Meet the Author Series

ASIS&T’s new Meet the Authors Series aims to connect people with ideas, and connect us with each other. We have gathered inspiring speakers working on a range of topics and areas both within and beyond the information fields. The speakers get a chance to present their ideas in a Webinar format, and then engage in lively discussions with the audience during the Q/A session. These events are free for ASIST members. Everyone is welcome. Let the conversation begin!


Past Events

 

Meet the Author of The Accidental Taxonomist!

Accidental-TaxonomistWith the growth of electronic content, taxonomies and other knowledge organization systems are increasingly used to support content and information management and retrieval. Implementations include published literature retrieval databases, digital library collections, digital archives, knowledge repositories, enterprise content and document management, and intranet and website navigation and search.

Librarians, archivists, content managers, digital asset managers, records managers, information architects, knowledge managers, information technologists, and subject-matter-experts all may find themselves at some point performing the role of an accidental taxonomist. Recognizing this, Heather Hedden, an experienced taxonomist for both literature retrieval and enterprise taxonomies, wrote the book The Accidental Taxonomist in 2010, as a practical guide for those getting into taxonomy work. The book’s success led to a thoroughly revised second edition, which was published in 2016.

The webinar, “Taxonomy Fundamentals,” touches on the basics of practical taxonomy and thesaurus design and other issues that are the core chapters of the book. The webinar outline comprises: (1) definitions and types taxonomies and other kinds of knowledge organization systems, (2) applications and uses, (3) the issue of developing vs. licensing a vocabulary, (4) controlled vocabulary and thesaurus standards and guidelines, (5) terms and their variants, (6) and relationship between terms.

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About the Author

Heather_Hedden_headshotHeather Hedden
Heather Hedden is a senior vocabulary editor at Gale/Cengage Learning, where she edits the subject thesaurus used in the Gale literature retrieval databases. Previously she designed taxonomies and metadata schemes for various implementations as a consultant. Heather has taught online workshops in taxonomy creation through the continuing education program of Simmons College – School of Library and Information Science and the American Society for Indexing. She currently serves on the board of the American Society for Indexing and on a working group of vocabulary use and reuse for the National Information Standards Organization (NISO). Heather is the author of numerous articles, the chapter “Indexing Arabic Names” in Indexing Names (American Society for Indexing, 2012), and The Accidental Taxonomist (Information Today Inc., 2010, 2016).


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Meet the Authors of the New LIS Research Methods Book!

Lynn Silipigni Connaway and Marie L. Radford Discuss Top Trends and Tips in LIS Research

Research Methods in LISThe new edition of Research Methods in Library and Information Science is a practical and comprehensive introduction to research design, presenting up-to-date coverage of the principles and data collection techniques for quantitative and qualitative research methods — along with the advantages and disadvantages of each. The new edition includes added sections featuring the voices of prominent LIS scholars, researchers, and editors. “Voices of the Experts” text boxes provide researchers’ advice on specific methods and identify the most important or most valuable reasons for using a particular method and software for analysis—such as NVivo, SurveyMonkey, and log capture.

Co-authors, Lynn Silipigni Connaway and Marie L. Radford, provide a foundation of research practice and process for library and information science researchers, students and professionals. The book includes instruction on conducting research using an array of tools as well as guidance in critically reading and evaluating research publications, proposals, and reports. Connaway and Radford will review top trends and tips for LIS research, to highlight some of the book’s comprehensive coverage of what is new and exciting for beginning scholars as well as those wishing to learn about current trends.

Order your copy of Research Methods in Library and Information Science and receive a 30% discount!

Moderator: Joseph Janes, Associate Professor at the iSchool at the University of Washington, and author of the forthcoming book Documents-That-Changed-the-Way-We-Live

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About the Authors

Lynn Silipigni Connaway

Lynn Silipigni Connaway

Marie L. Radford

Marie L. Radford

Coauthors Lynn Silipigni Connaway, PhD and Marie L. Radford, PhD, bring extensive expertise in research design, securing grant funding, and using the latest technology and data analysis software. Connaway is a senior research scientist and director of user research at OCLC Research where she leads user studies and the digital visitors and residents project. Radford is professor in the Department of Library and Information Science, and director of the PhD Program at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey’s School of Communication and Information. Both are widely published in the field of research methods for librarians.


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Godby-bioCarol Jean Godby

Library Linked Data: From Proof of Concept to Action

This presentation gives the senior author’s perspective on Library Linked Data in the Cloud, a monograph written with OCLC colleagues Shenghui Wang and Jeff Mixter and published by Morgan and Claypool in 2015.

This book describes OCLC’s contributions to the transformation of the Internet from a web of documents to a Web of Data. As many in the library community have acknowledged, the new Web is a growing ‘cloud’ of interconnected resources that identify the things people want to know about when they approach the Internet with an information need. The linked data paradigm is a promising framework for delivering on this promise that is achieving critical mass just as it has become clear that library standards for resource description are nearing obsolescence. In 2015, the authors of the book reported on the technical details underlying the publication of RDF datasets extracted from MARC bibliographic and authority records in WorldCat, VIAF, FAST, and the Dewey Decimal Classification. Taken together, these resources represent some of the oldest, largest, and most widely used RDF datasets published to date by the library sector. But these projects are only a start, a technical proof of concept. Going forward, the transformation to linked data will encourage librarians extend their focus from legacy conversion to original description, and to create better models of resources not described well in MARC This is an opportunity as well as a challenge.

This presentation gives an update on OCLC’s linked data experiments since the book was published nearly two years ago.


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Wayne Wiegand

Falling Short of Their Profession’s Needs: Education and Research in Library & Information Studies

wiegand-part-of-our-livesIn a recent article in Inside Higher Ed, Professor Wiegand provides an analysis based on his recent book, Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library, on how we fail to consider all the various assets public libraries provide.

As a primer to the Meet the Author’s presentation on November 4th, this fascinating article will get you thinking about the salient attributes public libraries provide, not only for information studies, but sociologically and politically as well [more].

In Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library (2015), I discovered people loved their public libraries for three main reasons: access to practical information; the library as a place; and the transformative potential commonplace stories had for library readers. Because conventional LIS research and education mostly focus on the first, and largely overlook and undervalue the last two, I argue that by not having core courses in “reading and libraries” and “library as place” in American Library Association-accredited programs, and by not conducting much more research on the effects of both, LIS research and education fall short of the profession’s needs.

C-span interview

Part of Our Lives Wayne Wiegand talked about his book Part of our Lives, in which he provides a a history of America’s public libraries. He spoke with Greg Mikkels, director of the Madison Public Library, at the 2015 Wisconsin Book Festival, held at the Central Branch of the Madison Public Library. Click here to view the c-span interview

Wayne A. Wiegand is F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies Emeritus at Florida State University. Wiegand was cofounding Director of the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (est. 1992), and co-founder and first Director of the Florida Book Awards (est. 2006), now the nation’s most comprehensive state book awards program. He taught in library schools at the University of Kentucky (1976-86), the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1987-2002), and Florida State University (2003-2010).

This Meet the Author Series event was held on November 4, 2016.


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James Cortada

All the Facts: A History of Information in the United States Since 1870

In this discussion, James W. Cortada will introduce a framework for studying information history that can be applied at the national level. He will also review the role of information in the private and public sectors, how people used information in their public and private lives, and conclude with an argument in favor of understanding the role of information as a central theme in American History.

Dr. James W. Cortada is a Senior Research Fellow at the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of over two dozen books on the history and management of information technologies and the role of information in society. His most recent books include All the Facts: A History of Information in the United States Since 1870 (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Information and the Modern Corporation (MIT Press, 2011).

This Meet the Author Series event was held on October 10, 2016.


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Christopher Yoo & Jean-François Blanchette

Regulating the Cloud: Policy for Computing Infrastructure

What is the Cloud?  Who controls it?

Does it change the rules of the game with respect to copyright, privacy, consumer protection, and security?

Find out why you should care about the Cloud and how it functions as a critical infrastructure in our connected society. [more]

ChristopherYooChristopher S. Yoo

Christopher S. Yoo is the John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science and the Founding Director of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at the University of Pennsylvania. His major research initiatives include innovative approaches to connecting more of the world’s citizens to the Internet. Professor Yoo is an influential scholar in the realm of technology and law having written over 70 articles and frequently testifying before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and foreign regulatory authorities.

JeanFrancoisBlanchetteJean-François Blanchette

Jean-François Blanchette is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. His research focuses on the issues of electronic authenticity, computerization of bureaucracies, and the evolution of the computing infrastructure for the past 15 years. He is the author of Burdens of Proof: Cryptographic Culture and Evidence Law in the Age of Electronic Documents (MIT Press, 2012), and he is currently completing a manuscript on the evolutionary dynamics of the computing infrastructure entitled: Running on Bare Metal: A Material History of Bits.

This Meet the Author Series event was held on September 14, 2016.


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Robert Epstein

Surprising Ways in Which the Internet Can Be Used to Alter People’s Beliefs, Opinions and Attitudes – Even Our Votes

Somewhat accidentally, the Internet has given rise to new techniques for influencing people on a massive scale that have no precedent in human history. When search engines show results that favor one perspective or another, that can easily change the attitudes or preferences of people who are undecided on an issue. Recent research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows, for example, that search rankings favoring one political candidate can easily shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20 percent or more – by up to 80 percent in some demographic groups.

Robert Epstein is Senior Research Psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, as well as the former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today magazine. A Ph.D. of Harvard University, he has published 15 books on artificial intelligence, creativity, stress management, and other topics, as well as more than 250 scientific and popular articles, including a recent report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences entitled “The Search Engine Manipulation Effect (SEME) and Its Possible Impact on Elections” (http://bit.ly/1REqzEY). [more]

This Meet the Author Series event was held on July 21, 2016.


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