Dr. Gazan receives IMLS Grant

Rich_Gazan-2015-300x300Dr. Rich Gazan was awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant for the project “Online Q&A in STEM Education: Curating the Wisdom of the Crowd.” The project received $491,973.00 in funding.

In partnership with Chirag Shah at Rutgers University School of Communication and Information, the three-year project will investigate how combining crowdsourced information with the quality assessment standards of librarians and other information professionals can enhance the experience of students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. Continue reading

LIS Students Receive Smithsonian Internships

Allyson Ota and Keala Richard have been awarded stipends through the Smithsonian Minority Awards Program to participate in a summer program for interns. The program runs from June 6 through August 12, 40 hours each week, at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. The awards pay the interns $6000 for the ten-week program with an additional $600 for travel. Continue reading

Dr. Irvin is a LJ 2016 Mover and Shaker!

Irvin_choice1Vanessa Irvin, M.S.L.S., Ed.D. of the Library and Information Science Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has been named a “Mover and Shaker” in the library industry by the national publication, Library Journal.

In its March 15, 2016 issue, Library Journal named 54 outstanding professionals across six categories, who are committed to providing excellent service and shaping the future of libraries. In the “educators” category, Vanessa Irvin was selected because of her pioneering research, teaching, and promotion of urban literature in public libraries and for her leadership in convening the Street Literature Book Award Medal (2009-present). Her book, The Readers Advisory Guide to Street Literature won book awards from the Reference and Users Services Association of the American Library Association (ALA) and from the Graduate School of Education of the University of Pennsylvania.
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LIS Colloquium

The LIS Colloquium is a weekly series sponsored by the UHM Library & Information Science Program’s Research Committee to spotlight various research projects and efforts at UH Manoa. This is a great opportunity for those interested in learning about the various types of research conducted in the LIS field and their methodologies. A schedule of upcoming events is available online.

Each session occurs on Wednesdays from 4:00 P.M. to 4:50 P.M. in room 003G in the LIS Commons, located on the ground floor of Hamilton Library.

Apr. 27: Weranuj Ariyasriwatana & Dr. Luz M. Quiroga – A Thousand Ways to Say ‘Delicious!’ — Categorizing Expressions of Deliciousness from Restaurant Reviews on the Social Network Site Yelp

Orr and Dr. Quiroga will discuss different ways to express deliciousness, one of the main reasons people make specific food choices over others. Through qualitative content analysis of 205 reviews from 41 food establishments in Hawaii, eight main categories of expressions of deliciousness were found. These eight main categories created by both concept-driven and data-driven strategies are Sense, Culinary Affair, Matter of Heart, Health, Testimonial and Endorsement, Personal Signature, Consumer, and Restaurant. Each main category was further sub-categorized. This meaningful categorization might contribute to healthier eating by helping policy makers and food companies craft effective strategies for healthy eating schemes, healthy menu items, or healthy food products. Marketers of any food product can also increase their market share by utilizing these categories, subcategories, and their underlying concepts in the planning stage. Detailed examples of nudging and social marketing campaigns inspired by the findings were provided. Moreover, social network sites can better serve health conscious and hedonic consumers by personalization through improved algorithms inspired by these categories.

The presenters will also share their experiences during the process of getting their work published.

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