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The program schedule for iConference 2021 is now available. Presenters an participants can link to the schedule from the iConference home page. This first release is a preliminary version of the schedule and subject to change.
Questions about the 2021 schedule should be directed to email@example.com.
About iConference 2021
iConference 2021 will be a virtual event, with all sessions and presentations taking place online. Registration fees are the lowest in iConference history, with early rates of $260 regular and $125 student available through Feb. 9. 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.
The School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks nominations for the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award. The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2021.
Given annually, the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award acknowledges individuals or groups who have furthered the cause of intellectual freedom, particularly as it impacts libraries and information centers and the dissemination of ideas. Granted to those who have resisted censorship or efforts to abridge the freedom of individuals to read or view materials of their choice or to hear or express ideas, the award may be in recognition of a particular action or a long-term interest in and dedication to the cause of intellectual freedom.
Letters of nomination and documentation about the nominee should be sent by March 15 to Associate Professor Terry Weech, chair of the Nominations Selection Committee. Click here for more information and nomination submission instructions.
The iConference organizers have announced the 2021 finalists for the Best Poster Award, as selected by the Posters Co-Chairs. This announcement comes on the heels of last week’s announcement of the research paper awards finalists.
iConference 2021 will take place online, March 17-31, and registration is now open.
The nominees follow, and more detail can be found on the Award webpage, including paper abstracts.
Linguistic features and consumer credibility judgment of online health information
Jiaying Liu, Peking University; Shijie Song, Nanjing University; Yan Zhang, University of Texas at Austin
Perspectives of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Viewers on Live-TV Caption Quality
Akhter Al Amin, Rochester Institute of Technology; Matt Huenerfauth, Rochester Institute of Technology
Persuasion Strategies in Misinformation-containing Weibo Posts
Sijing Chen, Wuhan University; Lu Xiao, Syracuse University; Jin Mao, Wuhan University
Sustainability by design: Toward community-centered strategies for durable digital collections
Courtnie Thurston, University of Maryland, College Park; Katrina Fenlon, University of Maryland, College Park
Writing Security: A Curriculum Intervention for Computer Security Ethics
Justin Petelka, University of Washington; Katie Shilton, University of Maryland; Megan Finn, University of Washington
The iConference 2021 organizers and the iSchools organization congratulate all of this year’s finalists. The winner of the Best Poster Award will be determined during iConference 2021, based in part on the poster presentation.
About this year’s conference
iConference 2021 will be a virtual event, with all sessions and presentations taking place online. Registration fees are the lowest in iConference history, with early rates of $260 regular, $125 student, and a special scholarship rate 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 Springer Publishing and the U.S National Science Foundation. Visit the iConference home page to learn more.
Dr. Charles R. McClure, Krafft (formerly Eppes) Professor of Information Studies and founder and Director of the Information Institute in the School of Information (iSchool) at the College of Information, Florida State University (FSU), retires in January 2021. McClure served in these positions for almost 21 years.
Previous to his tenure at Florida State University, he was a Professor at the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Oklahoma, and then earned the rank of Distinguished Professor at Syracuse University, School of Information Studies (one of only eight so named at the time). McClure also served as President of Information Management Consulting Services, Inc. He completed his PhD in Information Studies at Rutgers University, earned a master’s degree in Library Science at the University of Oklahoma, a second master’s in American West History, and his BA in Spanish both at Oklahoma State University.
As Director of the Information Institute, a research center at FSU, he worked with a number of colleagues successfully bringing some $11 million into the Institute in external research funding – in addition to the research funding he received at the University of Oklahoma and Syracuse University. These projects addressed topics such as planning and evaluation of information services; federal information policies; impacts and deployment of broadband; use of information services; deployment and economic impact of telecommunications; provision and assessment of digital services; and more.
Some of the agencies that funded these research projects include the National Science Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the U.S. National Commission on Library and Information Science, the Coalition of Networked Information, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and numerous other Foundations and local, state and Federal government agencies.
McClure was a prolific producer of books, refereed articles, conference papers, and research reports – with some 50 authored or co-authored/edited books and literally hundreds of other published articles, reports, etc. He was also a frequent speaker and workshop leader at various professional associations. During his career he regularly was listed as one of the most cited researchers in library/information science. In 2019 the Library and Information Technology Association selected him to receive the Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology for his work in telecommunication and information policy research.
Over his career, McClure received numerous awards for his research and teaching from such professional associations as the Association of Library and Information Science Educators, the American Library Association, the Library Research Roundtable, the Defense Technical Information Center, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology. He was also recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus from the University of Oklahoma and Rutgers University.
When asked about his accomplishments over a 43 year career in academia McClure responded that he was most proud of the various students, and especially the doctoral students he directed and taught at the University of Oklahoma, Syracuse University and Florida State University. “Many of these students have gone on to be lead researchers, teachers, and administrators in schools of library/information science, in government, various libraries, and in the private sector.” He was also proud of his broadband research that contributed to increased users of broadband Internet – especially in rural areas.
McClure said he has enjoyed his career in academia and thanks all the people with whom he has had the pleasure of working and meeting. He looks forward to continuing his activities in influencing Federal information policy issues, taking a more active role in a range of environmental issues, assisting his Master Gardener wife, Vicky, with her various projects, and improving his birding skills.
The iConference organizers have announced the 2021 finalists for the Best Papers Awards in the Full Research Paper and Short Research Paper categories. Five finalists were selected for each research paper track, and the winners will be announced during the conference. iConference 2021 will take place online, March 17-31. Registration is now open.
UPDATE: Best Poster finalists have also been named in a separate announcement.
Lee Dirks Award for Best Full Research Paper
The best submission in the Full Research Paper category will receive the Lee Dirks Award, which includes a $1,000 prize courtesy of conference proceedings-publisher Springer and the iSchools organization. The nominees are listed below, and more detail can be found on the Awards webpage, including paper abstracts.
Data and Privacy in a Quasi-Public Space: Disney World as a Smart City
Madelyn Rose Sanfilippo, University of Illinois; Yan Shvartzshnaider, New York University
How Asian Women’s Intersecting Identities Impact Experiences in Introductory Computing Courses
Mina Tari, University of Washington; Vivian Hua, University of Washington; Lauren Ng, University of Washington; Hala Annabi, University of Washington
Immersive Stories for Health Information: Design Considerations from Binge Drinking in VR
Douglas Zytko, Oakland University; Zexin Ma, Oakland University; Jacob Gleason, Oakland University; Nathaniel Lundquist, Oakland University; Medina Taylor, Oakland University
A Knowledge Representation Model for Studying Knowledge Creation, Usage, and Evolution
Zhentao Liang, Wuhan University; Fei Liu, Wuhan University; Jin Mao, Wuhan University; Kun Lu, University of Oklahoma
Multidisciplinary Blockchain Pedagogy and Design: A Case Study in Moving from Theory to Pedagogy to Practice
Chelsea Kathleen Palmer, University of British Columbia; Christopher Rowell, University of British Columbia; Victoria L. Lemieux, University of British Columbia
Best Short Research Paper
The nominees for Best Short Research Paper are listed below, and more detail can be found on the Awards webpage, including paper abstracts.
Case study on COVID-19 and archivists’ information work
Deborah A. Garwood, Drexel University; Alex H. Poole, Drexel University
Creating Farmer Worker Records for Facilitating the Provision of Government Services: A Case from Sichuan Province, China
Linqing Ma, Renmin University of China; Ruohua Han, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Development and Evaluation of a Digital Museum of a National Intangible Cultural Heritage from China
Xiao Hu, University of Hong Kong; Jeremy Tzi-Dong Ng, University of Hong Kong; Ruilun Liu, University of Hong Kong
Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Library and Information Science through Community-Based Learning
Alex Poole, Drexel University
Something New Versus Tried and True: Ensuring ‘Innovative’ AI Is ‘Good’ AI
Stephen C. Slota, University of Texas at Austin; Kenneth R. Fleischmann, University of Texas at Austin; Sherri R. Greenberg, University of Texas at Austin; Nitin Verma, University of Texas at Austin; Brenna Cummings, University of Texas at Austin; Lan Li, University of Texas at Austin; Chris Schenefiel, Cisco Systems
The iConference 2021 organizers and the iSchools organization congratulate all of this year’s finalists. Note that the Best Poster Award finalists have also been named in a separate announcement.
iConference 2021 Registration opened today, Dec. 15, 2020, with discounted early rates available through Feb. 9. Register now to secure the discounted rates. Get full details on our website or go straight to ConfTool to register with your ConfTool user account.
Also today, decision notifications were issued for all conference tracks with the exception of Chinese Papers and the Doctoral Dissertation Award, which will be announced later. The chairs report being impressed with the overall quality of this year’s submissions and look forward to presenting a high-quality program. iConference 2021 will take place online March 17-31, and the complete program schedule will be made available in early January.
If you are an author/submitter who did not receive a notification, we suggest first checking your junk mailbox, and if you find nothing there you can send a message to the appropriate track chairs listed on our 2021 Organizers webpage.
iConference 2021 will be a virtual event, with all sessions and presentations taking place online. Registration fees are the lowest in iConference history, with early rates of $260 regular, $125 student, and a special scholarship rate for students with an accepted submission. During registration, participants will be offered the opportunity to sign up for up to two Workshops; click here for an overview of this year’s Workshops.
iConference 2021 is presented by the iSchools organization and hosted by Renmin University of Beijing, China. This year’s theme is Diversity | Divergence | Dialogue. Visit the iConference home page to learn more.
Applications for the inaugural IDEA (Innovation, Disruption, Enquiry, Access) Institute on Artificial Intelligence (AI) are now being sought. The Institute is seeking library and information professionals holding full-time positions in U.S. institutions interested in enhancing and applying their knowledge of AI in their workplace, to participate in the Institute.
Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the IDEA Institute offers one-week of intensive learning and practical experience in AI applications in library and information environments. The first Institute will be held at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville on July 10-16, 2021 (dates are tentative, pending COVID-19 circumstances).
Fifteen 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.
Would-be participants can register for a virtual information session to learn more about this opportunity on January 12, 2021, 1pm ET.
Visit the IDEA Institute website for more details.
The first installment in the iSchools European Doctoral Dissertation Seminar series took place on Friday, Dec. 16, 2020. More than 60 attendees took part.
The program included a presentation by Alexander Frumment of the University of Regensburg, who used cooking to illustrate his research on conversational search, and also a presentation by Sylvain Daronnat of the University of Strathclyde, who examined the evolution of trust, reliance, cognitive load and task performance in a game-like framework. Videos of both presentions are available here.
A new presentation of the iSchools organization, the European Doctoral Dissertation Seminar series is an ongoing presentation of Zoom seminars in which European doctoral students give one-hour presentations on their work and answer questions. While the primary emphasis of the series is European doctoral students, any iSchool doctoral student may attend these sessions.
Watch the iSchools events calendar for announcements of upcoming installments in the series.
The latest addition to the iSchools Leadership Blog is an interview with Steven Miller, dean-emeritus and provost of Singapore Management University.
In his 27-minute presentation, Miller discusses the latest insights in learning science and presents a tutorial on learning that covers a wide spectrum of perspectives and strategies.
Visit the iSchools Leadership Blog webpage to access this and other videos from leaders in the information community.
The iSchools organisation has initiated a series of Zoom seminars in which European doctoral students give one-hour presentations on their work and answer questions. The first installment of the European iSchools Doctoral Seminars Series takes place Friday, December 11, starting at 14:00 CET.
While the primary emphasis of the series is European doctoral students, any iSchool doctoral student may attend. The 2-hour seminar on Dec. 11 will feature the following speakers:
Alexander Frummett, lecturer and Ph.D. student at the Department for Information Science in Regensburg, Germany. Frumment’s presentation focuses on conversational search, and the need to understand a user’s underlying information needs when they converse in diverse systems. Frummentt intriguingly uses the domain of cooking as the basis of his illustration.
Sylvain Daronnat, Ph.D. student at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK. Daronnat's work focuses on HCI with a specific interest on game-research and user studies. In his talk, he will demonstrate how he used a simple game-like framework to study the evolution of trust, reliance, cognitive load and task performance when agents display different behaviours and levels of performance.
Doctoral students interested in taking part should contact iSchools European Region Chair Peter Bath. More details on this event and also future installments in the European Doctoral Seminar Series can be found in the iSchools Events Calendar.
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