School of Library & Information Science Associate Professor Dr. Ju receives SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grant


LSU School of Library & Information Science Associate Professor Dr. Boryung Ju was named a 2013-2014 SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grant recipient to initiatenew research collaboration with colleagues at the University of Alabama.

Dr. Ju launched an SEC-HCI (Human Computer Interaction) Initiative with Dr. Dan Albertson from the School of Library & Information Studies at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.


In the Spring of 2014 Dr. Ju will travel to Tuscaloosa to start a research collaboration to enhance the presentation and representation of digital data and information for digital libraries and data repositories. As an initial project of this effort, Albertson and Ju will develop multiple-faceted user interaction frameworks; design & implement prototype interfaces for digital libraries.


They plan to extend the SEC-HCI-Initiative to include research collaborators from other Library & Information Science Programs in the SEC such as the Universities of Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, and South Carolina.  


“Before the grant, the SEC for me was mainly associated with football, and the big games that I watched on Saturdays. The grant application encouraged me to pay closer attention to the impressive academic research that is going on in the LIS programs at the other SEC schools,” said Dr. Ju. “It opens up new avenues to new research collaborations with other research active schools.”


“Interdisciplinary, interdepartmental and inter-university research will become more and more important. I hope the new research collaboration with the University of Alabama will encourage others to seek out similar opportunities,” said Dr. Ju.


The SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grant was created in 2012 by the Chancellors and Provosts of the SEC schools to “enhance faculty collaboration that stimulates scholarly initiatives between SEC universities.” It gives faculty from one SEC university the opportunity to travel to another SEC campus to exchange ideas, develop grant proposals, and conduct research. Currently, the SEC is comprised of 14 universities.


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