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  • 10 Jan 2020 21:02 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    To help participants maximize their experience of Sweden while attending iConference 2020, the hosts have made arrangements for special guided tours in and around the conference city of Borås. These tours all take place after the conclusion of the iConference. A brief overview is provided below, and full details are provided on the University of Borås website.

    iConference 2020 takes place March 23—26 in Boras, Sweden. Discounted early registration rates are available through Wednesday, Jan. 15; standard rates apply thereafter. In addition, the organizers have made arrangements for specially priced rooms at nearby hotels. These lodging rates are available through Jan. 19, after which users will need to make their own hotel arrangements via normal channels. Visit our registration webpage for more details on registration and lodging. Act now to secure the lower rates!

    The following guided tours are available to conference participants:

    • Travel to the medieval Torpa Castle and experience the glassblowers work at Glasets Hus / The House of Glass. Friday, March 27.
    • Travel to the 18th Century Gunnebo House estate, and also experience the gorgeous Swedish west coast on the picturesque island of Tjörn. Saturday, March 28.
    • Day tour to various Gothenburg libraries, including the University of Gothenburg Library and Chalmers University of Technology Library, as well as sight-seeing in the coastal town of Gothenburg, which is approximately one hour from Borås. Friday, March 27.
    • Visit to the University of Borås library, just minutes from the conference venue. (Date TBA)
    • Street art guided walk: Experience the street art created as part of the art festival No Limit Borås. The art is scattered around the city. Thursday, March 26.
    • A guided tour of Abecita Museum of Modern Art, located in an industrial estate about 10 minutes from the conference venue. Includes more than 500 works of photography and graphic art by internationally acclaimed artists such as Warhol, Rauschenberg, Bourgeois, Hockney, Hamilton, Bacon and Dine, as well as Scandinavian artists and photographers. Thursday, March 26.

    Please note that some tours are free of charge, others require additional fees. In additon, some tours have sign-up deadlines. Visit the University of Borås tours webpage for details. 

    Useful links

    Conference home page

    Registration and lodging

    Conference program schedule

    Guided tours at the conference

  • 6 Jan 2020 21:23 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    All prospective participants for iConference 2020 in Borås, Sweden are reminded that the discounted early registration period end Jan. 15; rates increase on Jan. 16. Register now to secure the lower rate. 

    In addition, the discounted-room arrangement with Resia booking service is for a limited time and ends soon! For the Scandic Plaza it will expire Jan. 9, just 3 days from today. For other hotels it will expire Jan. 19. After that, rooms can still be booked through regular booking channels, but they may cost more and may not be as close to the venue. For lower rates and peace of mind, book your lodging now.

    iConference 2020 takes place March 23—26, 2020, in Borås, Sweden. The venue is the Borås Kongress (pictured). iConference 2020 is presented by the iSchools organization and co-hosted by the iSchools at the University of Borås and Oslo Metropolitan University. Sponsors include the City of Borås.

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    Photo credit: Åke E:son Lindman

  • 18 Dec 2019 02:26 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    Incoming Interim Vice Chancellor and Provost John Liu today announced the appointment of Rajiv “Raj” Dewan as the next dean of Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. Dewan, professor of computers and information systems, comes to Syracuse from the University of Rochester Simon Business School, where he currently serves as the Xerox Professor of Business and director of the M.S. in business analytics program, the latter of which he helped build into a nationally ranked program listed among the top five in 2019 by the TFE Times. Dewan’s appointment, which was approved by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, is effective Jan. 13, 2020.

    “Raj has great expertise in both technology and information analytics and an impressive track record of building academic programs, harnessing the passion and interests of faculty, and truly innovating curriculum in teaching and pursuing relevant research,” says Liu. “Syracuse University’s iSchool has long been a leader in information studies and I am certain the school, along with its faculty and students, will continue to flourish under Rajiv’s leadership. I look forward to welcoming Raj to Syracuse.”

    At Rochester, Dewan worked with faculty to develop the business analytics curriculum, partnered with admissions to build the applicant pool and recruit students, and liaised with corporate partners to place students in competitive career and internship opportunities. When it was launched in 2014, the M.S. in business analytics program had four students in its inaugural class; today, it has more than 90.

    Dewan previously served as senior associate dean for faculty and research and chief operating and academic officer at the Simon Business School. He was principally in charge of developing and retaining faculty, assessing and developing programs, and managing budgets and the technology infrastructure. Dewan also served as the school’s diversity officer, charged with ensuring inclusivity and a healthy and welcoming environment for all students.

    “I have long admired the groundbreaking work being done at Syracuse University’s iSchool,” says Dewan. “I appreciate its history and current commitment to innovation in the digital age. Today’s students and professionals are seeking the kinds of experiences they will need for successful careers in library science, information policy, information behavior, information management, information systems, information technology, information services, data analytics and enterprise data systems. I look forward to working with deans and faculty across campus to ensure that our students have access to the information and experiences they seek.”

    Visit the Syracus iSchool website for more on this story.

  • 16 Dec 2019 16:42 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The organizers of iConference 2020 have released the official program schedule for the upcoming conference. Authors, presenters and other participants can now view the schedule to begin making their conference plans. The program schedule is interactive and searchable. Users can enter their name in the search field to quickly find their sessions.

    iConference 2020 takes place March 23—26, 2020, in Borås, Sweden. Conference registration is open now, with discounted early rates available through Jan. 15. 

    iConference 2020 is presented by the iSchools organization and co-hosted by the iSchools at the University of Borås and Oslo Metropolitan University. Sponsors include the City of Borås.

    The iConference organizers will continue to make announcements as planning develops in the coming months. The 2020 program schedule is preliminary and subject to change.

    Click here to view the 2020 program schedule.

  • 10 Dec 2019 19:02 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The iSchools Dissertation Award Committee have announced that the winner of the 2020 Award is Sarah Lubelski of the University of Toronto Faculty of Information. Dr. Lubelski’s dissertation was judged the best nomination from an iSchool for the preceding year. The runner up is Brian Dobreski of the Syracuse University School of Information Studies. Both honorees will be recognized at the upcoming iConference 2020 in Borås, Sweden.

    The iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award is an annual competition introduced in 2013. The 2020 Award was chaired by Koraljka Golub of Linnaeus University, Stasa Milojevic of Indiana University, and Lihong Zhou of Wuhan University. Nominations were solicited from all member-iSchools.

    Dr. Lubelski’s winning dissertation is titled A Gentlewoman’s Profession: The Emergence of Feminized Publishing at Richard Bentley and Son, 1858-1898. This is what the Award Chairs had to say about it: “Our committee found this thesis to be an excellent interdisciplinary historiography that addresses a larger issue of feminization of the publishing industry by providing a history of a publishing house in the Victorian U.K. Although, the dissertation itself is examining a particular place and point in time, the author pointed out similar historical cases of feminization of professions. We especially appreciated how the author pointed the importance of this for current state of STEM fields and increase of number of women researchers.”

    Dr. Dobreski’s runner up dissertation is titled Values in Knowledge Organization Standards: A Value Analysis of Resource Description and Access (RDA). Per the Award Chairs: “Our committee found this thesis to be a very-well written and well-designed study of values embedded in knowledge organization standards. This is a very relevant, yet understudied topic, and the thesis presents an important contribution to knowledge organization research on values. The author uses a combination of methods (content analysis and interviews) in a two-phase design. The author also shows a mastery of relevant literature.”

    The winner of the 2020 Doctoral Dissertation Award receives a cash prize of $2,500; the runner up receives $1,000. Both honorees will be recognized at iConference 2020, which takes place March 23-26 in Borås, Sweden. Conference registration is now open, with discounted early rates available through Jan. 15.

    More information about current and past Award winners can be found here.

  • 2 Dec 2019 19:17 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    Prospective leaders in library and information science are invited to join the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) for the 2nd annual Leadership Academy, January 30-31, 2020 in Palm Desert, California. According to organizers, the Academy is intended for all prospective leaders in library and information science - the confident, the hesitant, and the curious. The event will feature content relevant to first-time attendees and to those who participated in 2019.

    The theme for this year’s Leadership Academy is “Vision 2020: Leading in a Constantly Changing World.” Based on feedback from iSchool/LIS program leaders and past participants, this Leadership Academy will focus on helping participants develop a vision for what they plan to accomplish in 2020 and in the future. The Academy will also cover topics relating to successful leadership: team building, peer leadership, dealing with conflict, and setting priorities.

    Academy organizers and speakers include: Dr. Sandy Hirsh, San Jose State University; Dr. Stephen Bajjaly, Wayne State University; Dr. Lisa O'Connor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; and Dr. Michele Villagran, San Jose State University.

    Click here for full details and registration. 

  • 19 Nov 2019 23:00 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    iConference 2020 submission decisions were announced earlier today. Authors are advised to check their inboxes for decision notifications, or log into their ConfTool accounts to view results. Conference registration is now open, with early discounted rates available through Jan. 15, 2020.

    iConference 2020 will take place in Borås, Sweden, March 23—26, 2020. The conference received more that 400 submissions this year, which speaks to the conference’s growing impact and popularity. The conference organizers are grateful to all authors for contributing their research and proposals, and also to the reviewers who donated their time and expertise in vetting the submissions.

    iConference 2020 registration is now open. Discounted early rates apply from now through Jan. 15. Early registration will save you money and allow the organizers to plan more effectively. Visit our registration page for details.

    Conference participants are also encouraged to book their lodging in Borås as soon as possible. The Resia booking service is offering specially priced room packages at hotels in and around the city. These rates are available for a limited time. Details can be found on the Resia website.

    iConference 2020 is jointly hosted by the University of Borås and Oslo Metropolitan University (Norway), and presented by the iSchools organization. Sponsors include the City of Borås.

  • 12 Nov 2019 22:16 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    For the first time in the journal’s history, Library Trends has published a bilingual issue. "Communities and Technologies: Realities, Challenges, and Opportunities for Librarians in Cuba" was edited by Kate Williams, associate professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Pedro Urra González, professor of information technologies at the University of Havana’s School of Library and Information Sciences; and Professor Yohannis Martí-Lahera, professor, director of information, and director of the Central Library at the University of Havana.

    The issue, published in English and Spanish, includes articles that were written in English or Spanish and then translated to the other language. Translation services were provided by Steffes & Associates Language and Translation, LLC (SALT), specifically by lead translators Lisa M. Rodríguez and Lizandra Perez.

    The issue highlights the value of global collaboration and knowledge sharing, focusing on the contributions of Cuba’s libraries through technology and community work. It examines new directions in Cuban librarianship, particularly free and open-source resources that empower diverse individuals and organizations.

    Articles address topics such as the impact of information literacy programs and services on community health, including the health of seniors; challenges and breakthroughs in institutional repositories; the use of linked open data to transform paper-based library catalogs; and the creation of a library floor plan that promotes citizen empowerment and community development. The final article emphasizes how Cuba’s participation in international library work advances both Cuban and global librarianship, promoting positive, collaborative partnerships.

    According to Williams, producing a bilingual issue was essential, allowing Library Trends to provide direct access to the content for audiences in Latin America and Spain.

    “It was challenging, and a professional translation team was a must. Thank you to the excellent SALT translators! It also was only possible because my two co-editors, Pedro Urra and Yohannis Martí, are bilingual. We bridged not only language but also different research traditions,” said Williams.

    Events will be held in Urbana and Havana this fall to celebrate and reflect on the issue.

    Library Trends explores critical trends in professional librarianship and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is edited by Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe (MS ’94), professor and coordinator for information literacy services and Instruction at the University of Illinois Library, and published quarterly for the iSchool by The Johns Hopkins University Press.

    Read full story on the Illinois iSchools website

  • 12 Nov 2019 22:08 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    Augmented reality is an interactive experience of a real-world environment that is enhanced by computer-generated visuals. Imagine house hunting by walking through the neighborhood, looking at the street through your mobile device, and seeing a visual overlay of facts about the houses and area. Or while walking through a new city, viewing a visual overlay of information about restaurants, transit, sites, and history.

    Integrating online data into our physical, outdoor spaces through augmented reality could enhance efficiency, accessibility, entertainment, data-driven decision making, and much more for professionals, policymakers, and citizens.

    University of Maryland College of Information Studies (UMD iSchool) Professor Niklas Elmqvist (PI) and UMD iSchool Ph.D. candidate Andrea Batch are building DataWorld, an augmented reality framework that will make data about a geographic location visible in the real world (

    In effect, DataWorld will blend the real world with the hidden world of data – allowing people to access and use the massive troves of data on the internet by literally putting it at their fingertips as part of the world around them. Data will be pulled from a wide variety of sources, such as social media, public databases, and popular websites, as well as contributions from DataWorld users.

    DataWorld will gradually be deployed over the next three years at the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) campus as a testbed, allowing students, faculty, and visitors to tune in to its "heartbeat" of events, alerts, and historical background. UMCP users will be able to access the DataWorld app through mobile devices or head-mounted displays and will be able to contribute to its data and development.

    Once fine tuned, the team will apply the DataWorld framework to three areas:

    • Public safety (sharing crime and emergency information
    • History awareness (sharing historical stories and articles)
    • Civic awareness (sharing current events and sustainable practices)

    The research team plans to publish educational materials and source code, making the NSF funded DataWorld platform open source.

    Read full story on the UMD website

  • 30 Oct 2019 19:49 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    Dr. Diane Kelly has been selected as the next chair-elect of the iSchools organization. Dr. Kelly is director of the School of Information Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (USA).

    iSchools chairs serve two-year terms, with the transition occurring every other year during the iConference. The current chair is Dr. Sam Oh of Sungkyunkwan University’s School of Library and Information Science (South Korea), and the current chair-elect is Dr. Gobinda Chowdhury of the Northumbria University Department of Computing and Information Sciences (UK). Dr. Chowdhury will assume the role of iSchools chair in March of next year during iConference 2020 in Borås, Sweden. Dr. Kelly’s term as chair-elect will begin at that time, and she will subsequently assume the role of chair in 2022.

    Dr. Kelly will be the 11th chair in the iSchools organization’s history. A complete list of past iSchools chairs can found here on the iSchools website


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