Call for Workshop Papers on Computational Archival Science


A workshop titled “Computational Archival Science: digital records in the age of big data,” to be presented at IEEE Big Data 2017, is now calling for papers. The workshop will explore the conjunction (and its consequences) of emerging methods and technologies around big data with archival practice and new forms of analysis and historical, social, scientific, and cultural research engagement with archives. Details at

The call for papers comes from program chairs Prof. Richard Marciano (University of Maryland iSchool), Prof. Victoria Lemieux (University of British Columbia iSchool) and Dr. Mark Hedges, King’s College London. Papers are due Oct. 10, 2017.

“The large-scale digitization of analog archives, the emerging diverse forms of born-digital archive, and the new ways in which researchers across disciplines (as well as the public) wish to engage with archival material, are resulting in disruptions to transitional archival theories and practices,” the papers call notes. “Increasing quantities of ‘big archival data’ present challenges for the practitioners and researchers who work with archival material, but also offer enhanced possibilities for scholarship through the application of computational methods and tools to the archival problem space, and, more fundamentally, through the integration of ‘computational thinking’ with ‘archival thinking’.”


UBC Offers Funded Ph.D. Opportunities in Library, Archival and Information Studies


The School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS the iSchool@UBC) is seeking exceptional and dynamic doctoral students to join them in September 2017 for their Doctor of Philosophy program in Library, Archival and Information Studies. Located in the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia the University of British Columbia is consistently recognized as one of the top 40 Universities in the world.

Admitted candidates typically receive up to 2 years of full funding in the form of Graduate Student Initiative funding through the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies with additional funding opportunities in the forms of research, teaching and service assistantships.

Those thinking about starting a Ph.D. who would like to talk to UBC about opportunities at the iSchoolare invited to attend an online information session that will provide further details.

Session Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am Pacific Standard Time

Co-hosted by Dr. Edie Rasmussen, Chair of the Doctoral Studies Committee and Dr. Luanne Freund, Acting Director

Interested parties can register for the session at

A Face-to-Face session will be held on Thursday October 6th from 12:00pm – 1:00pm in the iSchool Trail Meeting Room, 4th Floor Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, please register for that session here.

Application Deadline for PhD program:

  • Deadline for funding/award consideration – December 15, 2016
  • Final Application deadline – January 15, 2017 (all supporting documents due on February 1, 2017)


iSchool@UBC’s Social Media for Information Professionals: A Critical Look


“Frustrated by social media? Social Media is no longer an emerging area for information professionals – it is a crucial aspect of our professional daily lives. The iSchool@ UBC is offering a two day course tailored to the needs of librarians and information professionals. This course focuses on the professional challenges of implementing social media tools and the issues in using social media effectively.”

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iSchool@UBC Announces New Continuing Education Courses


The iSchool at UBC (SLAIS) is pleased to announce our new Continuing Education program. Courses are now offered to library and archival specialists looking to explore the changes and growing opportunities in information studies. Building on the iSchool’s commitment to support researchers and professionals in an information-intensive industry, our courses are designed to help information specialists make better business decisions in a globally driven environment.

Courses are starting this spring. Read more