iSchool Virtual Yearbook – Summer 2021

GSAC would like to congratulate all students who completed the program this summer. To celebrate, we’ve compiled a Virtual Yearbook. To watch the video, please click here or below. PDF slides (with links to professional profiles) are also available

Please join us in wishing all graduating students the very best in their next chapter. We can’t wait to see how you all shape the world of information! (Be sure to connect with other iSchool colleagues in the Alumni Network Facebook group.)

iSchool GSAC Community Circles

GSAC is launching a new social initiative to connect students within the iSchool. We are in the early stages of piloting Community Circles, where iSchool students can come together to share ideas, advice, and experiences. 

Community Circles will be launched through private communities created in Google Currents and Google Meet. If you are interested in participating in one of our test groups this summer or recommending Circles for the future, please fill out this form (while logged into your KSU Gmail account). We look forward to helping you meet others within the program!

iSchool Virtual Yearbook – Spring 2021

GSAC would like to congratulate all students who completed the program this spring. To celebrate, we’ve partnered with the ALA Student Chapter to compile a Virtual Yearbook. To watch the video, please click here or below. PDF slides (with links to professional profiles) are also available.

Please join us in wishing all graduating students the very best in their next chapter. We can’t wait to see how you all shape the world of information! (Be sure to connect with other iSchool colleagues in the Alumni Network Facebook group.)

Miriam Matteson, Ph.D. – Faculty Spotlight

Tell us a little bit about your professional background and areas of focus.

After a 10 year career working mostly in academic libraries in Indiana, Caracas, Venezuela, and Maryland, I returned to school to earn a PhD in LIS from the University of Maryland. My primary area of research looks at how concepts from the field of organizational behavior like emotional labor, emotional intelligence, work engagement, etc. are enacted in the context of libraries. I also do research in information literacy in student populations and in public library settings.

Describe recent projects or research that you’ve been working on.

One project I’m working on right now is an exploration of how different aspects of cognition may predict information literacy (IL) ability. This is based on theory that suggests students develop deeper epistemic capacity over time, moving from a more simple, dualistic view of knowledge, through several stages, to a worldview that acknowledges multiple truths. Since IL requires an understanding of different kinds of authority of information for different kinds of information needs, I want to explore how students who are in that developmental process can best understand the nuances of ideas within IL. 

What is your favorite part of teaching?

I really enjoy teaching in seminar style where we read up on a topic and then discuss it together in real time. I find that kind of interactive, social-constructed understanding really energizing and I always take away new information from the conversation.  

How have your professional experiences influenced your teaching?

I sometimes make the joke that my pet peeves from my library work experience became my dissertation topic. It’s not exactly true, but I was definitely drawn to my research area based on my observations from work experience. Management is hard work and fortunately, the field of organizational behavior offers us lots of theory and empirical research to help us understand workplace phenomena. I think it’s important to bring that theory together with real life experiences to help organizations function in positive, affirming ways. 

What issues related to information interest you most?

Information literacy is one of my main research areas. I’m really interested in helping folks understand and use information most effectively, whether that is for a school assignment, a work query, or a hobby interest. But one of my first jobs was as a sound recordings cataloger, so I also hold a soft spot for high quality metadata. I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time cataloging my personal music collection. And it’s still not perfect yet. 🙂 

Are there any websites, apps, podcasts or other resources you’d recommend students explore?

I pick up a lot of current information about the LIS field from library Twitter. Librarians are incredibly generous with their willingness to share experiences and help out others. I see folks make meaningful connections via Twitter all the time. I also recommend students explore joining professional associations at the local, state or national level. There are many ways, large and small, to get involved in the field through volunteering, attending conferences or webinars, or through social events.

How do you like to spend time outside of work?

I go to a lot of classical music concerts and sing in the Columbus Symphony Chorus. I’m also a huge fan of the Columbus Crew soccer team. From April to July you’ll find me most weekends digging in my flower beds and vegetable garden. 

Do you have any advice for students?

I always encourage students to engage as mindfully and meaningfully as possible with course materials and try not to stress about deadlines, grades, etc. I know it sounds easy to say, but I think freeing yourself to be curious and explore new ideas, or even verify and confirm things you were pretty sure you already knew, is the real value of being in school. That’s where the learning occurs.   

Flat Flash

In an effort to see more faces of the Kent State University iSchool family, GSAC is inviting all iSchool students, faculty and alumni to print out a “Flat Flash” and share a photo of it on social media using the hashtag #iSchoolFlashes. We’d love to see your smiling face at home, work or beyond!

If you’d prefer not to post the photo to your account, feel free to send it to GSAC VP of Communication Olivia Wood, and we’ll post it from the GSAC account. (Let us know if you’d like us to include your full name or first name).

Be sure to follow and tag @KentGSAC on Twitter or Instagram (students, alumni and faculty), or join our LinkedIn (students, faculty and alumni) or Facebook group (students only) to join the fun!

You can choose from two versions:

Ready to print OR Ready to color (add your own flair)

#iSchoolFlashes

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Artwork courtesy of the KSU Flashes Forever Hub