journal, Bulldog Reporter's Daily 'Dog.

JMC Associate Professor Barb Hipsman was featured in " Big changes ahead at the Plain Dealer?" on WTAM 1100 and WMMS-FM on Sept. 29.

JMC Professor Gary Hanson was named in " What political scientists know about debates" on Wonklog of the Washington Post on Oct. 2.

SLIS Assistant Professor Marianne Martens, Ph.D., presented a paper titled, "Desperately Seeking Dissent: Subversive Readings in Transmedia Storytelling," at Protest on the Page: Print Culture History in Opposition to Almost Anything* (*you can think of) – A Conference of the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture, held in Madison, Wis., in September.

JMC Assistant Professor Bob Batchelor, Ph.D., was the featured speaker at a colloquium sponsored by the Bowling Green State University Popular Culture Scholars Association, the Department of Popular Culture and the Center for Popular Culture Studies. His presentation, "From the Big Bang to Brad Pitt: Popular Culture Studies Meets Big History," explored the idea that popular culture can be traced back 250,000 years into early human history, well before the common notion that it began 5,000 years ago. He used uber-celebrity Brad Pitt as a symbol of people's deep interest in icons and related him to the early cave paintings in France and the Venus figurines found across Europe some 24,000 years ago.

September 2012

JMC Assistant Professor Bob Batchelor, Ph.D., was quoted in " Behind every Browns players is…a Pittsburgh company?" in the Akron Beacon Journal on Sept. 10.

COMM Director Paul Haridakis, Ph.D., was featured in " Effectiveness of Political Ads" on WKYC-TV on Sept. 10.

JMC Lecturer David Labelle was noted in "Photos Tell Story of Israel Trip by Kent State Students, Staff" on Kent Patch on Sept. 13.

SLIS Associate Professor Meghan Harper, Ph.D., has published two refereed articles in current issue of the Ohio Educational Library Media Association's Ohio Media Spectrum (64:1, Fall 2012): "Evaluation in the School Library as a Key to Advocacy," pages 15-21, and "Awesome Assessment Tools for Advocacy in the School," pages 32-34. These articles will  be well used by school librarians, teachers and administrators concerned about evaluation and advocacy.

SLIS/IAKM Assistant Professor Karl Fast, Ph.D., was interviewed on Sept. 15 for the CBC Radio show Spark, a national program about the impact of technology in everyday life. Fast was interviewed about " deep interaction"—how the way we interact with information helps us understand that information—and what this means as our technologies shift from keyboards and mice to touch and gesture. Spark is available as a podcast, and the 10-minute interview is online.

SLIS/IAKM Assistant Professor Karl Fast, Ph.D., was an invited speaker at Fluxible, a user experience (UX) conference held Sept. 22 and 23 in Kitchener, Ontario. The conference, which attracted 250 UX designers, included speakers from Google, Research in Motion and Kobo, as well as several startups and design consultancies. Fast was the only academic speaker. He spoke about information overload and the opportunities this is creating for UX design, especially as we shift to interfaces that allow for deeper and more meaningful interaction with information.

CCI doctoral student Sonali Kudva has had her paper, "Minority Report: A brief overview of cultural stereotyping in three films," accepted for the Midwest Popular Culture Conference, which will take place in Columbus Oct. 12-14.

SLIS adjunct instructor Catherine Closet-Crane, Ph.D., has published a chapter titled, " The discursive construction of the academic library as learning place in A2K," in J. Lau, A.M. Tammaro, & T. Bothma (eds.), Libraries Driving Access to Knowledge, pp. 215-246. Berlin/Munich: De Gruyter Saur (IFLA publications).

The Center for Scholastic Journalism is featured in " Education Toolbox: Training begins in high school," in the August issue of Quill, a magazine for professional journalists, for its 2011 Scholastic Journalism Census.

The graphics department of Kent State University's award-winning TeleProductions' unit earned top billing on one of ESPN's blogs in September. ESPN Playbook features favorite football entrance videos. TeleProductions' Graphic Designer Jim Hurguy, with help from Brian Recktenwald, developed this year's football entrance video.

July/August 2012

JMC Associate Professor Joe Murray, Ph.D., was featured in " Ohio cub pilots were never really lost," in the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association newsletter.

JMC Assistant Professor Bob Batchelor, Ph.D., was quoted in " Valley has its ups and downs on lists in US," on July 8 in the Youngstown Vindicator.

JMC Assistant Professor Mitch McKenneyearned a $1,000 award for his paper "Best Practices in Managing News Website Comments," as part of the initial winners in the Industry Research Forum at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual conference.

JMC Associate Professors Jan Leach and Jacqueline Marino were elected to leadership roles with AEJMC at the annual conference earlier this month. Leach is the teaching chair of the Media Ethics Division. Marino is the head of the Magazine Division. JMC Assistant Professor Mitch McKenney is the News Division's newsletter editor for 2012-2013.

JMC Associate Professor Ann Schierhorn presented "The Holocaust Project" on a panel sponsored by the Magazine and Visual Communication divisions at the AEJMC annual conference.

JMC Associate Professor Michele Ewing organized a site visit for the Public Relations Division of AEJMC at the Edelman headquarters in Chicago at the annual conference..

JMC Assistant Professor Danielle Coombs, Ph.D., presented her paper "Money Changes Everything" in the Scholar Session at the AEJMC annual conference. The paper will be published early next year.

JMC Knight Chair Mark Goodman discussed the Center for Scholastic Journalism's "Census of Today's High Schools," at the AEJMC annual conference.

JMC Associate Professor Candace Perkins Bowen received the first AEJMC Dorothy Bowles Public Service Award in recognition of a lifetime of service.

SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., was an invited plenary speaker at The 6th Shanghai International Library Forum, Shanghai, China, July 17-19, 2012. Her address was titled "Contributing to the smart city through linked library data." 

SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., was an international conference speaker at The Twelfth International ISKO Conference, Aug. 6-9, 2012, Mysore, India. Her address, "Alignment of conceptual structures in controlled vocabularies in the domain of Chinese art – A discussion of issues and patterns," was co-authored by Shu-jiun Chen and Hsueh-hua Chen. A second presentation, "FRBRizing KOS relationships: Applying the FRBR model to versions of the DDC," was co-authored by Maja Žumer and Joan S. Mitchell.  At the same conference, Zeng served as the chair presiding over the three Sarada Ranganathan Lectures by Prof. Shigeo Sugimoto, University of Tsukuba, Japan, on "Sharing Information Resources across Communities and over Time: Metadata, Digital Libraries and Archives, and Information Schools."

During a recent trip (summer 2012) to Asia, SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., was invited to give presentations on knowledge organization systems and Linked Data at various events organized by the National Science Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, Shanghai Library, the Research Center for Information Technology Innovation of the Academia Sinica in Taiwan, and the National Taiwan University.  She was also invited to research projects meetings, including (1) the Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT), Taiwan team's Chinese AAT project, and (2) a major Chinese 12th Five Year Plan project for "Knowledge Organization Systems for Foreign Sci-Tech Information." She received a Letter of Appointment as the Consulting Expert of the project by the National Science Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

JMC Associate Professor Candace Bowenreceived the Dorothy Bowles Public Service Award at the national conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in Chicago. She is the inaugural winner. The new award recognizes an AEJMC member who has a sustained and significant public-service record that has helped build bridges between academics and professionals in mass communications either nationally or locally, and, has been actively engaged within the association.

SLIS Adjunct Instructor John Simmons was quoted in the New York Times, July 21, 2012, in an article titled "An Artifact, or a Payday," about Yankee pitcher Don Larson reclaiming from the San Diego Hall of Champions the uniform he wore while pitching the only World Series perfect game. Larson intends to sell the uniform.
"Unfortunately, it happens from time to time — too often, really," said the museum consultant John E. Simmons, whose book Things Great and Small endeavors to standardize collections management policy. "It happens in the world of art, too. It almost always happens with an item of a high dollar value." He added: "I don't think the museum has an obligation to the family of the owner generations later. If there's no good record of the gift, the museum should consider giving it back to the family." As recently as 20 years ago, Simmons said, memorabilia was commonly accepted on a handshake. Marie Malaro, formerly the legal adviser to the Smithsonian, said the absence of professional record-keeping remained a thorny issue for museums. Simmons teaches the Museum Collections course and Foundations of Museum Studies in the Museum Studies specialization in SLIS.

Jenny Rosenberg, CCI Ph.D. student participated in the prestigious Doctoral Honors Seminar (DHS) this summer. Every year, since the 1970s, the National Communication Association has sponsored the Doctoral Honors Seminar (DHS), bringing together the best doctoral students and faculty members from across the discipline and around the world to discuss current topics in communication. Approximately 30 doctoral students are selected to participate in the seminar based on submitted research papers/projects and upon recommendations from their advisors.
The 2012 DHS was held July 10-13 on the campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and was hosted by the Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism. Over 100 students were nominated for the 2012 DHS, and the 35 selected participants include individuals representing 29 different doctoral programs. The theme for the 2012 DHS was "Communication in Contexts: Disciplinary Inquiry & Social Change.

COMM Associate Professor Jeff Child, Ph.D., was quoted in " YouTube Face Blurring Tool Looks to Protect Some Privacy" in eWeek, Enterprise IT's trusted source for product information in an actionable context, including expert labs analysis and practical tools for evaluating, acquiring, installing, configuring and maintaining technology products and services.

JMC Associate Professor Jacqueline Marino was featured in Cleveland Magazine in " Heal Time," a review of her new book, White Coats. Visit The Roanoke Times for a recent book review.

June 2012

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

JMC Assistant Professor Danielle Coombs, Ph.D., with Anne Cunningham Osborne of Louisiana State University, wrote " A Case Study of Aston Villa Football Club," which was published in the Journal of Public Relations Research, June 2012.JMC Assistant Professor Danielle Coombs, Ph.D., is contracted to write a book for Rowman & Littlefield on media coverage of the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. The working title is Identity Crisis: Mainstream Media and the Battle of the 2012 Republican Primary. The manuscript is due to Rowman & Littlefield in late February.

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.)Wicks also is director of the Center for the Study of Information and Religion.

JMC Assistant Professor Bob Batchelor, Ph.D., was quoted in " Tats entertainment: Bash boasts body art" in the Columbus Dispatch on May 3. He was also featured in "5 Questions, 5 Answers" on June 4 in the Butler Eagle, a newspaper in Butler County Pennsylvania.

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."

JMC Assistant Professor Stefanie Moore was quoted in " More of us are Tweeting more often, Pew Internet study says" in the Plain Dealer on June 4.

May 2012

On March 16, JMC Associate Professor Candace Bowen, director of the Center for Scholastic Journalism, gave a keynote address to high school students and journalism advisers from across Chicago. The 300 or so students were gathered at the city's Cultural Center for the annual high school journalism awards ceremony hosted by Roosevelt University. Her topic? “How to come up with good story ideas.” She trimmed what could be an endless list of suggestions down to a pithy 5 Tips, or questions a student reporter can ask to help spark ideas.

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.

COMM Professor Rebecca Cline, Ph.D., was mentioned in Science Daily in “ In Environmental Disasters, Families Respond with Conflict, Denial, Silence” on April 12. She was also noted in “ Better Understanding of Psychosocial Consequences of Disasters Needed, Report Says” in the Homeland Security Today.

JMC Associate Professor Joe Murray, Ph.D., was featured in “ Ohio professor to fly 1,670 miles to fund scholarship” in General Aviation News on April 11.

JMC Professor Gary Hanson and CCI Associate Dean LuEtt Hanson, Ph.D., were featured in “ Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is: A Mentorship Made in Media Heaven” in e-Inside on April 16. They are highlighted in a video presentation on scholarship giving.

JMC Assistant Professor Bob Batchelor, Ph.D., was elected to an executive-level position with the Popular Culture/American Culture Association. He will serve as the Marketing and Media Relations Director for PCA/ACA globally. PCA/ACA is the top association in the field with more than 9,000 members from around the world.

An article that JMC Assistant Professor Danielle Coombs, Ph.D., wrote with Anne Osborne of Louisiana State University called "A Case Study of Aston Villa Football Club" will be in the June issue of Journal of Public Relations Research (Routledge). The paper was accepted in August 2010 and will be published in Volume 24, Issue 3 of the journal. 

JMC Assistant Professor Danielle Coombs, Ph.D., was featured in an on-air story for AkronNewsNow titled “ Retail Strategies that Work for You” on April 9.

April 2012

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 now released. 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.

Kent State Professor Laura Davis, Ph.D., and COMM Professor Carole Barbato, Ph.D., will have a book signing for the 10th annual Symposium on Democracy book, Democratic Narrative, History & Memory. Some of the chapter authors will be there, as well. The book signing will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 4 in the Kent State Bookstore.

On March 16, JMC Associate Professor Candace Bowen, director of the Center for Scholastic Journalism, gave a keynote address to high school students and journalism advisers from across Chicago. The 300 or so students were gathered at the city's Cultural Center for the annual high school journalism awards ceremony hosted by Roosevelt University. Her topic? "How to come up with good story ideas." She trimmed what could be an endless list of suggestions down to a pithy 5 Tips, or questions a student reporter can ask to help spark ideas.

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.

COMM Professor Rebecca Cline, Ph.D., was mentioned in Science Daily in " In Environmental Disasters, Families Respond with Conflict, Denial, Silence" on April 12. She was also noted in " Better Understanding of Psychosocial Consequences of Disasters Needed, Report Says" in the Homeland Security Today.

JMC Associate Professor Joe Murray, Ph.D., was featured in " Ohio professor to fly 1,670 miles to fund scholarship" in General Aviation News on April 11.

JMC Professor Gary Hanson and CCI Associate Dean LuEtt Hanson, Ph.D., were featured in " Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is: A Mentorship Made in Media Heaven" in e-Inside on April 16. They are highlighted in a video presentation on scholarship giving.

JMC Assistant Professor Bob Batchelor, Ph.D., was elected to an executive-level position with the Popular Culture/American Culture Association. He will serve as the Marketing and Media Relations Director for PCA/ACA globally. PCA/ACA is the top association in the field with more than 9,000 members from around the world.

CCI Associate Dean LuEtt Hanson, Ph.D., was quoted in " Insecure in the knowledge" in a recent edition of Times Higher Education. Three other Kent State faculty and administrators were also featured. They included Jerry M. Lewis, Albert Ingram and Kara Robinson.

CCI Advisors Lorie Hopp and Amy Wilkens will present "Assisting students who aren't progressing in their majors: How to effectively reach out and empower them to find the right fit," at National Academic Advising Association Annual Conference in Nashville, Tenn., in October.

Erin E. Hollenbaugh, Ph.D., an assistant professor of communication studies at the Kent State at Stark Campus, was a guest on the April 3 episode, "Intrepid Entrepreneurs," of NEOtroplis on the PBS television station 45-49. She also was named to yStark! and the Canton Repository's list of Twenty Under 40, which recognizes Stark County young professionals for their career acumen, community service and trusteeship, and personal and professional achievements. She will be honored with this award June 5 at the Glenmoor Country Club.

An abstract byDenise 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.

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 ISO: Information Standards Quarterly (Winter 2012, v.24, no. 1), a publication of NISO (National Information Standards Organization).

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 from May 31 to June 2.

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 in March. 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.

JMC professors Candace Bowen, Jan Leach, Jacquie Marino and Joe Murray, Ph.D., all earned tenure and promotion to associate professor at Kent State. COMM professors Jeff Child, Ph.D., and Junghyn Kim, Ph.D., received tenure and promotion to associate professors, while tenured SLIS professor Meghan Harper, Ph.D., got promoted to associated professor.

JMC Associate Professor Michele Ewing, APR, will have a case study published in an upcoming book titled Public Relations Strategies in Action: A Casebook. Her campaign examines a student-run Donate Life Ohio plan she directed. A team of five PR students researched, planned and implemented a campaign to motivate Ohio residents to become registered organ donors in 2009. The team won the state-wide campaign competition and a district PRSA award. The Kent State undergraduate student campaign will be published in the mix of other professional work.

March 2012

An article by Mark Goodman, Center for Scholastic Journalism's Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism, about high school student press law has been included as a chapter in a new book published by Greenhaven Press called Teen Rights and Freedoms: Free Press.  The book is part of a multi-volume series on teen rights intended for high school libraries.  

Mark Goodman, Center for Scholastic Journalism's Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism, was featured in “ New teacher’s guide uses social media to teach about First Amendment” after he spoke about the issue on a panel in December at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

JMC Lecturer John Bowen, along with JMC Assistant Professor Candace Perkins Bowen, hosted members of the Journalism Education Association's Scholastic Press Rights Commission at Franklin Hall for a two-and-a-half day retreat March 1-3. The Journalism Education Association is the nation's largest organization of scholastic journalism teachers and advisers. 

SLIS 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.

COMM Assistant Professor Catherine Goodall, Ph.D., was noted in “ Media linking crimes to alcohol increase support of liquor laws" on PsychCentral.com.

JMC Assistant Professor Mitch McKenney, M.B.A., of Kent State at Stark, was invited to lead a keynote discussion with this year’s Howard M. Metzenbaum award winners, Staughton and Alice Lynd, at the Ohio Citizen Action annual dinner on Feb. 18 in Cleveland Heights. The Lynds have spent more than a half-century advocating for the civil rights of African-Americans, young draftees, Youngstown steelworkers, prisoners and others. Mitch's interview with the Lynds – titled “Occupy Now, But What’s Next?” – concluded with Staughton Lynd’s caution that the continuing Occupy movement must not let itself be corrupted by violence.

VCD Associate Professor Ken Visocky O’Grady was a featured speaker on Entrepreneur Radio on March 5. Entrepreneurs Club Radio is a program dedicated to innovation and entrepreneurship which is broadcast every Monday at 4 p.m. on www.welw.com.

CCI Dean Stan Wearden, Ph.D., was quoted in "KSU Library school is re-accredited by ALA" on March 4 in the Record Courier.

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.”

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

COMM Assistant Professor Catherine Goodall, Ph.D., was noted in “ News articles linking alcohol to crimes or accidents increase support for liquor law enforcement” for her work with lead researcher Michael Slater of Ohio State University. The article appeared on Eurekaalert.org and Newswise.com, among several others.

JMC Assistant Professor Stefanie Moore was quoted in “ Facebook’s Timeline prompting more of us to edit our profiles, new study shows” in the Feb. 24 issue of The Plain Dealer.

JMC Assistant Professor Bob Batchelor, Ph.D., will be the featured alumnus speaker at the April 26 Kent Reads series from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Main University Library. The Kent Reads with Alumni Author series features the works of KSU alumni and offers a forum for the university community to discuss topics of interest. The read aloud series celebrates reading, books and libraries. Batchelor will do a public reading/presentation on his collection, Cult Pop Culture: How the Fringe Became Mainstream.

February 2012

JMC Associate Professor Karl Idsvoog picked up some frequent flyer miles during his sabbatical last semester. For the U.S. State Department, he trained citizen and professional journalists in Botswana, Egypt and Tunisia. For Radio Free Asia, he trained journalists in Hong Kong and Cambodia. And although he travels with camera, microphones and a laptop full of software (Avid, Premier, FCP, AfterEffects, Photoshop, Motion), he says his most important training device is his ears.

IAKM Assistant Professor Karl Fast, Ph.D., was an invited speaker at World Information Architecture Day. 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. 

A paper by SLIS adjunct instructor Iouri Bairatchnyi, Ph.D., " Cultural Identity, Global Mindset, and Knowledge Management: From Awareness to Knowledge and Competence” 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.

COMM Professor Sally Planalp, Ph.D., was featured in “ Your Guide to Romance This Valentine’s Day” in the Feb. 13 issue of e-Inside.

CCI Doctoral Students Shelley Blundell, Jenny Rosenberg and Krishnamurti Murniadi will present one-hour workshops as part of the Graduate Professional Development Workshop Series. Blundell will teach “Exploring and Conducting Research” at 2 p.m. on Feb. 24 in Rm. 320 of the Kent Student Center. Rosenberg will discuss “Conferences and Publications” at 4 p.m. on Feb. 24 in Rm. 320 of the Kent Student Center. Murniadi will teach “Planning the Course – Syllabus and Scheduling” at 4 p.m. March 15 in Rm. 315 of the Kent Student Center.

JMC professor Fred Endres, Ph.D., will present his research on the Civil War during the Brimfield Historical Society and Kelso House Museum's Lyceum Series on Feb. 23. He will share the stories of seven Portage County soldiers, which will be used in his upcoming PBS documentary entitled “Sojer Boys,” at 7 p.m. at the museum.

COMM Director Paul Haridakis, Ph.D., has had his book, Sports Fans, Identity, and Socialization: Exploring the Fandemonium, recently published by Lexington Books. Co-editors include COMM alumnus Adam C. Earnheardt, Ph.D., and former COMM Lecturer Barbara S. Hugenberg, Ph.D.

Erin E. Hollenbaugh, Ph.D., an assistant professor of communication studies at the Kent State at Stark Campus, was a guest on the Feb. 7 episode, “Phantom Borders,” of NEOtroplis on the PBS television station 45-49.

JMC Assistant Professor Bob Batchelor, Ph.D., was appointed to the Editorial Review Board of the International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning. IJ-SoTL is a peer-reviewed, international journal published twice a year by the Center for Excellence in Teaching at Georgia Southern University to be an international vehicle for articles, essays, and discussions about the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and its applications in higher/tertiary education today.

JMC Assistant Professor Bob Batchelor, Ph.D., recently had a 3-volume book collection published: Cult Pop Culture: How the Fringe Became Mainstream. Volume 1: Film and Television. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2011. li + 288 pp. Cult Pop Culture: How the Fringe Became Mainstream. Volume 2: Literature and Music. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2011. li + 235 pp. Cult Pop Culture: How the Fringe Became Mainstream. Volume 3: Everyday Cult. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2011. li + 213 pp.

COMM Director Paul Haridakis, Ph.D., was featured in “School Notes – Haridakis will lead KSU communication studies” in the Jan. 25 issue of the Aurora Advocate. CCI Dean Stan Wearden, Ph.D., was quoted.

VCD Associate Professor David Middleton was noted in “Pointing the Way in Kent” in the Jan. 29 issue of the Record Courier.

January 2012

SLIS Assistant Professor Karen Gracy, Ph.D., had her article, "Distribution and Consumption Patterns of Archival Moving Images in Online Environments," accepted for publication in the refereed journal, American Archivist. The article will appear in 2012.

An article by Denise A.D. Bedford, Ph.D., Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management in the School of Library and Information Science, " 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).

Mark Goodman, Center for Scholastic Journalism Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism, was quoted in " This Just in: Students Love Print" in the New York Times on Dec. 22, 2011.

A JMC electronic media production major was featured in " Olivia Sliman saw a need, took action: Community Heroes 2011" in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Dec. 19, 2011.

Mark Goodman, Center for Scholastic Journalism Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism, and JMC Assistant Professor Candace Bowen were featured in " High school newspapers, yearbooks are attracting more students" in the News Herald of Northern Ohio on Dec. 16, 2011.

COMM Director Paul Haridakis, Ph.D., was mentioned in Celebrations in the Akron Beacon Journal on Dec. 18, 2011.

JMC Lecturer Sue Zimmerman was mentioned in " The young, especially, aren't as discerning as they should be when it comes to news vs. noise: Ted Diadiun" on Cleveland.com on Dec. 18, 2011.

Mark Goodman, Center for Scholastic Journalism Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism, was featured in " Social media use, First Amendment support linked in students" by the Scripps Howard Wire Foundation on Dec. 16, 2011.

SLIS Professor Carolyn Brodie, Ph.D., was noted in "KSU profs ask Ohio House to recognize youth author" in the Record Courier and the Youngstown Vindicator on Dec. 9, 2011.

SLIS Professor Marcia Zeng, Ph.D., and SLIS Assistant Professor Karen Gracy, Ph.D., were featured in " KSU SLIS faculty receives $219,000 research grant" in the Dec. 5, 2011, issue of the Daily Kent Stater. It also appeared in the print version of Crain's Cleveland Business and the Record Courier.

Congratulations to SLIS Associate Professor Athena Salaba, Ph.D., on being selected to participate in the Kent State University Institute for Excellence during the coming year. 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.

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

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 Alumna Marjory Mogg, M.L.I.S. '04, was listed in a Plain Dealer article on "The literary year in Cleveland: 10 newsworthy events,"for her success in bringing the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention to Cleveland in 2012 (Oct. 4-7). According to the Plain Dealer, "Marjory Mogg, intrepid Euclid librarian and mystery lover, scored a coup by luring the next Bouchercon World Mystery Convention to downtown Cleveland, Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 4-7. Big names -- such as John Connolly, Mary Higgins Clark, Elizabeth George and Robin Cook -- will headline the four-day extravaganza, which Mogg said took her four years of campaigning to bring here. Participants can register at bouchercon2012.com." Mogg is currently Readers Advisory Librarian at Euclid Public Library.

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 online.

November/December 2011

COMM Assistant Professor Jae Eun Chung, Ph.D., was quoted in " Reaching into the web" in southern Maryland's Gazette on Nov. 30. This article also appeared in Calvert Recorder in Maryland.

JMC Associate Professor Bill Sledzik was quoted in "PR can't overcome moral failings like Penn State fiasco" in a blog by PR executive Jeannette Duwe on Nov. 30 from Business Insider, an Idaho Statesman weekly magazine.

The School of Library and Information Science last week celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM) program. The event included honoring Thomas J. Froehlich, Ph.D., "for providing inspiration and leadership in the creation and oversight of the Information Architecture and Knowledge Management program," with the creation of an annual award in his name to recognize an outstanding student in the program. Also at the program, Jason Morrison, M.S. '07, was named the first IAKM Alumnus of the Year. Read more online.

The innovative Chicago History Museum invited SLIS Assistant Professor Kiersten F. Latham, Ph.D., to lead a discussion for its curators and collection managers on new ways of thinking about collecting.

IAKM Assistant Professor Karl V. Fast, Ph.D., co-authored the article " Interaction and the epistemic potential of digital libraries" (with K. Sedig), which was published in International Journal on Digital Libraries, 11(3), 169-207. Springer Berlin / Heidelberg. This article presents a framework of micro-level interactions with visual representations of information in digital libraries. The framework is comprised of three basic interactions — conversing, manipulating, and navigating — and 13 task-based interactions: animating, annotating, chunking, cloning, collecting, composing, cutting, filtering, fragmenting, probing, rearranging, re-picturing, and searching. In a typical digital library, the purpose of interaction is to locate and access relevant information. In this framework, the purpose of interaction is to help people create knowledge, develop understanding, solve problems, and acquire insight from the resources in a collection. In other words, interaction can have epistemic benefits and, consequently, it can be used to leverage the epistemic potential of digital libraries.

A paper by Denise Bedford, Ph.D., Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management in the School of Library and Information Science, has been accepted for presentation at The Eighteenth Annual International Deming Research Seminar, Feb. 27 and 28, 2012, in New York City.

JMC Assistant Professor Jacqueline Marinowon a $7,200 grant from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication to develop a new application of a Knight Foundation-funded news project. Students of technology and journalism during the Spring 2012 class, Web Programming for Multimedia Journalism, will adapt a Knight News Challenge-funded, open-source application called OpenBlock for the Kent State campus. Students will learn how to create Web news feeds for the places on campus where they live, study and play. Students will also decide how to customize the resource using social media, public data and other information.  The course will be co-taught with the School of Digital Sciences. KentWired advisor Sue Zake and JMC Adjunct Instructor Liz Yokum will co-teach the class with Marino. Undergraduate and graduate students from JMC, IAKM and Computer Science are currently enrolled in the course.

COMM Lecturer Lisa Waite was noted in "New Findings in Health and Medicine Described from Kent State University" on NewsRX.com on Oct. 31 in regards to her study which was published in Health Communication called "What is it they say about best intentions?: a life lesson in empathy and sympathy Health Communication."

JMC Professor Gary Hanson was featured in " Journalism Professor Makes a Difference in Students' Lives" in the November 2011 Kent State University e-Flash, which was sent to more than 100,000 Kent State alumni.

COMM Assistant Professor Jae Eun Chung, Ph.D., was quoted in " After Grim Diagnosis, Parents Turn to Internet, Social Networks" on Nov. 3 on Southern Maryland Online. This article also appeared on Nov. 9 in The Gazette and the Calvert Recorder both of Annapolis, MD; and the Seattle Times.

JMC Assistant Professor Bob Batchelor, Ph.D., was quoted in "Content Marketing to take centre stage in 2012" on Nov. 15 on DirectNews, the leading provider of tailored news feeds for websites.

COMM Professor Sally Planalp, Ph.D., worked in an interdisciplinary team with the Utah Poison Control Center and faculty from the College of Nursing to create an online communication training that has recently been released for use by poison control centers in North America. The training is the result of extensive research and collaboration and addresses some of the most challenging communication problems faced by specialists in poison information. It provides strategies and tools to sharpen communication skills through flexible web-based modules that include: Gathering Information Effectively; Managing Stressful Situations; Communicating with Health Care Professionals; and Promoting Adherence through Risk Communication. The project was developed through the Health Resources and Services Administration Incentive Grant Program #U4BHS08563.

JMC Assistant Professor Bob Batchelor, Ph.D., along with JMC Alumnus King Hill, senior vice president of Marcus Thomas, LLC, were quoted in " The Future of Marketing: 46 Experts Share Their Predictions For 2012" which was published on Nov. 7 by Business 2 Community.

One of JMC Lecturer Gary Harwood's photos made the cover of The Sun Magazine, a creative writing and poetry magazine published throughout the United States and Canada.

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 accept 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.

COMM Assistant Professor Rozell Duncan, Ph.D., presented "Goal Setting: A Factor in Educational Success" at the 41st annual International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning Conference held in October 2011 in San Diego, Calif. Duncan's presentation on Oct. 15 covered the various definitions of goals for individuals and systems, importance of clarity in goals, and establishment of realistic expectations in order for students to achieve educational success. Duncan also serves as the internship and practicum coordinator and undergraduate advisor.

CCI Dean Stan Wearden, Ph.D., was quoted in " It's Your Money. Spend It." on Oct. 27 in Inside Higher Ed.

Mark Goodman, Knight Chair in Scholastic Journalism at Kent State, presented "Online User Agreements and You" and "Who Owns It? Copyright and Student Media Work" at the 90th Annual ACP/CMA National College Media Convention, while JMC Lecturer Sue Zake talked on "Not Your Father's Newspaper: Redesigning the Kent Stater." She also coordinated two other sessions: one with Gary W. Green, sports photographer for the Orlando Sentinel, called "Sports Photojournalism: The Skills to Succeed, and one with John Kaplan, University of Florida professor, who screened his autobiographical film "Not as I Pictured." Zake will chair a committee for the spring convention in New York City and will coordinate all of the sessions dealing with journalistic legal issues. 

JMC Assistant Professor Bob Batchelor, Ph.D.was appointed chair of the Marketing Committee of the Midwest Popular Culture/American Culture Association (MPC/ACA) by the Executive Committee. He and the committee members oversee marketing and branding efforts for the association, including social media outreach.

JMC Emeritus Professor Robert West was featured in " Film professor's 1973 horror movie comes back to life" on Oct. 28 on WKSU.

Denise Bedford, Ph.D., Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management, in the School of Library and Information Science,  co-presented "Leveraging Semantic Technologies in Collaboration Environments" at the Analytics 2011 Conference in Orlando, Fla., with Felipe Iturralde Escudero from the World Bank. It is a report on the work they have been doing on the World Bank's knowledge architecture platform – integrating social media and collaborative technologies into an enterprise architecture and leveraging semantic technologies as background processes.   

The School of Library and Information Science was well represented at the 2011 national conference of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) held recently in New Orleans. Presentations at the "Bridging the Gulf: Communication and Information in Society, Technology and Work" conference included the following: Denise Bedford, Ph.D., Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management, "Enabling Personal Knowledge Management with Collaborative and Semantic Technologies" (Knowledge Management Special Interest Group Workshop; the paper will be published in an upcoming special issues of the Bulletin of the American Society of Information Science and Technology); Frank Lambert, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, "Seeking Information from Government Resources: A Comparative Analysis of Two Communities' Web Searching of Municipal Government Web Sites" (poster); Athena Salaba, Ph.D., Associate Professor, "FRBR-Based Library Catalogs for Users" (panel); Yin Zhang, Ph.D., Professor, "FRBR-Based Library Catalogs for Users" (panel).

October 2011

Denise Bedford, Ph.D., Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management in the School of Library and Information Science, has been appointed to the National Academies of Science Transportation Research Board's Workshop Planning Committee. The committee will organize an international workshop on the topic of Improving Access to International Transportation Research Information.

JMC Associate Professor Karl Idsvoog was featured in "' Shayfeen Bukra'" inspires young Egyptians" in the Sept. 25 issue of The Egyptian Gazette.

COMM Doctoral Student Jenny Rosenberg and COMM Associate Professor Nichole Egbert, Ph.D., have recently published an article called "Online Impression Management: Personality Traits and Concerns for Secondary Goals as Predictors of Self-Presentation Tactics on Facebook" in the most recent volume of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.

JMC Professor Gary Hanson was named a 2011 Kent State University Distinguished Teaching Award winner in recognition for his dedication to and care for his students, his tireless work with the teaching side of student media, and his pioneering and award-winning efforts in online learning.

COMM Interim Director Paul Haridakis, Ph.D., received the 2011 Distinguished Teacher Award from the Ohio Communication Association. The honor was awarded at the Ohio Communication Annual Conference on Sept. 30.

A paper by Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management in the School of Library and Information Science Denise Bedford, Ph.D., "Expanding the Definition and Measurement of Knowledge Economy – Integrating Triple Bottom Line Factors into the World Bank's Knowledge Economy Index Model and Methodologies" has been accepted for presentation at the 2012 European Conference on Economic Capital in Helsinki, Finland, which will take place in April 2012.

Denise Bedford, Ph.D., Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management in the School of Library and Information Science, will serve on the National Academies of Science Transportation Research Board's Task Force on Knowledge Management (AB010T). The Task Force will coordinate the activities of and facilitate communication among the TRB standing committees regarding the cross-cutting issues of knowledge management. The goal of the Joint Task Force is to provide cross committee coordination for the development and deployment of Transportation Knowledge Management, in support of the missions of TRB, its sponsors and affiliates. The focus of the Task Force is on People, Processes and Technology pertinent to transportation knowledge.

SLIS Assistant Professor Kiersten Latham, Ph.D., had her article titled, " The Thickness of the World: Exploring the Curriculum of Museums through Phenomenological Touch" published (co-author Elizabeth Wood), in Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 27:2 (2011), 51-65.

Denise Bedford, Ph.D., Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management in the School of Library and Information Science, was interviewed as an external adviser to the Collaboration Projects team, Imperial College London School of Business on leveraging cybernetic theory and semantic web to capture tacit knowledge. 

JMC Assistant Professor Jacqueline Marino was just published on Nieman's Professor's Corner. Co-author Jeremy Gilbert, a Northwestern professor, and Marino wrote about their experiences putting students of journalism and computer science together in the classroom. The article, " The Odd Couple: Computer Science Partners with Journalism," explains how students and faculty of different disciplines collaborated on digital news products in the course, Web Programming for Multimedia Journalism.

JMC Associate Professor Karl Idsvoog is training video journalists in Botswana and Egypt. This is a pilot project for the U.S. Department of State. He is working in three countries: Botswana, Egypt and Tunisia. He is hoping to develop citizen journalists who are able to use their video-producing skills for pieces they put on social media and elsewhere. He also did a lecture at Modern Sciences and Arts University in Egypt.

George Cheney, Ph.D., professor of Communication Studies at Kent State University, will be among the communication scholars to be honored at the 97th annual National Communication Association (NCA) Convention on Nov. 18 in New Orleans. Cheney and co-editors Steve May, Ph.D. and Debashish Munshi, Ph.D., will be honored for their book, The Handbook of Communication Ethics, which was selected as the NCA Business Division's top edited volume of the year.  Reviewers noted the "massive undertaking" required to assemble such an impressive ensemble of chapters covering theory, practical implications, and important contemporary issues. May is an associate professor of Organizational Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C. Munshi is an associate professor of Management Communication at the University of Waikoto, Hamilton, New Zealand. A chapter titled Interpersonal Communication Ethics was co-authored by Sally Planalp, Ph.D., a professor of Communication Studies at Kent State, along with Leah Sprain, Ph.D., assistant professor of Communication Studies at Colorado State University. The publication is among the International Communication Association Handbook Series published by Routledge.

SLIS Professor Marcia Zeng, Ph.D., was invited as a Keynote speaker to deliver the talk "Multilingual Thesauri as Linked Data — Benefits and Opportunities" at The Fifth Metadata and Semantics Research Conference (MTSR 2011) held at Yaşar University, İzmir, Turkey, Oct. 12-14, 2011.  This is an international conference in the interdisciplinary areas of computer science and computer engineering. 

Denise A.D. Bedford, Ph.D., Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management in the School of Library and Information Science, presented a paper entitled "Leveraging Knowledge Organization System-Fueled Semantic Technologies to Generate Tags and Tag Clouds" at the Networked Knowledge Organization Systems Workshop in Berlin, Germany. The workshop was associated with the Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries Conference.

As an invited speaker, SLIS Professor Marcia Zeng, Ph.D., gave a presentation at the Third International UCD Seminar "Classification & Ontology" organized by the UDC Consortium and hosted by the National Library of the Netherlands, Sept. 19-20, 2011, at The Hague, the Netherlands. The conference was attended by delegates from 30 countries from Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Australia. Her presentation is a collaborated work with the Dewey Decimal Classification Editor-in-chief Joan Mitchell and Dr. Maja Zumer of University of Ljubljana. The paper is entitled "Extending models for controlled vocabularies to classification systems: modelling DDC with FRSAD."

JMC Assistant Professor Bob Batchelor, Ph.D., discussed "Cult Pop Culture: How the Fringe Became Mainstream," at the Midwest Popular Culture Association conference on Oct. 14. Popular culture enthusiasts from across the Midwest and the nation gathered in Milwaukee Oct. 14-16 at the 2011 joint Midwest Popular Culture/Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference at the Milwaukee Hilton City Center. Some 120 panels examined topics across the popular culture universe, from Mad Men and Harry Potter to Twilight and Facebook.

W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group released the final report. As a W3C Invited Expert and co-author of this report, SLIS Professor Marcia Zeng, Ph.D., has worked with this group for a full year. See: Library Linked Data Incubator Group Final Report. She is also one of the co-authors of a side deliverable: Library Linked Data Incubator Group: Datasets, Value Vocabularies, and Metadata Element Sets. Another co-author, Jeff Young, from OCLC Online Computer Library Center, is a 2002 SLIS alumnus. The mission of the Library Linked Data Incubator Group was to help increase the global interoperability of library data on the Web by focusing on the potential role of Linked Data technologies.

For August and September 2011

SLIS Professor Marcia Zeng, Ph.D., participated in the first International Linked Open Data in Libraries Archives and Museums (LOD-LAM) Summit, June 2-3, in San Francisco.

JMC Assistant Professor Bob Batchelor, Ph.D., was quoted in " Forever Young with Bob Dylan" in Buzzbin Magazine on Aug. 15. Buzzbin is an arts, news and entertainment monthly covering Akron, Canton and Cleveland.

SLIS Professor Marcia Zeng, Ph.D., gave lectures, presentations and a keynote on Linked Data and relevant Resource Description Framework (RDF) vocabulary standards at several events in China in June, including the National Library of China, Shanxi Provence LIS Society Annual Conference, Northeast University School of Public Management, China Academic Forum and Advanced Digital Library Seminar 2011, Shanghai Advanced Library Technologies Forum and Wuhan University iSchool.

SLIS Instructor Miriam Matteson had her article, "A systematic review of research on live chat service," accepted by Reference and User Services Quarterly, with publication scheduled for the spring 2012 issue (volume 51, number 3). It was co-authored by L. Brewster.

As a part of the collaborative project of Kent State SLIS and the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, SLIS Professor Marcia Zeng, Ph.D., visited the University of Ljubljana for a week in June. She worked with the faculty and Ph.D. students in library and information science on research in bibliographic conceptual models and implementations.

JMC Assistant Professor Candace Perkins Bowen was featured in " KSU hosts high school journalism institute" on the Ohio Newspaper Association website.

The International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies published a tribute in memory of D. Ray Heisey, Ph.D., COMM professor emeritus and director emeritus, who passed away this past May, in its recent newsletter. The article appears on pages 17 and 18.

JMC Assistant Professor Bob Batchelor, Ph.D., had the article "Literary Lions Tackle 9/11: Updike and DeLillo Depicting History through the Novel" published in the Fall 2011 issue of Radical History Review, which focuses on the topic "Historicizing 9/11." 

JMC Professor Ann Schierhorn had her article, " Teaching Collaboration: A Model for Multimedia Projects," published in the Journal of Magazine & New Media Research.

CCI Professor Laura Davis, Ph.D., and COMM Professor Carole Barbato, Ph.D., were featured in " NEH Announces $300,000 Grant to Kent State University for May 4 Visitors Center" in the Aug. 15 issue of e-Inside.

JMC Assistant Professor Bob Batchelor, Ph.D., will be a featured/keynote speaker in October at the Midwest PCA/ACA Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Midwest PCA/ACA is a regional branch of the national Popular Culture/American Culture Association. There are only two featured speakers for the conference, with hundreds of traditional panels, etc. Batchelor will talk about the 3-volume anthology he edited and wrote several chapters for, including two co-authored with former JMC master's student Jodee Hammond that will be out this Fall: Cult Pop Culture: How the Fringe Became Mainstream.

SLIS Assistant Professor Belinda Boon, Ph.D., was quoted in " Dewey Decimal squares off with the Web: Today's librarians are tech-savvy resources" in the in Aug. 23 issue of Akron Legal News.

JMC Associate Professor Karl Idsvoog launched a new blog at http://whenjournalismfails.blogspot.com.

JMC Assistant Professor Bob Batchelor, Ph.D., wrote "Literary Lions Tackle 9/11: Updike and DeLillo Depicting History through the Novel" which was published in Radical History Review.

JMC Instructor David Labelle was mentioned in " Portage youth discover Arts Alive!" in the Sept. 11 issue of the Record Courier.

SLIS Assistant Professor Kiersten F. Latham, Ph.D., will give the keynote address at the Document Academy (DOCAM) 2011 Conference Oct. 1-2. Her talk, titled "The Space Between," is about document transaction, a concept that is central to her research on physicality and museum objects.

SLIS Assistant Professor Meghan Harper, Ph.D., and Professor Carolyn Brodie, Ph.D., delivered presentations at the Summer Library Symposium hosted by the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System (NEO-RLS) at Kent State in July. Harper delivered the opening remarks and also presented a session on "Reference Resources for Children and Teens," based on her new book, Reference Sources and Services for Youth. Brodie presented "Looking Forward: 75th Caldecott Anniversary." She was recently elected president (for 2012-2013) of the international Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), which oversees both the Caldecott and Newbery awards, the world's most noted and oldest children's literature awards. She also has served on both committees for ALSC and chaired the Newbery committee in 2000.

Denise A.D. Bedford, Ph.D., Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management in the School of Library and Information Science, has been invited to serve on the 2011 Research in Information Science Award committee for the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T).

Erin Hollenbaugh, Ph.D., and Amber Ferris, Ph.D., COMM faculty members at the Stark campus, wrote "I love you, man": Drunk dialing motives and their impact on social cohesion," in R. Ling and S. W. Campbell (Eds.), Mobile communication: Bringing us together and tearing us apart (pp. 293-322). New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

For July 2011

COMM Interim Director Paul Haridakis, Ph.D., CCI Dean Stan Wearden, Ph.D., COMM Assistant Professor Jeff Child, Ph.D., and CCI Coordinator of International Programs Deborah Davis were all quoted in " CCI to launch global communication major" in the July 6 issue of the Daily Kent Stater.

SLIS Professor Thomas Froehlich, Ph.D., was honored with the Special Library Association Presidential Citation as Co-Chair of the Information Ethics Advisory Council (IEAC) with Toni Carbo, now a professor at Drexel University, for leadership in the creation and dissemination of the SLA Professional Ethics Guidelines. 

JMC Professor Tim Smith was quoted in " Rep. Matt Lundy, Gov. Kasich at odds over info release" on June 17 in the Chronicle-Telegram of Lorain.

JMC Associate Professor Fran Collins was quoted in the June 29 issue of the The (Columbus)Dispatch in " Pediatricians: Get junk-food ads off TV."

For Points of Pride from the 2010-2011 academic year, please view the 2011 CCI Points of Pride Report.

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