iSchool Student Showcase 2023

We are excited to invite you to the 2023 iSchool Student Showcase on April 19th (virtual) and April 20th (in-person)! This year’s showcase features the research and experience of dozens of current students who represent the BSIS, BSIS+DS, MSIM, and MSLIS programs here in the iSchool.

We want to thank you all for encouraging your students to participate in the showcase this year. Students whose projects were accepted have been notified and the full list of projects, participants, and showcase themes will be shared in the coming weeks.

April 19th: Online Lightning Talks, 3:30-5:00pm CST 
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The first group of presentations will be offered virtually and each student will present their work via a pre-recorded, 3-minute presentation. Attendees will be able to ask questions of each presenter during a live Q&A after each showing.

April 20th: In-Person Poster Session, 11:00am-1:00pm CST

The second group of presentations will be offered in-person and each student present their work via posters. The event will be held at the iSchool’s 614 E. Daniel St. building in the 4th floor multipurpose room. Come mix and mingle with our students and congratulate them on their accomplishments from the previous year.

We look forward to seeing you all at this year’s showcase! The event is open to the public, so please feel welcome to invite your connections

2023 Accepted Presentations

Online Presentations  

Theme: Data Analysis and Visualization

  • Uyen Nguyen (MSLIS)
    Bite-Sized Data Literacy: Communicating Research Data Management Practices Through the Illinois Data Nudge.
  • Zhiheng Ye (Statistics)
    Computable Bibliography: Using Data Analysis and Data Visualization to Characterize a Bibliography

Theme: Data Classification and Management

  • Prathamesh Patil (MSIM)
    The Importance of Schema Design
  • Trevor Stratton (MSLIS and MA History)
    Rights Metadata and Usability of Digital Collections
  • Zhiwen Jerome You (MSIM)
    Knowledge-Augmented Prompt-Tuning for Few-Shot Scientific Article Classification

Theme: Inclusive Access and Representation

  • Andrea Decker (MSLIS)
    Operation Overseas Metadata: Cataloging Indonesian and Malay Titles as a Library of Congress Junior Fellow
  • Erica Navarro Rodriguez (MSLIS)
    Library of Congress and Blind, Visually Impaired, Print-Disabled Spanish-Speakers
  • Adrian Nordgren (MSLIS)
    Queering the Dickens Narrative: Why Dickensian Queer-Coding Matters to Contemporary Readers
  • Katherine Witzig (MSLIS)
    Cultural Connectivity: Creating Tribal Partnerships to Serve the Community

Theme: Influences on Information Behavior

  • G. Goldberg, Mary Lawrence, Anna Sielaff  (MSLIS)
    Map Copyright
  • Madisen LeShoure (BSIS)
    Champaign-Urbana Education Equity Project: Analyzing Data and Infrastructure
  • Anna VanSeveren (MSLIS)
    Determining Political Leanings of US News Sources and Applications for Information Literacy Instruction

In-person Presentations 

Theme: Data and Society

  • Iram Ayyub, Veera Sai, Nikhil Toram (MSIM)
    Using and Bringing Data Sonification for Enhancing Accessibility for Visually Impaired People and eLearning Platforms
  • Sally Johnson, Annika Wilcox (MSLIS)
    Facial Recognition Technology, Privacy, and Libraries
  • Donlapun Dorothy Wongkarnta (BSIS + DS)
    Privacy Concerns Among University Students Towards Learning Management System Data Collection

Theme: Inclusive Access and Representation

  • Katherine Ashcraft (MSLIS)
    Books Without a Homeland: Challenges and Considerations in Cataloguing Uyghur-Language Library Materials
  • Katie Colson (MSLIS)
    Metadata: Insights Into History
  • Anna Petrelli (MSLIS)
    Zines in Libraries: Building a Community Collection
  • Andrea Serna (MSLIS)
    Accessibility in Library Instruction

Theme: Influences on Information Behavior

  • Alejandra Arias (BSIS)
    Deception on Campus: An Investigation on Fraudulent Scams
  • Joanna George (BSIS)
    The Future of Mobile Interaction: An HCI Standpoint
  • Matt Adam Houser, Ray Jeong (MSIM)
    DeCoBot: Detecting Covert Bots in Political Subreddits
  • Shashank Kambhatla (BSIS)
    Investigating Crossref as a Tool to Retrieve Funding Information for Research Works

Theme: Information Sciences and the Humanities

  • Benjamin Carl Eskin Shapson (MSLIS)
    Photostat Manuscript Facsimiles in Classical and Medieval Studies
  • Luke Emano (BSIS)
    Time is Value: Exploring Barriers of Scalability for Timebanks
  • Anna Sielaff (MSLIS)
    Relive the True Mother Road: The Edwards Trace Interactive Story Map

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