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Although young children are increasingly familiar with technology, that does not necessarily mean they are comfortable with it. Researchers at the University of Washington Information School found that kids might say technology was “creepy” if they saw it as ambiguous or posing a threat.
“Over the years of working with kids we realized they use the word ‘creepy’ a lot as a way to reject specific technologies,” notes Jason Yip, an assistant professor at UW’s iSchool.
Yip and his fellow researchers designed a series of activities to help children work through these thoughts. This led to the identification of five properties of technologies that contributed to children’s concerns: deception versus transparency; ominous physical appearance; lack of control; unpredictability; and mimicry.
Click here for more details in a UW News story by Sarah McQuate.
The School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is pleased to announce the establishment of an endowed professorship, the Mildred M. Luther and Kathryn Luther Henderson Professorship in Preservation and Technical Services. The professorship was established through the generosity of Mildred Luther (1926-2017), a loyal Illinois employee and alumna with a special family connection to the School.
The endowed professorship honors Luther’s 49 years of service to the University. Click here for the full story on the Illinois website.
The iSchools welcome two new members to its worldwide organization of leading information schools. Our new iSchools are: The Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University, located in Melbourne, Australia; and The Department of Information Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at University J.J. Strossmayer in Osijek, Croatia.
Headed by Professor Jon Whittle, the Monash University iSchool has 69 permanent faculty members, as well as 37 additional teaching and research staff members. The school’s enrollment is more than 3,000, and 56 individuals have received their Ph.D. through the school in the last two years.
The Monash iSchool is focused on core research pillars in Data Science, Cyber Security, Computer Human Interaction and Community Organisational and Social Informatics. It also has research expertise in archives and recordkeeping systems, accountability and transparency, community development, technology for innovation, ICT in healthcare and digital civics.
Monash University is the largest university in Australia, and its iSchool has chosen to join at the iCaucus level, reflecting the highest possible level of support for the iSchools organization.
University J.J. Strossmayer
The iSchool at University J. J. Strossmayer is headed by Boris Badurina. The school has three permanent professors plus a teaching staff of more than 20. Enrollment is approaching 200, and the school has produced 10 Ph.D.s in the last two years.
Established in 1998 as a Cathedra for Library Science, the school changed its name Department of Information Sciences in 2005. A leader in developing new approaches to education and research in the Information Sciences field in Croatia, the school joins the iSchools at the basic level, and looks forward to developing strong partnership in research with other members of iSchools family, particularly in Europe.
About the iSchools
The iSchools organization was founded in 2001 as a collective of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field in the 21st Century. It has since grown to more than 100 universities and institutions spanning six continents.
Julius C. Jefferson Jr., section head of the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association (ALA). He will serve as president-elect for one year before stepping into his role as president at the close of the 2020 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.
An active member of ALA for 15 years, Jefferson holds an MLS from the University of Maryland.
Click here for more of this story on the UMD iSchool website.
The Rutgers School of Communication and Information (SC&I) has announced four new faculty members that will join its Library and Information Science (LIS) Department in fall 2019.
The new faculty members are: Warren Allen, who joins Rutgers as Assistant Teaching Professor and Director of the Information Technology and Informatics (ITI) Program; E.E. Lawrence, a doctoral candidate in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Britt Paris, an information studies scholar focused on developing a sociotechnical understanding of how groups understand, build, and use Internet infrastructure in accordance to their value systems; and Gretchen Stahlman, a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Arizona’s School of Information.
“Rutgers LIS Department is very excited to be welcoming these four outstanding new faculty members,” said Department Chair Marie Radford. “Our Department is experiencing a period of rapid growth in enrollment in both our Masters of Information, as well as our Information, Technology, and Informatics undergraduate programs. These accomplished new faculty will bring a range of talents to enhance our research reach and innovative curriculum development.”
Click here for more for more of this story on the Rutgers iSchool website.
ISIC 2020 is a conference focused on Information Behavior taking place this fall in Pretoria, South Africa. Hosted by the Department of Information Science at the University of Pretoria, the conference dates are Sept. 29 – Oct. 2, 2020.
The ISIC 2020 papers submission date is Jan. 31, 2020. The conference welcomes interdisciplinary information research, taking influence from fields such as information science, information studies, library studies, communication studies, computer science, education, information management, information systems, management science, psychology, social psychology, sociology, and other disciplines.
Full submission details are included in the CFP, found on the ISIC 2020 website.
In the latest installment of our iSchools research blog, Linnaeus University Lecturer Fredrik Hanell examines information literacy as it pertains to pre-school teacher education. Based on Hanell’s dissertation from Lund University, the author examines how global policy discourse surrounding digital competence can constrain the development of creative and critical aspects of information literacies that are vital to successful teaching. Click here to read the new post.
The iSchools Research Blog showcases the work of young scholars throughout our organization’s 100 member schools. Scholars at member schools are invited to propose blog submissions here.
iConference 2019 drew nearly 600 participants to the Washington DC area, making it the best-attended conference in our 14-year-old series. iConference 2019 was hosted by the University of Maryland iSchool, and took place March 31 – April 30. We urge participants to watch their inbox for our follow-up survey invitation.
For those seeking information on this recently concluded conference, our iConference 2019 Summary provides exhaustive conference details, including links to past proceedings, organizer names, program information, award winners, and myriad conference artifacts. Click here for details.
Our next event is iConference 2020, which takes place March 23 – 26, 2020 in Borås, Sweden. Co-hosted by the iSchools at the University of Borås and Oslo Metropolitan University, the conference theme is Sustainable Digital Communities. Watch for our CFP to be released in the coming weeks.
The iSchools are also very pleased to announce that the iConference will return to China the following year, where iConference 2021 will be hosted by the iSchool at Renmin University of China, located in Beijing. It will be the second iConference to be hosted in Asia.
The board of directors of the Association for Library and Information Science Education have announced the results of their 2019 election. Sandra Hirsh of San Jose State University has been named chair-elect, and the director of member servies is Denice Adkins, University of Missouri.
Get more details on the ALISE website.
IOS Press’s Education for Information: Interdisciplinary Journal of Information Studies has issued a Call for Papers for an upcoming special issue on Emerging interdisciplinary curricula in the information sciences. Researchers, teachers and professionals are invited to submit original research, review articles, or position papers on new interdisciplinary curricula, especially data-related, in (Library and)Information Science education. Submissions are due July 15, 2019.
The special issue is being co-edited by Koraljka Golub (Linnaeus University, Sweden), Angela P. Murillo (Indiana University-Indianapolis, USA), and Maria Simi(University of Pisa, Italy); questions can be directed to these individuals.
Click here to read the full CFP.
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