Welcome to my information science doctoral program portfolio. Connect with me through E-mail, LinkedIn, and Goodreads. Below is my blog, where you can read about recent conferences, workshops, conferences, publications, fellowships, and other news items.

NASKO 2021 and Program Officer Appointment

Posted on Sun 11 July 2021

The eighth North American Symposium on Knowledge Organization (NASKO 2021) was held virtually this weekend from July 9th-11th, hosted by the International Society for Knowledge Organization-Canada/United States (ISKO-C/US). Drexel's Metadata Research Center had a strong presence at NASKO, with two papers: "Modeling Ephraim Chambers’ Knowledge Structure from a Naïve Standpoint," by Scott McClellan, Mat Kelly, and Jane Greenberg; and "A Framework for Facilitating the Development of Data sharing and Use Agreements," by Micaela Greene, Sam Grabus, and Jane Greenberg.

I am also honored to report that I was appointed as the new Program Officer for ISKO-C/US. The position is a two-year voluntary appointment, and I will be working alongside newly-elected President Brian Dobreski and Treasurer-elect Vanessa Schlais. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity, and look forward to continuing my involvement with the ISKO community.

Proposal Defense

Posted on Fri 16 April 2021

Sam Grabus Proposal Defense

I am pleased to report that on Friday, April 16th, I successfully defended my dissertation proposal.

Proposal title: "Historical Subject Representation: An Analysis of Historical Vocabularies for Temporally Aligned and Contextual Access Points."

I am extremely grateful to my dissertation committe members, Drexel CCI Professors Jane Greenberg, Weimao Ke, Mat Kelly, as well as Temple University Professor Emeritus Peter Melville Logan and University of Maryland Professor Richard Marciano. Their support and guidance have been invaluable.

Next steps include data collection, a small pilot study on the survey research instrument, and IRB approval for the human evaluation portion of the study.

Presentation for Rutgers University graduate chapter of LISSA

Posted on Fri 5 March 2021

Sam Grabus Rutgers University presentation for LISSA

On Tuesday, March 9th, I will present about my dissertation research as invited guest speaker for the graduate chapter of the Rutgers University Library and Information Science Student Association.

Presentation title: Historical Subject Representation: Identifying Temporal Concept Drift for Temporally-Aligned Access Points

I am honored to be invited as a guest speaker, and I am looking forward to talking with LIS master's students about the kinds of exciting research you can do as a PhD student in this field. The LISSA recording of my presentation is available on Youtube: [Link]

Hopefully I will be updating again soon to share news about my upcoming dissertation proposal defense.

LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award

Posted on Mon 20 April 2020

I am pleased to announce that I have received the LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award for my research paper titled, “Evaluating the Impact of the Long S upon 18th-Century Encyclopedia Britannica Automatic Subject Metadata Generation Results.” I am thrilled and honored to receive this award. I would like to extend my gratitude to the award committee and Ex Libris for this honor. I would also like to thank my advisor, Dr. Jane Greenberg (Drexel/Metadata Research Center), for supporting me and encouraging me to apply, and Dr. Peter Logan (Temple), whose 19th-Century Knowledge Project has been an absolute joy for me to be a part of. They say that metadata is a love note to the future, but sometimes it is also a key to unlocking the past.

I approached this research by performing a comparative study of subject metadata generated both before and after the correction of the historical Long S in the 3rd edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. The HIVE tool was used to automatically generate the subject metadata. Descriptive statistics were applied, and visualizations produced from the results were also examined to identify trends related to encyclopedia entry length.

As part of the prize, the paper will be published in the September issue of LITA's open access peer-reviewed journal, Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL). Read the official ALA press release here.


Posted on Fri 24 January 2020

LEADS Forum Early-to-Mid Career Panel

On Friday, January 24th, the Metadata Research Center and Drexel CCI hosted the LEADS Forum, a full-day workshop to celebrate the research outputs from two years of Library Education and Data Science for the National Digital Platform (LEADS-4-NDP) data science fellows, and hear from advisory board members, mentors, early-to-mid-career professionals, and special guests from OCLC and the Library of Congress.

Sam Grabus and Jane Greenberg at the LEADS Forum

The early-to-mid career panel contributed some great ideas for how we can expand the scope LEADS program. The breakout sessions brainstormed some ideas on what skill sets should be emphasized for future instances of LEADS, and how they might envision a model of LEADS involving doctoral students and early-to-mid career professionals working together. We also heard from special guest, Digital Strategy Directorate at the Library of Congress, Laurie Allen. Laurie shared news about exciting projects and opportunities at LC Labs.

LEADS PI Jane Greenberg and I took a break during lunch to catch a quick photo together.