Faculty Spotlight - Fall 2022/Winter 2023

A headshot of School of Information Sciences Professor Hermina AnghelescuHermina Anghelescu
Professor

  • Wrote the article “Ukraine’s Libraries under Russian Fire: The First Fifty Days of Aggression.” Libraries: Culture, History, and Society, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2022, pp. 213-237; available at: https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/slisfrp/167/  

School of Information Sciences Associate Professor Joan BeaudoinJoan Beaudoin
Associate Professor

  • Presented “Digital Collection Developments in the Mitten” at the MLA 2022 Annual Conference with SIS students Meg Bruce and Cameron Socha. The session included information about Beaudoin’s work with Socha to develop the Detroit Mural Map, a public digital collection of more than 100 murals in the Eastern Market area of Detroit.
     

A headshot of SIS faculty member Deborah Charbonneau. She has blonde shoulder length hair.Deborah Charbonneau
Associate Professor/MLIS Program Chair

  • Co-authored the article "Librarian contributions to evidence synthesis programs: Addressing the COVID-19 infodemic," published in the journal Library Quarterly, along with Kathryn Vela from the St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho.
     
    • Their article examines the role of health sciences librarians in emerging evidence synthesis programs during the COVID-19 global health pandemic. 
    • New evidence services emerging in response to the COVID-19 infodemic included preparing evidence summaries, curating research on COVID-19, providing expert searching services to monitor the evolving research evidence, and helping individuals build critical appraisal skills to assess the increasing amounts of COVID-19 information. 
    • Citation: Charbonneau, D.H. and Vela, K. (2023). Librarian contributions to evidence synthesis programs: Addressing the COVID-19 infodemic. Library Quarterly, 93(1), 72-85. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1086/722548 
       
  • Organized the panel session "Narratives of Disability and Accessibility" at the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) 2022 Annual Conference held in Pittsburgh, PA (Oct. 2022). 
     
  • Presented at the ALISE 2022 Annual Conference with Keren Dali from the University of Denver. Their research paper presentation was entitled: "The Experiences of Disabled and Neurodiverse Ph.D. Students in LIS Programs During the COVID-19 Pandemic." (Oct. 2022). 
     
  • Presented a Works in Progress (WIP) poster entitled “Publication Trends of LIS Faculty Teaching Health-Related Courses” at the ALISE 2022 Annual Conference, along with Emily Vardell (Emporia State University), Jeffrey Huber (University of Kentucky) and Robert M. Shapiro (South East Area Health Education Center, North Carolina). 
     
  • Serves as the incoming co-convener for the ALISE Health Special Interest Group. Previously served as the co-convener for the ALISE Disabilities in LIS Special Interest Group.

A headshot of School of Information Sciences Assistant Professor Christine D'ArpaChristine D’Arpa
Assistant Professor

  • Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) 2022 Conference: “Sharing Our Stories to Support Health & Wellness, at Work and in Our Communities” D’Arpa, Noah Lenstra, Susan K. Burke, Ellen Rubenstein. D'Arpa's graduate research assistant for the grant, Andrew Wilhelme, was also able to participate in the session and the conference. Read his first-person report about the experience here. “One of the key aspects of this IMLS funded grant was the opportunity to bring students into a real research project,” said D’Arpa. “We’re incredibly grateful to the institutions and partners who make these opportunities possible by investing in our work.” 

School of Information Sciences Assistant Professor Nic DePaulaNic DePaula
Assistant Professor

  • Wrote the article “Political Ideology and Information Technology in Government Online Communication” published in Government Information Quarterly, an international journal that examines the intersection of policy, information technology, government and the public. The article is open-access and available at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0740624X22000831

A headshot of School of Information Sciences Associate Professor Kafi KumasiKafi Kumasi
Associate Professor


A headshot of School of Information Sciences Associate Professor Xiangmin ZhangXiangmin Zhang
Associate Professor

  • Served as the external reviewer for a Ph.D. dissertation titled "Graph Attention Networks for Cross Lingual Entity Alignment and its Applications” from the College of Computing and Electrical Engineering at York University in Toronto.  
  • Co-organized the workshop "International Workshop on Explainable AI for Recommender Systems" in conjunction with this year's 21st IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology (WI-IAT 2022) in Niagara Falls, Canada (November 2022). The workshop featured two keynote speakers and seven paper presentations and received the "WLU CS Workshop Award."
     
  • Served as the external reviewer for a Ph.D. dissertation titled "Impact of Internal and External Factors on Quality of Services in University Libraries of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad” from the Department of Information Management at the University of Sargodha in Pakistan.

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