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September 2013 Newsletter

  1. Recent iSchool NewsCiaran Trace Wins Archival Innovator Award, James Howison at the Facebook Faculty Summit & more

  2. Alumni ProfilesAnthony Domina (MSIS 2011), Knowledge Management Specialist, Baker Hughes

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

2013 Convocation

1. Recent iSchool News   Top ↑

APT

Dr. Ciaran B. Trace Receives First Ever Archival Innovator Award From The Society Of American Archivists

The Augmented Processing Table (APT) project lead by Dr. Ciaran B. Trace and Dr. Luis Francisco-Revilla looks at the issue of organizing material in both digital and physical environments. In particular, the project pioneers the use of surface computing devices in the field of archival science. By combining interactive surface technology with Web-based spatial hypertext, APT aims to make the processing of archival collections more efficient, and enhance understanding of the best practices for archival processing. The project team was honored at SAA 2013 in August with the first ever Archival Innovator Award.

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Howison Invited to Facebook Faculty Summit

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In August, School of Information assistant professor James Howison joined a handful of top university researchers from around the country to participate in Facebook's Faculty Summit at corporate headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

For the past three years Facebook has invited a select few scholars whose research interests and experience dovetail with the company's work.

"I study human-computer interaction as well as open source software development, and I've done some preliminary analyses of models of network value with iSchool doctoral student Eunyoung Moon," said Howison. "We examined social interactions on Facebook, specifically to see how the makeup of a Facebook user's audience - a mix, perhaps, of college friends and family and work colleagues as well - affects what the user posts on Facebook. This sort of work is of interest to the company."
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Order in the Library Returns

Order in the Library, the popular online library shelving game for students, now has a permanent home at the UT iSchool. Order in the Library was developed by four teams of software engineering students in 2002-2004. The product was based on specifications the teams received from Ms. Susan Sanders, an elementary school librarian at Zavala Elementary in Austin, TX. The project was developed in Flash and has enjoyed great popularity thanks to the simplicity of its design and its utility in helping pre-college students learn how to correctly shelve books using the Dewey Decimal system.
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Order in the Library

2. Alumni Profiles   Top ↑

Anthony Domina (MSIS 2011)

Knowledge Management Specialist, Baker Hughes

Over the next year the School of Information (iSchool) will be introducing you to alumni who’ve chosen an array of interesting career paths and used their iSchool education in unexpected and inspiring ways. In this Q&A you’ll meet ANTHONY DOMINA, an iSchool graduate who‘s a study in how best to leverage career guidance services and internships to secure a dream job.


Q: Regarding coursework, what was your focus when you were at the iSchool?

A: I was a student there for two years and during that time my skills set hovered around health informatics and records management. The rest was a really nicely balanced, useful “hodgepodge.”

Q: What kind of job do you have now?

A: I’m a Knowledge Management Specialist at Baker Hughes – and that’s “Hughes” as in Howard Hughes. Major corporations like BP, ExxonMobil, Chevron and Shell use our company’s technology and services to get oil out of the ground.
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Anthony Domina

3. Upcoming Events   Top ↑

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Due to Austin’s popularity as a destination for events, as well as its large university community, hotel rooms often become scarce. Commencement weekend in 2014 is no exception to this phenomenon. The weekend of May 16 – 18, 2014 will include not only Commencement and the accompanying departmental Convocations for the University of Texas at Austin, but also a handful of other large events in town simultaneously. Remember to book rooms right away, before most of the area hotels sell out! The Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau offers a web site to assist visitors in planning overnight stays and finding available hotels.