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  • 22 Mar 2022 16:40 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The University of Toronto iSchool, in collaboration with SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), is sponsoring the Knowledge Equity and Justice Spring Seminar (KEJSS), an intensive learning opportunity open to graduate students in Information Studies programs that will focus on critical issues in epistemic justice relevant to Library and Information Studies.

    Convened by Dr. Stacy Allison-Cassin, the seminar will take place online over three weeks from May 9-26, 2022 and will cover topics including scholarly communication, language and marginalization, Indigenous knowledge, and issues related to knowledge, citation and the Global South. The seminar will invite participants to recognize knowledge as a site for justice and consider how to put knowledge justice into practice as future information professionals.

    This opportunity is limited to twenty-five graduate students in an Information Studies program at any institution. Students will be selected through an application process. Full details and application information can be found here. Applications are due on April 4th, 2022 by 11:59pm PDT.

  • 14 Mar 2022 19:12 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The iSchools Board of Directors have issued the following statement on violence in Ukraine:

    The iSchools condemn violent actions such as those currently taking place in Ukraine, and express their support of the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter. We especially wish to support students in our field and allied fields who must break off their studies due to violence. In so far as possible, we will assist affected students to find ways to pursue their studies in safety.

    The iSchools also support the statement of the International Federation of Library Associations about the current situation.

    This statement was issued on Friday, March 11, 2022.

  • 14 Mar 2022 11:00 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    Singapore Management University (SMU) has released a teaching case study of Singapore’s TraceTogether (TT), the world’s first national application of a digital contact-tracing tool. TT was launched in 2020 after an expedited eight-weeks development. Adoption of TT, both as a mobile app and hardware token, enabled the early identification and isolation of infected cases much faster than manual tracing.

    The full teaching case was published Feb. 22, 2022, and is available for download on the SMU website, as well as from Harvard Business Publishing (the latter divided into Part A and Part B). 

  • 7 Mar 2022 19:01 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    iConference 2022 came to a close on March 4, 2022. The five-day event drew more than 350 participants from around the globe, gathered to explore the 2022 theme, Information for a Better World: Shaping the Global Future.

    This year’s conference included nearly 100 research presentations, numerous interactive events, and keynote addresses by Shigeo Sugimoto (University of Tsukuba), Helen Margetts (University of Oxford) and Batya Friedman (University of Washington). Also recognition of this year’s submission award winners and iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award honorees.

    Conference participants will have access to the 2022 conference platform for approximately one month following the conference. This access can be used to visit the Presentation Library for videos of presentations they may have missed, including papers, posters, and keynote addresses.

    The iConference 2022 Papers Proceedings are now available on Springer LNCS. The conference Posters will be uploaded to the IDEALS open repository in the near future. 

    2022 participants should watch their inboxes for an invitation to take part in the 2022 Follow-Up Survey, the results of which will be used to help prepare for next year’s event, iConference 2023. The 2023 Call for Participation will be issued in the coming months.

    The iConference series is a presentation of the iSchools organization. iConference 2022 was jointly hosted by the iSchools at Kyushu University (Japan), University College Dublin (Ireland), and University of Texas at Austin (USA).

  • 4 Mar 2022 00:17 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The iConference 2022 organizers and iSchools organization have announced the winners of this year’s Awards for outstanding contributions. The announcements were made during the conference’s third and final plenary session on Thursday, March 3, 2022.

    The Results:

    Lee Dirks Award for Best Full Research Paper: A Brief Typology of Time: Temporal Structuring and Dissonance in Service Provision for People Experiencing Homelessness; authors Stephen C. Slota, University of Texas at Austin; Kenneth R. Fleischmann, University of Texas at Austin; Sherri R. Greenberg, University of Texas at Austin.

    This Award comes with a cash prize of $1,000, courtesy of Springer Nature and the iSchools. Learn More

    Best Short Research Paper: Testing the Keystone Framework by Analyzing Positive Citations to Wakefield’s 1998 Paper; authors Amulya Addepalli, William Fremd High School and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Karen Ann Subin, Naperville North High School and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Jodi Schneider, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

    While this award has no cash prize, the iSchools will give emerging authors Addepalli and Subin a pair of complimentary registrations to next year’s iConference. Learn More

    Best Poster: The Craft of Database Curation: Taking Cues from Quiltmaking; authors Alexandria Jane Rayburn, University of Michigan; Andrea K. Thomer, University of Michigan Learn More

    iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award: Winner Mayara Costa Figueiredo, University of California, Irvine; Co-runners-up Priya Kumar, University of Maryland and Mateusz Dubiel, University of Strathclyde.

    The winner receives a cash prize of $2,500, the runners up $1,000 each. Learn More

    iConference 2022 began on Monday, February 28 and will conclude on Friday, March 4. The iConference is a presentation of the iSchools and hosted this year by the iSchools at the University of Texas at Austin (USA0, University College Dublin (Ireland), and Kyushu University (Japan). 


  • 28 Feb 2022 21:39 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award Committee have announced the 2022 honorees. The winner is Dr. Mayara Costa Figueiredo, who received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences.

    The committee also named the following two runners up (listed alphabetically): Dr. Mateusz Dubiel, University of Strathclyde, Computer and Information Sciences; and Dr. Priya Kumar, University of Maryland, College of Information Studies. 

    The iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award is an annual competition recognizing the year’s most outstanding dissertations from across iSchools' global membership. Introduced in 2013, award nominations are solicited from all member schools and subjected to a thorough review by the Doctoral Dissertation Committee. The 2022 Award selection process was chaired by Dr. Gillian Oliver of Monash University. 

    2022 Award Winner

    Dr. Figueiredo’s winning dissertation is titled Data Work and Data Tracking Technologies in Fertility Care: A Holistic Approach


    Here is what the Committee had to say about our 2022 winner: The thesis documents a fascinating study highlighting the emotional implications of data self-tracking, showing how technological tools are designed in ways which do not take the diversity of individuals’ needs and contexts into account. The outcomes have the potential for significant and meaningful impact on the design of data-tracking technologies and consequently benefits for the health and well-being of individuals. Judges were particularly impressed by the exemplary approach to research, the use of mixed methods for data collection and the clarity of the conclusions.


    2022 Runners Up

    For 2022, the Committee felt that two dissertations deserved equal recognition as co-runners up.

    Dr. Dubiel’s dissertation is titled Exploring the Impact of Conversational Strategies on User Search Experience in Goal-Oriented Tasks in a Voice-Only Domain


    Here is what the Committee had to say about this co-runner-up:

    The study reported in this thesis represents a rigorous and impressive addition to information seeking research, specifically contributing new knowledge about conversational search. Given the increasing ubiquity of conversational agents in so many aspects of daily life, the potential impact of the findings is very significant indeed. Judges applauded the meticulous approach to data collection and analysis.


    Dr. Kumar’s dissertation is titled From Oversharing to Sharenting: How Experts Govern Parents and Their Social Media Use

    Here is what the Committee had to say about this co-runner-up: The topic of this thesis, posting family photos online and the consequent risks to children’s safety and well-being, is extremely relevant and timely. The paradigmatic framing of the research and the application of governmentality were instrumental in identifying the critical issues and challenges. Judges were impressed by the innovative approach to methodology. Research outcomes contribute to increased understanding of the complexities and nuances of privacy.


    Visit the Doctoral Dissertation Award results page for more about this year's honorees, including full biographies and research statements.


    The winner of the 2022 Doctoral Dissertation Award receives a cash prize of $2,500; the runners up receive $1,000. Both honorees also receive a complimentary registration for iConference 2022, the iSchools' virtual information conference taking place Feb. 28 – March 4, 2022. 


    The iSchools organization will begin accepting nominations for the 2023 Award in July of this year. All members are encouraged to submit a nomination.

  • 28 Feb 2022 19:16 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    iConference 2022 began earlier today (Monday Feb. 28) and runs through the end of Friday, March 4. This year’s conference is focused on the theme Information for a Better World; Shaping the Global Future. Our program features nearly 100 research presentations, 3 keynote addresses from global luminaries, and numerous Interactive Sessions, Workshop, Special Presentations and Social Events. View Program Schedule for details.

    iConference 2022 is being held virtually, and there is still time to register and take part in our online program. Visit the conference Registration Page to get started. The conference offers special discounted rates to students and first-time attendees.

    Our event is taking place on the proprietary Scoocs Conferencing Platform, and registration is required for access.

    iConference 2022 is presented by the iSchools organization and jointly hosted by the iSchools at Kyushu University (Japan), University College Dublin (Ireland), and University of Texas at Austin (USA).

  • 9 Feb 2022 02:25 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    AI CIRCLS, an Expertise Exchange of CIRCLS, has announced an upcoming "project incubator” on the topic of Artificial Intelligence and Literacy, and seeks community partners, educators, learning scientists, computer scientists, and social scientists to apply to participate.

    According to the organizers, their aim is to bring together interdisciplinary teams to ideate research proposals that are relevant to community partners, educators, learning scientists, computer scientists, and social scientists. Over the course of a few months, they will provide a dedicated space and structure for ideating research ideas, and offer resources to support grant writing, especially related to future submissions to the National Science Foundation’s Request for Proposals for Research on Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning (NSF RETTL RFP for which the next deadline is expected to be October 2022). They are looking to center equity and justice frameworks, mutually beneficial community partnerships, and responsible/ethical AI in this incubator.

    The project incubator will run from March through June, 2022 and will require 1.5 hours for meetings (about 8-10 meetings total), as well as some potential time outside of meetings to complete additional tasks.

    Participation in the incubator is by application only and more information as well as the application can be found on the CIRCLS website.

  • 9 Feb 2022 02:01 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction is planning a special issue on social robots in business practices and lifestyle. The editors are soliciting research and industry papers related to the challenges driving innovation in robotic computing and related research issues. 

    According to the editors, social robots, also called companion robots (or service robots), comprise a physical humanoid robot component that connects through a network infrastructure to Web services that enhance traditional robot functionalities. The foundations of the special issue will set the baseline for understanding how HRI is likely to influence and change our business practices and lifestyle. The special issue will also introduce and discuss the emerging use of companion robots in different Web-based application domains such as online customer service and healthcare management.

    The abstract deadline is March 31, 2022, and manuscripts are due May 31, 2022. Visit the special issue website for full details and submission instruction.

  • 9 Feb 2022 01:56 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign seeks nominations for the 2021 Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award. The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2022. 

    Given annually, the 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.

    The Downs Award was established in 1969 by the iSchool’s faculty to honor Dean Emeritus Robert B. Downs, a champion of intellectual freedom, on the occasion of his twenty-fifth anniversary as director of the School. The award is cosponsored by SAGE Publishing. 


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