Faculty Lightning Talks

Faculty Lightning Talks

Monday, October 27, 2014, 6:00 PM PT – 7:15 (ish) PM PT

Participant link: https://sas.elluminate.com/d.jnlp?sid=2011274&password=D.1F347355930FCCD3C02849177570FF

About the Event

The ASIS&T Student Chapter is excited to welcome five SJSU iSchool faculty members who will share their latest research on technological topics in a fast-paced pecha kucha-style event.  Dr. Michelle Chen will be discussing the ways in which librarians can use information visualization in order to use data services to provide better patron services.  Ms. Meredith Farkas will be discussing the benefits of building a culture of assessment for academic libraries.  Ms. Johanna Tunon will examine the use of digital badges as an extrinsic method for evaluating the success of the information literacy efforts across the academic programs at Nova Southeastern University.  Ms. Beth Wrenn-Estes will be discussing the ten latest research finds for youth services.  Dr. Lei Zhang will show that functional units can be utilized to support finding, aggregating, and navigating information in a distributed information environment.

Speaker Bios

Michelle Chen: Michelle Chen, Ph.D., is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Information at San José State University. Prior to joining the iSchool, she taught in several different universities, including the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Connecticut, and the University of San Francisco. Her primary areas of research and teaching interests include data mining, information visualization, and online social network analysis. In particular, she is interested in studying the value of virtual platforms as informational and social media and the role of today’s networked environment on shaping user behavior. She is also a member of SJSU’s Cybersecurity and Big Data Initiative.

Meredith Farkas: Meredith Farkas is a faculty librarian at Portland Community College and a lecturer at San Jose State University’s iSchool. She is the author of the book Social Software in Libraries: Building Collaboration, Communication and Community Online and writes the monthly column “Technology in Practice” for American Libraries. Meredith was honored in 2009 with the LITA/Library Hi Tech award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology, and in 2014 with the ACRL Instruction Section Innovation Award. Visit her blog, Information Wants to be Free at http://meredith.wolfwater.com.

Joanna Tunon: Johanna Tunon has an MLIS from Texas Woman’s University and an EdD from Nova Southeastern University (NSU). She served as Director of Distance and Instructional Library Services at NSU until last year when she retired. In additional to teaching reference and research classes at SJSU, Johanna teaches graduate classes at the University of Maryland University College and serves as a dissertation chair for EdD students at NSU. Professionally, Johanna has served as Chair of the Distance Learning Section and President of the Florida Chapter of ACRL. She also won the 2012 Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship award. Areas of research interest include citation analysis, distance library services, and program evaluations.

Beth Wrenn-Estes: Beth Wrenn-Estes has held positions in school and a public libraries. She was the Manager of Technical Services, Collection Development and Acquisitions for Denver Public Schools in Colorado. Before Wrenn-Estes started teaching for SJSU full-time she worked at Lone Tree Library in Douglas County, CO. Beth was a youth services librarian and was responsible for both programming and services. She is passionate about libraries and especially serving youth.

Lei Zhang: Dr. Lei Zhang’s research areas include information organization and information interaction. Dr. Zhang has published in JASIST and ASIS&T proceedings. She received her PhD in Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia.


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