Save the Date! Library Research Showcase

The University Library invites the campus community to a Library Research Showcase from 12:30-4PM on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. Library faculty and academic professionals will present their research, which impacts a wide variety of library services as well as the global LIS profession and other scholarly fields. At the Showcase, you’ll find posters, tech demos, and lightning talks on information seeking behaviors, scholarly communications practices, digital humanities, global libraries and education, the history of libraries as well as sport in Latin America, and more. A welcome and opening remarks by Dean of Libraries John Wilkin and Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Melanie Loots will precede the lightning talks.


  • 12:30-1:30PM
    Poster Session and Tech Demos (Lunch Provided), Main Library 3rd Floor Corridor and Rooms 308 and 314
  • 1:30-3PM
    Welcome and Opening Remarks, Dean of Libraries John Wilkin and Executive Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Melanie Loots
    Lightning Talks, International and Area Studies Library Reading Room, 3rd Floor of Main Library
  • 3-4PM
    Posters Remain Available for Viewing, Main Library 3rd Floor Corridor

Presentation Details (Presenting Author in Bold):

Posters (Third Floor Corridor, Main Library)

  • Tim Cole, Jacob Jett, Tom Habing, Creating the Open Annotation Data Model & Specification
    This poster describes results from multi-institutional, Mellon-funded research modeling scholarly annotations in a Web and Resource centric manner using RDF. The examination of granularity, multiplicity, interoperability, etc. provided foundation for the February 2013 W3C Open Annotation Community Group Data Model & Ontology.
  • Kirstin Dougan, “YouTube Has Changed Everything?” Music Faculty, Librarians, and Their Use and Perceptions of YouTube
    We know that students use YouTube both for personal and school-related media consumption. But do music faculty encourage their students to use these YouTube and similar tools? Do they use them themselves? How do music librarians fit into this picture?
  • Barbara J. Ford, Susan Schnuer, Twenty Years of Successful Professional Development: the Mortenson Center Model
    After 20 years of operation the Mortenson Center has developed a very successful professional development model for librarians around the world.  The poster will highlight the components of the model.
  • Merinda Hensley, Sarah Shreeves, Completing the Research Cycle, Part 2: Perceptions of Library Support from Campus Undergraduate Research Coordinators
    The study examines the perceptions and perceived needs for library support (e.g., instruction, collections, space, reference collections, and publication infrastructure) for formal undergraduate research programs through the lens of the campus coordinators.
  • M. Kathleen Kern, Words from the Frontline: Libraries and Publishers on their Client-Vendor Relationship in the STM Information Marketplace
    Libraries and publishers have a long history of tense relations.  I will present my initial insights gained from my first round of interviews with librarians and publishers about the  relationships and power dynamics  in the  academic Science, Technical, and Medical (STM) information marketplace.
  • Mary Laskowski, Jenny Maddox Abbott, So Many Projects, So Few Resources: Getting More Bang for Your Buck in Technical Services
    Project management requires development of specific skill sets and expertise, but when used successfully can help maximize the ability of technical services units to meet multiple goals simultaneously by finding similarities in workflows and creating efficiencies.
  • Laila Hussein Moustafa, Disaster Management Planning  in the Times  of War: the Case of the Middle East’s  Libraries and Archives
    My poster examines whether Middle East libraries and archives have had disaster management and recovery plans during a time of armed conflict.  If so, what were the plans, and were they applied in the case of the 2003 war on Iraq and the conflict in Egypt this year?
  • Kyle Rimkus, Thomas Padilla, Tracy Popp, Greer Martin, Digital Preservation File Plan Format Policies of ARL Member Libraries: An Analysis
    This poster presents the findings of a study of file format policies for digital preservation at Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member institutions.
  • Lynne M. Rudasill, Wendy A. Shelburne, Rethinking Reference in the Virtual Realm
    Increasing questions about electronic resource access problems have exposed the interconnection of public and technical services in the library. Using the READ scale for reference assessment, the authors provide context for the referral process and the expertise required to resolve the problems library users are encountering.
  • Susan E. Searing, Scott Walter, Linda C. Smith, Beth Namachchivaya, Enhancing Collaboration in LIS Education through Field Experience
    The planning stage of the Field Strength project explored the current state of LIS students’ field experiences in academic libraries. The findings of this multi-method, IMLS-funded study add depth to the assumption that field experiences benefit both the student and the host library.
  • Jenny Emanuel Taylor, So Who Are These Young Librarians? A Study of Millenials as Academic Librarians
    This poster shows the results of an in-depth nation-wide study of younger academic librarians and students.  It will highlight their demographics, skills, technology attitudes, and the reasons why they became academic librarians.
  • Thomas Teper, Karen Hogenboom, Like Peeling an Onion: Adding Small Data Sets to Library Collections
    Librarians’ growing interest in collecting data is part of a broader professional desire to explore new avenues for engaging in faculty scholarship. We explored the challenges and benefits of acquiring and delivering small data sets for local scholars.
  • Mara Thacker, Beyond ROI: Challenges and Opportunities in Overseas Buying Trips
    Drawing on my experiences planning and executing a buying trip to India in January 2013 as well as interviews with South Asia subject specialists, I lay out a framework for best practices in overseas buying trips.
  • Daniel G. Tracy, Susan E. Searing, The Perception and Use of Academic Library Services by Library and Information Science Students
    This poster reports initial findings from a survey of University of Illinois graduate students in Library and Information Science. It highlights key differences between distance and on campus students, and differences from general graduate student populations in other studies.
  • Mara Wade, Tim Cole, Harriett Green, Myung-Ja Han, Tom Kilton, Caroline Szylowicz, Emblamatica Online, Phase II
    This poster describes Emblematica Online II (an NEH-funded project) and ongoing experimentation with Linked Open Data (LOD) services and RDF-based annotation tools.
  • Cherie’ L. Weible, Frontier Libraries on the 1885 Kansas State Census
    In 1885, the state of Kansas conducted a census which included an enumeration of public and private libraries and the number of volumes they contained.  This data can be used to inform us about the availability of reading materials and the development of frontier libraries.
  • Lynn Wiley, Tom Teper, Lynne Rudasill, PDA Circulation versus Bibliographers Selections’ Circulation: Benchmarking Use to Allow for Comparisons
    Book use studies are frequent with many studies focusing on high frequencies of low or zero use. This data analysis looks at core academic books bought over a four year period and their four year circulations to benchmark print circulation.

Tech Demos (See location details in descriptions.)

  • Jenny Marie Johnson, Citation Explorer: Cartography Textbooks
    Titles cited in cartography textbooks create a web of connections across time and authors. A beta website currently containing 10,400 citations from 49 textbooks has been developed to examine these connections through citation analysis and mapping. Room 308 Main Library.
  • William H. Mischo, Michael A. Norman, Mary C. Schlembach, User Search Behavior Modeling for Recommender and Web-Scale Discovery Systems
    This study uses transaction log analysis to examine over 1.3 million searches and 1.5 million clickthroughs on a customized library search engine at the University of Illinois. Our analysis reveals some major differences with the reported research on user search behaviors in web-based environments. Room 314 Main Library.

Lightning Talks (Reading Room, International and Area Studies Library, Third Floor Main Library)

  • Lynn Wiley, Tina Chrzastowski, Libvalue: Humanities Ebooks Use and Preferences
    This presentation will provide data from an IMLS funded “LibValue” study undertaken at our Library. The study’s outcomes focus on assessment of the humanist’s perception and use of ebooks, and assessment of the library’s role in this evolution is also an important factor.
  • Myung-Ja Han, Tim Cole, Eric Joyner, William Weathers, Library MARC Records Into Linked Open Data: Challenges and Opportunities
    The linked open data (LOD) offers a potential foundation for innovative user services and the wider dissemination of bibliographic metadata. This talk highlights the practical utility of the Semantic Web of library metadata transformed from traditional MARC library metadata.
  • Kirk Hess, Digitizing Serialized Fiction
    This project evaluated methods for indexing serialized fiction in the University of Illinois’ digital newspaper collection and was first presented at Digital Humanities 2013. The project evaluated traditional indexing and tagging, crowdsourcing to correct OCR problems, and data mining using Natural Language Processing and Bayesian statistics. View a sample collection.
  • Cherie’ L. Weible, Book Ownership in Chautauqua County, Kansas, 1875
    In 1875, the state of Kansas conducted a census which included questions about private and public libraries. This research focuses on books enumerated in Chautauqua County, Jefferson Township, and their owners.
  • Jim Hahn, Formative Evaluation of Near-Semantic Search Interfaces
    This talk reports findings from a usability study of an experimental near-semantic search interface, presenting user preferences for exploring semantic recommendations. The resulting catalog search engine, Deneb 2.0 is in public beta implementation.
  • Steve Witt, Mapping Library Contributions to Internationalization on U.S. Campuses
    The presentation will cover preliminary survey results aimed at establishing baseline data on the contributions of U.S. Academic Libraries to campus internationalization. The overall aim of this research is to help to establish the level of international activities taking place in academic libraries and their role in overall campus internationalization efforts.
  • Antonio Sotomayor, “Operation Sport”: Puerto Rico’s Recreational and Political Consolidation in an Age of Modernization and Decolonization
    “Operation Sport,” or the development of recreation programs in 1950s Puerto Rico, shows how sports helped in the consolidation of the hegemonic politics of the Partido Popular Democrático. Designed to be a collaboration between the government and industrial workers, these recreational/cultural programs were designed to mitigate the impact of Puerto Rican industrialization.
  • Kirstin Dougan, How and Where Music Students Find Scores and Recordings
    Researchers have more entry points than ever into library collections, and access to many non-library sources for scores and recordings. Given that searching for music has always been challenging, what tools are students using and how do they search?
  • Jenny Emanuel Taylor, Studying Practicing Researchers: How Academic Libraries can Prepare Future Practitioners
    This study examines the skills that are needed to be scientific researchers in the corporate world, librarians can better understand what skills and tools graduate students need to learn as they are pursuing their PhDs.
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