iSchools name iConference 2018 host: Conference to span three continents in three years


The iSchools organization has awarded the hosting of iConference 2018 to the joint proposal submitted by the University of Sheffield Information School and the University of Northumbria Department of Mathematics & Information Science. iConference 2018 will take place in spring of 2018 on the University of Sheffield campus in Sheffield, England.

The announcement comes on the eve of iConference 2016, which takes place March 20-23 in Philadelphia. In the following year, the event moves to Wuhan, China, where iConference 2017 will mark the information conference’s first foray into Asia. Now, with the decision to hold iConference 2018 in Europe, it means the iConference will span three continents in three years.

“The awarding of iConference 2018 to Sheffield and Northumbria, coming fresh on the heels of next year’s conference in Wuhan, further underscores the international scope of the iSchools organization,” said incoming iCaucus Chair Ron Larsen of the University of Pittsburgh. “When viewed in light of the recent election of Chair-elect Sam Oh of Korea, our organization continues to help maximize the power of information and technology worldwide.”

The iConference is an international gathering of scholars and researchers concerned with critical information issues in contemporary society. The iConference is presented by the iSchools organization, and hosted each year by a different member school. For more about the iConference, including conference archives and links to past proceedings, visit our About the iConference webpage.

iConference 2016 is hosted by the Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics; the conference begins March 20, 2016, and registration is now open. iConference 2017 will be jointly hosted by the Wuhan University School of Information Management in China, and the Sungkyunkwa University Library & Information Science and Data Science Department in Korea. iConference 2018 will be hosted by England’s University of Sheffield Information School and the University of Northumbria Department of Mathematics & Information Science.


Avoid Late Fees—Register for iConference by March 11


Standard registration for the iConference ends March 11, and late fees apply thereafter. If you’ve been putting off registration, you’ll want to act fast to avoid late fees. Click here to register

iConference 2016 takes place Sunday, March 20 through Wednesday, March 23, 2016, in historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. This year’s theme of “Partnership with Society” examines the dynamic, evolving role of information science and today’s iSchool movement, and the benefits to society.

The 2016 program includes:

  • Keynote addresses by Drexel Executive Vice President and Provost M. Brian Blake, documentary filmmaker Robin Hauser Reynolds, and Clifford A. Lynch, head of the Coalition for Networked Information.
  • Screenings of Reynold’s latest work, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, a film exploring the underlying currents that dissuade women and people of color from pursuing coding jobs, even as the nation faces a growing shortage of qualified computer scientists. All film screenings are generously sponsored by PennMutual. Click here to view 2-minute trailer.
  • Special presentations and opportunities provided by sponsors Microsoft Research and Emerald Publishing.
  • Sixty papers that push the boundaries of the information field, 95 posters by current and future thought-leaders, 16 thought-provoking sessions for interaction and engagement, and 8 interactive workshops. Click here to view the schedule, or better yet, download the app to your mobile device.
  • This year we will again offer our Doctoral Colloquium (invitation only) and Early Career Colloquium (open to all—sign up when you register). New this year, we are offing a pair of doctoral mentoring sessions which are open to any doctoral student registered for the iConference (RSVP required in order to join—click here for details).
  • Social events include our traditional Opening Reception on Sunday Evening. On Monday, this year’s our banquet will be held at the National Constitution Center, the museum established by the U.S. Congress to celebrate the American constitutional tradition. It is an apt venue for a conference held in Philadelphia, the birthplace of the United States of America.

Click here to register now.

The iConference series is presented by the iSchools, a worldwide association of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field, and preparing students to meet the information challenges of the 21st Century. Affiliation with the iSchools is not required—all information scholars, researchers and practitioners are welcome at the iConference.


DEADLINE EXTENDED: iSchools Promotional Video Contest: You could win up to $5,000


UPDATE: The submission deadline has been exteended through January, with entries due by 11:59 PM [SST (Samoa Standard Time) UTC/GMT -11 hours] on January 29th.

Contest entries received during this extended period will only be eligible for the $1,000 iConference travel support award, and are not eligible for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place prizes.

The iSchools organization announces a video contest that seeks to foster interest in the field of information and promote study at an Information School. Prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 will be given for the top-three most innovative and impactful videos, respectively. The top five finishers will also be offered up to $1,000 in travel support to attend iConference 2016 in Philadelphia.

The submission period is Sept. 1 – Nov. 30, and the contest is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni, the general public. Participants are invited to submit two-minute videos that speak to information as a field of study or to iSchools as exciting, new programs that educate undergraduate and/or graduate students to solve the information problems of the 21st Century.

Contest submissions will be judged by a panel of iSchool deans. Winning videos will debut at iConference 2016, which takes place March 20-23, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Videos will also be used on the iSchools Organization website and through other channels to promote the iSchools organization and the mission of Information Schools.

Click here for details, including eligibility, contest guidelines and links to the online entry form.


Two CCI Library and Information Science Alumnae Recognized as “Movers & Shakers” by Library Journal


“Taneya Gethers, ’07 and Alison Macrina, ’09, both graduates of Drexel University (USA) College of Computing & Informatics’ master of science in library and information science (LIS) program, were recently recognized by Library Journal as two of this year’s “Movers & Shakers.”
The editors of Library Journal selected Gethers and Macrina as two of over 50 up-and-coming individuals from around the world who are recognized by their peers as innovative, creative, and making a difference.
Gethers and Macrina join the ranks of 13 CCI alumni to be honored by Library Journal […].
Gethers was recognized in the Community Builders category for her work in developing culturally empowering programming as senior librarian at Macon Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) in New York. While a student at Drexel, Gethers was selected by the American Library Association as a Spectrum Scholar, and has since contributed chapters to The 21st-Century Black Librarian in America: Issues and Challenges (Scarecrow, 2012) and Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond (Library Juice, 2014).
Macrina was recognized in the Advocates category for her work in bringing awareness to digital surveillance issues as founder and director of the Library Freedom Project, a partnership among librarians, technologists, attorneys, and privacy advocates which aims to make real the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries. Macrina, co-author of the Radical Reference Collective’s zine We Are All Suspects, received a $244,700 two-year grant from the Knight Foundation’s News Challenge: Libraries, which will enable her to take her work to libraries nationwide.
Now in its fifteenth year of recognizing emerging leaders in the library world, Library Journal is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 “Movers and Shakers” to appear in the March 15, 2016 issue.”


New research series supports the vision of the iSchools


“Facet Publishing have announced the release of Cultural Heritage Information: Access and management, the first book in the new iResearch series.

iResearch is a new academic series edited by G G Chowdhury, Professor in Information Science and Head of the Department of Mathematics and Information Science at Northumbria University. This peer-reviewed monograph series supports the vision of the iSchools and creates authoritative sources of information for research and scholarly activities in information studies. Each book in the series addresses a specific aspect or emerging topic of information studies and provides a state-of-the-art review of research in the chosen field and addresses the issues, challenges and progress of research and practice.

The series is overseen by an editorial board comprising; Peter Willett, University of Sheffield; Ian Ruthven, University of Strathclyde; Dorothy Williams, Robert Gordon University, Harry Bruce, University of Washington; Jonathan Furner, UCLA; Edie Rasmussen, University of British Columbia; Michael Seadle, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Fabio Crestani, University of Lugano; Schubert Foo, Nanyang Technological University and Shigeo Sugimoto, University of Tsukuba.”
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SMU awarded three significant research grants to address national and urban needs


“The School of Information Systems (SIS) at Singapore Management University (SMU) received three major grants to undertake Research, Development, and Deployment (RD &D) projects in support of Singapore’s national initiatives related to ageing in place, improving people and goods flow, reducing congestion in urban settings, and improving the security and trust of cyberspace. The total investment for these three projects comes to SD 36.5 million, with funding from a combination of Singapore government research support schemes as well as private sector sources.
Professor Steven Miller, Vice Provost (Research) and Dean of SIS, said “We are delighted to have secured these three new research grants to support Singapore’s national needs as well as regional and global urban needs. To reach final agreement on SD 36.5 million of R&D funding for a set of projects that are all highly integrated with Singapore’s national R&D needs was fantastic news for SMU.”
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2014 Asia-Pacific iSchool Meeting


A meeting of Asian-Pacific members of the iSchools was held Dec 4-6 in Seoul, Korea.
People from the following iSchool mebers attended:

· Sungkyunkwan University, iSchool
· Yonsei University, iSchool
· Seoul National University, School of Convergence Science and Technology

· Nanjing University, Information Management School
· Wuhan University, Information Management School

· University of Tsukba, Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies

· Melbourne University, School of Information

· Singapore Management University, School of Information Systems

Asia-Pacific iSchool Meeting


UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) receives USD 25.3 million award


“Chapel Hill, N.C. – The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS), USA, has been awarded its largest contract ever to operate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Research Triangle Park (RTP) Library over the next five years. The new award, of USD 25.3 million, significantly expands the scope of work to manage agency-wide subscriptions to journals and other information products.”
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Syracuse iSchool Dean Liz Liddy Appointed Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost


“Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud has appointed School of Information Studies (iSchool) Dean and Trustee Professor Elizabeth D. Liddy as Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost, replacing Eric Spina who will return to the faculty as a newly appointed Trustee Professor.
“I am truly honored Chancellor Syverud has asked me to accept this leadership role, and I look forward to engaging my faculty colleagues across campus to enhance the capabilities of the Provost’s Office,” said Liddy. “This is an exciting time to be at Syracuse University. I’m looking forward to leading and supporting the development of the academic Strategic Plan and playing an active role in the next phase of our growth and development.”
Professor and Associate Dean Jeffrey Stanton has been appointed Interim Dean of the iSchool.
“I have worked closely with Jeff during my time as Dean and am a very strong believer in his capabilities and dedication to our iSchool,” said Liddy. “I am sure that under his leadership the iSchool will continue on its excellent path of high achievements for our students, our school, and the University.””
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