GSLIS welcomes nominations for annual intellectual freedom award


The faculty of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, seeks nominations for the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award. The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2014.

Given annually, the award acknowledges individuals or groups who have furthered the cause of intellectual freedom, particularly as it impacts libraries and information centers and the dissemination of ideas. Granted to those who have resisted censorship or efforts to abridge the freedom of individuals to read or view materials of their choice, the award may be in recognition of a particular action or a long-term interest in and dedication to the cause of intellectual freedom.

The Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award was established in 1969 by the GSLIS faculty to honor Dean Emeritus Downs, a champion of intellectual freedom, on the occasion of his 25th anniversary as director of the School.

Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO Publishing Company, provides an honorarium to the recipient and co-hosts the reception in honor of the recipient. The reception and award ceremony for the 2014 Downs Intellectual Freedom Award will take place in January 2015 during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

Letters of nomination and documentation about the nominee should be sent by email to with a copy to or in paper form to Terry Weech, Associate Professor, GSLIS, 501 East Daniel Street, Champaign, IL 61820 by October 1, 2014. Questions should be directed to Associate Professor Terry Weech at


Asian-Pacific iSchool leaders will meet to discuss cooperation


Most Asian-Pacific iSchool leaders from the list below confirmed their participation on 12/5-6 (Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea) to discuss future collaboration and how to leverage iSchool branding in this region.

Asia-Pacific School Members:

  1. Charles Stuart University: School of Information Studies
  2. Nanjing University: School of Information Management
  3. Seoul National University, Korea: School of Convergence Science and Technology
  4. Singapore Management University: School of Information Systems
  5. Sungkyunkwan University, Korea: Library and Information Science
  6. University of Melbourne: Melbourne School of Information
  7. University of South Australia: School of Computer and Information Science
  8. University of Tsukuba: Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies
  9. Wuhan University: School of Information Management


iConference 2014


Join us for iConference 2014, taking place March 4-7, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The theme of our ninth annual conference is Breaking Down Walls: Culture-Context-Computing.

If you’re not in Berlin, you can follow the iConference by following the official hashtag #iconf14.

iConference 2014 is hosted by Germany’s Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, with program administration by Denmark’s Royal School of Library and Information Science.

The iConference series is presented by the iSchools organization, and is open to any and all information scholars, researchers and professionals who wish to attend. Presenting Sponsors of iConference 2014 include Microsoft Research. Additional sponsorships are available; visit our sponsorship page to learn more about 2014 sponsorship opportunities.


Youth programs led by SILS alumna named finalist for nationwide award


Demetria TuckerThe Youth programs of the Pearl Bailey Library, led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science alumna, Demetria Tucker (MSLS ’78), have been chosen as a 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award finalist by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and its partner agencies, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Read more


iConference 2013


Registration for iConference 2013 is still open.

The conference runs from Feb. 12 – 15 in Fort Worth, TX, and late and on-site registration is still available now through the Conference.

For an overview of the conference, program, and submissions for entries, please visit the iConference website.

For daily social media updates on important deadlines and changes, follow the iConference on Twitter (@iconf or #iconf13) and Facebook.



Welcome to the iSchools Organization!


Welcome to the iSchools Organization!


The iSchools organization is a collection of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field.


These schools, colleges, and departments have been newly created or are evolving from programs formerly focused on specific tracks such as information technology, library science, informatics, information science, and more.


While each individual iSchool has its own strengths and specializations, together they share a fundamental interest in the relationships between information, people, and technology.




The iConference is an international gathering of scholars and researchers concerned with critical information issues in contemporary society. All information researchers and scholars are welcome, regardless of affiliation.


Our tenth annual event, iConference 2015, will take place March 24-27, 2015, in Newport Beach California. It is presented by the iSchools organization and hosted by The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at University of California, Irvine. We have released our official Call For Participation, and will begin accepting submissions in June 2014.


An overview of our recently concluded conference, iConference 2014 in Berlin, can be foundhere. More information about the iConference series, including links to past proceedings and other conference artifacts, can be found on our About the iConference page.