Past iSchool Faculty Presentations

  • A Snapshot in Time: The National Archives of 54 African Nations
    Date: November 26, 2018
    Presenter(s): Patricia C. Franks
    Link: iccrom.org
    Location: Yaounde, Cameroon
    Comment: Not all 54 African nations have official national archives, although all have officials and citizens who understand the value of their cultural heritage and are dedicated to the pursuit of gathering, preserving, and providing access to archival materials that can be used to tell the story of their countries. This presentation will provide a glimpse into the status of national archives in the 54 countries based on data gathered between September 2016 and December 2017.
  • Blockchain: One Emerging Technology-So Many Applications
    Date: November 13, 2018
    Presenter(s): Sandy Hirsh and Sue Alman
    Link: asist.org
    Location: Vancouver
    Comment: It is clear from the expanding literature that blockchain technology is a trend potentially on the brink of revolutionizing the public and private sectors. There have been conferences, books, white papers, start-ups, and numerous back-channel discussions on ways blockchain technology can address seemingly endless processes, and it is on the radar of many information professionals. Blockchain technology has the potential for organizations to accomplish much more than cryptocurrency, payments or housing electronic credentials. Currently, organizations are experimenting with its use in a variety of settings from land transaction recording, medical recordkeeping, supply chain management, regulatory compliance, identity management and beyond. The technology enables a broader impact within the information community and around the globe. Some suggestions being mooted for blockchain applications in information centers include building an enhanced metadata center, protecting Digital First Sale rights, supporting community-based collections, and facilitating partnerships across organizations. With its potential to transform social, political and economic interactions, and the way that information is managed, there is more to explore about how blockchain can be applied to manage information and what the ethical implications may be. The panelists will provide an update on the current and future uses of blockchain from their own ongoing research: they will present the recommendations developed from the IMLS-funded project to investigate the possible uses of blockchain, research outcomes from the University of British Columbia’s Records in the Chain Project, and the outcomes of a recently completed project (Project Novum) that focused on the organizational and structural issues in visual arts and financial services.
  • The Father of Bulgarian Travel Literature, Aleko Konstantinov, XIX Century, and his presence in American Libraries
    Date: November 11, 2018
    Presenter(s): Katia Karadjova
    Location: Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
  • Culture Matters: Designing Emerging Services for Multicultural Communities Beyond Walls
    Date: November 10, 2018
    Presenter(s): Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran; Co-Presenter with J. Guillermo Garcia (Glendale Public Library)
    Link: conference.cla-net.org
    Location: Santa Clara, CA
    Comment: Does your public library have a cultural strategy to demonstrate its commitment to an inclusive community where all cultures are respected and valued? What cultural issues should be taken into consideration when first setting out to design an emerging service for a public library that supports diverse communities? How do your collections and services represent the diversity of your communities? This session will introduce why culture matters when developing services and programs, and offer suggestions for making your public library the gateway to new and emerging services that will bring your neighbors from near and far together. Join us on a cultural adventure to expanding your public library services beyond its borders.
  • How-To Have a Poker Face
    Date: November 10, 2018
    Presenter(s): Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran
    Link: conference.cla-net.org
    Location: Santa Clara, CA
    Comment: Have you ever heard the term ‘poker face’ before? It is often associated with people playing the card game Poker, and refers to how individuals accidentally communicate their intentions based on the look on their face. You can learn a lot based on non-verbals: someone's facial expressions and their body language. This brief session will teach attendees how to hold a poker face; that is how we make up our minds about others very quickly and usually without any verbal communication (often known as a first impression). Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in how to have a poker face with the intent of experiencing a set of new cultural norms.
  • How-To Work a Room
    Date: November 10, 2018
    Presenter(s): Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran
    Link: conference.cla-net.org
    Location: Santa Clara, CA
    Comment: One of the most meaningful ways you can market yourself is to make and sustain personal contact with those that you meet. How has networking worked for you? How do you start a conversation with a stranger? In this session, we invite attendees to share their success of making every connection matter. Information professionals are invited to discuss how they have approached networking, what has worked/what has not worked, and how we can make sure that every connection we meet, regardless of environment, matters. From this session, let us go forth, connect with diverse groups and remind those we meet just how valuable we are in this world. Here are key questions that will be discussed: 1 - What exactly is networking, and how do you network? 2 - What does it mean to work a room? 3 - How do we ensure the most out of our interactions?
  • Preconference: Bringing Culture Back: Managing Unconscious Bias to Strengthen Your Corporate Culture
    Date: November 09, 2018
    Presenter(s): Dr. Michele A. L. Villagran
    Link: conference.cla-net.org
    Location: Santa Clara, CA
    Comment: Have you ever examined the sources of unconscious bias and how it can influence interactions with others? Have you ever understood how cultural values impact our own biases and interactions? Understanding unconscious biases and cultural awareness are critical first steps towards improving our performance, however, we cannot stop there. Awareness alone does not guarantee success, but the ultimate question is how to take that awareness and put it into action in order to ensure these biases do not influence judgments about others. This directly impacts the library's inclusive work environment and the strength of the corporate culture. This session will allow participants to identify and understand their biases, and provide them with strategies for managing biases to help improve intercultural effectiveness within the library.
  • Accelerating student learning for taxonomy design work: Rapid onboarding through consultant-internships
    Date: November 09, 2018
    Presenter(s): Virginia Tucker
    Location: Vancouver BC
    Comment: Consultant-internships are effective for rapid onboarding of higher education students into knowledge management (KM) positions, supporting them in bridging concepts and theories from their coursework into real-world information design and analysis projects. Building on a recently completed case study, this research uses template analysis methodology to examine skills and competencies relevant to taxonomy design work, and the soft skills that employers both demand and struggle to articulate. This dual combination of information professional abilities is highly sought after in collaborative and virtual KM professional settings.
  • Talking the Talk: Professional and Personal Communication Strategies
    Date: November 07, 2018
    Presenter(s): Sue Alman
    Location: Online
    Comment: There are many factors that impact daily interactions with everyone—library users, colleagues, family and friends—and this workshop will provide participants with some ways to improve interpersonal communication. Special emphasis will be given to personality type, gender, age, socio-economics, listening, and virtual and face-to-face communications. At the end of the session, participants will be able to identify many of the factors that impact communication and acquire some interpersonal communication skills.
  • Talking the Talk: Professional and Personal Communication Strategies
    Date: November 07, 2018
    Presenter(s): Sue Alman
    Location: Online
    Comment: There are many factors that impact daily interactions with everyone—library users, colleagues, family and friends—and this workshop will provide participants with some ways to improve interpersonal communication. Special emphasis will be given to personality type, gender, age, socio-economics, listening, and virtual and face-to-face communications.  At the end of the session, participants will be able to identify many of the factors that impact communication and acquire some interpersonal communication skills.

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