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Overcoming Barriers to Information Access (B2A)

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Educating the Next Generation of Library and Information Science Leaders

Overview

SOIS has received a grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program to educate six doctoral students with research interests with research interests that address barriers to information access as they relate to one of the three areas of specialization within the doctoral program:
  • Information organization - e.g., cultural bias in knowledge organization systems
  • Information policy - e.g., information poverty and accessibility, digital divide issues
  • Information retrieval - e.g., human-computer interaction barriers, system design to accommodate different information seeking styl
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B2A Fellow Activities

The SOIS B2A Fellows are active in their research and scholarship. Learn more about recent and upcoming conferences, lectures and events they are involved in.
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Activities

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B2A fellows Jeannette Glover, Jennifer Thiele, Adriana McCleer and Renee Bennett-Kapusniak along with B2A PI Dietmar Wolfram, took part in a panel session titled "Planning LIS Doctoral Education Around a Focused Theme: The B2A Approach" on January 30th at the 2015 Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) conference held in Chicago.

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Jennifer Thiele and fellow international doctoral students at the Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme, Oxford, England 07/14


iConference 2013Renee Bennett-Kapusniak and Jennifer Thiele at the iConference in Fort Worth, TX 02|2013

Renee Bennett-Kapusniak and Jennifer Thiele at the iConference in Fort Worth, TX 02/13
Jeannette Glover at the iConference in Fort Worth, TX 02|2013
Jeannette Glover at the iConference in Fort Worth, TX 02/13

Adriana McCleer at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo in Santiago, Dominican Republic in February 2013.
Adriana McCleer at the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo in Santiago, Dominican Republic in February 2013.


JCLC 2012

JCLC 2012 PictureB2A Fellows Jeannette Glover, Renee Kapusniak, Adriana McCleer, and Jennifer Thiele, and PI Dietmar Wolfram were presenters on a panel discussing "Overcoming Barriers to Information Access" at the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color conference in Kansas City, MO on September 22nd (http://www.jclc-conference.org/program/sessions/overcoming-barriers-information-access).

B2A News

Fellowship Received

Congratulations to Jeannette Glover,  recipient of an Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) fellowship for the 2015-16 academic year!

Congratulations!

Congratulations to our B2A fellows who have successfully defended their dissertation proposals to date:
Renee Bennett-Kapusniak
Adriana McCleer
Jennifer Thiele

Jennifer Thiele attends Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme

Jennifer Thiele was selected as one of 20 doctoral students worldwide to participate in this prestigious annual gathering held at the University of Oxford.

Preliminary Examinations

Congratulations to our B2A fellows who have successfully passed their preliminary examinations:
  • Jennifer Thiele
  • Adriana McCleer
  • Renee Bennett-Kapusniak
  • Jeannette Robinson
  • Liza Barry-Kessler

ALISE Award Given to Adriana McCleer

Adriana McCleer was one of two doctoral students to receive a prestigious Doctoral Student to ALISE Award for the 2014 ALISE conference in January 2014.
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ALISE Award Winners 2014 

 

 

Contact

For more information about the B2A program, please contact Dr. Dietmar Wolfram, B2A Program, Principal Investigator.

For more information on the PhD in Information Studies, please contact:

B2A Brown Bag Presentations

Faculty Presentations 2011-12

October 5th – Professor Wooseob Jeong – “Usability study on mobile Web newspaper sites”
November 16th – Professor Joyce Latham – “Off/on our backs and interrogating narratives”
December 7th – Professor Rakesh Babu – “Accessibility and usability of healthcare portals: Bridging the chasm between designers and blind users”
February  28th – Professor s Jin Zhang and Dietmar Wolfram – “Visualization of health subject analysis based on query term co-occurrences”
March 27th – Professor Terrance Newell – “Using 21st century learning labs to address competency –based access barriers”
April 24th – Professor Wil Peekhaus – “Seeds, sovereignty, and sustainability: Informing and educating South African subsistence farmers”

B2A Fellow Presentations 2012-13

October 3rd - Adriana McCleer - “Censorship of Mexican American Studies: An Exploratory Case Study”
November 7th - Liza Barry-Kessler - "Queering Copyright: How lack of copyright protection for recipes both frustrates and benefits food bloggers." 
February 5th - Renee Kapusniak - “Librarians’ Perception of Older Adult Services: The Importance of Older Adult Programming and Outreach in Rural, Suburban and Urban Libraries in Wisconsin”
March 5th - Jennifer Thiele - "Equity of Access in Rural Libraries: A Case Study of Low Broadband Speed and Its Impact on Practice" 
April 2nd - Jeannette Glover - "Access Denied? An Exploratory Study of LCSH for African American Materials”