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May/June 2012 Newsletter

  1. Recent iSchool NewsOpen House & Commencement Recap, Randolph Bias on Usability & more

  2. Student Spotlight Ph.D. Candidate in Archives and Preservation, Lorrie Dong, Receives $25,000 Powers Fellowship

  3. Alumni News & ProfilesLaura Bush Named 2012 Texas Exes' Distinguished Alumna, Jin Wu On Being An Emerging Technologies Librarian & more

  4. Development & Giving Dr. Mary Lynn Rice-Lively pledges $100,000 gift to the iSchool

  5. Upcoming EventsUpcoming events in the iSchool and in the information fields.

2012 Spring Open House and Commencement Gallery

1. Recent iSchool News   Top ↑

Austin Forum Presentation

iSchool Open House and Commencement Recap

The Texas iSchool's annual Spring Open House took place this year on May 4th and we welcomed over 300 guests to the school for student presentations of Capstone projects, presentations and demonstrations of student and faculty works in progress, and tours of our lab facilities. More than 150 students, faculty, and staff took part in what became our largest Open House to date. The event celebrates our master's candidates, who are required to complete a "capping" experience to their academic studies culminating in either a professional experience project, a thesis, a masters report, or a library practicum.

Over the years the event has expanded to include poster presentations and demonstrations of a variety of student and faculty research and classroom work, guided lab tours, and other opportunities to engage with the faculty, students, and staff of the iSchool. The event is an excellent way to learn more about the many exciting things happening at the Texas iSchool and we encourage all of you to attend next year.

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Pat Galloway Quoted in WSJ Article on Home Libraries

"The idea of curling up with a good book has increasingly come to mean flipping on an e-reader, not flipping through the pages of a leather-bound novel in a book-lined room.

Yet the home library is on the rise, having become something of a cerebral status symbol. Affluent homeowners are buying quality books in quantity to amass collections for private personal libraries. These rooms are as much aesthetic set pieces and public displays of intelligence as they are quiet spaces to reflect and retreat. Some people are also seeking the services of experts to help pull together notable collections or to advise on the look, feel and content of their home libraries."
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Edible Book Festival

Understanding Usability with Dr. Randolph Bias

Usability is an attribute of products that describes how easy (or hard) it is for users to achieve their goals with the product, and as Randolph explains, is part of everything from a door to a complex website. He gives Francesca and Carin examples of good and bad usability, while explaining why being a usability professional has made him “snarky.” If you’ve ever been curious about how websites and other information products are designed, this episode is for you.
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Randolph Bias

Randolph Bias

2. Student Spotlight   Top ↑

Lorrie Dong Awarded $25k Powers Fellowship

Lorrie Dong, Ph.D. candidate in Archives and Preservation, was awarded a $25k Powers Fellowship for 2012-2013. The fellowship will also pay for Dong’s tuition and fees.

The Powers Graduate Fellowships are among the most prestigious fellowships awarded by the Graduate School at The University of Texas at Austin. Students who receive one of the fellowships are considered to be among the most academically competitive scholars on campus.
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Lorrie Dong

3. Alumni News & Profiles   Top ↑

Laura Bush (MLS 1973) Named 2012 Texas Exes' Distinguished Alumna

"Laura Bush, MLS ’73, is most famous for having been First Lady to President George W. Bush. Equally impressive are her many other achievements, including founding the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, which awards more than $1 million to school libraries every year. In 1995 she dreamed up the Texas Book Festival. The free annual celebration of books and reading draws more than 40,000 people to the Texas Capitol annually—and it inspired the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. The lifelong bibliophile is also the author of a bestselling memoir, Spoken From the Heart."
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Laura Bush

Jin Wu (MSIS 2007)

Emerging Technologies Librarian, Norris Medical Library, University of Southern California

After graduating from the iSchool in 2007 as an international student from China, Jin Wu developed a diversified and enriched career path in the Information Science field. She currently works at the University of Southern California Norris Medical Library as an Emerging Technologies Librarian. Her main responsibilities include tracking trends, investigating new developments and applications, and incorporating appropriate technologies into the library environment to improve library services. She also leads training sessions to help library staff expand their informational skills and encourage the integration of technology into the library's physical and virtual presence.
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Jin Wu

Anaheim Alumni & Friends Reception

Thank you to all who joined us at our Alumni and Friends reception in Anaheim, CA on June 23rd at ALA!  We were delighted to reconnect with you and we look forward to many more national alumni events. If you're interested in meeting fellow School of Information/GLIS/MLS graduates in your area, please send an email to alumni@ischool.utexas.edu.

TLA 2012

Stay Connected

What's newsworthy in your life? Have you changed jobs? Have you been recognized for your work? We want to hear from you! Update us on your current career, location and interesting things happening in your life. Send us an email at alumni@ischool.utexas.edu.

4. Development & Giving   Top ↑

Mary Lynn Rice-Lively Pledges $100K Gift to the iSchool

Mary Lynn Rice-Lively, formerly an assistant dean of information technology and associate dean in the School of Information, has pledged $100k to the School of Information.

The funds will create an endowed presidential fellowship in the name of her parents, Joe and Nancy Rice, who, according to Rice-Lively, were extremely supportive and provided every opportunity for their daughters to develop inquisitive minds.

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Mary Lynn Rice-Lively

Mary Lynn Rice-Lively

5. Upcoming Events   Top ↑

Google Calendar

The calendar below is a publicly shared Google calendar containing both UT iSchool Events and outside events of interest to a wide array of information professionals. Please feel free to suscribe to or import this calendar into your own Google account or other calendar software.