UBC iSchool Wins HCIR Challenge in Boston

The School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, the iSchool at University of British Columbia, is delighted to announce its team won the 2012 HCIR Challenge this week in Boston, at the Sixth Symposium on Human Computer Interaction and Information Retrieval.<> This year's challenge<> was to address "the problem of people and expertise finding."

Assistant Professor Luanne Freund, post-doctoral fellow Michael Huggett and MLIS student Kristof Kessler presented "Exposing and Exploring Academic Expertise with VIRTU<>," the expertise finder developed by the team at the UBC iSchool's Digital Information Interaction Group, known as DiiG. The challenge required the teams to use a dataset from Mendeley of more than a million researcher profiles, and create a functional search interface for "efficient discovery."

Alexandra Bradley Named ARMA International Fellow

We're also really pleased to announce that one of our adjunct faculty members, Alexandra "Sandie" Bradley, has been named to the ARMA International Company of Fellows. She is the fourth Canadian to receive this distinction, the highest honour in the records management profession. She is ARMA International's 47th Fellow since the award was created in 1990, bestowed upon members who have "distinguished themselves through outstanding achievements and contributions in records and information management as well as noteworthy accomplishments in all levels of the association." Only members in good standing with reputation for ethical integrity, professional responsibility and a high attention to professional standards may be considered for the award. For more information, visit<>

Leonard Marcus to Speak on Maurice Sendak

Renowned children's literature critic and historian Leonard Marcus will be at The University of British Columbia next week to discuss the life and work of Maurice Sendak.

"Let the Wild Rumpus Start': Maurice Sendak as Storyteller and Psychologist" will be presented Friday October 12, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at UBC. 1961 East Mall, UBC. Maurice Sendak, arguably the foremost picture-book creator of the 20th century, died on May 8th 2012. Leonard Marcus, drawing on his incisive research, conversations with members of the psychological community, and wide-ranging interviews with Sendak, the creator of Max, Mickey, and friends, presents a rare glimpse into the life and work of the most original children's book artist of our time. The colloquium is co-hosted by the UBC iSchool's Master of Arts in Children's Literature Program and the Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable.

Michelle Mallette MLIS
Student Services Coordinator | School of Library, Archival & Information Studies
The iSchool at The University of British Columbia | Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
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