From left to right, assistant professor Bei Yu, and MLIS students Sarah Bratt and Kusturie Moodley will present at the Big Data in Libraries conference in Syracuse on April 11.

By: Diane Stirling
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School of Information Studies faculty and students are among the presenters for the Big Data in Libraries conference taking place next Friday in Syracuse.

Assistant Professor Bei Yu will speak on the topic, “Citation Opinion Classification Schema.” Sarah Bratt and Kusturie Moodley, second-year library information science master's degree students will present on their topic, “Gold Rush: Mining Public Library Data with R and Excel.” 

The keynote speaker for the one-day conference is Eric Forte, Member Services Consultant at OCLC, a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing information costs. Forte will address “The Big Picture of Big Data.” Most recently the Associate Dean for Library Services at Boise State University, he previously served as Economics Librarian, Reference Services Coordinator, and Head of Access Services at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Also scheduled to present are: Katherine Akers, eScience librarian and CLIR fellow at the University of Michigan; Alison Langmead, a faculty member at both the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences and Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences; and Kathleen Fear, data librarian at the University of Rochester Libraries.

The conference is being presented by The NY 3Rs Association, Inc. along with the Western New York Library Resources Council's Regional Advisory Committee.