CUA CHIM Forum Update: Call-For-Posters Submission Deadline Extended

The Department of Library and Information Science at the Catholic University of America will be hosting the Cultural Heritage Information Management Forum on June 5, 2015.  This year’s Forum will include a poster session.  Call-For-Posters: Cultural Heritage Information Management Forum at the Catholic University of America, posted on January 31, 2015, outlined the specifications for submitting poster proposals to the Forum Planning Committee.

Since the original press release, the CHIM Forum Planning Committee has elected to officially extend the poster proposal submission deadline to March 15, 2015.  All subsequent call-for-posters announcements and related information releases will reflect this change.  All other “important dates” related to the Forum and call-for-posters remain the same, including the March 23, 2015 notification of proposal acceptance.


For more detailed information on submitting a proposal, please refer to the original blog post.  Those seeking further details about the CHIM Forum itself may refer to the event website.

As always, questions and concerns can be answered by contacting the CHIM Forum Planning Committee.


Important Changes:  Deadline for poster proposal submissions has been changed from March 2, 2015 to March 15, 2015.

Check Out the Upcoming 7th Annual “Bridging the Spectrum Symposium”

No matter what sector of librarianship you happen to be in, you’re sure to gain valuable knowledge and useful insights at this year’s annual “Bridging the Spectrum” Symposium! The Symposium is coming up on Friday, February 20, so register now for:

  • Keynote speaker Superintendent of Documents Mary Alice Baish’s update on the changes underway at the recently renamed Government Publications Office, and the future of government information.
  • Panelists and speakers sharing experiences and insights from across the spectrum of librarianship, from School Library Media to Law Librarianship and more.
  • Lunch and poster sessions that provide opportunities to catch up with old friends and make unexpected new connections.

As the National Capital region’s only regional symposium featuring diverse contributions from your local colleagues, and at an incredibly affordable $25, this is a “don’t miss” event!

For more information, visit the Symposium’s homepage. To register now, please visit the event registration portal.


CUA Library and Information Science students are eligible to have their registration fee supported by AGLISS!  Simply register for the Symposium, using this form, by Friday, February the 6th, and you will be registered for free, courtesy of AGLISS.

Once you’ve requested the registration fee waiver, AGLISS will verify your current enrollment as a CUA LIS student and send you a confirmation message.

Call-for-Posters: Cultural Heritage Information Management Forum at the Catholic University of America

The Department of Library and Information Science at the Catholic University of America is pleased to announce that the June 5, 2015 Cultural Heritage Information Management Forum will host a poster session.  The session is designed to showcase research and projects related to the Forum’s theme: Cultural Heritage Collections: Content and Access in the Digital Era. We welcome poster proposals concerning topics related to this theme.  Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Infrastructure for collection sharing, research, and access
  • Creation of digital collections
  • Access to digital cultural heritage collections
  • Outreach and engagement of users
  • Stewardship of cultural heritage collections
  • Partnerships and collaboration
  • Sustainability and funding models

The posters for the CHIM Forum are refereed. Poster presenters will participate in the lightning talk and have time to discuss their posters with fellow Forum participants over lunch.  Presenters will have many opportunities to interact with the audience and receive feedback on their projects.

Since space for poster display is limited, please submit your poster proposals by the deadline, March 2, 2015.

For further information about the CHIM Forum please visit the event website. The site will be updated as new details become available.

Instructions for Poster Proposals Submission

In a Word document, please include:

Name and contact information:

  • Full name of presenter(s)
  • Contact information (phone number and email address)
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Academic status and/or job title

Poster description:

  • Poster title
  • Poster abstract (50 words, for Forum program)
  • Poster description (maximum of 200 words)

Please email your poster proposal to the Planning Committee at cua-chim-forum@cua.edu by Monday, March 2, 2015. Your poster proposal submission will be acknowledged within 24 hours after submission. Notification of acceptance will be sent on March 23.  Poster presenters are responsible for printing the posters and mounting them for display at the CHIM Forum. Poster presenters must register for the CHIM Forum. Registration is free and includes lunch.  You will be alerted when registration opens.

Important Dates

  • Proposal submission deadline:  Monday, March 2, 2015
  • Notification of acceptance: Monday, March 23, 2015

Questions?

Please contact the Planning Committee at cua-chim-forum@cua.edu if you have any questions about submitting a poster proposal.

Thank you!

An Obsession You Just Can’t Shake Off

Written by Justine Rothbart

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We never knew them. And yet, we become encapsulated by their life. We never saw them. And yet, seeing their photograph is like seeing an old friend. We recognize their handwriting as if it was our own. We hear their voice through every written word. And we feel them holding the same paper in our hands. It’s an obsession that might strike once. Or it might be an obsession you just can’t shake off.

This obsession is genealogy.

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Our CUA CHIM cohort recently completed the class Use and Users of Libraries with Professor Ya-Ling Lu.  Each of us gave a presentation on the information seeking behavior of a user group of our choice. I chose genealogists. I discussed genealogists’ method for information seeking, the tools used, and their process for information sharing. However, I did not answer the question of why. Why do they do it? Why do they map out their family history? Why do genealogists spend endless days and nights obsessing over someone else’s life?

Genealogists are not just searching for answers about someone else’s life, but they are searching for answers about their own. Creating a family tree is like creating a map to yourself.

“Seeking information, seeking connections, seeking meaning: genealogists and family historians” written by Elizabeth Yakel discusses information seeking behavior of genealogists and also highlights some of the main reasons why people conduct genealogical research. Yakel states that genealogy is about making connections. These connections are not only with ancestors, but with other genealogists. Yakel puts genealogists into three categories: The Narrator, The Archivist, and The Navigator. The narrator is someone who tells a story. The Archivist conducts genealogical research for the preservation of information. The Navigator creates maps of family connections, such as family trees.

“My husband tends to be what I call a genealogist. He finds the name, and he’s got the birth date, and the death date, and the marriage date and that’s when he’s finished with that person. I tend to be a family historian.” (Genealogist 18, lines 144-147).

Maybe this is the key to understanding why. By learning information seeking behavior, we can better understand their motives. We can begin to understand this need for searching, discovering, and finding ourselves.

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If you decide to take the plunge and start your genealogy journey, I recommend visiting http://www.ancestry.com/.

 

More Organization of Information Final Presentations

Met for our last class of our Org. of Information course and got to see even more interesting presentations. Topics included:

  • Need to Know (a presentation on the cataloging of classified and top secret information)
  • Developing Trends for Cataloging Sheet Music Collections
  • The Digital Image: Controlled Vocabularies & Visual Resource Management
  • Vox Populi: How User Generated Metadata Compares & Competes with Traditional Subject Headings
  • Supporting User Needs in Specialized Archival Collections
  • Collaborative Tagging & Opportunities for the Library Community
  • Libraries & Marketing
  • Metadata Challenges within the University Library

Way to go, everyone! More fun to begin on Monday with the start of LSC553.

Organization of Information Final Presentations

The first round of final presentations for our Organization of Information course began in class last night. We got to listen to great Pecha Kucha by our fellow students. Here’s some of the topics:

  • Is MARC Still Relevant?
  • Controlled Vocabularies in Archives
  • More Product, Less Organization?: Minimalist Processing & Information Organization in an Archival Setting
  • Information Retrieval in Museums
  • Information Architecture
  • Music Information Settings and FRBR
  • Being a Librarian: The 21st Century
  • Space for Knowledge: Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems

Can’t wait to see the next batch of presentations tomorrow night!