Location: College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Total registered participants: 593
Full Research Papers: 44 (acceptance rate 33%)
Rates (listed in GBP):
Sessions for Interaction and Engagement Proposals
iSchools Partnerships and Practices Proposals
Keynotes Chair: Dan Russell, Google, Inc.
Conference Coordinator: Clark Heideger, iSchools Inc.
Conference Management: Mary Kendig, University of Maryland
The following awards were presented at iConference 2019.
Doctoral Dissertation Award
This award recognizes the most outstanding dissertation of the preceding year. Each member iSchool was invited to submit one dissertation for blind review by an international jury made up of iSchool leadership and faculty. The winner received $2,500 U.S., the runner up $1,000 U.S.
2019 Runner Up
Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper
Sponsored in 2019 by Emerald Publishing, the Lee Dirks Award is presented to the author(s) of the conference’s most outstanding full research paper. The award includes a prize of $5,000 U.S. This award honors the memory of Lee Dirks of Microsoft Research, long-time friend and supporter of the iConference. Click here for past winners.
2019 Winning Paper
Runners Up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Documenting the Undocumented: Privacy and Security Guidelines for Humanitarian Work with Irregular Migrants
Title: The Innovation Ecology: Collaborative Information, Community Support, and Policy in A Creative Technology Community
Title: Understanding Change in a Dynamic Complex Digital Object: Reading Categories of Change out of Patch Notes Documents
Best Short Research Paper
Runners up, in alphabetical order:
Title: Looking for Group: Live Streaming Programming for Small Audiences
Title: Proposing “Mobile, Finance, and Information” Toolkit for Financial Inclusion of the Poor in Developing Countries
Title: Public-Private Partnerships in Data Services: Learning From Genealogy
Finalists were selected based on their abstract submissions, and the winner determined based on their resulting presentation at the conference.
Runners up, in alphabetical order:
Title: The Economic Value of Personal Information Under the Situation of Information Leakage
Title: Leaving No One Behind: Preparing China’s Public Librarians for Providing Multicultural Services to Ethnic Minorities
Title: Towards a Domain Ontology for Data Assemblages
Blue Sky Papers Awards
Awards for this special track were funded by a grant from the Computer Research Association, with $1,000 going to the first place paper, $750 to second and $500 to third.
Monday, April 1, 2019, 8:30 am
Kentaro Toyama is W. K. Kellogg 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. He is the author of Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology. From 2005-2009, Toyama was co-founder and assistant managing director of Microsoft Research India. There, he started the Technology for Emerging Markets research group, which conducts interdisciplinary research to understand how the world’s poorest communities interact with electronic technology and to invent new ways for technology to support their socio-economic development. Prior to his time in India, Toyama did research in artificial intelligence, computer vision, and human-computer interaction at Microsoft and taught mathematics at Ashesi University in Ghana. Toyama graduated from Yale with a Ph.D. in computer science and from Harvard with a bachelor’s degree in physics.
Technology’s Law of Amplification, and What It Means for iSchools
Four years out, I am not sure what the net impact of the book has been, but I have received a lot of excellent feedback. In this talk, I will overview the amplification thesis, discuss the feedback I have heard (and not heard), and highlight a paradoxical consequence of technological amplification — that in an age of advanced technology, people and institutions matter even more than before. This last point hints at an essential, discipline-unifying role for Schools of Information that I would like to propose for the iConference community.
Brewster KahleTuesday, April 2, 2019, 8:30 am
Brewster Kahle, Digital Librarian and Founder of the Internet Archive, has been working to provide universal access to all knowledge for more than 25 years. Since the mid-1980s, Kahle has focused on developing technologies for information discovery and digital libraries. In 1989 Kahle invented the Internet’s first publishing system, WAIS (Wide Area Information Server) system. In 1996, Kahle founded the Internet Archive which may be the largest digital library. At the same time, he co-founded Alexa Internet which helps catalog the Web in April 1996, which was sold to Amazon.com in 1999.
Kahle earned a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1982.
But now, through innovations in technology and new legal frameworks, we have the power to transform our library system and bring it into the digital age. The Internet Archive’s Open Libraries project is working with library partners across the country to bring 4 million books online, starting with a wishlist of the most widely held and used books in libraries and classrooms. Our project includes expanded circulation of these digital books, enabling libraries who own the physical works to lend digital copies to their patrons.
Through Open Libraries, thousands of libraries can unlock their analog collections for a new generation of learners, ensuring free, long-term, public access to knowledge.
Carla HaydenWednesday, April 3, 2019, 8:30 am
Carla Diane Hayden is an American librarian and the 14th Librarian of Congress. She is the first woman and the first African American to hold the post, and she is the first professional librarian appointed to the post in over 60 years.
Hayden attended Roosevelt University in Chicago (B.A., political science, 1973), also earning a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Chicago Graduate Library School (1977, 1987).
Hayden began her library career at the Chicago Public Library. From 1973 to 1979, she worked as an Associate/Children’s Librarian and from 1979 to 1982, she was Young Adult Services Coordinator. From 1982 to 1987, Hayden worked as a Library Services Coordinator at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.
Following this, she was the CEO of Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland from 1993 until 2016. She advanced the Baltimore library system into the digital age, greatly expanding the library’s digital resources, increasing the number of computers available to the public, and opening an after-school center for teens. During her tenure with the Baltimore library, she oversaw the opening of the system’s first new branch in more than three decades.
During this time, she became the president of the American Library Association (ALA) from 2003 to 2004, choosing as the theme of her presidency “Equity of Access.” In this role, Hayden was vocal in her public opposition to the Patriot Act, leading a battle for the protections of library users’ privacy.
On February 24, 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Hayden to serve as the next Librarian of Congress.
On July 13, 2016, she was confirmed as Librarian of Congress by a 74-18 vote in the United States Senate. Hayden was sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on September 14, 2016. Even though more than eighty percent of American librarians are women, for over two hundred years, the position of Librarian of Congress was filled exclusively by white men, making her appointment notably historic.
Libraries in the Digital Age: Now What? The Library of Congress is leading the way in having collections and resources digitized and accessible online. As we navigate through new technologies and applications, how do libraries adopt to the changing digital landscape and keeping users engaged?