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Transforming Perceptions

Julie Gilliam, MS, started out as a social worker with an interest in technology. She now works for the School of Social Work as a senior instructional technology specialist, and her exhibit A Transformational Journey Through the Perception of Mobliography, on display at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, is about viewing the surrounding environment through the use of mobile technology.

Five sets of pictures: "Beauty of Baltimore," "Snapshot of Nature," "Depiction of Our Four Legged Friends," "Inspirational Typography," and the "Outlook View of Donaldson Brown Conference Center at Dissertation Bootcamp" are on display through Aug. 15 in the Weise Gallery.

The images were transported from a smartphone and visual texture was developed using a mobile application. The artwork demonstrates the ability to create artistic expressions, thus providing accessibility to all. The images represent how Gilliam's perception has changed through the accumulation of knowledge and experiences.

Gilliam's approach to research, and emphasis on the user, is related to her background in social work and technology. Social work values focus on starting where the client is at, and this is why user interface is central to her research. Her career goal is to design tools that start where clients are at so they will become empowered.

Gilliam holds a bachelor's degree in social work and computer information science, and a master's in computer system management with a concentration in applied systems. She is pursuing a Doctor of Science in Information and Interaction Design at the University of Baltimore. Her dissertation title is "Investigating the Role of an Enhanced Textbook: Using the Principles of Human Centered Design."

Gilliam uses her social work and technical skills to support faculty, staff, and students with instructional and technological services. She has been with the University System of Maryland for more than 11 years. Her focus throughout her professional career has been solving problems for the end user in numerous capacities.

The exhibition is open to the public at no charge.




Posting Date: 06/13/2014
Contact Name: Jill Yesko
Contact Phone: 410-706-3803
Contact Email: jyesko@umaryland.edu