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Special iConference Sessions Offer Changes of Pace

15 Mar 2021 23:59 | iSchools News (Administrator)

As a change of pace from workshops and papers presentations, iConference 2021 will also feature an exceptional collection of interactive sessions (VIS and SIE) as well as thought-provoking archival education sessions. These sessions range in length from 30 minutes to a full day, are open and available to all registered participants.

Here is a look at some of our featured sessions. View the program schedule for exact dates and times for your area. Note that the program schedule on our conference module will automatically correct for the local time on your device, and some sessions may appear on days other than those listed below. 

Featured Virtual Interactive Sessions

Migration and (re)Settlement: Furthering the iResearch Agenda (#440)

All day Saturday, March 27, with follow-up on Wednesday, March 31

Join researchers and professionals from the information fields and related disciplines to reflect critically on experiences and engagement in the field of migration and (re)settlement, with emphasis on information practices, ICT use and forms of engagement and learning. A variety of experiences, pedagogical approaches and personal insights will be brought together with the aim to move the research agenda toward a more participatory, migrant and refugee-centered approach. The VIS will conclude with the establishment of a research agenda.

Saturday, March 27

  • Session 1: Current Challenges in Forced Migration Research: Capturing Narratives
  • Session 2: Paradigm Shift: Thinking Islam - Ethnography in the Arab World
  • Session 3: Alternative and Emerging Research Paradigms
  • Session 4: Establishing a Research Agenda

Wednesday, March 31

  • Expanded Session: Performative Inquiry, Theatre and Storytelling as Methodology

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Deciding Where to Live: Information Studies on Where to Live in America, A Discussion (#478)

Monday, March 29

Come to this Virtual Interactive Session to learn not only about an everyday information phenomenon, but about how you can bring a varied group of information scholars together to uncover the beauty and complexity of information itself!

Deciding where to live in a country or city and whether to rent or buy are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the informational issues around deciding where to live. These decisions involve a dynamic assortment of people, information sources, behaviors, and problems. Each speaker will present their approach to the question of where to live from varying perspectives including privacy, surveillance, race and information, intergenerational community informatics, popular cultural information sources, information behavior, social informatics, information work, collective memory-making, and storytelling. This panel brings together several of the authors involved in the forthcoming edited volume, Deciding Where to Live: Information Studies on Where to Live in America.

Just put it on Zoom!: Effectively Fostering a Virtual Intellectual Community (#481) 

Monday, March 22 and Monday March 29

Come play with us! Over the span of two sessions, we will explore tools, resources, and activities to help foster vibrant communities of inquiry. Together with your fellow scholars we will learn how to facilitate virtual communities in these challenging times.

UnAnonym (#740)
Tuesday, March 30

When your personal data goes online, the whole world can suddenly have access to your most sensitive information. But what does it actually mean and how can you prevent that?

In UnAnonym you explore what can happen when scientific data that is not anonymized thoroughly gets published. During this workshop we will present the educational game experience, where the researchers will gather in small groups to look for unanonymized information in an interview to then use that data for further research on the interviewee and their network.

The concept of educational gaming is to both entertain and deliver fun gameplay, but also to raise thought-provoking questions and offer answers and points of discussion. It won’t feel like the usual workshop, but much rather an interactive game where you need to work with your peers to solve the riddle.

Featured Session for Interaction and Engagement

Advancing Search Mastery Education: Sharing Experiences & Exploring Possibilities (#578)

Thursday, March 18, 1:30 - 3:00 PM EDT

Search mastery -- the ability to effectively use public search platforms to discover and critically select materials for problem-solving and decision-making -- is an essential factor in student success in academia and beyond.  Despite this, systematic search skills assessment and education remain an elusive goal.  In this session you will learn about strategies for assessing and teaching search skills through hands-on examination of search skills assessments and discussion of approaches for improving students’ search mastery.

Featured Archival Education Presentations

Research on Problems and Countermeasures of Promoting Archival Academic Research Results by Wechat Official Accounts in the Era of Digital Transformation. (#188)

Friday, March 26

Based on literature research, questionnaire survey and case analysis, this panel summarizes the problems in the process of promoting archival academic research results using WeChat official accounts. In terms of promotion content, some accounts are lack of research-based articles, systematic themes and diversifying form. In terms of releasing methods, some accounts fail to form a continuous release mechanism and the release method is solidified. In terms of promotion effects, WeChat public accounts has not been widely used to promote archival research results, and the social impact of research results is still limited. So, this panel analyzes reasons and solutions of these problems, in order to provide reference for using WeChat official accounts promoting research results, to widely promote archival academic research results in the era of digital transformation, and to achieve the balance between archival research and social transmission.

Research on Curriculum Reform and Practice of Archival Science under the Background of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (#211)

Friday, March 26

Innovation and entrepreneurship education is one of the core missions for colleges and universities in modern time. As archival educators, how to put innovation and entrepreneurship sprit into professional curriculum construction and practice becomes more and more important. The four members in our group are from different universities, taking different curriculums, but all of us have guided students to participate in various programs and competitions and won prizes. So we would like to share our opinions on the theme of how to combine innovation and entrepreneurship sprit into our courses and daily education from four parts, which are integrating innovation and entrepreneurship concept into curriculum design, bringing innovation and entrepreneurship mind into curriculum teaching, using innovation and entrepreneurship methods to curriculum practice, and applying innovation and 66 entrepreneurship achievements to curriculum evaluation. We hope our report is benefit to reform and practice of archival courses and to cultivate innovative talents.

“Re-understanding of Basic Issues in the Construction of Chinese Archival Discipline under real-time technical environment” (#464)

Friday, March 26

Under the real-time technical environment, in order to realize the data resources management of a complex organization with high quality, to ensure the integrity and quality of the government's open data, and to train specialized professionals to meet the needs of the single-set management of electronic records, we will re-understand the construction of Chinese Archival Discipline, point out the shortcomings in research of the definition of "records and archives", the research objects and the discipline attribute of Chinese Archival Science, and try to answer them.

Digital Transformation of Teaching Mode in Archival Education: Findings from surveys of online courses development in Chinese universities during the COVID-19 pandemic (#612)

The COVID-19 pandemic challenged both educators and students. They had to quickly switch from physical classrooms to online teaching and learning during the spring semester in 2020. This research investigates the development of online courses in 35 universities which offer archives majors in China by distributing questionnaires both to teachers and full-time resident students on campus. It analysis Chinese universities prompt response and construction of online courses, technical platform and functional requirements based on the survey. The research finding focuses on the progress and weakness of digital transformation of teaching mode right after the epidemic outbreak, proposes online teaching resource integration development strategy of archival education towards digital transformation and call for collaboration among stakeholders.

The speakers welcome teachers and students with the same experience to participate in the discussion, share their ideas and suggestions for improving online course on archive education. Email:

How to attend these sessions

iConference 2021 will take place March 17-31. Registered participants should log into the conference system at the appropriate time. “Join” links will display on the dashboard roughly five minutes before each session begins.



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