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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.
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.
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.
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
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 (https://sites.umiacs.umd.edu/elm/research/current-projects/dataworld/).
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:
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
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.
The City of Borås, Sweden, will host the upcoming iConference annual banquet, which takes place the evening of Tuesday, March 24 during iConference 2020. The city’s sponsorship honors the conference and its participants, recognizing their capacity of international collaboration and research to Borås. More about the city of Borås below.
iConference 2020 will take place March 23-26, 2020 in Borås. Jointly hosted by the University of Borås and Oslo Metropolitan University (Norway) and presented by the iSchools, this is the 15th event in the annual iConference series. Conference submissions are now in review, and registration for the conference will open in mid-November.
The city of Borås was founded in 1621 and has a long history as a textile and merchant centre. Today it is home to a large number of Sweden’s textile and e-commerce companies. It also hosts a number of start-ups in textile and design, as well as the Swedish School of Textiles, with research and education in design, smart innovations and textile technology.
Borås has long been associated with library and information science. The Swedish School of Library and Information Science was the first of its kind when the government placed the library school in Borås in 1972; in 1977 SSLIS became part of the University of Borås.
Borås has an international contemporary art scene, with three internationally acclaimed art museums and street art and sculptures throughout town. Situated on the banks of the river Viskan and surrounded by woods and lakes, nature is always close at hand. The city proudly emphasizes sustainability, with ecological and social initiatives focused on sustainable city planning.
Image credits in order of appearance: Sofia Carlenberg; Per Pixel Petersson
The ASIS&T 82nd Annual Meeting takes place Oct. 19 to 23 in Melbourne, Australia. This year’s theme is “Information . . . Anyone, Anywhere, Any Time, Any Way.” More on the meeting can be found on the asist.org website.
Keynote speakers include Mikaela Jade and Helena Teede. New this year is a series called International Incubator sessions, which ASIS&T describes as celebrating the diversity of cultural perspectives.
As always, many iSchools representatives will be in attendance. For example, the Rutgers iSchool is sending many members of its community to the meeting, as detailed here, and the iSchool at Illinois will also be well represented.
Members who also want their participation added to this story can submit a summary and link using our news submission form.
Emerald Publishing is supporting interdisciplinary through a research grant of £10,000. The publisher seeks a Social Science project with “demonstrable real-world impact.”
According to Emerald, the grant aims to find an innovative research project that promotes action on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)/global challenges, through collaboration of disciplines, methodology and research. They invite submissions that are interdisciplinary in approach, develop the advancement of theory and have practical relevance to benefit society in support of the SDGs. Grant details can be found here.
“We acknowledge that global problems cannot be solved by the work of a single discipline and require an interdisciplinary approach,” says Emerald.
Emerald Publishing is a long-time supporter of the iSchools and its annual iConference.
In addition to the usual array of groundbreaking research, iConference 2020 will offer two extended sessions expressly for current students and recent Ph.Ds—namely, our Student Symposium and Early Career Colloquium. Participation in both of these programs is by application only, with submissions due end-of-day Tuesday, October 15. Both will take place during iConference 2020, which takes place 23-26 March, 2020, in Borås, Sweden.
Now it its second year, the Student Symposium is an all-day event open to all bachelor’s and master’s students; affiliation with a member iSchool is not required. Program details and application instructions can be found here.
Our long-running Early Career Colloquium is a learning and networking opportunity for early career researchers working in information schools; the half-day event is open to those who earned their Ph.D. in the last five years. Program details and applications instructions can be found here.
iConference 2020 will take place March 23-26, 2020 in Borås, Sweden. Jointly hosted by the University of Borås and Oslo Metropolitan University (Norway) and presented by the iSchools, this is the 15th event in the annual iConference series.
Visit the iConference website for more information, and follow the conference on Facebook and Twitter, #iconf2020. Participant registration will open in mid-November.
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