Dr. Jen Golbeck of the University of Maryland College of Information Studies attributes Facebook “meddling” after acquiring Instagram as a cause of the recent resignations of Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger. Golbeck’s assertion was published Oct. 3 in the online business journal Knowledge@Wharton
“Facebook gets in there, and they promise to leave them alone and let them do their thing, then Facebook eventually starts meddling with them and trying to make them Facebook-like,” Golbeck said. “If you’ve built this thing and really have a vision for it as something different than Facebook, that can be disheartening.”
Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012. The Knowledge@Warton story also notes that it is not uncommon for founders to eventually leave after acquisitions, as visions and priorities evolve.
Click here for the UMD iSchool story on Dr. Golbek’s comments
Click here for the full story on Knowledge@Wharton
Information Processing and Management (Elsevier Publishing) is preparing a special issue on “information need.” Guest editors Pia Borlund (Oslo Metropolitan University) and Ian Ruthven (University of Strathclyde) invite original, unpublished papers for consideration, with all submissions due Jan. 15, 2019.
According to the editors, the Special Issue is intended to present a collection of significant contributions to our understanding of the concept of Information Need. Contributions to this issue will go beyond simply describing information needs in order to answer critical questions regarding the nature of information needs. Submissions may answer theoretical questions on how we conceptualise need or perform comparisons between information need and alternative concepts. They may empirically demonstrate new knowledge about information needs in new contexts or provide new ways to distinguish between information needs. They may also help us evaluate how to support information needs of different types or present new methodologies for understanding information needs.
Click here for more informations and links for making submissions
ALISE is launching a Leadership Academy intended for prospective leaders in library and information science. The first iteration will will take place February 7-8, 2019 in Charleston, South Carolina.
The Academy aims to provide the next generation of leadership in library and information science with an opportunity to explore their possible interests in leadership roles as Chairs, Directors, and Deans. ALISE expects the Academy to create a cohort of future leaders who will have a network of colleagues to support their own learning and leadership development.
Click here for more information and a registration link on the ALISE website. Participants in the Academy will be asked to complete a leadership assessment exercise and short readings prior to the event. The agenda will provide ample opportunity for networking, informal conversation, and Q&A. Topics to be addressed include communication, coaching, mentoring, recruitment, team building, and workload management/priority setting.
This coming Monday, Sept. 10, is the deadline for iConference Papers, Posters and Workshop proposals, as well as applications for the Doctoral Colloquium and Early Career Colloquium. Please note that for the first time, participation in the Early Career Colloquium requires submission of an application and acceptance into the Colloquium.
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.
The first of two iConference 2019 submission deadlines is approaching fast. Sept. 10, 2018 is the deadline for Papers, Posters and Workshop proposals, as well as applications for the Doctoral Colloquium and Early Career Colloquium. Submissions for all remaining tracks are due Oct. 1. Details available using links below:
Full research papers (up to 10 pages) and short research papers (up to 6 pages); accepted papers will be published by Springer. Deadline: Sept. 10
Poster abstracts can be up to 4 pages and will be published in IDEALS. Deadline: Sept. 10
An ideal venue for building communities and advancing particular fields. Deadline: Sept. 10
Opportunity to engage with senior faculty and fellow doctoral students. Deadline: Sept. 10
Early Career Colloquium
Career guidance targeting pre-tenure faculty and post-doctoral researchers. Note that starting this year participants must apply in advance. Deadline: Sept. 10
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
In its continuing quest to forge engagement between information researchers and industry professionals, the iSchools organization has launched a LinkedIn company page. The LinkedIn presence is a new facet of the Organization’s social media presence, which also includes Facebook and Twitter. Scholars and professionals alike can now follow the iSchools as part of their LinkedIn feed.
The iSchools’ official vision statement includes a call for iSchool graduates to “fill the person fill the personnel and leadership needs of organizations of all types and sizes.” To that end, iSchools member institutions maintain strong relationships with myriad companies worldwide. These relationships serve to help solve the business needs of industry will also creating meaningful career opportunities for students and graduates.
Information & Culture: A Journal of History is actively soliciting articles for publication. Published by the University of Texas Press, the journal publishes high quality, peer reviewed articles on the history of information.
According to the editor, the social and cultural context of information and information technology, viewed from an historical perspective, is at the heart of the journal’s interests. Typical papers might focus, for example, on the histories of information institutions, agencies, domains, or businesses; the history of information work and workers; the history of information in everyday life; the history of information and communication practices; the history of information artifacts (ranging from books to computers, information infrastructures and networks); the history of the organization and classification of information; the history of concepts and theories in the information domain; and intellectual and theoretical approaches for writing information history.
The intention is to juxtapose papers on a wide variety of topics related to the history of information to stimulate connections between the research of library historians, information science historians, historians of print culture, historians of computing, historians of media and communication, labor historians, gender historians, economic historians, business historians, political and diplomatic historians, cultural studies scholars, critical theorists, and science and technology scholars.
The iSchools board of directors has approved the applications of five new member schools, two in North America, and three in Asia Pacific. With these additions, iSchools Inc. now numbers 96 institutions worldwide, each of them dedicated to leading and promoting the information field.
The five new iSchools members are: Asia Pacific Region
The incoming cohort represents the first schools approved under the iSchools new governance structure. “I am pleased that we continue to increase the physical and intellectual diversity of the iSchools with new members from Asia and North America,” said iSchools Executive Director Michael Seadle.
The iSchools Organization seeks to maximize the visibility and influence of its member schools, and their interdisciplinary approaches to harnessing the power of information and technology, and maximizing the potential of humans. We envision a future in which the iSchool Movement has spread around the world, and the information field is widely recognized for creating innovative systems and designing information solutions that benefit individuals, organizations, and society. iSchool graduates will fill the personnel and leadership needs of organizations of all types and sizes; and our areas of research and inquiry will attract strong support and have profound impacts on society and on the formulation of policy from local to international levels.
Information and Learning Science is a new journal advancing inter-disciplinary research that explores scholarly intersections shared within two key fields: information science and the learning sciences / education sciences. The journal provides a publication venue for work that strengthens the scholarly understanding of human inquiry and learning phenomena, especially as they relate to design and uses of information and e-learning systems innovations.
In particular, submissions are invited for an upcoming special issue focused on the theme “Learning to Code, Coding to Learn: Youth and Computational Thinking.” Guest editors for this special edition will be Eric Meyers of the University of British Columbia iSchool, who is also posters chair for iConference 2019, and Hong Huang of the University of South Florida. Click here to view the CFP on this special issue.
The University of Texas at Austin has named Eric T. Meyer the next dean of the School of Information. His appointment will begin Aug.1, and he will hold the Louis T. Yule Regents Professorship in Library and Information Science and the Mary R. Boyvey Chair for Excellence.
Meyer comes to UT Austin from the University of Oxford, where he currently serves as director of graduate studies at the Oxford Internet Institute and professor of social informatics.
“In an increasingly interconnected world, we need to understand the intersection of information, people and ever-evolving technologies. The School of Information is widely respected as one of the top information schools in the country, and I am thrilled to welcome Eric Meyer to lead as dean,” said Maurie McInnis, executive vice president and provost. “He is an innovative visionary who brings with him great experience from an exceptional institution, and his success is grounded in working closely with students, faculty and others in order to leverage their collective talents and strengths.”
As director of graduate studies at the Oxford Internet Institute, Meyer has led efforts to develop innovative master’s and doctoral degree programs, enhance recruitment efforts, work closely with faculty members and students to provide exceptional educational experiences, and grow a positive scholarly environment for research, teaching and learning.
Meyer earned his undergraduate degree from Ohio University, a master’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and his doctoral degree from Indiana University Bloomington. His research focuses on the connections between people and the technologies they use, and how people shape and are shaped by new digital technologies. This includes how digital technologies allow people to change the things they research, the ways they learn, and how people share information and collaborate.
“I am thrilled and honored to be the next dean of the School of Information at UT Austin. I think that the school has established itself as a leader globally, and I look forward to building upon the school’s exceptional accomplishments. I’m eager to contribute to the continuing success of this talented community of scholars,” Meyer said.
Meyer will succeed Randolph Bias, who has served as interim dean since September 2017.