April 2012

April 6, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
Talking Intelligently About Copyright and Fair Use
Room 403 IS Building (everyone)
Assistant Professor James “Kip” Currier will lead a discussion of key issues regarding copyright laws and examine why such issues are relevant in an iSchool.  Dr. Currier will explore current debates over copyright and culture, as well as the definition of fair use.  Lunch will be provided.

April 6, 2012 @ 2:30 pm
Adventures in Internships
Room 403 IS Building (graduate students)
Considering an internship as part of your graduate program of study?  Then you should attend this panel discussion featuring current iSchool graduate students - Sharon (I-Han) Hsiao, Andrii Cherniak, Denis Parra, and Jennifer (Yiling) Lin. They will share need-to-know information about the interview process,  their duties and responsibilities during their internships, and what they wish they had known before they embarked on this learning adventure.

April 10, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
The Faculty Search Process
Room 403 IS Building (doctoral students)
If you want to learn more about the search process and how to successfully navigate through it, this is a great opportunity! Members of recent iSchool faculty search committees will participate in a panel discussion of key questions including defining the skills/knowledge sought, the selection of applicants for further investigation or campus visits, the administrative challenges faced during faculty searches, and the timelines involved.  Lunch will be provided.

April 12 – 13, 2012
i-Fest – see this site for details: http://www.i-fest.pittedu/ (everyone)
i-fest is an annual event celebrating iSchool students, staff, and faculty. This two-day i-fest promises plenty of interesting activities, free food, and prizes. Come relax and have some fun before the end of the semester.

April 15, 2012 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The iSchool Spring Picnic
Schenley Park Vietnam Veterans Pavilion (everyone)
Come start an annual iSchool tradition with us!  All iSchool students are invited to the Schenley Park Vietnam Veterans Pavilion (http://www.pittsburghparks.org/schenley-directions) for a late lunch/early dinner, socialization, and games (horseshoes, Frisbee golf, volleyball, etc.). 

April 16, 2012 @ 12:00 noon
CourseWeb Training Session
Room 405 IS Building (for faculty, instructors, and TA/TFs)
CIDDE experts Erik Arroyo, Online Programs Coordinator, and Dean Croll, Instructional Technologist, will lead a CourseWeb training session for those teaching iSchool classes and wanting to take advantage of the many tools in the system. Depending upon your information needs, the instructors can explore a range of topics including course menu customization; creating assessments and surveys (and utilizing the question pool to facilitate creation of such tools); comparing and contrasting the discussion board, journal, wiki, and blog tools and identifying strategies for using each tool; creating a group and utilizing the components of the Groups feature; and identifying and efficiently utilizing the basic features of the Grade Center. Bring your questions about using CourseWeb!

April 17, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
Talking Intelligently About Big Data
Room 501 IS Building (everyone)
Professor Vladimir Zadorozhny will explore theoretical and practical considerations in the study and use of Big Data. He will explore the meaning of the term Big Data, as well as how the topics represented by this concept are relevant to iSchool faculty, students and researchers. Lunch will be provided.

April 19, 2012 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Faculty/Doctoral/Masters Student Thursday
IS Patio (doctoral and masters students)
Join iSchool faculty, staff, doctoral, and master’s students to talk about ideas, get to know each other,  and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Thanks to the generous support of the iSchool Doctoral Guild and SISGO for making this event possible.