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UW-Milwaukee’s Center for Information Policy Research (CIPR) Receives IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries

 

The Center for Information Policy Research at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, directed by Associate Professor Michael Zimmer (SOIS), has been awarded a National Leadership Grants for Libraries award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for the project “Library Values & Privacy in our National Digital Strategies: Field guides, Convenings, and Conversations.”

CIPR will be partnering with Data & Society, along with the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom and the New York Public Library, to host a national forum exploring what the library value of privacy means in the digital world. The forum will bring together library practitioners and administrators, along with technology, policy, and privacy experts, to establish a national roadmap for a digital privacy strategy for libraries. The award was one of 25 projects funded out of 90 applications.

Along with the roadmap, the project will produce a series of field guides for librarians that clearly lay out important privacy and security issues. Field guides will include topics such as: privacy by design, internal library information systems, third-party library software systems, cloud-based library systems, public internet and wifi services, licensing of digital content, data security, government information requests, and social media strategies

Award detail: https://www.imls.gov/grants/awarded/lg-73-17-0062-17
Program detail: https://www.imls.gov/news-events/news-releases/imls-awards-97-million-librarian-training-and-excellence-field

The School of Information Studies (SOIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) offers several degree programs including a Bachelor’s in Information Science and Technology, an ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science, a Master of Science in Information Science & Technology and a PhD in Information Studies. With a growing student body of more than 1000 students SOIS strives to be a premier international iSchool that shapes knowledge and information technology through innovative research and teaching. SOIS is a leader in advancing knowledge and preparing students from diverse backgrounds to be successful information professionals within their communities.

 

iConference 2017 Wrap Up: First-Ever Asia Event an Enormous Success

 

The recently concluded iConference 2017 was an enormous success, with many participants declaring it to the best iConference ever. Held in Wuhan, China, March 22-25, 2017, it was truly an international gathering, attracting 501 registered participants from more than 25 countries. This worldwide participation was appropriate to the conference theme: Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global Collaboration Across the Information Community.

iConference 2017 was hosted by the Wuhan University School of Information Management in conjunction with Sungkyunkwan University Library & Information Science and Data Science Department. It was the 12th annual event in the iConference series, and the first to be held in Asia.

Participants enjoyed keynote addresses by Mike Eisenberg and Jason E. Rollins, more than 60 peer-reviewed research papers, an additional 45 Chinese research papers, more than 65 research posters, and numerous workshops, interactive sessions and special panels. The official proceedings will be posted to the IDEALS open repository in the near future, and an at-a-glance summary will be posted to this website.

Each year, the iConference presents awards recognizing outstanding achievement in all of its research tracks. The Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper was won by Toine Bogers and Vivien Petras. The Most Interesting Preliminary Results Paper was authored by Bei Yu, Yatish Hegde and Yingya Li. The honors for Best Chinese Paper went to Xiao Hu, Eric M. Y. Ho, and Chen Qiao. The Best Poster Award went to Danchen Zhang, Daqing He, Sanqiang Zhao, and Lei Li, Nanjing. Click here for complete details on the 2017 award winners and finalists.

Sponsors of iConference 2017 included: Microsoft; the National Science Foundation; Baidu; Emerald Publishing; the Journal of Data and Information Science; MDPI; DE Gruyter; Springer Nature; CNKI; and Chaoxing.com.

The next iConference will take place March 25-28, 2018, in Sheffield, UK. iConference 2018 will be jointly hosted by the University of Sheffield Information School and the iSchool at Northumbria; the theme will be Transforming Digital Worlds. Click here for a preview.

About the iConference
An annual presentation of the iSchools organization since 2005, the iConference brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to examine critical information issues in contemporary society. Each annual iConference is hosted by a different iSchools member-institution. An openness to new ideas and research fields in information science is a primary characteristics of the event. Attendance has grown over the years as participants appreciate the inspiring sense of community, high quality research presentations, and myriad opportunities for engagement.

Click here for more about the iConference, including links to past proceedings and conference summaries.

 

iConference 2017 Commences in Wuhan, China

 

iConference 2017 commenced today with an appeal by opening keynote speaker Mike Eisenberg for information schools and professionals to enthusiastically embrace the “Science of Information” in its many forms. The first-ever iConference to be held in Asia, iConference 2017 will run through Saturday, March 25.

Eisenberg began his talk by tracing the history of information from its earliest roots, and concluded with an appeal to broaden perceptions of the scope of the field, embrace as many schools as possible, and create even more opportunities for students.

The iConference 2017 Opening Ceremony was launched with a welcome from the president of Wuhan University, this year’s local host school, and also addresses from conference co-chairs Dr. Qing Fang of the Wuhan University School of Information Management and Dr. Sam Oh of Sungkyunkwan University Library and Information Science and Data Science Department. The two schools are jointly hosting the conference.

The opening ceremony also included the naming of the winner of this year’s Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper. The winning paper was “An In-Depth Analysis of Tags and Controlled Metadata for Book Search.” Congratulations go out to co-authors Toine Bogersof Aalborg University Copenhagen and Vivien Petras of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The two authors share a $5,000US prize, courtesy of Microsoft, one of this year’s many sponsors. Our congratulations to them, and all of this year’s nominees.

About iConference 2017

An annual presentation of the iSchools organization since 2005, the iConference brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to examine critical information issues in contemporary society. The 2017 theme is Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global Collaboration Across the Information Community. iConference 2017 is jointly hosted by the Wuhan University School of Information Management and the Sungkyunkwan University Library and Information Science and Data Science Department.

iConference 2017 begins on Wednesday, March 22, with an Opening Ceremony followed by five specially selected workshops available free-of-charge to all paid participants. Over the ensuing days, participants have the opportunity take in more than 60 peer-reviewed papers focused on completed research, as well as shorter papers focused on preliminary results. New this year is a special series of papers focused on specific research in China. Numerous interactive sessions and special panels are also planned. As always, the conference will also feature two extended poster sessions showcasing the work of current and future thought-leaders. This year’s keynote speakers are Mike Eisenberg and Jason E. Rollins.

The complete iConference 2017 program schedule is available online.

iConference 2017 sponsors include: Microsoft; the National Science Foundation; Baidu; Emerald Publishing; the Journal of Data and Information Science; MDPI; DE Gruyter; Springer Nature; CNKI; and Chaoxing.com.

 

iConference 2017 Provides Complimentary Shuttles from Airport and Train Station

 

iConference 2017, the annual gathering of information scholars and researchers, takes place next week, Wednesday, March 22 through Saturday March 25, at the Westin Wuhan Wuchang Hotel in Wuhan, China. For the convenience of incoming participants, Local host Wuhan University School of Information Management has arranged for complimentary shuttle buses from the Wuhan Airport and Train Station to the conference hotel.

The shuttles are provided on the days leading up to the conferece, Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21. They will depart from Wuhan Tianhe Airport at 9:00, 12:00, 17:00, and 21:00 on each day. They will leave Wuahn Railway Station (the high-speed train station) at 9:40, 12:40, 17:40, and 21:40.

Participants arriving in Wuhan should look for student volunteers holding signs that say “iConference 2017.” You will be directed to the shuttles.

The local hosts have summarized shuttle details and other local transportation options, such as taxi and metro, in a convenient document. The document also includes area maps, a guide to local dining, and more. Click here to view.

About iConference 2017

An annual presentation of the iSchools organization since 2005, the iConference brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to examine critical information issues in contemporary society. The 2017 theme is Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global Collaboration Across the Information Community. iConference 2017 is jointly hosted by the Wuhan University School of Information Management and the Sungkyunkwan University Library and Information Science and Data Science Department.

iConference 2017 will begin on Wednesday, March 22, with an Opening Ceremony followed by five specially selected workshops available free-of-charge to all paid participants. Over the ensuing days, participants have the opportunity take in more than 60 peer-reviewed papers focused on completed research, as well as shorter papers focused on preliminary results. New this year is a special series of papers focused on specific research in China. Numerous interactive sessions and special panels are also planned. As always, the conference will also feature two extended poster sessions showcasing the work of current and future thought-leaders. This year’s keynote speakers are Mike Eisenberg and Jason E. Rollins.

The complete iConference 2017 program schedule is now available for review. Conference organizers have also posted information to assist all participants with lodging, visas and other travel needs.

iConference 2017 sponsors include: Microsoft; the National Science Foundation; Baidu; Emerald Publishing; the Journal of Data and Information Science; MDPI; DE Gruyter; Springer Nature; CNKI; and Chaoxing.com.

 

Paper and Poster Award Finalists Announced for iConference 2017

 

The iConference 2017 organizers have named the finalists for the conference’s best papers and poster competitions. The winners will be announced at iConference 2017, which takes place March 22-25, 2017, in Wuhan, China. The finalists were selected by the papers and posters track chairs, in consultation with the program chairs.

Best Completed Research Paper

The winner in the Completed Research Paper category will receive the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper and a cash prize of $5,000 provided by Microsoft. The award honors the memory of Lee Dirks, long-time friend and supporter of the iConference. The finalists are listed here in order of presentation at the conference, and titles are linked to their respective abstract in our program schedule:

Title: An In-Depth Analysis of Tags and Controlled Metadata for Book
Authors: Toine Bogers, Aalborg University Copenhagen; Vivien Petras, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Presentation: March 23, 10:30 am

Title: Re-intermediation in the Fashion Industry: A Qualitative Study on Brokers in the Dongdae-mun Fashion District
Authors: Min-Joon Kim, Nuri Na, Joong-Seek Lee, Seoul National University
Presentation: March 23, 10:30 am

Title: Let’s Workout! Exploring Social Exercise in an Online Fitness Community
Authors: Li Zeng, University of Washington; Zack W. Almquist, University of Minnesota; Emma S. Spiro, University of Washington
Presentation: March 23, 3:30 pm

Title: Writing to Persuade: Analysis and Detection of Persuasive Discourse
Authors: Taraneh Khazaei, University of Western Ontario; Lu Xiao, Syracuse University; Robert Mercer, University of Western Ontario
Presentation: March 23, 3:30 pm

Title: Location Matters: Geospatial Policy Analytics over Time For Household Hazardous Waste Collection in California
Authors: Kustini Lim-Wavde, Robert J. Kauffman, Tin Seong Kam, Singapore Management University; Gregory S. Dawson, Arizona State University
Presentation: March 24, 3:30 pm

Most Interesting Preliminary Results Paper

This award goes to the author(s) of the most intriguing paper in the preliminary results category. The finalists, in order of presentation at the conference:

Title: Activity Patterns of Collaborative Sensemaking in Small Discussion Groups
Authors: Zhe Wang, Jiaxin An, Pengyi Zhang, Peking University
Presentation: March 23, 1:30 pm

Title: CORA: A Platform to Support Citation Context Analysis
Authors: Bei Yu, Yatish Hegde, Yingya Li, Syracuse University
Presentation: March 24, 1:30 pm

Title: Impact of Location-based Augmented Reality Games on People’s Information Behavior: A Case Study of Pokémon GO
Authors: Jin Ha Lee, Travis Windleharth, Jason Yip, Marc Schmalz, University of Washington
Presentation: March 24, 1:30 pm

Title: Apples vs oranges or two fruits? Level of detail in literature reviews
Authors: Elke Greifeneder, Kirsten Schlebbe, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Presentation: March 24, 3:30 pm

Title: Community involvement in the Management of Palm Leaf Manuscripts as Lanna Cultural Material in Thailand
Authors: Piyapat Jarusawat, Andrew Cox, Jo Bates, University of Sheffield
Presentation: March 24, 3:30 pm

Best Poster Award

The poster category award is judged based on the submitted abstract and the resulting presentation at the iConference. The poster sessions take place Thusday March 23, 5:00-6:30 pm and Friday, March 24, 5:00-6:30 pm. The finalists are presented here in alphabetical order, by title, and the winner will be announced at the Friday session:

Title: Automatic Course Website Discovery from Search Engine Results
Authors: Rui Meng, Zexin Zhao, Yu Chi, Daqing He, University of Pittsburgh

Title: Leveraging Social Media to Facilitate Intergenerational Learning: Bridging Digital Immigrants with Digital Natives
Authors: Yuxiang Zhao, Nanjing University of Science and Technology; Yutian Shi, Qinghua Zhu, Nanjing University

Title: Research on duplication of Personal Names in Chinese Authority File
Authors: Yanqing Shi, Jianjun Sun, Nanjing University; Junzhi Jia, Shanxi University

Title: Understanding transdisciplinary scholarly communication in the field of joint attention
Authors: Jian Xu, Sun Yat-sen University; Ying Ding, Indiana University

Title: Wikipedia Based Automatic Diagnosis Prediction in Clinical Decision Support System
Authors: Danchen Zhang, Daqing He, Sanqiang Zhao, University of Pittsburgh; Lei Li, Nanjing University of Science and Technology

About the iConference

An annual presentation of the iSchools organization since 2005, the iConference brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to examine critical information issues in contemporary society. The 2017 theme is Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global Collaboration Across the Information Community. iConference 2017 is jointly hosted by the Wuhan University School of Information Management and the Sungkyunkwan University Library and Information Science and Data Science Department.

iConference 2017 will begin on Wednesday, March 22, with an Opening Ceremony followed by five specially selected workshops available free-of-charge to all paid participants. Over the ensuing days, participants have the opportunity take in more than 60 peer-reviewed papers focused on completed research, as well as shorter papers focused on preliminary results. New this year is a special series of papers focused on specific research in China. Numerous interactive sessions and special panels are also planned. As always, the conference will also feature two extended poster sessions showcasing the work of current and future thought-leaders. This year’s keynote speakers are Mike Eisenberg and Jason E. Rollins.

The complete iConference 2017 program schedule is now available for review. Conference organizers have also posted information to assist all participants with lodging, visas and other travel needs.

iConference 2017 sponsors include: Microsoft; the National Science Foundation; Baidu; Emerald Publishing; the Journal of Data and Information Science; and MDPI.

 

Four University of Sheffield Faculty Members Join Emerald’s “Online Information Review”; available to meet at iConference 2017

 

Four faculty members from the Information School at the University of Sheffield, UK, have been appointed co-editors of Online Information Review, an international, peer-reviewed journal produced by Emerald Publishing. The four new co-editors are Jo Bates, Andrew Cox, Robert Jäschke and Angela Lin.

Online Information Review is an international, double blind peer-reviewed, ISI-listed journal devoted to research in the broad field of digital information and communication, and related technologies. The journal provides a multi-disciplinary forum for scholars from a range of fields, including information studies/iSchools, data studies, internet studies, media and communication studies and information systems.

According to a press release issued by the University of Sheffield, some changes to the aims and scope of the journal have been agreed to, and the new editors are “particularly interested in publishing research on the social, political and ethical aspects of emergent digital information practices and platforms, and welcome submissions that draw upon critical and socio-technical perspectives in order to address these developments.”

New co-editors Jo Bates and Andrew Cox will be attending iConference 2017 in Wuhan, Chine, March 22-25. Authors wishing to discuss writing for Online Information Review are encouraged to contact them to arrange a meeting. Contact information is available on the school website.

According to the Sheffield press release, the editors welcome empirical, conceptual and methodological contributions on any topics relevant to the broad field of digital information and communication, however we are particularly interested in receiving submissions that address emerging issues around:

  • Online communities, social networking and social media, including online political communication; crowdsourcing; positive computing and wellbeing.
  • The social drivers and implications of emerging data practices, including open data; big data; data journeys and flows; and research data management.
  • Digital transformations including organisations’ use of information technologies (e.g. Internet of Things and digitisation of user experience) to improve economic and social welfare, health and wellbeing, and protect the environment.
  • Developments in digital scholarship and the production and use of scholarly content.
  • Online and digital research methods, including their ethical aspects.

The editorial team invites the submission of papers relevant to the new scope of the journal; contact the editors for more information.

Next year, the Information School at the University of Sheffield will co-host iConference 2018, in conjunction with the Northumbria University Department of Computer and Information Sciences.

Emerald Publishing, China, is a sponsor of iConference 2017.

 

iSchools Announce 2017 Dissertation Award Honorees

 

The iSchools organization is pleased to announce the results of its 2017 Doctoral Dissertation Award competition. The winner is Dr. Rachel Ivy Clarke, for her dissertation, “It’s Not Rocket Library Science: Design Epistemology and American Librarianship.” Dr. Clarke’s dissertation, conducted at the University of Washington Information School, was judged the best to have been completed at a member-iSchool in the preceding academic year. The runner up was Dr. Jasy Liew Suet Yan for her dissertation titled, “Fine-Grained Emotion Detection in Microblog Text”; it was completed at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies.

The iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizes outstanding work in the information field. Nominations are solicited from all members of the iSchools organization, now more than 80 institutions worldwide, and judged by an award committee drawn from leading international schools. The winner receives a prize of $2,500 US, the runner up $1,000. Honorees are also offered a travel allowance so they can collect their award in person at iConference 2017, which takes place March 22-25, 2017, in Wuhan, China.

Dr. Rachel Ivy Clarke

2017 award winner Dr. Clarke is currently an assistant professor at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. She was formerly the cataloging librarian at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She holds a BA in creative writing from California State University Long Beach, an MLIS from San Jose State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington Information School.

The award committee had the following to say about Dr. Clarke’s work: “This dissertation explores the role of design in American librarianship based on argument that design provides an appropriate epistemological framework for librarianship rather than traditional scientific epistemologies. It distills design principles and applies them to the critical analysis of three cases representing significant artifacts in library history. Examining the field of librarianship from the perspective of design epistemology reveals new insights and interpretations of library work. The reviewers agreed that the topic of this dissertation is novel and original and the findings provide significant implications for future library and information science education and library practice.”

Dr. Jasy Liew Suet Yan

2017 runner-up Dr. Jasy Liew Suet Yan is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Computer Sciences, University of Science Malaysia. She graduated with a Ph.D. from the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University in 2016. Her dissertation research was also recognized with the Syracuse University iSchool 2016 Doctoral Prize.

“This dissertation develops emotional categories inductively from Twitter data, and creates a taxonomy of 28 emotion categories for the range of emotions expressed in tweets,” noted the awards committee. “The dissertation also extracted linguistic cues that can serve as indicators, and then evaluated the performance of machine learning classification using several classifier and feature combinations. The results show that extend machine learning classification on tweets is feasible and makes a significant contribution toward machine learning models for fine-grained emotion detection in text.”

The 2017 iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award honorees will be recognized during a gathering of their peers at iConference 2017, which takes place March 22-25, 2017, in Wuhan, China. The iConference is an international gathering of scholars and researchers concerned with critical information issues in contemporary society.

About the iSchools
The iSchools organization was founded in 2005 by a collective of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field in the 21st Century. It has since grown into a consortium of more than 80 universities and institutions spanning five continents.

The iSchools organization supports and recognizes student achievement through its annual Doctoral Colloquium and Doctoral Dissertation Award, as well as other special contests and mentoring opportunities. The iSchools also provide collaboration tools and other support to assist faculty in their teaching and research endeavors. Every year, the iSchools organization presents the iConference, a forum in which information scholars, researchers and professionals share their insights on critical information issues in contemporary society. The next iConference is scheduled to take place March 22-25, 2017 in Wuhan, China.

 

Keynote Speakers Announced for iConference 2017

 

The organizers of iConference 2017 are pleased to announce this year’s keynote speakers. They are Mike Eisenberg, dean emeritus of the University of Washington Information School, and Jason E. Rollins, senior director of innovation for Clarivate Analytics.

Mike Eisenberg is a founder of the iSchools movement and an evangelist for the information field, and will speak at the opening ceremony on March 22, 2017. In a talk titled “iSchools—Our Time is Now!”, Eisenberg will show how the field has been tied to every area of human endeavor throughout history, and challenge everyone to act boldly across the globe in advancing programs, research and services to humanity.

Jason E. Rollins is a product development and applied research expert with twenty years of experience bringing inventive projects to life for millions of users in the global scientific, academic research, and intellectual property community. His presentation takes place Thursday, March 23, 2017, and is titled “Web of Science Big Data—Powering Next Generation Discovery & Science of Science.” It will present an overview of the Web of Science citation network as a research dataset, and includes case studies of innovation projects from leading iSchools.

More information about the iConference 2017 keynote presetations can be found on the conference Keynote Speakers webpage.

An annual presentation of the iSchools organization since 2005, the iConference brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to examine critical information issues in contemporary society. The 2017 theme is Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global Collaboration Across the Information Community. iConference 2017 is jointly hosted by the Wuhan University School of Information Management and the Sungkyunkwan University Library & Information Science and Data Science Department.

iConference 2017 will begin on Wednesday, March 22, with an Opening Ceremony followed by five specially selected workshops available free-of-charge to all paid participants. Over the ensuing days, participants have the opportunity take in more than 60 peer-reviewed papers focused on completed research, as well as shorter papers focused on preliminary results. New this year is a special series of papers focused on specific research in China. Numerous interactive sessions and special panels are also planned. As always, the conference will also feature two extended poster sessions showcasing the work of current and future thought-leaders.

The complete iConference 2017 program schedule is now available for review. Conference organizers have also posted information to assist all participants with lodging, visas and other travel needs. Visit the iConference registration page to begin your arrangements. For added convenience, the organizers also offer a special Chinese language website.

 

February 14 is a Day for Lovers of Saving Money; iConference Rates to Increase on Feb. 15

 

Tuesday, Feb. 14 is not only Valentine’s Day, it’s also the last chance to purchase an iConference 2017 registration at the standard rate. Late registration fees apply starting Feb. 15. Register now to secure the standard rate. You’ll love the money you save.

Presented annually by the iSchools organization, the iConference brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to examine critical information issues in contemporary society. The 2017 theme is Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global Collaboration Across the Information Community. iConference 2017 is jointly hosted by the Wuhan University School of Information Management and the Sungkyunkwan University Library & Information Science and Data Science Department.

iConference 2017 will begin on Wednesday, March 22, with an Opening Ceremony followed by five specially selected workshops available free-of-charge to all paid participants. Over the ensuing days, participants have the opportunity take in more than 60 peer-reviewed papers focused on completed research, as well as shorter papers focused on preliminary results. New this year is a special series of papers focused on specific research in China. Numerous interactive sessions and special panels are also planned. As always, the conference will also feature two extended poster sessions showcasing the work of current and future thought-leaders.

The complete iConference 2017 program schedule is now available for review. Conference organizers have also posted information to assist all participants with lodging, visas and other travel needs. Visit the iConference registration page to begin your arrangements. For added convenience, the organizers also offer a special Chinese language website.

 

iSchools Express Concern over President’s Executive Order on Immigration

 

The iSchools organization has issued a formal statement of concern in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order banning entry from a number of Muslim nations. The statement was drafted by the iSchools Executive Committee and approved by the iSchools Caucus, governing body of the organization.

The statement follows:

“The iSchools, a consortium of more than 80 information schools in universities on five continents, take it as a given that expertise in all forms of information is required for progress in science, business, health/medicine, education, and culture. This expertise must include understanding of the uses and users of information, the nature of information itself, as well as information technologies and their applications. The iSchools are dedicated to advancing the information field in the 21st century through a shared fundamental interest in the relationships between information, people, and technology. Our work is founded on principles of openness and the free exchange of ideas; we welcome scholars and students from all countries, recognizing that a rich and varied set of perspectives is vital to the advancement of humankind.

“We join our professional colleagues in the American Library Association (ALA), the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), the Society of American Archivists (SAA), and related associations in affirming our values and expressing grave concern over the presidential executive order banning entry of citizens from a number of Muslim-majority nations into the United States.”

Similar statements of concern can be found of the websites of ALA, ASIS&T, ALISE and SAA.

About the iSchools
The iSchools organization was founded in 2005 by a collective of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field in the 21st Century. It has since grown into a consortium of more than 80 universities and institutions spanning five continents.

The iSchools organization supports and recognizes student achievement through its annual Doctoral Colloquium and Doctoral Dissertation Award, as well as other special contests and mentoring opportunities. The iSchools also provide collaboration tools and other support to assist faculty in their teaching and research endeavors. Every year, the iSchools organization presents the iConference, a forum in which information scholars, researchers and professionals share their insights on critical information issues in contemporary society. The next iConference is scheduled to take place March 22-25, 2017 in Wuhan, China.