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  • 29 Jan 2020 23:07 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) is an international biennial conference that brings together researchers, educators, students, practitioners, and developers from all  over the world in a forum for personal exchanges, discussions, and learning. Due to a high number of requests, the deadline for submission of poster and student showcase proposals to LIDA 2020 has been extended to February 15, 2020.

    Since 2000, LIDA has addressed the changing and challenging environment for libraries and information systems and services in the digital world. This year's theme is "Reshaping Identity in The Digital Age: People, Libraries, Data, Technology & Ethics". The organizers welcome submissions that address critical and theoretical examination of the theme; present current research and evidence, as well as examination of best practices from the field, and practitioner perspectives and applications.

    Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) organized jointly by University of Zadar and University of Osijek, Croatia, and Rutgers University, US. Learn more on the LIDA website.

  • 28 Jan 2020 20:45 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The iSchools organization has admitted three new member-schools to its consortium of leading Information Schools. Our newest members: the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Department of Library, Information and Archives Management, which has joined at the prestigious iCaucus level; the University of Regensburg, Institute for Information and Media, Language and Culture; and the University of São Paulo, School of Communication and Arts.

    The iSchools movement originated from a small group of schools in the United States; the iSchools organization how has 110 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 2020 will take place March 23-26 in Borås, Sweden.

    About Our Newest Members

    The University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Department of Library, Information and Archives Management is located in Beijing and headed by Prof. Jingli Chu. The school has joined at the iCaucus level, showing the highest possible support for the organization. With 76 professors, the school offers Master’s Degree programs in Library Science, Information Science, and Archives Management; it also has Doctoral programs in Library Science and Information Science.

    The University of Regensburg, Institute for Information and Media, Language and Culture is located in Regensburg, Germany, and headed by Prof. Dr. Udo Kruschwitz. Master’s programs include Digital Humanities, Information Science, Media Informatics, Media Studies, General and Comparative Linguistics, and Comparative Cultural Studies. It’s Ph.D. program pre-dates the creation of the institute in 2003. The school has joined at the Basic level.

    The University of São Paulo School of Communication and Arts is located in São Paulo, Brazil, and headed by Prof. Dr. Brasilina Passarelli Vice-Dean at ECA. The school has 185 professors, more than 2,100 undergraduate students, and more than 1,200 graduate students. The school has also joined at the Basic level.

  • 13 Jan 2020 22:03 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The iConference organizers are please to present the 2020 papers and poster awards finalists, listed below. Finalists were selected by their respective track and program chairs based on content and reviews; winners will be announced at the conference. As aways, the iConference award nominations reflect the field’s diversity and worldwide perspective.

    iConference 2020 takes place March 23-26 in Borås, Sweden. Early registration rates are available through Wednesday, Jan. 15; standard rates apply thereafter.

    The finalists are listed below. Full details, including links to abstracts, can also be found on the conference Awards webpage.

    Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper finalists

    Named in honor of Lee Dirks, friend and early supporter of the iConference, this award is now sponsored by the iSchools organization and comes with a $1,000 cash prize. The finalists are listed alphabetically by title. Visit Awards page for details.

    AI Models and Their Worlds: Investigating Data-Driven, AI/ML Ecosystems Through a Work Practices Lens

    Author: Christine T. Wolf, IBM Research (USA)

    Educating for democracy? The role of media and information literacy education for pupils in Swedish compulsory school

    Authors: Hanna Carlsson, Linneaus University (Sweden); Olof Sundin, Lund University (Sweden)

    Identifying Historical Travelogues in Large Text Corpora Using Machine Learning

    Authors: Jan Rörden, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology (Austria); Doris Gruber, Austrian Academy of Sciences (Austria); Martin Krickl, Austrian National Library (Austria); Bernhard Haslhofer, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology (Austria)

    “In the beginning, it was little whispers…now, we’re almost a roar”: Conceptualizing a model for community and self in LGBTQ+ health information practices

    Authors: Vanessa L. Kitzie, University of South Carolina (USA); Travis L. Wagner, University of South Carolina (USA); A. Nick Vera, University of South Carolina (USA)

    Trolling Trump

    Author: Pnina Fichman, Indiana University - Bloomington (USA)

    Best Short Research Paper Award finalists

    The finalists are listed alphabetically by title. Visit Awards page for details.

    Challenges in Organizing and Accessing Video Game Artifacts

    Authors: Jin Ha Lee, University of Washington (USA); Marc Schmalz, University of Washington (USA); Stephen Keating, University of Washington (USA); Jeewon Ha, University of Washington (USA)

    How does media reflect the OA and Non-OA scientific literature? A case study of Environment Sustainability 

    Authors: Tahereh Dehdarirad, Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden); Jonathan Freer, Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden); Alexander Mladenovic, Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden)

    Indigenous Cultural Sustainability in a Digital World: Two Case Studies from Aotearoa New Zealand

    Authors: Anne Goulding, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand); Jennifer Campbell-Meier, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand); Allan Sylvester, Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)

    On the Breakdown of the Controlled Environment Paradigm in Norwegian Archival Repositories

    Author: Herbjørn Andresen, Oslo Metropolitan University

    The What of Data: Sharing Appropriate Scientific Research

    Author: Bernadette Marie Boscoe, University of Washington (USA)

    Best Poster Award finalists

    The finalists are listed alphabetically by title. Visit Awards page for details.

    Dealing with privacy - Personal privacy from a research data management perspective

    Authors: Live Håndlykken Kvale, Oslo Metropolitan University; Peter Thomas Darch, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    Digital Literacy Initiatives in Canada: Exploring Successes from Multiple Perspectives

    Authors: Heidi Julien, University at Buffalo, SUNY; Brian Detlor, McMaster University

    “I Like the Way the Skin Looks”: Player Perspectives on Aesthetic Appeal and Self-Representation With Video Game “Skins”

    Authors: Alia Fatima Reza, iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3); Adanna Floris Nedd, The Pennsylvania State University, iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3); Sabrina Chu, iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3); Amy Castillo, iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3); Zuaira Khan,  iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3); Daniel Lowell Gardner, University of California, Irvine,  iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3)

    Telling Multifaceted Stories with Humanities Data: Visualizing Book of Hours Manuscripts

    Authors: Rongqian Ma, University of Pittsburgh; Kai Li, Drexel University

    Who Gave You the Right?: Exploring Power and Politics in Journalism and Academic Work Chronicling Hurricane Maria

    Authors: Amy Chew, University of Michigan, iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3); Gabriela C. Delgado-Fernandini, University of Puerto Rico, iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3); Jamario Devon Cantrell, Vanderbilt University, iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3); Daniel Carter, Texas State University, iSchool Inclusion Institute (i3)

    iConference 2020 takes place March 23—26, 2020, in Borås, Sweden. iConference 2020 is presented by the iSchools organization and co-hosted by the iSchools at the University of Borås and Oslo Metropolitan University. Sponsors include the City of Borås.

    Useful links:

  • 10 Jan 2020 21:02 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    To help participants maximize their experience of Sweden while attending iConference 2020, the hosts have made arrangements for special guided tours in and around the conference city of Borås. These tours all take place after the conclusion of the iConference. A brief overview is provided below, and full details are provided on the University of Borås website.

    iConference 2020 takes place March 23—26 in Boras, Sweden. Discounted early registration rates are available through Wednesday, Jan. 15; standard rates apply thereafter. In addition, the organizers have made arrangements for specially priced rooms at nearby hotels. These lodging rates are available through Jan. 19, after which users will need to make their own hotel arrangements via normal channels. Visit our registration webpage for more details on registration and lodging. Act now to secure the lower rates!

    The following guided tours are available to conference participants:

    • Travel to the medieval Torpa Castle and experience the glassblowers work at Glasets Hus / The House of Glass. Friday, March 27.
    • Travel to the 18th Century Gunnebo House estate, and also experience the gorgeous Swedish west coast on the picturesque island of Tjörn. Saturday, March 28.
    • Day tour to various Gothenburg libraries, including the University of Gothenburg Library and Chalmers University of Technology Library, as well as sight-seeing in the coastal town of Gothenburg, which is approximately one hour from Borås. Friday, March 27.
    • Visit to the University of Borås library, just minutes from the conference venue. (Date TBA)
    • Street art guided walk: Experience the street art created as part of the art festival No Limit Borås. The art is scattered around the city. Thursday, March 26.
    • A guided tour of Abecita Museum of Modern Art, located in an industrial estate about 10 minutes from the conference venue. Includes more than 500 works of photography and graphic art by internationally acclaimed artists such as Warhol, Rauschenberg, Bourgeois, Hockney, Hamilton, Bacon and Dine, as well as Scandinavian artists and photographers. Thursday, March 26.

    Please note that some tours are free of charge, others require additional fees. In additon, some tours have sign-up deadlines. Visit the University of Borås tours webpage for details. 

    Useful links

    Conference home page

    Registration and lodging

    Conference program schedule

    Guided tours at the conference

  • 6 Jan 2020 21:23 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    All prospective participants for iConference 2020 in Borås, Sweden are reminded that the discounted early registration period end Jan. 15; rates increase on Jan. 16. Register now to secure the lower rate. 

    In addition, the discounted-room arrangement with Resia booking service is for a limited time and ends soon! For the Scandic Plaza it will expire Jan. 9, just 3 days from today. For other hotels it will expire Jan. 19. After that, rooms can still be booked through regular booking channels, but they may cost more and may not be as close to the venue. For lower rates and peace of mind, book your lodging now.

    iConference 2020 takes place March 23—26, 2020, in Borås, Sweden. The venue is the Borås Kongress (pictured). iConference 2020 is presented by the iSchools organization and co-hosted by the iSchools at the University of Borås and Oslo Metropolitan University. Sponsors include the City of Borås.

    Useful links:

    Photo credit: Åke E:son Lindman

  • 18 Dec 2019 02:26 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    Incoming Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost John Liu today announced the appointment of Rajiv “Raj” Dewan as the next dean of Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. Dewan, professor of computers and information systems, comes to Syracuse from the University of Rochester Simon Business School, where he currently serves as the Xerox Professor of Business and director of the M.S. in business analytics program, the latter of which he helped build into a nationally ranked program listed among the top five in 2019 by the TFE Times. Dewan’s appointment, which was approved by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, is effective Jan. 13, 2020.

    “Raj has great expertise in both technology and information analytics and an impressive track record of building academic programs, harnessing the passion and interests of faculty, and truly innovating curriculum in teaching and pursuing relevant research,” says Liu. “Syracuse University’s iSchool has long been a leader in information studies and I am certain the school, along with its faculty and students, will continue to flourish under Rajiv’s leadership. I look forward to welcoming Raj to Syracuse.”

    At Rochester, Dewan worked with faculty to develop the business analytics curriculum, partnered with admissions to build the applicant pool and recruit students, and liaised with corporate partners to place students in competitive career and internship opportunities. When it was launched in 2014, the M.S. in business analytics program had four students in its inaugural class; today, it has more than 90.

    Dewan previously served as senior associate dean for faculty and research and chief operating and academic officer at the Simon Business School. He was principally in charge of developing and retaining faculty, assessing and developing programs, and managing budgets and the technology infrastructure. Dewan also served as the school’s diversity officer, charged with ensuring inclusivity and a healthy and welcoming environment for all students.

    “I have long admired the groundbreaking work being done at Syracuse University’s iSchool,” says Dewan. “I appreciate its history and current commitment to innovation in the digital age. Today’s students and professionals are seeking the kinds of experiences they will need for successful careers in library science, information policy, information behavior, information management, information systems, information technology, information services, data analytics and enterprise data systems. I look forward to working with deans and faculty across campus to ensure that our students have access to the information and experiences they seek.”

    Visit the Syracus iSchool website for more on this story.

  • 16 Dec 2019 16:42 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The organizers of iConference 2020 have released the official program schedule for the upcoming conference. Authors, presenters and other participants can now view the schedule to begin making their conference plans. The program schedule is interactive and searchable. Users can enter their name in the search field to quickly find their sessions.

    iConference 2020 takes place March 23—26, 2020, in Borås, Sweden. Conference registration is open now, with discounted early rates available through Jan. 15. 

    iConference 2020 is presented by the iSchools organization and co-hosted by the iSchools at the University of Borås and Oslo Metropolitan University. Sponsors include the City of Borås.

    The iConference organizers will continue to make announcements as planning develops in the coming months. The 2020 program schedule is preliminary and subject to change.

    Click here to view the 2020 program schedule.

  • 10 Dec 2019 19:02 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The iSchools Dissertation Award Committee have announced that the winner of the 2020 Award is Sarah Lubelski of the University of Toronto Faculty of Information. Dr. Lubelski’s dissertation was judged the best nomination from an iSchool for the preceding year. The runner up is Brian Dobreski of the Syracuse University School of Information Studies. Both honorees will be recognized at the upcoming iConference 2020 in Borås, Sweden.

    The iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award is an annual competition introduced in 2013. The 2020 Award was chaired by Koraljka Golub of Linnaeus University, Stasa Milojevic of Indiana University, and Lihong Zhou of Wuhan University. Nominations were solicited from all member-iSchools.

    Dr. Lubelski’s winning dissertation is titled A Gentlewoman’s Profession: The Emergence of Feminized Publishing at Richard Bentley and Son, 1858-1898. This is what the Award Chairs had to say about it: “Our committee found this thesis to be an excellent interdisciplinary historiography that addresses a larger issue of feminization of the publishing industry by providing a history of a publishing house in the Victorian U.K. Although, the dissertation itself is examining a particular place and point in time, the author pointed out similar historical cases of feminization of professions. We especially appreciated how the author pointed the importance of this for current state of STEM fields and increase of number of women researchers.”

    Dr. Dobreski’s runner up dissertation is titled Values in Knowledge Organization Standards: A Value Analysis of Resource Description and Access (RDA). Per the Award Chairs: “Our committee found this thesis to be a very-well written and well-designed study of values embedded in knowledge organization standards. This is a very relevant, yet understudied topic, and the thesis presents an important contribution to knowledge organization research on values. The author uses a combination of methods (content analysis and interviews) in a two-phase design. The author also shows a mastery of relevant literature.”

    The winner of the 2020 Doctoral Dissertation Award receives a cash prize of $2,500; the runner up receives $1,000. Both honorees will be recognized at iConference 2020, which takes place March 23-26 in Borås, Sweden. Conference registration is now open, with discounted early rates available through Jan. 15.

    More information about current and past Award winners can be found here.

  • 2 Dec 2019 19:17 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    Prospective leaders in library and information science are invited to join the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) for the 2nd annual Leadership Academy, January 30-31, 2020 in Palm Desert, California. According to organizers, the Academy is intended for all prospective leaders in library and information science - the confident, the hesitant, and the curious. The event will feature content relevant to first-time attendees and to those who participated in 2019.

    The theme for this year’s Leadership Academy is “Vision 2020: Leading in a Constantly Changing World.” Based on feedback from iSchool/LIS program leaders and past participants, this Leadership Academy will focus on helping participants develop a vision for what they plan to accomplish in 2020 and in the future. The Academy will also cover topics relating to successful leadership: team building, peer leadership, dealing with conflict, and setting priorities.

    Academy organizers and speakers include: Dr. Sandy Hirsh, San Jose State University; Dr. Stephen Bajjaly, Wayne State University; Dr. Lisa O'Connor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and Dr. Michele Villagran, San Jose State University.

    Click here for full details and registration. 

  • 19 Nov 2019 23:00 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    iConference 2020 submission decisions were announced earlier today. Authors are advised to check their inboxes for decision notifications, or log into their ConfTool accounts to view results. Conference registration is now open, with early discounted rates available through Jan. 15, 2020.

    iConference 2020 will take place in Borås, Sweden, March 23—26, 2020. The conference received more that 400 submissions this year, which speaks to the conference’s growing impact and popularity. The conference organizers are grateful to all authors for contributing their research and proposals, and also to the reviewers who donated their time and expertise in vetting the submissions.

    iConference 2020 registration is now open. Discounted early rates apply from now through Jan. 15. Early registration will save you money and allow the organizers to plan more effectively. Visit our registration page for details.

    Conference participants are also encouraged to book their lodging in Borås as soon as possible. The Resia booking service is offering specially priced room packages at hotels in and around the city. These rates are available for a limited time. Details can be found on the Resia website.

    iConference 2020 is jointly hosted by the University of Borås and Oslo Metropolitan University (Norway), and presented by the iSchools organization. Sponsors include the City of Borås.


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