Academic journal article Journal of Education for Library and Information Science

Transforming LIS Education for the 21st Century: Best Conference Papers (2009)

Academic journal article Journal of Education for Library and Information Science

Transforming LIS Education for the 21st Century: Best Conference Papers (2009)

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This issue features five articles developed from the best papers presented at the ALISE 2009 Conference, as judged by the JELIS Editorial Board and a Blue Ribbon Panel. The articles clearly resonate with the conference theme: Transforming LIS Education for the 21st Century: i-CREATE, addressing innovation in all aspects of LIS scholarship.

Enhancing online teaching through integration of audio and visual media is the subject of the article by Katherine Schilling. Eric M. Meyers suggests that cognitive ethnography is a fruitful method for the continued exploration of shared virtual environments and the rich array of information practices that surround their use by young people. Two articles discuss innovative new research tools. Anatoliy Gruzd applies automated text-mining techniques to text-based communication to identify, describe and evaluate underlying social networks. Terrell Russell and Cassidy Sugimoto introduce a novel technique for calculating genealogical scores for individuals and academic "families." The fifth article, by Laurie Bonnici, Manimegalai M Subramaniam and Kathleen Burnett, applies theoretical concepts drawn from Andrew Abbott' s Chaos of Disciplines to the analysis of current trends in LIS. …

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