Announcements & Events - Fall 2009
September 21, 2009 - January 3, 2010
Announcements and News
Please note that this listing of past events pertains only to the current quarter.
Calendars & Other Information
The Horn Press Holiday Card Sale is happening the week of November 30th in IS Commons over the lunch break.
This year's cards are being sold for $1.50 each, or 4 for $5. You can check out our designs in the attached photo (N.B. the octopus is already sold out!).
We will also be selling cards printed in previous years by the Horn Press Student Group for $1 each.
If you can't make it to IS this week, Helen McManus <email@example.com> to place an order.
On Saturday, November 21 students at UCLA's Horn Press and UCLA Professor Johanna Drucker held a holiday printing party where students, alumni and friends created and hand printed unique holiday greeting cards on the vintage Vandercook Sp 15 Proofing Press.
The event was held at the Broad Art Center on the UCLA campus. UCLA’s Horn Press is a student run organization dedicated to hand- press fine printing and the book arts.
Images from the card printing:
UCLA has made the permanent switch from paper to online student course evaluations and the following are instructions for completing the course evaluations:
Instructions to Students:
Note: Be assured that your answers and comments will not be tied to your name in any way and will be held confidentially.
Notes about the new procedures:
If your students have any problems, have them contact Peter Kavoric in ETU at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions and comments should be directed to IS Chair, Greg Leazer
The following courses are being offered in Winter 2010 and satisfy the major paper requirement (elective IS courses taught by ladder faculty, paper counts at least 40% of the grade). In these courses instructors will either require a major paper or offer this as an option:
It gives me great pleasure to announce that Ellen Pearlstein has been promoted to Associate Professor by the University of California, Los Angeles. As many of you know, the title of Associate Professor also confers tenure on those who have achieved this rank at UCLA.
I hope you all will join me in congratulating Ellen in this important recognition of her achievements and the significance of her work.
IS PhD student Diane Mizrachi, is the recipient of the 2009 SIG USE PhD Student Travel Award awarded by the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), Special Interest Group on Information Needs, Seeking, and Use (USE).
Katie Shilton has been awarded the 2009 IS Ph.D. Dissertation Proposal Award. This Award is accompanied by a prize of $1,000, and was presented to the recipient at the GSE&IS Convocation for incoming students on Wednesday, September 23, 2009. Katie's dissertation proposal is titled, "Building Values into the Design of Pervasive Mobile Technologies."
The Dept. of Information Studies is happy to announce an expanded set of informatics courses for the 2009-10 school year.
Below is a series of informatics-related courses added since the beginning of July; they join a series of courses previously announced during the spring quarter. Foremost among them is the highly requested Information Architecture course. We are happy to announce the return of the database management systems course as well.
There are three courses from Biomedical Engineering as well, labeled below as "Medical Informatics." We are in the process of getting these courses cross-listed within the Dept. of Information Studies. In the worst case scenario, we will not be able to cross-list these courses; however be assured in any event these courses will be accepted for degree credit subject to the limits governing electives taken outside of the department. For more information on these courses, please feel free to contact Prof. Leazer at email@example.com.
Finally please note that Julie Kwan has also volunteered to teach a medical informatics discussion group to a LIMITED number of students interested in journal reading in this area. In order to receive credit for this course, IS students need to enroll in IS596. Please contact Prof. Leazer in order to enroll in this class or if you have questions.
The Department of Information Studies is glad to announce that it is able to add three courses related to information services for children for the new school year:
I hope many of you will be happy with these recent additions.
Greg Leazer Chair, UCLA Dept. of Information Studies.
At the 2009 IFLA meeting in Milan this summer, Liladhar Pendse received the first runner up award for his poster: "Preserving the Portuguese and French Colonial Legacies in Post Colonial India and the Library as an Archival Repository." There were 107 posters in the competition. First prize went to a poster from Guangzhou China. Congratulations Liladhar!
June 12, 2009 - The Dept. of Information Studies announces today that Prof. Anne Gilliland is the recipient of its annual Information Studies Teaching Award.
The Department of Information Studies Teaching Award is given annually to a tenure-track faculty member, visiting professor, adjunct teacher, or teaching assistant in the Department. The award recognizes superior teaching performance in the areas of in-class and online teaching, laboratory teaching, and advising at all academic levels. Recognition may also draw attention to outstanding teaching and curricular materials, including websites, developed by the instructor.
The nominations for Prof. Gilliland testify to the quality of her teaching students about archival studies in a variety of settings, inside and outside of the classroom. They also recognize her for her excellence in advising at both the masters and doctoral programs, and her ability to involve students in interesting research projects. As one letter stated "Prof. Gilliland is of immense value to our department and to the scholars and practitioners that she has influenced."
Recognizing and awarding excellence in teaching is an important element in the department's evaluation of its instructional program. The awards committee thanks the students and everyone else that participated in this effort.
I am delighted to announce that Roger Brown, a first year student in the Moving Image Archive Studies M.A. program. has been chosen as this year's winner of the Information Studies Student Diversity Paper Award. Roger's paper, Ghetto Fabulous: Inner City Car Culture, the Law, and Authenticity, which was written for IS 431, American Archives and Manuscripts, examines the documentation of inner city car culture, with a focus on the Falcon Boys of East Oakland, a club made up of mostly African Americans and a few Latinos who, in the 1980s, began fixing up '68 to '70 Ford Falcon models as status symbols in their community. As Brown states, "In documenting the ongoing and shifting car culture in East Oakland, the living history is in itself generating its own history" and he concludes that "the memory of the history of the community is the property of the group, and held by them exclusively." The jury commended this paper in particular for its innovation in breaking down the traditional boundaries of the information disciplines.
The Progressive Librarians Guild is pleased to announce the winner of the 2009 Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize. Sarah Clark has been awarded the prize for her essay entitled "Marketing the Library? Why Librarians Should Focus on Stewardship and Advocacy." Ms. Clark is currently enrolled in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles in Los Angeles, CA.
Clark’s essay was one of many submitted by library and information science students from colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. Their papers considered such subjects as the alternative press, U.S. government secrecy, and women’s compositions in digital libraries. Ms. Clark's essay will be published in the forthcoming issue of Progressive Librarian, the biannual journal published by the Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG). Clark will also receive a $300 stipend to offset the cost of travel to the American Library Association's annual conference in Chicago, IL, and an award certificate at the PLG annual dinner.
"When researching this paper," said Clark, "it dawned on me that public libraries are unique precisely because of their public status. The fact that these libraries are publicly owned and funded reflects their democratic foundations, which are too often overlooked."
The Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize is awarded annually for the best essay written by a student of library and information science on an aspect of the social responsibilities of librarians, libraries or librarianship. The prize is named in honor of Miriam Braverman (1920-2002), an activist librarian who was a longstanding member of the Progressive Librarians Guild and a founder of the American Library Association's Social Responsibilities Round Table. She was a strong proponent of the social responsibilities perspective within librarianship and an inspiration to younger librarians entering the field.
The Progressive Librarians Guild was founded in 1990 and is committed to supporting activist librarians and monitoring the professional ethics of librarianship from a perspective of social responsibility. For more information, visit the PLG website at http://libr.org/plg.
Each year, the faculty of the Department of Information Studies make an award of $1000 to one or more graduating MLIS students for their demonstrated potential to advance the profession through such activities as professional leadership, intellectual contributions, and vision. It gives me great pleasure to announce that this year's prize will be shared by Ward Smith and Krystal Appiah, both of whom represent outstanding models of commitment to the advancement of their respective areas within Information Studies.
Please in me in congratulating both Kristal and Ward.
Anne J. Gilliland, Ph.D.
Elisabeth Michaels has been chosen as the recipient of the UCLA Library Prize for Undergraduate Research's Judges’ Discretionary Award. The selection committee found her work so compelling that it created this additional category to recognize her contribution. Elisabeth is a student in IS 204, Electronic Publishing.
The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the librarians who will participate in the Emerging Leaders (EL) 2009 program, and they include current students, Lizette Guerra and Liladhar Pendse, and recent alumni, Audra Eagle and Jennifer Osorio.
Please join ARTiFACTS, Horn Press and SAA for a joint information/recruitment event this Friday!
PIZZA WILL BE SERVED!!!
Come to the first ALA Student Chapter Meeting, Friday Oct. 2nd, in GSEIS 111 at 12:30pm. Learn about what ALA is, how you can become more involved in the Student Chapter, and how to become an officer. Pizza will be served!
The first meeting of The Nidorf Collective will be next week, Wed. Oct 7 from 12:30-1:30 in the Commons.
Learn about our outreach services to the teens at the juvenile hall in Sylmar & other ways to participate (that don't involve driving all the way out to Sylmar!), like our Fall book drive, writing up booktalking blurbs, or helping with our $6000+ grant.
Start now to be ready for the service learning component of IS201 in Spring! See you there/then!
The Annual Mentor/Mentee Mixer will be held October 7th at 5:30 pm in the IS Salon. Come and learn the inside scoop on the program and how to survive grad. school. Hope to see you there!
Are you interested in young adult or children's librarianship? Do you like to read and discuss YA/children's literature? Would you like to get to know other IS students? If any of these interest you, come to the first YACS (Young Adult & Children's Services) meeting of the year. We'll be discussing who we are, what we do, ways to get involved, our plans for this school year, etc. Free food will be provided!!
Meet in the IS commons Thursday October 8th, at 4pm
On Friday, October 9th, the OUTreach Library & Archive is holding our first meeting of the year. This legendary event will take place from 12:30 TO 2:00 in the OUTreach library, and will feature free pizza and a collection of wine and other non-alcoholic sparkly beverages. If you're not interested in OUTreach, come for the free food and libations. We'll talk after that.
Emilia Guth will be outside Fowler on Friday after IS 200 to lead the way to the library (if miss Emilia, the library is in Bruin Plaza across from the Ashe Center in the Student Activities Center). At the meeting we will discuss who exactly we are, what we do, how often we do it, how well we do it, how you can also do it, and what all else we are planning on doing throughout the year. We will also be taking nominations for officers.
Come to the neatest Halloween party the IS department has ever seen, brought you by YACS!
Friday October 23rd, 8-11pm, GSEIS Building
Everyone is invited in costume or not! Bring your friends and loved ones!
The UCLA Special Libraries Association (SLA) student group is having a lunch meeting on Tuesday 10/27 at 12:30pm, in the GSE&IS building 2nd floor Salon. Join us for pizza -- and find out what a special librarian does, anyway.
Cindy Mediavilla will be sharing the inside scoop re: this weekend's California Library Association conference on Tuesday, October 28th at 1:10PM in GSEIS room 111. Cindy is also happy to answer questions via email, if you can't make it to the briefing session.
Hope to see you in Pasadena!
You are invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UCLA School of Library Service at the 2009 California Library Association Conference, featuring Professor Emerita Virginia Walter as the keynote speaker.
For more information or to make reservations for the UCLA at the California Library Association Dinner, contact the UCLA GSE&IS alumni office at 310-206-0375 or firstname.lastname@example.org - or you can make your reservation through the CLA website
The Department of Information Studies is hosting a Dialog Forum on November 2, 2009 in the GSE&IS Building, room 111.
From Dialog: Throughout 2009 Dialog has made significant progress in the development of our next-generation product, and we look forward to sharing our vision for the future with you at one of the upcoming Dialog Forums in North America. These targeted, half-day customer events will include an overview of our product strategy, a review of the new user interface and an informative training session, as well as the opportunity for you to share your feedback while networking with colleagues and enjoying refreshments.
To review the agenda and register for the Dialog Forum in your area, go to http://www.dialog.com/events/forums/na/.
Please join us at the ASIS&T (American Society for Information Science and Technology) Alumni Reception, Monday, November 9, at 6:30 p.m. hosted by UCLA Information Studies Chair Greg Leazer.
At 7 p.m., at the UCLA table, there will be a celebration of Professor Emerita Marcia Bates' induction into the first class of Fellows of the ASIS&T Special Interest Group for Information Needs, Seeking, and Use (SIG USE).
Patrik Svensson, Director of Humlab at Umeå, Sweden, on "From optical fiber to conceptual cyberinfrastructure: A vision for the Digital Humanities"
Professor Johanna Drucker is hosting Patrik Svensson, Director of the HUMlab, Umeå University, Sweden, will be speaking from his recent work on cyberinfrastructure and the digital humanities.
All are invited to attend:
Patrik Svensson is the director of HUMlab in at Umeå University in Sweden where he runs several project in former capacity as senior lecturer at the Department of Modern Languages. His work with the HUMlab encompasses general management, long-term strategy, project applications and seminars in the humanities and in educational technology projects. His research interests include representation and visualization, virtualization of language, innovative educational technology, media design, maps, immersion, computer games, and nominal number. He has been a force for innovation in the digital humanities and is writing a book about the changes in the field.
Fredrik Palm, also of HUMlab in Umeå, Sweden, will be at UCLA the following week, discussing his work and role as cultural information technology expert.
He will present his work on visualization methodologies, showcasing examples of his work with digital cartography, dynamic maps, 3D-archeology, and time-spatial representation/exploration. His presentation is aimed at a general audience, but will draw from his work on the following projects:
Fredrik will offer a more technical workshop (sponsored by the Keck program in Digital Cultural Mapping: http://keckdcmp.ucla.edu/ ) on Tuesday November 17th.
Join the Student Governing Board for some cookies and coffee.
Sometimes the name of a course just isn't enough to give you a good idea of what the course will really be like. If you're interested in hearing what the professors of Winter electives have to say about their courses, come to the faculty electives panel.
Bring your lunch and finally make your decisions on your course schedule for the Winter.
There will be a virtual RefWorks training session on November 18, 2009, 1:30-3:30pm. You may take part in this training in room 118 of the GSE&IS Building, or on your home or work PC (Windows or Mac OS).
Please note that you do not need to RSVP if you are taking part in the session in GSE&IS 118. The lab's workstations will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Below is information that you will need to take part in the training on the 18th. For more information about RefWorks, go to - http://is.gseis.ucla.edu/resources/refworks
Topic: RefWorks with UCLA Library School (90 minutes)
Audio-broadcast is available or you may use the below toll-free number:
Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 866-699-3239
What is Informatics? How do librarians use Informatics on the job?
Get answers to these questions and more at the LACASIST Student Group Meet & Greet!
Join us for Pizza!
Details on Kris and Grace are below.
See you there!
Grace Lau has been an Information Architect at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts since she graduated from the UCLA MLIS program in 2007. Outside 40 hours a week, Grace is also the 2009-2010 chair of the Los Angeles Chapter of ASIST. Her interests include content management systems (Drupal), online and social media, user experience and usable designs.
Kris Kasianovitz has worked at the UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library since April 2002. She has been the State and Local Government Information Library, taking on additional areas that include: NGOs, Public Policy, Urban Planning, Geography, Maps, GIS, and Canadian and British Government Information. Kris was the Library Assistant for government information at UC Irvine and worked as a graduate assistant in the City Planning and Landscape Architecture and Government Documents libraries at UIUC. Her areas of research and public service interests are in selecting, capturing, curating, preserving, and making accessible born digital government and nongovernmental information; developing collaborative data and GIS services between the library and campus departments; and organizing and representing the library's collections and services to her academic departments in an online environment.
You are invited to join the editorial board and faculty advisors of InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies for our annual workshop on academic publishing. Professor Sandra Harding will give a talk on the peer-review process and offer advice on writing reviews. Professor Johanna Drucker will give a talk on scholarly publishing, open access, and opportunities for students to publish. Professors Harding and Borgman have broad and deep experience in academic publishing. Their talks will be especially instructive for anyone interested in pursuing an academic career. Q&A will follow their remarks.
The workshop will also give students the opportunity to learn more about InterActions, GSE&IS's student-run, peer-reviewed on-line journal committed to the promotion of interdisciplinary and critical scholarship. The journal is continually looking for reviewers and members for its Student Advisory Board. You can access the journal at http://www.interactions.gseis.ucla.edu.
Refreshments will be provided! All are welcome!
Join us for a day of Horn Press Holiday Card Printing
Sign up to volunteer for 2-hour shifts to help us hand-print holiday cards on the UCLA printing press. These unique cards will be packaged and then sold to raise funds to support the activities of the Horn Press throughout the year. This will be a fun volunteer activity as we prepare for the holiday season and we encourage you to participate.
Space is limited to between 6 to 8 people in the printing press room at one time, so we are going to have volunteers sign up for 2 hours shifts:
Please let us know if you are available to come in and what hours you prefer. You can even sign up for more than 1 shift! The contact person for signing up is Lynne Morrish, Programs Director for the Horn Press, at email@example.com
At the request of students the Information Studies Department curriculum committee (known as the Professional Programs Committee - PPC ) will be holding a Town Hall Meeting on December 2nd from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in room 121, following the IS 260 class. The goal of the Town Hall session is to provide information on requirements for the MLIS thesis and the portfolio. Professors Jonathan Furner, Greg Leazer, Leah Lievrouw, and Mary Niles Maack will serve as a faculty panel. Susan Abler will also participate.
Although this meeting will be aimed at first year students, everyone who has questions about the either the thesis or portfolio is welcome to attend. For the December 2nd session, we will highlight the thesis, with briefer discussion of the portfolio. Another meeting devoted to the portfolio will be held early in the winter term.
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