Research Events

SOIS Student Research Day

Each Spring Semester the SOIS Research Committee hosts the SOIS Student Research Day. 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 Student submissions can be unpublished or published.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.

Annual SOIS Student Research Day
Call for Proposals

Submit your research projects, research papers, software applications, or research proposals for the SOIS Research Day!

SOIS undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students are invited to showcase their work by participating in the 2022 annual Student Research Day. Participation will take the form of either an oral presentation or a poster presentation based on students’ course projects or professional work. Presentations may be on any topic germane to information studies and may draw on any research methodology. Students whose proposals are accepted for oral presentations will be allotted 15 minutes to present their topic. Poster presenters will discuss their research with interested attendees during the poster session. Group projects are welcome. Presentations will be live-streamed. Distance students are therefore encouraged to submit their work.

Submission requirements: Students interested in participating must submit a proposal (Word or pdf file) that includes the following:

  • Author name(s) and email address(es)
  • Undergraduate or graduate student status
  • Type of project: oral presentation or poster presentation
  • Title of the project
  • Abstract of the research project (maximum 500 words)

Proposals will be reviewed by members of the Research Committee and notifications of acceptance will be sent by March 14, 2022.

Submission Deadline: March 4, 2022

Notification of Acceptance: March 14, 2022

Email questions to:
Dr. Peekhaus (peekhaus@uwm.edu)
Chairperson of the SOIS Research Committee

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    Each Spring Semester the SOIS Research Committee hosts the SOIS Student Research Day. 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.

    We are delighted to share the Spring 2021 SOIS Student Research Day Projects!

    Spring 2021 Research Projects Submissions
    Mischa Fox Virtual Reality: Comparing the Benefits of Learning with the Consequences of Game Violence Undergraduate Student
     Kasey Leaf Milwaukee Public Library: Facilitating Voting and Promoting Civic Engagement Graduate Student
    Anna Rabin The Maker Movement: Building an Inclusive Clubhouse Graduate Student
    Christine Rickabaugh The Value of Graphic Novels Graduate Student
    Vanessa Schlais Tagging Steam: Evaluating Accuracy of User Designated Tags PhD Candidate
    Chao Shi WORKPLACE DIVERSITY: Productivity Enhancement Core and the Required Managerial Approaches Undergraduate Student
    Sarah Young Not Always Visible: Chronic Illness and Inclusion in Library Workplaces Graduate Student

     

    Show Support for Your Favorite Project!

    The SOIS Research Committee determines the research award recipients based on the submissions’ merits in conjunction with vote data from the SOIS community.

    Please use the form below to vote for your top 3 student research projects.
    Voting will take place April 7 – 21, 2021

     

     

    Annual SOIS Student Research Day

    Each Spring Semester the SOIS Research Committee hosts the SOIS Student Research Day. 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.

    Call for Proposals

    SOIS undergraduate and graduate students are invited to showcase their work by participating in the SOIS Student Virtual Research Day. Proposals should be based on students’ course projects or professional work. Submissions may include, but are not limited to, research projects, research papers, software applications, or research proposals. All student submissions will be presented online and online voting will take place between April 7 – 21, 2021. There will be one first place ($500) and two second place ($200) honors in each category (undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral) and winner profiles will be featured on the SOIS website.

    Eligibility: registered undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students (including both onsite and distance students).
    Group projects will be accepted.

    Submission requirements: Students interested in participating must submit a proposal (Word file) that includes the following:

    Title Page (one page only):

    • Author name(s) and e-mail address(es)
    • Title
    • Category (undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral student)
    • Type of submission (research project, research papers,
      software applications, research proposals, etc.)
    • Abstract

    Document:

    • 5-10 pages (not including title page)
    • One and half spaced | 12pt font | 1 to 1.25 inch margin
    • If submission is for software application, the document may include introduction, screen shot(s), and link(s) (if applicable)

    Call for Virtual Research Day Proposals

    Proposal deadline: March 31, 2021
    Online Voting begins: April 7, 2021
    Click below for complete details and to submit your proposal online!

     

    Call for Proposals

    SOIS undergraduate and graduate students (including Ph.D students) are invited to showcase their research work by participating in the 2020 annual Student Research Day. Participation can take the form of either papers or posters based on students’ course projects or professional research work. Papers and posters may be on any topic germane to information studies and there will be no restrictions on research methodology being applied. Students whose paper proposals are accepted will be asked to deliver a 20-minute oral presentation. Poster presenters will discuss their research with interested attendees during the poster session. Group projects are welcome. Presentations can be livestreamed. Distance students are therefore encouraged to submit their work.

    Prizes will be awarded for the top papers and posters, as adjudicated by a panel of SOIS faculty members.

    We will provide limited financial supports for distance students who will present their research onsite. Feel free to apply.

    Proposals

    Students interested in participating must submit a proposal (Word or pdf file) that includes the following:

    • Author name(s) and email address(es)
    • Undergraduate or graduate student status
    • Are you an online student living outside Milwaukee applying for financial support?
    • Type of project: paper or poster
    • Title of the project
    • Abstract of the research project (maximum 500 words)

    Submissions due: Early April

    Proposal submissions are due by early April and should be emailed to Dr. Mu (mux@uwm.edu), Chairperson of the SOIS Research Committee.

    Proposals will be reviewed by members of the Research Committee and notifications of acceptance will be sent by mid April.

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    Past Research Activity

    2021 Student Research

    We are delighted to share the Spring 2021 SOIS Student Research Day Projects!

    Spring 2021 Research Projects Submissions
    Mischa Fox Virtual Reality: Comparing the Benefits of Learning with the Consequences of Game Violence Undergraduate Student
     Kasey Leaf Milwaukee Public Library: Facilitating Voting and Promoting Civic Engagement Graduate Student
    Anna Rabin The Maker Movement: Building an Inclusive Clubhouse Graduate Student
    Christine Rickabaugh The Value of Graphic Novels Graduate Student
    Vanessa Schlais Tagging Steam: Evaluating Accuracy of User Designated Tags PhD Candidate
    Chao Shi WORKPLACE DIVERSITY: Productivity Enhancement Core and the Required Managerial Approaches Undergraduate Student
    Sarah Young Not Always Visible: Chronic Illness and Inclusion in Library Workplaces Graduate Student
    2019 Student Research

    Agenda & Presentations
     10:00 am Welcome Tomas A. Lipinski, Dean & Professor

    Presentations

     10:10 am “Digital Humanities Lab Presentation” Ann Hanlon, Head, Digital Collections and Initiatives and DH Lab
     10:20 am Keynote: “Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research” Dr. Michael Zimmer, Associate Professor
     10:50 am “Re-Examining Relevance and its Manifestation in Eye Tracking Context: A Comparative Study” Sukwon Lee, PhD Candidate
     11:20 am “Factors that Influence Undergraduates, Information Seeking, Judgment, and Document
    Selection on the Internet. Pilot Study”
    Musa Dauda Hassan, PhD Candidate
     11:50 am “Online For-Profit Colleges and Universities and the Evolving Role of Academic Librarianship” Bradley J. Wiles,, PhD Student
    12:20 pm

    Lunch &

    Poster Session

    “#PhDlife: What is Happening Right Now?” Meghan L. Dowell, PhD  Student
    “Analysis of Consumer Health Information Websites: Mayo Clinic and WebMD” Musa Dauda Hassan, PhD Candidate
    “Mapping the Prewar Apartment Home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1875-1939” Benjamin P. Teel, MLIS Student

    Presentations

     1:00 pm “The Effects of Blockchain Technology Revolution on Banking” Naome A. Etori, MSIST Student
     1:30 pm “Controlling Queerness: Developing a Controlled Vocabulary for Milwaukee’s Queer Zine Archive Project” Sarah Cooke, MLIS Student
     2:00 pm “Using Google Translate to Compare Word Translation Between Online Translator and
    Professor Interpreters”
    Sunstar Moukongmeng Vue, PhD Student, Nkauxue Lo, MHI Student
     2:30 pm Awards and Farewell
    2018 Student Research

    Agenda & Presentations
     9:00am Welcome Tomas A. Lipinski, Dean

    Presentations

     9:10am Keynote: “Toward a Model of Intercultural Warrant: A Case of Cross-cultural Adaptation of the Dewey Decimal Classification”

    This talk reports on dissertation research from a mixed method study that investigated how a globalized knowledge organization (KO) system can be adapted into a culturally different regional environment and what are the impacts of sociocultural factors on the adaptation of the system. As a case that examined the localization of a global classification system, the study investigated the Korean Decimal Classification (KDC), which has served as the Korean national library classification.

    Inkyung Choi, Doctoral Candidate
     9:40am “Privacy, Delisting, and Ethics in the Library” Katie Chamberlain Kritikos, Doctoral Candidate
     10:00am “Feminist Epistemologies and Library Classification: A Radical Reorientation” Sarah Cooke, MLIS Student
     10:20am “Difficulties and Challenges of Data Collection in Rural Communities in Nigeria/Africa” Musa Dauda Hassan, Doctoral Candidate
     10:40am

    Break &

    Poster Session

    “Identifying Trends in Wikipedia’s Fascism Section Using Revision History Data” Eddie Chapman, MLIS Student
    “Health Information Exchange: Policy Issues Affecting Interoperability Across State Lines” Michelle Hamberlin, Doctoral  Student
    “Assessing the Implementation of CIPA-Mandated Internet Filtering in Wisconsin Public Libraries” Aubrey Huff, MLIS Student, Emily Bahling, BSIST Student
    “Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA): An Analysis of the Discussions about Adult Patron Request to Remove Internet Filters” Sunstar Moukongmeng Vue MLIS/MSIST Student
    “Analyzing Services Offered in Milwaukee Public Libraries with Data Science Tools” Sunstar Moukongmeng Vue, MLIS/MSIST Student, Johnny Vang, MLIS/MSIST Student, Benjamin Wilkey, MLIS Student
    “Homongology: A Preliminary Research on the Need for Hmong Digital Libraries” Sunstar Moukongmeng Vue, MLIS/MSIST Student, Johnny Vang, MLIS/MSIST Student, Blia Mary Her, MSIST Student

    Presentations

     11:10am “Preserving the Context and Perspectives of the Past” Genevieve Kieffer, MLIS Student
     11:30am “Contributors of Wowhead: A Case Study of User Generated Information in Online Game Communities” Vanessa Marie Schlais, Doctoral Student
    11:50am “A Pilot Study in Southeast Asia on How Locals Use Smart Phones to Access Online Markets and Participate in Social Commerce” Sunstar Moukongmeng Vue, MLIS/MSIST Student
     12:15pm Awards and Farewell

     

    2017 Student Research

    On March 31, 2017 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 )

    Shannon Crawford Barniskis, Doctoral Student
    Keynote: “Convivial Making: Power and the Library Faith in Public Library Creative Spaces”

    Sukwon Lee, Doctoral Student
    “Relevance Judgment and Eye-Tracking Related Studies: A Review of the Literature and a Framework”

    Musa D. Hassan, Doctoral Student
    “Information Needs, Seeking, and Searching Behavior among African Refugees and Immigrants in the Milwaukee Area”

    Karina Renee Hightower, BSIST Student
    “Welcome to OKGreenwood.org”

    Inkyoung Choi, Doctoral Student
    “Map of cross-cultural bibliographic classifications: the adaptation of the DDC into the Korean Decimal Classification”

    Treshani Perera, MLIS Student
    “Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) in Audio-Visual Digital Collections”

    Ann Hanlon, Digital Collections and Initiatives and DH Lab
    Special Guest: “What Is Research in the Digital Humanities: An Introduction”

    Katie Chamberlain Kritikos, Doctoral Student
    “Privacy and Cloud Computing in Public Libraries: The Case of BiblioCommons”

    Phyllis Reske, MLIS Student
    “Working title: Archivist as ‘Legal Eagle’: Examining the Access and Privacy Protocols for Institutional Records”

    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.

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

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

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    Human Selection and Digitized Archival Collections, Randy Smith

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

    SRD-Lee-SM
    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 Delicious.com

    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
    Wikipedia

    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