Spring ‘15 Colloquium Series
Open to all.
Podcasts/webcasts courtesy of the SLIS Computer Lab Staff.
The series is organized by G Benoit and offered speakers every term since Fall 2003.

“Participatory Computing”
Thursday, Feb 12, 12-12:50
Palace Road Bldg, Room 210
G Benoit
Associate Professor, Computer Science & SLIS
Discussion and demonstration of an information system service project to encourage innovation in interfaces, enriching records, retrieval behaviors, and discovery. Project Site

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Co-Sponsored by Student ASIS&T chapter
“Preserving Artworks Digitally:   the Case of Andy Warhol’s Polaroid Photographs”
Thursday, Feb 19, 12-12:50
Trustman Gallery, Main College Building, 4th Floor
Peter Botticelli
Assistant Professor, Digital Preservation
Co-sponsored by the Trustman Art Gallery
This talk will present a case study of polaroid photographs by Andy Warhol, which were donated to the Trustman Art Gallery in 2008 — through the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program — after which time they were digitized. My work has explored the potential long-term effects of digitization as a means of preservation and by expanding access to the works--as hybrid analog-digital objects. I will discuss how digital curation strategies for the polaroids should account for the potentially destabilizing effects of digital curation practices on unique, non-reproducible physical objects in which the physical media has played a critical role in shaping the information contained in the work, and, by extension, how the object was originally experienced by the creator. I will argue that particularly with a relatively degradable medium such as polaroid film, it’s essential for present-day curators to document both the analog and digital instances of the work at a sufficient level of detail to permit audiences to view the digital objects in an authentic way - as free of visual distortion as possible - and also need to preserve the original aggregate or collection context of the work. In a wider perspective, a close examination of the objects in both their physical and digital instances highlights the extent to which digitization has the potential to augment and/or distort the original information values and context of the polaroids. In this regard, the polaroids offer a good example of how Warhol’s aesthetic depended on the capacity of objects to capture and repurpose very specific information about his subjects. With digitization, the range of potential meanings and uses of Warhol’s photographs has been expanded greatly, complicating the task of preserving essential information contained in the polaroids.
“Security Compromises in 2014, What’s ahead for 2015”
Thursday, Feb 26, 12-12:50
Palace Road Bldg, Room 207
Bruce Tis
Associate Professor, Computer Science
2014 was a year full of security failures. From massive data breaches that included private emails and photos, hundreds of thousands of credit card numbers, and pre-released movies to malware such as heartbleed and poodle. 2015 doesn’t appear that it will be much better. Come hear a review of 2014 and predictions for 2015 and what you can do to protect yourself.
Use of touch devices by toddlers or preschoolers? Observations and Findings from a single-case study
Tuesday, Mar 17, 12-12:50
Palace Road Bldg, Room P308
Naresh Agarwal
Associate Professor, SLIS
Children born toward the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century are growing up with a propensity to using touch-based devices. However, studies of toddlers’ or preschoolers’ information behavior and interaction with touch-based devices are scarce. Through observing the use of iPhone and iPad by a child between the ages of two and four years and a half, this study presents accounts on the child’s use of and interaction with these devices, as well as her interaction with the physical environment. Unstructured, naturalistic observation was employed in this study. The study is grounded in theories of user engagement with digital and physical objects. Findings from this study could help parents, educators, and system designers understand why and how toddlers and preschoolers use and engage with touch-based devices, as well as the kind of tasks they perform. This study provides a framework for effective usage of such devices while ensuring all-round cognitive and physical development of the child.
“Copyright Literacy of Librarians”
Thursday, Mar 26, 12-12:50
Palace Road Bldg, Room 207
Laura Saunders & Allison Estell
Assistant Professor; Beatley Library
Copyright is a seemingly simple concept that is supported by an exceptionally complex web of laws. Although they are not legal professionals, librarians are called upon routinely in their work to make professional decisions based in copyright law, to provide information to patrons about copyright issues, and even sometimes to develop local copyright policy. How familiar are librarians with national and international copyright laws? What would they like to know more about? This talk will report on the results of a national survey of public and academic librarians on librarians’ perspectives on their own copyright literacy; their understanding of national and international copyright law; and the resources to which they turn for training and support.
“Educating a Library Leader:  Mary Elizabeth Wood at the Pratt Institute and Simmons College”
教育图书馆领导: 在普拉特学院和Simmons学院的玛丽・伊丽莎白木头

Thursday, April 2, 12-12:50
Palace Road Bldg, Room 207
Jason Wood
College Archivist & Head, Discovery Services
This talk looks at the role Library Science education - particularly its evolution from an apprentice-based model to a field of academic study in the late 19th/early 20th century - played in the career of Mary Elizabeth Wood, the founder of the modern library system in China, and a student at both Simmons College and the Pratt Institute. Mr. Wood will include thoughts of how this curious experience of speaking in Beijing at the Chinese Librarian Association Annual Meeting came about.
Co-sponsored by SCIRRT & SAA student chapter
“Putting Your Patrons in the Driver’s Seat:  Assessing the Value of On-Demand Streaming Video”

Thursday, April 9, 12-12:50
Palace Road Bldg, Room 207

Jennifer Ferguson & Annie Erdman
Liaison Librarian (Arts, Humanities & Careers) and Digital Assets/eResources Librarian
This research explores the status of online video on campuses today, including the growing and changing usage behavior of students and faculty, the opportunities for new acquisition models, and the Return on Investment for Libraries. Simmons College (4,000 FTE) and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (28,000 FTE) launched pilot projects in 2013 to explore the possibility for online video PDA. This talk will present the results of that study in three sections: (1) User Behavior: combining usage statistics with the results of promotional campaigns to better understand how users are engaging with online video; (2) Acquisition models: presenting over three years of data from two acquisition models - individual DVD selection and PDA – to compare relative performance; (3) Return on Investment: using ROI methodology to compare the value of different video resources (DVD and online) and acquisition models.
  Simmons College
Computer Science Program and School of Library & Information Science
Palace Road Building, Boston, MA 02115
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