US Librarian of Congress to speak at iConference 2019

 

The organizers of iConference 2019 are pleased to announce that Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has agreed to speak at our upcoming conference. Hayden is the 14th Librarian of Congress, and the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library. Her keynote address is a welcome and appropriate addition to the Washington DC-based event.

With the announcement of Hayden’s keynote address, the iConference slate of speakers is now complete. In addition to Hayden, conference delegates will hear from Kentaro Toyama of Microsoft Research India, and Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive.

We encourage everyone to finalize their plans to attend iConference 2019. Conference registration is now open, with discounted early rates available through January 18, 2019. 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 and visas.

About Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden
Carla Hayden’s undergraduate studies took place at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and she earned her a master’s and doctorate from the University of Chicago Graduate Library School. She began her library career at the Chicago Public Library, and then moved on to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. Following this, she became CEO of Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland from 1993 until 2016. She also served president of the American Library Association (ALA) in 2003 and 2004. Hayden was nominated to the Librarian of Congress position by President Barack Obama on February 24, 2016; her nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 13, and she was sworn in on September 14, 2016.

Visit the iConference keynote page for more about Carla Hayden and the rest of our 2019 speakers.

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.

 

Scholarly journal “Libri” launches student research paper contest

 

Libri: International Journal of Libraries and Information Studies has issued a call for “Best Student Research Paper of 2019.” Masters and PhD students are invited to submit. The winning paper will be published in the 2019:4 issue, and the author will receive an award of 500.00 €, as well as a complimentary subscription to Libri for 2020.

A publication of De Gruyter, Libri has been in continuous publication since 1950. The 2019 student paper competition supports its goal of delivering the high quality articles from the next generation of library and information science professionals.

Submitted papers should be approximately 5,000 to 7,000 words, in English. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2019. Author instructions and submission information are available on the Libri website.

If the quality of competition warrants, additional papers may be designated as honourable mention, and those authors will receive complementary subscriptions to Libri for 2020. All winners will receive access to e-prints of their winning submission.

 

Latest issue of “Information & Culture: A Journal of History” published by UT Press

 

A special double issue of Information & Culture: A Journal of History has been released. An academic journal printed three times a year by the University of Texas Press, the publication features peer reviewed articles on topics related to the history of information.

Sample content includes:

  • Atari Age: The Emergence of Video Games in America
  • Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing
  • The Weather Privateers: Meteorology and Commercial Satellite Data
    ions: The Role of Information during the Formative Years of the English East India Company (1600–1623)
  • Codebooks for the Mind: Dictionary Index Reforms in Republican China, 1912–1937

Click here for more.

 

ACM recognizes two Singapore Management University faculty members

 

Two faculty members at Singapore Management University’s (SMU) School of Information Systems announces have recently been honored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Associate Professor Jiang Lingxiao has received the 2018 ACM SIGSOFT Impact Paper Award for his work as co-author on the paper “DECKARD: Scalable and Accurate Tree-Based Detection of Code Clones.” The annual award is presented to authors of papers published at least ten years ago that have been deemed highly influential by the international software engineering community. Professor Jian was honored along with co-authors Mr Ghassan Misherghi, formerly of the University of California, Davis; Professor Su Zhendong of ETH Zurich; and Dr Stéphane Glondu of the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation. Click here for more.

Also, Associate Professor Rajesh Balan has been named as an ACM Distinguished Member for his outstanding scientific contributions to computing. He is one of 49 worldwide, and the only academic from a university in Southeast Asia, to achieve this recognition in 2018. He is also the first SMU faculty to be selected for this honor. The ACM Distinguished Member program, initiated in 2006, recognizes those members with at least 15 years of professional experience who have made significant accomplishments or achieved a significant impact on the global computing field. Click here for more.

 

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.

 

Facebook meddling caused departure of Instagram founders, says UMD iSchool scholar

 

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.

More

  • 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” journal seeks contributions for special issue on Information Need

 

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 launches Leadership Academy, seeks participants

 

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.

 

One week to iConference 2019 submission deadline

 

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.

Submissions can be made at any time on our secure submissions website. We will close for submissions end-of-day Monday at 11:59 pm BIT (UTC-12). Visit our conference home page for full details.

Submissions for all remaining tracks are due Oct. 1. Details on all conference submssion types are available using links below:

Papers
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

Posters
Poster abstracts can be up to 4 pages and will be published in IDEALS. Deadline: Sept. 10

Workshops
An ideal venue for building communities and advancing particular fields. Deadline: Sept. 10

Doctoral Colloquium
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

Undergraduate Symposium
New pre-conference event specially created for undergraduates. Deadline: Oct. 1

Blue Sky Papers
Ideas and visions stimulating new directions for iSchool research. Deadline: Oct. 1

Sessions for Interaction and Engagement
Interactive sessions, installations and more. Deadline Oct. 1

iSchool Partnerships and Practices
Showcases effective school programs and industry collaborations. Deadline Oct. 1

iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award
Recognizes the year’s most outstanding dissertation. Deadline: Oct. 1

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.

 

iConference deadline just two weeks away; papers, posters, workshops and more due Sept. 10

 

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:

Papers
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

Posters
Poster abstracts can be up to 4 pages and will be published in IDEALS. Deadline: Sept. 10

Workshops
An ideal venue for building communities and advancing particular fields. Deadline: Sept. 10

Doctoral Colloquium
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

Undergraduate Symposium
New pre-conference event specially created for undergraduates. Deadline: Oct. 1

Blue Sky Papers
Ideas and visions stimulating new directions for iSchool research. Deadline: Oct. 1

Sessions for Interaction and Engagement
Interactive sessions, installations and more. Deadline Oct. 1

iSchool Partnerships and Practices
Showcases effective school programs and industry collaborations. Deadline Oct. 1

iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award
Recognizes the year’s most outstanding dissertation. Deadline: Oct. 1

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