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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.