iConference 2019 Registration Opens

 

iConference 2019 registration has officially opened, and participants can now begin making arrangements to attend our annual gathering of information scholars and professionals. iConference 2019 takes place March 31 – April 3, 2019 in Washington DC. Discounted early rates are available through January 21. Click here to register today.

iConference 2019 will take place at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, and we’ve reserved a discounted block of rooms for conference participants. Visit our venue page for details on this specially priced lodging. Our venue page also offers useful information on travel, visas and more.

iConference 2019 review decisions were issued Monday, Nov. 19. Email notifications have been sent to all submitters and co-authors, with the exception of the Doctoral Dissertation Award. Users can log into their ConfTool account to view decisions and feedback.

Monday also marked the close of the student volunteer application period. Applications are currently in review and decisions will be announced soon.

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 Emerald Publishing and Elsevier. 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.

 

UMD iSchool faculty honored by ACM; research grants announced

 

The University of Maryland College of Information Studies announces that Jennifer Golbeck, professor and director of the social intelligence lab, and Nicklas Elmqvist, associate professor at the UMD iSchool, have both been elevated to 2018 ACM Distinguished Members. Golbeck and Elmqvist were 2 of only 49 people selected in the world to receive the honorable ACM award this year. Learn more

In addition, the UMD iSchool has announced the winners of its September Research Improvement Grants (RIGs). Congratulations go out to Joel Chan, Kenyon Crowley, Ken Heger, Xiaoyun Huang, Philip Piety, and Diva Smriti. The RIGs program is a competitive internal grant program for improving research. The program supports and encourages individuals or teams of researchers to catalyze and mobilize larger scale research that extends beyond the iSchool. Learn more

 

iConference 2019 announces keynote speakers Kentaro Toyama and Brewster Kahle

 

The organizers of iConference 2019 have announced two of the three keynote speakers who will give presentations at the upcoming information conference in Washington DC. Those speakers are Kentaro Toyama of the University of Michigan iSchool and Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive. Details on these speakers follow, and more can be found on the conference’s keynote webpage. A third speaker will be announced in the near future.

iConference 2019 will take place Sunday, March 31 through Wednesday, April 3 at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in College Park, Maryland, USA. Keynote presentations are scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The conference provides a platform for intellectual discourse on information issues in contemporary society, with a tradition of thought-provoking keynote presentations that foster these exchanges.

Kentaro Toyama is the W.K. Kellogg Associate Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan School of Information and a fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT; Toyama works on the relationship of technology and global development. In his 2015 book Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology, Toyama highlighted the paradoxical consequence of technological amplification—for example, the same internet that enables international banking allows remote theft and ransomware, and the same digital technology that empowers economic growth exacerbates inequality. Toyama will expand on this in his presentation “Technology’s Law of Amplification, and What It Means for iSchools,” with a focus on the potential for a discipline-unifying role for Schools of Information.

Brewster KahleBrewster Kahle is founder of the Internet Archive and serves as digital librarian; Kahle has been working to provide universal access to knowledge for more than 25 years. Kahle will expand on how the Internet Archive’s Open Libraries project is enabling libraries to unlock their analog collections for a new generation of learners, with the power to transform library systems and bring them more fully into the digital age.

Click here for more information on these iConference speakers on the 2019 keynote webpage. A third speaker will be announced in November, and the formal iConference program schedule will be released in December.

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. Conference registration will open in mid-November. Visit the conference website for additional details.

 

Loretta Parham named winner of the 2018 James Partridge Award by UMD iSchool

 

Loretta Parham has been named the 2018 winner of the James Partridge Outstanding African American Information Professional Award. Presented by the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland and the Citizens for Maryland Libraries, the Partridge Award honors the members of the library profession who contribute greatly but who are often behind the scenes and not sufficiently publicly recognized for their important contributions to librarianship and the library community.

Loretta Parham is CEO & Library Director of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc., an independent entity operating as the single library shared by its four member institutions—Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College and Spelman College. Under her leadership the library was awarded the ACRL 2016 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. With more than 30 years in the profession her experience includes: Director of the Hampton University Library, Deputy Director of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pa., District Chief of the Chicago Public Library (CPL) and other professional positions with the Chicago Public Schools and the City Colleges of Chicago.

An active leader, scholar and engaging speaker, Parham was named the ACRL 2017 Academic Research Librarian of the Year, the 2016 Distinguished Alumna of the University of Michigan School of Information Sciences, an 2004 “Mover & Shaker” by Library Journal, has authored articles on HBCU libraries and archives, and is co-editor of the book, Achieving Diversity: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians. Parham is a member of the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors, a member of the University of Michigan Information School Alumni Advisory Board, Chair of the ALA Committee on Accreditation, and Chair of the ARCHE (Atlanta Regional Council on Higher Education) Library Council.

Parham is co-founder and past chair of the Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Library Alliance, past chair of the Georgia Humanities Council, former board member of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), the Wayne State University School of Library Science Advisory Board, past treasurer of the Oberlin Group and former trustee of OCLC, Inc. Parham holds the Master of Library Science degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and the Bachelor of Science in Communications from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

The 2018 James Partridge Award will be presented to Ms. Parham at the 2018 Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library and Information Science (CIDLIS) at the University of Maryland on November 9. CIDLIS is hosted by the Information Policy & Access Center and the College of Information Studies of the University of Maryland.

Click here for more information on the UMD iSchool website.

 

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.

 

Second and final iConference deadline is Oct. 1

 

Oct. 1, 2018 marks our second and final iConference 2019 deadline. This is the due date for all tracks listed below. Submissions can be made using our secure submissions website.

Blue Sky Papers
Ideas and visions stimulating new directions for iSchool research.

Sessions for Interaction and Engagement
Interactive sessions, installations and more.

iSchool Partnerships and Practices
Showcases effective school programs and industry collaborations.

Undergraduate Symposium
New pre-conference event specially created for undergraduates.

iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award
Recognizes the year’s most outstanding dissertation.

Decisions will be announced and registration will open in mid-November. With the exception of a few specialty tracks, submissions and proposals are welcome from all information scholars and practitioners, regardless of affiliation.

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. Visit the conference website for additional details.

 

Applications sought for Undergraduate Symposium, new featured event at iConference 2019

 

An Undergraduate Symposium will be among several new offerings at iConference 2019. The iConference has always welcomed undergraduate participation, but the iSchools Organization is particularly pleased with the targeted opportunity being offered to applicants who are accepted into the new Undergraduate Symposium.

“This event is the first time that the undergraduate participants have a formal venue for networking and professional development at the iConference,” says Yubo Kou, co-chair of the Symposium along with Matthew Bietz. “On the one hand, it represents the iSchools’ efforts and vision in motivating and empowering undergraduate students; on the other hand, it requires innovative and engaging ways during the event to engage undergrads and enrich their conference experience.”

The Undergraduate Symposium will be a half-day networking and professional development opportunity taking place Saturday, March 30, which is the day before iConference 2019 formally begins. Undergraduate applicants must apply in advance and be accepted into the Symposium in order to participate. Application instructions can be found on the conference website, and the application deadline is October 1, 2018.

“We expect participants to come away with better ideas and more information about their career paths in the information field,” says Kou. “They will also obtain networking opportunities with other undergraduate students and faculty. A benefit of holding the Symposium the day before the conference is that it will also help participants develop a fuller understanding of the iConference and navigate the iConference in a more effective manner in the following days.”

Complete application instructions can be found on the conference website. Accepted applicants will need to purchase a full conference registration at the discounted student rate, but no additional Symposium fees will apply. Conference rates will be announced in fall. Applicants do not need to be with a member-school; students at any accredited institution are welcome to apply.

While the organizers are exploring external funding options, there is currently no financial support for the Undergraduate Symposium, meaning participants should also plan to cover their own travel and lodging costs. It is hoped that iSchool member institutions will be able to provide some degree of support to their accepted students.

In addition to this new opportunity for undergraduate students, iConference 2019 will also offer its traditional Doctoral Colloquium, now in its 14th year. The Doctoral Colloquium provides doctoral students the opportunity to present their work to senior faculty and engage with one another. Students receive feedback on their dissertation, career paths, and other areas from participating faculty and student peers. The application deadline is September 10, 2018.

The iConference also features an Early Career Colloquium, and starting this year participation in this event will be by application only. The new application requirement is expect to enable the chairs to better tailor the Colloquium to the needs of participants. The Early Career Colloquium provides an opportunity for pre-tenure faculty and post-doctoral researchers to engage with senior faculty mentors in large and small group conversation on topics related to early career success. The application deadline is September 10, 2018.

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.

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 to access past proceedings and conference summaries.

 

Team of researchers led by UMD iSchool are engaging communities in Baltimore’s Smart City transformation

 

Findings from a new multi-university study underscored a lack of resources—not lack of resourcefulness—that prevent residents from accessing opportunity and benefiting from safe, healthy communities in West Baltimore. The research, which was presented last week to city officials, community stakeholders and academic partners is the result of a “smart cities” grant from the National Science Foundation to understand how cities like Baltimore can employ “smart city” technology—such as smart street lights and citywide wi-fi—strategically and equitably to promote quality of life for all residents, particularly those in traditionally disadvantaged communities.

The multidisciplinary effort was led by the National Center for Smart Growth and the iSchool at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), along with colleagues from University of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University, and Morgan State University.

Director of the UMD’s National Center for Smart Growth Gerrit Knaap and iSchool Assistant Professor Vanessa Frias-Martinez, the project’s principal investigators, hope their research offers a glimpse of the barriers, concerns and hopes of Baltimore residents, and will help guide smart city design and development in disadvantaged communities. City officials say that the team’s recommendations will be implemented within months as part of Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh’s vision for Moving Baltimore Forward, an initiative to improve the quality of life of city communities.

Click here for more on this story on the UMD iSchool website.

 

UMD iSchool seeks to find the unfindable in the world’s languages

 

The University of Maryland (UMD) is part of a multi-institutional team tasked with building a powerful set of language technologies that can unlock information that has previously been unsearchable, and thus unfindable.

The four-year project, funded by a $14.4M grant from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), is expected to produce a language processing system that allows a user to type in a query in English and have information returned in English—even if the content is only available in a lesser-known language like Croatian.

The project involves faculty, postdocs and students from Maryland, Columbia University, Yale University, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Edinburgh. Columbia is the lead institution, with Kathleen McKeown, the founding director of Columbia’s Data Science Institute, serving as principal investigator.

The interdisciplinary research—already underway—includes experts in natural language processing, speech processing, and information retrieval.

“Today’s internet brings us closer together than ever before, but the diversity and richness of human language remains a challenge,” says Douglas Oard, a professor at the UMD College of Information Studies, who is heading up the UMD research team. “Computers can be trained to transform human language in many useful ways, but today that training process is still too expensive to affordably be applied to all the world’s languages, and too dependent on the artisanal skills of a small number of experts.”

Click here for more of this story on the UMD website.

 

iConference 2019 now accepting submissions

 

iConference 2019 is now open for submissions. The conference will take place March 31-April 3, 2019, in Washington, DC, under the theme “inform | include | inspire.” It will include peer-reviewed papers and posters, as well as workshops, interactive sessions, and other sessions geared toward faculty, researchers, graduate students and, starting this year, undergraduate students. Details on each submission type can be found on the conference website, and submissions can now be made using the secure submissions site.

Papers published by Springer
All Full Papers and Short Papers accepted for presentation at iConference 2019 will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science series (indexed by services such as Web of Science and Scopus). Springer will publish the papers as Green Open Access allowing them to be deposited in institutional repositories and the open access Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship repository (IDEALS). All poster abstracts will be deposited in the IDEALS repository.

New opportunities for iSchool researchers and undegrads
New this year, a Blue Sky track seeks papers that present ideas and visions that stimulate the iSchools research community to pursue new directions. And a new Undergraduate Symposium will provide peer networking opportunities for students from iSchools worldwide, including interactions with senior faculty to discuss their research and career path.

The submission deadline for papers, workshops, posters, Doctoral Colloquium, and Early Career Colloquium is September 10, 2018 while the submission deadline for Sessions for Interaction and Engagement, Blue Sky, Undergraduate Symposium, iSchool Partnerships and Practices, and Doctoral Dissertation Award is October 1, 2018.

Visit the conference’s Call for Participation page for more information and links to all iConference 2019 track pages. iConference 2019 is hosted by the University of Maryland, College Park in collaboration with Syracuse University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

About the iConference
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 to access past proceedings and conference summaries.