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SLIS Points of Pride 2010-2011

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.

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. As an invited speaker, Zeng gave a presentation at the Third International UDC 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 titled "Extending models for controlled vocabularies to classification systems: modeling DDC with FRSAD."

Denise Bedford, Ph.D., Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management, 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.

SLIS was well represented at the 2011 national conference of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) held 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 was published in a special issue 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).

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 http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/lld/XGR-lld-20111025/. She is also one of the co-authors of a side deliverable: Library Linked Data Incubator Group: Datasets, Value Vocabularies, and Metadata Element Sets: http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/lld/XGR-lld-vocabdataset-20111025/.

A paper by 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 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.

Denise Bedford, Ph.D. received an invitation from the National Academies of  Science: "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."

An article by Kiersten Latham, Ph.D., "The Thickness of the World: Exploring the Curriculum of Museums through Phenomenological Touch" (co-author, Elizabeth Wood), was published in Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 27:2 (2011), 51-65. Available at http://journal.jctonline.org/index.php/jct/issue/view/13/showToc

Denise Bedford, Ph.D., 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.

SLIS Professor Marcia Zeng, Ph.D., is part of the team on a grant to plan for the development of an integrated online learning platform to teach library and museum staff the principles and process of creating metadata for the modern Web environment, with particular focus on designing for an Open Linked Data environment. The University of Washington, Kent State University, University of  North Carolina, JES & Company, and Talis Inc., earned the grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Award Amount: $49,623; Matching Amount: $21,568

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

The spring 2011 launch of the Knowledge Management Education Forum (KMEF), co-sponsored by Kent State University’s School of  Library and Information Science SLIS) and George Washington University (GWU), brought together practitioners, administrators and students from different sectors of the economy to “identify and grow consensus on the knowledge management body of  knowledge, competencies, roles and curriculum,” according to the KMEF on site event webpage.  ... Denise Bedford, Ph.D., Goodyear Professor of  Knowledge Management in SLIS. Bedford coordinates the knowledge management concentration in the Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM) program of the school. ... Annie Green, Ph.D., assistant professorial lecturer for George Washington University and adjunct faculty for Kent State University, teaches Intellectual Capital Management in the IAKM program and Knowledge Management I and II and Organizational Behavior for Engineers at GWU. Green stated that every team member involved in the planning executed each task well. The other key members of the team were Janna Korzenko, Drew Shipka, Flo Cunningham, Karen Gracy, Tom Burdick  and North Lilly of  Kent State

SLIS Lecturer Miriam Kahn, Ph.D., received the first Outstanding Teaching Award given by the College of Communication and Information (2011).

An article by SLIS Instructor Miriam Matteson, Ph.D., A systematic review of research on live chat service,” was 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.

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.

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 2011, 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 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.

The Summer Library Symposium, hosted at Kent State University by the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System (NEO-RLS) featured Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech as the keynote speaker. Her book Walk Two Moons received the medal, and The Wanderer was a Newbery Honor Book.

The July 2011 issue of the AIMS Newsletter of the The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations features an article titled "Linked Open Data. LODE Recommendations for Bibliographic Data" regarding the release of FAO AIMS new guidelines based on a report that SLIS Professor Marcia Zeng, Ph.D., co-authored with Imma Subirats of FAO. AIMS is a unit in FAO that disseminates standards and best practices in information management for the support of the right to food, sustainable agriculture and rural development. This report is on how to select appropriate encoding strategies for producing Linked Open Data (LOD)-enabled bibliographic data, available on the Website of FAO.Zeng has been working with the FAO AIMS since last year and is invited to continue working on the LODE recommendations.

Denise A.D. Bedford, Ph.D., 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).

As a part of the collaborative project of Kent State SLIS and University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Marcia Zeng, Ph.D., visited 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. A book, FRSAD: Conceptual Modeling of Aboutness, co-authored with Maja Zumer (University of Ljubljana) and Athena Salaba, Ph.D. (KSU SLIS) was completed in July 2011.

SLIS Adjunct Instructor Roland M. Baumann, Ph.D., contributed a chapter on "Advocacy and Fundraising at the Oberlin College Archives" to a book titled Many Happy Returns: Advocacy and the Development of Archives, ed. Larry J. Hackman (published by the Society of American Archivists).

Goodyear Professor Denise Bedford, Ph.D., of the IAKM program of SLIS, is featured in Convergence of Project Management and Knowledge Management in "Constructing Business Oriented Knowledge Organization Systems," pp. 247-254. Her other publications this past year include: "Semantic applications increase productivity in public sector" in Government Insights, pp. 22 – 24; a refereed article titled "Lessons Learned in Content Architecture Harmonization and Metadata Models" in ASLIB Proceedings: New Information Perspectives, 62: 4/5, 2010, 387-405; "Enterprise-level semantic technologies," in the March/April 2011 issue of Analytics Magazine. She also was named North American Regional Editor of the International Journal of Information Management, a peer-reviewed journal for managers responsible for designing and managing complex information systems, and appointed to the Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM) Standards Board. She also serves on the Conference Committee for the European Conference on Intellectual Capital ( http://www.academic-conferences.org/ecic/ecic2011/ecic11-committee.htm);

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Goodyear Professor Denise Bedford, Ph.D., of the IAKM program of SLIS, presented with Howard Geller, Cynthia Hilsinger, Alex M. Wolff, John Christian and Tim Day, "How to Strategicially Implement a Successful Digital Supply Chain - Panel Discussion,"  at the Digital Asset Management Conference and Exposition, New York City, September 2010. Some of her other 2010-2011 presentations include: "Integrating and Operationalizing Semantic Technologies in Enterprise Architecture," at Data Mining - 2010, Las Vegas, October 2010; "Integrating and Operationalizing Semantic Technologies in the Enterprise Architecture," at Taxonomy Boot Camp - KM World Conference, Washington, D.C., November 2010; "Finding Common Ground - What We've Learned from the Experts," at the Knowledge Management Education Forum Webinar, April 2011; "The Intellectual Capital of Individuals – Describing and Tracking the Growth of Business and Knowledge Capabilities" at European Committee on Intellectual Capital, Nicosia Cyrprus, April 2011; with Richard LaValley, "Improving Searchable Access to SAS® Global Forum Conference Papers Using Semantic Analysis Methods and Text Analytic Technologies," Paper 162-2011 SAS Users Group International Conference, Las Vegas, April 2011;  "Using Semantic Technologies to Analyze the Semantic Orientation of Religious Sermons – A Validation of the Early Work of McLaughlin, Boder and Busemann,"  and, co-presented with Father John Seabold and Deborah Griffin, "Use of Traditional Community of Practice Methods to Build One Revitalized Spiritual Community from Two," both at the First Annual Conference on Information and Religion, at Kent State University, May 2011; "Knowledge Architectures for Knowledge Centric Systems," KM12/FOSE Conference in Washington, D.C., May 2011; "Automated Metadata Generation and the Critical Role of Catalogers and Indexers in Technical Services of the Future," at the Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians 2011 Conference, May 2011, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. She also served as a panelist for "Legal Speaks Greek:  IT Speaks Latin – Effective eDiscovery Interactions," at IPQC eDiscovery for Financial Services, February 2011, New York, N.Y. She served as a panelist for "The Role of Standards," at the Knowledge Futures Symposium on "Crossing Barriers:  Coordination and Standards" at Emory University, March 2011.  She also serves as a panel member for the Transportation Research Panel at the National Academies of Science in Washington, D.C.

Michael O. Bice, SLIS professor in health informatics, presented at Crain's Ideas at Dawn series on April 6, 2011, along with attorney Amy Leopard and Dr. Brian Keaton, both members of the health informatics adjunct faculty. He also presented "Perspectives on Managing Change in Health Care" at the October 2010 meeting of the Ohio Health Information Management Association (OHIMA), and spoke on "Clinical Analytics for the Practicing Health Care Professional" at Kent State College of Nursing's "Driving the Future '11" event on Monday, March 7, at the Cleveland State University Cole Center.

SLIS Assistant Professor Belinda Boon, Ph.D., was appointed to the editorial review board of a book titled Partnerships and Collaborations in Library Communities: Resources and Solutions, to be published by IGI Global and scheduled for release in 2011. IGI Global recently purchased Library Journal and School Library Journal. She also was reappointed to the State Library of Ohio's Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Advisory Council for a second term. LSTA funds, which originate from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, are distributed to public, academic, school and special libraries in the form of grants provided by the SLO.

SLIS Professor Carolyn S. Brodie, Ph.D. (right), was elected vice-president/president-elect of the Association for Library IMAGE: brodie
Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), the world's largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. 

SLIS Professor Rosemary Du Mont, Ph.D., received a Master of Arts in theology degree from Walsh University in December 2010.

IAKM Assistant Professor Karl V. Fast, Ph.D., served on the organizing committee for the 11th annual Information Architecture Summit, the premiere international conference for Information Architects. He also presented a full-day workshop there with Matthew Milan, a principal at Normative Design in Toronto http://normativedesign.com/, and "Making Insight: Practical techniques and emerging theories for data analysis."  He also presented "Thinking with Your Hands" at the Midwest UX conference in Columbus (April 9-10), and received a $7,000 grant under the House Equipment Bill to construct an interactive multitouch table. The table will be used to study how people make rapid decisions when interacting with large information spaces, such as digital libraries and Twitter. It will also be used to support new courses that deal with natural user interfaces. 

IAKM Program Director Tom Froehlich, Ph.D., is featured in the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Member Interview in Information Outlook (V15, NO4, June 2011, pp. 34-38): "10 Questions:  Tom Froehlich."  The article focuses on his philosophical background and involvement (as co-Chair with Toni Carbo on SLA's Information Ethics Advisory Council (IEAC)) on the development of ethical guidelines for SLA.  The article includes the guidelines, as approved by the SLA Board, and photos with IAKM Associate Professor David Robins, Ph.D., and SLIS Interim Director Don Wicks, Ph.D.

Adjunct SLIS Adjunct Instructor Catherine Hakala-Ausperk ('78, M.L.S. '91) has been named Executive Director of The Northeast Ohio Regional Library System. Her book, Be A Great Boss: One Year to Success, was published last year by ALA editions.

A book by SLIS Assistant Professor Meghan Harper, Ph.D., Reference Sources and Services for Youth, was published by Neal-Schuman. In addition, she and SLIS Professor Carolyn S. Brodie, Ph.D., published chapters in a new book, Multicultural Literature and Response: Affirming Diverse Voices, edited by Lynn Atkinson Smolen and Ruth A. Oswald (Libraries Unlimited, 2011). Harper's chapter is titled "Linking Audiovisuals with Multicultural Literature." Brodie's chapter is titled "Stories from the Mountains: Appalachian Literature for Children and Adolescents." Harper also co-authored with SLIS Grant Coordinator Michelle Baldini, M.L.S., the fifth article in a series of five for the online version of Knowledge Quest, the peer-reviewed journal of American Association of School Libraries. The article is titled " Making Correlations Series of Aligning Library Resources to Academic Content Standards."

Karen Gracy, Ph.D., SLIS Assistant Professor, and Goodyear Professor Denise Bedford, Ph.D., of the IAKM program of SLIS, had their paper on "Leveraging Semantic Analysis Technologies to Increase Effectiveness and Efficiency of Access to Information" accepted to 3rd Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference in Athens, Greece.  Gracy presented at the conference in May 2011.

SLIS Assistant Professor Jodi Kearns, Ph.D., co-wrote " Personal Perceptions of Information Responsibilities by Librarians and Archivists" on LisCareer.com. She also co-authored "Personal ontological information responsibility," published in Library Review (60)3, and "Newsgrazing search strategies," in Voice of Youth Advocates 33(6).

An article by SLIS Assistant Professor Frank Lambert, Ph.D., "Do Provenance-based Classification Schemes Have a Role Still in Libraries and Information Centres? The Case of Government Classification Schemes," was published in the peer-reviewed journal Cataloging & Classification Quarterly. Also, for the second year in a row, Lambert presented a refereed paper at the Community Informatics Research Network-Direct Implications of Advanced Computing (CIRN-DIAC) conference in Prato, Italy (near Florence). His paper is titled "Web Searching to Meet Everyday Information Needs: A Comparative Longitudinal Study of Queries Submitted to an Online Community Information System." The conference, held in October 2010, was sponsored by The Centre for Community Networking Research, Monash University, Australia, in conjunction with the Community Informatics Research Network, and featured presenters from around the globe. Lambert's paper also will be published in the conference's proceedings. In addition to participating as a presenter and author, Lambert also served as a session chair. 

SLIS Assistant Professor Kiersten F. Latham, Ph.D., published " Medium Rare: Exploring Archives and their Conversion from Original to Digital Part One: Lessons from the History of Print Media" in LIBRES : Library and Information Science Research (Electronic Journal. Volume 20, Issue 2, September 2010 ); and " Medium Rare: Exploring Archives and Their Conversion from Original to Digital Part Two - The Holistic Knowledge Arsenal of Paper-based Archives," in the March 2011 issue of Library and Information Science Research (Electronic Journal). She also served on a panel for the Ohio Historical Society's new exhibit titled "Controversy: Pieces You Don't Normally See,"  as part of the Community Conversations series, and co-presented "Beyond Hands-On" at the American Association of Museums annual conference in May 2011.

SLIS Assistant Professor Miriam Matteson, Ph.D., has authored a chapter in E-Reference Context and Discoverability in Libraries: Issues and Concepts. The chapter is titled " The research habits of graduate students and faculty: Is there a need for reference sources?"

Two IAKM faculty members,Associate Professor David Robins, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor Karl V. Fast, Ph.D., along with Jeffrey A. Nielsen, M.D., Director of Emergency Informatics at Summa Health System and Clinical Instructor atthe Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, and Javed I. Khan, Ph.D., Professor of Computer Science at Kent State, have been selected by the Kent State University – Summa Health System Collaborative Health Research and Team Formation Award Advisory Committee for the Collaborative Health Research Award. Their study, "Investigations into Safety and Improvement of the Emergency Department Information System using Eye tracking Usability Analysis" will be granted $10,000 towards their physician-computer user interface research at Summa Akron City Emergency Department in Akron, Ohio.

SLIS Assistant Professor Dan Roland, Ph.D., conducted research regarding how clergy members around the country addressed the Deepwater Horizon oil spill incident in the Gulf of Mexico in their sermons. He presented his findings at the Fourth Annual Conference of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture in Perth, Australia, in December 2010. The conference theme was "Living on the Edge." Roland also presented "To Whom Shall We Go? Hard Decisions, Denominational Affiliation, and Social Identification" at the Society for Indian Philosophy and Religion International Interdisciplinary Conference: Meaning, Identity and Culture: East and West, Dec. 28, 2010, in Kolkata, India. His refereed article "Serendipitous Juxtaposition? The Revised Common Lectionary and Political Cue-Giving in Sermons Prior to the 2008 Presidential Election," was published in Journal of Religious & Theological Information 10, 1-2 (January-June), 2011, 16-29.

SLIS Assistant Professor Catherine Smith, Ph.D., received a Google Research Award in the amount of $76,000 for her project proposal titled "A Description of Doman-independent Search Expertise."

Adjunct IAKM instructor Kanti Srikantaiah is co-editor of Convergence of Project Management and Knowledge Management (with Michael Koenig and Suleiman Hamawdeh; Scarecrow Press, Plymouth, UK, 2010). The book features a chapter by Srikantaiah, et al., "Convergence of Project Management and Knowledge Management: An Overview," as well as a chapter by Goodyear Professor Denise Bedford, Ph.D., of the IAKM program of SLIS, "Constructing Business Oriented Knowledge Organization Systems.

SLIS Interim Director Don A. Wicks, Ph.D., presented "Understandings of Domestic Violence Revealed Through the Information Vehicle of the Sunday Sermon" at the International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society in Chicago on Feb. 15, 2011. The paper was co-authored by Wicks and SLIS Assistant Professor Dan Roland, Ph.D. Wicks also published "New Horizons: A Center for Research into Information and Religion" in Journal of Religious & Theological Information 10, 1-2 (January-June), 2011.

SLIS Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., has been elected to a three-year term as director-at-large for ASIS&T (American Society for Information Science and Technology). ASIS&T is the society for information professionals leading the search for new and better theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information. In addition, The Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology published "Developing a Dublin Core Application Profile for the Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS) Resources" by Zeng and Gail Hodge in its April/May 2011 issue. Zeng and SLIS Associate Professor Athena Salaba, Ph.D., had their Functional Requirement for Subject Authority Records report formally released and published by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. The newest report is the third in the Functional Requirement Bibliographic Records family.

SLIS Professor Yin Zhang, Ph.D., and SLIS Assistant Professor Athena Salaba, Ph.D., presented "FRBRizing Existing MARC Records at Expression and Manifestation Levels" at the ALCTS FRBR Interest Group 2011 Midwinter Program in San Diego on Jan. 7.

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Kent State and University Circle Libraries Form Partnership

The School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University has received a federal grant for $552,908 to create a unique educational partnership between the school and the myriad educational, medical and cultural institutions in the University Circle area of Cleveland. The grant, awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the primary source of federal funding for libraries and museums in the United States, will give 72 college undergraduates a hands-on introduction to the library profession, particularly in specialized areas with a shortage of qualified people (e.g., art, health sciences, music and other specialized academic areas). Included in the partnership are the libraries and archives of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cleveland Museum of Art, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland Orchestra, Siegal College of Judaic Studies and Case Western Reserve University's nine affiliated libraries. SLIS Associate Professor Greg Byerly, Ph.D., is director of the project.

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SLIS Graduate Named Finalist for Linden Prize

The School of Library and Information Science produces remarkable graduates, who are prepared to pursue a variety of technological projects, positions and personal endeavors. Linden Labs, creators of Second Life, recently named one such graduate, Shannon Bohle, M.L.I.S. '05, as a top 10 finalist for the Linden Prize. This prize recognizes "the best-of-the-best" for having "greatly enhanced and changed thousands of lives around the world," according to Mark Kingdon (SL: M Linden), CEO of Linden Lab.

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IAKM Student Applies Knowledge Management Coursework to Career

Harold (Keith) Davis uses the lessons he learns in the Knowledge Management program in the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) to develop content that benefits the U.S. Army.

Davis, originally from Hickory Ridge, Ark., is a retired Army Major, in his first year of the master's program. He currently works for the Fort Bragg based RLM Communications as a Department of Defense contractor. In January 2010, he created a class on the Community of Purpose website for the Army because he wanted to share what he was learning at Kent State with soldiers.

"We were recognized by the United States Army chief information officer for the Community of Purpose site," Davis said. "We won the 2010 Army Knowledge Management Award in the process category."

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Students Design Devices to Improve People's Lives

Students of the Usability II class, taught by David Robins, Ph.D., associate professor in the IAKM program in the School of Library and Information Science, tested how people interact with all sorts of devices, from car radios to phone applications. The goal of these projects was to examine how certain technologies can be improved and discover what new technologies could potentially meet users' needs. Students found participants, tested how they work with these devices, and designed new prototypes to satisfy the findings. Projects included testing and design for an automatic car wash, an improved photocopier design interface, a fast-food drive-thru prototype, a mobile phone "BeerFinder" application and a touch-screen car stereo.

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SLIS Faculty Honored at Provost's Reception

Several SLIS faculty members were honored at the Faculty Book Publishing Reception hosted in February 2011 by Provost Robert G. Frank: Assistant Professor Meghan Harper, Ph.D., Reference Sources and Services for Youth; Assistant Professor Jodi Kearns, Ph.D., Doing Things with Information:Beyond Indexing and Abstracting; Associate Professor Athena Salaba, Ph.D., Conceptual Modeling of Aboutness; Implementing FRBR in Libraries: Key Issues and Future Directions; Professor Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D.,Metadata; Conceptual Modeling of Aboutness; Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data, A Conceptual Model; Professor Yin Zhang, Ph.D., Implementing FRBR in Libraries: Key Issues and Future Directions.

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SLIS Student Receives National Fellowship

Don Jason of Cincinnati received a fellowship to intern at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Md., this summer. He is one of 19 students nationwide selected by the Association of Research Libraries for a fellowship in its competitive Career Enhancement Program. He also recently attended the association's seventh annual leadership symposium in San Diego, Calif.

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Kent State SLIS offers multiple pathways to licensure for school library media specialists

SLIS now offers multiple pathways for students to obtain the K-12 school library media specialist licensure. Students who already have a valid Ohio teacher's license may enter the 39-hour course of study leading to the Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) degree and multi-age licensure in school library media. Graduates will be prepared to work in all types of libraries including school libraries. SLIS Assistant Professor Meghan Harper, Ph.D., and SLIS Professor Carolyn S. Brodie, Ph.D., are advisors for students in the program.

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SLIS Launches Museum Studies Program

SLIS will offer a new specialization in museum studies beginning with Fall Semester 2011. Museums, like libraries, are in the information business. The museum studies courses employ a holistic approach to the study of museums as institutions, like libraries, that generate and perpetuate knowledge. Students will gain an understanding of museums in context as dynamic, interactive information systems composed of people, objects, and activities. Unlike museum studies programs at other institutions, the courses and specialization at Kent State are presented from the library and information perspective. Students choosing this area of study will receive a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree. SLIS Assistant Professor Kiersten F. Latham, Ph.D., and SLIS Associate Professor Greg Byerly, Ph.D., are spearheading the launch of this new specialization.

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SLIS Hosts First Annual International Conference on Information and Religion

Kent State University hosted the First Annual International Conference on Information and Religion on Friday, May 20, 2011, in the Kent Student Center. The conference was sponsored by the Center for the Study of Information and Religion (CSIR), a research initiative of Kent State's School of Library and Information Science (SLIS). SLIS Interim Director Don A. Wicks, Ph.D., serves as director of CSIR; SLIS Assistant Professor Dan Roland, Ph.D., is CSIR primary researcher; SLIS Professor Rosemary Du Mont, Ph.D., is CSIR associate.

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SLIS Makes Strong Appearance at National Conference

SLIS was well represented at the national conference of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) held in October 2010 in Pittsburgh. Presentations included the following: Goodyear Professor Denise Bedford, Ph.D., of the IAKM program of SLIS,  Knowledge Organization: Evaluating Foundation and Function in the Information Ecosystem (panel) and Role of Online Communities in Recent Responses to Disasters - Tsunami, China, Haiti, and Katrina (panel); Thomas Froehlich, Ph.D., Professor and Program Director, Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM), Intercultural Information Ethics in the Global Information Ecosystem: Opportunities and Challenges (SIG III) (workshop); Kiersten F. Latham, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Repositioning Information Science (panel); Athena Salaba, Ph.D., Associate Professor, FRBR Implementation and User Research (panel); Catherine Smith, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Developing a detailed view of query reformulation: One step in an incremental approach (long paper); Marcia Lei Zeng, Ph.D., Professor, FRBR Implementation and User Research (panel) and Linked Data – Enabling Standards and Other Approaches (panel); and Yin Zhang, Ph.D., Professor, FRBR Implementation and User Research (panel).

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KM Program Kicks Off Education Forum

The Knowledge Management program in IAKM launched the KM Education Forum (KMEF) in March 2011 with a series of seven interactive webinars featuring KM professionals from around the country and a two-day event in Washington, D.C., in May. The forum's goal is to create an on-going, annual dialog to identify and grow consensus on the knowledge management body of knowledge, competencies, roles and curriculum. KMEF is a collaboration between George Washington University and Kent State's KM program, led by Denise Bedford, Ph.D., Goodyear Professor of Knowledge Management.

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SLIS Alumna Opens Law Library in Kabul

Andrea Muto, 1996 School of Library and Information Science graduate, never imagined a career in librarianship would take her to Kabul, Afghanistan, to build a law library in 2007. Muto, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University, was a reporter for two years before studying law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. After clerking for a judge and working briefly as an associate for a small Cleveland law firm, she was looking for something else in the professional world. A USAID-funded project took her to Afghanistan to work with the Afghan Supreme Court and Ministry of Justice to organize and codify select criminal, civil and commercial Afghanistan laws. While in Kabul, an opportunity arose to work with an Italian law project to create a law library on the Kabul University campus. Muto's staff traveled all over Afghanistan to collect secondary law materials that had been written by legal professionals. Their current project published the official laws for the first time, organized them by subject area, and wrote an index that was later translated into Dari and Pashto, the official languages of Afghanistan. They also acquired a significant selection of Islamic law from Pakistan.

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SLIS "New Vision" Students Enjoy In-depth Experience of D.C. Museums

Five students from the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University traveled to Washington, D.C., in April 2011 as part of a federally funded grant program made possible through the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Maryanne B. Haller, of Strongsville; Jennifer Mille, of Brunswick; Steven Kemple, of Cincinnati; Maria Trivisonno, of Lyndhurst; and Maria Vega, of Sidney, Ohio, each received an IMLS Laura IMAGE: newvision
Bush 21st Century scholarship that was part of a $643,007 grant titled "Youth Services, Librarians, and Museums—A New Vision of Learning." The grant co-directors, SLIS Professor Carolyn S. Brodie, Ph.D., Associate Professor Greg Byerly, Ph.D., and Professor Yin Zhang, Ph.D., accompanied the students to Washington, along with Michelle Baldini, M.L.S., SLIS grant coordinator, and Kiersten F. Latham, Ph.D., assistant professor.

In Washington, the students took part in a cohort experience of touring museums, libraries and historical landmarks. They also had the opportunity to interact with professionals in the field of museums and special librarianship. Scheduled tours included the Library of Congress and behind-the-scenes tours of several of the Smithsonian Institution libraries. Students also visited the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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