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Schneider and students discuss framework for information retrieval at ECIR 2018

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 22:01:28 +0000

Assistant Professor Jodi Schneider, CAS student Janina Sarol (MSIM '17), and undergraduate Linxi Liu will discuss their research at the European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR 2018) in Grenoble, France. Sarol will present their paper, "Testing a Citation and Text-Based Framework for Retrieving Publications for Literature Reviews," at the conference’s Bibliometric-enhanced Information Retrieval workshop on March 26.

Using the framework they created, the researchers collected articles that were connected in the citation network and filtered them using a combination of citation- and text-based criteria. Their paper discusses how well their framework performed in its first implementation, compared to conventional search methods of six published systematic reviews.

"Using different combinations of seed articles, we were able to retrieve up to eighty-seven percent of the total included studies in the published reviews and one hundred percent of the studies available in the search database we mined," said Schneider. "In the worst case, we retrieved five percent more results than the conventional search methods. These results suggest that our framework is a promising complementary approach to help reduce the number of articles manually screened by reviewers."

Schneider studies scholarly communication and social media through the lens of arguments, evidence, and persuasion. She is developing linked data (ontologies, metadata, Semantic Web) approaches to manage scientific evidence. She holds a PhD in informatics from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Prior to joining the iSchool in 2016, Schneider served as a postdoctoral scholar at the National Library of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, and INRIA, the national French Computer Science Research Institute. 

Scott Collard named 2018 ACRL/EBSS Distinguished Librarian

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:32:24 +0000

(image) Scott A. Collard (MS '99), head of specialized research services at New York University, is the recipient of the 2018 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award.

This award honors a distinguished academic librarian who has made an outstanding contribution as an education and/or behavioral sciences librarian through accomplishments and service to the profession.

A plaque will be presented to Collard during an EBSS event at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

"With his record of service to EBSS, his ability to bring diverse perspectives together for the good of the whole, and his substantial contributions to the profession, the committee is thrilled to name Scott Collard as the recipient of the EBSS Distinguished Librarian Award for 2018," said award chair Stephanie Davis-Kahl, scholarly communications librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University. "As a past-chair of the section and a member of several committees within EBSS, Scott has demonstrated a high level of collegiality and leadership."

Davis-Kahl continued, "As Nancy O'Brien stated in her nomination letter, 'When working with Scott there is the assurance that he draws everyone into the conversation, listens to the various viewpoints, and will develop a plan or program based on consensus. His leadership abilities are exceptional, and he is thoughtful of individual perspectives while keeping the long-term goals in mind. As a leader in EBSS, Scott recognizes the shared values of the education and behavioral sciences community within the section, encourages innovation and collaboration, and offers opportunities to engage in group projects within the section as well as across sections, such as the 2014 program co-sponsored with ANSS.' We congratulate Scott on this achievement, with gratitude for his dedication."

Collard's numerous service accomplishments in ACRL/EBSS include serving as chair of EBSS, and as a member and chair of numerous EBSS committees. He received his MS/LIS from Illinois and his MA from the University of Chicago.

Davis to speak at ICTO2018

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:06:49 +0000

(image)  Leah Davis, senior research associate with the Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI), will speak at the Information and Communications Technology in Organizations and Society Conference (ICTO2018) on March 23 in Paris. Davis and Alice Robbin (Indiana University) will present their paper, "The Problematic of Governance under Conditions of Catastrophic Disaster: Theoretical Frames for Understanding the Response to the Hurricane Season in the United States, 2005-2017," which has been selected as a finalist for best conference paper.    

"In our paper, we explore the relationships between governance, intergovernmental networks, social and ecological systems, and technical systems, and its effect on communities impacted by three catastrophic Hurricanes (Katrina, Sandy, Harvey), including their ability to be more sustainable and resilient," explained Davis. "This paper is a first step in further exploring ICTs and building resilient communities, which includes issues of access and inclusion."

Davis is currently engaged in research analyzing information technology use and knowledge sharing among public sector organizations. Specifically, her research examines communication processes used to carry out federal disaster response policy in public management networks. She received her PhD from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, where she studied policy analysis and public management. She completed a minor in Information Science from the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University.

Three alumni named 2018 Movers and Shakers

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:31:04 +0000

Three iSchool alumni are included in the Library Journal's 2018 class of Movers & Shakers, an annual list that recognizes fifty professionals who are transforming what it means to be a librarian. Robin Bradford (MS '00), Roberta Koscielski (MS '82), and Chera Kowalski (MS '09) were honored in the "Advocates" category.  Bradford is collection development librarian for the Timberland Regional Library in Tumwater, Washington. She has been instrumental in raising awareness about diverse books, self-published "indie" books, and respecting readers of romance and other genres. In an interview with Library Journal, Bradford said, "Seeking out indie books is important…because that is where a lot of [authors] shut out of traditional publishing are raising their voices. [We need] authors from all backgrounds to be published so that we can hear stories from a lot of perspectives [and] interact with people across all walks of life." Koscielski is deputy director of the Peoria (IL) Public Library. She leads Peoria Reads!, a "one city, one book" program the library cofounded with Common Place Family Learning Center, a community education nonprofit on Peoria's south side. Peoria Reads! has brought the community together to address serious topics such as gang violence and the opioid crisis. According to Koscielski, libraries are a "place to learn about issues, discuss them together, and work on solutions."  Kowalski is an adult/teen librarian at the Free Library of Philadelphia's McPherson Square Branch, which is located in a neighborhood notorious for its high rates of poverty, crime, and opioid addiction. After witnessing a patron nearly die in the library in 2016, she asked Free Library of Philadelphia administrators for librarians to receive training in overdose reversal. In 2017, she revived six people from opioid overdose by administering naloxone. The library now stocks opioid overdose rescue kits. "[They're] a lifesaving tool, in the same category as fire extinguishers, CPR, and AEDs [automated external defibrillators]," Kowalski told Library Journal. Photo Credits: Bradford, Nancy Alcott; Koscielski, Mitchell A. Rose; Kowalski, Swiger Photography [...]

iSchool to make strong showing at iConference 2018

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:16:58 +0000

The following iSchool faculty, staff, and students will participate in iConference 2018, which will be held March 25-28 in Sheffield, UK. The annual event brings together scholars, researchers, and information professionals to share insights on critical information issues. The theme of this year's conference is "Transforming Digital Worlds." Sunday, March 25 Professor J. Stephen Downie will serve as a faculty mentor for the 2018 Doctoral Colloquium, 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. At the colloquium, doctoral candidate Jooho Lee will present her dissertation, “Collaboration and Science: A Study of Scientific Claims Made in Three Decades of Biomedical Research." Monday, March 26 Professor J. Stephen Downie and Xiao Hu (PhD '10), with Ira Keung Kit Tam and Meijung Liu (University of Hong Kong), will present their paper, "Music Artist Similarity: An Exploratory Study on a Large-Scale Dataset of Online Streaming Services," 1:30-3:00 p.m. Assistant Professor Jodi Schneider and doctoral student Linh Hoang will present their paper, "Opportunities for Computer Support for Systematic Reviewing – A Gap Analysis," 1:30-3:00 p.m. Professor Michael Twidale and Associate Professor Kate McDowell will lead the workshop, Data StorySLAM, 3:30-5:00 p.m. Senior Lecturer Maria Bonn will lead the workshop, Collective Development of Open Educational Resources in Scholarly Communication, 3:30-5:00 p.m. Professor J. Stephen Downie and master's student Anna Oates, with Edith Halvarsson and Michael Popham (University of Oxford), will present their poster, "Navigating the PDF/A Standard: A Case Study of Theses in Oxford's Institutional Repository," 5:00-6:30 p.m. Professor J. Stephen Downie and doctoral student Yi-Yun Cheng, with David Weigl and Kevin Page (University of Oxford), will present their poster, "Towards Incorporating the Notion of Feature Shape in Music and Text Retrieval," 5:00-6:30 p.m. Professor J. Stephen Downie, Professor Ted Underwood, and Visiting Research Services Specialist Ryan Dubnicek will present their poster, "Creating a Disability Corpus for Literary Analysis: Pilot Classification Experiments," 5:00-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 Affiliated faculty member Yoo-Seong Song, associate professor at the University of Illinois Library, will present "The Business Intelligence Group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: A Case Study," 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Assistant Professor Peter Darch will present his paper, "Limits to the Pursuit of Reproducibility: Emergent Data-Scarce Domains of Science," 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Professor Bertram Ludäscher and doctoral student Michael Gryk will present their paper, "Semantic Mediation to Improve Reproducibility for Biomolecular NMR Analysis," 3:30-5:00 p.m. Postdoctoral Research Associate Rhiannon Bettivia, with Elizabeth Stainforth (University of Leeds), will present their poster, "Performative Metadata: Reliability Frameworks and Accounting Frameworks in Content Aggregation Data Models," 3:30-5:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 Associate Professor Bonnie Mak, with Heather Marie MacNeil and Fiorella Foscarini (University of Toronto), Jennifer Douglas (University of British Columbia), and Gillian Oliver (Monash University), will present "Standardizing Knowledge," 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. [...]

Mitts-Smith presents 2018 Mann Lecture at Penn State

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 20:23:33 +0000

Adjunct Assistant Professor Debra Mitts-Smith (MS '98, PhD '07), author and expert on children's and young adult literature, will serve as the distinguished speaker for the 2018 Charles W. Mann Jr. Lecture in the Book Arts on March 22 at Pennsylvania State University.

Her talk will focus on images of the wolf in children's books published in Western Europe and North America from the sixteenth century to the present. She will address the values and attitudes that inform our depictions of the wolf, and how illustrations of wolves in children's books impart social, cultural and scientific information not only about wolves, but also about humans and human behavior. The event is available for livestream viewing on Mediasite Live.

Mitts-Smith's research focuses on visual culture, children's literature, and the history of the book. She is a regular contributor to International Wolf, the magazine for the International Wolf Center. Her book, Picturing the Wolf in Children's Literature, was published by Routledge in 2010. 

M. Kathleen Kern Named Reference and User Services Quarterly Journal Editor

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 19:16:56 +0000

(image) M. Kathleen Kern (MS '99) has been appointed incoming editor of Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ), the journal of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA). Kern began as editor-designate in early February and will assume the position of editor on July 1, 2018.

"Kathleen is a fine writer and has been a thoughtful reviewer for RUSQ. Her understanding of scholarly communication as well as her commitment to RUSQ's goal of reaching the broadest range of librarians add to her strengths," said current RUSQ Editor Barry Trott. "Kathleen's experience, passion, and commitment make her an excellent choice to guide the journal."

Kern is currently director of the Miller Learning Center at the University of Georgia Libraries. She has published widely, including a book, multiple peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and other articles, and has worked as an adjunct instructor for the library schools at both the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Rutgers University. She previously served as a column editor (Accidental Technologist) and a member of the RUSQ Board, as well as an occasional referee for the journal. She is also a past president (2013-14) of RUSA.

"RUSQ and RUSA have been important to my librarianship. Being editor will bring together many of my interests. I enjoy working with researchers and authors on developing their ideas and writing," said Kern. "In particular I look forward to continuing Barry's excellent work in expanding the reach of the journal by encouraging a broad range of authorship from across the profession to explore and highlight the range of activities that occur in library public services."

RUSA is a division of the American Library Association. 

iSchool faculty ranked as excellent for Fall 2017

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 13:48:45 +0000

Twenty iSchool instructors were named in the University's List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent for Fall 2017. The rankings are released every semester, and results are based on the Instructor and Course Evaluation System (ICES) questionnaire forms maintained by Measurement and Evaluation in the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. Only those instructors who gave out ICES forms during the semester and who released their data for publication are included in the list.

Faculty and instructors appearing on the list include Bobby Bothmann, Nicole A. Cooke, Peter Darch, Jana Diesner, Damian Duffy, Jeff Ginger, Jeanne Holba-Puacz, Jimi Jones, Emily Knox, Kathryn La Barre, Emily Lawrence, Jessica LeCrone, Rachel M. Magee, Kate McDowell, Melissa Salrin, Yoo-Seong Song, Michael Twidale, John Weible, Elizabeth Wickes, and Melissa Wong.

Cunningham to share expertise at Coursera Partners Conference

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 14:37:10 +0000

Doctoral candidate Paige Cunningham will speak at the Coursera Partners Conference, which will be held March 6-8 at Arizona State University. The theme of this year's conference is "Learners First: Beyond the Campus Walls." Participants will discuss best practices for creating top-quality, in-demand, and affordable online learning experiences.

Cunningham will present her poster, "Managing Coursera Data: A Data Workflow Case Study," on March 6 and speak on the same topic at the session, "Tips and Tricks to Design Your Own Research," on March 7. She is a member of the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL) Data Analytics Group at the University of Illinois, which is responsible for receiving, processing, documenting, and sharing the University's Coursera data so that researchers at Illinois have a better understanding of how to use it.

According to Cunningham, the Coursera Data Table Documentation wiki she created for both the current and previous Coursera data export structures was promoted by Coursera for use by other partner institutions.  

"Given our extensive experience with Coursera data preparation, analysis, and distribution, our unit serves as a model for best practices for helping non-researchers apply research insights to online learning experiences, developing strategies for using data to improve learner outcomes, designing and conducting online research that impacts outcomes, and gaining new insights from Coursera data exports," she said.

Cunningham is a fifth-year doctoral candidate at the iSchool whose research interests focus on how information technologies connect people who are spread out in space and time. She explores issues such as how social media and online learning systems connect geographically dispersed peoples, both for community building and educational purposes.

Knox and LaRue speak at intellectual freedom forum

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 14:05:23 +0000

(image) Assistant Professor Emily Knox and iSchool alumnus James LaRue (MS '81), director of the American Library Association's (ALA's) Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation, will serve as panelists for a special forum on March 5 at the University of Oregon. The event is part of the University's 2018 event series, which aims to address challenging, contemporary issues of free expression on college campuses.

Knox and LaRue will be joined by Jody Gray, director of the ALA's Office of Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach. Their panel discussion, Allies Not Enemies: Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice, will examine the complex issues involved at the intersection of values and real-world situations and will explore how educators and library professionals can promote and protect human rights in their communities.

"The perspectives of the panelists will, no doubt, enrich the conversation about freedom of expression," said Adriene Lim, dean of libraries and Philip H. Knight Chair at the University of Oregon. "For librarians, our focus on intellectual freedom and on the Library Bill of Rights has meant that we are on guard against any ideological bias or censorship in our work, even as we also cherish our values of diversity, democracy, and social justice. We know that to achieve intellectual freedom, the voices and histories of people who have been oppressed or marginalized need to be made accessible and preserved in the record."

Knox joined the iSchool faculty in 2012. Her research interests include intellectual freedom and censorship, the intersection of print culture and reading practices, and information ethics and policy. She recently edited Trigger Warnings: History, Theory, Context (2017), published by Rowman & Littlefield. Her previous book, Book Banning in 21st-Century America, also published by Rowman & Littlefield (2015), addresses challenges to materials in public libraries and schools. Knox serves on the boards of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), Freedom to Read Foundation, and National Coalition Against Censorship.

LaRue is the author of The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges (Libraries Unlimited, 2007). He was a public library director for many years, as well as a weekly newspaper columnist and cable TV host.  He has written, spoken, and consulted on leadership and organizational development, community engagement, and the future of libraries.

Mimno selected as 2017-2019 iSchool research fellow

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 20:56:02 +0000

(image) David Mimno, assistant professor in the Information Science department at Cornell University, has been selected by the iSchool faculty as a research fellow for the 2017-2019 academic years. Research fellows are chosen because their work is relevant to the interests of the School's faculty and students. During the period of their appointments, fellows give at least one public lecture.

Mimno's interests include text mining, machine learning, digital humanities, computational humanities, and computer-assisted scholarship. His work is supported by a fellowship from the Sloan Foundation and an NSF CAREER Award.

"My ongoing research focuses on three areas," explained Mimno. "Machine learning systems need to be able to produce useful results while respecting privacy and copyright. Users also need better tools and guidance on ‘data cleaning,’ based on consistent, predictive theories that explain how characteristics of noisy, inconsistent collections affect the results of data mining algorithms. Finally, multi-modal analysis that links text and images can take advantage of recent stunning improvements in image analysis to provide new perspectives for scholars."

Mimno earned his PhD in computer science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMass). Prior to arriving at UMass, he worked for an internet auction startup; the Natural Language Processing Research Group at the University of Sheffield; and the Perseus Project, a cultural heritage digital library.

"I was delighted by the invitation to become a research fellow. The iSchool at Illinois is at the forefront of technological approaches to scholarship that take advantage of digitized libraries. But it also represents a long tradition of research in how we can manage information and support scholars and the general public. I hope we never forget that all of the amazing technology that we're building is ultimately about connecting people to the world around them," he said. 

Bonn to speak at The Collective

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 22:23:00 +0000

Senior Lecturer Maria Bonn will discuss scholarly communication at The Collective, an annual gathering of librarians, archivists, and library staff at academic libraries. The 2018 Collective, which will take place from February 28-March 1 in Knoxville, Tennessee, will center around the theme, "The Library as Test Kitchen," and feature a "test kitchen environment" where participants can "try out 'recipes' for next generation librarianship."

Bonn will present "Soup from a Stone: Collective Development of Open Educational Resources that Welcome Undderrepresented Voices to Scholarly Communication" with Josh Bolick, scholarly communication librarian at the University of Kansas Libraries, and William Cross, director of the Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center at North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries.

Communication is about community and collaboration. Here we ask our community to communicate about the ideal systems of scholarly communication by collaborating to design and share an open learning object like a video, lesson plan, game, or hack that increases representation and access for LIS students and teachers. Let’s learn together about open education and open licensing, and how they might be leveraged to incorporate our practitioner knowledge into LIS instruction.

In addition to scholarly communication and publishing, Bonn's teaching and research interests include networked communication and the economics of information. Prior to joining the iSchool, she served as associate university librarian for publishing at the University of Michigan Library, where she managed the University of Michigan Press and Scholarly Publishing Office. She also has served as assistant professor of English at institutions both in the United States and abroad. Bonn received a bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester, master's and doctoral degrees in American literature from SUNY Buffalo, and a master's in information and library science from the University of Michigan.

Chin co-organizes Smart Gigabit Communities Reverse Pitch Challenge

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:03:57 +0000

courtesy of Technology Services at Illinois Chieh-Li "Julian" Chin, visiting research scientist at the iSchool's Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI), is a co-organizer of the Smart Gigabit Communities Reverse Pitch competition at this weekend's HackIllinois. Strategic collaboration among the University of Illinois, the City of Champaign, a student-driven hackathon and two National Science Foundation programs—the US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities Program and the Midwest Big Data Hub Program—kicks off this weekend. The University has been awarded a $20,000 grant from US Ignite to host the Smart Gigabit Communities Reverse Pitch Challenge in our community. The community will provide matching contributions in cash and/or in-kind, totaling $40,000 in available resources for the Reverse Pitch event to support the development of smart gigabit applications. From February 23-25, university students from around the nation will converge at the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science to participate in HackIllinois, a student-driven hackathon. One of the components of this year's event is the Reverse Pitch Challenge. Aimed at gigabit communities, those with very high speed community data networks, Reverse Pitch events provide funds to develop applications that use the gigabit resources at the community's disposal in service of larger community goals. Data science application developers partner with gigabit communities to create solutions to problems or mine data in ways that enhance efficiency, save resources, or uncover solutions to problems. Members of the Reverse Pitch organizing team met with City of Champaign representatives to discuss this first-ever partnership and how access to more or better information would improve processes or potentially drive down city costs. "They talked about pain points to see where software or data analysis could help," said Tracy Smith, Director of IT Infrastructure for Campus Research IT at Illinois. The Smart Cities initiative is something the City of Champaign is interested in, explained Director of Information Technologies for the City of Champaign Mark Toalson. "We are interested in smart technologies, but getting there can be a challenge. This gives us an opportunity to put some data out there and see what folks can come up with," he noted. The challenge that students will be asked to meet is to develop gigabit solutions that address: Improved efficiency of City services with data visualization and analysis. The City of Champaign has provided several years of Public Works data, geospatial data, and service request data collected via the See.Click.Fix app.  Enhanced monitoring of micro climate change in our City. The City of Champaign needs an improved micro climate monitoring application to help improve weather prediction and observation. The application will create the ability for municipal staff, including police and other emergency agencies, to pro-actively position resources in response to weather events moving across the community. The Hackathon is the launch of a multi-month project to develop gigabit software in these two areas provided by the City. Participants will present either their designs or prototypes on Sunday. The winning designs will be given to project teams to work on throughout the next six months. Another of the local event's goals is to encourage more researchers and developers to work on smart applications that can solve socio-technical issues, explained Chin. "There are a number of mentors coming in to assist the students with their work and the Midwest Big Data Hub is coordinating those professionals," she said. The mentors are from many backgrounds--from corporations and academia--including MBDH colleagues, Universi[...]

Leoni recognized for excellence in exhibition design

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:21:36 +0000

(image) Master's student Natalie Leoni is the winner of this year's Graduate Student Exhibit Contest and the C. Barbara Mueller Award for Excellence in Exhibition Design, sponsored by the University of Illinois Library. Her exhibit, "Mapping Fiction," showcases holdings from the University Library's collections, displaying literary maps from books such as Winnie-the-Pooh and The Hobbit. The exhibit highlights how maps like these were created and disseminated.

According to Leoni, the inspiration for her exhibit came a field trip taken by her History of the Book class last semester. 

"Our class went to the Maps Library, where Jenny Johnson had laid out several interesting maps for us to examine. I was drawn to a book that was devoted to the galactic maps of Star Trek. It made me wonder what other fictitious places were meticulously mapped out," she said.

She hopes that visitors to the exhibit will discover that maps and map makers are not just for the "real world." 

(image) "In fact, many authors and writers labor over creating maps for places that can only exist in our minds. Even in these fictitious places, readers still expect some directions."

After graduating from Illinois with her bachelor's degree in history, Leoni volunteered at her local library and loved it, which led her to the iSchool for her MS/LIS degree. In the future, she would like to pursue a career in book or paper conservation.

The exhibit, "Mapping Fiction," will be on display at the University Library's Marshall Gallery through the month of February.

Martens to deliver 2018 Gryphon Lecture

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:10:18 +0000

(image) Marianne Martens (MS '06) will deliver the 2018 Gryphon Lecture on Friday, March 2, at the iSchool. Sponsored annually by The Center for Children's Books (CCB), the lecture features a leading scholar in the field of youth and literature, media, and culture. It is free and open to the campus and public.

In "The Forever Fandom of Harry Potter: Fan Fiction, Festivals, and Charitable Works," Martens will examine "how and why fans contribute their labor in support of Harry Potter, and the ensuing tensions between fans and the corporations who own him."

The world-building within the series lends itself exceptionally well to various fan-based activities, from fan fiction, to festivals, to charitable works, each of which are expanding into areas with adult appeal. Protective of the books and their characters, J.K. Rowling (and related corporate entities) have not always been supportive of such fan activities. Yet arguably, the fans' ongoing immaterial and affective labor (Terranova, 2000) around the series is largely responsible for its success.

Martens is an iSchool research fellow and assistant professor of library and information science at Kent State University. Her research covers the interconnected fields of youth services librarianship and publishing, and the impact of interactive reading technologies. Previously, she was vice president of North-South Books in New York. Martens is the author of Publishers, Readers, and Digital Engagement (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

The lecture, which will be recorded, will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Room 126 of the iSchool. A reception will follow in the East Foyer.