New journal “Information and Learning Science” seeks submissions


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.

Information and Learning Science is co-edited by incoming editors Samuel Kai Wah Chu, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, and Rebecca Reynolds of the iSchool at Rutgers. The editors invite submissions, and author guidelines can be found here.

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.

Additional details about Information and Learning Sciencecan be found here in Emerald Journal News.


Eric T. Meyer appointed dean of UT Austin iSchool


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.


iSchool students and alumni invited to take part in 2018 Drucker Challenge


The 2018 Global Peter Drucker Challenge is now open to iSchools students and alumni. The Drucker Challenge is a personal essay contest, typically infused with an analytical strain, for students and young professionals (18 through 35 years old) on a current topic in management. This year’s theme is: “how to stay human in a robot society.” Cash prizes and travel funding are given for winning entries.

In recent years, the Drucker Challenge team has seen increasingly more winners (places 1-3) and finalists (places 4-10) in both the student and professional categories who are students in or alumni of information-focused university programs. Once again, the Challenge team invites iSchools students and alumni to write and submit.

This year’s submission deadline is Sunday, 24 June at 16:00 CET (4:00 PM Vienna time); note that this is earlier than past deadlines. Successful Challenge essays are often comparable to a great long-form journalistic piece, telling a story while making a point.

Visit the Drucker Challenge website for more information on the Drucker Challenge, prizes, rules, and how to submit.


iSchool graduate students invited to apply for CNI fellowships


The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) has issued an invitation for applicants for the 2018 Paul Even Peters Fellowship. Established to honor the memory of CNI’s founding directory, the fellowship is awarded every two years to students pursuing graduate studies in librarianship, the information sciences, or a closely related field that advance the frontiers of digital information and technology.

Two fellowships will be awarded in 2018: One to a doctoral/PhD student in the amount of $5,000 per year, to be awarded two consecutive years; and one to a master’s student in the amount of $2,500 per year, to be awarded two consecutive years.

CNI is looking for applicants who demonstrate intellectual and personal qualities “consistent with those of Paul Evan Peters,” including:

  • A commitment to use of digital information and advanced technology to enhance scholarship, intellectual productivity and public life;
  • An interest in the civic responsibilities of information professionals and a commitment to democratic values;
  • A positive and creative approach to overcoming personal, technological, and bureaucratic challenges, and
  • Humor, vision, humanity, and imagination.

Visit the CNI fellowship webpage for eligibility and application details.


Singapore iSchool Collaborates on Maritime Vessel Traffic Progam


Fujitsu Limited, Singapore Management University (SMU), and A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC), today announced their collaboration to develop innovative new technologies for vessel traffic management in the Port of Singapore, with the support of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). These predictive technologies will leverage the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analytics to optimize the management of Singapore’s port and surrounding waters, which sees an immense volume of seaborne trade and traffic. The technologies will also be validated using real-world data to improve the forecasting of congestion and identification of potential collisions and other risk hotspots before they occur at sea.

The research and development for these new maritime technologies has been conducted under the guidance of the Urban Computing and Engineering Centre of Excellence (UCE CoE), a public-private partnership consisting of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), SMU, and Fujitsu, that was established in 2014. This collaboration demonstrates the UCE CoE’s continued commitment to harnessing high performance computing capabilities in the development of solutions for sustainable urban operations, offering another example of how researchers at UCE CoE are using Singapore to test-bed next generation solutions for real-world issues faced by industry and government. The outcomes of this research and development phase, as well as the practical knowledge and experience gained through the project trials, will be integrated into Fujitsu’s future maritime solutions.

Click here for more on the Singapore Management University website.


iConference 2018 successfully wraps up in Sheffield


A total of 468 registered participants took part in the recently concluded iConference 2018 in Sheffield, UK, jointly organized by The University of Sheffield’s Information School and the iSchool at Northumbria University, iConference 2018 was the iSchools organization’s 13th annual event, bringing together information scholars, researchers and professionals to share their insights on critical information issues in contemporary society.

Over the span of four day, the 2018 delegates took in 82 peer-reviewed research papers, 67 peer-reviewed poster presentations, plus 10 thought-provoking workshops and 13 special interactive sessions. They also enjoyed meeting and mingling at numerous social occasions held at the conference venue, as well as at noteworthy city institutions. Throughout the conference, thanks to surprisingly clement weather for the time of year, the scenic charm of the city of Sheffield was on full display.

iConference 2018 papers have already been published in Springer LNCS, and will therefore be indexed by major services such as Web of Science and Scopus. The posters abstracts will be made available soon on the IDEALS repository; participants will be notified when these are available. A full summary of the iConference, including links to materials and artifacts, will be posted to this website soon.

The iSchools organization thanks all 2018 attendees for their participation. The iConference is a shared experience based on interdisciplinary discourses, and everyone’s presence had a direct bearing on the overall quality of the event.

Finally, be sure to mark your calendars for iConference 2019, which takes place March 31 – April 3, 2019, in College Park, Maryland. You can check out the advance website now, and watch for our Call for Participation, which will be distributed soon.


iConference 2018 Commences in Sheffield


iConference 2018 is underway. 466 delegates have gathered in Sheffield, UK for our 13th annual gathering of information scholars and researchers.

The iConference officially began Sunday, March 25, with 10 thought-provoking workshops. This was followed by an opening reception in Sheffield’s Winter Garden, a dramatic tropical garden housed in a modern structure of curved wood and glass.

The official opening plenary took place Monday morning, March 26, with welcome statements from joint conference hosts University of Sheffield and Northumbria University, followed by a keynote address by Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist and Director of User Research at OCLC Research. Connaway’s talk, based on an ongoing project and interviews, explored how individuals at different age levels engage with technology and get their information. More information on Connaway’s presentation will be made available on the conference website in the near future.

In addition, Galen Panger of the University of California, Irvine, was formally recognized as the winner of the iSchools 2018 Doctoral Dissertation Award for his dissertation, “Emotion in Social Media.” Panger’s work was judged the best dissertation to come out of a member iSchool in the preceding academic year. The runner up was Paul Cleverley of Robert Gordon University, recognized for his work, “Re-examining and re-conceptualising enterprise search and discovery capability: Towards a model for the factors and generative mechanisms for search task outcomes.” Click here for more on the Doctoral Dissertation Award, including links to this year’s winning dissertations.

Also honored at the opening plenary was the winner of the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper. That honor went to Yun Huang and Qunfang Wu of Syracuse University, for their paper, “Understanding Interactions Between Municipal Police Departments and the Public on Twitter.” This is the second time in the 6-year history of the Award that the winning paper has originated at the Syracuse iSchool. The Award is sponsored by Microsoft, and was presented this year by Susan Dumais of Microsoft Research; it honors the memory of Lee Dirks, a long-time friend and supporter of the iConference. Click here for more on this year’s winner and runners up.

More information will be posted to the conference website as the 2018 program unfolds. Host iSchools Sheffield and Northumbria, along with iSchools Inc, thank everyone for their participation.


Preparing for iConference 2018


iConference 2018 is just days away. Information scholars from around the world will converge in Sheffield, UK, for the thirteenth annual conference focused on critical information issues of contemporary society.

The conference home page now offers information and tips for arriving delegates, including city and campus maps, locations for sessions and off-site events, presentation guidelines, wifi connectivity, links to our program schedule, and more. Click here to view.

Most importantly, participants are reminded that local time will move ahead one hour on Sunday, March 25, for British Summer time.

Everyone can follow the iConference in social media using #iconf18. Daily updates will be posted to the iConference 2018 website throughout the conference.

iConference 2018 is jointly organized by The University of Sheffield’s Information School and the iSchool at Northumbria, and presented by iSchools Inc.


Gobinda Chowdhury Elected iCaucus Chair, 2020-22


The iSchools organization has tapped Gobinda Chowdhury to chair its governing body, the iCaucus, for its 2020-22 term. Chowdhury is head of school at the iSchool at Northumbria University (UK), and until recently served as regional chair of the iSchools’ European region.

“It’s a great honor for me to be elected by fellow iSchoos’ Deans and Heads as the Chair of the iCaucus for its 2020-2022 term,” Chowdhury says. “Over the past decade and a half, the iSchools organization has grown significantly both in volume and diversity. As the future Chair of the iCaucus, I would like to see the iSchools community worldwide thrive through world-class teaching, research and knowledge exchange in Information, and thus make a positive impact in the modern information- and data-driven society.”

Chowdhury is scheduled to assume the reigns from Sam Oh of the Sungkyunkwan University iSchool (Korea) in 2020. Oh was named chair-elect two years ago, and formally assumes the office of iCaucus chair at next month’s iConference, taking over from outgoing chair Ron Larsen. Oh will serve as iCaucus chair for the term spanning 2018-20.

Oh and Chowdhury have both served as chairs of the iConference, the iSchools’ annual information conference focused on critical issues in contemporary society. Oh was co-chair of iConference 2017 in Wuhan, China, along with Wuhan University iSchool Dean Qing Fang. Chowdhury is co-chair of iConference 2018 in Sheffield, UK, along with University of Sheffield iSchool Head Peter Bath and Val Gillet. iConference 2018 takes place March 25 – 25, 2018.

Past iCaucus Chairs
Ronald Larsen, University of Pittsburgh (2016-2018)
Michael Seadle, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2014-2016)
Elizabeth Liddy, Syracuse University (2012-2014)
Harry Bruce, University of Washington (2010-2012)
John Unsworth, University of Illinois (2008-2010)
Ronald Larsen, University of Pittsburgh (2006-2008)
Raymond F. von Dran, Syracuse University (2004-2006)
John King, University of Michigan (2002-2004)


iConference Workshops offer something for everyone


The organizers of iConference 2018 are pleased to offer 10 thought-provoking workshops scheduled for Sunday, March 25, 2018. This year’s topics reflect the interdisciplinary nature of our field, as summarized below. Participation in workshops is included with your conference fee, and participants will be asked to select their workshop(s) when they register for the conference.

Each of the 2018 workshops listed below is linked to its full description and list of organizers. Note that some organizers are requesting advance submissions from participants. See our Workshop page for full details.

Morning Workshops

Afternoon Workshops

iConference 2018 takes place March 25-28, 2018 in Sheffield, UK. Discounted early registration rates are available through Jan. 19, 2018. More information on travel, lodging, and visas and letters of invitation can be found in our Venue section.

The theme of this, our thirteenth annual gathering of scholars, researchers and professionals, is “Transforming Digital Worlds.” The complete program schedule will be posted later in December. The conference is co-organized by University of Sheffield’s Information School and the iSchool at Northumbria, and presented by iSchools Inc.