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Friday, 26th February 2010

Just Announced: Recipients of 2010 Library and Information Science Research Grants from OCLC Research & ALISE

From the Announcement:

OCLC Research and the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) have awarded 2010 Library and Information Science Research Grants to Louise Spiteri of Dalhousie University and Laurel Tarulli of Halifax Public Libraries; Hsin-liang Chen and Barbara Albee of Indiana University; and Besiki Stvilia and Corinne Jörgensen of Florida State University.

Here's a Small Amount of Info About Each Person Who Has Been Award the Research Grant and Their Research Project:

+ Louise Spiteri, Ph.D of the School of Information Management at Dalhousie University and Laurel Tarulli of Halifax Public Libraries will conduct research to examine and compare how library users access, use, and interact with two social discovery systems used in two Canadian public library systems. The objective of the study, “The Public Library Catalogue as a Social Space: Usability Studies of User Interaction with Social Discovery Systems,” is to provide important insight into the design or modification of social discovery tools to ensure they provide the best user experience.

+ Hsin-liang Chen, Ph.D. and Barbara Albee, of the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University, will examine the implementation of an open source library automation system (Evergreen) in Indiana public libraries and its impact on library users in the project, “Impact of Open Source Library Automation System on Public Library Users.” The expected significant outcomes of this project are to identify: benefits library users receive from the implementation of the open source library automation system, library users’ interests in using the OPAC to discover shared library collections, and whether the consortia library collections gain more usage by library users due to the implementation of the open source library automation system.

+ Besiki Stvilia and Corinne Jörgensen, of the School of Library and Information Studies at Florida State University, will evaluate the utility of end-user generated tagging vocabularies (folksonomies) in maintaining and enhancing the quality of traditional knowledge organization systems as sources of new terms, emerging concepts and relationships. The objectives of the study, “Assessing the Reuse Value of Socially Created Metadata for Image Indexing,” are to evaluate the value of Flickr and Wikipedia metadata in generating useful terms and relationships for extending traditional controlled vocabularies.

+ More Info About OCLC/ALISE Grants

+ Listing of Previous Grant Recipients

Source: OCLC


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