Computers and Crowds: Unexpected Authors and Their Impact on Scholarly Research – CUNY Graduate School – New York, NY

The Library Association of CUNY (LACUNY) Emerging Technologies Committee, the LACUNY Scholarly Communications Roundtable, CUNY Library Information Literacy Advisory Committee (LILAC), and the CUNY Office of Library Services are delighted to announce our Spring program:

Computers and Crowds:
Unexpected Authors and Their Impact on Scholarly Research
Friday, May 17th; 9:30am – 12:30pm
Graduate School of Journalism, Room 308

The event is free, but registration is required: http://tinyurl.com/lacunycrowds

Please join us for an exciting half-day session that begins with an introduction to new content production models and ends with a moderated breakout discussions of specific topics in the field.

Part 1:
Hats, farms, and bubbles: How emerging marketing & content production models are making research more difficult (and what you and your students can do about it)

Description:
Google, and other search engines, have made tremendous progress organizing the world’s knowledge. However, accessing that knowledge is becoming increasingly difficult because of emerging marketing and content production models utilized by high-ranking sites like eHow.com and ExpertVillage.com. Search Engine Optimization (SEO), “content farms” and Google’s increasingly personalized search algorithms are making search engines less effective as academic research tools. Therefore students are exposed to more shallow, low quality results than ever before. In this session, learn more about the technologies behind these emerging marketing and content production models. Learn strategies faculty, students, and librarians can use to respond to new information environment.

Speakers:
Kate Peterson
Information Literacy Librarian, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Paul Zenke
DesignLab/Digital Humanities Initiative Project Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Part 2:
Three concurrent breakout conversations on content farms, algorithm-written content, and crowd sourcing. Recommended readings will be made available in advance on the Academic Commons.

Refreshments will be served!

Amy Ballmer
Reference Librarian, Mina Rees Library
Graduate Center, City University of New York
aballmer@gc.cuny.edu
212.817.7059

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