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  • 16 Jul 2021 20:32 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    Abebe Rorissa became the new Director of the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on July 1, 2021. 

    Before assuming his current position, Rorissa was Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity, University at Albany. He also worked in Ethiopia, Lesotho, and Namibia as a lecturer and practitioner. He has published in leading journals such as JASIS&T, Information Processing & Management, and Government Information Quarterly. He was a member of the ASIS&T Board, its Executive Committee, & a recipient of the ASIS&T Watson Davis Award for Service and SIG Member of the Year Awards. As of November 2, 2021, he will be the President-Elect of ASIS&T.

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  • 13 Jul 2021 21:20 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The Rutgers School of Communication and Information is pleased to make the following announcements.

    The Scholars Kiran Garimella and Shagun Jhaver will join the Library and Information Science Department as assistant professors in fall 2021. Read full story.

    The newly published book “Research Methods in Library and Information Science -7th Edition,” by Professor Marie L. Radford, chair of the Library Science and Information Department at SC&I, is designed for LIS master’s and doctoral students, new faculty, and professional librarians. The book has been revised to include timely scholarly areas, issues, and methods. Read full story

    Jill E. Baron (Rutgers iSchool MLIS’12) serves as the Librarian for Romance Languages and Latin American, Latinx, and Caribbean Studies at Dartmouth College. She also co-directed “Change the Subject” (2019), a 54-minute documentary film about a group of Dartmouth students who challenged anti-immigrant language in the Library of Congress subject headings. In an online Q&A, she shares her career path and advice for current students. Read full story.


  • 29 Jun 2021 22:39 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The organizers of iConference 2022 have formally issued the conference’s Call for Participation. All information scholars and researchers are encouraged to share the CFP throughout the information community. iConference 2022 The conference will begin accepting Research Papers and other submissions in July 2021.

    iConference 2022 will take place online, Feb. 28—Mar. 4, 2021. The conference is hosted by the iSchools at University of Texas at Austin, University College Dublin, and Kyushu University. The conference theme is Information for a Better World: Shaping the Global Future.

    The organizers seek Full Research Papers, Short Research Papers, and Posters for online presentation during the conference. The organizers also invite proposals for an array of creative and interactive sessions, including Workshops and all manner of Sessions for Interaction and Engagement. 

    The iConference will also continue its tradition of preparing and mentoring future thought leaders. Currently enrolled Ph.D. Students may apply for the Doctoral Colloquium, while the Early Career Colloquium provide guidance for early career researchers, post-doc fellows and assistant professors. Master’s and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to the Student Symposium.

    The conference submission portal is scheduled to open in early July. New developments will be posted to the iConference 2022 home page. Also follow the iConference on Facebook and Twitter: @iConf | #iconf22

  • 29 Jun 2021 21:14 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The newest member of the iSchools organization is the Chung-Ang University Department of Library and Information Science in Seoul, Korea. The school’s membership application was approved by the iSchools Board of Directors last week. 

    Originally called the Department of Library Science, the school was founded in 1963 as an undergraduate program for library studies, one of the earliest such departments in Korea. The master’s program opened in 1970, and the school’s doctoral program was launched in 1983. In 1989 the school adopted the name Department of Library and Information Science as a response to evolving demands for innovation in the information society. To date, the school boasts roughly 2,000 graduates that now play leading role in various fields, ranging from public institutions to major companies.

    The Chung-Ang University iSchool is chaired by Prof. Dr. Seonghee Kim, and currently has 52 students in its doctoral program, as well as 31 master’s students and 190 undergraduates. The school has joined the iSchools global membership at the Basic membership level.

  • 13 May 2021 20:19 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    Amy Dodson has been named the 2020 recipient of the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award, for supporting the value and necessity of equity, diversity, and inclusion as a part of her library’s mission and service. The award is given annually by the faculty of the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and cosponsored by the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), a nonprofit legal and educational organization affiliated with the American Library Association (ALA).

    Dodson, director of the Douglas County Public Library (Nevada), faced enormous public criticism last year for posting a diversity statement on the library’s Facebook page that included the line, “We support #Black Lives Matter.” The Douglas County sheriff equated this statement with the Black Lives Matter movement and perceived it as support for violence against law enforcement. He posted a letter on the sheriff office’s Facebook page stating this and adding that library staff should no longer call 911 for help with disturbances.

    The sheriff’s letter led to national media coverage and protests in Douglas County, and Dodson was told to take down the diversity statement by county officials. Some of her most strident critics were members of the library’s board of trustees, which voted to investigate Dodson’s actions using $30,000 of the library’s budget to pay for a third-party investigation. The law firm conducting the investigation found that the library, Dodson, and her staff had not violated any laws or policies in introducing the diversity statement.

    According to the letter of nomination, “Throughout the investigation, Dodson steadfastly supported the need for diversity initiatives while working to assure the safety and comfort of her staff.”

    The Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award acknowledges individuals or groups who have furthered the cause of intellectual freedom, particularly as it affects libraries and information centers and the dissemination of ideas. Each year, the recipient is recognized at the ALA Annual Conference. The award was established in 1969 by the Illinois iSchool’s faculty to honor Robert Downs, a champion of intellectual freedom, on his twenty-fifth anniversary as director of the School.

    Read this story on the Illinois iSchool website.

  • 30 Apr 2021 17:07 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The iSchools have chosen Sanda Erdelez of the Simmons University School of Library and Information Science to be the organization’s new chair elect. Erdelez is SLIS director and professor at the Boston USA-based iSchools member. As chair elect, she will prepare to assume the organization’s leadership in early 2022, taking over from current chair Gobinda Chowdhury.

    “I am honored and humbled by your support as I take on this new role,” said Erdelez in a message to her iSchools colleagues. “I look forward to working with all of you on advancing the information field!”

    Erdelez previously served on the iSchools Board of Directors. She replaces former chair-elect Diane Kelly, who resigned her position in order to take on a new and expanded leadership role at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 

    "During our election, Sanda received broad support our membership," said Executive Director Michael Seadle."My staff and I look forward to working with her."

  • 29 Apr 2021 16:58 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    Two information schools from Korea and Thailand have joined the iSchools, taking their place among more than 120 institutions in the international organization’s membership.

    New basic-level member Ewha Womans University Department of Library and Information Science is located in Seoul, Korea. Headed by Professor Sang-Yong Lee, the school currently has 24 students in its doctoral program, as well as nearly 200 master’s and undergraduate students. 

    Says the school: “iSchools membership [provides] an opportunity to expand our curriculum with greater emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches, which will help our students better address dynamic and complicated issues around information and technology.” 

    Also joining the organization is the Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University (STOU) School of Liberal Arts. Located in Nonthaburi, Thailand, the school is headed by Assistant Professor Vasan Rattanapoka. STOU joins at the Associate level.

  • 27 Apr 2021 18:34 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    German multinational science company Merck KGaA has launched what it call a Patient Experience Data Challenge to find solutions for effectively utilizing patient experience data mined from social media throughout drug research and development, and lifecycle management in multiple sclerosis and other auto-immune conditions. The application deadline is end-of-day April 30, 2021 (23:59 CET).

    Applicants will submit a solution-description including details on the approach, software / Web API / IT system that allows definition or design of questions, collection of data across multiple social media sites, visualization of results, automatic or active update of results over time for integration into the drug development process, include programming language, and tools. 

    Ten finalists will be chosen, and the top two will receive contract of EUR 15,000 and EUR 10,000, respectively. Learn more

  • 9 Apr 2021 17:47 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    The following upcoming events are of interest to the information community and are provied as a courtesy to our readers. We urge readers to check the iSchools Events Calendar for more future happenings.

    The iSchool at the University of Texas at Austin has launched a special colloquium series. It will include international subject experts in a range of disciplines, including the libraries and archives sector, a digital investigation collective and from the cybersecurity sector to consider born-digital evidence from a Historical Scholarship and Humanities perspective. Advance registration required to take part/

    Upcoming presentations in this series include an April 19 presentation by Euan Cochrane, Digital Preservation Manager for Yale University Libraries, and David Bliss, Systems and Digital Archivist at UT Libraries. Register here 

    An April 23 presentation will feature, Matthias Vallentin, founder and CEO at Tenzir. Vlletin’s Ph.D. work at UC Berkeley about network forensics laid the foundation for the software that Tenzir now develops an open security analytics platform to empower defenders. Register here

    The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has announced that Calls for Proposals have been issued for online events scheduled to take place concurrently in November 2021, including: the Digital Library Federation’s (DLF) Forum; the Learn@DLF workshop series; and the National Digital Stewardship Alliance's Digital Preservation 2021: Embracing Digitality. Submissions deadlines are May 17, 2021. More details can be found using the links above.

    Cambridge University’s Journal of Information Literacy (JIL) is recruiting peer reviewers for research articles. This diamond/platinum open-access journal is dedicated to publishing research across many areas of information literacy, including higher education, schools, health care, employment and government. It publishes the work of academics and practitioners and, as such, relies on experts across many sectors to provide peer reviews. Learn more

    Visit the iSchools Events Calendar for more on these and other upcoming events.

  • 1 Apr 2021 17:06 | iSchools News (Administrator)

    iConference 2021 took place March 17-31, 2021. The annual gathering of information scholars and researchers was presented by the iSchools and hosted by Renmin University of China. It was the 16th event in the iConference series. A total of 520 participants took part, placing the conference among the better-attended events in the series; the relatively high attendance figure was particularly noteworthy given the all-virtual format.

    iConference 2021 included 104 research paper presentations in the categories of Full Research Papers, Short Research Papers and Chinese Research Paper. Research was also the focus of 48 poster presentations. There were also 15 Workshops and similar interactive sessions, and 6 special Archival Education presentations. As always, the conference provided a foundation for future thought leaders with its Doctoral Colloquium, Student Symposium, and Early Career Colloquium.

    Visit the iConference 2021 Archive page for complete details, including links to the proceedings, details on our keynote speakers, and other conference artifacts.

    A follow-up survey will be issued shortly, and urge all conference participants to watch for the invitation and take part in the survey. The iSchools organization has learned much about virtual conferencing over the past two years, and participant feedback is vital for making even more improvements next year. 

    iConference 2022 will take place in March 2022. A Call for Participation will be issued in the coming weeks. The iConference 2022 co-hosts are the University of Texas at Austin (USA), University College Dublin (Ireland), and Kyushu University (Japan). 


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