Doctor Johannes Britz, dean of the School of Information Studies (SOIS), recently returned from the World Technology Summit & Awards 2009, having been named a finalist for the Ethics Award. Britz, who was nominated anonymously, was notified in February of this prestigious honor. As one of only five finalists, Britz and Assistant Dean Chad Zahrt traveled to New York, the site of the award ceremony, on July 15th – 16th.
The School of Information Studies is pleased to announce that Dr. Joyce Latham, an assistant professor at SOIS, was elected as a 2010 Member-at-Large representative to the Wisconsin Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT).
On Monday, January 4th, 2010, School of Information Studies (SOIS) assistant professor Michael Zimmer was part of National Public Radio (NPR)’s regular program Morning Edition. Zimmer, who is also an associate at the Center for Information Policy Research (CIPR), was the guest of reporter Martin Kaste in a news story concerning privacy groups asking the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to examine the practices of Facebook.
The Research Group for Information Retrieval (RGIR) at the School of Information Studies (SOIS) has storage on the mind. The group recently focused their attention on creating an institutional repository for research published by group members. SOIS Associate Professor Jin Zhang believes that the repository will help push along the quality of publishing into high ranking journals. “In the future, we’d like to invite publishing from outside the group,” he added.
In the spring of 2009, Jamie Metrailer, who is finishing his Certificate of Advanced Study in Archives and Records Administration, visited the Clinton President Library in Little Rock, Arkansas for an assignment. The visit was part of Professor Amy Cooper Cary’s Introduction to Modern Archives Administration, course offered as part of the certificate program. During the visit, Metrailer got to meet the archival staff, a fortuitous event, it may seem: in November, Metrailer accepted and began a position as an archivist with the National Archives and Records Administration at the William J. Clinton Library and Museum.
In conjunction with the School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP), SOIS Associate Professor Xianming Mu and his team at the Intelligence, Information, and Architecture (IIA) lab have begun working on creating a new database search function. The project involves Community Design Solutions (CDS) which is a non-profit, student-run design institute within SARUP.