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Graduate School of Library and Information Science - University of Illinois


Twidale and Ludäscher to present research at Dagstuhl Seminars

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:42:06 +0000

Professors Michael Twidale and Bertram Ludäscher will participate in upcoming Dagstuhl Seminars, which will be held February 26-March 1, in Wadern, Germany. The seminars bring together researchers of international standing and promote personal interaction as well as open discussion of research results and ideas. They are sponsored by the Schloss Dagstuhl–Leibniz Center for Informatics, a nonprofit center with the mission of furthering world-class research in computer science. 

Twidale will present and participate in the Dagstuhl Seminar: Search as Learning, which connects researchers in psychology, information retrieval, human computer interaction, library and information science, and the learning sciences to discuss challenges and opportunities for search systems that support learning. Seminar objectives include fostering cross-discipline "search as learning" collaborations between researchers; determining gaps and potential insights across fields, shared issues, and novel research questions; and exploring the creation of a shared dataset dedicated toward the "search as learning" topic, benefiting the wider research community.

Ludäscher will present and participate in the Dagstuhl Seminar: Computer Science Meets Ecology, which will establish links between ecologists, ecoinformaticians, and computer scientists to identify avenues of future research in computer science of particular interest to ecology. One of the main objectives of this seminar is the joint authoring of a book on state-of-the-art research and challenges at the intersection of computer science and ecology: such a book can serve as a handbook for ecologists wanting to leverage computer science in their research but also as a roadmap for future research activities.

Twidale is an expert in computer-supported cooperative work, collaborative technologies in digital libraries and museums, user interface design and evaluation, information visualization, and museum informatics. He is program director for the iSchool's Master of Science degree in information management and holds joint appointments at Illinois in the Department of Computer Science, Information Trust Institute, and Academy of Entrepreneurial Leadership. He earned his PhD in computing from Lancaster University.

Ludäscher, who also serves as director of the iSchool's Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS), is a leading figure in data and knowledge management, focusing on the modeling, design, and optimization of scientific workflows, provenance, data integration, and knowledge representation. He is a faculty affiliate at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the Department of Computer Science at Illinois. His current research addresses foundations of provenance and applications with a focus on automated data quality control and data curation. He received his PhD in computer science from the University of Freiburg.

The Untold Story of American Superheroines

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:18:50 +0000

Part of the REEL FEMINISM: Women's History Month Film Series

This documentary traces the untold story of American Superheroines. It will be followed by a panel discussion with Carol Tilley and others to be announced.


Women's Resource Center
703 S Wright St, Champaign


Women's Resource Center, the University Library, and the iSchool Diversity Committee: iSchool in Color series

Event Date: 

Tue, 02/28/2017 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm

Get to know Michelle Chronister (MS '09), user experience and accessibility consultant

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:00:10 +0000

(image) Michelle Chronister is using skills she learned at the iSchool in her job at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), researching how people use their digital products and figuring out how to improve the user experience.

Where do you work and what is your role?

I recently started working as a user experience and accessibility consultant at IMLS, which is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. In this role, I conduct user research to better understand how people use their digital products and then translate the findings into concrete actions for improvement. It’s an iterative and never-ending process! 

Prior to working for IMLS, I was the content branch manager in the Digital Communications Division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I led a team that was responsible for the content, design, and experience of and other priority agency websites, including,, and 

What do you like best about your job?

I like knowing that the work I do directly impacts the public and contributes to more positive interactions with the federal government. It also gives me great satisfaction that what I’m doing specifically at IMLS makes it possible for libraries to provide better services to their communities.

How did the iSchool help you get to where you are today?

I was active in the ALA student organization and attended the ALA Annual Conference through the Student-to-Staff scholarship. ALA placed me with the Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Round Table, and this experience prompted me to apply to the Presidential Management Fellows program and pursue a federal career. 

Once I started working for the federal government in the digital space, I drew heavily upon my iSchool classes in information organization and access as well as a user experience course. These courses provided a solid foundation for my career and have allowed me to expand my expertise into areas I never considered when I was a student.

What advice would you like to share with iSchool students?

Take advantage of the opportunities available to you as a student! Get involved in student groups, apply for programs specifically developed for students (such as ALA Student-to-Staff), ask questions, and use your student status as a way to start conversations.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I have a toddler, so my spare time is limited, but when I do have time to myself, I enjoy writing fiction and poetry, reading novels, and baking. I make an excellent coffee cake.