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The Information Research Work Group (IWRG) at the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin has two fully funded PhD positions, starting in August 2014, available for incoming doctoral students .
Background on IWRG. Faculty and students in the IWRG at the School of Information at UT Austin undertake empirical and analytical studies of information workers in their workplaces, exploring how work and occupations are changing. We draw primarily on ethnography, participant observation, interviews, historical analysis, and archival analysis to explore occupations such as records managers, remote financial professions, digital humanists, open source software developers, and online community managers.
Funding. Both positions provide full tuition, a stipend of $20,000, and research travel support for two years. As Ph.D. students in the School of Information, students would be eligible for continued funding through in-coming grants as well as teaching assistantship and instructor positions; successful students should expect full-time support through the completion of their Ph.D.
Austin as a Home Base. Home to SXSW Interactive, a rich live music scene, and a rapidly growing technology sector, Austin is an energetic, young city that is a great place to live and work through a Ph.D., offering excellent employment and education opportunities for spouses and families.
Details on Applying. We welcome inquiries from students interested in pursuing academic careers, coming from diverse academic and social backgrounds. Applicants with professional work experience are particularly encouraged to apply, as are students currently completing their masters or undergraduate degrees. Interested applicants should contact Professor James Howison  ASAP and provide an up-to-date resume and letter of interest no longer than 1 page. Applicants would then apply for the Information School Ph.D. through the regular admission process; full applications are due 15 November 2013 and require GRE scores completed by that date .
Diane E. Bailey
School of Information · University of Texas at Austin
Do you know a passionate, innovative, student-centered LIS instructor who deserves the recognition of her or his peers? If so, nominate this paragon for the Library Journal Teaching Award, co-sponsored by ProQuest. The winning instructor will receive $5,000 (USD) and an article in the November 15 issue of Library Journal.
Nominations—being accepted now—are due no later than September 16, 2013.
If you are a current LIS student, a recent graduate, or a faculty member, help us recognize a deserving LIS instructor who is making a positive difference in the world of librarianship.
Anyone who has taught a course at an ALA-accredited master’s program since September 3, 2010, as full-time faculty or as an adjunct, is eligible.
Who can nominate
Current students or recent graduates and faculty members are encouraged to nominate candidates. Students must have taken a class from the nominee within the past two years.
What to submit
Candidates will be evaluated primarily on the basis of the nominating letter (no more than two pages in length or email equivalent), but nominators are welcome to submit also letters of support and supplementary material (examples of coursework, etc.) for the judges to consider.
NOMINATION POSTMARK OR EMAIL DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
As much as possible, please send submissions in an electronic format such as a Word document or a PDF via email to email@example.com.
Or mail nominations to:
The LJ Teaching Award
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Are you a librarian of color? Do you work in an academic library in the United States? If so, please add your voice by filling out a questionnaire for a study on the self-perceptions of professional and racial identity of academic librarians of color.
Despite an abundance of existing literature on diversity in libraries, as well as recruitment and retention initiatives of underrepresented populations in libraries, there has been little research on how academic librarians of color perceive themselves as professionals and as people of color. Our research will serve as the basis for a book chapter tentatively titled “Librarians of Color: Perceptions of Professional and Racial Identity in Academic Libraries” in the forthcoming ACRL publication Beyond the Bun: Librarian Valuing through Perception and Presentation (working title).
For this research, we want to define the term “person of color” beyond the literal color of one's skin. We are defining the term as individuals who reside in the United States who belong to minoritized racial and ethnic groups, including but not limited to: African American or African, Arab, Asian and Pacific Islander, Latino, Native American and Alaskan Native, and Multiracial.
We are seeking participants who are librarians working in an academic library setting in the United States, over the age of 18 years, who identify as persons of color.
Questionnaires will be collected online through the survey tool Qualtrics. Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed in the online research environment. To protect the confidentiality of survey respondents the collection of IP addresses will be disabled in the survey results. Participation is voluntary and participants are free to withdraw at any time, or may choose to only answer specific questions. The questionnaire consists of several open-ended questions and will take about 20-30 minutes to complete.
Click here to access the questionnaire: https://uic.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1NaXWBAZWRRtEzP
Thank you for your participation in this study.
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The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) will sponsor two Research Forums at the 2013 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL (June 27-July 2). The LRRT Forums are a set of programs at the ALA Annual Conference featuring presentations of LIS research, in progress or completed, followed by discussion. One of the forums is broad in scope and one is on a more specific topic. The forums are:
Research: Data-Driven Services
Libraries collect data on usage of collections, services, and physical space. However, much of these data are not utilized to capacity. This session will feature three research papers that demonstrate how to leverage user-centered data to develop services. Audience members will learn about methods and techniques that they can use locally to answer questions in their own organizations. Attendees will be able to take away results that could be applied directly in local settings and make connections with presenters and one another to explore creative ways to respond to challenges.
Research: Creative Problem Solving
Novelty and innovation are needed to respond to many of today’s challenges. Libraries and librarians require new and creative approaches to defining questions and finding answers. Three papers that demonstrate innovative inquiry will be selected by a committee for inclusion in this Forum. Attendees will discover methods and techniques that they previously were not familiar with, but can be employed in their libraries. Audience members will become cognizant of new questions or emerging ways to state and think about problems. The results presented will offer directly applicable solutions that can be adapted by attendees in their organizations.
This is an opportunity to present and discuss your research project conducted in the broad area of library and information science or in a more specialized area of the field. LRRT welcomes papers emphasizing the problems, theories, methodologies, or significance of research findings for LIS. Topics can include, but are not limited to, user studies and user behavior, electronic services, service effectiveness, organizational structure and personnel, library value determination, shared collections, collection assessment, digital libraries, archiving, preservation, and evaluation of library and information services. Both completed research and research in progress will be considered. All researchers, including practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals. LRRT Members and nonmembers of LRRT are invited and welcomed to submit proposals.
The Committee will use a blind review process to select a maximum of six projects, three for each of the two forums. The selected researchers will be required to present their papers in person at the forums and to register for the conference. All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation, etc., are the responsibility of the researchers/presenters. Criteria for selection are:
- Significance of the study to library and information science research;
- Quality and creativity of the methodology;
- Potential to fill a research gap or to build on previous LIS studies;
- Adherence to submission requirements (see below).
Please submit a two-page proposal by Monday, February 18, 2013. Late submissions will not be considered, and submissions must be limited to two pages in length. On the first page, please list your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information (telephone number, mailing address, and email address). The second page should NOT show your name or any other identifying information. Instead, it must include: 1) The title of your project, and 2) A 500-word or less abstract. The abstract must include a problem statement, problem significance, project objectives, methodology, and conclusions (or tentative conclusions for work in progress), and an indication of whether the research is in-progress or completed. Previously published research or research accepted for publication by February 18, 2013, will not be considered.
Notification of acceptance will be made by Friday, March 29, 2013. Please email submissions (with an indication of which of the two forums for which the abstract should be considered) to:
Lynn Silipigni Connaway
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MIDNIGHT CST NOVEMBER 8!
Given the storm and how that may impact an applicant's ability to receive transcripts and letters of recommendation to upload to the application, we have extended the deadline to apply to November 8, midnight CST.
Apply via the link at: http://www.ala.org/offices/diversity/spectrum/phd
Note you must apply BOTH to the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship jury through the online application above and to the doctoral program (s) of your choice by their posted deadline (s).
A couple of FAQs (note these apply only to your application through the online form above, you must communicate directly with the doctoral program regarding their application and any special requirements or considerations):
Transcripts -- for the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship we will accept unofficial transcripts but they must be good scans and must clearly include the applicant's name and the degree granting institution.
Letters of recommendation - we are not requiring confidential letters, your recommenders should submit their letter of recommendation to you the applicant for you to upload them as pdf attachments to your application. If a letter of recommendation is sent to the ALA Office for Diversity it will be forwarded to the applicant and the applicant is responsible for ensuring it is attached to their online application.
Please feel free to contact me with any other questions!
Please note that the application for the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowships opens on July 8th. The deadline to apply will be November 1, 2012. Visit http://www.ala.org/offices/diversity/spectrum/phd.
Please note you must apply to your PhD program by their posted deadline and to the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship by its November 1 deadline in order to be considered. If you have questions about any participating PhD programs (in terms of stipend provided, requirements and deadline) please email email@example.com requesting more information and we will share what the program has provided to us.
Please feel free to use the comments box to continue or add to the conversation we began with our webinar about ways to fund a PhD in LIS!
Access the recorded webinar at: http://connectpro72403849.adobeconnect.com/p70s60gqw3o/.
Our panelists took a variety of questions from the audience and more information on the Spectrum Doctoral Fellowship funding was shared.
Many thanks to our panelists: Sarah Park, University of Illinois & LaTesha Velez, University of Illinois
Please feel free to use the comments box to continue or add to the conversation we began with our webinar about building your professional and personal support networks!
Access the recorded webinar at: http://connectpro72403849.adobeconnect.com/p38nyox3ssc/.
Questions our panlists weighed in on:
- What kind of expertise should I be looking for in my advisor(s), and what kind of expertise do I bring to my dissertation?
- What are some specific things I should expect of my advisor(s) and mentors?
- Where else can I look for mentors and/or committee members?
- What are the support benefits of staying professionally active outside of your program? What are some of the pitfalls?
- What are some others ways I can find support across campus and across academia?
- What are some specific things I should look for in my personal support network?
Many thanks to our panelists: Eric Chuk, University of California Los Angeles; Nicole A. Cooke, Rutgers University; Sarah Park, University of Illinois; Elisabeth Rodriguez