IE Lab members attended the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) 2009 – iCreate held at Denver, CO from January 20 – 23, 2009. Anindita Paul, Doctoral Candidate presented her dissertation poster in the ‘Doctoral Poster Sessions’ category. Her poster on ‘Use of Web Analytics to Understand Library Users’ Online Behavior’ describes her dissertation work done on data collection and analysis along with some interim findings. Borchuluun Yadamsuren, also a Doctoral Candidate along with doctoral student Xin Wang presented their Work-in-Progress poster on ‘Usability of the Academic Library Website: Implementing the Heuristic Walkthrough Method’. The study was conducted as a part of an IE Lab project with the Fontbonne University Library at St. Louis, MO and presented the research design of the study of the academic library website that used heuristic walkthrough as a method. IE Lab Faculties Drs. Hsin-Liang (Oliver) Chen and Kim Thompson, both Assistant Professor also attended the conference. Dr. Chen presented his poster on ‘An Analysis of Undergraduate Students’ Search Behaviors in an Information Literacy Class’. His study investigated students search strategies for assignments and its relationships with learning experience.
This year’s theme for ALISE was “Transforming LIS Education for the 21st Century: i-Create”. The conference provided the IE Lab members grounds for interaction with the developments in the Library community at the same time providing opportunities for networking and sharing their individual skills with a wider range of interests from traditional librarianship to interdisciplinary aspects of Information Science.