Research Events

SOIS Spring Student Research Day
Call for Proposals

SOIS undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate in the 2017 SOIS Student Research Day to showcase their work. Students are asked to prepare a paper or poster based on their course projects or professional work. Accepted paper submissions will require a 20-minute oral presentation. Poster presenters will discuss their project with interested attendees during the poster session. Group projects are welcome. Online students can submit their work to be presented online.

All accepted submissions will be published online in the SOIS Student Research Day Proceedings.  Winners for best paper and best poster will be selected by a panel of SOIS faculty members.

Student proposals must include the following:
Your name and email address
Title of your project
Type of the project: paper or poster
Abstract of your research project (up to 500 words)

SOIS Student Research Day is scheduled for March 31, 2017.
To be considered, you must submit your proposal to Dr. Hur-Li Lee (, Chair of the SOIS Research Committee, by February 6, 2017. The acceptance notice will be available by February 13, 2017.

Limited travel support for presenters may be available.

SOIS Student Research Day – Spring 2017

Each Spring Semester the SOIS Research Committee hosts the SOIS Student Research Conference. Students are invited to submit paper proposals based on their research papers, critical literature surveys or designed research projects. Students may also submit poster proposals to share current works in progress. All proposals should be related to issues within the field of information studies. Student submissions can be unpublished or published. There are no restrictions on research methodology.

SOIS Spring 2017 Research Day: March 31, 2017
Location & Time: TBD

SOIS Spring Student Research Day

Please join us and support our students as they present their current research at the
2017 School of Information Studies – Student Research Day!

Friday, March 31, 2017
9:00am – 12:30pm

Digital Humanities Lab
2nd Floor East, Gold Meir Library
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Agenda & Presentations
9:00 Welcome Provost Johannes Britz


9:10 Keynote: “Convivial Making: Power and the Library Faith in Public Library Creative Spaces” Shannon Crawford Barniskis, Doctoral student
9:40 “Relevance Judgment and Eye-Tracking Related Studies: A Review of the Literature and a Framework” Sukwon Lee, Doctoral student
10:00 “Information Needs, Seeking, and Searching Behavior among African Refugees and Immigrants in the Milwaukee Area” Musa D. Hassan, Doctoral student
10:20 “Welcome to” Katrina Renee Hightower, BSIST student


Poster Session

“Map of cross-cultural bibliographic classifications: the adaptation of the DDC into the Korean Decimal Classification” Inkyung Choi, Doctoral student
“Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) in Audio-Visual Digital Collections” Treshani Perera, MLIS student


11:00 Special Guest: “What Is Research in the Digital Humanities: An Introduction” Ann Hanlon,Head, Digital Collections and Initiatives and DH Lab
11:20 “Privacy and Cloud Computing in Public Libraries: The Case of BiblioCommons” Katie Chamberlain Kritikos, Doctoral student
11:40 “Working title: Archivist as ‘Legal Eagle’: Examining the Access and Privacy Protocols for Institutional Records” Phyllis Reske, MLIS student
12:00 Conclusion and Awards


Past Research Activity


2016 Student Research

On April 22, 2016 the SOIS Research Committee hosted the Annual SOIS Student Research Conference. Students submitted paper and poster proposals based on their research papers, critical literature surveys or designed research projects.

Agenda & Presentations ( .pdf )

Melissa Davey Castillo & Hye Jung Han
Universal Accessibility of Digital Libraries

Sukwon Lee
The Importance of External Validity

Randy Smith
Human Selection and Digitized Archival Collections

Shaochen Lee
Chinese User Group and U.S. Academic Libraries

Jennifer Thiele
Information Access in Rural Areas of the United States

Poster Presentations

Anne Esplin
Size of Public Libraries’ Programming Budgets and Overall Satisfaction with Library Programming

Deronica Goldsmith
A Study of Searches for Archival Materials in Primo
Below are a few photos from the day.

A Study of Searches for Archival Materials in Primo, Deronica Goldsmith

Information Access in Rural Areas of the United States, Jennifer Thiele

Human Selection and Digitized Archival Collections, Randy Smith

Chinese User Group and U.S. Academic Libraries, Shaochen Liu

The Importance of External Validity, Sukwon Lee

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Universal Accessibility of Digital Libraries, Melissa Davey Castillo & Hye Jung Han

2013 Student Research
Doaa Elpery
Automation of libraries in South Valley University in Egypt

Doaa Elpery & SHaban Khalifa
Development to periodicals in libraries of colleges in two Egyptian Universities

Emma Molls
Open Access as Application: A Model for Graduate Courses at SOIS

Jihee Beak
Emotion-centered model of children’s book selection behaviors and metadata

Mary Johnston
Evaluating the search features and design of the visual catalogue VisualDx

Anastasia Hanson
Cloud computing in the library context

Anthony Ferrari
A new age: Social business

Babajide Ajibade
Hidden Dangers of Cloud Computing

Blong Yang
How mobile technology is changing the business world

Curt Klotz
Mobile technology: Asset and hindrance

John Nook
Social business models: The future of corporate social responsibility

Karl Gratke
Virtual desktop infrastructure: Savings with a virtual desktop

Logan Kennelly
Mobile technology: Is mobile technology driving young people to an early grave?

Matthew Her
Mobile Technology: Ipads/Tablets, Gett’em or Get Rid of ‘em

Natalie DeJonghe
To See and Be Seen: Examining differences between patron perception of librarians and librarian self-perception

Nicole May
Discovering Regalos: A case study of Notre Dame Middle School

Elizabeth Goodrich
Documenting the ephemeral: An exploration of the Performing Arts Archive

Emma Molls & Kadie Seitz
A Case Study of Labor Collections at Selected Milwaukee and Madison Area Libraries]

Karen Pundsack
Hennepin County Outreach Services: An Award-winning Service Model Bringing the Library to the Community

Soohyung Joo
How Do Users’ Search Tactic Selections Influence Search Outputs in Exploratory Search Tasks?

Susan Garwood
Technology in the library: A barrier to access for senior users

2012 Student Research
Hye Jung Han
Usability Study on Mobile Academic Library Web Sites

Kyle Vanderkin
Watson in the Library: IBM’s DeepQA and the Future of Information Retrieval

Adriana McCleer
Dismantling Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies Program: A Literature Review and Critical Analysis

Tina J. Jayroe
Enriching Digital Objects using Crowdsourced and Traditional Metadata for Knowledge Discovery

Wendy Rondeau
The Life-World in the Library’s Backroom: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study of the Indexer’s Lived Experience of Aboutness Determination

Carol Sabbar
When Language Causes Shifts: A Study of Shifts in Information-Seeking Strategies in Scholarly Research

Chunsheng Huang
Users’ Features of Image Similarities

2011 SLIS/SOIS Research Forum
Suyu Lin, PhD Student
A Comparative Study on Institutional Repository (IR): Comparing the U.S. and Taiwan

Troy Espe, Graduate Student
E-Allies: How Libraries and Newspapers Can Align in the Information Age

Karen Davies, Assistant Prof.
The Skills and Knowledge Required by Health Information Professionals in the USA

Catherine Arnott Smith, Assistant Prof.
Kristin Eschenfelder, Associate Prof. Public Libraries as Financial Literacy Providers

Jihee Beak, PhD Student
Comparison of LC subject headings and LibraryThing tags in GLBTQ YA fiction

Shannon Crawford Barniskis, Graduate Student
Graffiti, Poetry, Dance: How Public Library Art Programs Affect Teens

Nathan R. Johnson, PhD Student
Passing the ACID Test: Rhetorics of Web Standardization

Dalal Albudaiwi, PhD Student
The Impact of the Internet on the Islamic Society: A Discussion of the Ethical Dilemmas

Tom Walker, Associate Prof.
Celsus: A Library Architecture Wiki

Marta L. Magnuson, PhD Student
SOIS Aligning Technology with Learning Objectives: Student use of Glogster to Summarize and Critique Academic Journal Articles

Lucy Kelly, Graduate Student
SOIS Tracking the Effects of Mortgage Foreclosure on Communities in the United States

Toni Streckert, Graduate Student
SLIS Developing Community Partnerships, and Special Collections: A Key to Surviving Hard Times in Public Libraries

Soohyung Joo & Chunsheng Huang, PhD Students
SOIS System Analysis of Digital Libraries: A Practical Manual for Digital Collection Development Projects

Jim Schultz, Undergraduate Student & IT Staff
SOIS To the Cloud! Wait . . . It can’t be THAT easy.

Margaret E I Kipp, Assistant Prof. & Kun Lu, PhD Student
SOIS Retrieval Effectiveness of Tags and Author Keywords

Margaret E I Kipp, Assistant Prof. & Soohyung Joo, PhD Student
SOIS Semantic Structure of Consumer Health Information Web Resources Tagged on

Kristin Eschenfelder, Associate Prof. & Andrew Johnson, Graduate Student
SLIS The Limits of Data Sharing

Kun Lu, PhD Student
SOIS Generate an Author Map Based on Author Vectors

Melissa Adler, PhD Student
SLIS The Social Construction of Sexual Deviance at the Library of Congress

Peter Lor, Visiting Prof.
SOIS Naive empiricism in comparative LIS

Michelle Caswell, PhD Student
SLIS From Egypt with Love, . . . Maybe: Archival Authenticity in the Global Digital Age

Dietmar Wolfram, Interim Dean
SOIS Aspects of Citer Analysis as a Complement to Citation Analysis

Mei Zhang, PhD Student
SLIS Research on License Analysis for e-Journal Perpetual Access

Joyce M. Latham, Assistant Prof.
SOIS Who Runs the Public Library?

2010 Student Research Symposium
Kun Lu
Can Social Tagging Improve Retrieval Performance: An Experimental Study on Medical Collection

Soohyung Joo
Two Multivariate Statistical Techniques in Informetrics Studies: A Comparison of MDS and SEM

Lucio Campanelli
Interface Visualization Evaluation for Project Management on Mobile Devices

Jihee Beak
Analysis of Metadata Schemas for Children’s Libraries

Addie Mrosla
PocketKnowledge: Purpose & Use Analysis

Karen Hiebert and Rae Schneider
How Do They Measure Up? An Evaluation of Virtual Reference Services of Academic and Public Libraries

Edward Benoit, III
Digital Librarians’ Perceptions of Social Tagging, its Potential use, Benefits, and Limitations

Shannon Barniskis
Public Practitioner-Researchers: A Call for Research Informed by Praxis

Chunsheng Huang
Survey Study of International Activities and Relations of National Libraries

Dalal Al-Budaiwi
Freedom of Expression in Muslim Society

Cletus Kuunifaa
Access to Information: An Index for Transparency in Governance in Ghana?

Carmen Orth-Alfie
Analysis of Practice and Policies Related to the Use of Images in Art History ETDs and the Applicability of the Best Practices in Fair Use Model

Liza Barry-Kessler
Designing Privacy into the Internet: 1969-1979

Heather Jett
Documenting Ourselves: Feminist Activism and 21st Century Librarianship

2009 Student Research Symposium

Peter LorCOMPARISONS ARE ODOROUS: Comparison in Science and the Science of Comparison

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Peter J Lor, D.Phil.
Visiting Professor, School of Information Studies
Past Secretary General, International Federated Library Association (IFLA); Past National Library of South Africa

Student Presentations:

Lucio Campanelli & Dan Rude, MLIS Students
Adaptive Browsing for a Community Database

Kun Lu, PhD Student
Ideal Matching, Real Matching: A Model

Tim Blomquist, MLIS Student
Findings from a Survey of Wisconsin Public Library Services for the Homeless Population

Lauree Garcia Hart, PhD Student
The Efficacy of Infodemiology in Tracking H1N1

Jo Ellen Darnton, BSIR Student

Chunsheng Huang, PhD Student
Digital Archives of Taiwan Agricultural History During the Japanese Colonial Period: Phase I

Jihee Beak, MLIS Student
The relationship between the school library media specialist’s working environment and the level of information organization in a visual search in an OPAC system

Taryn Sauer, PhD Student & Recent MLIS Graduate
Asking Smart Questions: How Question Type and Form Affect Answer Quality on Q&A Web Sites

Hohyon Ryu, MLIS Student & Kun Lu, PhD Student
Building an Augmented Index for Genomic Information Retrieval