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Singapore AI expert named IEEE Fellow

 

Associate Professor Steven Hoi from the School of Information Systems (SIS) at Singapore Management University (SMU) has been elevated to IEEE Fellow with effect from 1 January 2019. He is being recognised for his contributions to machine learning for multimedia information retrieval and scalable data analytics.

The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest.

“I am honoured and greatly humbled to be elevated to IEEE Fellow,”Prof Hoi said “I would like to offer my sincerest gratitude to all my collaborators and students for their valuable support and contributions to my professional career, and to SMU for providing a dynamic and supportive research environment that has enabled me to undertake machine learning and artificial intelligence research in Singapore.”

Prof Hoi’s research contributions cover both fundamental research on machine learning methodology, and practical machine learning research for a wide range of real-world application domains in artificial intelligence (AI) and data science, including multimedia information retrieval, computer vision and pattern recognition, scalable data analytics, web search and mining, social media, computational finance, cybersecurity intelligence, and healthcare intelligence for smart nation.

Click here for the full story on the SMU website.

 

UMD iSchool offers special participatory events immediately following iConference 2019

 

iConference 2019 host University of Maryland is holding a series of workshops and related events immediately following the conference. iConference 2019 attendees may want to extend their stay in Washington DC to take advantage of these thought-provoking opportunities.

More information and sign up instruction on these post-conference events can be found below. Please note that the sign-up process for these events is separate from iConference registration; these post-conference events do not appear in iConference 2019 registration sign-up.

Developing a Computational Framework for Library and Archival Education
April 3 – 4, 2019

UMD researchers and partners will hold an IMLS-funded workshop to create the building blocks of a Master’s level educational curriculum to educate the next generation of librarians and archivists in the computational treatments of collections. The 2-day workshop will be held on Wednesday afternoon on campus and Thursday in Washington D.C. at the National Museum of Natural History on the Mall. Project outputs will include a framework for creating curricula and lesson plans, open access tools for institutions to deliver this type of educational program, and a community development plan to seed future collaboration in this area.

UMD seeks the participation of interested iSchool educators and researchers and a short statement of interest as the Workshop has limited seating and is by invitation. UMD will reach back out to prospective participants after they have submitted this application form. Registration is free.

Human-Computer Interaction Lab 36th Annual Symposium
April 4th, 2019

The Human-Computer Interaction Lab at UMD has a long, rich history of transforming the experience people have with new technologies. The HCIL Symposium will be held on Thursday April 4th, immediately following iConference. It will feature workshops, demos, tutorials and more. Click here for details on the HCIL website.

Disability Summit 2019
April 5, 2019

The 3rd Biennial University of Maryland Disability Summit will take place on Friday, April 5th, 2019. All panels and presentations will take place in McKeldin Library on the University of Maryland, College Park campus. Registration is free. Click here for more information

We encourage iConference 2019 attendees to look into these offerings before finalizing their iConference travel and lodging plans; you might want to extend your stay!

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 the Computing Research Association, Emerald Publishing, Elsevier and MDPI. 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.

 

Malaysia’s UiTM joins iSchools

 

The iSchools organization is pleased to present its newest member, the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Faculty of Information Management. Located in Malaysia, the school joins the organization’s Asia-Pacific Region. With this addition the iSchools now number 97 active members.

The UiTM iSchool is headed by Professor Dr. Sohaimi Zakaria, and is currently celebrating its 50th year of operation. The school has two full professors plus 106 teaching staff and lecturers.

The student body numbers 400 students in its PhD and Master’s programs, as well as more than 2,100 undergraduates. Graduate programs include a Doctor of Philosophy in Information Management, as well as Master’s programs in Information Management, Records & Documents Management, Knowledge Management and Library Science. The school also offer Bachelor’s degrees in Library Management, Information System Management, Records Management and Resource Center Management.

Click here to visit the UiTM iSchool website.

 

US Librarian of Congress to speak at iConference 2019

 

The organizers of iConference 2019 are pleased to announce that Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden has agreed to speak at our upcoming conference. Hayden is the 14th Librarian of Congress, and the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library. Her keynote address is a welcome and appropriate addition to the Washington DC-based event.

With the announcement of Hayden’s keynote address, the iConference slate of speakers is now complete. In addition to Hayden, conference delegates will hear from Kentaro Toyama of Microsoft Research India, and Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive.

We encourage everyone to finalize their plans to attend iConference 2019. Conference registration is now open, with discounted early rates available through January 18, 2019. A limited supply of specially priced rooms are available at the conference hotel; lodging details can be found on our venue page, along with additional information about travel and visas.

About Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden
Carla Hayden’s undergraduate studies took place at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and she earned her a master’s and doctorate from the University of Chicago Graduate Library School. She began her library career at the Chicago Public Library, and then moved on to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. Following this, she became CEO of Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland from 1993 until 2016. She also served president of the American Library Association (ALA) in 2003 and 2004. Hayden was nominated to the Librarian of Congress position by President Barack Obama on February 24, 2016; her nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 13, and she was sworn in on September 14, 2016.

Visit the iConference keynote page for more about Carla Hayden and the rest of our 2019 speakers.

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 the Computing Research Association, Emerald Publishing, Elsevier and MDPI. 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.

 

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.