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  • 30 Nov 2021 20:51 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    A collaboration of schools in the US and Japan will soon present a symposium titled Data Curation and Information Management in the Age of Digital Transformation.

    The program highlights the partnerships between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) and Kyushu University (Kyushu) faculty on meeting the research and education challenges posed by the present-day information deluge. The colloquium is convened within the framework of the collaborative explorations amongst the School of Information Sciences (Illinois), the Graduate School of Integrated Frontier Science (Kyushu), the University and Grainger Engineering Libraries (Illinois), and the University Library (Kyushu). 

    The symposium will take place Wednesday, Dec. 8, 6:30-8:00 pm US Central Time; this corresponds to Thursday, Dec. 9, 9:00-11:30 am Japan Standard Time. 

    The program will consist of eight sessions co-moderated by J. Stephen Downie of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Emi Ishita of Kyushu University.

    Visit the symposium webpage for session abstracts and registration information.

  • 30 Nov 2021 19:24 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The department of Informatics at Linnaeus University, Sweden is organizing an international symposium on digital transformation, to take place Feb. 15 – 16, 2022. The symposium is aimed at researchers from all over the world who study societal, cultural, economic and/or political transformations enabled by digital technologies. This audience includes both senior researchers and doctoral students. Also invited are practitioners who work with technical and non-technical aspects of digital transformation. 

    Authors are asked to submit a two-page abstract, the best of which will be invited for submission as full papers. The abstract submission deadline is Jan. 15. 

    The symposium will also feature respected keynote speakers in digital transformation. Visit the symposium website for more information.

  • 29 Nov 2021 20:51 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The University of the Philippines School of Library and Information Studies (UPSLIS) has announced a new Master's in Archives and Records Management (MARM) program. The first of its kind in Southeast Asia, the 34-unit, two-year graduate program will provide students with the knowledge and skills required to work in and develop archives, special collections, record centers, and other memory and collecting institutions. The MARM program will commence in Academic Year 2022-2023.

    According the UPSLIS, the program addresses the need for formal education on archives and recordkeeping in the region necessary to support and document critical organizational decisions and activities that will help ensure efficiency, transparency, and accountability in both public and private sectors, and to help preserve and promote our cultural heritage, collective memory, and identity. 

    The practical and theoretical engagements to be provided by the program will prepare the students and future archives and records professionals to be historically and culturally conscious and reflective, while further enriching their experience with information for civic engagement and participatory governance.

    More information on MARM and other UPSLIS programs can be found on the school’s website.

  • 22 Nov 2021 21:24 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The iSchools organization has announced the test-launch of an individual membership program as a complement to its well-established institutional memberships. Individuals who sign up for these free experimental iSchools memberships will join a Beta cohort that will help develop the iSchools individual membership program.

    iSchools individual members will receive many benefits, including advance communications on iSchools news and special events, more opportunities to take part in the organization’s many emerging special interest groups, and potential discounts on future events. But most of all, they will have the unique opportunity of working together to help shape the future of the iSchools organization.

    At this time, one-year individual iSchools memberships are being offered exclusively to iConference participants as a benefit of registration. The only way to join the Beta cohort is to register for iConference 2022; all registrants will be given the option to opt into or out of the free individual membership program with no obligation. This opportunity is just one of many benefits that iConference 2022 participants will enjoy; visit our iConference Features page to learn more about the conference’s many features and benefits.

    More detail on the iSchools Individual Membership program can be found here.

    iConference 2022 will take place Feb. 28 – Mar. 4. Registration is now open, with discounted early rates available through Jan. 23. iConference 2022 is collectively hosted by Kyushu University (Japan), the University of Texas at Austin (USA), and University College Dublin (Ireland). The conference theme is Information for a Better World: Shaping the Global Future. The iConference Series is a presentation of the iSchools organization.

  • 22 Nov 2021 20:59 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The IDEA Institute on Artificial Intelligence is calling for applications to the first in a series of one-week professional development programs for library and information professionals.

    Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), this initial program will consist of a week of intensive learning and practical experience in AI applications in library and information environments, to be held at The University of Texas at Austin. The event is slated for July 10-15, 2022.

    Library and information professionals holding full-time positions in US institutions are encouraged to apply by Feb. 1, 2022; see application link on website. According to the call, the Institute seeks 15 IMLS-funded Fellows. IMLS-funded Fellows will have their Institute expenses covered (housing, meals and program fee) and will only be responsible for the cost of their transportation. 

    IDEA stands for Innovation, Disruption, Enquiry, Access. From the websiteIDEA Institute on AI is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in all aspects of the program in order to deepen the knowledge and skills of library and information professionals in using artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance information access, discovery and services for users, independent of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, and other dimensions of potential inequity.

  • 22 Nov 2021 20:52 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The Journal of Information Literacy is planning as Special Issue on Critical Information Literacy, and invites contributions exploring various aspects of this topic. The issue is slated for publication in June of 2023, and the deadline for contributions is Jan. 9, 2023. Read the CFP for full details and submission instructions.

    From the JIL Call:

    Critical information literacy, with its emphasis on social justice in the instructional and educational work of librarians, have been part of the scholarly literature for over twenty years (Tewell 2018). Since then, the online information landscape has become even more complex in the context of scholarly communications, misinformation and disinformation, and deeper understandings of social responsibility in terms of equality and diversity, race, gender, sexuality and disability. In addition, the roles of librarians and other educators working in information literacy spaces continue to develop against a backdrop of global environmental, health and economic crises as well as local changes to institutional structures and expectations. Responding to the challenges, practical texts such as Critical Library Pedagogy in Practice (Brookbank and Haigh, 2021) have made valuable contributions to the field of critical information literacy, detailing how critical approaches can be applied both to traditional information literacy teaching and to contexts outwith ‘traditional’ spaces for information literacy instruction, such as collection development, cataloguing, reference work, user research, LMS integration and web archiving.

    The aim of this special issue of Journal Information Literacy is twofold: to expand on the rich knowledge sharing occurring in critical information literacy practice; and to highlight explorations of this work from a research perspective. What is the nature of the ways the body of theoretical and research literature on critical information literacy is (and is not) reflected in practice?  How are social changes influencing discourse in librarianship, and in turn, the boundaries between theory, research and practice related to critical information literacy? 

    For this Call, the editors are reaching out to academics and practitioners around the world. They are particularly interested in contributions from outside the confines of academic libraries. A mentorship program for emerging authors is also offered. Visit the JIL website for full details.

  • 15 Nov 2021 21:29 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    iConference 2022 registration is now open, with discounted early rates available through Jan. 23. Register now to secure the special early rates. New this year, the conference offers discounts for first-time attendees as well as undergraduate and master’s students. 

    iConference 2022 will take place virtually, Feb. 28 – Mar 4. Your conference registration provides full access to all conference research paper and poster presentations, as well as keynotes, workshops, panels and other interactive events. Access to our Doctoral Colloquium, Early Career Colloquium and Student Symposium is also included for those whose applications were accepted.

    iConference 2022 will take place entirely online, most of it via Zoom sessions embedded within our secure conference platform provided by Scoocs (formerly iChair). Our conference platform also offers unparalleled opportunities for virtual networking and engagement, including our Media Library, Social Activities, Round Tables, virtual Exhibition Hall and more. These amenities were expressly developed to make the online conference experience more engaging and personal, as requested in last year’s follow-up survey. Learn more

    As a special bonus, all iConference registrants will have the opportunity to join the iSchools’ experimental Individual Membership program at no cost and no obligation. These complimentary Individual Memberships are being offered exclusively to iConference 2022 participants as a benefit of your conference registration.

    iConference 2022 is collectively hosted by Kyushu University (Japan), the University of Texas at Austin (USA), and University College Dublin (Ireland). The conference theme is Information for a Better World: Shaping the Global Future. The iConference Series is a presentation of the iSchools organization.
  • 5 Nov 2021 19:21 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The iSchools organization enjoyed a meaningful presence at the recently concluded ASIS&T Annual Meeting. The iSchools and ASIS&T, along with ALISE, are partners in the joint iFederation initiative, and all three organization look for synergistic opportunities to their fellow organizations and respective members.

    Central to the iSchools participation was a panel titled Endurance and Coherence: The Post-2020 iSchoolwhich was held Nov. 2. The panel 90-minute virtual panel focused on issues that are top-of-mind among the leaders of the 121 information and library science schools that comprise the organization’s worldwide membership. These issues included current views on the field of information, faculty and institutional relationships, and extra-unit alliances and alignments. The presentations drew heavily on data from the iSchools for Globalized World (i-4-G) database project, an intra-school research collaboration project being developed under a grant from the Mellon Foundation. 

    Also on Nov. 2, the  iScools joined their sibling iFederation partners for a panel titled Growing the iFederation: Leveraging the ASIS&T, ALISE, and the iSchools Collaboration to Advance Information Science. This was an opportunity for the organizations to describe how their mutually benefitial relationship helps promote information science, and included an audience discussion of beneficial directions for the iFederation moving forward.

    The next iFederation Panel will take place during iConference 2022, which takes place Feb. 28 – Mar. 4, 2022. All information science researchers and practitionres are invited to take part in this virtual event.

    The 84th ASIS&T Annual Meeting took place Oct. 30 – Nov. 2, 2022 under the banner Equity • Diversity • Inclusion • Justice • Relevance. The hybrid event took place virtually and in person in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

  • 29 Oct 2021 21:12 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The iSchools organization, a global collaborative of Information Schools piloting the future of information, is pleased to announce the election of its new Board of Directors and Regional Chairs. These leaders, in conjunction with the iSchools Executive Board, will guide the organization forward in 2022 and beyond.

    The newly elected Board members and Regional Chairs are: 

    American Region:

    • Anind Dey, University of Washington, Information School
    • Charles Isbell, Georgia Tech, College of Computing
    • Kimiz Dalkir McGill University, Montreal, School of Information Studies

    European / African Region:

    • Josep Cobarsí Morales, Open University of Catalonia, Faculty of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications 

    Asia-Pacific Region:

    • Lihong Zhou Wuhan University, School of Information Management
    • Wonsik “Jeff” Shim, Sungkyunkwan University, Library and Information Science

    Regional Chairs:

    • American Region: Keith Marzullo, University of Maryland, College Park, College of
    • Information Studies
    • European Region: Koraljka (Kora) Golub, Linnaeus University, Information Institute
    • Asia-Pacific Region: Atsuyuki Morishima, University of Tsukuba, Graduate School of Library, Information, and Media Studies

    These Board members and Regional Chairs, in conjunction with the Executive Committee, will serve under incoming iSchools Chair Sanda Erdelez (Simmons University School of Library and Information Science) starting in early 2022. 

  • 29 Oct 2021 20:07 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    Last week, more than 550 students took part in INFOcon, an annual graduate school fair showcases opportunities in the information professions in the USA and Canada. Taking place Oct. 19 – 21, the event was organized by leading North American iSchools members and others, with infrastructure support from the iSchools organization.

    All participating schools reported solid attendance and strong interest in their sessions, with students eager to learn more about their prospective futures in the information professions. Organizer feedback was overwhelmingly positive:

    “I think it's very important to stay connected to other iSchools, and we had amazing overall turnout (500+ registrants). There was a lot of freedom and flexibility in topics, timing, etc. It was great to network with other iSchools and to offer this event as a one-stop shop kind of event.”

    “Virtual format was great, allowing for a large sign-up of attendees; diversity of sessions; cooperation between MLS/MLIS programs.

    “Collaboration was fantastic! So happy that so many institutions were able to come together and create a great virtual conference.”

    INFOcon traces its roots to 2020, when the project launched under the title “The Power of Information.” The event expanded and was rebranded INFOcon for 2021. Next year’s event is expected to take place in October, 2022. Details will be posted to the INFOcon website as planning develops.

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