I prepared a research paper on the relatively new and dynamic field of symbolic music information retrieval (MIR), a sub-domain of information retrieval (IR). My report provides an overview of the technology, a review of MIR literature, and an introduction to an existing MIR website, The Josquin Research Project. In this post, you can read the report’s introduction and literature review that shows an in-depth understanding of symbolic MIR and provides some critical analysis of the literature.
Searching for a book to add to UBC’s Rare Books and Special Collections Library, I discovered the intriguing pamphlet “A Message to the Public,” published in New Brunswick in 1905. For a Special Collections Library Management assignment, I argue UBC's RBSC should purchase this rare pamphlet written by one of Canada’s first Black lawyers and civil rights advocates.
For a course on information retrieval systems, I researched the information literacy needs and obstacles of undergraduate music students. Based on my findings, I developed and led an effective and engaging student-centred lesson on how and why to use the database RILM when researching music. Preparing and leading this lesson was fun for me because I got to apply my teaching skills acquired from my previous jobs in Korean universities to the information literacy field.
I designed a website prototype for a local museum in Clovis, California. My co-designer and I identified that seniors were the main visitors to the existing website but that it was terribly user-unfriendly and inaccessible for all users, worse so for older users. After examining UX and Human-Computer Interaction literature on seniors’ difficulties accessing information online, we re-designed the website to be accessible and user-friendly for adults over 65.
I facilitated a seminar on Indigenization and decolonization of information organization. I learned more about how knowledge organization systems are being developed that incorporate Indigenous peoples’ approaches to knowledge and ways of knowing and came up with learning activities for my classmates to examine and discuss these issues in a critical way.
I researched and wrote a concise and compelling topic brief for the UBC Music, Art, and Architecture Library director arguing for the music division to contribute to diversity initiatives by implementing cultural events, programs, and exhibits that promote diversity.