Keynote Speakers


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Mike Eisenberg

Dean and Professor Emeritus, University of Washington Information School
Opening Ceremony and Keynote Presentation: Wednesday, March 22, 9:30-11:30 am

iSchools – Our Time is Now! Dean Emeritus Mike Eisenberg is one of the founders of the iSchool movement, and the first to coin the term “iSchool” itself. He also was the first to brand his school as “the Information School” and successfully transformed the University of Washington’s iSchool into a powerhouse. As a true evangelist for iSchools and the information field, he has inspired numerous iSchools worldwide with his passion, vision, and innovative ideas. In this keynote, Mike takes us across thousands of years—from prehistory to the future: (1) to make the case for the importance of our field in every area of human endeavor and (2) to challenge us to think and act big, bold, and deep in our programs, research, and services to humanity in each of our countries and across the globe.

Mike Eisenberg is an educator, scholar, advocate, and mentor whose personal motto is, “make it better!” He was the founding dean of the Information School at the University of Washington, serving from 1998 to 2006. Known as an innovator and entrepreneur, Mike approached the iSchool (a term he coined) as a startup—transforming the school into a top-ranked, broad-based information school with academic programs on all levels (bachelors through doctorate), increasing enrollment 400%, generating millions in funded research, and making a difference in industry, the public sector, and education on all levels.

After stepping down as Dean, Mike picked up his research agendas in information problem-solving, digital youth and education, and virtual enviroments securing grants from numerous agencies including the MacArthur Foundation, the US Institute for Museum and Library Services and National Science Foundation. Returning to the classroom, he focused on exciting undergraduates about the information field through the course, “Intellectual Foundations of Informatics” engaging hundreds of students each term through innovative multi-modal teaching methods and challenging content. The iSchool recognized Mike’s excellence in teaching with the 2010 “Pedagogical Recognition for Our Faculty” teaching award and by nominating him in 2012 for the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

Prior to the University of Washington, Mike worked as professor of information studies at Syracuse University (1992 Professor of the Year) where he created the Information Institute of Syracuse (including the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology, AskERIC, and the Gateway to Education Materials. Mike was recognized at Syracuse Mike is co-author and creator of the “Big6 approach to information problem-solving” – the most widely used information literacy program in the world. Mike is a prolific author (nine books, dozens of articles and papers, hundreds of keynote speeches and presentations) and has worked with thousands of students—pre-K through higher education—as well as people in business, government, and communities to improve individual and organizational information and technology access and use. Mike has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University at Albany (SUNY) and was designated “Distinguided Alumni” from their Rockefeller College in 1990.

Mike was one of the 5 founders (along with Toni Carbo, David Fenske, John King, and Ray Vondran) of the iSchool movement and organization, recognized as such in 2006 with the iSchools Recognition & Leadership award. Mike is a passionate advocate for iSchools and the information field, having consulted or presented on creating or expanding iSchools at over 2 dozen universities and numerous conferences and organizations.

Jason E. Rollins, Ph.D.

Senior Director of Innovation for Clarivate Analytics
Keynote presentation: Thursday, March 23, 8:30-10:00 am

Web of Science Big Data—Powering Next Generation Discovery & Science of Science
In this presentation the Clarivate Analytics Innovation team will present an overview of the Web of Science citation network as a research dataset. The use case for the Web of Science Core Collection as a search and discovery tool is well-established at thousands of institutions worldwide. But the use of its high-quality metadata outside of the platform for big data citation-based studies is still emerging. When researchers need to study science, technology, and innovation trends, they turn to the Web of Science Core Collection as the only comprehensive citation source to provide over 100 years of consistent, global publication data. Several case studies of innovation projects from leading iSchools using Web of Science data will be presented along with both an overview of emerging trends in big data citation analytics and the ways that Clarivate Analytics is leveraging and embracing these technologies.

Jason E. Rollins, Ph.D. is Senior Director of Innovation for Clarivate Analytics, based in San Francisco, California. Jason 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. In his current role, he leads innovation initiatives driving novel new solutions and enhancements to market-leading products including Web of Science, ScholarOne Manuscripts, InCites, and EndNote. As well, he manages big data co-innovation partnerships with several major university research labs. Jason is an inventor of a dozen U.S. and international software patents. He has experience as a mentor for government and university innovation programs and several Silicon Valley start-ups. He earned his PhD in Educational Technology from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where his dissertation research was supported by a U.S. National Science Foundation grant.








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