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Dissertation Proposal Defense: Chang Liu

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:07:13 +0000

Chang Liu will defend his dissertation proposal, "In Transition: Informatization and Manufacturing Industries in the Transforming Chinese Economy." Liu's committee includes Associate Professor Jerome McDonough (chair); Professor Les Gasser; Professor Michael Twidale; and Yu Hong, One-Hundred Talents Program Young Professor in the College of Media and International Culture, Zheijiang University.

Abstract: Informatization plays a key role in the transforming Chinese economy, in which the Chinese state attempts to let the growth in ICT use drive the modernization of the country's industries and provide sustainable areas of reinvestment. Given this context, this research explores the relationships between informatization and small and medium-sized manufacturing operations in China as well as the role that the informatization of manufacturing industries plays in the Chinese economic transformation. Viewing the informatization in this context as a sociotechnical transition, this study employs Multi-Level Perspective (Geels, 2002, 2011, 2012; Geels et al. 2016) as its primary theoretical framework to examine the multi-dimensionality of the phenomenon and the structural changes that are situated by the large landscape and enacted through the struggles between emerging niche developments and the existing regimes. In particular, this research aims to study critically the development and potentially extensive and profound ramifications of informatization beyond the existing literature's primary focus on the immediate ICT sector. This will be done with a close examination and careful interpretation of the political, economic, and other societal situations, related policies, pre-existing social relations, experiences and perspectives of various people relevant to the ICT use in manufacturing operations, including those that tend to be marginalized and overlooked. This research will contribute to our more comprehensive understanding of Chinese informatization and hopefully serve as a baseline study on which various future studies can build.

A copy of the proposal is available at the front desk of the School.

Location: 

Room 242

Event Date: 

Wed, 05/02/2018 -
7:30am to 9:00am



Magee awarded IMLS grant for young researchers project

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:25:48 +0000

Assistant Professor Rachel M. Magee has been awarded a three-year Early Career Development grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS grant RE-07-18-0054-18), under the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, which supports "developing a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public by enhancing the training and professional development of librarians, developing faculty and library leaders, and recruiting and educating the next generation of librarians."

The IMLS-funded project, "Young Researchers: Collaborating with Youth and Libraries for Community Based Scholarship," builds on a pilot study Magee conducted in 2016-2017, in which a small group of teens in Illinois learned how to help design, implement, analyze, and report on original research.

"Working with teens in the pilot study for the Young Researchers project was inspiring and demonstrated that youth can substantively contribute to the way we design and conduct research about their experiences," said Magee. "These teens worked together for eight months, and their timely research investigating how their peers decide what to trust on social media shows that teens have important questions to ask and answer through the original research process."

The new grant will allow Magee to expand the project to five partner public library sites across the U.S., connecting teens from diverse backgrounds during afterschool camps or summer camps in order to explore the research process. The project will conclude with a public curriculum and workshop series for library and information science professionals on implementing co-research. 

"The next phase of this work will involve collaborating with teens across the country to develop studies about their priorities," Magee explained. "This will provide an opportunity to better understand how teens develop complex research literacies, to further techniques for effective informal learning, and to create and share resources that all libraries can use to help teens understand the research process."  

In addition to the Young Researchers project, Magee continues her work on the App Authors project with Associate Professor Kate McDowell and Assistant Professor Deborah Stevenson, director of The Center for Children's Books. App Authors is a three-year project to develop curricula for app-building in school and public libraries. Like App Authors, the Young Researchers project will advance scholarship on designing informal learning opportunities in libraries as well as support youth literacy development.

Magee is a youth advocate who teaches about and researches youth technology and information practices, informed by her background as a public librarian. She holds a PhD in information studies from Drexel University and a master's degree in information resources and library science from the University of Arizona.




iSchool hosts INDABA featuring alumni leaders of color

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:02:45 +0000

The iSchool is hosting a special three-day gathering, INDABA: Conquering Racism, from April 27-29. All are invited, and remote participants can join online.  The Indaba, which is a Zulu word used in South Africa to describe an important conference or discussion to address a problem, will bring together alumni of color to talk with the iSchool community about their experiences as students, job seekers, and professionals. One of the goals is to develop recommendations for welcoming more African Americans, Latinx, and Native Americans into the School and related professions. The event will include presentations, panels, and sessions on conquering racism in libraries and other professions as well as culturally responsive pedagogy—what it is, why it matters, and how to incorporate it into the classroom. It will begin with a conversation with Jessie Carney Smith (PhD '64), dean of the library and Camille Cosby Distinguished Chair in the Humanities at Fisk University. Smith, the first African American to earn a PhD in library science from Illinois, has been recognized for her work as a librarian, author, and educator by the Council on Library Resources, Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Women's National Book Association, and SAGE Magazine. Among her numerous awards, she received the iSchool Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1990. "How unfortunate it is that in 2018 we are still exploring ways to conquer racism," Smith said. "It is equally unfortunate that far too many people fail to understand the multitude of ways that racism manifests itself. How does one know that he/she is a racist? With this Indaba, the iSchool takes an important step toward addressing a critical problem, and all of us can be rewarded if the solutions that we propose actually work. The task is challenging, but one that must be addressed. I welcome the opportunity to become a part of a possible solution." The organizers of the Indaba are the iSchool's Diversity Committee, chaired by Associate Professor Kate Williams, and Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke, who also serves as program director for the MS in library and information science. "In a sense the Indaba has already begun, in small discussions and in classes," said Williams. "From this it's clear that we aren't so much conquering—which is itself a word of domination—as we are revealing, facing, and setting out to dismantle and end the racism that keeps our School and profession too white. In just two years, more than half of U.S. children will be other than 'non-Hispanic white.' How will we serve them if we aren't representative and don't understand?" "I'm looking forward to sharing culturally responsive pedagogy with the iSchool community. I hope they will get as much inspiration from it as I have," Cooke said. Other iSchool alumni—all from the near Midwest—who will be sharing their experiences and expertise at the Indaba include: Chris Hamb (MS '04), owner of Chrisp Media Kathryn Harris (MS '71), librarian for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Héctor Hernández (MS '78), branch manager for the Chicago Public Library Jerry Lewis (MS '99), acquisitions and systems librarian for the William J. Campbell Library of the United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit Saundra Murray Nettles (MS '68), professor of education at the University of Illinois Miguel Ruíz (MS '13), Latino engagement library for the Evanston Public Library Robert Wedgeworth (MS '61), dean emeritus of the School of Library Service at Columbia University and university librarian emeritus at the University of Illinois Kellee E. Warren (MS '15), instructor and special collections librarian for the Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago The sessions on April 29 are sponsored by a Provost's Initiative on Teaching Advancement grant from Illinois. The Indaba is free and open to all. Registration is encouraged, as meals will be provided. [...]



Game studies symposium features iSchool researchers

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:02:35 +0000

iSchool faculty and alumni played an active role in the Playful by Design Spring Symposium, which took place April 5-7 on the Urbana campus. The symposium, organized by the Playful by Design Research Cluster, included presentations and panel discussions as well as a new exhibit at the Spurlock Museum, movie screening, keynote address, and games and gaming make-a-thon. The event was sponsored by the iSchool, Illinois Informatics Institute, Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning, Spurlock Museum, CU Community FabLab, and Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. Teaching Associate Professor David Dubin was a featured speaker at the opening event at the Spurlock Museum on April 5. Assistant Professor Elizabeth Hoiem and Associate Professor Jerome McDonough joined Dubin on the gaming history panel on April 6, and iSchool alumni Kaity Bequette (MS '14) and Jeff Ginger (PhD '15) contributed to the symposium and the April 7 make-a-thon on behalf of CUDO Plays and the Community FabLab, respectively. On the panel, Hoiem presented the puzzles, alphabet cards, word games, and science games that nineteenth-century educators used to make learning fun for young people. Hoiem’s research investigates the beliefs of the time about social class and how children's games reflect cognitive theories supporting that children learn through the senses. McDonough addressed the history of computer games and the problems inherent in trying to preserve computer games as complex technological, and social, objects. His research focuses on the sociotechnical aspects of digital libraries, with a particular interest in issues of metadata and description as well as digital preservation of complex media and software. Dubin presented, "Central Illinois Games and Gamers: Some Highlights of the Last Half Century," which traced connections between local hobby gaming communities in Champaign-Urbana, Normal, and Decatur to research and educational development programs on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Illinois State University campuses from 1960 to the present. "In my talk, I discussed how concerns of the time (like the Cold War and the U.S. involvement in Vietnam) and hopes for a brighter future influenced the development of both tabletop games and early computer games. Illinois and ISU students, faculty, academic professionals, alumni, local businesses, and neighbors have collectively created a rich and thriving network of interlinked gaming communities and game development groups," Dubin said. Dubin, whose research focuses on the foundations of information representation and description, is the organizer of the iSchool Gamers, a weekly gaming meeting for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the iSchool. His Summer I class, Library Gaming Programs (IS 590LG), covers the design, implementation, assessment, marketing, and sustainment of gaming programs in public, school, and academic libraries as well as other community or institutional settings. The class surveys games for different demographic groups and explores methods for the integration of gaming with other library programming.  [...]