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iFest 2016: February 1- 5

iFest is a week-long series of events designed to engage students, faculty, employers, and the Pittsburgh community in the information sciences. The week will include the annual iSchool Career & Internship Expo, a networking luncheon for students and industry partners; Pitt's first ever Three Minute Thesis competition; and professional development training with alumni.

iFest will culminate on Friday, February 5 with the all-day TEC conference, which will showcase exciting speakers from across the country. TEC presentations will focus on broad and interdisciplinary areas of technology, entrepreneurship, and creativity.

Call for Volunteers: Professional Development Days,
February 1 and 2

Would you like to help our current students prepare for an internship or job search? During iFest 2016’s Professional Development Days, alumni will have the opportunity to do just that! Professional Development Days will be held on Monday, February 1 and Tuesday, February 2, from 5-7 PM on the third floor of the Information Sciences building. These will be walk-in sessions for resume and cover letter reviews as well as mock interviews. Please let us know if you are able to volunteer by filling out this form: https://ischoolatpitt.wufoo.com/forms/professional-development-days/. Thank you for your time.

You’re invited to SIS’ Social Hour, February 5

All University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences (SIS) alumni are invited to join faculty, staff, and students for light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments at the monthly Social Hour on Friday, February 5, from 5-7 PM 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.

SIS students volunteer in the community to gain experience and make a difference

SIS is partnering with PittServes in its recent launch of “iServe,” which is an information science-focused version of the PittServes program. PittServes is a program at the University of Pittsburgh that connects students with non-profits looking for assistance. iServe offers students at SIS professionally relevant experiences in the form of volunteer work for local non-profit organizations and carries forward PittServes’ mission to “promote a community of compassion, service, and wellbeing for our neighbors and ourselves so we can thrive as one.” Read more >

2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting reception recap

On January 10, 2016, SIS and the Pittsburgh Alumni Association (PAA) co-hosted a reception at the 2016 American Library Association Mid-Winter Meeting in the Seaport Boston Hotel. Despite an all-day torrential downpour, more than 30 alumni, students, faculty, staff, and guests braved the weather to gather at the Seaport Boston Hotel for an evening of mingling, networking, and noshing. Sheila Corrall, chair of SIS’ Library & Information Science Program, provided an overview of the school for the non-SIS Pitt alumni in attendance and shared updates for both the school and the LIS program. Annie Sullivan (CBA ’11), president of the Pitt Boston Alumni Club, gave an introduction about the club and the activities it holds and invited Boston-area alumni to get involved. Thanks, PAA, for co-hosting a successful event! Visit our Facebook page to see reception pictures.

SIS faculty Leanne Bowler awarded 2016 ALISE Research Grant

Join us in congratulating SIS Associate Professor Leanne Bowler for recently being awarded the 2016 ALISE Research Grant for her study, “Mindful Makers in Libraries.” The “Mindful Makers” study looks at how question prompts can assist with the development of technical skills and thinking in maker space settings within libraries. The study “seeks to explore the intermediation between librarians and teens in maker spaces specifically in relation to self-reflective question prompts.” 

The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) is a non-profit organization that serves as the intellectual home of university faculty in graduate programs in library and information science within North America. Bowler is also the current director of the Sara Fine Institute for Interpersonal Behavior and Technology at SIS.

SIS’ Kostas Pelechrinis’ research featured in the
 Tribune Review

SIS’ Assistant Professor Kostas Pelechrinis offered up data from his recent research on bike systems to the Tribune Review for an article about the local Healthy Ride bike share program to help highlight the effects of having such a service in place. According to Pelechrinis, having a bike share system station can contribute to increases in neighborhood property values by over two percent. While this can initially look like a positive effect, Pelechrinis is quick to mention that this increase can cause some residents to be priced out of their homes. Healthy Ride currently has 50 stations around Pittsburgh and is looking to open up more in the future.

SIS alumnus achievement: Joey Nicholson

SIS congratulates alumnus Joey Nicholson on his recent appointment to the National Medical Library Association Nominating Committee. Nicholson earned his Master of Library and Information Science degree from SIS in 2004 and is currently an education and curriculum librarian at New York University’s Langone Medical Center.

SIS’ David Tipper is a cybersecurity expert panelist for Pittsburgh Business Times

SIS’ David Tipper, professor and chair of the Telecommunications & Networking Program, was a panelist in the Pittsburgh Business Times “Table of Experts on Cybersecurity.” Tipper, along with professionals from Apogee, Ethical Intruder, and Schneider Downs, offered expertise on topics such as cloud computing security, common forms of cyberattacks, and ways businesses can keep themselves safe.

The panel was also asked what kind of skills employers look for when hiring cybersecurity professionals. Among the answers were: a computer science background, well-rounded and strategic thinking, a blend of technology and security knowledge, and a familiarity with business. “[W]e cover all the basics,” Tipper said, referring to SIS' top-ranked information security program, “everything from security and privacy, to securing systems like Cloud systems, to network security and firewalls, cryptography, and risk management. Our students are in high demand.”

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