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“Online Information Review” issues new call for papers

 

Online Information Review, an international, ISI listed journal published by the University of Sheffield iSchool, has just announced the following three Calls For Papers for Special issues:

Social Media Mining for Journalism: http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/news_story.htm?id=7570

Lifelogging Behaviour and Practice: http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/call_for_papers.htm?id=7544

Open-access mega-journals: Continuity and innovation in scholarly communication: http://emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/call_for_papers.htm?id=7545

Online Information Review is edited by Jo Bates, Andrew Cox, Robert Jaschke and Angela Lin from the Sheffield Information School. Lean more

 

Illinois iSchool Dean to Step Down in August

 

Allen Renear, dean of the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will step down from his role in August 2018 and return to Illinois iSchool faculty.

In announcing the pending change, the school notes that Renear’s leadership has been critical during a period of rapid growth and transformation. During this time, the School expanded programs and resources while continuing to preserve its core identity and values.

“I want to thank Dean Renear for his passion as an advocate for the School, its faculty, staff, and students. During his tenure as dean, the School initiated new degrees, changed its name to reflect the full scope of its curriculum and research activities, developed a new robust financial foundation, reorganized its administration, made critical hires in strategic areas, and articulated an important vision of the role of the information sciences at the University and beyond,” said John Wilkin, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost for the Urbana campus.

Renear joined the iSchool as a faculty member in 2001. From 2008 to 2011, he served as associate dean for research. He was named interim dean in February 2012, and then later dean of the School.

“The time seems to have gone by quickly, but I am already past the median tenure for college deans, and I am looking forward to returning to my students and my research,” said Renear.

“It has been a great honor and privilege to serve as dean, but this is a perfect time for a transition. We are a top-ranked School with new exciting programs and terrific faculty and staff, and we have an emerging leadership role here at the University and beyond. Our next dean will have the opportunity to contribute to our School’s continued evolution and excellence, advancing our mission and supporting the communities we serve.”

The University will soon initiate a national search for a new dean, with the goal of filling the position before Renear steps down in August.

 

Carnegie Mellon iSchool Dean Named President of INFORMS

 

Carnegie Mellon University iSchool Dean Ramayya Krishnan has been elected as the 25th president of the board of directors of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, known as INFORMS. Dr. Krishnan will begin his three-year term in January of 2018.

According to a report on the INFORMS website, Dr. Krishnan will work closely with both the INFORMS Board of Directors and the INFORMS staff to build deeper partnerships between academia, industry, and government, with the goal of facilitating greater research, development, and deployment in the fields of operations research, analytics, and the management sciences. 

The iSchools organization envisions a future in which the iSchool movement has spread around the world, and the information field is widely recognized for creating innovative systems and designing information solutions that benefit individuals, organizations, and society. Dr. Krishnan’s appointment is an example of the critical role iSchools leaders play in realizing this vision, and shaping the future of the information field.

 

New Web Feature Showcases iSchool Research, Graduates, and More

 

The iSchools organization has launched a new web feature, Our Stories, that seeks to tell the many stories of its member schools. The feature includes a research blog showcasing the work of young scholars, profiles of successful graduates, a repository for content specific to the primary iSchools regions, and background on the iSchool movement.

“Each of the 86 iSchools member institutions has its own strengths and specializations,” said iSchool Executive Director Michael Seadle. “With ‘Our Stories,’ our site will showcase individual schools—their research, faculty, students and alumni—while at the same time demonstrating the organization’s collective interest in the relationships between information, people, and technology.”

The organization is looking to expand the content of Our Stories, and member schools are invited to submit content suggestions. See the Our Stories subsections for content submission instructions.

 

Wayne State iSchool Announces New MSIM Degree

 

The Wayne State University School of Information Sciences has announced a new master of science in information management (MSIM) degree. The program, which will begin in the winter 2018 semester, will prepare students for careers in information management and related fields.

The 30-credit MSIM is offered fully online, allowing students to learn remotely regardless of location. Students have multiple specializations to choose from, including software tools, web-based information systems, data analytics, health and scientific data management, and user experience.

“At a time when data and information in all forms are becoming increasingly important, adding the MSIM allows us to tailor our degree offerings more closely to the competencies that students’ varying career interests demand,” said Stephen Bajjaly, associate dean and professor at the School of Information Sciences.

The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts good to excellent growth prospects for the various information management subspecialties.

Read more on the Wayne State website.

 

UNC professors awarded NSF grant to develop systems that utilize search trails

 

Have you ever been struggling to find information on a particularly complex topic and thought “I can’t possibly be the first person to look for this”? You probably were not, and the searchers who preceded you may have left valuable “search trails” – including queries issued, results clicked, pages viewed, pages bookmarked, and annotations entered – that could help you locate what you need.

Rob Capra and Jaime Arguello, professors at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS), recently received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant worth nearly $500,000 to develop and evaluate systems that will automatically display relevant search trails as a form of search assistance to users. The project has the potential to improve a broad range of systems, including web search engines used by millions, digital libraries, and enterprise and website-specific search engines.

“Prior research has suggested the usefulness of search trails, but has not answered key research challenges required to design and implement them,” Capra said. “The system needs to predict when to display search trails to a user, which trails to display, and how to display them in a way that supports the user’s goal.”

Capra and Arguello will execute their project in three phases. Phase 1 will determine which factors of the user, task, and system influence whether a searcher wants help, for what purpose, and whether they are able to gain useful information. Phase 2 will develop models for predicting when to show trails to a user based on user and task features, as well as behavioral measures that indicate whether a searcher is having difficulty. Finally, Phase 3 will develop models for predicting which trails to show for the current search session.

Read more on the UNC iSchool website.

 

Berkeley’s iSchool Review Seeks Contributions from Masters’ Students

 

The iSchool at the University of California, Berkeley has issued a Call for Contributions to the third issue of The iSchool Review. The publication debuted two years ago, designed specifically for work from master’s students in professional degree programs.

The Call for Contributions contains complete submission guidelines. Submissions will be reviewed in two rounds, with Round 1 submissions due Oct. 27, 2017 and Round 2 due Nov. 17, 2017. Submissions from students at any iSchool will be considered.

Those interested in learning more about the publication are invited to review issue #2 online.

The iSchool Review is a publication of the iSchool at Berkeley, a member of iSchools Organization; the iSchools Organization endorses the publication, but is not responsible for its content.

 

iSchools Welcome Two New Members

 

The iSchools are pleased to announce two new additions to its consortium of institutions dedicated to leading and promoting the information field. The new schools are the Wayne State University School of Information Sciences, and the State University of New York at Buffalo’s Department of Library and Information Studies.

With these additions, iSchools membership now totals 86 institutions, with several more currently undergoing consideration.

“The continued growth of the iSchools organization is a testament to the increasing momentum of the iSchools movement worldwide,” said iSchools Executive Director Michael Seadle.

About the iSchools
The iSchools organization was founded in 2001 by a collective of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field in the 21st Century. It has since grown into a consortium of more than 80 universities and institutions spanning five continents.

The iSchools organization supports and recognizes student achievement through its annual Doctoral Colloquium and Doctoral Dissertation Award, as well as other special contests and mentoring opportunities. The iSchools also provide collaboration tools and other support to assist faculty in their teaching and research endeavors. Every year, the iSchools organization presents the iConference, a forum in which information scholars, researchers and professionals share their insights on critical information issues in contemporary society. The next iConference is scheduled to take place March 25-28, 2018 in Sheffield, UK, under the theme “Transforming Digital Worlds.”

 

UMD iSchool’s Dr. Marciano receives Emmett Leahy Award for pioneering work in records and information management

 

The Emmett Leahy Award annually honors a pioneer in the field of records and information management. The 2017 award recognizes Dr. Richard Marciano’s outstanding and sustained work in digital records and information management. His insightful development of cyberinfrastructure to support records management has resulted in new methodologies, experimental systems, and analytics – producing new knowledge and new ways to understand the past. Dr. Marciano’s work has led to innovative advancements in record keeping for the humanities, sciences, and archives.

Dr. Marciano is a professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, Director of the Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC), and Director of the Sustainable Archives and Leveraging Technologies (SALT) lab. Prior to that, he conducted research at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego for over a decade with an affiliation in the Division of Social Sciences in the Urban Studies and Planning program. His research interests center on digital preservation, sustainable archives, cyberinfrastructure, and big data.

Click here for more on the UMD website.

 

Your last weekend to finalize iConference submissions

 

The iConference 2018 submission deadline is Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. This is the last weekend for authors to finish up papers, posters, doctoral colloquium applications and other submissions.

The conference will accept submissions throughout the day on Monday, Sept. 19. When the time/date code at the top of the secure submission website rolls over to Tuesday, the conference will close to further submissions.

iConference 2018 will take place March 25-28, 2018, in Sheffield, UK. This is the iSchools’ thirteenth annual gathering of scholars, researchers and professionals who share an interest in the critical information issues of contemporary society. The 2018 theme is “Transforming Digital Worlds,” and the aim is to bring together thinkers and leaders from academia, industry and not-for-profit organizations, to discuss emerging challenges and potential solutions for information and data management in our rapidly changing world.

Accepted 2018 papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science series and will therefore be indexed by major services such as Web of Science and Scopus. The papers will be published as Green Open Access allowing them to be deposited in institutional repositories as well as in the open access Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS).

iConference 2018 is jointly organised by two of the UK’s iSchools: The University of Sheffield’s Information School and the iSchool at Northumbria. iConference 2018 will be hosted in Sheffield, a city of stunning landscapes – the greenest in Europe, creative, welcoming and rich in culture and history, but with a modern outlook and lots to see and do.

The iConference is presented by the iSchools organization, a worldwide consortium of information schools dedicated to advancing the information field, and preparing students to meet the information challenges of the 21st Century. Affiliation with the iSchools is not a prerequisite of participation; we encourage all information scholars and practitioners to take part in the conference.