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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.


Emerald Publishing to sponsor iConference 2019 Best Paper Award


We are excited to announce that Emerald Publishing has agreed to sponsor the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper at iConference 2019. Named in memory of the much-beloved conference champion and supporter of the information field, the award will now be known as the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper, Sponsored by Emerald Publishing.

The award is a $5,000 cash prize presented to the author or authors of the full research paper judged to be the best in the conference. Judging will be conducted by the paper and program chairs. Click here for details on past honorees.

The Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper was established in 2013 in memory of Lee Dirks of Microsoft Research and his wife Judy Lew, both tragically killed in an auto accident while travelling in Peru. Dirks earned a MLIS at the University of North Carolina iSchool, and was a board member and frequent guest lecturer at the University of Washington iSchool. He was an avid believer in the iSchool movement, and his annual sponsorships of the iConference helped establish the event in its early years.

Microsoft previously provided a grant to fund the Lee Dirks Award for six years. The organizers of iConference 2019 and the iSchools Organization are grateful to Emerald Publishing for their generosity in carrying the award forward for 2019.

In January, five finalists will be identified for the Lee Dirks Award for Best Paper, Sponsored by Emerald Publishing. The winning paper will be named at iConference 2019. Once again, our thanks to Emerald Publishing for continuing the legacy of this award.


iConference 2019 announces keynote speakers Kentaro Toyama and Brewster Kahle


The organizers of iConference 2019 have announced two of the three keynote speakers who will give presentations at the upcoming information conference in Washington DC. Those speakers are Kentaro Toyama of the University of Michigan iSchool and Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive. Details on these speakers follow, and more can be found on the conference’s keynote webpage. A third speaker will be announced in the near future.

iConference 2019 will take place Sunday, March 31 through Wednesday, April 3 at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in College Park, Maryland, USA. Keynote presentations are scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The conference provides a platform for intellectual discourse on information issues in contemporary society, with a tradition of thought-provoking keynote presentations that foster these exchanges.

Kentaro Toyama is the W.K. Kellogg Associate Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan School of Information and a fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT; Toyama works on the relationship of technology and global development. In his 2015 book Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology, Toyama highlighted the paradoxical consequence of technological amplification—for example, the same internet that enables international banking allows remote theft and ransomware, and the same digital technology that empowers economic growth exacerbates inequality. Toyama will expand on this in his presentation “Technology’s Law of Amplification, and What It Means for iSchools,” with a focus on the potential for a discipline-unifying role for Schools of Information.

Brewster KahleBrewster Kahle is founder of the Internet Archive and serves as digital librarian; Kahle has been working to provide universal access to knowledge for more than 25 years. Kahle will expand on how the Internet Archive’s Open Libraries project is enabling libraries to unlock their analog collections for a new generation of learners, with the power to transform library systems and bring them more fully into the digital age.

Click here for more information on these iConference speakers on the 2019 keynote webpage. A third speaker will be announced in November, and the formal iConference program schedule will be released in December.

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. Conference registration will open in mid-November. Visit the conference website for additional details.


Loretta Parham named winner of the 2018 James Partridge Award by UMD iSchool


Loretta Parham has been named the 2018 winner of the James Partridge Outstanding African American Information Professional Award. Presented by the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland and the Citizens for Maryland Libraries, the Partridge Award honors the members of the library profession who contribute greatly but who are often behind the scenes and not sufficiently publicly recognized for their important contributions to librarianship and the library community.

Loretta Parham is CEO & Library Director of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc., an independent entity operating as the single library shared by its four member institutions—Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College and Spelman College. Under her leadership the library was awarded the ACRL 2016 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. With more than 30 years in the profession her experience includes: Director of the Hampton University Library, Deputy Director of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pa., District Chief of the Chicago Public Library (CPL) and other professional positions with the Chicago Public Schools and the City Colleges of Chicago.

An active leader, scholar and engaging speaker, Parham was named the ACRL 2017 Academic Research Librarian of the Year, the 2016 Distinguished Alumna of the University of Michigan School of Information Sciences, an 2004 “Mover & Shaker” by Library Journal, has authored articles on HBCU libraries and archives, and is co-editor of the book, Achieving Diversity: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians. Parham is a member of the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors, a member of the University of Michigan Information School Alumni Advisory Board, Chair of the ALA Committee on Accreditation, and Chair of the ARCHE (Atlanta Regional Council on Higher Education) Library Council.

Parham is co-founder and past chair of the Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Library Alliance, past chair of the Georgia Humanities Council, former board member of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), the Wayne State University School of Library Science Advisory Board, past treasurer of the Oberlin Group and former trustee of OCLC, Inc. Parham holds the Master of Library Science degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and the Bachelor of Science in Communications from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

The 2018 James Partridge Award will be presented to Ms. Parham at the 2018 Conference on Inclusion and Diversity in Library and Information Science (CIDLIS) at the University of Maryland on November 9. CIDLIS is hosted by the Information Policy & Access Center and the College of Information Studies of the University of Maryland.

Click here for more information on the UMD iSchool website.