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The iSchools welcome Jeonbuk National University (JBNU) to the organization’s worldwide membership. The JBNU iSchool spans two departments, the Department of Library and Information Science (LIS) and Department of Records and Archives Management (RAM). It is one of seven iSchools members in Korea. There are now 123 institutions in the iSchools membership.
JBNU LIS was established in 1979 and now offers a bachelor's program, three master's programs, and a doctoral program; the department is headed by Soojung Kim. The RAM was established in 2012 and provides master's and doctoral programs; its leader is Geun Kim. Combined, the JBNU iSchool currently has 12 doctoral students, 82 master’s students and 150 undergraduates.
In applying for membership, the JBNU noted that many of their faculty have degrees from and/or have worked at established and well-respected iSchools, including the University of Maryland, University of California at Los Angeles, University of North Texas, and the University of South Florida. Having already experienced the benefits of being part of the iSchool network, and those faculty members expressed an eagerness to share those benefits with other JBNU faculty members. JBNU has joined the iSchools organization at the Basic level.
The iSchools organization was founded almost two decades ago. The iSchools educate thought-leaders of the future, and their researchers 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 organizers of iConference 2022 have proactively announced a two-day deadline extension for Full Research Papers and Short Research Papers. The new deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. All research papers are due end-of-day, 23:59 SST (GMT-11). This extension is being made proactively due to an unprecedented number of author-requests related to COVID and other factors, as noted on the iConference home page:
Under ordinary circumstances the iSchools do not grant extensions for submitting papers, but COVID and other factors have made this an extraordinary time. Many people have asked us for an extension and many good colleagues are working under considerable stress to get a paper done by Monday. The iSchools have decided to grant an automatic two-day extension for full and short research papers until the end of Wednesday Sept. 15, 23:59 Pacific Midway (SST, GMT -11) for the good of the whole community.
This change to the papers deadline does not impact other tracks. The deadline for all other iConference 2022 tracks remains Oct. 4, 2021. This includes Posters, Interactive Events, Doctoral Colloquia, Early Career Colloquia, and Student Symposia. iConference 2022 will take place online, Feb. 28 to March 4.
UPDATE: The iConference 2022 research papers deadline has moved to Wednesday, Sept. 15. Full Research Papers and Short Research Papers are due end-of-day Wednesday at 23:59 SST, which is GMT -11; consult the World Clock or other resource to determine what this corresponds to in your time zone. All papers must be fully anonymized and conform to the Springer LNCS template; see our Author Instructions page for details. Submissions are made on our ConfTool submission platform.
The Full Research Paper deemed to be the best in the eyes of the papers chairs and organizers will receive the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper and a cash prize of $1,000 courtesy of the iSchools and Springer. All papers accepted for presentation at the conference will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science.
After the updated Sept. 15 papers deadline has passed, the deadline for all remaining iConference tracks is Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. This includes Posters, Interactive Events, Doctoral Colloquia, Early Career Colloquia, and Student Symposia. iConference 2022 will take place online, Feb. 28 to March 4.
The Elsevier publication Information Processing and Management is preparing a special issue that will report on cutting edge interdisciplinary research at the intersection between intelligent technology and healthcare across the lifespan. The editors are seeking interdisciplinary submissions, featuring collaborations from researchers in computer science/engineering, health sciences, social sciences, and interdisciplinary fields such as information science and data science. Visit the special issue’s online call for papers for full details.
Guest editors for this special issue include Daqing He, University of Pittsburgh; Bo Xie, University of Texas at Austin; Rita Orji, Dalhousie University; and Khin Than Win, University of Wollongong. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 31, 2022.
Singapore-based information scholars Steven M. Miller and Thomas H. Davenport have authored an analysis of the future of Artificial Intelligence, based on findings from the MIT Task Force’s Work of the Future Report, and also on 30 smart-machine related case studies the authors conducted as research for their forthcoming book.
Titled Artificial Intelligence and Work: Two perspectives, the article is a critical examination of major findings from the MIT report. The article is published in AI Singapore, which is a product of Singapore’s National Research Foundation. The article is available for viewing here.
The deadline for iConference 2022 research papers is end-of-day Sept. 13, 2021. Accepted full research papers and short research papers will be published in Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science, and also presented at the iConference, which takes place Feb. 28 through March 4. This year’s conference will again be held entirely online.
Meanwhile, the deadline for submissions to the conference’s non-papers tracks is Oct. 4. The conference organizers have announced a several changes to these tracks that will improve overall quality of the conference experience.
Posters: Instead of presenting posters concurrently in a simultaneous forum as has been done in the past, iConference 2022 posters will be presented in the same manner as papers. Which is to say, there will be a series of dedicated poster sessions in which each author present their work, one at a time. In this way, all interested delegates can observe each presentation at the same time.
Interactive Events: For 2022, the iConference is combining all of its interactive events under one umbrella managed by a single set of chairs. Proposals for workshops and all manner of panels, forums, installations and more should all be submitted to the Interactive Events track. The organizers feel this combined approach can help create synergy and maximize the potential of these events.
Doctoral Colloquium, Early Career Colloquium, and Student Symposium: For 2022, these special sessions will be organized by region, so that their chairs can better target the programs to the needs of attendees.
Visit the iConference website for more information and look for the latest updates on Facebook and Twitter #iConf22.
Health Information and Libraries Journal (HILJ) is seeking new material from those who have recently supervised a dissertation or thesis related to health information, and also from students who are completing such a dissertation. The editors are interested in short papers for publication demonstrating the importance of student research for policy and practice.
Past HILJ articles have covered a wide range of topics including the use of Twitter for health information, trends in the use of Fitbits, empowering effective library users in the health sector, ebook management in NHS libraries and collection development for bibliotherapy. To learn more about HILJ, view a sample issue online.
Interested authors can contact Dr. Frances Johnson of the Manchester Metropolitan University iSchool for more information.
The SIG AI Workshop at ASIS&T 2021 aims to support and advance an ASIS&T artificial intelligence (AI) community by connecting AI research and practice in library and information environments. The workshop organizers invite a broad range of participants who are engaged in developing AI applications and solutions, or study their impacts, and/or are interested in learning about the opportunities and challenges in AI research and development. Abstracts of 500 words are invited for the workshop, and the submission deadline has been extended to Sept. 7, 2021.
ASIS&T 2021 will be held Sept. 30 to Oct. 4, 2021. The SIG AI Workshop takes place Oct. 30, 8:00 am to noon, Mountain Time. Visit website for full details and registration information. The workshop is organized by Soo Young Rieh, University of Texas at Austin; Clara M. Chu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Dania Bilal, University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
The 84th annual meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) takes place Oct. 30 - Nov. 4, 2021, and the deadline to register at the discounted early bird rates is Aug. 13. Participants are urged to register now to secure the lowest available rate.
This year’s ASIS&T) Annual Meeting will have a hybrid format, with an online presence and in-person elements taking place in Salt Lake City, UT, USA. Visit the Annual Meeting website for complete details.
Along with the iSchools and ALISE, ASIS&T is a founding partner of the iFederation.
Meghan Harper, PhD, became the new director of Kent State University’s School of Information (iSchool), effective July 1, 2021. Harper acted as interim director for the iSchool over the past academic year, a year of great uncertainty and uncharted waters due to the pandemic. “Dr. Harper provided exemplary leadership and service to the iSchool this past year, made exponentially more complicated and challenging by the pandemic. She is kind, thoughtful and a collaborative colleague who is an effective advocate for the School’s programs, faculty, staff and students,” Amy Reynolds, Ph.D., dean of the College of Communication and Information, said. “Along with her impressive academic record, she brings previous administrative experience and strong institutional knowledge to this important position. I am excited for the future of the iSchool under Dr. Harper’s leadership.”
Prior to joining Kent State, Harper held administrative positions in K-12 public schools. Since joining the faculty in 2001, Harper led the school library media concentration, and was the MLIS graduate coordinator for the School.
Harper holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, master's in library science (with K-12 Library Media Certification), and a Bachelor of Science in elementary education (with K-8 certification), all from Kent State University.
Read more on the Kent State iSchool website.
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