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September 27, 2012

SOIS Faculty & Staff Updates

The 2nd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color

SOIS was well represented at the 2nd National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color which took place last week. SOIS Senior Advisor Twyla McGhee and SOIS student Tiffany Thorton represented the School at the exhibits. Professor Dietmar Wolfram and PhD students Adriana McCleer, Jeannette Glover, Jennifer Thiele, and Renee Kapusniak presented “Overcoming Barriers to Information Access” during the conference. Kelly Webster, a SOIS Alumni, received the JCLC Advocacy Award from the American Indian Library Association.


Wisconsin Academic Advising Association

SOIS Advisors Jessica Hutchings, Toby Deutsch, and Angela Sadowsky presented “#DigitalAdvising @YourSchool!” at the Wisconsin Academic Advising Association conference ( at UW-Lacrosse. The presentation was well-received, and they have been asked to be the keynote speakers at next year’s conference. Toby and Jessica will be presenting this program at the National Academic Advising Association Conference (NACADA) ( in Nashville, Tennessee next week.

National Book Festival

Tom Walker, Associate Professor and MLIS Program Director, represented the School of Information Studies and the Wisconsin Center for the Book ( at the National Book Festival ( in Washington, D.C. from September 21-23.  Dr. Walker’s professional experience ranges from public services in corporate and public libraries to indexing and abstracting for a government database and indexing and cataloging for a trade association. He has served as both Interim Dean and Associate Dean at SOIS.


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Ethics in Knowledge organization and Representation: the Theoretical Experience of Sao Paulo State University (Brazil)

Suellen Oliveira Milani
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 | 12:30 - 1:45
UW-Milwaukee, SOIS NWQB3511

2025 E Newport Ave. Milwaukee, WI

While topics about Ethics in Library and Information Science have been traditionally addressed in terms of the professional practice related to information production and use of information as well as management of information units and systems, a fundamental intermediate issue, i.e., organization process, remains to be unexplored.
This lecture has the aim to talk about ethical values and problems which can arise from knowledge organization and representation processes. We will also present an example of how ethical problems could be perceived when a research was conducted to see how women are represented in four Brazilian indexing languages.

About the Speaker: Suellen Oliveira Milani
PhD student at Sao Paulo State University (Brazil) and visiting scholar at School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Hosted by: Information Organization Research Group (IOrg) (

From Knowledge Structures to New Interfaces Into Collections

Andrea Scharnhorst

Royal Netherlands Academy of Art and Sciences

Data Archiving and Networked Services and eHumanities group

Thursday, October 18, 2012 | 12:30 - 2:00
UW-Milwaukee, Student Union Rm: 191

This lecture addresses the need for new navigation strategies in the vast amount of digital available information. It starts with a report about the “The Knowledge Space Lab”, founded by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and dealing with the emergence of category structures in knowledge spaces as different as libraries and the world-wide web. At the core of this project stands a comparison of the evolution of the Wikipedia topical category structure and the Universal Decimal Classification of Paul Outlet, But, the more fundamental question at stack is how to create new – visually enhanced and tangible - interfaces for collections.

Hosted by: Information Organization Research Group (IOrg) (

Bridging the Geospatial Divide Through Public Participation Geographic Information Systems

Dr. Rina Ghose, Associate Professor

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Department of Geography

Friday, October 19, 2012 | 12:00
UW-Milwaukee, SOIS NWQB3511
2025 E Newport Ave. Milwaukee, WI

Geographic Information Systems is a powerful technology that analyzes geospatial data and is used prolifically in public and private sector. GIS today is a globally dominant technology, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has provided $200 million for the Big Data Initiative that emphasizes mining large spatial datasets and use of GIS. Yet GIS can be ethically criticized for being an elitist technology by virtue of its technological complexity and cost. A digital divide in GIS exists along class and race lines, whereby traditionally marginalized citizens have been excluded from using the technology. This presentation addresses the thorny issue of uneven access to GIS and the associated social power it confers.
Hosted by: Center for Information Policy Research ( and Social Studies of Information Research Group

Once Upon a Library: How to Tell the Story of Your Agency to Those Who Need to Know

Janice del Negro, Assistant Professor

Gradate School of LIS, Dominican University

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 | 5:00PM

UW-Milwaukee, SOIS
Northwest Quad, Building B 1st Floor Lounge
2025 E Newport Ave. Milwaukee, WI

Janice M. Del Negro, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, where she teaches Foundations of Library and Information Science, Children’s Literature, Storytelling, Young Adult Literature, and the doctoral seminar on reading.  Professor Del Negro also serves on the advisory board for the Butler Center for Children’s Literature at Dominican University.  She recently collaborated with Ellin Greene on the fourth edition of the classic storytelling textbook, Storytelling: Art & Technique, released in January, 2010.  Her newest storytelling book, Folktales Alive!: Practical Tips for Playful Programming, will be published by the American Library Association in Fall, 2012.

Hosted by: The Public Library Leadership Concentration (

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