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  • 29 Mar 2021 16:42 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The Journal of Information Literacy (JIL) has issued a papers call for a special issue on information literacy and COVID-19. The CFP notes that information literacy has played a significant role in helping communities cope with the virus, mostly positive but in some some cases problematic. The issue will explore the impact of COVID-19 on information literacy within all of its forms.

    Papers may be submitted through Jan. 10, 2022 for double-blind review. The special issue will be published in June 2022. See the JIL Call for Papers for general guidelines, topics of interest and submission instruction.

  • 19 Mar 2021 17:45 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The 16th annual iConference is successfully underway, with roughly 500 international participants registered. This year’s conference is entirely virtual, taking place on the SCOOCS conferencing platform.

    iConference 2021 kicked off on Wednesday, March 18, with a traditional opening ceremony followed by keynote address from Cuijuan (Jada) Xia of the Computer System and Network Center in Shanghai Library.

    Next week, starting Monday, March 22, the research portion of the conference begins in earnest, with the presentation of all accepted Full Research Papers, Short Research Papers, and the remaining Chinese Papers. The Full Research Papers and Short Research Papers will be published by Springer, and conference participants will be granted free access for a limited time. 

    New conference features this year include an Exhibition Hall, and also a Presentation Library where participants can view recordings of presentations they may have missed.

    There is still time to register and take part in iConference 2021. Visit the iConference Registration Page to get started. 

    iConference 2021 is presented by the iSchools organization and hosted by Renmin University of Beijing, China. This year’s theme is Diversity | Divergence | Dialogue. Sponsors include Elsevier, Springer, the U.S National Science Foundation, Renmin University, Wuhan University, Headtcentre, and the University of Illinois. Visit the iConference home page to learn more.

  • 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

    Please indicate if you will attend:

    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.

  • 1 Mar 2021 22:12 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    Thought-provoking presentations have long anchored the iConference, and the organizers of iConference 2021 are pleased to announce their slate of keynote speakers for our 2021 event. There will be four plenary sessions this year, with addresses covering cultural ramifications of Social Memory, the Future of Online Learning, Data Feminism, and Curation.

    Full details about this year’s speakers and abstracts of their presentations are available on the conference’s Keynote Speakers page. The following is a brief overview.

    Cuijuan (Jada) Xia, Researcher, Shanghai Library

    Building a Data Infrastructure to Enrich the Multiple Sources of Evidence for Humanities Studies: From the Perspective of Cultural Memory”

    Wednesday, March 17

    Learn more 

    Zvi Galil, President-emeritus Tel Aviv University and Dean-emeritus Georgia Tech iSchool

    “Georgia Tech’s online Master in Computer Science Program and the future of online learning”

    Monday, March 22

    Learn more 

    Catherine D’Ignazio, Assistant Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Lauren F. Klein, Associate Professor, Emory University

    “Data Feminism”

    Tuesday, March 23

    Learn more 

    Margaret Hedstrom, Robert M. Warner Collegiate Professor of Information, University of Michigan 

    Collaboration Around Curation

    Thursday, March 25

    Learn more 

    About iConference 2021

    iConference 2021 will be a virtual event, with all sessions and presentations taking place on the SCOOCS online conference platform; visit our Virtual Participation Guidelines page for details. Conference Registration is still open, with standard rates available through March 8 and late rates applying thereafter. A special scholarship rate is also available for students with an accepted submission. 

    iConference 2021 is presented by the iSchools organization and hosted by Renmin University of Beijing, China. This year’s theme is Diversity | Divergence | Dialogue. Sponsors include Elsevier, Springer, the U.S National Science Foundation, Renmin University, Wuhan University, Headtcentre, and the University of Illinois. Visit the iConference home page to learn more.

  • 1 Mar 2021 20:00 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) is now accepting nominations for the 2021 ALISE / Pratt-Severn Faculty Innovation Award.

    Established in 1996, the Award recognize innovation by full-time faculty members, or a group of full-time faculty members, in incorporating evolving information technologies in the curricula of accredited master’s degree programs in library and information studies.

    The Award is sponsored by the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science—an iSchools member—on behalf of the late David Severn, a 1968 Pratt alumnus. The winner receives a $1,000 cash prize.

    Nominations are due March 15, 2021. Visit the Award webpage for nomination and submission instructions. 

  • 25 Feb 2021 01:52 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award Committee have announced the 2021 honorees. The winner is Jessica Pater, who received her Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology School of Interactive Computing. The runner up is Souvick Ghosh, who received his Ph.D. from the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information and is now an assistant professor at the San Jose State University School of Information.

    The Schools Doctoral Dissertation Award is an annual competition recognizing the year’s most outstanding dissertations from across iSchools membership. Introduced in 2013, award nominations are solicited from all member schools and subjected to a thorough review by the Doctoral Dissertation Committee. The 2021 Award selection process was chaired by George Buchanan of the University of Melbourne iSchool and Udo Kruschwitz of the iSchool at Universität Regensburg.

    Dr. Pater’s winning dissertation is titled Digital Self-Harm: Implications of Eating Disordered Behaviors Online. Here is what the Committee had to say about this year’s winner:

    The thesis addressed a significant and highly sensitive social problem, taking an intellectually rigorous approach that has widespread potential impact.

    Reviewers commented that the thesis demonstrates careful scholarship, with a “clear engagement with previous literature” and a “systematic review, with excellent synthesis”. The method is highlighted as including “not one, but a set of case studies” that thoroughly develop and test the thesis’ hypothesis in a robust process. 

    The panel also noted that the research presented has value for the wider information science community now, and in the future: “there is a clear case that the thesis confirms, but also alters much of our existing theories on social impacts of information”, and “the ideas created and presented transcend the topic studied”. 

    Most importantly, the social applicability and benefit of the research are tangible, presenting a “compelling case” for both the research and the problem it addresses. Overall the thesis, in the words of one reviewer “is a clear example case for the vital value of information science for the global community”.

    Dr. Ghosh’s dissertation is titled Exploring Intelligent Functionalities of Spoken Conversational Search Systems. Here is what the Committee had to say about the runner-up:

    This thesis was recommended and highly rated throughout the review process, and it addresses an increasingly common new technology.

    The judges applauded the approach taken saying it “uses many diverse methods”, combines “reliable and well-considered use of statistics” and, vitally possesses a “stress on reliability”. The methodology is strong. It draws not only on the traditions of information and library science, but also draws on computer science. Methods include “[a] laboratory-based user study; wizard-of-oz; [and] implementation”. As one reviewer put it “this is an ideal demonstration of contemporary, computing-literate information science”.

    The increasing potential of conversational agents was noted by judges—“this technology is still developing, and is likely to see increasing adoption worldwide”—while it still “really needs to be analysed from an information science perspective”. 

    As a result, the thesis combines the use of developing methods, an emerging technology, and is also true to “the best traditions of our field”.

    Visit the Doctoral Dissertation Award results page for more about this year's honorees, and also previous award recipients.

    The winner of the 2021 Doctoral Dissertation Award receives a cash prize of $2,500; the runner up receives $1,000. Both honorees will also receive a complimentary registration for iConference 2021, the iSchools virtual information conference taking place March 17-31, 2021.

    The iSchools organization will begin accepting nominations for next year’s Award in July of this year. All members are encouraged to submit a nomination.

  • 24 Feb 2021 21:16 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The iSchools are pleased to announce that Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington's School of Information Management, has joined the organization. The New Zealand-based iSchool represents the organization’s 120th member; visit the iSchools directory for more on membership.

    The School of Information Management is headed by Professor Michael Winikoff, with a faculty of 20 academics. At last count, enrollments were as follows: more that 3,600 undergraduate students; 250 Master’s students in programs spanning Business, Government, Professional Business Analysis, and Information Studies; 80 post-graduate certificate students; and 17 Doctoral candidates. 

    Research strengths of the school include Digital Transformation, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Digital Learning, Data Science, and Foundations of Information.

    About the iSchools 

    The iSchools organization traces its origin to a small group of schools in the United States, and now constitutes 120 members worldwideResearchers in iSchools are focus on enhancing the lives of people, the productivity of companies, the innovation cycles of industries, the design of technologies, the policies that govern technology and information use, information services to communities, and much more. The iSchools also presents an annual information conference; iConference 2021 will take place virtually March 17-31, and is hosted by Renmin University of China. 

    Visit the iSchools membership section for more about our members and instruction on how to apply.

  • 22 Feb 2021 19:48 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    iSchools members are reminded that the next batch of grant proposals for the iSchools Research Fund will go into consideration following the March 1 deadline. This means you still have a week to submit your proposal.

    The iSchools Research Fund supports research by member faculty and doctoral students. Any research topic may be considered, but projects involving doctoral research or outreach to underrepresented regions, and applications with some match funding from other sources will be considered favorably. Grants generally range from 1,000 to 5,000 USD.

    Visit the iSchools Research Fund webpage for application instructions.

    iSchools Research Fund proposal are considered twice a year, generally starting Oct. 1 and March 1. The next deadline for submission is March 1, 2021.

  • 17 Feb 2021 21:03 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The organizers of iConference 2021 are pleased to announce that this year’s iConference will take place on the SCOOCS virtual conference platform. SCOOCS is a relatively new and dynamic online venue, and the conference organizers were impressed with its ability to empower presenters and enable attendees to be more active and connected.

    For a preview of the platform, registered participants can visit our Virtual Participation Guidelines page. There you will find a Video showcasing some of the platform’s key features, as well as links to Presentation Tips and Tricks and other resources.  Additional how-to links will be added in the coming weeks. 


    In the weeks leading up the conference’s March 17 start date, presenters and participants will be sent instruction for creating their SCOOCS user accounts and getting started.


    If you have not yet signed up for iConference 2021, there is still time to register. Standard rates are in effect through March 8; late rates apply thereafter.

    About iConference 2021

    iConference 2021 will be a virtual event, with all sessions and presentations taking place on the SCOOCS online conference platform; visit our Virtual Participation Guidelines page for details. Conference Registration is still open, with standard rates avaialble through March 8 and late rates thereafter. A special scholarship rate is also available for students with an accepted submission. 

    iConference 2021 is presented by the iSchools organization and hosted by Renmin University of Beijing, China. This year’s theme is Diversity | Divergence | Dialogue. Sponsors include Elsevier, Springer, the U.S National Science Foundation, Renmin University, Wuhan University, Headtcentre, and the University of Illinois. Visit the iConference home page to learn more.

  • 11 Feb 2021 20:28 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    Another installment in the European iSchools Doctoral Seminars Series has been scheduled for Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The series was launched last year as a forum for doctoral students to present their work. 

    The Feb. 26 presentations follow: 

    Jakub Fiala is a postgraduate student of Information Science, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague,  where he also works as a lecturer and New Media Studies coordinator. 

    Abstract: Self-tracking and its influence on one’s behaviour, experience and motivation to change – commonly referred to using the title of my presentation - is my main research interest. Indeed, results give an account not only about one’s inner state, but also of broader implications and the relationship to society.

    Filipa Ramalho is a PhD candidate at the University of Porto, Portugal, and she is also a researcher at INESC TEC.  She studied Information Science (Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree).  She then worked on projects as a business processes and information systems consultant for eight years with companies from different industrial sectors.

    Abstract: Immersive applications immersive technologies are being developed to support and enhance human-worker at the factories. This doctoral research aims to study the combination of immersive technologies (as a way to convey real/virtual visual information), centered in the human-worker (as the crucial key user) as an information organization/retrieval problem. This talk will present this doctoral research project.

    The presentations take place Feb. 26 via Zoom, 14:00-16:00 CET. See our Series webpage for details, and also to view videos of past presentations.

    Future installments will be announced on the iSchools events calendar.


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