April 28, 2010 on 11:38 am | In Congratulations | No Comments

On April 23rd the University of Hawaii at Manoa Student Chapter of SLA-ASIST produced the LIS Students in Second Life Poster Conference, Spring 2010.  The conference was open to all LIS students in Second Life.  UH students submitted 15 posters.  Winners were selected in 5 categories:

Category 1: Second Life
Karen Brown (Harper Snowpaw in SL)
title: The Digital Observer: Focusing the Lens on the Second Life Reference Desk

Category 2: Collections/Archives
Marguerite E Simpson
title: From Stage to Shelf: Issues in Dance Preservation

Category 3: User Services
Rebecca Marrall
title: Partnering With Disabled Patrons: A Model for Academic Libraries

Category 4: Internships
(3-way tie)
Ryan Lammers
title: Archaeopteryx Revisited

Jonathan Young (Gweldorf Bernheim in SL)
title: Expert Medical Searching by the Information Science Student: A Case Study of the Novice Informationist

Yoko Yamamoto (Elle Mexicola in SL)
title: My Affiliation with Second Life

Category 5: Miscellaneous
Sean Thibadeaux (Manny Loopen in SL)
title: Ad Lib-ing in Second Life: Searching with the Tools at Hand

Honorable Mention:
Mary Kate Durkee (Llywelyn Fairywren in SL)
title: Suppressing Children’s Intellectual Freedom: An Analysis of Harry Potter Censorship

The poster conference was a great opportunity for UH students to show their work and to interact with the vibrant LIS community in Second Life.

Talk by LIS Faculty Dr. Rich Gazan

April 7, 2010 on 3:46 pm | In Events | No Comments

Wednesday, April 21, 12 p.m.

Hamilton Library, Room 301

University of Hawaii at Manoa SLA-ASIST Student Chapter presents a talk by LIS faculty Dr. Rich Gazan:

“Redesign as an Act of Violence: Changing Interaction Patterns in a Social Q&A Community”

Social Q&A communities are composed of people who enjoy seeking, discovering and sharing information in a Web environment.  These communities share many aspects of real communities: their members interact based on common interests, they create norms and mythologies, and they become accustomed to predictable patterns of interaction.  In this talk, I will discuss what happens when these patterns of interaction are disrupted in a case study of Answerbag, a social Q&A community that has undergone a recent fundamental redesign.  When the technical framework of Answerbag no longer allowed longtime members to connect with one another in the same ways, they used their information skills to push back against the designers, and to protest the violence they felt had been done to the community.

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