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Input needed: MLIS alums building pilot mentoring program

Emily (neé Chaplin) Reed (MLIS ’14), Instruction and Reference Librarian at Central Penn College, and Adam Haigh (BS ’00, MSIS ’02, MLIS ’05), Technology Librarian at the Township of Lower Merion, are collaborating with other colleagues to establish a state-wide mentoring program for librarians through the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA). Stemming from an initiative called the Pennsylvania Academy of Leadership Studies (PALS), Reed and her colleagues have been tasked to “create a PaLA mentorship program to facilitate leadership growth and potential in the association and across the state.”

Still in the early stages, they are working to outline the program’s structure, including establishing criteria for mentors and mentees, determining what the mentorship process will look like overall, and gathering information from colleagues about what they would like to see from such a program. They are also working to contact the three ALA-accredited library schools in PA—the University of Pittsburgh, Drexel University, and Clarion University—to determine how this program can be of benefit to them.

Would you like to share your thoughts on this program? Please take a few moments to fill out a brief survey here.

You’re invited: Monthly Social Hour–Friday, December 2

All School of Information Science (SIS) alumni are invited to join faculty, staff, and students for light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments at the monthly Social Hour on Friday, December 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. on the third floor of SIS. This is a great opportunity to network, talk about conferences and research ideas, and play a few games together. For more information, visit SIS’ events page.

Save the date: Volunteer opportunities on February 6 and 7, 2017

Mark your calendars! We are looking for alumni volunteers of all degree backgrounds to assist our students with resume and cover letter reviews and mock interviews from 4 to 7 p.m. on both Monday, February 6 and Tuesday, February 7. Volunteers can come one or both days, for all sessions or a portion of each session. Contact amy.herlich@pitt.edu with questions.

Pitt announces new School of Computing and Information

The University of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that the School of Information Sciences and the Department of Computer Science will be part of Pitt’s new School of Computing and Information. The School of Computing and Information, which will begin to matriculate students in fall of 2017, will provide an environment enabling larger scale computing and information-related research, leading to new scientific discovery, deeper and broader education of undergraduate and graduate students, and a more significant impact on society. Learn more about this momentous event here.

Professor Martin Weiss awarded three-year grant from NSF

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced they awarded $12 million to 11 different projects that are focusing on radio spectrum research. Martin Weiss, professor and Informatics and Networked Systems program chair, was among the awardees for his research titled, “Automated Enforcement in Spectrum Sharing: Technical Challenges and Policy Considerations.” Dr. Weiss will conduct this research with Taieb Znati, chair and professor of Pitt’s Department of Computer Science, and Jung-Min Park, assistant professor at Virginia Tech. Read more >

Four SIS faculty members awarded $500,000 grant from NSF

SIS faculty Dr. James Joshi, Dr. Michael Spring, Dr. Prashant Krishnamurthy, and Dr. Balaji Palanisamy were awarded an approximate $500,000 grant from NSF for a project examining cybersecurity impact on the scientific research and education communities. Read more >

2016 Bernadette Callery Archives Lecture Series focused on privacy issues

On Monday, September 26, Katharina Hering (MLIS ’10), National Equal Justice Library project archivist at the Georgetown Law Library in Washington, D.C., discussed her research titled, “Holocaust Reparation and Restitution Files in German State Archives: Institutional Approaches to Managing Ethical and Technical Challenges for Providing Access” as part of this year’s Bernadette Callery Archives Lecture Series. More than 150 guests attended the event in Alumni Hall, which was co-hosted by the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, the University of Pittsburgh Jewish Studies Program, and the Rauh Jewish History Program & Archives at the Senator John Heinz History Center. Read more >

Assistant Professor receives two NSF awards for Computational Social Science Research

Dr. Yu-Ru Lin, assistant professor at SIS, has recently been awarded two research grants from the NSF. Dr. Lin received a three-year grant totaling $188,369 for her project titled, "DAPPR: Diffusion Analytics for Public Policy Research." She also received a two-year grant totaling $181,012 for her project titled, "Collective Sense Making Following a Terrorist Attack: The Immediate and Long-Term Impact on Public Resilience."
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SIS faculty awarded more than $200,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services 


SIS faculty recently received two grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through their Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. Associate Professor Leanne Bowler was awarded a two-year grant for $109,399 for her research titled, “Exploring Data Worlds at the Public Library: Programs and Pedagogy in Support of Youth Data Literacy.” In addition, Visiting Assistant Professor Matthew Burton and Visiting Professor and Interim Doreen E. Boyce Chair Liz Lyon were awarded $97,911 for their research titled, “The Data Scientist as the 21st Century Librarian?” Read more >

SIS welcomes diverse array of students for fall 2016 term

Here at SIS, we pride ourselves on our diversity. From our interdisciplinary faculty to our multiple degree programs and various specializations within each program, our school explores the breadth of the information professions and information sciences. Read more >

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