Dr. Sam Oh Elected iCaucus Chair


Washington D.C.—The iSchools organization announces the election of Dr. Sam Oh of the Sungkyunkwan University iSchool in Korea to the position of iCaucus Chair. The iCaucus is the governing body of the iSchools organization, and Dr. Oh is the organization’s first chair from the Asia-Pacific Region. He has pledged to continue the iSchools’ mission of advancing the information field, while also expanding the organization’s reach.

2014 Sam Oh“It is truly an honor to be the new iSchools Caucus chair-elect,” said Dr. Oh. “As the first person from the Asia-Pacific region to take on this responsibility, I consider it my express duty to promote the iSchool brand where it has remained less visible. I am grateful to those who have supported me and will do my utmost to represent the iSchool both in areas already at its forefront and in regions that have the greatest need of exposure to its initiatives.”

Dr. Oh’s election was formally announced on Monday, January 11, 2016. He will serve as chair-elect during the 2016-2017 term of iCaucus Chair Ron Larsen of the University of Pittsburgh, and then assume the role of iCaucus chair for the 2018-2019 term.

The election was presided over by outgoing iCaucus Chair Michael Seadle of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, who had this to say: “I am very pleased that the iSchools have elected Sam Oh from Korea as the new chair-elect. Sam has been the leader of the Asia-Pacific region of the iSchools, and his election represents another significant step in the internationalization of the organization.”

Dr. Oh earned his Ph.D. in Information Transfer from Syracuse University in 1995 and worked as an assistant professor at the University of Washington Information School for four years before returning to South Korea to become a professor at the Sungkyunkwan University iSchool. He has taught summer courses at the University of Texas at Austin; Syracuse University; and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also spent a sabbatical year at the University of Pittsburgh iSchool. Dr. Oh served as the chair of ISO TC46/SC9 (Identification and Description) for six years and is currently the chair of ISO/IEC JTC1 SC34 (Document Description & Processing Languages). He is a member of the DCMI governing board and the iCaucus executive committee, as well as chair of the Asia-Pacific iSchools. His expertise lies in the fields of metadata design, social/big data analytics, and data/ontology modeling.

The iSchools organization is a worldwide association of 65 information schools dedicated to advancing 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.

The iSchools organization is responsible for the iConference, 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. In addition to his duties as iCaucus Chair, Dr. Oh will serve as co-chair of iConference 2017, which will be co-hosted by Sungkyunkwan University Library & Information Science and Data Science Department and the Wuhan University School of Information Management; the event will be held in Wuhan China.

In the meantime, this year’s iConference, which is the eleventh in the series, is hosted by the Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics, and takes place March 20-23, 2016 in Philadelphia. The theme is Partnership with Society, and registration is now open.


iConference 2016 Early Registration Extended to Feb. 1


Early registration for iConference 2016 has been extended to February 1, 2016. Participants now have an additional two weeks to register at the discounted early rate.

This change is being made as the iConference organizers explore a number of late-breaking opportunities to enhance the iConference program. This has delayed publication of the formal schedule, and the organizers feel it’s important to give participants time to view the schedule before making their registration decisions. The official schedule will be posted the week of January 18.

“I think participants will be extremely pleased with the program we are putting together,” says iSchools Executive Director and Conference Co-Chair David Fenske. “We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding while we pursue these exciting opportunities.”

iConference 2016 will take place March 20-23, 2016 in Philadelphia. This year’s theme is Partnership with Society. The conference is presented by the iSchools organization and hosted by the Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics. Sponsors include Microsoft Research and Penn Mutual Life Insurance.


DEADLINE EXTENDED: iSchools Promotional Video Contest: You could win up to $5,000


UPDATE: The submission deadline has been exteended through January, with entries due by 11:59 PM [SST (Samoa Standard Time) UTC/GMT -11 hours] on January 29th.

Contest entries received during this extended period will only be eligible for the $1,000 iConference travel support award, and are not eligible for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place prizes.

The iSchools organization announces a video contest that seeks to foster interest in the field of information and promote study at an Information School. Prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 will be given for the top-three most innovative and impactful videos, respectively. The top five finishers will also be offered up to $1,000 in travel support to attend iConference 2016 in Philadelphia.

The submission period is Sept. 1 – Nov. 30, and the contest is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni, the general public. Participants are invited to submit two-minute videos that speak to information as a field of study or to iSchools as exciting, new programs that educate undergraduate and/or graduate students to solve the information problems of the 21st Century.

Contest submissions will be judged by a panel of iSchool deans. Winning videos will debut at iConference 2016, which takes place March 20-23, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Videos will also be used on the iSchools Organization website and through other channels to promote the iSchools organization and the mission of Information Schools.

Click here for details, including eligibility, contest guidelines and links to the online entry form.


iSchools Name David Fenske Executive Director


Former Drexel dean to manage worldwide organization of information schools
The iSchools organization has named Dr. David Fenske its new executive director. Fenske, who is dean emeritus of the College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University, will oversee administrative operations for the iSchools organization (www.ischools.org) for the next two years. The position of executive director was created earlier this year, in accord with the organization’s recent incorporation in Washington, DC. Fenske is the first individual to hold the position.
The iSchools organization is a worldwide association of information schools dedicated to advancing 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.
Fenske’s roots with the iSchools organization run deep. In 2001, he was one of five deans comprising the group that would become the iSchools Caucus, or iCaucus. The iCaucus has served as the internal governing body of the iSchools organization since 2005. Fenske served for many years as the iSchools’ banker, and was one of the leaders in its recent push toward incorporation. Fenske was formally offered the position of iSchools executive director after stepping down as dean at Drexel CCI.
“I look forward to my new role with the iSchools organization, and to helping further advance the iSchools movement around the world.,” says Fenske. “Our 65 member-institutions train graduates and provide information solutions that benefit individuals, organizations, and society worldwide.”
In addition to serving as executive director, Fenske is also co-chair, with Jane Greenberg, of iConference 2016, the annual information conference presented by the iSchools. This year’s iConference, which is the eleventh in the series, is hosted by Drexel CCI and takes place March 20-23, 2016 in Philadelphia. This year’s theme is Partnership with Society. More at www.ischools.org/the-iconference/
iCaucus Chairman Michael Seadle, dean of the Berlin School of Library and Information Science at Humboldt University, notes that the selection of Fenske as the organization’s first executive director was an easy choice. “David has long demonstrated his commitment to the information field and the iSchools movement,” says Seadle “The iSchools organization is fortunate to have someone with David’s experience, passion and dedication.”
For more about the iSchools organization, including its history and a directory of schools, please visit http://ischools.org
More about iConference 2016 can be found on the conference website: http://ischools.org/the-iconference/


New iSchools members


iSchools Organisation has the tremendous privilege to announce that at its annual meeting the iCaucus at this years iConference confirmed the following six new iSchool members:

Department of Information Science, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Institute of Information Studies and Librarianship (IISL), Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague,
Department of Information Management, Faculty of Letters, Hacettepe University (Ankara, Turkey)
The College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS/ The College) at Makerere University
Department Information Management of Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University, (Aberdeen, Scotland),
Departamento de Biblioteconomía y Documentación, Facultad de Humanidades, Comunicación y Documentación. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain),

Congratulations to our new members!


iSchools Announce Year’s Best Doctoral Dissertation


“The iSchools organization is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award is Dr. Xinru Page. Dr. Page’s dissertation “Factors that Influence Adoption and Use of Location-­Sharing Social Media”, was judged the best to have been completed at a member-iSchool in the preceding academic year. The runner up was Dr. Laura Sheble for her dissertation titled “Diffusion of Meta­Analysis, Systematic Review, and Related Research Synthesis Methods: Patterns, Contexts, and Impact”.
The iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizes outstanding work in the information field. Nominations are solicited from all members of the iSchools organization, now 59 institutions worldwide, and judged by a selection committee drawn from leading international schools. The winner receives a prize of $2,500 US, the runner up $1,000. Both honorees also receive a travel allowance so they can collect their award in person at iConference 2015, which takes place March 24-­27, 2015, in Newport Beach, California, USA.”
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Asian-Pacific iSchool leaders will meet to discuss cooperation


Most Asian-Pacific iSchool leaders from the list below confirmed their participation on 12/5-6 (Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea) to discuss future collaboration and how to leverage iSchool branding in this region.

Asia-Pacific School Members:

  1. Charles Stuart University: School of Information Studies
  2. Nanjing University: School of Information Management
  3. Seoul National University, Korea: School of Convergence Science and Technology
  4. Singapore Management University: School of Information Systems
  5. Sungkyunkwan University, Korea: Library and Information Science
  6. University of Melbourne: Melbourne School of Information
  7. University of South Australia: School of Computer and Information Science
  8. University of Tsukuba: Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies
  9. Wuhan University: School of Information Management


iConference 2014 a success in European debut


Last March, more than 450 information researchers and scholars traveled to Berlin, Germany, to take part in iConference 2014. It was the ninth annual event in the iSchools’ iConference series, and the first to take place in Europe.

The official proceedings of iConference 2014 are available on the IDEALS open repository, and more information on the event itself can be found on the iConference 2014 summary page.

The iConference is an annual gathering of a broad spectrum of scholars and researchers from around the world who share a common concern about critical information issues in contemporary society. iConference 2014 took place March 4-7, and included the presentation of 39 papers, 36 notes (or short papers), 66 posters and 11 workshops. Also included were a Doctoral Colloquium, a student Social Media Expo, and numerous sessions for interaction and engagement. Keynote addresses were given by Tony Hey of Microsoft Research Connections and Melissa Terras of University College London.

Awards presented at iConference 2014 included the Lee Dirks Best Paper award, which was presented to authors Leanne Bowler, Elanor Mattern, and Cory Knobel for their work entitled Developing Design Interventions for Cyberbullying: A Narrative-Based Participatory Approach. The annual iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award was presented to Jennifer Lynn Douglas of the University of Toronto Faculty of Information. Click here for more information about iConference 2014 award winners.

iConference 2014 was hosted by the Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin with program administration by the Royal School of Library and Information Science, University of Copenhagen. The presenting sponsor was Microsoft Research.

Next year, the iConference moves to Newport Beach, California. Click here for more information about iConference 2014.