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“Information Processing and Management” journal seeks contributions for special issue on Information Need

 

Information Processing and Management (Elsevier Publishing) is preparing a special issue on “information need.” Guest editors Pia Borlund (Oslo Metropolitan University) and Ian Ruthven (University of Strathclyde) invite original, unpublished papers for consideration, with all submissions due Jan. 15, 2019.

According to the editors, the Special Issue is intended to present a collection of significant contributions to our understanding of the concept of Information Need. Contributions to this issue will go beyond simply describing information needs in order to answer critical questions regarding the nature of information needs. Submissions may answer theoretical questions on how we conceptualise need or perform comparisons between information need and alternative concepts. They may empirically demonstrate new knowledge about information needs in new contexts or provide new ways to distinguish between information needs. They may also help us evaluate how to support information needs of different types or present new methodologies for understanding information needs.

Click here for more informations and links for making submissions

 

ALISE launches Leadership Academy, seeks participants

 

ALISE is launching a Leadership Academy intended for prospective leaders in library and information science. The first iteration will will take place February 7-8, 2019 in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Academy aims to provide the next generation of leadership in library and information science with an opportunity to explore their possible interests in leadership roles as Chairs, Directors, and Deans. ALISE expects the Academy to create a cohort of future leaders who will have a network of colleagues to support their own learning and leadership development.

Click here for more information and a registration link on the ALISE website. Participants in the Academy will be asked to complete a leadership assessment exercise and short readings prior to the event. The agenda will provide ample opportunity for networking, informal conversation, and Q&A. Topics to be addressed include communication, coaching, mentoring, recruitment, team building, and workload management/priority setting.

 

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.

 

TODAY is deadline for iConference 2019 papers, posters, workshops and more

 

Today, Sept. 10, 2018 marks the first of two iConference 2019 submission deadlines. All papers, posters and workshop proposals are due by 11:59 pm BIT (UTC-12), as well as doctoral colloquium applications and early career colloquium applications. Submissions for all remaining tracks are due Oct. 1, three weeks from today.

Authors can make their submissions on our secure submission website up to the cutoff time of 11:59 pm BIT (23:59). This represents the last time zone on Earth; as befits an international organization, as long as it remains Sept. 10 somewhere on the planet, we will accept submissions.

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.

 

One week to iConference 2019 submission deadline

 

This coming Monday, Sept. 10, is the deadline for iConference Papers, Posters and Workshop proposals, as well as applications for the Doctoral Colloquium and Early Career Colloquium. Please note that for the first time, participation in the Early Career Colloquium requires submission of an application and acceptance into the Colloquium.

Submissions can be made at any time on our secure submissions website. We will close for submissions end-of-day Monday at 11:59 pm BIT (UTC-12). Visit our conference home page for full details.

Submissions for all remaining tracks are due Oct. 1. Details on all conference submssion types are available using links below:

Papers
Full research papers (up to 10 pages) and short research papers (up to 6 pages); accepted papers will be published by Springer. Deadline: Sept. 10

Posters
Poster abstracts can be up to 4 pages and will be published in IDEALS. Deadline: Sept. 10

Workshops
An ideal venue for building communities and advancing particular fields. Deadline: Sept. 10

Doctoral Colloquium
Opportunity to engage with senior faculty and fellow doctoral students. Deadline: Sept. 10

Early Career Colloquium
Career guidance targeting pre-tenure faculty and post-doctoral researchers. Note that starting this year participants must apply in advance. Deadline: Sept. 10

Undergraduate Symposium
New pre-conference event specially created for undergraduates. Deadline: Oct. 1

Blue Sky Papers
Ideas and visions stimulating new directions for iSchool research. Deadline: Oct. 1

Sessions for Interaction and Engagement
Interactive sessions, installations and more. Deadline Oct. 1

iSchool Partnerships and Practices
Showcases effective school programs and industry collaborations. Deadline Oct. 1

iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award
Recognizes the year’s most outstanding dissertation. Deadline: Oct. 1

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.

 

iConference deadline just two weeks away; papers, posters, workshops and more due Sept. 10

 

The first of two iConference 2019 submission deadlines is approaching fast. Sept. 10, 2018 is the deadline for Papers, Posters and Workshop proposals, as well as applications for the Doctoral Colloquium and Early Career Colloquium. Submissions for all remaining tracks are due Oct. 1. Details available using links below:

Papers
Full research papers (up to 10 pages) and short research papers (up to 6 pages); accepted papers will be published by Springer. Deadline: Sept. 10

Posters
Poster abstracts can be up to 4 pages and will be published in IDEALS. Deadline: Sept. 10

Workshops
An ideal venue for building communities and advancing particular fields. Deadline: Sept. 10

Doctoral Colloquium
Opportunity to engage with senior faculty and fellow doctoral students. Deadline: Sept. 10

Early Career Colloquium
Career guidance targeting pre-tenure faculty and post-doctoral researchers. Note that starting this year participants must apply in advance. Deadline: Sept. 10

Undergraduate Symposium
New pre-conference event specially created for undergraduates. Deadline: Oct. 1

Blue Sky Papers
Ideas and visions stimulating new directions for iSchool research. Deadline: Oct. 1

Sessions for Interaction and Engagement
Interactive sessions, installations and more. Deadline Oct. 1

iSchool Partnerships and Practices
Showcases effective school programs and industry collaborations. Deadline Oct. 1

iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award
Recognizes the year’s most outstanding dissertation. Deadline: Oct. 1

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

 

New offerings and opportunities at iConference 2019; deadlines coming soon

 

Each year, the iConference offers something new for information scholars and professionals. But iConference 2019 has upped the ante, with an unprecedented number of new and updated tracks scheduled to take place in Washington DC, March 31 – April 3. When these new offerings are combined with perennial favorites such as Research Papers, Posters, Workshops, Sessions for Interaction and Engagement, Doctoral Colloquium and more, iConference 2019 will truly offer something for everyone in the information field.

Here’s a quick look at what’s in store for 2019.

Blue Sky Papers
In addition to our existing Research Papers track (due Sept. 10), the iConference is introducing a new Blue Sky Papers track for 2019. Track chairs Kevin Crowston and John King are seeking papers that present ideas and visions that stimulate the iSchool research community to pursue new directions, and are particularly interested in papers that identify what sets iSchools apart from others.

“The Blue Sky track was inspired by the desire to push the frontiers of the information space,” says King. “We hope to receive thoughtful ideas about where the information fields are or should be headed, and in particular, things that are of special interest to the information fields.”

According to Crowston, the “Blue Sky” title was chosen in hopes of soliciting ideas that are open-ended, possibly even “outrageous” or “wacky.” Travel grants in the amount of $1,000, $750 and $500 will be given to the authors of the best three Blue Sky Papers, respectively, thanks to a grant from the Computer Research Association (CRA).

Blue Sky Paper submissions are due Oct. 1, 2018. Click here for more details.

Undergraduate Symposium
The iConference has always welcomed undergraduate participation, but iConference 2019 is taking that a step further with 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, who is co-chairing the Symposium along with Matthew Bietz.

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. 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.”

Click here for details on how to apply for the 2019 Undergraduate Symposium.

Early Career Colloquium
The Early Career Colloquium has been an integral part of the iConference for many years. But this year we are taking steps to make it an even more targeted and meaningful experience.

For the first time, would-be participants are being asked to apply for the Colloquium in advance, with all applications due Sept. 10, 2018. Track Chairs Hamid R. Ekbia and Dick Kawooya will select participants who they feel will most benefit from the Colloquium based on their career position, needs and potential. The change was inspired in part by conference participant feedback spanning many years. Space will be limited in order to provide a more targeted overall experience.

Click here for details on how to apply for the 2019 Early Career Colloquium.

iSchool Partnerships and Practices
Originally introduced at iConference 2017, these sessions showcase iSchool-members’ practices and strategies as well as their collaborative activities with industry partners and other non-academic actors. Formerly offered separately as iSchool Best Practices and iSchools and Industry Partnerships, the two tracks have now been combined into a single iSchool Partnerships and Practices track. All iSchool member-institutions are invited to submit proposals and case studies to be considered for inclusion in this special program. Click here for details.

Research Papers
The most significant change to this track was actually introduced at iConference 2018 and is being carried on in 2019: All accepted research papers are now published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science, and therefore be indexed by major services such as Web of Science and Scopus.

iConference Research Papers are divided into two categories. The Full Research Papers category remains relatively unchanged from previous years, focusing on new and original research results from empirical investigations and experiments, or from theory and model development.

The other papers category has been updated for 2019. Officially renamed Short Papers, the information community is encouraged to use this category to present new, provocative, and cross-cutting themes. The papers chairs expect short papers to provide more focused and succinct contributions to the research program than did the early work/preliminary results category of previous years. Authors wishing to present preliminary work are encouraged to explore the Posters track, or perhaps even the Blue Sky Papers track.

“The slight change in the iConference 2019 papers call is meant to attract high quality research submissions that are full archival quality (on par with a journal submission), or more succinct submissions that are narrower in scope, but equal in quality and potential impact,” says Nicholas Weber, who chairs the track along with Aleksandra Sarcevic. “We encourage authors to take advantage of both formats – the shorter more focused submissions are an excellent opportunity to experiment and try out ideas amongst iSchool peers.”

Click here for details on iConference Research Papers submissions.

Submission Deadlines Approaching Fast
The iConference is currently accepting submissions on its secure submission website. September 10 is the deadline for Research Papers, Posters, Workshop proposals, Doctoral Colloquium applications and Early Career Colloquium applications.

October 1 is the deadline for all remaining tracks, including Blue Sky Papers, SIE proposals, iSchool Partnerships and Practices proposals, Undergraduate Symposium applications and Doctoral Dissertation Award nominations.

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. 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 to access past proceedings and conference summaries.

 

iConference papers deadline approaching fast

 

The iConference 2019 papers deadline is less than a month away. Full research papers and short research papers are both due Sept. 10, 2018. Accepted papers will be published by Springer and indexed by major services such as Web of Science and Scopus. September 10th is also the deadline for Posters, Workshop proposals, Doctoral Colloquium applications, and Early Career Colloquium applications (note that the ECC application process is new for 2019).

The full research papers category for 2019 is relatively unchanged from previous years. These works should present new and original research results from empirical investigations and experiments, or from theory and model development. The papers chairs expect these papers to break new ground and provide complete and substantial support for their results and conclusions. Papers presenting a new system design or implications for design are also encouraged.

The other papers category has been updated for 2019. Now officially called short papers, the information community is encouraged to use this category to present new, provocative, and cross-cutting themes. Short research papers might include critical literature reviews of an emerging topic, theory building that is in the early stages of development, or new analysis / methods applied to existing data. The papers chairs expect short papers to provide more focused and contributions to the research program than did the early work/preliminary results category of previous years. Authors wishing to present preliminary work are encouraged to explore the posters track.

“The slight change in the iConference 2019 papers call is meant to attract high quality research submissions that are full archival quality (on par with a journal submission), or more succinct submissions that are narrower in scope, but equal in quality and potential impact,” says papers co-chair Nicholas Weber. “We encourage authors to take advantage of both formats – the shorter more focused submissions are an excellent opportunity to experiment and try out ideas amongst iSchool peers.”

Again, the deadline for both papers categories is Sept. 10, 2018. All papers will undergo double-blind peer review, and decisions will be announced in mid November. Details can be found on the iConference papers page. Questions can be directed to the papers co-chairs.

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. The iConference is open to any and all information scholars and researchers, regardless of institutional affiliation.

Sept. 10, 2018 is the deadline for Research Papers, Posters, Workshop proposals, Doctoral Colloquium applications and Early Career Colloquium applications. Oct. 1 is the deadline for all remaining tracks, including Sessions for Interaction and Engagement proposals, iSchools Partnerships and Practices, and the new Blue Sky track and Undergraduate Symposium applications.

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.

 

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.