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  • 15 Nov 2021 21:29 | iSchools News

    iConference 2022 registration is now open, with discounted early rates available through Jan. 23. Register now to secure the special early rates. New this year, the conference offers discounts for first-time attendees as well as undergraduate and master’s students. 

    iConference 2022 will take place virtually, Feb. 28 – Mar 4. Your conference registration provides full access to all conference research paper and poster presentations, as well as keynotes, workshops, panels and other interactive events. Access to our Doctoral Colloquium, Early Career Colloquium and Student Symposium is also included for those whose applications were accepted.

    iConference 2022 will take place entirely online, most of it via Zoom sessions embedded within our secure conference platform provided by Scoocs (formerly iChair). Our conference platform also offers unparalleled opportunities for virtual networking and engagement, including our Media Library, Social Activities, Round Tables, virtual Exhibition Hall and more. These amenities were expressly developed to make the online conference experience more engaging and personal, as requested in last year’s follow-up survey. Learn more

    As a special bonus, all iConference registrants will have the opportunity to join the iSchools’ experimental Individual Membership program at no cost and no obligation. These complimentary Individual Memberships are being offered exclusively to iConference 2022 participants as a benefit of your conference registration.

    iConference 2022 is collectively hosted by Kyushu University (Japan), the University of Texas at Austin (USA), and University College Dublin (Ireland). The conference theme is Information for a Better World: Shaping the Global Future. The iConference Series is a presentation of the iSchools organization.
  • 5 Nov 2021 19:21 | iSchools News

    The iSchools organization enjoyed a meaningful presence at the recently concluded ASIS&T Annual Meeting. The iSchools and ASIS&T, along with ALISE, are partners in the joint iFederation initiative, and all three organization look for synergistic opportunities to their fellow organizations and respective members.

    Central to the iSchools participation was a panel titled Endurance and Coherence: The Post-2020 iSchoolwhich was held Nov. 2. The panel 90-minute virtual panel focused on issues that are top-of-mind among the leaders of the 121 information and library science schools that comprise the organization’s worldwide membership. These issues included current views on the field of information, faculty and institutional relationships, and extra-unit alliances and alignments. The presentations drew heavily on data from the iSchools for Globalized World (i-4-G) database project, an intra-school research collaboration project being developed under a grant from the Mellon Foundation. 

    Also on Nov. 2, the  iScools joined their sibling iFederation partners for a panel titled Growing the iFederation: Leveraging the ASIS&T, ALISE, and the iSchools Collaboration to Advance Information Science. This was an opportunity for the organizations to describe how their mutually benefitial relationship helps promote information science, and included an audience discussion of beneficial directions for the iFederation moving forward.

    The next iFederation Panel will take place during iConference 2022, which takes place Feb. 28 – Mar. 4, 2022. All information science researchers and practitionres are invited to take part in this virtual event.

    The 84th ASIS&T Annual Meeting took place Oct. 30 – Nov. 2, 2022 under the banner Equity • Diversity • Inclusion • Justice • Relevance. The hybrid event took place virtually and in person in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

  • 29 Oct 2021 21:12 | iSchools News

    The iSchools organization, a global collaborative of Information Schools piloting the future of information, is pleased to announce the election of its new Board of Directors and Regional Chairs. These leaders, in conjunction with the iSchools Executive Board, will guide the organization forward in 2022 and beyond.

    The newly elected Board members and Regional Chairs are: 

    American Region:

    • Anind Dey, University of Washington, Information School
    • Charles Isbell, Georgia Tech, College of Computing
    • Kimiz Dalkir McGill University, Montreal, School of Information Studies

    European / African Region:

    • Josep Cobarsí Morales, Open University of Catalonia, Faculty of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications 

    Asia-Pacific Region:

    • Lihong Zhou Wuhan University, School of Information Management
    • Wonsik “Jeff” Shim, Sungkyunkwan University, Library and Information Science

    Regional Chairs:

    • American Region: Keith Marzullo, University of Maryland, College Park, College of
    • Information Studies
    • European Region: Koraljka (Kora) Golub, Linnaeus University, Information Institute
    • Asia-Pacific Region: Atsuyuki Morishima, University of Tsukuba, Graduate School of Library, Information, and Media Studies

    These Board members and Regional Chairs, in conjunction with the Executive Committee, will serve under incoming iSchools Chair Sanda Erdelez (Simmons University School of Library and Information Science) starting in early 2022. 

  • 29 Oct 2021 20:07 | iSchools News

    Last week, more than 550 students took part in INFOcon, an annual graduate school fair showcases opportunities in the information professions in the USA and Canada. Taking place Oct. 19 – 21, the event was organized by leading North American iSchools members and others, with infrastructure support from the iSchools organization.

    All participating schools reported solid attendance and strong interest in their sessions, with students eager to learn more about their prospective futures in the information professions. Organizer feedback was overwhelmingly positive:

    “I think it's very important to stay connected to other iSchools, and we had amazing overall turnout (500+ registrants). There was a lot of freedom and flexibility in topics, timing, etc. It was great to network with other iSchools and to offer this event as a one-stop shop kind of event.”

    “Virtual format was great, allowing for a large sign-up of attendees; diversity of sessions; cooperation between MLS/MLIS programs.

    “Collaboration was fantastic! So happy that so many institutions were able to come together and create a great virtual conference.”

    INFOcon traces its roots to 2020, when the project launched under the title “The Power of Information.” The event expanded and was rebranded INFOcon for 2021. Next year’s event is expected to take place in October, 2022. Details will be posted to the INFOcon website as planning develops.

  • 14 Oct 2021 19:31 | iSchools News

    This coming Monday, Oct. 18, is the final deadline for iConference 2022 submissions. Now is the time to propose an interactive session, submit a research poster, and apply to any of our mentoring sessions specially tailored for doctoralmaster’s and undergraduate students, as well as early career faculty

    iConference 2022 will take place online, Feb. 28 to March 4. This truly global event is collectively hosted by The University of Texas at Austin (USA), University College Dublin (Ireland) and Kyushu University (Japan). The conference theme is Information for a Better World: Shaping the Global Future.

    The following submissions and applications are due Oct. 18:

    Interactive Events: We’re seeking proposals for workshops, panel discussions, hackathons or any collectively engaging group event. Impress us with your proposal! This is an unprecedented opportunity to directly engage with scholars and researchers from throughout the global information community. MORE

    Posters: This year we are elevating the impact of posters by spotlighting each of them, one at a time, in featured global sessions. Students and faculty are invited to present their research to the global community in this new and dynamic format. MORE

    Doctoral Colloquium: An anchor of the iConference since its inception 16 years ago, our doctoral colloquium is an unprecedented opportunity for doctoral candidates to refine their research approach and prepare for their careers. Accepted applicants will participate with a cohort of peers, presenting their work and engaging with helpful mentors. MORE

    Early Career Colloquium: Specially targeted at assistant professors, early career researchers, postdoc fellows and the like within five years of completing their doctoral degree, this program provides thoughtful feedback on the plans and aspirations of accepted applicants, and career guidance from senior faculty on how best to move forward. MORE

    Student Symposium: Are you a master’s or undergraduate student looking for feedback on making your work stand out? Our student symposium is a unique opportunity for accepted applicants to showcase their research in a friendly setting of peers and invited senior researchers. MORE

    Important Links

    Conference Home: https://ischools.org/iConference

    Submission Site: https://www.conftool.com/iconference2022/ 

    iConference 2022 is a presentation of the iSchools organization: www.ischools.org

  • 13 Oct 2021 19:29 | iSchools News

    The Information Seeking in Context conference (ISIC) invites research papers and other submissions. ISIC is a bi-annual event focusing on contextualized information activities, expressed in different framings such as ‘information behavior’, ‘information practice’, ‘information seeking’, ‘information experience’ and others. ISIC2022 will take place Sept. 26 – 29. The conference is hosted by the Berlin School of Library and Information Science (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin).

    The conference invites full (5.500 words) and short papers (2.000 words), as well as submissions of posters, panels and workshops. All submissions are due Jan. 31, 2022. There will also be a doctoral workshop, with applications due Feb. 7. View the ISIC2022 Call for submission information.

    Accepted papers will be eligible for publication in the Information Research journal and available as conference proceeding for ISIC2022 attendees. The opening keynote will be given by Dr. Pamela McKenzie, a major figure in everyday life information behavior and information practices research.

    Visit the ISIC2022 conference website for complete details.

  • 13 Oct 2021 19:17 | iSchools News

    The School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University will hold a virtual information session for students interested in their Ph.D. program in Communication, Information, and Media.

    The session will be held Tuesday, October 19 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Those interested in attending the session are asked to fill out an online form in order to receive a Zoom link for the event. Learn more on the Rutgers iSchool website.

  • 5 Oct 2021 19:10 | iSchools News

    INFOcon 2021 is a three-day virtual event showcasing the breadth and depth of information professions in North America. Presented by a collective of North American iSchools and others, this event is for prospective students who want to learn about career paths and research topics in the areas of information, technology, and people. 

    INFOcon 2021 is free of charge, and will take place Tuesday, Oct. 19 through Thursday, October 21, 2021. Respected faculty from across the U.S. and Canada will share their expertise and passion for information sciences in a series of special sessions, each focused on a specific area of study. Registration is required, and space is limited. For more information, including a detailed schedule, visit the INFOcon web page.

    At INFOcon 2021, prospective students will learn more about information sciences careers in the following areas: 

    • Academic Information Management/Librarianship
    • Archives and Cultural Heritage Resources/Services
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Arts, Entertainment, and Education Information 
    • Coordinated/Specialized Information Degrees
    • Data Governance and Privacy
    • Digital Curation
    • Emerging Technology Careers in Libraries
    • Health Informatics
    • Information Retrieval and Analytics
    • Metadata
    • Museum Information 
    • Social Justice Work 
    • Misinformation
    • User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) Design
    • Virtual and Extended Reality
    • Youth Services

    INFOcon is a collective presentation of the North American iSchools and others (see complete list on the event’s webpage), with technical support from the iSchools organization. The annual event launched last year under the banner "Power of Information."

  • 5 Oct 2021 17:07 | iSchools News

    The iSchool at Linnaeus University is bringing together researchers and practitioners for a workshop discussing ways in which digitisation approaches may be set up to change the nature and legacy of cultural collection prior to digital dissemination. Titled Critical perspectives on cultural heritage: Re-visitin digitisationthe virtual event takes place Oct. 26, 2021 via Zoom. 

    Today, the Semantic Web and Linked Open Data are creating new value for the descriptive information in the cultural heritage sector. Libraries, museums, heritage management and archives are seeing new possibilities in sharing by turning their catalogues into open datasets that can be directly accessed, allowing cultural heritage data to be circulated, navigated, analyzed and re-arranged at unprecedented levels. This is supported by research funding bodies, governments and EU policies and numerous political interests, resulting in enormous investment in digitization projects which make cultural heritage information openly available and machine readable. But before deploying this data, one must ask: is this data fit for deployment?

    Libraries, museums, heritage management and archives have long histories. Both the collections they house and the language they use(d) to describe said collections are products of that historical legacy, shaped by, amongst others, institutionalized colonialism, racism and patriarchy. Yet descriptive information is now being digitized and shared as if that legacy is not inherent to the collections. Instead, existing units of information are being distributed through new Web 3.0 technologies, bringing with it an outdated knowledge-base. Besides the risk of progressive techniques being applied to regressive content, we may also sacrifice the development of new knowledge in libraries, museums, heritage management and archives aimed at facilitating socially sustainable futures, remediating exploitative historical legacies. 

    More workshop etails and joining instructions can be found on the Linnaeus iSchool website.

  • 5 Oct 2021 16:48 | iSchools News

    Drexel University’s Metadata Research Center in the College of Computing & Informatics (iSchool) is one of 10 research partners that will be part of a new $15 million National Science Foundation effort to harness the power of data science and artificial intelligence to guide materials science research. 

    The last two decades have seen an acceleration of research into new materials with exceptional capabilities. From graphene, to carbon nanotubes, to Drexel’s own contribution, MXenes, scientists are discovering new ways to create chemically stable materials that perform exceptionally well at functions like storing energy, filtering water and air and transmitting radio waves. But with seemingly endless promise, comes the challenge of narrowing down the true paths toward progress. 

    Called the Institute for Data-Driven Dynamical Research (ID4), this NSF effort will bring together the experimentally validated best approaches and tools to design and study these materials and structures. In addition to Drexel, the institute brings together data scientists, engineers, physicists, chemists and material scientists from Northeastern University; University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Northwestern University; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Central Florida; Harvard University; Princeton University; Washington University in St. Louis; Tufts University; and industry partner Kebotix, Inc. 

    “The volume of data generated ever day by materials science researchers offers unprecedented opportunity for new discoveries and shared approaches, but the data is too massive to tackle alone,” said Jane Greenberg, PhD, Alice B. Kroeger Professor in the College of Computing & Informatics and director of Drexel’s Metadata Research Center (MRC). “The collaborative, multidisciplinary approach that this institute is taking represents a paradigm shift from traditional materials research efforts.”

    Read more on the Drexel iSchool website.     

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