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iSchools Video Contest Results: Winners hail from Spain, the U.S., and China


The iSchools Organization is pleased to announce the winners of its inaugural video contest. First place honors, including a $5,000 prize, went to Unleash the Power, a video submitted by the Department of Library and Information Sciences at Spain’s Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and coordinated by faculty member Francisco Javier Calzada-Prado. Additional honorees hailed from Asia and North America.

“We feel deeply honored to receive this award, and humbled that our work may contribute to raise the visibility of iSchools and the information profession,” said Calzada-Prado.

The iSchools Video Contest charged entrants with creating a short promotional video positioning the information field and information schools as exciting, new programs that educate undergraduate and/or graduate students to solve the information problems of the 21st century. The competition ran from September, 2015 through the end of January, 2016, and offered prizes of $5,000 USD for first place, $2,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place. In addition, the top five honorees are eligible for a $1,000 travel grant to accept their award in person at iConference 2016, which takes place March 20-23 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Over a dozen entries were received from across the globe – participants included students, faculty, staff, and alumni from nine different iSchools in six countries. After careful review from a panel of iSchool leaders, the following have been awarded:

First Place:
Unleash the Power
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid – Department of Library and Information Sciences
(Javier Calzada-Prado; Ana Reyes Pacios-Lozano; Mª Jesús Martínez-Pestaña; Teresa Malo de Molina; Carlos Javier Corral Campos; Sabela de Dios Paz; Andreu Fullana Arias; Harvey Holtom)

Second Place:
iSchool: School for This Century
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill – School of Information and Library Science
(Kevin McCraney)

Third Place:
What is an iSchool?
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill – School of Information and Library Science
(Nico Carver)

Fourth Place:
My iSchool
University of California, Irvine – Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences
(Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences Communications Office)

Fifth Place:
Viewing the World Amid Remote Mountains
Wuhan University – School of Information Management
(Panlei Zhang)

More about the iSchools Video Contest honorees can be found here.

“With a winner from Europe and additional honorees from the United States and Asia, the demographics of our contest truly reflect the international nature of the iSchools organization and the caliber of work being done at information schools worldwide,” said iSchools Executive Director David Fenske.

The iSchools Video Contest winners will be recognized at iConference 2016, which takes place March 20-23, 2016, in Philadelphia. Their videos will be debuted to attendees, and links will be posted on the iSchools website at that time. The iConference is an international gathering of scholars and researchers concerned with critical information issues in contemporary society. The iConference is presented by the iSchools organization, and hosted each year by a different member school. The 2016 host is the Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics; this year’s conference theme is Partnership with Society, and registration is now open.

The iSchools Organization is a worldwide association of information schools dedicated to advancing research and studies in the information field. These schools, colleges, and departments have been newly created or are evolving from programs formerly focused on specific tracks such as information technology, library science, informatics, information science, and more.