Library and Information Science Education in the Age of Big Data

Talk: Library and Information Science Education in the Age of Big Data

By J. Stephen Downie, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

We now find ourselves in the midst of an age where big data creation and use is becoming ubiquitous. Libraries around the world are encountering new challenges (and opportunities) as they strive to provide new big data resources and services for their users. Based upon my 20 years of experience as an LIS educator, researcher and administrator at the University of Illinois, I will reflect upon our collective efforts to create educational programs designed to equip LIS students with the skill necessary to succeed in this ever-growing big data environment. I will share my personal thoughts on what has work well and what not-so-well along with some suggestions for future educational strategies and goals.

Date: 20 March 2019 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Venue: LT4, Cheng Yu Tung Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
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About Prof Downie

Stephen Downie is the Associate Dean for Research and a Professor at the School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Downie is the Illinois Co-Director of the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC). He has been an active participant in the digital libraries and digital humanities research domains. He is the leader of the HathiTrust + Bookworm (HT+BW) text analysis project and the Principal Investigator on the Workset Creation for Scholarly Analysis + Data Capsules (WCSA+DC) project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He represents the HTRC on the NOVEL(TM) text mining project and the Single Interface for Music Score Searching and Analysis (SIMSSA) project, both funded by the SSHRC Partnership Grant programme. He is best known for helping to establish a vibrant music information retrieval research community. He was the founding President of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) and now serves on the ISMIR board. In the recent past, Dr. Downie worked with Dunhuang Academy on the “Digital Dunhuang” project.


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Direction to Venue

By MTR: Get off at the University Station (East Rail Line). CYT Building is just 1-minute walk away from Exit B.