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

    ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has announced its slate of honorees for 2021, including ACM Fellows and Distinguished Members. Those being recognized for their professional achievements and impact include many faculty members from within the iSchools organization.

    University of Washington Information School Dean and Professors Anind K. Dey, along with Batya Friedman and Jacob O. Wobbrockhave been named as ACM Fellows; Friedman is slated to give a keynote address at the upcoming iConference 2022. Read more

    Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics Professor & Information Science Department Head Andrea Forte, PhD has been recognized as an ACM 2021 Distinguished Member. Read more

  • 1 Feb 2022 21:15 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The Metadata Research Center at Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics, in partnership with Montana State University Library, UC San Diego Library, OCLC, and project LEADING Mentors/institutions, invites early-to-mid career library professionals and doctoral students to participate in the LIS Education and Data Science-Integrated Network Group (LEADING) program. This is a virtual fellowship program supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The application deadline is Monday, February 28, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST. Read more

  • 25 Jan 2022 20:56 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The Bal-Adria Summer School on Digital Humanities represents a collaboration of schools in countries surrounding the Baltic Seas and Adriatic Sea, thereby representing a connection between Northern and Southern Europe. Now in its third year, the program will take place 13 – 17 June, 2022 in Zadar, Croatia. 

    This year’s topics include digital humanities research tools and fundamentals of programming for digital humanities.

    The BAL-ADRIA 2022 Summer School is jointly organized by iSchools member iInstitute at Linnaeus University, Sweden, and the Department of Information Sciences, University of Zadar, Croatia.

    Visit the Bal-Adria 2022 website for full details, including teacher biographies, program agenda and sign-up.

  • 21 Jan 2022 16:08 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The advance program agenda for iConference 2022 is now available on the conference website. Presenters seeking their sessions can search (CTRL+F) on author name, submission number or title fragment. The schedule is preliminary and subject to change.

    iConference 2022 is a global event with sessions scheduled around the clock. The advance agenda provides times synced to three primary time zones. Participants will need to factor for their local time zones. View schedule here.

    Also, the conference’s Early Registration phase ends on Sunday, Jan. 23. Standard registration fees will apply starting Jan. 24, and are higher. Register early for the best rate. Register here.

  • 13 Jan 2022 21:34 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    With the coming of the new year, the iSchools organization will transition to a new slate of officers, regional chairs and board members for 2022. The organization welcomes the following new leadership, and also thanks all of our outgoing leaders for their past donations of time and expertise.


    Sanda Erdelez (pictured) of Simmons University will begin her term as iSchools Chair for 2022-2024. Gobinda Chowdhury of the University of Strathclyde will move to the position of immediate Past Chair. The new Chair-Elect will be Gillian Oliver of Monash University. Eric Meyer of University of Texas at Austin retains the position of Treasurer. The organization’s Executive Director is Michael Seadle of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

    Regional Chairs

    Keith Marzullo of the University of Maryland retains his position of Regional Chair for the Americas, spanning North and South America. Atsuyuki Morishima of the University of Tsukuba will become Chair of the Asia Pacific region, which includes Asia and Oceania. Koraljka Golub of Linnaeus University will become chair of the Europe / Africa region. 

    Board of Directors

    The new Board of Directors members for the Americas will includes: Kimiz Dalkir of McGill University; Anind K. Dey of the University of Washington; and Charles Isbell of Georgia Tech. In the Europe / Africa region, the new Board of Directors member will be Josep Cobarsí Morales of the Open University of Catalonia. And in a reflection of the organization's ongoing growth in Asia Pacific, the region will now have two Board of Directors members representing the region; the those new Board of Directors members will be Wonsik "Jeff" Shim of Sungkyunkwan University and Lihong Zhou of Wuhan University.

    More information on iSchools leadership can be found on the organization’s website.

    As this transition unfolds transition, the iSchools also thank all outgoing regional chairs and board members for their dedicated service to the organization. This includes: Peter Bath of the University of Sheffield; Kristin Eschenfelder of the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Tom Finholt of the University of Michigan; Joon Lee of Seoul National University; Gary Marchionini of the University of North Carolina; António Lucas Soares of the University of Porto; and Bin Zhang of Renmin University of China. 

    The iSchools also thank Sam Oh of Sungkyunkwan University (iSchools Chair 2018 – 2020), whose term as immediate Past Chair will come to a close. Prof. Oh retains his honorary position of iSchools Ambassador.  

  • 12 Jan 2022 21:14 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The organizers of iConference 2022 have announced the slate of keynote speakers for their upcoming information conference, which takes place Feb. 28 – Mar. 4.

    As befits an international gathering of information scholars and researchers, these highly regarded speakers hail from iSchools around the globe. The speakers include:

    Shigeo Sugimoto, professor emeritus at iSchool-member University of Tsukuba’s Faculty of Library, Information and Media Science, where he served for more than 35 years. Sugimoto earned his PhD at Kyoto University. His research interests span technological and theoretical aspects of metadata in cultural and historical domains, including intangible cultural heritage, media arts, sports and natural disasters.

    Professor Helen Margetts of the University of Oxford’s Mansfield College and iSchools-member Oxford Internet Institute. A political scientist specializing in the relationship between digital technology and government, politics and public policy, she is an advocate for the potential of multi-disciplinarity and computational social science for our understanding of political behavior and development of public policy in a digital world.

    Batya Friedman, professor in the Information School at the University of Washington. She is a pioneer in value sensitive design (VSD), an approach to account for human values in the design of information systems. First developed in human-computer interaction, VSD has since been used in information management, human-robotic interaction, computer security, civil engineering, applied philosophy, and land use and transportation.

    Full biographical information on the iConference 2022 speakers can be found on the conference’s Keynote Speakers webpage. Presentation times will be posted the week of Jan. 17.

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

    Registration for the virtual event is now open, with discounted early rates available through Jan. 23. Register now to secure the lower early rate.

  • 10 Jan 2022 20:57 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The organizers of iConference 2022 are pleased to announce the finalists for this year’s Best Papers and Posters competitions. Five finalists in each category have been selected as representing the most outstanding of the many submissions received. 

    This year’s finalists once again demonstrate breadth of quality information research being conducted at iSchools and other institutions worldwide. The work of these finalists will be presented along with all other accepted submissions at iConference 2022, which takes place online Feb. 28 – Mar. 4. The winners will be announced at that time.

    Best Full Research Paper

    The winner in this prestigious category will receive the Lee Dirks Award for Best Full Research Paper and prize of $1,000 USD, courtesy of Springer and the iSchools Organization. The finalists, listed alphabetically by title:

    Access to Information Two Years After an ICT4D Project in Bangladesh: New Digital Skills and Traditional PracticesViviane Frings-Hessami, Monash University; Anindita Sarker, Monash University

    A Brief Typology of Time: Temporal Structuring and Dissonance in Service Provision for People Experiencing HomelessnessStephen C. Slota, University of Texas at Austin; Kenneth R. Fleischmann, University of Texas at Austin; Sherri R. Greenberg, University of Texas at Austin

    Facial Recognition Interaction in a University Setting: Impression, Reaction, and Decision-makingHengyi Fu, University of Alabama; Yao Lyu, Pennsylvania State University

    Title: Identifying Machine-Paraphrased PlagiarismJan Philip Wahle, University of Wuppertal; Terry Ruas, University of Wuppertal; Tomáš Foltýnek, Mendel University in Brno; Norman Meuschke, University of Wuppertal; Bela Gipp, University of Wuppertal

    Internet access and bridging the digital divide: the crucial role of universal service obligations in telecom policyDavid McMenemy, University of Strathclyde

    Best Short Research Paper

    The finalists, listed alphabetically by title:

    Elapsed collective memory: Looking for the forgotten classic works in Library and Information ScienceYujia Zhai, Tianjin Normal University; Alec McGail, Cornell University; Ying Ding, University of Texas at Austin

    A Higher Purpose: Towards a Social Justice Informatics Research Framework: Zhasmina Tacheva, Syracuse University; Sepideh Namvarrad, Syracuse University; Najla Almissalati, Syracuse University

    Predicting the usage of scientific datasets based on article, author, institution, and journal bibliometricsDaniel Acuna, Syracuse University; Zijun Yi, Syracuse University; Lizhen Liang, Syracuse University; Han Zhuang, Syracuse University

    Testing the Keystone Framework by Analyzing Positive Citations to Wakefield’s 1998 PaperAmulya 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

    Toward a Practice-Based Approach to Privacy LiteracyPriya C. Kumar, Pennsylvania State University

    Best Poster

    The finalists, listed alphabetically by title:

    Co-Designing Data Labs at the Public Library: Data Literacy with, for, and by TeensLeanne Bowler, Pratt Institute; Mark Rosin, Pratt Institute; Irene Lopatovska, Pratt Institute; Laura Vroom, Pratt Institute

    The Craft of Database Curation: Taking Cues from QuiltmakingAlexandria Jane Rayburn, University of Michigan; Andrea K. Thomer, University of Michigan

    How Do Students from Different Disciplines Perceive the Concept of “Data”?: A Visual Elicitation MethodTien-I Tsai, National Taiwan University; Yun-Chi Chang, National Taiwan University; Chieh-Ru Lin, National Taiwan University

    Public Libraries’ service model for Community Open Data EngagementAyoung Yoon, Indiana University Indianapolis; Andrea Copeland, Indiana University Indianapolis

    Risk in the CoreTrustSeal Data Repository Certification Process: Rebecca D. Frank, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

    Visit the iConference 2022 Awards Page for more information on our finalists, including submission abstracts. The iSchools organization and 2022 hosts Kyushu University, University College Dublin, and University of Texas at Austin congratulate all finalists. Winners will be announced during the conference, and registrations for participation are on sale now.

    Past award winners and runners up can be viewed in the individual Conference Summary pages found on our Past Proceedings webpage.

  • 3 Jan 2022 22:15 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The 2022 International Conference on Knowledge Management (ICKM 2022) will be held will be held June 23-24 at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Germany. This 17th event in the ICKM series will provide researchers and practitioners from all over the world a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas concerning theoretical and practical aspects of Knowledge Management. The 2022 theme is, “Knowledge, Uncertainty and Risks: From individual to global scale”

    The conference has issued a Call for Papers with submission deadline of Feb. 1, 2022. See website for full details. ICKM is organized by the International Council on Knowledge Management.

  • 3 Jan 2022 21:11 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The journal Library and Information Science Research seeks articles on the current state-of-the-art in information creation research. Selected articles will be included in a special issue focused on advances in research on information creation, to be published in July 2022.

    Initial submissions are due Jan.10, 2022, and will be peer reviewed. Full details are available in the journal’s Call for Papers.

  • 2 Dec 2021 19:46 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    Many of us miss the days of in-person conferences, where the flow of ideas and face-to-face networking creates a wonderful and personal dynamic. If you fall in that category, you’ll be pleased to learn that while the global health situation dictates a virtual format for iConference 2022, the organizers have taken significant steps toward enhancing opportunities for interpersonal connections and dynamic networking during our five-day information conference.

    For starters we have the Event Feed, a live ongoing discussion housed on every user’s conference dashboard. Think of the Event Feed a private social media channel, just for conference goers. Participants can use this universal venue to debate the finer points of a keynote address, elaborate on potential applications of research presentations, or pose thoughtful questions to the collective attendees.

    For more direct engagement, we offer Round Tables, a virtual venue for exploring topics with your fellow conference-goers. It’s like adding you own interactive session to our conference program. As a participant, you can initiate as many Round Tables as you wish, and on any topic, ranging from academic areas of study to pressing social issues to personal hobbies. And of course, you can use the Event Feed to announce your Round Table and invite participation.

    We also have several outgoing Social Activities Chairs who will be dedicated to fostering engagement at the conference. These chairs will initiate a number of contests and promotions throughout the conference. Watch for their announcements and invitations in the Event Feed, and feel free to reach out to them directly if you have a suggestion.

    Of course, we realize that intense engagement is not for everyone, and some find it draining to be “on” all the time. All our social engagement features are opt-in, and you are free to take part (or not) as you wish. The iConference also welcomes those who prefer to remain on the virtual sidelines as keen observers.

    iConference 2022 will take place Feb. 28 – Mar. 4, and will include nearly 100 peer reviewed research presentations, as well numerous interactive events, workshops, and keynote addresses. Registration is now open, with discounted early rates available through Jan. 23; standard rates apply thereafter. Learn more about engagement and other conference amenities on our Conference Features page.


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