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Maryland’s iSchool Announces Youth Experience Opportunities: Post-Master’s Certificate & MLS Specialization


“College Park, Md. (USA) – The University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies, Maryland’s iSchool, is excited to announce two new opportunities in Youth Experience (YX). Beginning Fall 2016, the YX specialization will be available for students in the Master of Library Science (MLS) Program at the iSchool. In addition to the specialization, the iSchool is developing a post-master’s certificate in YX with generous funding from the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS).
Both fully-online programs are being developed in response to a need for targeted support for children and youth librarians. The YX opportunities will prepare leaders, educators, and change agents who deeply understand the dynamic contexts of youth. Education is no longer confined to the school building – youth are learning across both formal and informal learning spaces, including libraries, museums, community centers, and online environments. Information professionals must be prepared to meet youth in their own spaces (online, in person, and in between), use technology to facilitate existing interests, and be in tune with what they find relevant and motivating.
“Using the existing expertise in librarianship and learning sciences at the iSchool, we created a new portfolio of courses related to youth (birth to 18) called Youth Experience (YX). In order to better address the existing community needs, we are thrilled to continue this development and create a post master’s certificate for current children and youth librarians, which will include critical aspects of promoting learning using technology such as adult mentorship, partnership, participatory design, and design thinking in the context of learning in libraries and beyond.” – Mega Subramaniam, iSchool Associate Professor and Principal Investigator for the IMLS.”
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GSLIS’ Nicole A. Cooke honored with ALA Equality Award


Illinois (USA) – “Nicole A. Cooke, assistant professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, is the 2016 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Equality Award. The annual award—$1,000 and a framed citation of achievement donated by Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group—is given to an individual or group for outstanding contributions toward promoting equality in the library profession. Cooke’s award will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando on June 26, 2016.
The jury noted that throughout her career, Cooke has been a passionate advocate for equity and has spearheaded diversity initiatives within the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and at her home institution. In particular, the members were impressed with Cooke’s extensive record of publications and dedicated social-justice oriented approach to her teaching, both of which indicate the far-reaching impact that her personal commitment to equality has on the rest of the profession, as well as future colleagues.”
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School of Information Sciences (SIS) at the University of Tennessee is offering a new graduate certificate program in Youth Informatics


“KNOXVILLE (USA) —The School of Information Sciences (SIS) at the University of Tennessee is offering a new graduate certificate program in Youth Informatics.
The program is open to all Master’s/PhD students. It requires successful completion of 12 credit hours, four classes of three credit hours each.
The certificate program will provide valuable information and credentialing to any professional engaged in youth services or youth interactions such as teachers, education administrators, school or public librarians, computer/software programmers and designers, and youth group leaders.
To get more information about the Youth Informatics Certificate Program call the SIS offices at 865-974-2148, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EST) or send an email to
The program, which is pending final approval from the SACSCOC accrediting agency, will officially launch in Fall 2016. ”
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iSchools Featured in ASIS&T Bulletin


The iSchools organization is the focus of a special section in the current April/May 2016 issue of the Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology. The issue is focused on information science education, and the special section examines the role iSchools play in propelling the iSchools movement worldwide.

The special section traces the history of the iSchools organization, growing from a small U.S.-based core to a worldwide consortium of more than 75 institutions, and explores how information science education and research is practiced throughout the organization.

The special section, titled “iSchools Around the World,” examines the interdisciplinary nature of the iSchools movement, and how this is manifested regionally. Highlights include an institutional overview by iCaucus Chair Ron Larsen of the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburg; an examination of Asia-Pacific schools by iCaucus Chair-Elect Sam Oh of the Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) iSchool in Korea; and a study of European Schools by iCaucus Chair-Emeritus Michael Seadle Institut für Bibliotheks- und Informationswissenschaft, Humbolt Universität zu Berlin. Additional sections look at the challenges and opportunities faced by emerging iSchools in Africa and elsewhere.

“iSchools Around the World” was edited by Koraljka Golub, Joacim Hansson and Lars Selden from the Department of Library and Information Science, School of Cultural Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Linnaeus University in Sweden.

Click here to view the ASIS&T Bulletin featuring the iSchools.


iConference 2016 Wraps Up in Philadelphia


More than 460 information scholars and professionals gathered in Philadelphia March 20-23 for iConference 2016. The eleventh annual iConference was hosted by Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics; the 2016 theme of “Partnership with Society” examined the dynamic, evolving role of information science and today’s iSchool movement, and the benefits to society.

The official proceedings of iConference 2016 are available in the IDEALS open repository. The proceedings include the complete text of all papers, abstracts of poster presentations, and background on workshops and other interactive sessions.

Images from iConference 2016 are now available on Flickr.

iConference 2016 continued the conference’s tradition of thought-provoking plenary presentations. This years keynote speakers were Drexel University Executive Vice President and Provost M. Brian Blake, documentary filmmaker Robin Hauser Reynolds, and Clifford A. Lynch of the Coalition for Networked Information. There were also three screenings of Reynolds’ award-winning documentary, “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap,” a film examining the challenges females and people of color face in pursing opportunities in computer science. The “CODE” screenings were sponsored by PennMutual.

Another iConference tradition is the doctoral colloquium. This year, 21 doctoral candidates gathered for an intensive day of discussion and mentoring, funded in-part by the National Science Foundation. Visit the doctoral colloquium page to meet this year’s colloquium participants.

The 2016 iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizing outstanding work in the information field was presented to Ashwin J. Mathew of the
School of Information, University of California, Berkeley, for his thesis “Where in the World is the Internet? Locating Political Power in Internet Infrastructure.” The runner up was Briony Birdi of the Information School, University of Sheffield. The iSchools presented the first place winner with $2,500, second place received $1,000.

The Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper was presented to Kathleen H. Pine, Chris Wolf, and Melissa Mazmanian of the University of California, Irvine, for “The Work of Reuse: Birth Certificate Data and Healthcare Accountability Measurements.” The Lee Dirks Award includes a crystal trophy and $5,000 prize provided by presenting sponsor Microsoft Research.

The Award for Most Interesting Preliminary Results paper went to Rob Grace and Frederico Fonseca of The Pennsylvania State University for “Networked pedagogy: Exploring asymmetries in the structuring of distributed learning networks.” The Best Poster competition resulted in a tie; the award was shared by Nicole Lane, Ethan Fletcher, Yanming Wang, and Nathan Prestopnik of Ithaca college for their poster “Designing an Adventure Video Game for Second Language Engagement and Acquisition,” as well as Toine Bogers of Aalborg University Copenhagen, Maria Gäde of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Mark Hall of Edge Hill University and Mette Skov of Aalborg University for their poster “Analyzing the influence of Language Proficiency on Interactive Book Search Behavior.” Visit our Awards page for more information about all the papers and posters award finalists.

The results of the iSchools Video Contest were also announced at iConference 2016. First place honors went to the team headed by Francisco Javier Calzada-Prado at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Library & Information Science Department for their video “Unleash the Power.” The top three finishers received $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively from the iSchools. Visit the Video Contest page to learn more about all the finalists and view the winning videos.

iConference 2016 sponsors included: Microsoft Research; the National Science Foundation; PennMutual; Emerald Publishing; the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information; and Morgan & Claypool Publishers. Additional support provided by Thomson Reuters.

Next year’s iConference will take place in Wuhan, China, a 3,500-year-old city combining ancient culture with modern living. iConference 2017 will be the first iConference to be hosted in the Asia-Pacific region. It is jointly hosted by Wuhan University School of Information Management and the Sungkyunkwa University Library & Information Science and Data Science Department. Theme of iConference 2017 is “Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global collaboration across the Information Community.” The official Call for Participation will be released later this spring.

About the iConference
Since 2005, the iConference series has provided forums in which information scholars, researchers and professionals share their insights on critical information issues in contemporary society. An openness to new ideas and research fields in information science is a primary characteristics of the event. Attendance has grown every year; participants appreciate the inspiring sense of community, high quality research presentations, and myriad opportunities for engagement.

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. Formal affiliation with the iSchools is not required to participate in the iConference—all information scholars, researchers and practitioners are welcome.

For more information about the iConference series, including official proceedings of past conferences and other archives, please view our About the iConference page.


Clifford Lynch to Speak at iConference 2016


Clifford A. Lynch, executive director of Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), will serve as a keynote speaker at iConference 2016 – the annual, international gathering of information scholars and researchers that pushes the boundaries of information studies and creates new technological and conceptual configurations. Lynch will join director and producer Robin Hauser Reynolds and Drexel University Executive Vice President and Provost M. Brian Blake, PhD, to serve as the third keynote speaker at the conference, which begins Sunday, March 20.

iConference 2016 takes place in historic Philadelphia March 20-23, 2016. It is presented by the iSchools organization and hoted this year by Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics (CCI). The event will bring together more than 450 leading researchers and innovators from academia and industry under the theme of “Partnership with Society” to examine the dynamic, evolving role of information science and today’s iSchool movement, and the benefits to society.

“It is an honor to have Cliff as a keynote for iConference 2016,” said Jane Greenberg, PhD, iConference 2016 co-chair and Drexel University Alice B. Kroeger Professor. “Cliff is among the most profound thought leaders of the information fields, and has forged a path for how information professionals can address grand challenges with digital information, while inspiring our leadership.”

cliff-lynch-profile-300x225Lynch’s keynote, titled “Stewardship as a Systematic Future Research Initiative in Schools of Information,” will discuss the importance of recognizing the policies and practices surrounding stewardship as a field of scholarly inquiry and as an emerging discipline. Lynch believes that intellectual inquiry regarding stewardship “falls squarely within the remit of iSchools and draws upon a very wide range of disciplines including history, information management, economics of information, information assurance and security, digital preservation, law, political science, and library, museum and archival practices.”

In his talk, Lynch will highlight the key research questions that a discipline like stewardship must engage and explore. These questions will address legal and public policy issues surrounding archiving and stewardship; seek to understand stewardship institutions and their roles, collaboration, succession and sustainability; and discuss the dynamics of stewardship and stewardship transitions and address why stewardship failures occur, among other questions.

Since 1997, Lynch has led the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) – an organization dedicated to supporting the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. CNI, a joint initiative of the Association of Research Libraries and EDUCAUSE, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the intelligent uses of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual life. CNI’s wide-ranging agenda includes work in digital preservation, data intensive scholarship, teaching, learning and technology, and infrastructure and standards development.

Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California (UC) Office of the President, the last ten as director of UC’s Library Automation. Lynch, who holds a doctorate in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at Berkeley’s School of Information. He is both a past president and recipient of the Award of Merit of the American Society for Information Science, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization.

In 2011 he was appointed co-chair of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI); he serves on numerous advisory boards and visiting committees. His work has been recognized by the American Library Association’s Lippincott Award, the EDUCAUSE Leadership Award in Public Policy and Practice, and the American Society for Engineering Education’s Homer Bernhardt Award.

Visit the iConference 2016 Keynote page to learn more about this year’s speakers. For those interested in attending, the iConference will continue to accept registrations through the conference.


SMU IS students win Best Paper award at CMU Undergrad IS Conference


Singapore. – “Fourth-year School of Information Systems (SIS) students Cui Linting and Kenny Ngo have done Singapore Management University proud by winning the Best Paper award at the 6th Undergraduate Conference in Information Systems hosted by the Information Systems Programme at the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, U.S.A. on 27 February 2016.
The Conference presented a venue for students and faculty from around the world to present and engage with cutting edge undergraduate research. Students were invited to submit research papers and posters reflecting recent research projects or capstone experiences.
The Conference theme was “Humanizing IT”. Participants were to consider the evolving role of IT in all facets of human life. The Conference offered an opportunity for students and faculty to reflect on and contribute to the understanding of the long term challenges and opportunities presented by the rapid advancement in technology and the transformation of our lives as a result.”
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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.


Tennessee’s Professor Cortez Appointed Chair of ALA Committee on Education


USA. – “Ed Cortez, professor and former director of the School of Information Sciences (SIS) in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee, has been appointed chair of the American Libraries Association (ALA) Committee on Education.
Cortez will take office in June 2016 after the ALA annual conference.
Before coming to UT, Cortez served as a professor and administrator at the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
During his eleven years at UT, Cortez has been instrumental in developing collaborative international education opportunities for SIS, including partnerships with universities in Spain, Africa, and the Caribbean. He has served on more than a dozen accreditation review panels, three of which he chaired.”
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Rutgers Assistant Professors Shah and Singh Receive a Google Faculty Research Award


USA. – “School of Communication and Information, (SC&I) Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Assistant Professors Chirag Shah and Vivek Singh Receive a Google Faculty Research Award
Assistant Professors Chirag Shah and Vivek Singh have received a $62,813 Google Faculty Research Award for their research project titled “Predicting Search Behavior Using Physical and Online Explorations.”
The purpose of this research is to examine how human foraging behaviors in physical environments can be linked to their online exploration characteristics. Understanding this connection could help information providers and system designers to better predict people’s search and exploration strategies, leading to creating support and services not possible before.
Preliminary research shows there is a connection between the two types of foraging. However, the connection between physical foraging and information foraging has never been formally established, according to Shah and Singh. “We believe the way people interact with information, also called information behavior, is connected to other aspects of their behavior. Past research has looked at it in isolation so we are instilling a new way of thinking about how we study information behavior of people,” Shah stated.
So far, their results have shown that a mobile user’s diversity of location in the physical world is correlated with the novelty of the resources in the online world. Using the data collected from lab and field studies, they have been able to create a preliminary predictive model, which can benefit any individual who utilizes mobile devices by examining a user’s past location patterns as a resource to help users formulate their searches based on personalization and recommendations.”
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