iSchools 2019 Dissertation Award results announced: Dr. Maia Jacobs is winner, Dr. Jennifer King runner-up

 

The iSchools are pleased to announce that Dr. Maia Jacobs of the Georgia Tech iSchool has been named winner of the 2019 iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award. The runner up is Dr. Jennifer King of the UC Berkeley iSchool. The iSchools organization congratulates both honorees on their achievement. The pair will be recognized at the upcoming iConference 2019 in Washington DC.

The iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizes the best iSchool dissertations of the preceding year. Nominations are solicited from all members of the iSchools organization, now approaching 100 institutions worldwide, and judged by an award committee drawn from leading international schools. The winner receives a cash prize of $2,500 US, the runner up $1,000. This year’s committee was chaired by Prof. Tawanna Dillahunt of the University of Michigan (USA) and Prof. Voker Wulf of the University of Siegen (Germany).

Dr. Maia Jacobs

Above: Dr. Maia Jacobs, winner of the iSchools 2019 Doctoral Dissertation Award

Dr. Jacobs’ winning dissertation is titled Personalized Mobile Tools to Support the Cancer Trajectory. The Award Committee felt it was timely and important, and lauded its impact in how patients manage their health. “Dr. Jacobs’ thesis Personalized Mobile Tools to Support the Cancer Trajectory contributes MyPath, an adaptive system that provides personalized support to patients throughout their cancer journey, including diagnosis, treatment, and post-treatment survivorship. Her research provides insight into the usability of recommender systems within a health context and finds promise in recommendations that stimulate coping behaviors. Dr. Jacobs’ dissertation stands out because of its strong contributions to health informatics, HCI, and innovative methods that can be used across these fields. The thesis was well-written, the research questions well designed, and Dr. Jacobs did an outstanding job of putting her research questions into context making it the clear winner for this year’s competition.”

J. King

Above: Jennifer King, runner up, 2019 Doctoral Dissertation Award

The Committee had this to say about the work of runner-up Dr. King: “In the thesis Privacy, Disclosure, and Social Exchange Theory, the author uses Social Exchange Theory (SET) to explore reasons why individuals decide to disclose personal information to companies. The object of exchange implied by this approach draws on rather strong background assumptions like an objective givenness or unity of information as an object of study. Granted that individuals entertain relationships to companies it may indeed be worthwhile to analyze the impact of such relationships on the disclosure of private information in return for gratifications expected. The assumption about the applicability of SET to privacy issues is tested by empirical methods, i.e. qualitative interviews and three online surveys. The author provides clear descriptions of the methods and reasons for using each approach and also delivers a satisfying discussion of the theory.“

Dr. Jacobs and Dr. King will be recognized during a presentation at iConference 2019, which takes place March 31 – April 3 in Washington DC. iConference 2019 is expected to draw more than 500 information scholars and researchers from around the world, and registration is open now, with discounted early rates available through Jan. 21.

The iSchools will begin accepting nominations for next year’s Doctoral Dissertation Award in July. All member schools are invited to submit a nomination. The iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award was established in 2013 to honor outstanding work in the information field. Details on previous honorees can be found here.

 

Announcing Release of iConference 2019 Program Schedule

 

The iConference 2019 program schedule is now available for viewing. Presented in a searchable, interactive format, presenters can quickly find their session by putting their last name or title fragment into the search field.

iConference 2019 will take place March 31 – April 3 in Washington DC. Conference registration is now open, with discounted early rates available through January 18. A limited supply of specially priced rooms are available at the conference hotel; lodging details can be found on our venue page, along with additional information about travel, visas, and letters of invitation.

A quick look at this year’s program schedule reveals more than 75 peer reviewed papers, 13 Workshop, 14 interactive sessions, and much more. Keynote speakers include Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, Kentaro Toyama of Microsoft Research India, and Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive. Visit the conference website for additional details.

About the iConference
iConference 2019 will take place March 31 – April 3, 2019, in Washington DC under the banner theme “Inform | Include | Inspire.” The event is presented by the iSchool at the University of Maryland, College Park in collaboration with the Syracuse University iSchool and the iSchool at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Sponsors include the Computing Research Association, Emerald Publishing, Elsevier, MDPI and ALISE.

An annual presentation of the iSchools organization since 2005, the iConference brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to examine critical information issues in contemporary society. The iConference is open to any and all information scholars and researchers, regardless of institutional affiliation. An openness to new ideas and research fields in information science is a primary characteristics of the event. Attendance has grown every year; participants appreciate the inspiring sense of community, high quality research presentations, and myriad opportunities for engagement and networking.

 

UMD iSchool offers special participatory events immediately following iConference 2019

 

iConference 2019 host University of Maryland is holding a series of workshops and related events immediately following the conference. iConference 2019 attendees may want to extend their stay in Washington DC to take advantage of these thought-provoking opportunities.

More information and sign up instruction on these post-conference events can be found below. Please note that the sign-up process for these events is separate from iConference registration; these post-conference events do not appear in iConference 2019 registration sign-up.

Developing a Computational Framework for Library and Archival Education
April 3 – 4, 2019

UMD researchers and partners will hold an IMLS-funded workshop to create the building blocks of a Master’s level educational curriculum to educate the next generation of librarians and archivists in the computational treatments of collections. The 2-day workshop will be held on Wednesday afternoon on campus and Thursday in Washington D.C. at the National Museum of Natural History on the Mall. Project outputs will include a framework for creating curricula and lesson plans, open access tools for institutions to deliver this type of educational program, and a community development plan to seed future collaboration in this area.

UMD seeks the participation of interested iSchool educators and researchers and a short statement of interest as the Workshop has limited seating and is by invitation. UMD will reach back out to prospective participants after they have submitted this application form. Registration is free.

Human-Computer Interaction Lab 36th Annual Symposium
April 4th, 2019

The Human-Computer Interaction Lab at UMD has a long, rich history of transforming the experience people have with new technologies. The HCIL Symposium will be held on Thursday April 4th, immediately following iConference. It will feature workshops, demos, tutorials and more. Click here for details on the HCIL website.

Disability Summit 2019
April 5, 2019

The 3rd Biennial University of Maryland Disability Summit will take place on Friday, April 5th, 2019. All panels and presentations will take place in McKeldin Library on the University of Maryland, College Park campus. Registration is free. Click here for more information

We encourage iConference 2019 attendees to look into these offerings before finalizing their iConference travel and lodging plans; you might want to extend your stay!

About the iConference
iConference 2019 will take place March 31 – April 3, 2019, in Washington DC under the banner theme “Inform | Include | Inspire.” The event is presented by the iSchool at the University of Maryland, College Park in collaboration with Syracuse University iSchool and the iSchool at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Sponsors include the Computing Research Association, Emerald Publishing, Elsevier and MDPI. The iConference is open to any and all information scholars and researchers, regardless of institutional affiliation.

An annual presentation of the iSchools organization since 2005, the iConference brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to examine critical information issues in contemporary society. An openness to new ideas and research fields in information science is a primary characteristics of the event. Attendance has grown every year; participants appreciate the inspiring sense of community, high quality research presentations, and myriad opportunities for engagement and networking. Click here for details on all of our past conferences, including full proceedings and conference summaries.

 

iConference 2019 Registration Opens

 

iConference 2019 registration has officially opened, and participants can now begin making arrangements to attend our annual gathering of information scholars and professionals. iConference 2019 takes place March 31 – April 3, 2019 in Washington DC. Discounted early rates are available through January 21. Click here to register today.

iConference 2019 will take place at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, and we’ve reserved a discounted block of rooms for conference participants. Visit our venue page for details on this specially priced lodging. Our venue page also offers useful information on travel, visas and more.

iConference 2019 review decisions were issued Monday, Nov. 19. Email notifications have been sent to all submitters and co-authors, with the exception of the Doctoral Dissertation Award. Users can log into their ConfTool account to view decisions and feedback.

Monday also marked the close of the student volunteer application period. Applications are currently in review and decisions will be announced soon.

About the iConference
iConference 2019 will take place March 31 – April 3, 2019, in Washington DC under the banner theme “Inform | Include | Inspire.” The event is presented by the iSchool at the University of Maryland, College Park in collaboration with Syracuse University iSchool and the iSchool at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Sponsors include Emerald Publishing and Elsevier. The iConference is open to any and all information scholars and researchers, regardless of institutional affiliation.

An annual presentation of the iSchools organization since 2005, the iConference brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to examine critical information issues in contemporary society. An openness to new ideas and research fields in information science is a primary characteristics of the event. Attendance has grown every year; participants appreciate the inspiring sense of community, high quality research presentations, and myriad opportunities for engagement and networking. Click here for details on all of our past conferences, including full proceedings and conference summaries.

 

Conference 2019 decisions announced

 

UPDATED Nov. 19, 2018: iConference 2019 review decisions have been announced for all tracks except the Doctoral Dissertation Award. Emails were sent to all authors and co-authors. Users can log into their ConfTool account to view decisions and feedback.

Review decisions for iConference 2019 are in the process of being finalized, and authors can expect to receive notifications early in the week of Nov. 19, 2018. This year’s chairs are pleased with the high overall quality of submissions, and with limited space in the program many decisions have been difficult as a result.

Conference registration is also scheduled to open the week of Nov. 19. Stand by to start making your plans to attend iConference 2019, which takes place March 31 – April 3, 2019, in Washington DC.

 

Emerald Publishing to sponsor iConference 2019 Best Paper Award

 

We are excited to announce that Emerald Publishing has agreed to sponsor the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper at iConference 2019. Named in memory of the much-beloved conference champion and supporter of the information field, the award will now be known as the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper, Sponsored by Emerald Publishing.

The award is a $5,000 cash prize presented to the author or authors of the full research paper judged to be the best in the conference. Judging will be conducted by the paper and program chairs. Click here for details on past honorees.

The Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper was established in 2013 in memory of Lee Dirks of Microsoft Research and his wife Judy Lew, both tragically killed in an auto accident while travelling in Peru. Dirks earned a MLIS at the University of North Carolina iSchool, and was a board member and frequent guest lecturer at the University of Washington iSchool. He was an avid believer in the iSchool movement, and his annual sponsorships of the iConference helped establish the event in its early years.

Microsoft previously provided a grant to fund the Lee Dirks Award for six years. The organizers of iConference 2019 and the iSchools Organization are grateful to Emerald Publishing for their generosity in carrying the award forward for 2019.

In January, five finalists will be identified for the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper, Sponsored by Emerald Publishing. The winning paper will be named at iConference 2019. Once again, our thanks to Emerald Publishing for continuing the legacy of this award.

 

iConference 2019 announces keynote speakers Kentaro Toyama and Brewster Kahle

 

The organizers of iConference 2019 have announced two of the three keynote speakers who will give presentations at the upcoming information conference in Washington DC. Those speakers are Kentaro Toyama of the University of Michigan iSchool and Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive. Details on these speakers follow, and more can be found on the conference’s keynote webpage. A third speaker will be announced in the near future.

iConference 2019 will take place Sunday, March 31 through Wednesday, April 3 at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in College Park, Maryland, USA. Keynote presentations are scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The conference provides a platform for intellectual discourse on information issues in contemporary society, with a tradition of thought-provoking keynote presentations that foster these exchanges.

Kentaro Toyama is the W.K. Kellogg Associate Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan School of Information and a fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT; Toyama works on the relationship of technology and global development. In his 2015 book Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology, Toyama highlighted the paradoxical consequence of technological amplification—for example, the same internet that enables international banking allows remote theft and ransomware, and the same digital technology that empowers economic growth exacerbates inequality. Toyama will expand on this in his presentation “Technology’s Law of Amplification, and What It Means for iSchools,” with a focus on the potential for a discipline-unifying role for Schools of Information.

Brewster KahleBrewster Kahle is founder of the Internet Archive and serves as digital librarian; Kahle has been working to provide universal access to knowledge for more than 25 years. Kahle will expand on how the Internet Archive’s Open Libraries project is enabling libraries to unlock their analog collections for a new generation of learners, with the power to transform library systems and bring them more fully into the digital age.

Click here for more information on these iConference speakers on the 2019 keynote webpage. A third speaker will be announced in November, and the formal iConference program schedule will be released in December.

iConference 2019 takes place March 31–April 3 in Washington DC. The 2019 theme is “include | inform |inspire.” iConference 2019 is hosted by the University of Maryland, College Park in collaboration with Syracuse University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Conference registration will open in mid-November. Visit the conference website for additional details.

 

UMD iSchool sees emphasis on societal role as key to future library careers

 

A newly published story in School Library Journal traces the impact of the University of Maryland iSchool’s transition of its established MLS program into a more dynamic MLIS program focused on evolving library needs. The new program is more closely connected to changing demands in public librarianship and supporting diverse patrons.

“We’ve seen a pretty systematic dismantling of public sphere safety nets for the better part of four decades,” says UMD’s John Carlo Bertot in the article; Bertot is the school’s former MLIS director and is now co-director of the school’s Information and Policy Access Center. “The Library is becoming this social safety net within communities. We needed to really rethink our program and how we prepare people for careers that might be quite different from what they thought they were getting into.”

The article provides detailed case studies of recent program graduates, demonstrating how their iSchool education launched their new career and empowered them to break barriers and make a meaningful difference in their communities. These are examples of opportunities that iSchools provide to students and communities worldwide.

The evolving educational and societal role of iSchools is one of many topic to be explored at iConference 2019, which is hosted by University of Maryland iSchool. The conference takes place in Washington DC March 31-April 3, 2019.

Click here to read the entire article on School Library Journal.

 

iSchools welcome new member San Jose State

 

The San Jose State School of Information has become the newest member of the iSchools organization. The school joins 96 other institutions in the iSchools consortium, all dedicated to advancing the information field and the iSchools movement. The San Jose State application was approved by the iSchools Board of Directors on Oct. 15, 2018.

“We congratulate the San Jose State iSchool on joining our organization,” said iSchools Chairman Sam Oh. “They have a worthy program, and we look forward to collaborating with them in the future.”

The San Jose State iSchool is located in San Jose, California, USA. Headed by Dr. Sandy Hirsh, the school has 12 tenured professors and 6 tenure track professors, as well as 9 full-time lecturers and as many as 100 part-time lecturers. Its master’s student population is 1,800.

The iSchools organization was founded in 2001 by a collective of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field in the 21st Century. It has since grown into a consortium of more than 95 universities and institutions. Membership application information can be found here.

The iSchools organization supports and recognizes student achievement through its annual Doctoral Colloquium, Doctoral Dissertation Award, and Undergraduate Symposium, as well as other special contests and mentoring opportunities. The iSchools also provide collaboration tools and other support to assist faculty in their teaching and research endeavors, including our annual Early Career Colloquium.

Every year, the iSchools organization presents the iConference, a forum in which information scholars, researchers and professionals share their insights on critical information issues in contemporary society. The next iConference is scheduled to take place March 31 through April 3, 2019, in Washington DC. All information scholars and practitioners are welcome. Click here for details on iConference 2019.

 

iConference 2019 invites student volunteer applications

 

The iConference has issued a call for student volunteers to help staff its 2019 event in Washington DC. Prospective volunteers can visit the volunteer webpage for details on expectations and how to apply. The application deadline is Nov. 19, 2018.

Over the years, student volunteers have proven essential to the success and smooth operation the iConference. In exchange for their services at iConference 2019, student volunteers will receive a complimentary conference registration and additional benefits, as listed on the volunteer webpage. Positive interactions with student volunteers have consistently ranked high on iConference participant follow-up surveys. In addition, many volunteers have told us they appreciate the daily interactions with seasoned information professionals, and the experience and insight that comes with having a significant role in the inner workings of a conference.

Click here to learn more.