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The Power of Information: 2020 Information Science Graduate Fair is a virtual event showcasing opportunities and programs for prospective graduate students at more than 20 universities in North America, most of them iSchools members. The event will take place on Oct. 27, 2020 and is free of charge to students. Participation is limited, and students are encouraged to register early to secure a space.
The Power of Information will begin with a faculty panel discussion titled "Power of Information: Disrupt misinformation and disinformation." Moderated by University of Washington iSchool Dean Anind Dey (pictured left), the panel will explore the topic of misinformation in the 21st century. This will be followed by breakout sessions in which prospective graduate students can learn more about programs offered at the sponsoring institutions. The panel begins at 4:00 pm PDT on Oct. 27, with breakouts commencing at 4:45 pm PDT.
Panelists include: Chris Coward, University of Washington; Ben Horne, University of Tennessee Knoxville; Emily Knox, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Laura Sanders, Simmons University; Hassan Zamir, Dominican University.
Sponsors include Information Schools at the following institutions: Dominican University; Drexel University; Emporia State University; Florida State University; Indiana University; Kent State University; Rutgers University; Simmons University; Syracuse University; University of British Columbia; University of California Los Angeles; University of Colorado Bolder; University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; University of Maryland; University of North Carolina; University of South Carolina; University of Southern California; University of Tennessee Knoxville; University of Texas at Austin; University of Toronto; University of Washington; University of Wisconsin Milwaukee; University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Wayne State University.
Click here for more on the event and how to register.
Originally envisioned as having a hybrid format with virtual and in-person elements, the 2021 iConference is now transitioning to an all-virtual format. The conference’s Renmin University hosts and the iSchools Board have decided this is the best course of action in light of ongoing uncertainty surrounding public health and travel during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the entire 2021 program will be held online.
In accord with this transition, all submission deadlines are hereby extended. The full and short research papers deadline has moved to October 19, with other deadlines in the following weeks, as noted below. Visit the iConference 2021 website for more information.
In related news, an announcement of the 2021 virtual rates is expected at the end of October.
New Submission Deadlines
Monday, Oct. 19: New deadline for Full Research Papers and Short Research Papers.
Monday, Oct. 26: New deadline for Posters, Workshops, Sessions for Interaction and Engagement, Virtual Interactive Sessions, Archival Education, Doctoral Colloquium applications and Early Career Colloquium applications.
Monday, Oct. 26: New deadline for Chinese Papers.
Monday, Nov. 2: New deadline for Student Symposium applications and Doctoral Dissertation Award nominations.
Tressie McMillan Cottom, Associate Professor at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named a fellow in the MacArthur Foundation’s Class of 2020.
MacArthur Fellows are selected for their “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits,” and receive a $625,000 award, often referred to as the “Genius Grant,” distributed over five years. The foundation’s announcement described McMillan Cottom’s work as “shaping discourse on pressing issues at the confluence of race, gender, education, and digital technology. In work across multiple platforms, ranging from academic scholarship to essays and social media engagement, McMillan Cottom combines analytical insights and personal experiences in a frank, accessible style of communication that resonates with broad audiences within and outside of academia.”
In addition to her appointment with SILS, McMillan Cottom is a senior faculty researcher at Carolina’s Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (citap.unc.edu) and a faculty affiliate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.
Learn more on the UNC iSchool website.
The 2020 IEEE International Conference on Big Data will be held virtually and takes place Dec. 10-13. The papers submission deadline has passed, but workshop papers submissions are still being accepted, as well as posters.
Of note, the conference’s Computational Archival Science (CAS) workshop has issued a call for papers with deadline date of Oct. 27.
The Springer journal Information Systems Frontiers is planning a special issue on Social Robotics Business and Computing. A call for papers has been issued, with a submission deadline of Feb. 1, 2021.
Social robots, also called companion robots (or service robots), are a physical humanoid robot that connects through a network infrastructure to online services that enhance traditional robot functionalities. They offer features such as human facial, voice and emotion recognition, including adding human-like personality to their Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities to achieve better human-machine communication.
The special issue will set the baseline for understanding how Human-Robot Interaction is likely to influence and change our business practices and lifestyle.
Also invited are selected best papers from the mini- tracks “Human-Robot Interactions” and "Social Robots - Robotics and Toy Computing" from the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS).
Click here for more information, including submission instructions and topics of interest.
Digital Methods Platform for Arts and Humanities (DiMPAH) is a project that aims to aggregate, connect and make widely available novel Open Education Resources (OERs) on selected digital methods, apply these to interdisciplinary contexts and foster novel creative learning experiences by taking data from the past into future stories.
The project is a collaboration of six European universities, including iSchools members University of Amsterdam, University of Porto and Linnaeus University, as well as six partner-organizations, including the iSchools organization.
The project is focused on creating, testing and implementing OERs to support current and future professionals from cultural heritage sectors as well as academia in improving competencies, connecting best practices and applying spearheading technologies, to enable collective efforts towards future solutions across Europe.
Visit the DiMPAH website for more information.
This month, Drexel’s College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) is entering the second year of its three-year initiative in collaboration with the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Drexel Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, and the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships to co-develop a community-based learning model for LIS education.
As a key part of the project, CCI is launching a three-course Graduate Certificate in Community-Based Librarianship (CBL) this Fall Quarter. This professional development program provides an in-depth overview of the fundamentals of library and community collaboration, including courses in community-based data analytics and design thinking for digital community service. The CBL certificate culminates in a capstone project that enables students to apply their conceptual knowledge to real-world, community-based information projects in libraries and other information organizations.
The program, offered both online and on campus, is ideal for paraprofessionals and library assistants who are considering enrolling in a Master’s in Library and Information Science (LIS) program.
View the Drexel CCI news story to learn more about this project.
The School of Information Studies (SOIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) has announced the appointment of Dietmar Wolfram, Ph.D., as Senior Associate Dean of the School as of August 1, 2020.
Dr. Wolfram has been a significant presence and strong leader within SOIS for many years, serving in the past as both Interim Dean and Acting Associate Dean of the School. In these positions he was instrumental in increasing international academic collaborations, strengthening relationships with the community and industry, and increasing student scholarship funding. He has played a leading role in program planning for the Bachelor of Science in Information Science & Technology and the PhD Program in Information Studies.
Dr. Wolfram has held leadership roles in key library and information science organizations, specifically, the Association for Library & Information Science Education (ALISE) as President, and Director-at-Large for the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). He is an accomplished scholar and researcher whose expertise includes applied informetrics, information retrieval, scholarly communication, and education for the information professions. Dr. Wolfram is a past recipient of the ASIS&T Clarivate Analytics Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award. He is an exceptional teacher and mentor and has made instruction and curriculum development a high priority throughout his career.
In his new role, Dr. Wolfram will be responsible for planning, developing, and administering all aspects of the School’s educational programs, and for providing vision in setting priorities and leadership in maintaining academic standards and in strengthening faculty scholarship and research.
“I am honored to have been selected to serve the UW-Milwaukee iSchool in this important role,” Wolfram said. “I look forward to working with the iSchool community to continue building on our strengths in our innovative undergraduate and graduate programs, our community engagement, and our scholarly and professional contributions to the knowledge base of the field.”
Read more on the UW-Milwaukee iSchool website
iConference 2021 will have a “hybrid” participation format, which means there will be a virtual program and also an in-person program. Participants will register for one, the other or both, as they prefer. Rates will be announced in November, and the virtual rate will be lower than the in-person rate because virtual rates do not have to cover food and venue costs.
The iConference in-person program will take place March 28-31 in Beijing and is hosted by Renmin University. The virtual program will take place online in the two weeks leading up to the conference. A detailed schedule will be published in January.
Authors of Full Papers, Short Papers, Chinese Papers and Posters will express their preference for virtual or in-person presentation when they make their submissions. This information will be used to plan the two programs and is non-binding. Accepted authors will be given the opportunity to change their preference later, after registration has opened. A final cut-off date for changing preferences will be announced in the future.
Similarly, we will offer separate virtual and in-person meetings for our Doctoral Colloquium, Early Career Colloquium and Student Symposium. Applicants will be asked to express their preferred meeting format (live or virtual) when they submit their application. Again, this selection is non-binding at this time and can be changed later.
Our popular Workshops and Sessions for Interaction and Engagement are in-person events that will take place in Beijing. However, to augment our virtual program, the organizers are also seeking proposals for Virtual Interactive Sessions. These sessions are expected to range from basic Zoom group sessions to more sophisticated methods of remote collaboration. We expect this new track to help shape the future of virtual conferences, and encourage everyone to think broadly in crafting their proposals. Prospective applicants can contact the track chairs if they wish to discuss ideas; visit the Virtual Interactive Sessions webpage for contact information.
The iConference is currently accepting submissions for all tracks on our secure ConfTool submissions website.
For authors and applicants, the hybrid format of iConference 2021 helps ensure that all accepted submitters can participate in some meaningful way, regardless of future travel or budget restrictions. The iSchools organization believes this hybrid format represents the future of the iConference. Even after global health and travel have returned to “normal,” this format will provide the capacity for broader participation and collaboration among our global membership in the future.
As with everything these days, all iConference planning is subject to future circumstances. As planning evolves, we will keep everyone informed. We thank everyone for their patience and understanding, and look forward to meeting with you either in-person or virtually in March of 2021.
The School of Information (iSchool) at Kent State University announces Dr. Meghan Harper, Ph.D., has been named Interim Director as of July 1.
Harper previously served as the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program coordinator as well as the school library media concentration coordinator. “Because I have had the pleasure of working directly with Dr. Harper on several initiatives over the years, I have seen her terrific leadership skills in action," said Amy Reynolds, dean of the College of Communication and Information. "What I appreciate most about Dr. Harper’s leadership approach is her commitment to the ethic of care. She builds strong relationships with and between students, faculty, staff and our programs, and we are all better as a result.”
For her part, Harper sees the Kent State playing a leadership role in the intersection of information, communication and technology fields. "I believe the programs of study we offer in our School of Information prepare students for unlimited career possibilities," Harper said. "Information and communication are essential aspects of most professions and students have almost limitless opportunities to use the skills and knowledge they have gained in this professional preparation program to immediately begin contributing in an information environment which is not discipline specific."
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In other Kent State iSchool news, Dr. Kendra Albright, Ph.D. has been appointed, to the Goodyear Endowed Professor in Knowledge Management. This professorship is endowed by generous support from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
As the Goodyear Chair, Dr. Albright will combine the strengths of our nationally ranked School of Information with a vision for the development of new leaders in the knowledge management (KM) profession. Our commitment to the KM program complements the iSchool’s current strengths in library and information science, health informatics, information interaction, knowledge organization systems and usability design. This will build bridges between the academy and professional practice in industry, government, and other institutions.
Dr. Albright has taught a range of graduate and undergraduate level courses in knowledge management, including Business Intelligence, Environmental Scanning and Information Economics at four institutions in three countries (the University of South Carolina, the University of Tennessee, the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom and the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs in Tbilisi, Georgia).
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