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Dr. Keith Marzullo Named Dean of Maryland’s College of Information Studies


College Park, Maryland (USA). – “Maryland’s College of Information Studies is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Keith Marzullo as Dean of the College of Information Studies (iSchool). Dr. Marzullo officially begins his position on August 1, 2016.
As Dean, Dr. Marzullo will build upon his extensive background in computer science and cybersecurity to elevate the iSchool’s leadership in information management, libraries and archives, and human-computer interaction.
“Dr. Marzullo is an impressive addition to the University of Maryland family,” says Mary Ann Rankin, UMD’s senior vice president and provost. “His deep expertise and innovative vision for the iSchool are a tremendous asset to the College of Information Studies and to the greater University.”
Dr. Marzullo will join the university from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where he served as the Director of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. Prior to that, Dr. Marzullo was at the National Science Foundation (NSF) for five years, where he served as Director of the Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS) in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate. In this role, he provided leadership in cybersecurity, networking, computer systems, and cyber physical systems.”
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SC&I To Offer New Master of Information Concentration This Fall: Archives and Preservation


New Brunswick, New Jersey (USA). – “This fall, The Rutgers School of Communication and Information will offer “Archives and Preservation,” a new concentration within its Master of Information (MI) degree program.
Available on campus and for the first time during the fall 2016 semester, this new concentration will prepare master’s students for careers in these areas: Librarian/Archivist, Digital Asset Manager/Digital Archivist, Museum Librarian/Archivist, Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian.
By taking the courses in the Archives and Preservation concentration, students will be prepared to assume the responsibilities and roles in identifying and preserving analog and digital records created by individuals, families and organizations as trustworthy evidence, they will be able to develop strategies for preserving cultural and scientific knowledge for current and future generations, learn about the tensions around privacy, access, and memorial contestation, and consider the role of records, documents, and archival institutions in upholding human rights and social justice.”
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Call for Content: iSchool Review – second issue


Berkeley, California (USA). -“The iSchool Review is a new publication designed specifically for work from master’s students in professional degree programs. As we begin to compile content for the second issue, we are seeking submissions related to information management, information design and information policy.
From traditional essays or policy papers to interactive information visualizations or UI/UX projects, we aim to publish cutting-edge works that further the interdisciplinary trajectory of 21st-century iSchools.
We will review submissions in two rounds, with a degree of preference given to early submitters. Following are the deadlines:
Round 1: Friday, 9 September 2016; and
Round 2: Friday, 21 October 2016.”
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Illinois’ Emily Knox elected to National Coalition Against Censorship board


Champaign, Illinois (USA). – “Assistant Professor Emily Knox has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC). An alliance of more than fifty nonprofit organizations, NCAC promotes freedom of thought, inquiry, and expression and opposes censorship in all its forms.
Knox’s research interests include information access, intellectual freedom and censorship, information ethics, information policy, and the intersection of print culture and reading practices. In 2015 she was awarded the Illinois Library Association Intellectual Freedom Award and was named a WISE Instructor of the Year.
Knox’s book, Book Banning in 21st Century America, was published by Rowman & Littlefield in January 2015. It is the first monograph in the Beta Phi Mu Scholars’ Series. The book is an expansion of the analysis presented in her Library & Information Science Research article, “Society, institutions, and common sense: Themes in the discourse of challengers in 21st century United States.””
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SMU researchers boost security of Google’s Android mobile systems


Singapore (Singapore). – “Ms Su Mon Kywe, a PhD candidate, and Associate Professor Li Yingjiu from SMU’s School of Information Systems have discovered several security weaknesses in Google’s Android 4.4 and Android 5.1 systems when performing vulnerability analysis on the Android framework as one of their security research projects with Huawei. The weaknesses were reported to Google which has subsequently fixed the vulnerabilities in the newer versions of their Android systems.
The SMU team’s purpose of conducting the vulnerability analysis was to discover security loopholes in the Android systems and report them in a timely manner, so that platform providers such as Google and Huawei can fix the vulnerabilities before they are exploited by real hackers.
The team’s research involved several static source-code analysis, such as building call-graphs and analysing data-flow, on Android Open Source Project (AOSP) published by Google. The source code of AOSP is also used by other platform vendors, such as Samsung and Huawei, with their own customisations. The result of SMU researchers’ analysis revealed that several types of attacks can be launched on mobile users using AOSP versions 4.4 and 5.1.”
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Drexel CCI Announces New Graduate Programs in Computer Science


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA). – “A New Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and Graduate Minor Will Provide Overviews of Computer Science Fundamentals.
Beginning Fall Quarter 2016, Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) will offer two new programs in computer science: a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Computer Science and a Graduate Minor in Computer Science. The programs are an addition to CCI’s existing graduate offerings in computer science, including the Master of Science in Computer Science and a PhD in Computer Science degree programs.
The new graduate offerings will be housed in the College’s Department of Computer Science, but are intended for students outside of the department without a computer science background.
The new programs will offer the opportunity to expand and obtain fundamental knowledge about computer science and related topical areas. Both programs aim to provide a systematic integration of computing including but not limited to rigorous algorithmic thinking and effective computational implementation, without any prerequisites on computer science knowledge.”
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Registration open for UMD iSchool’s 2016 Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library and Information Science (CIDLIS)


Maryland (USA). – “October 20-21, 2016, The University of Maryland, Stamp Student Union, Grand Ballroom & Prince George’s Room.
The 2016 Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library and Information Science (CIDLIS) is now open for registration and is accepting presentation proposals. CIDLIS is the one annual event at which practitioners, educators, and scholars interested in issues of diversity, inclusion, rights, and justice in LIS can gather to learn, share, and network, CIDLIS has grown in five years to now draw attendees from across the United States and Canada, as well as from Europe and Asia. Last year’s conference had more 220 attendees and it was actively followed on Twitter using #CIDLIS2015. We anticipate the attendance at this year’s event will be even larger.”
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University of Toronto iSchool Names New Dean


The Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto has named Professor Wendy Duff as its ninth Dean, for a two-year term. After serving as Interim Dean since January, Prof. Duff’s officially became Dean as of July 1, 2016, succeeding Professor Seamus Ross, who completed his term in December 2015.

“I look forward to working with the community to ensure we continue to offer students the courses and programs they need to become successful professionals, and provide an optimal academic environment to help our professors conduct ground breaking research and share that knowledge with the next generation of leaders,” Dean Duff says.

Within the iSchool and the U of T Community, Professor Duff has shown a passion for research, academia, the fields of archives and records management, and is a strong supporter of the iSchool’s mission. Prof. Duff joined the Faculty in 1997 and has since served as the Interim Director of Museum Studies program, Director of the Digital Curation Institute (DCI), and the Director of Graduate Studies at the iSchool.

At U of T, she has also served as a member of numerous University boards and committees including the Academic Board from 2008-2012 and 2014-2015, as well as the Planning and Budget Committee in 2014-2015.

As Dean, Professor Duff hopes to make essential advancements in operational, structural, and academic planning over the next two years. Specifically over the next year, she will review the strategic direction of the Faculty. Recognizing the changing landscape of working in the digital age, she wants to support the iSchool’s cutting-edge programs, while maintaining an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research for Masters and Doctoral students, as well as for faculty.

She remains an active researcher within the field of archives and records management, with a focus on access to archival materials, and is currently using case study methodology to understand how archives have assisted or failed to assist in righting injustices and supporting social justice.

Apart from her work in university administration, Professor Duff works with international team of researchers interested in creating access to primary materials through the network AX-SNet. She also served as a member of the International Council on Archives Ad hoc Commission on Descriptive Standards, the Encoded Archival Description Working Group, and The Canadian Council of Archives Standards Committee.

Professor Duff earned her B.A from the University of King’s College, her M.L.S. from Dalhousie University, and holds a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.


Applications to WHITE 2016 Doctoral Consortium due Aug. 1


Nominations are now being accepted for the WHITE 2016 Doctoral Consortium, which is a pre-conference event at the 7th Annual Workshop on Health IT and Economics (WHITE 2016). The WHITE 2016 Doctoral Consortium will be held on October 20th, 2016, from 1 pm to 6 pm, with a dinner following, in Washington, DC.

The WHITE 2016 consortium will provide an opportunity for doctoral students to receive feedback on their research, network and discuss career issues. All interested PhD students and recent post-docs working on research in the areas of health information systems, health economics, clinical fields and health policy are invited to apply. Acceptance will be based on a review of the application materials; the due date is Aug. 1, 2016.

More information and application instructions can be found at

WHITE is hosted by the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS) at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland College Park, with support from the United States Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) and the University of Michigan School of Public Health.


iSchool at Illinois changed its name and seeks nominations for Downs Intellectual Freedom Award


Champaign, Illinois (USA). – “The iSchool at Illinois announced that GSLIS, has change its name to the School of Information Sciences. “This change follows months of planning and communication, including a period of stakeholder consultation, and formal approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and the Illinois Board of Higher Education.
The new name encompasses the current expansion of academic offerings.
This fall, we will admit the first cohort of students to our new MS in Information Management, and we are continuing to advance and evolve our well-established programs: MS in Library and Information Science, MS/K-12 School Librarianship, Certificate of Advanced Study, and the PhD. In addition, plans are underway to establish an undergraduate major.
The name change also reflects our tradition of innovation and excellence.
We look forward to an equally bright future, one that embraces the full range of intellectual practices around information and advances our ethic of service, empowerment, and social benefit.”

The School seeks as well nominations for the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award. The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2016.
Given annually, the award acknowledges individuals or groups who have furthered the cause of intellectual freedom, particularly as it impacts libraries and information centers and the dissemination of ideas. Granted to those who have resisted censorship or efforts to abridge the freedom of individuals to read or view materials of their choice, the award may be in recognition of a particular action or a long-term interest in and dedication to the cause of intellectual freedom.
The Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award was established in 1969 by the faculty to honor Dean Emeritus Downs, a champion of intellectual freedom, on the occasion of his twenty-fifth anniversary as director of the School.”
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