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iConference 2019 drew nearly 600 participants to the Washington DC area, making it the best-attended conference in our 14-year-old series. iConference 2019 was hosted by the University of Maryland iSchool, and took place March 31 – April 30. We urge participants to watch their inbox for our follow-up survey invitation.
For those seeking information on this recently concluded conference, our iConference 2019 Summary provides exhaustive conference details, including links to past proceedings, organizer names, program information, award winners, and myriad conference artifacts. Click here for details.
Our next event is iConference 2020, which takes place March 23 – 26, 2020 in Borås, Sweden. Co-hosted by the iSchools at the University of Borås and Oslo Metropolitan University, the conference theme is Sustainable Digital Communities. Watch for our CFP to be released in the coming weeks.
The iSchools are also very pleased to announce that the iConference will return to China the following year, where iConference 2021 will be hosted by the iSchool at Renmin University of China, located in Beijing. It will be the second iConference to be hosted in Asia.
The board of directors of the Association for Library and Information Science Education have announced the results of their 2019 election. Sandra Hirsh of San Jose State University has been named chair-elect, and the director of member servies is Denice Adkins, University of Missouri.
Get more details on the ALISE website.
IOS Press’s Education for Information: Interdisciplinary Journal of Information Studies has issued a Call for Papers for an upcoming special issue on Emerging interdisciplinary curricula in the information sciences. Researchers, teachers and professionals are invited to submit original research, review articles, or position papers on new interdisciplinary curricula, especially data-related, in (Library and)Information Science education. Submissions are due July 15, 2019.
The special issue is being co-edited by Koraljka Golub (Linnaeus University, Sweden), Angela P. Murillo (Indiana University-Indianapolis, USA), and Maria Simi(University of Pisa, Italy); questions can be directed to these individuals.
Click here to read the full CFP.
Dr. Jonathan Lazar, professor at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies, has received a Google Faculty Research Award for the next academic year. Dr. Lazar’s Google faculty research award focuses on the development of new metrics for use in automated accessibility testing tools, for more accurately measuring web accessibility in large organizations. Dr. Lazar is the Associate Director of the Trace Research and Development Center at the Unviersity of Maryland, the nation’s oldest center on disability and technology.
The Google Faculty Research Awards provide funding for a graduate student to work on one cutting-edge research project for an entire year. The awards include a broad set of computer science research areas, including Algorithms and Optimization, Human-Computer Interaction, Information Retrieval and Real-Time Content, Machine Learning and Data Mining, Augmented and Virtual Reality, and much more.
Read more on the UMD website.
Records Management Journal (RMJ) invites submissions for a themed issue focused on the opportunities and challenges of so-called disruptive technologies for archives and records management and records professionals. Extended abstracts are due May 1, 2019.
The RMJ consulting editor is Professor Julie McLeod of the Northumbria University iSchool; the guest editor is Richard Marciano of the University of Maryland iSchool.
More information, including theme details and submission instructions, can be found here on the University of Maryland iSchool website.
TPDL 2019 is the 23rd International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries. Chaired by Trond Aalberg of Oslo Metropolitan University and Adam Jatowt of Kyoto University, TPDL 2019 attempts to facilitate establishing connections and convergences between diverse research communities such as Digital Humanities, Information Sciences and others that could benefit from (and contribute to) ecosystems offered by digital libraries and repositories. The conference takes September 9-12, 2019 in Oslo, Norway.
Under the general theme “Connecting with Communities”, TPDL 2019 invites submissions for scientific and research work in the following categories: Full Papers, Short Papers, Posters and Demonstrations, Workshops and Tutorials, Panels and Doctoral Consortium.
Click here to visit the conference website for more information.
Wei Gao (MSIS ’01), alumna of the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) and Vice President, Technical Advisor to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, has been named one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology by the National Diversity Council. The list features executive female leaders in the technology industry who drive change, innovate, and inspire others to succeed while contributing to business growth. The 2019 honorees were recognized at the 15th Annual Diversity and Leadership Conference on April 11 in Dallas.
Gao was promoted to her VP Technical Advisor role in November 2018. Executives in the position are often referred to as Bezos’ “shadow” because they accompany him to all meetings, according to a report from CNBC.
Click here for more on this story and other news from the UNC iSchool.
UMD iSchool MLIS alumnus Holly McIntyre has been named archivist of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, one of 11 NASA centers. NASA Goddard was established 60 years ago, and McIntyre is its first archivist, meaning she starts out with a considerable backlog of materials to be collected, organized and securely stored.
Although NASA keeps permanent materials in the National Archives (NARA), according to McIntyre this only applies to the 1 to 3 percent of records created by government agencies that are considered permanent. “The rest is considered temporary and will be disposed of (after a certain amount of time),” says McIntyre. It’s McIntyre’s job to separate Goddards’s created records into three categories: these permanent records, temporary, and non-record. Temporary material includes working records that allow someone to do their job. These might be copies of permanent series, or different versions that aren’t necessarily the final version. Non-record material is anything that is ephemeral: posters given out to employees, stickers, pins, personal photographs, etc. The Goddard Archives’ holdings are compiled of historically significant temporary and non-record material.
Who uses the Goddard Archives? “The first group would be people working here – like scientists and engineers who may want to see their own history so that they can build on the legacy that came before them,” says McIntrye. “The second group are members of the Goddard center who want to see culturally important or historically significant records. And finally, space historians, researchers, and students.”
McIntyre worked at NARA while she was an MLS student. Soon after graduating, she started working with special media in the Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Unit. Because she was working with “special media,” she was able to do all parts of the archival process: appraisal, accessioning, processing, etc. NASA was one of the agencies she did appraisal and accessioning for.
Creating an archive from the ground up is a constant learning experience. When she was first starting out, McIntyre contacted other centers with archives to see what they were doing and what their records look like compared to her records. She needed “to start learning what a science archives looks like, not to be confused with data centers that take raw data that come down from space.”
Click here to read the full story on the UMD iSchool website.
The School of Communication and Information (SC&I) at Rutgers University is excited to announce the launch of the new journal, Information and Learning Sciences, co-edited by LIS faculty Rebecca B. Reynolds along with Dr. Samuel K. W. Chu of the University of Hong Kong, and published by Emerald, UK.
Upcoming Special Issues include: Call for papers – Learning in Low-tech, Information-rich Environments; Call for papers – Foregrounding Play: Games and Playful Engagement in the Study and Design of Formal and Informal Learning Environments.
More at https://www.emeraldinsight.com/loi/ils
The iSchools, an organization of 100 information schools worldwide, has issued the following statement:
“The iSchools condemn the shootings in New Zealand and all such acts of hate and violence in the world. Together with our colleagues in New Zealand and with colleagues in the Muslim community in all of our countries, we mourn those who died. We offer our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of those killed or injured in the attack and to the people of Christchurch at this time.”
The worldwide iSchools membership includes universities in Muslim-majority countries. The iSchools organization supports academic freedom everywhere as essential to scientific inquiry and the advancement of knowledge.
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