Monday, 29 June 2009

Jodie Walker wins place at Umbrella Conference

MA Librarianship student, Jodie Walker, has won a fully-funded residential place to attend this year's CILIP Umbrella Conference at the University of Hertfordshire on 14-15 July. Jodie's attendance is being funded by the Yorkshire & Humberside section of the CILIP University, College & Research Group. The competition was open to both students and professionals who had not previously attended Umbrella.

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Presentations from Professor Sheila Corrall and Sheila Webber

Professor Corrall and Sheila Webber have given a number of presentations recently.

Professor Corrall:
  • Information Literacy: The Case for Strategic Engagement: Invited presentation to Rector, Chairmen of Scientific and Pedagogic Councils and other professors, Universidade Nova Lisboa, Lisbon, 16 June 2009
  • Hybrid Roles and Blended Professionals: What competencies are needed and how can they be acquired? Plenary address to SCONUL Annual Conference, Bournemouth, 10 June 2009
  • Exploring the Development of Information Literacy Strategies Plenary address to Network of Government Library and Information Specialists (NGLIS) Annual Conference, London, 3 June 2009

Sheila Webber:

  • Exploring information behaviour in Second Life. Paper presented at the i3 (Information Interactions and Impact) conference held at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, 25 June 2009
  • Information Literacy in Second Life: Co-presented with Vicki Cormie and Denny Colledge. Workshop session at the 2009 CoFHE (Colleges of Further and Higher Education group of CILIP) conference, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, 19 June 2009. This is on Slideshare at http://www.slideshare.net/sheilawebber/information-literacy-in-second-life
Sheila Webber has also put two presentations she gave in May 2009 onto Slideshare.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Short Course on Chemoinformatics

The short course on Chemoinformatics, run by the Chemoinformatics Group (Val Gillet, John Holliday and Peter Willett) together with colleagues from industry (Richard Lewis, Novartis and Andrew Leach, GlaxoSmithKline) from June 16-19, was a great success. The 24 delegates from around the UK and Europe enjoyed a very intense few days consisting of lectures, extensive practical sessions and excellent evening meals. To quote from one of the delegates: "This has to be one of the best courses I have attended"

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Daniela Petrelli Wins Design Study Award

Daniela Petrelli has won a design award to attend the 1st international workshop on Digital Object Memories. The design study, done with Ann Light (Communication & Computing Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University) and entitled 'Memory Baubles and History Tinsels', beat the competition to the prize of 750 Euros (made available for travel and accommodation). The one day workshop will be held in Barcelona in July, part of a conference on Intelligent Environments. As it happens the design is for means of storing Christmas digital memories in traditional seasonal objects so it will seem rather inappropriate in the Spanish summer sun.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Department ranked high for 2010

The department has been ranked 1st in the Complete University guide, which is conducted in association with the Independent newspaper.

Confirming the department's high ranking status, in the Times 2010 subject lists it was placed 2nd. In the Guardian newspaper, where Library and Information Management departments are mixed with media studies, Sheffield was ranked 3rd. Higher than any other University with a Library and Information Management department.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Information retrieval expert speaks at department

Douglas Oard from the iSchool at the University of Maryland is speaking on "Evaluating E-Discovery Search: The TREC Legal Track".

Douglas Oard is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, with joint appointments in the College of Information Studies and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, and his research interests center around the use of emerging technologies to support information seeking by end users. Dr. Oard’s recent work has focused on interactive techniques for cross-language information retrieval and techniques for search and sense-making in conversational media. He serves as a track coordinator for the TREC Legal Track. Additional information is available at http://www.glue.umd.edu/~oard/.

Civil litigation relies on each side making relevant evidence available to the other, a process known in the USA as “discovery” (and in the U.K. as “disclosure”). The explosive growth of information in digital form has led to an increasing focus on how search technology can best be applied to balance costs and responsiveness in what has come to be known as “e-discovery.” This is now a $4 billion USD business, one in which new vendors are entering the market frequently, usually with impressive claims about the efficacy of their products or services. Courts, attorneys, and companies are actively looking to understand what should constitute best practice, both in the design of search technology and in how that technology is employed. In this talk I will provide an overview of the e-discovery process, and then I will use that background to motivate a discussion of which aspects of that process the TREC Legal Track is seeking to model. I will then spend most of the talk describing two novel aspects of evaluation design: (1) recall-focused evaluation in large collections, and (2) modeling an interactive process for “responsive review” with fairly high fidelity. Although I will draw on the results of participating teams to illustrate what we have learned, my principal focus will be on discussing what we presently understand to be the strengths and weaknesses of our evaluation designs.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

EAHIL - an international adventure for the DIS

Barbara Sen, along with PhD student Liz Brewster and former MA student Martin Coates (in conjunction with Peter Bath), attended the European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) conference in Dublin last week. Liz and Martin presented papers on consumer health information, looking at the role of librarians and the public library, while Barbara gave a workshop on reflection as a technique for improving partnership working.

The theme of the conference was 'explore, engage, extend!' and with a series of empowerment workshops and informative paper sessions, this gave the opportunity to think in a cross-sector, international way about partnership working, using technology and improving personal skills.

Liz wishes to thank the John Campbell Trust for providing her with a travel bursary to enable her to attend the conference.