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International Conference on Knowledge Management to focus on actionable end-goals of iSchools and Knowledge Management


This year’s International Conference on Knowledge Management (ICKM) will highlight the potential collaborations among iSchools and schools of Knowledge Management. More specifically, it will focus on the need of both to make themselves more visible and useful through an emphasis on relevant action. Although mining, collection, storage, etc. are essential functions of the professionals associated with these schools, there is a larger end goal to which these efforts are focused. They enable decision-making, spark change, help society understand the implications of technological change, and lead efforts toward increased social justice.

The conference will be highlighted by an address from keynote speaker Gary Marchionini. Marchionini is Dean and Cary C. Boshamer Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; he was also recently elected to the iSchools Board of Directors. His keynote, “iSchools as Crucible: Melding public good, technical efficiency, and knowledge,” will mark an important time to reflect on iSchools and schools of Knowledge Management as places where students do not merely create things, but they consider the deeper issues that foster trust in these things.

iSchools are invited to submit proposals for research papers, experience reports, works-in-progress posters—in addition to several other options—to join this conversation about the ways in which actions associated with information and knowledge can go further to contribute to this “public good.” Submissions are open for this conference until July 15.

To submit a proposal, visit the ICKM website and click on “Submit Now.” Accepted papers will be considered for publication in special issues of several journals.

This is the 14th conference in the ICKM series. This year’s conference will be held prior to ASIS&T in Vancouver, November 9-10. Discounted rates are available for those wishing to attend both conferences. See the ICKM website for further details.