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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.


Illinois iSchool presents Downs Intellectual Freedom Award to Iowa Library Association


The Iowa Library Association (ILA) has received the 2018 Downs Intellectual Freedom Award for taking a leadership role in several highly visible challenges to intellectual freedom. The award is given annually by the faculty of the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and cosponsored by Libraries Unlimited.

The ILA and its Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) were cited for their sustained commitment. Three recent examples are:

  • 2015: For working with the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom to reinstate Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in the Waterloo (IA) Community School District curriculum.
  • 2017: For defending the retention of Peter Chbosky’s Perks of Being a Wallflower in the AP English curriculum of Hempstead High School in Dubuque after the book was challenged.
  • 2018: For offering support and guidance to the Orange City Public Library following challenges to the inclusion of LGBTQ books in the library’s collection and a subsequent burning of those books by a nonresident that was shared on YouTube.

In addition, the ILA and IFC have taken a proactive approach to meeting threats to intellectual freedom and the First Amendment. They have partnered with the ACLU of Iowa to raise awareness of intellectual freedom issues and sponsored a session with trustees of Iowa libraries to discuss the importance of being proactive in a challenge-prone environment and how to respond when challenges occur.

A reception to honor the ILA will take place during the Midwinter Meeting of the ALA in Seattle, Washington, on Saturday, January 26, 2019.

The Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award is presented annually to acknowledge individuals or groups who have furthered the cause of intellectual freedom, particularly as it affects libraries and information centers and the dissemination of ideas. The award was established in 1969 by the iSchool’s faculty to honor Robert Downs, a champion of intellectual freedom, on his twenty-fifth anniversary as director of the School.

Click here for more details on the Illinois iSchool website.


Wayne State iSchool launches Associate Dean search


Wayne State University seeks applications for the Associate Dean position in its School of Information Sciences (SIS). Reporting to the Dean of the School of Information Sciences and the Wayne State University Library System (ULS), this is a unique leadership opportunity for an experienced, nationally recognized leader to help grow the School and to provide oversight for its academic programs. Click here to learn more.

The Wayne State School of Information Sciences (SIS) is home to two master’s degrees: a master’s in Library and Information Science (LIS) that is fully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA); and a new master’s in Information Management (IM). As a leader in online graduate programs, the School is an exemplar of exceptional online instruction at Wayne State University. Faculty research and teaching span numerous specialties including: Health Informatics, Data Analytics, Archives, Human Computer Interaction, History of Libraries and Information, School Library Media, Public Library Services to Children and Young Adults, Data Curation and Web Architecture.

Located at the epicenter of Detroit’s ongoing renaissance, Wayne State University has a strong urban commitment, with 29,000 full and part-time students. The school is a member of the iSchools organization.

This opening is also listed on the iSchools jobs page, along with positions available at other institutions.


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.


Conference 2019 decisions announced


UPDATED Nov. 19, 2018: iConference 2019 review decisions have been announced for all tracks except the Doctoral Dissertation Award. Emails were sent to all authors and co-authors. Users can log into their ConfTool account to view decisions and feedback.

Review decisions for iConference 2019 are in the process of being finalized, and authors can expect to receive notifications early in the week of Nov. 19, 2018. This year’s chairs are pleased with the high overall quality of submissions, and with limited space in the program many decisions have been difficult as a result.

Conference registration is also scheduled to open the week of Nov. 19. Stand by to start making your plans to attend iConference 2019, which takes place March 31 – April 3, 2019, in Washington DC.


UBC iSchool’s funded PhD program now accepting applications


The PhD program at the University of British Columbia School of Library, Archival and Information Studies is currently accepting applications for admission to its Fall 2019 cohort. The four-year funded program combines coursework with focused independent study and research. Students have ready access to faculty members and advisors and benefit from unique opportunities at a research-intensive university.

Areas of focus include human information interaction and design, knowledge organization, digital archives/ media, language processing, social media, cultural heritage and records and information management.

Full details available here.


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


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.


Arizona iSchool recruiting for funded doctoral postions


The University of Arizona School of Information is accepting applications for its PhD program, for the incoming fall 2019 cohort. The school seeks students with interests in machine learning, natural language processing, text retrieval, virtual/mixed reality, or game development/design.

Preferred incoming doctoral students for the fall 2019 cohort will bring strong computational skills. Also a plus are advanced object-oriented programming skills, experience with machine learning toolkits such as scikit-learn or Keras, or experience with widely used real-time development platforms such as Unity. Read the story on the Arziona website for more detail.


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.