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The iSchools are pleased to announce that Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington's School of Information Management, has joined the organization. The New Zealand-based iSchool represents the organization’s 120th member; visit the iSchools directory for more on membership.
The School of Information Management is headed by Professor Michael Winikoff, with a faculty of 20 academics. At last count, enrollments were as follows: more that 3,600 undergraduate students; 250 Master’s students in programs spanning Business, Government, Professional Business Analysis, and Information Studies; 80 post-graduate certificate students; and 17 Doctoral candidates.
Research strengths of the school include Digital Transformation, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Digital Learning, Data Science, and Foundations of Information.
About the iSchools
The iSchools organization traces its origin to a small group of schools in the United States, and now constitutes 120 members worldwide. Researchers 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 2021 will take place virtually March 17-31, and is hosted by Renmin University of China.
Visit the iSchools membership section for more about our members and instruction on how to apply.
iSchools members are reminded that the next batch of grant proposals for the iSchools Research Fund will go into consideration following the March 1 deadline. This means you still have a week to submit your proposal.
The iSchools Research Fund supports research by member faculty and doctoral students. Any research topic may be considered, but projects involving doctoral research or outreach to underrepresented regions, and applications with some match funding from other sources will be considered favorably. Grants generally range from 1,000 to 5,000 USD.
Visit the iSchools Research Fund webpage for application instructions.
iSchools Research Fund proposal are considered twice a year, generally starting Oct. 1 and March 1. The next deadline for submission is March 1, 2021.
The organizers of iConference 2021 are pleased to announce that this year’s iConference will take place on the SCOOCS virtual conference platform. SCOOCS is a relatively new and dynamic online venue, and the conference organizers were impressed with its ability to empower presenters and enable attendees to be more active and connected.
For a preview of the platform, registered participants can visit our Virtual Participation Guidelines page. There you will find a Video showcasing some of the platform’s key features, as well as links to Presentation Tips and Tricks and other resources. Additional how-to links will be added in the coming weeks.
In the weeks leading up the conference’s March 17 start date, presenters and participants will be sent instruction for creating their SCOOCS user accounts and getting started.
If you have not yet signed up for iConference 2021, there is still time to register. Standard rates are in effect through March 8; late rates apply thereafter.
About iConference 2021
iConference 2021 will be a virtual event, with all sessions and presentations taking place on the SCOOCS online conference platform; visit our Virtual Participation Guidelines page for details. Conference Registration is still open, with standard rates avaialble through March 8 and late rates thereafter. A special scholarship rate is also available for students with an accepted submission.
iConference 2021 is presented by the iSchools organization and hosted by Renmin University of Beijing, China. This year’s theme is Diversity | Divergence | Dialogue. Sponsors include Elsevier, Springer, the U.S National Science Foundation, Renmin University, Wuhan University, Headtcentre, and the University of Illinois. Visit the iConference home page to learn more.
Another installment in the European iSchools Doctoral Seminars Series has been scheduled for Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. The series was launched last year as a forum for doctoral students to present their work.
The Feb. 26 presentations follow:
Jakub Fiala is a postgraduate student of Information Science, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague, where he also works as a lecturer and New Media Studies coordinator.
Abstract: Self-tracking and its influence on one’s behaviour, experience and motivation to change – commonly referred to using the title of my presentation - is my main research interest. Indeed, results give an account not only about one’s inner state, but also of broader implications and the relationship to society.
Filipa Ramalho is a PhD candidate at the University of Porto, Portugal, and she is also a researcher at INESC TEC. She studied Information Science (Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree). She then worked on projects as a business processes and information systems consultant for eight years with companies from different industrial sectors.
Abstract: Immersive applications immersive technologies are being developed to support and enhance human-worker at the factories. This doctoral research aims to study the combination of immersive technologies (as a way to convey real/virtual visual information), centered in the human-worker (as the crucial key user) as an information organization/retrieval problem. This talk will present this doctoral research project.
The presentations take place Feb. 26 via Zoom, 14:00-16:00 CET. See our Series webpage for details, and also to view videos of past presentations.
Future installments will be announced on the iSchools events calendar.
A Call for Papers has been issued for iConference 2021 workshop #479, Supporting and Engaging Diverse and Socially Vulnerable Populations with Technology Adoption Amid COVID-19. The deadline for submission is Feb. 28, and the workshop takes place March 17 at 3:00-7:00 pm EDT.
From the Call:
Due to inequities in society, certain populations have faced barriers to education, healthcare, employment, and access to resources, which has been accentuated amid the COVID-19 pandemic. These socially vulnerable populations often include underserved and marginalized groups. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted many inequities and challenges for said populations especially in regards to technology. Due to the inequities present prior to the pandemic and especially in the face of recovery from the pandemic, a fresh perspective is needed.
The workshop will provide a forum for people to discuss key issues and lessons learned on technology adoption among socially vulnerable populations during COVID-19. By definition, socially vulnerable populations may differ from region to region. In the United States, those often marginalized and underserved include people with disabilities, certain racial and ethnic minorities, older adults, and children, among several others. In general, these populations tend to face disproportionate difficulties before, during, and after major disasters. This multidisciplinary workshop will facilitate lively discussions on the implications of these challenges from a variety of disciplines across an international environment.
Submissions to the workshop will be peer-reviewed, and authors of accepted submissions will be invited to develop full papers and submit them to the special issue of Data and Information Management following the workshop.
View the Call for Papers for full details and contact Prof. Jenny Yuan with any questions.
The iConference 2021 Early Registration period comes to a close on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, at the end of the day. Standard rates apply thereafter. Register now to secure the low Early Rate.
Everyone with an accepted submission is reminded that at least one presenter for each submission must register during the Early Registration period. Early registration helps the organizers with planning and saves you money.
iConference 2021 takes place March 17-31, 2021. It is a virtual event, with all sessions and presentations taking place online. Registration fees are the lowest in iConference history, with early rates of $260 regular and $125 student available through Feb. 9.
The program schedule for iConference 2021 is now available. Presenters an participants can link to the schedule from the iConference home page. This first release is a preliminary version of the schedule and subject to change.
Questions about the 2021 schedule should be directed to email@example.com.
iConference 2021 will be a virtual event, with all sessions and presentations taking place online. Registration fees are the lowest in iConference history, with early rates of $260 regular and $125 student available through Feb. 9. A special scholarship rate is also available for students with an accepted submission.
The School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks nominations for the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award. The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2021.
Given annually, the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom 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.
Letters of nomination and documentation about the nominee should be sent by March 15 to Associate Professor Terry Weech, chair of the Nominations Selection Committee. Click here for more information and nomination submission instructions.
The iConference organizers have announced the 2021 finalists for the Best Poster Award, as selected by the Posters Co-Chairs. This announcement comes on the heels of last week’s announcement of the research paper awards finalists.
iConference 2021 will take place online, March 17-31, and registration is now open.
The nominees follow, and more detail can be found on the Award webpage, including paper abstracts.
Linguistic features and consumer credibility judgment of online health information
Jiaying Liu, Peking University; Shijie Song, Nanjing University; Yan Zhang, University of Texas at Austin
Perspectives of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Viewers on Live-TV Caption Quality
Akhter Al Amin, Rochester Institute of Technology; Matt Huenerfauth, Rochester Institute of Technology
Persuasion Strategies in Misinformation-containing Weibo Posts
Sijing Chen, Wuhan University; Lu Xiao, Syracuse University; Jin Mao, Wuhan University
Sustainability by design: Toward community-centered strategies for durable digital collections
Courtnie Thurston, University of Maryland, College Park; Katrina Fenlon, University of Maryland, College Park
Writing Security: A Curriculum Intervention for Computer Security Ethics
Justin Petelka, University of Washington; Katie Shilton, University of Maryland; Megan Finn, University of Washington
The iConference 2021 organizers and the iSchools organization congratulate all of this year’s finalists. The winner of the Best Poster Award will be determined during iConference 2021, based in part on the poster presentation.
About this year’s conference
iConference 2021 will be a virtual event, with all sessions and presentations taking place online. Registration fees are the lowest in iConference history, with early rates of $260 regular, $125 student, and a special scholarship rate for students with an accepted submission.
iConference 2021 is presented by the iSchools organization and hosted by Renmin University of Beijing, China. This year’s theme is Diversity | Divergence | Dialogue. Sponsors include Springer Publishing and the U.S National Science Foundation. Visit the iConference home page to learn more.
Dr. Charles R. McClure, Krafft (formerly Eppes) Professor of Information Studies and founder and Director of the Information Institute in the School of Information (iSchool) at the College of Information, Florida State University (FSU), retires in January 2021. McClure served in these positions for almost 21 years.
Previous to his tenure at Florida State University, he was a Professor at the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Oklahoma, and then earned the rank of Distinguished Professor at Syracuse University, School of Information Studies (one of only eight so named at the time). McClure also served as President of Information Management Consulting Services, Inc. He completed his PhD in Information Studies at Rutgers University, earned a master’s degree in Library Science at the University of Oklahoma, a second master’s in American West History, and his BA in Spanish both at Oklahoma State University.
As Director of the Information Institute, a research center at FSU, he worked with a number of colleagues successfully bringing some $11 million into the Institute in external research funding – in addition to the research funding he received at the University of Oklahoma and Syracuse University. These projects addressed topics such as planning and evaluation of information services; federal information policies; impacts and deployment of broadband; use of information services; deployment and economic impact of telecommunications; provision and assessment of digital services; and more.
Some of the agencies that funded these research projects include the National Science Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, the U.S. National Commission on Library and Information Science, the Coalition of Networked Information, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, and numerous other Foundations and local, state and Federal government agencies.
McClure was a prolific producer of books, refereed articles, conference papers, and research reports – with some 50 authored or co-authored/edited books and literally hundreds of other published articles, reports, etc. He was also a frequent speaker and workshop leader at various professional associations. During his career he regularly was listed as one of the most cited researchers in library/information science. In 2019 the Library and Information Technology Association selected him to receive the Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology for his work in telecommunication and information policy research.
Over his career, McClure received numerous awards for his research and teaching from such professional associations as the Association of Library and Information Science Educators, the American Library Association, the Library Research Roundtable, the Defense Technical Information Center, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology. He was also recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus from the University of Oklahoma and Rutgers University.
When asked about his accomplishments over a 43 year career in academia McClure responded that he was most proud of the various students, and especially the doctoral students he directed and taught at the University of Oklahoma, Syracuse University and Florida State University. “Many of these students have gone on to be lead researchers, teachers, and administrators in schools of library/information science, in government, various libraries, and in the private sector.” He was also proud of his broadband research that contributed to increased users of broadband Internet – especially in rural areas.
McClure said he has enjoyed his career in academia and thanks all the people with whom he has had the pleasure of working and meeting. He looks forward to continuing his activities in influencing Federal information policy issues, taking a more active role in a range of environmental issues, assisting his Master Gardener wife, Vicky, with her various projects, and improving his birding skills.
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