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Discussion Last Call: Applicants for UNC PhD Program

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 02:05 pm

PhD Opportunities at University of North Carolina

The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applicants to our PhD program for
start in August 2016.

Our doctoral program provides intensive, highly flexible and customizable
preparation for a range of careers including those in academia and
research centers.

PhD Opportunities at University of North Carolina

The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites applicants to our PhD program for
start in August 2016.

Our doctoral program provides intensive, highly flexible and customizable
preparation for a range of careers including those in academia and
research centers.

The program consists of a combination of coursework and independent and
guided research in the areas of information interaction, organization and
search; archival science and digital curation; health informatics and 21st
century libraries.

For those interested in pursuing faculty positions, we offer extensive
training in teaching and curriculum development.

We expect to provide 4 years of funding (tuition, stipend and health
insurance) to all PhD students.

The application period is open only until December 15.

For more information about our PhD Program and the application process
see: http://sils.unc.edu/programs/graduate/phd
http://sils.unc.edu/programs/graduate/admissions

Questions? Email Professor Barbara Wildemuth, Doctoral Program Director,
at wildemuth@unc.edu.

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Discussion Ph.D student positions open at the School of Information, University of Arizona

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 10:07 am

Dear all,

Dear all,

The University of Arizona School of Information welcomes applicants for the Ph.D in Information program. Accepted students will be assured of at least four years of funding, covered tuition, and opportunities for additional support. The School of Information is broadly interdisciplinary, but for this coming year’s doctoral student cohort, particular preference will be given to applicants with research interest in machine learning, natural language processing, data mining, text retrieval, data science, computational art, mobile computing, mediated interaction, social networks, or computational social science. Preferred areas of interest include eHealth, astronomy, eCommerce, and the environment.

At the University of Arizona and in the School of Information, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking a wide range of applicants to include those from underrepresented populations.

For information on the University of Arizona’s School of Information, see:

http://si.arizona.edu/.

For a profile of the School of Information at Arizona, see:

http://si.arizona.edu/school-profile.

 For PhD application information, see: http://si.arizona.edu/phd-information.

 With questions about research or doctoral work in the School, please contact the School’s Director of Graduate Studies: Dr. Hong Cui, hongcui@email.arizona.edu.

With quick questions about the applicant process or application materials, feel free to reach out to our administrative support team through Geraldine

Fragoso: gfragoso@email.arizona.edu.

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Discussion Pre-Screening Questionnaire for Intersectionality at the Reference Desk Interviews

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 11:25 am

Pre-Screening Questionnaire for Intersectionality at the Reference Desk Interviews

The questionnaire linked below is part of a research study aimed at examining personal identity and intersectionality at the reference desk. We are looking to recruit self-identified women of color librarians to interview about their experiences working with the public in libraries. We hope to learn about and understand how one’s personal identity can shape how they experience workplace interactions, and how they approach their work in public services.

Pre-Screening Questionnaire for Intersectionality at the Reference Desk Interviews

The questionnaire linked below is part of a research study aimed at examining personal identity and intersectionality at the reference desk. We are looking to recruit self-identified women of color librarians to interview about their experiences working with the public in libraries. We hope to learn about and understand how one’s personal identity can shape how they experience workplace interactions, and how they approach their work in public services.

If you are interested in being interviewed, please complete this online questionnaire (estimated

Pre-screening questions will be collected online through the survey tool Qualtrics. To protect the confidentiality of survey respondents the collection of IP addresses will be disabled in the survey results. Qualtrics is a secure survey tool.  The answers provided will only be used for recruitment purposes.  All data will be destroyed after completion of the study.

Participation is voluntary and participants are free to withdraw at any time, or may choose to only answer specific questions.

To complete this questionnaire you must be 18 years or older.

This research has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board of the University of Illinois, Chicago (UIC), which is a committee that works to protect your rights and welfare. If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a research subject you may contact, anonymously if you wish, the Institutional Review Board at (866) 789-6215 or uicirb@uic.edu.

Responses will be collected through December 15, 2015.

By clicking on the link below to proceed to the questionnaire, you acknowledge that you understand the nature of this research and consent to participate, and you do not feel that more than minimal risk, if any, is involved.

https://uic.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9uDaRUCh4wv7HuJ

 

Further questions or concerns can be addressed to:

Annie Pho, University of Illinois at Chicago, apho@uic.edu

Rose Chou, American University, roselovechou@gmail.com

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Discussion Survey On Diversity Positions and Scholarships

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 11:15 am

Colleagues, 

Current PhD student at the University of South Carolina, Jason Alston, is involved in an ongoing project addressing successful implementation of diversity librarian positions and diversity scholarship programs. Below is his call for participants:   

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Colleagues, 

Current PhD student at the University of South Carolina, Jason Alston, is involved in an ongoing project addressing successful implementation of diversity librarian positions and diversity scholarship programs. Below is his call for participants:   

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Below is the link to a fully anonymous survey that I am conducting for the next phase of my research/project. Please complete the survey if you either received a diversity-related scholarship AND/OR worked in any professional position that spawned from a diversity initiative. Questions are open-response and estimated completion time is 30 minutes, but the richer and fuller the data you provide is, the more successful my project will be and my goal is to develop a resource that will help institutions implement these programs more successfully. 

Again, the survey is FULLY ANONYMOUS; please do not provide any information that can be used to identify yourself or the institution(s) involved. If there are any questions or concerns, please email me at jasonalston@gmail.com. The link is here:

https://uncg.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_5tAMJEihEc5NY6p

Thank you,

 

Jason

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http://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonkalston/ 

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Discussion Research on leadership development for LIS professionals from diverse backgrounds

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 10:39 am

Colleagues,

Please help us gather important information to ensure the success of existing and future leadership development training programs (LDTs) for diverse groups!

Colleagues,

Please help us gather important information to ensure the success of existing and future leadership development training programs (LDTs) for diverse groups!

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is engaging in important research exploring the effects of formal LDT experiences on the retention and advancement of academic and research librarians from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups (URGs). This inquiry will explore and compare the experience of library and information science (LIS) professionals in LDTs that are designed and delivered specifically for those constituencies against others without that demographic focus. We will be conducting several in-person focus groups, facilitated by an expert external consultant, where we will be collecting qualitative data about those experiences and to determine the strengths and weaknesses of delivering LDTs in cohorts of URGs. In addition, we would like to collect feedback concerning program elements that are perceived as having an enduring effect on behaviors, engagement, and career trajectories.

Currently, we are recruiting participants for focus group sessions to be held during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, January 30 through February 2, 2015. (You need not be registered for or attending ALA Midwinter to participate in the focus groups.) We are searching for people who have participated in at least one LDT program for URGs and another without that focus. If you fit this criterion and are willing to dedicate 90-120 minutes for these important discussions, please complete the brief questionnaire (link below) to indicate your availability. The questionnaire will collect basic demographic and professional information, as well as data about the LDT experiences in which you have participated.

Even if you are not attending the ALA Midwinter meeting, we hope to convene other focus groups either in geographic areas where we have a sufficient population of eligible candidates, or in conjunction with other professional meetings. Your response to the questionnaire would be very helpful in determining these subsequent sessions.

https://arl.formstack.com/forms/untitled_form_12

All selected focus group participants will receive a $15 Amazon gift card as a token of appreciation. Light refreshments will be served

In order to be considered for the January focus groups, please complete the brief questionnaire by next Friday, December 12, 2014.  

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions.

Participation and Confidentiality

Participation in the focus group is voluntary. Data collected and analyzed will result in written reports to be shared with the ARL Committee on Diversity and Leadership, the ARL Board, and disseminated in other venues as appropriate. All data collected will be completely confidential and comments will be shared in written reports with no attribution. No identifying information (demographic, professional, or otherwise) will be shared that would link directly to the focus group participant.

Please distribute this announcement as appropriate! 

All best to everyone. 

Mark

Mark A. Puente
Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs
Association of Research Libraries
21 Dupont Circle, NW

Suite 800
Washington, DC 20036
(202)296-2296

mpuente@arl.org
http://www.arl.org/diversity/
http://www.arl.org/leadership/

 

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Discussion ALISE Diversity Travel Award to the ALISE Annual Conference

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Tue, Sep 9, 2014 at 03:59 pm

ALISE Diversity Travel Award to the ALISE Annual Conference

 

ALISE Diversity Travel Award to the ALISE Annual Conference

 

Description: This conference travel grant aims to increase diversity in LIS education/research, and will be awarded beginning with ALISE Conference 2015.  It provides the opportunity to an individual who wishes to address issues of diversity through doctoral study or teaching as adjuncts to gain exposure to and network with LIS educators, scholars and doctoral students.  The award continues ALISE’s commitment to diversity, following its adoption of the ALISE Diversity Statementhttp://www.alise.org/position-papers at the 2013 ALISE Conference. 

This award is complementary to the ALA Spectrum Travel Award to the ALISE Conference, which is an award created by the American Library Association, and for which ALISE is a co-sponsor.  The ALA award has the same aims and is open to Spectrum alumni whose experiences, research interests and professional goals align with ALISE's diversity principles.

Sponsorship: This award is sponsored by ALISE.

 

Prize: The ALISE Diversity Travel Award recipient will receive:

  • A stipend of $750 (U.S.) that may defray lodging and meal expenses during the conference
  • Complimentary conference registration
  • A complimentary one-year membership
  • A certificate at the ALISE awards ceremony

The award recipient’s school or organization is asked to help with travel costs.

Awardee Commitment Guidelines:

1.     Assisting and attending the Multicultural, Ethnic, and Humanistic Concerns SIG program and meeting.
2.     Commits to an additional 5 hours of ALISE activities which may include: Assisting with conference registration (as schedules permit); Assisting with major sessions; assist with business meeting, attend a board meeting, etc.
3.     Is highly encouraged to participate in the ALISE Work In-Progress Poster Session.
4.     Engages with an assigned conference buddy during the conference.
5.     Writes a 750-word article about their conference experiences for use by ALISE

 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The award is open to underrepresented LIS professionals and students whose experiences, research interests and professional goals align with ALISE's diversity principles. (see ALISE Diversity Statement, see www.alise.org).
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are not doctoral LIS students nor hold an LIS PhD.
  • Recipient cannot receive both ALA Spectrum Travel to ALISE Award and this award.

 

Application process:

  1. Please describe your background (max. 50 words) in relation to the diversity characteristics outlined in the ALISE Diversity Statement.
  2. Please describe your research or teaching goals related to diversity. (250-300 words)
  3. Please describe how will you benefit from participation in the ALISE Conference. (250-300 words)

 

Rating criteria:

  1. Diversity eligibility
  2. Alignment with Diversity statement 
  3. Does diversity statement indicate impact on diversity within LIS education or research 
  4. Demonstrated commitment to exploring diversity issues 
  5. Understanding of conference
  6. Impact of conference on research/teaching goals 

 

The nomination package, with name, email, address and affiliation should be emailed as a Word or PDF attachment by no later than September 15, 2014 to contact@alise.org

Award Jury: Don Latham, ALISE Director for Special Interest Groups, Laurie Bonnici, ALISE Director for Membership Services, and Carol Tilley, Director for External Relations 

Presentation: The award will be presented at the Awards Reception during the Annual Conference.

Deadline: The application must be received no later than September 15, 2014.

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Discussion Cultivating Diversity in LIS Education

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Sun, Jun 15, 2014 at 02:45 pm


For those of your considering doctoral studies, we're pleased to share more information from a number of LIS doctoral programs in the attached slides. 

Individuals attending the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas are additionally invited to meet one on one with these programs at the annual doctoral options fair: 

 


For those of your considering doctoral studies, we're pleased to share more information from a number of LIS doctoral programs in the attached slides. 

Individuals attending the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas are additionally invited to meet one on one with these programs at the annual doctoral options fair: 

 

Cultivating Diversity in LIS Education
Saturday, June 28, 2014
10:30-1:00  (10:30-Panel/ 11:30-Options Fair)
Las Vegas Hotel – Paradise South
Add to your schedule: http://ala14.ala.org/node/15724

 The ALA Office for Diversity and the University of Washington iSchool are very excited to invite you to our seventh annual information session with a focus on recruiting minority PhD students to the field of library and information science.

 "Leaders Wanted: Cultivating Diversity in LIS Education”

  • a panel of minority LIS PhD students sharing their journeys and helpful tips for the PhD application process
  • an introduction to the Spectrum Doctoral Fellows and the ALISE/ALA Social Justice Collaboratorium
  • an Options Fair where attendees can speak with faculty, doctoral students, and other representatives from a wide variety of schools from across the country (see list of participating schools below); learn about LIS PhD programs and funding opportunities.

 All are welcome to join us!

10:30am-11:15am   Panel on Doctoral Education

    • Moderated by: Dr. Nicole Cooke, faculty member, University Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    • PhD student panelists:
      • Jason Alston, University of South Carolina
      • Lenese Colson, Florida State University
      • Sandy Littletree, University of Washington
      • Robert Montoya, UCLA
      • LaVerne Gray, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • 11:30am-1:00pm      Options Fair
    • Meet informally with representatives from schools with doctoral programs in LIS
    • MLIS information will also be available

 We look forward to seeing you at Leaders Wanted!

 

Cynthia Del Rosario, Diversity Programs Advisor, University of Washington, iSchool

Gwendolyn Prellwitz, Assistant Director Spectrum and Related Grants, Office for Diversity & Spectrum, ALA

Allyson Carlyle, Associate Professor, University of Washington, iSchool

 

 

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Discussion Two fully funded PhD positions School of Information at The University of Texas

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 11:55 am

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 [1].
 

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 [1].
 
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 [2] 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 [3].
 
 
[1] http://blogs.ischool.utexas.edu/iwrg/
[2] jhowison@ischool.utexas.edu
[3] https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/admissions/phd
 
 
Diane E. Bailey
School of Information · University of Texas at Austin
Diane.bailey@ischool.utexas.edu
http://www.ischool.utexas.edu/~debailey/

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Discussion LJ Teaching Award Nominations Due September 16

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 09:15 am

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.

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.

ELIGIBILITY
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 rmiller@mediasourceinc.com.

Or mail nominations to:
The LJ Teaching Award
Library Journal
160 Varick St., 11th Floor
New York, NY 10013

http://lj.libraryjournal.com/awards/lj-teaching-award-nomination-guideli...

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Discussion Interview with Dr. Cooke on her path to the PhD

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 10:51 am

 

Interview with Dr. Nicole A. Cooke about her career path, research interests and degree choices. 

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