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The Elsevier publication Information Processing and Management is preparing a special issue that will report on cutting edge interdisciplinary research at the intersection between intelligent technology and healthcare across the lifespan. The editors are seeking interdisciplinary submissions, featuring collaborations from researchers in computer science/engineering, health sciences, social sciences, and interdisciplinary fields such as information science and data science. Visit the special issue’s online call for papers for full details.
Guest editors for this special issue include Daqing He, University of Pittsburgh; Bo Xie, University of Texas at Austin; Rita Orji, Dalhousie University; and Khin Than Win, University of Wollongong. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 31, 2022.
Singapore-based information scholars Steven M. Miller and Thomas H. Davenport have authored an analysis of the future of Artificial Intelligence, based on findings from the MIT Task Force’s Work of the Future Report, and also on 30 smart-machine related case studies the authors conducted as research for their forthcoming book.
Titled Artificial Intelligence and Work: Two perspectives, the article is a critical examination of major findings from the MIT report. The article is published in AI Singapore, which is a product of Singapore’s National Research Foundation. The article is available for viewing here.
The deadline for iConference 2022 research papers is end-of-day Sept. 13, 2021. Accepted full research papers and short research papers will be published in Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science, and also presented at the iConference, which takes place Feb. 28 through March 4. This year’s conference will again be held entirely online.
Meanwhile, the deadline for submissions to the conference’s non-papers tracks is Oct. 4. The conference organizers have announced a several changes to these tracks that will improve overall quality of the conference experience.
Posters: Instead of presenting posters concurrently in a simultaneous forum as has been done in the past, iConference 2022 posters will be presented in the same manner as papers. Which is to say, there will be a series of dedicated poster sessions in which each author present their work, one at a time. In this way, all interested delegates can observe each presentation at the same time.
Interactive Events: For 2022, the iConference is combining all of its interactive events under one umbrella managed by a single set of chairs. Proposals for workshops and all manner of panels, forums, installations and more should all be submitted to the Interactive Events track. The organizers feel this combined approach can help create synergy and maximize the potential of these events.
Doctoral Colloquium, Early Career Colloquium, and Student Symposium: For 2022, these special sessions will be organized by region, so that their chairs can better target the programs to the needs of attendees.
Visit the iConference website for more information and look for the latest updates on Facebook and Twitter #iConf22.
Health Information and Libraries Journal (HILJ) is seeking new material from those who have recently supervised a dissertation or thesis related to health information, and also from students who are completing such a dissertation. The editors are interested in short papers for publication demonstrating the importance of student research for policy and practice.
Past HILJ articles have covered a wide range of topics including the use of Twitter for health information, trends in the use of Fitbits, empowering effective library users in the health sector, ebook management in NHS libraries and collection development for bibliotherapy. To learn more about HILJ, view a sample issue online.
Interested authors can contact Dr. Frances Johnson of the Manchester Metropolitan University iSchool for more information.
The SIG AI Workshop at ASIS&T 2021 aims to support and advance an ASIS&T artificial intelligence (AI) community by connecting AI research and practice in library and information environments. The workshop organizers invite a broad range of participants who are engaged in developing AI applications and solutions, or study their impacts, and/or are interested in learning about the opportunities and challenges in AI research and development. Abstracts of 500 words are invited for the workshop, and the submission deadline has been extended to Sept. 7, 2021.
ASIS&T 2021 will be held Sept. 30 to Oct. 4, 2021. The SIG AI Workshop takes place Oct. 30, 8:00 am to noon, Mountain Time. Visit website for full details and registration information. The workshop is organized by Soo Young Rieh, University of Texas at Austin; Clara M. Chu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Dania Bilal, University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
The 84th annual meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) takes place Oct. 30 - Nov. 4, 2021, and the deadline to register at the discounted early bird rates is Aug. 13. Participants are urged to register now to secure the lowest available rate.
This year’s ASIS&T) Annual Meeting will have a hybrid format, with an online presence and in-person elements taking place in Salt Lake City, UT, USA. Visit the Annual Meeting website for complete details.
Along with the iSchools and ALISE, ASIS&T is a founding partner of the iFederation.
Meghan Harper, PhD, became the new director of Kent State University’s School of Information (iSchool), effective July 1, 2021. Harper acted as interim director for the iSchool over the past academic year, a year of great uncertainty and uncharted waters due to the pandemic. “Dr. Harper provided exemplary leadership and service to the iSchool this past year, made exponentially more complicated and challenging by the pandemic. She is kind, thoughtful and a collaborative colleague who is an effective advocate for the School’s programs, faculty, staff and students,” Amy Reynolds, Ph.D., dean of the College of Communication and Information, said. “Along with her impressive academic record, she brings previous administrative experience and strong institutional knowledge to this important position. I am excited for the future of the iSchool under Dr. Harper’s leadership.”
Prior to joining Kent State, Harper held administrative positions in K-12 public schools. Since joining the faculty in 2001, Harper led the school library media concentration, and was the MLIS graduate coordinator for the School.
Harper holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, master's in library science (with K-12 Library Media Certification), and a Bachelor of Science in elementary education (with K-8 certification), all from Kent State University.
Read more on the Kent State iSchool website.
iConference 2022 is now accepting submissions, with research papers due Sept. 13, 2021, and all other submissions due Oct. 4. Full details can be found on the conference website, and submissions can be made on the ConfTool submission site.
iConference 2022 will take place online Feb. 29 – March 4, 2022. This global event is jointly hosted by University College Dublin (Ireland), and Kyushu University (Japan) and University of Texas at Austin (USA). Presented by the iSchools, this is the 17th annual event in our series.
The iConference is open to all information scholars and researchers, regardless of affiliation. We encourage everyone to download our Submissions Call and share it among your school, information communities, colleagues and friends.
The iConference 2022 theme is Information for a Better World: Shaping the Global Future. As societies build their post-COVID-19 realities, we have an unprecedented opportunity to apply information for a better world. The conference invites scholars to reflect and contribute through their research and engagement in the following tracks:
Visit the iConference 2022 website for more information.
On Sept. 24, 2021, the iFederation will present an online panel examining academic resilience and opportunities for the information community in our post-pandemic world. Titled The Rising Phoenix: Perspectives on Resilience for Education, Research, & Practice, the panel will consist of iSchools Executive Director Michael Seadle, ALISE President-Elect Sandra Hirsh, and ASIS&T President Brian Detlor. The panel will be held in conjunction with ALISE 2021 Annual Conference, and advance signup is required.
The panel presentation is described as follows: As we start to emerge from the global pandemic and as our society grapples with critical economic, social, and environmental crises, we must implement resilient measures to move forward and evolve in our field of information science. Members of our community must consider the pandemic’s impact on research, education, and practice and create a proactive plan that is even more inclusive, reflective, and robust than ever. Members of the iFederation, made up of ALISE, ASIS&T, and the iSchools will address some of the ways their associations are thinking about and addressing resilience. Learn more
Lankes led the iSchool for the past 5 years, doubling the size of the iSchool’s undergraduate program, revising its bachelor’s, MLIS and Ph.D. programs, expanding external research funding and launching a graduate certificate in equity, diversity and inclusion.
To assist the school during this transition, Professor Karen Gavigan has returned from retirement to serve as the school's interim director.
Gavigan served a decade on the iSchool’s faculty before retiring in 2020. Her research interests include the use of graphic novels in schools, and the ways in which school library programs and resources impact student learning. She is a member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ (IFLA) Standing Committee for School Libraries. She has also served as a chair and / or member of numerous committees of the American Library Association (ALS), and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). She is co-author of the book, Connecting Comics to Curriculum: Strategies for Grades 6-12 (Libraries Unlimited), and co-editor of the books, AIDS in the End Zone (Palmetto Press), and Literacy Behind Bars: Successful Reading and Writing Strategies for Use with Incarcerated Youth and Adults (Rowman & Littlefield Pub., Inc.)
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