iSchool Faculty News – News & Events at Florida State University Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:19:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Find the iSchool at ALA 2016 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:19:29 +0000 [...] »]]> Join FSU iSchool faculty, students, staff and alumni at the American Library Association Conference in Orlando, Florida!  Here’s where you can find us at ALA:

Friday June 24, 2016

Friday 24 June – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Marcia Mardis, Associate Professor, will be at the CLASS II Research Project Meeting, OCCC – S330H

Friday 24 June – 12-1pm  Lorri Mon, iSchool Director, will be attending the ALA Spectrum Scholars luncheon at the Rosen Centre, Salon 11


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Saturday, June 25 – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM in the Rosen Centre, Room JR. Ballroom F – Lorri Mon, iSchool Director, and PhD student Ana Ndumu at “Leaders Wanted: Is an LIS Doctoral Program Right for You?” Rosen Centre, Room JR, Ballroom F

Saturday, June 25 – 11:45 AM – 11:50 AM Justin De La Cruz, FSU MLIS alumnus,  presents an Ignite talk on “The Importance & Basics Of Starting A Coding Group At Your Library,” Orange County Convention Center, Room W414CD

Saturday, June 25 – 11:55 AM – 12:00 PM Maria Atilano, FSU MLIS alumna, presents an Ignite talk  on “Shut Up and Listen: How One Academic Library Used Social Listening to Connect with Students and Build a Community.” Orange County Convention Center, Room W414CD

Saturday, June 25 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM – FSU PhD alumna Mega Subramaniam, FSU PhD alumna presents “Lessons from Learning Spaces: What Are Patrons Really Learning?” Orange County Convention Center, Room W206A

Saturday, June 25 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Nataly Blas, FSU MLIS alumna, presents a lightning talk on “Business Curriculum Mapping in a Flash! Strategic Ways to Target Essential Learning in Business Instruction,” at BRASS Academic Forum: Innovation and Risk Taking in Business Academic Librarianship: Lightning Talks (RUSA_BRASS) HILTON Orlando, Room Lake Eola B

Saturday, June 25 -2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Marcia Mardis, Associate Professor, attends the AASL Executive Board meeting, OCCC – W414A

Saturday, June 25 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Roberta Barber, FSU MLIS alumna, presents about making iPad mini-movies in “Green Screen: Quick & Dirty,”  at Orange County Convention Center, Room W101A.

Saturday, June 25  – 5pm at Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive – boarding buses for the 20 Years of Online Learning @ FSU Celebration, to be held at Disney’s Odyssey Pavilion in Epcot from 6:30-9:30pm (includes Disney’s Illumination Fireworks)


Sunday June 26, 2016

Sunday June 26 – 10:30am-11:30am  Professor Nancy Everhart and PhD alumna Amelia Anderson present on “Public Librarians Serving Those on the Autism Spectrum,” Convention Center Room S330 C-D

Sunday June 26 – 11:00am-1:30pm at ALA Exhibit Hall, Convention Center, Special Events Area PR Xchange book promotion – Lorri Mon and Christie Koontz are doing a book signing of their book on Marketing and Social Media.

Sunday June 26 – 1:30-2:30 in the ALA Networking Uncommons, FSU iSchool doctoral student Ana Ndumu presents on “Divine Connections: Academic library outreach toward the “Divine Nine” historically Black fraternities and sororities,” ACRL – Library Marketing & Outreach (LMO) Interest Group Lightning Talk

Sunday, June 26 – 3pm-4pm Professor Nancy Everhart represents School Libraries Worldwide at AASL’s “The Write Stuff: Insider Publishing Tips from Editors of Peer-Reviewed and Practitioner Journals,” OCCC – W205

Sunday, June 26 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Roberta Barber, FSU MLIS alumna, presents “Marketing Your Library: Developing Relationships Through Public Relations.” Orange County Convention Center, Room W102A

Sunday June 26 – 4:30-5:30pm  Lorri Mon, iSchool Director, is ALISE representative at the LSTA Meeting – HYATT Regency Orlando, Room Columbia 34

Sunday, June 26 – 5:30 – 7:30 PM – meet us in the Hilton Orlando Room, Lake Eola A at the ALISE alumni reunion; we might head off from there to another location, so watch for us on Twitter @FSULibIT


Monday, June 27, 2016

Monday, June 27 – 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – Edenia Hernandez, FSU MLIS alumna and Hong Huang, FSU PhD alumnus, present “Victorious Battle! Public Library’s Educational Value Delivered Through Original Librarian Created Book Battle Program,” Orange County Convention Center, Room W104



Dr. Shuyuan Mary Ho Invited to Present at SBP-SBiM’16 Conference Mon, 20 Jun 2016 18:14:05 +0000 [...] »]]> ShuyuanMaryHoDr. Shuyuan Mary Ho, Assistant Professor in the School of Information, is known for her renowned research on human-computer interactions involving cyber insider threats and online deception. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Florida Center for Cyber Security, and Florida State University Council of Research and Creativity, Dr. Ho’s research utilizes social-psychological theories and pragmatic viewpoints on language cues to construct a methodology for computational modeling of future behavioral inference systems.

Dr. Ho recently published a paper on “Computer-Mediated Deception: Strategies Revealed by Language-Action Cues in Spontaneous Communication,” at Journal of Management Information Systems. This paper was co-authored with Dr. Jeffrey T. Hancock, Dr. Xiuwen Liu, and Cheryl Booth. Along this research line, Dr. Ho has been invited to present her research at this year’s International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling & Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation on June 29, 2016. She will be presenting the paper “Saint or Sinner? Language-action Cues for Modeling Deception Using Support Vector Machines,” that Dr. Ho co-authored alongside Dr. Xiuwen Liu, Cheryl Booth, and Aravind Hariharan. These papers discuss a series of experiments designed and conducted to explain how language-action cues reveal patterns of information behavior in spontaneous online communication.

Gene Sherron Scholarship Marks First Endowment for Technology Programs Thu, 19 May 2016 13:17:45 +0000 [...] »]]>
GeneSherronRetired professor Gene Sherron recently gifted FSU’s iSchool with $30,000 to fund the very first endowment to provide scholarships for the Information Technology program. With his generous gift, Sherron is taking the lead to ensure that the next generation of IT students will have the support they need to succeed in the fast-paced and ever-changing world of technology.

The Professor Gene T. Sherron Endowed Scholarship honors Gene’s late wife, Elaine S. Sherron. In her life, she was a loyal friend of Florida State and the College of Communication & Information. Gene hopes that through this endowment, students pursuing degrees in Information Technology will be inspired by Elaine’s enthusiasm for and commitment to Florida State University. The scholarship will provide students with much-needed financial support that will help them realize their full potential in the profession.

Gene Sherron has been an indispensable resource to Florida State University and the College of Communication & Information throughout the past several decades. The retired professor and Vietnam War veteran created the entire Information Studies program at Florida State University, all the way down to developing each syllabus in every course that came to make up the Bachelor’s and Master’s programs.

After graduating from the University of Florida in 1953 with his Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Sherron left for Korea to commence his military career. After serving there for two years, he was assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington for troop duty as an Infantry company commander. He then served in the Panama Canal Zone from 1964-1967 before being assigned to Vietnam where he commanded an Infantry Battalion in the 101st Airborne Division. The veteran then came back to the U.S. to work in the Pentagon for three years. He ended his military career in 1977 as a Colonel on faculty at the National Defense University.

Sherron also worked on his graduate education while in the military. He earned his Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Information Technology from George Washington University in 1968, followed by his Doctor of Business Administration from the same university in 1976.

His time in the military was followed by an impressive academic career. He has been a lecturer in computer science at the University of the District of Columbia, an associate professor in the information systems management cirriculum at the University of Maryland and a professor of information studies here at Florida State University. He has also been an associate professor at FSU’s College of Business.

Additionally, research done by Sherron was integral to the development of FSU’s Information Studies program. Most significantly, he was the co-prinicpal investigator for a $50,000 W.K. Kellogg grant for the development of undergraduate education in information studies at Florida State University.

Although he has retired as an IT professor, Sherron is still passionate about giving back to the next generation of IT students. That’s why he created the Professor Gene T. Sherron Endowed Scholarship. The first endowment to the IT program, the scholarship will provide much needed support within the College of Communication & Information by helping undergraduate students pursue degrees in Information Technology or Information, Communication & Technology. It is being established to honor Sherron’s late wife, Elaine S. Sherron, as a tribute to her kindness and generosity. Sherron hopes that Elaine’s commitment to and enthusiasm for Florida State University can inspire students to realize their potential in the field of Information Technology.

To learn more about programs within FSU’s School of Information, follow this link. Additionally, if you’d like additional information about this endowment or want to learn more about giving opportunities, please contact Mafé Brooks, Director of Development at or (850) 645-8312. 


iSchool Doctoral Candidate, Alum and Professor Publishing Papers About Music Information Seeking Behaviors Mon, 02 May 2016 12:56:45 +0000 [...] »]]> iSchool doctoral candidate Hengyi Fu and alumna Yun Fan are publishing a paper entitled “Music Information Seeking via Social Q&A: An Analysis of Questions in Music Stack Exchange Community.” The paper discusses how music Q&A sites like Music Stack Exchange are fruitful resources for identifying users’ music information needs, how those needs are expressed and intended use of the information once it’s obtained. Music Stack Exchange users asked questions that were motivated by the recognition of knowledge gaps, lack of resources, need for others’ opinions or interest in research issues. Music librarians and general-purpose music information system designers will be able to use the findings to help them enhance music-related controlled variables and improve the experience of users searching for relevant music information. The paper is being published as part of the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) 2016 full paper track.

Fu is also publishing a paper with Dr. Besiki Stvilia entitled “Knowledge Curation Discussions and Activity Dynamics in a Short Lived Social Q&A Community” as part of the JCDL 2016 full paper track. This paper provides a content analysis of member discussions and content curation actions on a short lived social Q&A interaction on Music Stack Exchange. The findings will help in the identification and assembly of community type specific repertoires of strategies, rules and actions of community design, governance, and content creation and curation.

iSchool Doctoral Candidate Jongwook Lee Receives Outstanding TA Award Fri, 22 Apr 2016 15:43:12 +0000 [...] »]]> iSchool doctoral candidate Jongwook Lee was recently presented with the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (OTAA) for his work as a lead instructor for LIS2780: Database Concepts last year. The OTAA is awarded annually to outstanding graduate teaching assistants for their distinguished contributions to student learning through excellence in instruction. In order to be eligible to receive the award, nominees had to document their teaching experience in a portfolio and submit a letter of recommendation. Lee received the award on April 13, 2016 at the Celebration of Graduate Student Excellence.

Lee shares, “This is a very meaningful award to me because I got nominated by and recommendations from my students. I would like to say thank you to all of my students. This award motivates me to make consistent efforts in refining my teaching skills as well as improving my professional and interpersonal skills to effectively mentor students.”

Dr. Paul Marty and Class Capture 360-Degree Video from Sky with #LaunchTheTorch Wed, 06 Apr 2016 11:25:37 +0000 [...] »]]> Dr. Paul Marty and 25 honors students in IFS 2097: Emerging Technologies released a weather balloon that launched a 3D-printed copy of the FSU torches, as well as GoPro cameras, into the stratosphere to capture a 360-degree video of the FSU torches floating 20 miles high above the earth.

Launching a camera on a weather balloon has been on Marty’s bucket list for about five years now, and teaching this E-Series class on Emerging Technologies has given him a chance to do just that. His students are equally enthusiastic about the project, and have been eager to learn and work in this hands-on, project-based, technology-rich environment. The class custom-designed the payload from scratch, 3D-printed the FSU torches and the GoPro camera rig, collaborated with the National Weather Service to plan the launch and worked with the Tallahassee Amateur Radio Society to help track the balloon during flight.

The class launched the balloon on Monday, April 4, around 10:45 a.m. As word has gotten around about the project, others are also getting excited. Marty says, “I’ve really been thrilled by the interest across campus. Many people have volunteered to help the students achieve their goal — including faculty and students from the College of Communication and Information, the Department of Metereology, the FSU student chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH, and more!”

When the class launched the helium weather balloon, it was about six feet in diameter. As the balloon ascended into the sky, it expanded to approximately 20 feet before it pops and the parachute is released. The balloon is expected to travel 18-20 miles up in about 90 minutes. Thanks to support from FSU’s Grants for Engaged Learning (GEL) program, Marty has secured an Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) to track the balloon and its payload in real time, allowing him and his students to follow the balloon in flight. Weather conditions and the jet stream greatly influence the balloon’s trajectory, the payload landed near Jasper, Florida and was retrieved on Tuesday, April 5th. At it’s highest, the balloon reached 66,709 feet, which is about 12.5 miles high!

Students in the Emerging Technologies class have been working on this project all semester, placing a strong emphasis on team-based student collaboration. During the first five weeks of class, the students researched all the different aspects of the project in small groups. The students then divided into teams in order to focus on specific aspects of the project based on their interests: video, 3D printing, social media, GPS tracking and mechanical engineering (including the balloon, parachute and payload).

As Marty points out, “This is a great project for students interested in emerging technologies! It’s easy to understand, but hard to do well. Anyone can attach a camera to a weather balloon and let it go; the hard part is getting your camera back.”

Now that the group has located the payload and the GoPros, Marty’s class will spend the rest of the semester editing the videos together to create a 360-degree video of the FSU torches in flight.

Check out the blogs on the project at here and here, and follow #launchthetorch for the latest information.

iSchool’s Dr. Marcia Mardis Authors 6th Edition of “The Collection Program in Schools: Concepts and Practices” Thu, 24 Mar 2016 18:58:42 +0000 [...] »]]> The iSchool’s Dr. Marcia Mardis recently published the sixth edition of the book, The Collection Program in Schools: Concepts and Practices. Mardis is the third author of the book, preceded by Dr. Phyllis Van Orden and FSU alum Dr. Kay Bishop. This also follows the publication of Mardis’s previous book, The Collection’s at the Core, which was published in December 2014.

According its description, the updated book “gives school librarians the tools to develop and maintain a collection in a constantly changing environment, often with reduced budgets; and to ensure that students can use virtual libraries and have access to all modern media and learning resources.” The new edition also addresses current educational initiatives, new standards and shifts that have occurred in the past five years.

Mardis was interested in taking over the text because she teaches courses in FSU’s iSchool that address the topics discussed in the book.

She shares, “I focused on renovating the content to reflect current educational and technology policy and content trends like digital textbooks and the Common Core State Standards. I freshened the language and sought to give the text a very current feel. I want this book to be one that students may have to buy for class but will want to keep for their professional lives.”

The Collection Program in Schools: Concepts and Practices can be purchased on the ABC-CLIO website and through all major distributers.  

iSchool Collaborative Research Project Receives ALISE/OCLC Grant Fri, 26 Feb 2016 15:25:40 +0000 [...] »]]> A research project being conducted by iSchool professor Dr. Besiki Stvilia with iSchool alum Dr. Shuheng Wu of SUNYand Dr. Dong Joon Lee of Texas A&M Libraries recently received an ALISE/OCLC Research Award for $14,984. Entitled “Social aspects of participation in online research identity management systems,” the study will look at researchers’ perceived value of research identity metadata and motivations to participate in online research identity and information management systems.

Interest in the topic was sparked by a research project conducted a few years ago that involved bibliometric and scientometric analysis of researcher productivity and impact. The researchers, including Dr. Stvilia and Dr. Wu, had to manually disambiguate researcher identities by triangulating information from different sources in order to accurately map names to actual identities and collect identity and research information about specific researchers.

Dr. Stvilia shares, “The problem was and remains that no single database could provide accurate, complete and up-to-date research identity information about individual researchers.”

Accurate research identity determination and disambiguation are important to the effective grouping, linking, aggregation and retrieval of scholarship, to the evaluation of the research productivity and impact of individuals, groups and institutions and to the identification of expertise and skills. Knowledge curation by professionals usually produces high-quality results as far as this goes; however, it’s not always cost-effective. The study will further explore this idea.

Dr. Stvilia explains, “The online communities literature shows that successful peer curation committees which are able to attract and retain enough participants can provide scalable knowledge curation solutions of a quality that is comparable to the quality of professionally-curated content. Hence, the success of online research identity management systems may depend on the number of contributors and users they are able to recruit, motivate and engage in research information data curation.”

The nearly $15,000 grant will provide funding for data collection activities and some travel.

Find the iSchool at #FLA2016! Fri, 26 Feb 2016 14:44:32 +0000 [...] »]]> FSU iSchool presents at the 2016 Florida Library Association
The Plaza Resort & Spa, Daytona Beach, FL


Members of the Florida State University (FSU) School of Information ( FSU iSchool) community will be at the upcoming FLA Conference in Daytona Beach, FL February 29 – March 3, 2016.  The iSchool invites you to stop by our table (#48) in the Exhibitor Hall and visit with faculty members Pam Doffek, Leila Gibradze, Christie Koontz, Lorri Mon, Linda Swaine, as well as our doctoral students.  Celebrate with the iSchool at a reception launching the school’s 20th anniversary of online learning.

Here’s where you can catch up with faculty, students, alum and staff:


Tuesday, March 1

9:30 – 11:30 AM Plaza Real AB. Opening Session. Amelia Anderson, Doctoral Candidate, FSU iSchool.  

10:00 AM – Noon & 1:30 – 3:00 PM Plaza Resort Hospitality Suite. Coffee and Conversations. A casual meet and greet with iSchool faculty, alumni, students and staff.

1:00 – 2:00 PM Granada GH. Practical Strategies for Library Advocates Using Social NetworksLaura Spears, Doctoral Candidate, FSU.

2:15 – 3:30 PM Granada E. There’s No Stopping Us Now! Why Systematic Staff Training Keeps the Organization Moving Forward. – Lisandra R. Carmichael, Doctoral Candidate, FSU (Associate Dean of the Library, UNF).

2:15 -3:30 PM Granada F. Why Not Master Your Copy Rights and Responsibilities? — Michael Rodriguez, FSU iSchool alum (Hodges University)

3:45 – 4:45 PM Granada GH.  Why Not GIF It to Students? Using Pop Culture and Graphic Image Files to Explain the Research ProcessJasmine Spitler (FSU Libraries).

3:45 – 4:45 PM Vista del Mar. Conversations That Matter. Organized by the Continuing Education Committee – Maria Atilano, FSU iSchool alum (UNF)

4:30 – 6:00 PM. Exhibit Hall opens.  The FSU iSchool will have a table in the exhibitor hall.  Spend a few minutes visiting with the iSchool faculty and students at Table #48.

6:30 – 8:00 PM.  FSU School of Information Alumni & Friends Reception. FSU’s iSchool community welcomes alumni and friends to mingle at the “Alumni Reception” celebrating our 20th year anniversary of online learning.

Wednesday, March 2

8:30 – 9:30 AM Granada F. The Need to Preserve: Challenges and Opportunities in Collecting the History of a Young UniversityAisha Johnson, FSU iSchool alum (UNF).

2:15 – 3:15 PM Granada C.  Outreach Across the Ages: Developing Programs and Partnerships for Adults from 18 to 80 – Organized by the Outreach and Programming Member Group — Maria Atilano, FSU iSchool alum (UNF).

2:15 – 3:15 PM Plaza Real C. Virtual Exhibits: Connecting Digital Content to a Gallery Experience – Why Not? Guy Cicinelli and Parker Fruehan, FSU iSchool alumni (FL Gulf Coast).

4:00 – 5:00 PM Granada F. Building and Providing Research Data Management Services: A Framework for EveryoneRenaine Julian and Micah Vandegrift, FSU iSchool alumni (FSU Libraries).

4:00 – 5:00 PM Vista del Mar Career 411 – Why Not Jump Start Your Career? Organized by FLA’s Membership and Library Career Development Committees – Michael Rodriguez, FSU alum (Hodges University); Pamala Doffek, Leila Gibradze, Portia McQueen and Laura Spears, FSU; Robin Etter, FSU iSchool alum (Lake Sumter State College).

Thursday, March 3

8:00 – 9:30 AM  Granada E. Vendor/Library Relationships: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why Not?  Brittany O’Neill and Stephanie Bertone, FSU iSchool alumni (Barry U. School of Law).

9:45 – 10:45 AM Granada C. Use-Driven Acquisitions Planning for the SUS Libraries: Here We Go Again!Roy Ziegler (FSU Libraries).

9:45 – 10:45 AM  Granada GH. Why Not Play Ball? When Athletes and Librarians Play Together, Everyone Wins  – Lisandra Carmichael and Cat Silvers, FSU iSchool alumni (UNF).

9:45 – 10:45 AM  Vista del Mar. Inclusion Program Organized by the FLA Executive Board/Conference Planning Committee –  Renaine Julian, FSU iSchool alum (FSU)

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Plaza Real AB. Closing Session. Annual FLA Business Meeting and Awards Session. Amelia Anderson, FSU Doctoral Candidate.

iSchool Professor Melissa Gross Publishes New Book Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:45:44 +0000 [...] »]]> iSchool professor Melissa Gross recently published her new book, 5 Steps of Outcome-Based Planning and Evaluation for Public Libraries. Co-authored with Cindy Mediavilla and Virginia A. Walter, the book is intended to help librarians conduct solid community assessments and integrate outcome-based planning and evaluation (OBPE) into their work.

Gross shares, “My co-authors and I recognized that even though outcome evaluation is the de facto method for evaluating library programs and services, few library managers know how to use outcomes as part of planning and evaluation.”

Gross, Mediavilla and Walter have conducted many successful workshops teaching librarian managers their 5-step OBPE process and decided to publish a book about it to make the information more readily available to those who need it. This knowledge isn’t only advantageous to librarians, but also to instructors in library schools, workshop leaders, library managers and grant writers.

The book enhances the previous OBPE model by incorporating a fifth step that addresses how to use outcomes to leverage the library’s role in the community. The new model has been extensively tested in order to determine how to present OBPE in a comprehensible way, and the book demonstrates that integrating the new step is not only beneficial but simple.

Gross explains, “One of the primary strengths of our OBPE approach is its simplicity. Other outcome-based planning models are difficult to understand and have been deemed too complicated to be readily implemented.”

The authors are confident that adopting OBPE helps libraries rethink old programs and systematically approach new ones, make good managerial decisions, build staff capacity to be better practitioners, provide relevant data for library stakeholders, satisfy grant funders and use results to leverage the library’s overall role in the community.