2013 Summer Conference News

Summer 2013 saw a surge of library faculty presentations across the United States and globally. Beyond the many presentations at ALA Annual 2013 and QQML 2013 that were highlighted in previous posts on Recognizing Excellence, librarians representing Illinois could be found everywhere from Digital Humanities 2013 in Nebraska to Open Repositories 2013 in Prince Edward Island, Canada (co-organized by IDEALS and Scholarly Commons Coordinator Sarah Shreeves) to the 79th IFLA General Conference and Assembly in Singapore.

You can find many of the presentations from this summer listed below:

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The University of Illinois Library at the 2013 Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries Conference

From June 4-7, 2013, a group of University of Illinois librarians participated in the 5th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (or QQML) in Rome, Italy. Lynne Rudasill, University of Illinois Global Studies Librarian and a member of the conference advisory committee, gave the keynote. Beyond the presentations, the conference featured half-day research methods workshops. One such workshop, led by University of Washington Professor Karen Fisher, focused on using the concept of information grounds to drive ethnographic approaches to discover how space shapes where and how people share information. Mara Thacker, University of Illinois South Asian Studies Librarian, found the workshop helpful in thinking about ways to drive research that could help improve outreach to international students: “If we can reach out to the students on their own turf, we may be more successful at connecting them with the services they need.” Continue reading

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2013 ALA Annual Conference Presentations

The American Library Association’s annual conference is ready to kick off and runs from preconference activities on Thursday, June 27 to its close on Tuesday, July 2. Librarians from the University of Illinois are presenting on a wide range of topics at the conference. If you will be there, consider dropping by to see one of the following presentations! Continue reading

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