As the organizers of iConference 2020 continue the transition to an all-virtual format, iSchools from around the world are stepping forward to offer their help and support for the event. Together, the iSchools are blazing the trail for future virtual collaboration.
“It’s gratifying to see the iSchools community rally behind the iConference, its signature event,” said iSchools Executive Director Michael Seadle. “Many are seeing this for what it is, which is an opportunity for the information community to embrace virtual collaboration and show leadership in the face of a global crisis.”
On March 10 the iConference 2020 organizers announced their intention of transforming the conference to an all-virtual format. Subsequent global events surrounding the coronavirus have reaffirmed that decision. Now, with the help of fellow iSchools from around the world, plans for the revised conference format are rapidly coming together. An updated conference schedule will be made available later this week, as well as detailed instructions for presenting and attending conference sessions via Zoom.
While the iConference has experimented in the past with remote presentations and other virtual participant elements, this will be the first ever all-virtual iConference. Seadle says that while this rapid transition is an enormous undertaking, he expects this years’ experience can have a positive impact on how future iConferences are organized.
“It is no small challenge to transform the entire structure of a conference in just a few weeks, but the organizers and the iSchools staff have been working hard at this in order to give members around the world the opportunity to take part,” said Seadle. “The lessons we learn here will be invaluable to future collaboration in our increasingly virtual world.”
iConference 2020 will take place March 23 – 26 via Zoom. The conference theme is Sustainable Digital Communities. Virtual registrations are available for purchase on the Registration webpage.
iConference is a presentation of the iSchools and is organized by the University of Borås: Swedish School of Library and Information Science, and Oslo Metropolitan University: Department of Archivistics, Library and Information Science.