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The Springer journal Information Systems Frontiers is planning a special issue on Social Robotics Business and Computing. A call for papers has been issued, with a submission deadline of Feb. 1, 2021.
Social robots, also called companion robots (or service robots), are a physical humanoid robot that connects through a network infrastructure to online services that enhance traditional robot functionalities. They offer features such as human facial, voice and emotion recognition, including adding human-like personality to their Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities to achieve better human-machine communication.
The special issue will set the baseline for understanding how Human-Robot Interaction is likely to influence and change our business practices and lifestyle.
Also invited are selected best papers from the mini- tracks “Human-Robot Interactions” and "Social Robots - Robotics and Toy Computing" from the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS).
Click here for more information, including submission instructions and topics of interest.
Digital Methods Platform for Arts and Humanities (DiMPAH) is a project that aims to aggregate, connect and make widely available novel Open Education Resources (OERs) on selected digital methods, apply these to interdisciplinary contexts and foster novel creative learning experiences by taking data from the past into future stories.
The project is a collaboration of six European universities, including iSchools members University of Amsterdam, University of Porto and Linnaeus University, as well as six partner-organizations, including the iSchools organization.
The project is focused on creating, testing and implementing OERs to support current and future professionals from cultural heritage sectors as well as academia in improving competencies, connecting best practices and applying spearheading technologies, to enable collective efforts towards future solutions across Europe.
Visit the DiMPAH website for more information.
This month, Drexel’s College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) is entering the second year of its three-year initiative in collaboration with the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Drexel Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, and the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships to co-develop a community-based learning model for LIS education.
As a key part of the project, CCI is launching a three-course Graduate Certificate in Community-Based Librarianship (CBL) this Fall Quarter. This professional development program provides an in-depth overview of the fundamentals of library and community collaboration, including courses in community-based data analytics and design thinking for digital community service. The CBL certificate culminates in a capstone project that enables students to apply their conceptual knowledge to real-world, community-based information projects in libraries and other information organizations.
The program, offered both online and on campus, is ideal for paraprofessionals and library assistants who are considering enrolling in a Master’s in Library and Information Science (LIS) program.
View the Drexel CCI news story to learn more about this project.
The School of Information Studies (SOIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) has announced the appointment of Dietmar Wolfram, Ph.D., as Senior Associate Dean of the School as of August 1, 2020.
Dr. Wolfram has been a significant presence and strong leader within SOIS for many years, serving in the past as both Interim Dean and Acting Associate Dean of the School. In these positions he was instrumental in increasing international academic collaborations, strengthening relationships with the community and industry, and increasing student scholarship funding. He has played a leading role in program planning for the Bachelor of Science in Information Science & Technology and the PhD Program in Information Studies.
Dr. Wolfram has held leadership roles in key library and information science organizations, specifically, the Association for Library & Information Science Education (ALISE) as President, and Director-at-Large for the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). He is an accomplished scholar and researcher whose expertise includes applied informetrics, information retrieval, scholarly communication, and education for the information professions. Dr. Wolfram is a past recipient of the ASIS&T Clarivate Analytics Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award. He is an exceptional teacher and mentor and has made instruction and curriculum development a high priority throughout his career.
In his new role, Dr. Wolfram will be responsible for planning, developing, and administering all aspects of the School’s educational programs, and for providing vision in setting priorities and leadership in maintaining academic standards and in strengthening faculty scholarship and research.
“I am honored to have been selected to serve the UW-Milwaukee iSchool in this important role,” Wolfram said. “I look forward to working with the iSchool community to continue building on our strengths in our innovative undergraduate and graduate programs, our community engagement, and our scholarly and professional contributions to the knowledge base of the field.”
Read more on the UW-Milwaukee iSchool website
iConference 2021 will have a “hybrid” participation format, which means there will be a virtual program and also an in-person program. Participants will register for one, the other or both, as they prefer. Rates will be announced in November, and the virtual rate will be lower than the in-person rate because virtual rates do not have to cover food and venue costs.
The iConference in-person program will take place March 28-31 in Beijing and is hosted by Renmin University. The virtual program will take place online in the two weeks leading up to the conference. A detailed schedule will be published in January.
Authors of Full Papers, Short Papers, Chinese Papers and Posters will express their preference for virtual or in-person presentation when they make their submissions. This information will be used to plan the two programs and is non-binding. Accepted authors will be given the opportunity to change their preference later, after registration has opened. A final cut-off date for changing preferences will be announced in the future.
Similarly, we will offer separate virtual and in-person meetings for our Doctoral Colloquium, Early Career Colloquium and Student Symposium. Applicants will be asked to express their preferred meeting format (live or virtual) when they submit their application. Again, this selection is non-binding at this time and can be changed later.
Our popular Workshops and Sessions for Interaction and Engagement are in-person events that will take place in Beijing. However, to augment our virtual program, the organizers are also seeking proposals for Virtual Interactive Sessions. These sessions are expected to range from basic Zoom group sessions to more sophisticated methods of remote collaboration. We expect this new track to help shape the future of virtual conferences, and encourage everyone to think broadly in crafting their proposals. Prospective applicants can contact the track chairs if they wish to discuss ideas; visit the Virtual Interactive Sessions webpage for contact information.
The iConference is currently accepting submissions for all tracks on our secure ConfTool submissions website.
For authors and applicants, the hybrid format of iConference 2021 helps ensure that all accepted submitters can participate in some meaningful way, regardless of future travel or budget restrictions. The iSchools organization believes this hybrid format represents the future of the iConference. Even after global health and travel have returned to “normal,” this format will provide the capacity for broader participation and collaboration among our global membership in the future.
As with everything these days, all iConference planning is subject to future circumstances. As planning evolves, we will keep everyone informed. We thank everyone for their patience and understanding, and look forward to meeting with you either in-person or virtually in March of 2021.
The School of Information (iSchool) at Kent State University announces Dr. Meghan Harper, Ph.D., has been named Interim Director as of July 1.
Harper previously served as the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program coordinator as well as the school library media concentration coordinator. “Because I have had the pleasure of working directly with Dr. Harper on several initiatives over the years, I have seen her terrific leadership skills in action," said Amy Reynolds, dean of the College of Communication and Information. "What I appreciate most about Dr. Harper’s leadership approach is her commitment to the ethic of care. She builds strong relationships with and between students, faculty, staff and our programs, and we are all better as a result.”
For her part, Harper sees the Kent State playing a leadership role in the intersection of information, communication and technology fields. "I believe the programs of study we offer in our School of Information prepare students for unlimited career possibilities," Harper said. "Information and communication are essential aspects of most professions and students have almost limitless opportunities to use the skills and knowledge they have gained in this professional preparation program to immediately begin contributing in an information environment which is not discipline specific."
Read full announcement.
In other Kent State iSchool news, Dr. Kendra Albright, Ph.D. has been appointed, to the Goodyear Endowed Professor in Knowledge Management. This professorship is endowed by generous support from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
As the Goodyear Chair, Dr. Albright will combine the strengths of our nationally ranked School of Information with a vision for the development of new leaders in the knowledge management (KM) profession. Our commitment to the KM program complements the iSchool’s current strengths in library and information science, health informatics, information interaction, knowledge organization systems and usability design. This will build bridges between the academy and professional practice in industry, government, and other institutions.
Dr. Albright has taught a range of graduate and undergraduate level courses in knowledge management, including Business Intelligence, Environmental Scanning and Information Economics at four institutions in three countries (the University of South Carolina, the University of Tennessee, the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom and the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs in Tbilisi, Georgia).
Read full announcment.
The ACM Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR) seeks submissions for its upcoming conference, which will be held in Canberra Australia, and online as necessary, from March 15-19 2021. That is a little less than two weeks prior to iConference 2021, which takes place March 28-31 in Beijing, China.
CHIIR is a multi-disciplinary research meeting. In addition to studies of interactive systems, information interaction, and retrieval, the conference encourages submissions on related topics such as human-human information interaction, novel interaction paradigms, new evaluation methods, and related research in a range of communities such as sociology, ethnography, psychology, and human-computer interaction.
Papers, workshops and tutorial submissions are due Oct. 6, with other deadlines thereafter. Visit website for more information.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville has named Diane Kelly its new vice provost for faculty affairs, effective August 1.
Since 2016, Kelly has served as a professor and director of Tennessee’s School of Information Sciences, an iSchools member at the iCaucus level. During that time, she has led the school to significant achievements, including a 110 percent enrollment increase in the Master of Science in information sciences and the creation of a new bachelor’s degree in information sciences.
Kelly is currently chair-elect of the iSchools organization and will begin her term as iSchools chair in 2022.
According to the Tennessee announcement, as vice provost Kelly will take a leading role in operationalizing the university’s commitment to recruiting, supporting, and retaining diverse faculty, and she will work closely with the Commission for Women, the Commission for Blacks, the Commission for LGBT People, and the Council for Diversity and Interculturalism.
Visit the Tennessee website to read the full announcement.
The School of Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill has announced the following funding grants:
Assistant Professor Maggie Melo has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study how the physical and affective characteristics of makerspaces encourage or inhibit participation by students from marginalized communities.
The NSF CAREER award will provide more than $715,000 in funding over five years to support the project, titled “Equity in the Making: Investigating Spatial Arrangements of Makerspaces and Their Impact on Diverse User Populations.” Learn more
Assistant Professor Sayamindu Dasgupta, has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a two-year project aimed at fostering data literacies in middle-school and high-school-aged children.
The $175,000 grant is part of the NSF’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative (CRII). Learn more
Associate Professor Mohammad Hossein Jarrahi has been awarded funding from the NC Policy Collaboratory for a project that will document the impact of COVID-19 on gig workers and their ability to work independently.
The project aims to examine how the skills used for location-based gig work can translate into the skills needed for online digital work and to develop educational materials that can help workers make the transition. The project’s findings will also help identify the necessary design features for digital platforms that could help facilitate the process. Learn more
Visit the UNC iSchool news department for additional news on faculty projects and social issues.
The ARMA International Educational Foundation is preparing Volume 2 of its Peer Reviewed Journal devoted to independent research on topics related to information and records management. The Foundation now seeks cited research articles related to the theme information management and records in the age of crisis management for inclusion in the Journal.
The Foundation welcomes articles from information management professionals and practitioners, students, professors, and researchers. The deadline for abstract submission is Aug. 15. See the Journal press release for complete submission details.
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