iSchool Faculty News – News & Events at Florida State University Wed, 04 May 2016 13:47:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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.


20 Questions with Lorri Mon Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:49:01 +0000 [...] »]]> IMG_9738

  1. What was your first job?
    I had a newspaper delivery route as a kid.
  2. If you were to write a personal memoir, what would you name it?
    Keep It Moving! My Life on the Road
  3. Where did you grow up?
    Moving around a lot, but mainly Northern California (San Francisco Bay Area)
  4. What is your favorite class you’ve taught?
    5603 Intro to Information Services (the Reference class) – so much fun! — but I also love my Gov Docs class (5661) and Social Media Management (5385).  I taught a Virtual Environments class that also was really interesting, we did hands-on chat reference and SMS-text messaging reference, and experimented with virtual worlds.
  5. What is your favorite place to grab dinner in Tallahassee?
    Mayuri (Indian) is new favorite.
  1. What are your hobbies outside of work?
    Running and frisbee with my dog, cooking, and travel – my most recent trips out of the country were to Berlin (Germany), Montreal (Canada), and Jerusalem (Israel) and Petra (Jordan)
  2. Have you always wanted to teach?
    As a kid I wanted to be a writer and investigative journalist, but I enjoyed my career as a reference librarian – it was a tough choice leaving that path, but I really wanted to teach the next generation.
  3. What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to or where would you like to go?
    Switzerland – I only visited briefly in Lucerne, but would love to go back to see more of that country.
  1. How many football games have you attended?
    None since 49ers Super Bowl homecoming day in San Francisco – I’m not a big fan of crowds!
  2. Proudest career/life moment?
    Being nominated for teaching awards by my students!  I’m also very proud of helping five of my 5661 Gov Docs students to be published in the ALA journal DttP: Documents to the People –Eva Ball is the latest MLIS graduate student whose article was recently accepted by DttP and will be coming out soon!
  3. What’s your favorite band?
    Right now it’s between Postmodern Jukebox and the Alabama Shakes.
  4. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
    You miss 100% of the shots you never take.
  5. If money were no object, how would you spend your days?
    Probably writing, reading, traveling, and gardening.
  6. What is your favorite book and why?
    What, just one?  I, Robot by Isaac Asimov, for the Three Laws of Robotics.  Nightfall is hands-down my favorite short story.
  7. If you could be famous for something, what would it be?
    If I could pick any way at all to be famous? I’d give away a fortune to fund public libraries nationwide —  pay it forward so the next generation could have the opportunities I had to learn, apply for jobs, access computers and Internet, and find information.
  8. What Jeopardy category could you clear, no problem?
    Classic science fiction, or Star Trek trivia.
  9. Do you have any pets?
    A dog named Lily (part-Boxer mutt, from a shelter).
  10. When did you start working at Florida State University?
    July 2006.
  11. What was the last movie you saw in theaters?
    Avatar in Imax 3D.
  12. What is the best part about your job?
    Helping people achieve their goals, and hearing back about the latest jobs and achievements of my students.


Two CCI Faculty Members Earn Promotions Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:44:02 +0000 [...] »]]> Two FSU faculty members were recently promoted. Toby Macrae, Ph.D. was promoted from an Assistant Professor to an Associate Professor with tenure and Jennifer Proffitt, Ph.D. was promoted from an Associate Professor to a full Professor.

Toby Macrae headshotMacrae earned both his B.S. and M.S. in Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He then went on to earn his Ph.D. in Speech Pathology from the University of Nevada. His research interests include the early identification and comprehensive assessment of and intervention for speech sound disorders and their subtypes in children. His teaching interests include speech sound disorders in children and clinical phonetics. His favorite part about working at FSU is the support he was afforded by his colleagues to allow him to be successful in the promotion and tenure process.

Jennifer Proffitt headshot

Proffitt earned her B.A. in Communication from the University of Pittsburgh, her M.A. in Communication from the University of Wyoming and her Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include the political economy of communications and mass communication history and regulation. Her teaching interests include political economy of media, news media ethics, media history and theory and critical media studies. She can’t pick just one favorite part about working at FSU, but she narrowed it down to the intellectual curiosity of the students, the collegiality of the faculty and the opportunities provided by the faculty union.

To learn more about the Communication programs offered at Florida State, follow this link.

A Look at 2015 at the Information Institute Mon, 04 Jan 2016 13:52:46 +0000