Information meets industry as iSchools join LinkedIn


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.

The iSchools’ annual iConference includes a special track called iSchools Partnerships and Practices, in which member-schools showcase special programs they have developed in partnership with industry; iConference 2019 is currently accepting proposals for this and other conference tracks.

To learn more, visit the iSchools company page at


Articles on the history of information sought by University of Texas journal


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.

Instructions for contributors are available at


iSchools Organization adds five new members, now numbers 96 institutions worldwide


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

North American 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.

iSchools Vision
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.


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.