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iSchools Announce 2017 Dissertation Award Honorees

 

The iSchools organization is pleased to announce the results of its 2017 Doctoral Dissertation Award competition. The winner is Dr. Rachel Ivy Clarke, for her dissertation, “It’s Not Rocket Library Science: Design Epistemology and American Librarianship.” Dr. Clarke’s dissertation, conducted at the University of Washington Information School, was judged the best to have been completed at a member-iSchool in the preceding academic year. The runner up was Dr. Jasy Liew Suet Yan for her dissertation titled, “Fine-Grained Emotion Detection in Microblog Text”; it was completed at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies.

The iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizes outstanding work in the information field. Nominations are solicited from all members of the iSchools organization, now more than 80 institutions worldwide, and judged by an award committee drawn from leading international schools. The winner receives a prize of $2,500 US, the runner up $1,000. Honorees are also offered a travel allowance so they can collect their award in person at iConference 2017, which takes place March 22-25, 2017, in Wuhan, China.

Dr. Rachel Ivy Clarke

2017 award winner Dr. Clarke is currently an assistant professor at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. She was formerly the cataloging librarian at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She holds a BA in creative writing from California State University Long Beach, an MLIS from San Jose State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington Information School.

The award committee had the following to say about Dr. Clarke’s work: “This dissertation explores the role of design in American librarianship based on argument that design provides an appropriate epistemological framework for librarianship rather than traditional scientific epistemologies. It distills design principles and applies them to the critical analysis of three cases representing significant artifacts in library history. Examining the field of librarianship from the perspective of design epistemology reveals new insights and interpretations of library work. The reviewers agreed that the topic of this dissertation is novel and original and the findings provide significant implications for future library and information science education and library practice.”

Dr. Jasy Liew Suet Yan

2017 runner-up Dr. Jasy Liew Suet Yan is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Computer Sciences, University of Science Malaysia. She graduated with a Ph.D. from the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University in 2016. Her dissertation research was also recognized with the Syracuse University iSchool 2016 Doctoral Prize.

“This dissertation develops emotional categories inductively from Twitter data, and creates a taxonomy of 28 emotion categories for the range of emotions expressed in tweets,” noted the awards committee. “The dissertation also extracted linguistic cues that can serve as indicators, and then evaluated the performance of machine learning classification using several classifier and feature combinations. The results show that extend machine learning classification on tweets is feasible and makes a significant contribution toward machine learning models for fine-grained emotion detection in text.”

The 2017 iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award honorees will be recognized during a gathering of their peers at iConference 2017, which takes place March 22-25, 2017, in Wuhan, China. The iConference is an international gathering of scholars and researchers concerned with critical information issues in contemporary society.

About the iSchools
The iSchools organization was founded in 2005 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 22-25, 2017 in Wuhan, China.

 

Keynote Speakers Announced for iConference 2017

 

The organizers of iConference 2017 are pleased to announce this year’s keynote speakers. They are Mike Eisenberg, dean emeritus of the University of Washington Information School, and Jason E. Rollins, senior director of innovation for Clarivate Analytics.

Mike Eisenberg is a founder of the iSchools movement and an evangelist for the information field, and will speak at the opening ceremony on March 22, 2017. In a talk titled “iSchools—Our Time is Now!”, Eisenberg will show how the field has been tied to every area of human endeavor throughout history, and challenge everyone to act boldly across the globe in advancing programs, research and services to humanity.

Jason E. Rollins is a product development and applied research expert with twenty years of experience bringing inventive projects to life for millions of users in the global scientific, academic research, and intellectual property community. His presentation takes place Thursday, March 23, 2017, and is titled “Web of Science Big Data—Powering Next Generation Discovery & Science of Science.” It will present an overview of the Web of Science citation network as a research dataset, and includes case studies of innovation projects from leading iSchools.

More information about the iConference 2017 keynote presetations can be found on the conference Keynote Speakers webpage.

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. The 2017 theme is Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global Collaboration Across the Information Community. iConference 2017 is jointly hosted by the Wuhan University School of Information Management and the Sungkyunkwan University Library & Information Science and Data Science Department.

iConference 2017 will begin on Wednesday, March 22, with an Opening Ceremony followed by five specially selected workshops available free-of-charge to all paid participants. Over the ensuing days, participants have the opportunity take in more than 60 peer-reviewed papers focused on completed research, as well as shorter papers focused on preliminary results. New this year is a special series of papers focused on specific research in China. Numerous interactive sessions and special panels are also planned. As always, the conference will also feature two extended poster sessions showcasing the work of current and future thought-leaders.

The complete iConference 2017 program schedule is now available for review. Conference organizers have also posted information to assist all participants with lodging, visas and other travel needs. Visit the iConference registration page to begin your arrangements. For added convenience, the organizers also offer a special Chinese language website.

 

February 14 is a Day for Lovers of Saving Money; iConference Rates to Increase on Feb. 15

 

Tuesday, Feb. 14 is not only Valentine’s Day, it’s also the last chance to purchase an iConference 2017 registration at the standard rate. Late registration fees apply starting Feb. 15. Register now to secure the standard rate. You’ll love the money you save.

Presented annually by the iSchools organization, the iConference brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to examine critical information issues in contemporary society. The 2017 theme is Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global Collaboration Across the Information Community. iConference 2017 is jointly hosted by the Wuhan University School of Information Management and the Sungkyunkwan University Library & Information Science and Data Science Department.

iConference 2017 will begin on Wednesday, March 22, with an Opening Ceremony followed by five specially selected workshops available free-of-charge to all paid participants. Over the ensuing days, participants have the opportunity take in more than 60 peer-reviewed papers focused on completed research, as well as shorter papers focused on preliminary results. New this year is a special series of papers focused on specific research in China. Numerous interactive sessions and special panels are also planned. As always, the conference will also feature two extended poster sessions showcasing the work of current and future thought-leaders.

The complete iConference 2017 program schedule is now available for review. Conference organizers have also posted information to assist all participants with lodging, visas and other travel needs. Visit the iConference registration page to begin your arrangements. For added convenience, the organizers also offer a special Chinese language website.

 

iSchools Express Concern over President’s Executive Order on Immigration

 

The iSchools organization has issued a formal statement of concern in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order banning entry from a number of Muslim nations. The statement was drafted by the iSchools Executive Committee and approved by the iSchools Caucus, governing body of the organization.

The statement follows:

“The iSchools, a consortium of more than 80 information schools in universities on five continents, take it as a given that expertise in all forms of information is required for progress in science, business, health/medicine, education, and culture. This expertise must include understanding of the uses and users of information, the nature of information itself, as well as information technologies and their applications. The iSchools are dedicated to advancing the information field in the 21st century through a shared fundamental interest in the relationships between information, people, and technology. Our work is founded on principles of openness and the free exchange of ideas; we welcome scholars and students from all countries, recognizing that a rich and varied set of perspectives is vital to the advancement of humankind.

“We join our professional colleagues in the American Library Association (ALA), the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), the Society of American Archivists (SAA), and related associations in affirming our values and expressing grave concern over the presidential executive order banning entry of citizens from a number of Muslim-majority nations into the United States.”

Similar statements of concern can be found of the websites of ALA, ASIS&T, ALISE and SAA.

About the iSchools
The iSchools organization was founded in 2005 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 22-25, 2017 in Wuhan, China.

 

iSchools Welcome Three New Members

 

The iSchools organization is pleased to announce the addition of three new member-schools. The new members join a consortium of 84 schools and institutions dedicated to advancing the information field.

The new member schools are:

The membership applications of these schools were reviewed by the iSchools membership committee and recommended to the iSchools Caucus (iCaucus) for approval; the iCaucus is the governing body of the iSchools. The schools were formally notified of their acceptance by iCaucus Chair Ron Larsen, dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences.

The iSchools organization was founded in 2005 by a collective of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field in the 21st Century. The organization incorporated as iSchools Inc. in 2015, and was granted nonprofit status in 2016. The consortium now spans more than 80 schools on 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 event, iConference 2017, will take place March 22-25, 2017 in Wuhan, China.

 

iConference 2017 Program Schedule Announced

 

The organizers of iConference 2017 have released their official program schedule. Authors and participants can now view the schedule in order to plan their conference experience. View the schedule now at https://www.conftool.com/iConference2017/sessions.php.

The iConference 2017 program includes presentations by the authors of 30 completed research papers, 36 preliminary results papers, 45 Chinese papers, and 70 juried posters. Also offered are two keynote presentations, five workshops, seven interactive sessions, and numerous special panels. There will be an early career colloquium open to all participants, and also the prestigious iConference doctoral colloquium, limited to accepted applicants. New this year are a series of special presentations focused on iSchool best practices, and also on industry partnerships.

iConference 2017 will take place March 22 through 25 in Wuhan, China. Registration is now open, with discounted early rates available through Jan. 20, 2017. Click here for more information on registering.

The iConference series is presented by the iSchools, and iConference 2017 is jointly hosted by the Wuhan University School of Information Management and Korea’s Sungkyunkwan University Library & Information Science and Data Science Department. This is the first iConference to be held in Asia, and this year’s theme is Effect-Expand-Evolve: Global Collaboration across the Information Community.

Sponsors of iConference 2017 include Microsoft, Baidu, Emerald Group Publishing, the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing, and the Journal of Data and Information Science.

Presenters and participants are advised that the iConference 2017 schedule is preliminary and subject to change.

 

Register Now for iConference 2017—discounted rates through Jan. 20

 

Registration is now open for our first-ever iConference in Asia, with discounted rates available through Jan. 20. iConference 2017 takes place March 22-25, 2017, in Wuhan, China. Register today to secure the lowest possible rate.

An annual presentation by the iSchools since 2005, the iConference brings together scholars and researchers from around the world to examine critical information issues in contemporary society. The 2017 theme is Effect • Expand • Evolve: Global Collaboration Across the Information Community. iConference 2017 is jointly hosted by the Wuhan University School of Information Management and the Sungkyunkwan University Library & Information Science and Data Science Department.

iConference 2017 will begin on Wednesday, March 22, with an Opening Ceremony followed by five specially selected workshops available free-of-charge to all paid participants. Over the ensuing days, participants have the opportunity take in more than 60 peer-reviewed papers focused on completed research, as well as shorter papers focused on preliminary results. New this year is a special series of papers focused on specific research in China. Numerous interactive sessions and special panels are also planned. As always, the conference will also feature two extended poster sessions showcasing the work of current and future thought-leaders.

The complete iConference 2017 program schedule will be posted in early January. Conference organizers have also posted information to assist all participants with lodging, visas and other travel needs. Visit the iConference registration page to begin your arrangements. For added convenience, the organizers also offer a special Chinese language website.

 

CLIR Offers 12 Postdoc Fellowships

 

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has 12 postdoctoral fellowships available for the 2017-18 cohort. The application deadline is December 30, 2016. Fellowships are open to recent Ph.D. graduates from any discipline.

Fellowships in Academic Libraries are available at Bryn Mawr College, Carnegie Mellon University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Georgia State University, Iowa State University, Johns Hopkins University, Smith College, and Carnegie Mellon University (2 fellowships at CMU with an emphasis on data curation).

Fellowships in Data Curation for Latin American and Carribean Studies are hosted by Haverford College, Indiana University, University of Florida, University of Houston, and University of Texas at Austin.

 

Texas iSchool renames conservation lab to honor $2.3M donation

 

The University of Texas at Austin School of Information has received a $2.3 million gift from the estate of Judge William Wayne and Margaret Kilgarlin. The funds will support the iSchool’s areas of conservation and preservation and provide $1.38 million for student support.

To honor the Kilgarlins and their contribution to the iSchool, Dean and Professor Andrew Dillon announced the school is naming its paper conservation lab The William and Margaret Kilgarlin Information Preservation Lab. The lab will be housed in the iSchool at 1616 Guadalupe Street and will serve as a focal point for extended teaching in modern information preservation and conservation.

“This is the largest gift we’ve received from an individual donor and provides us with a tremendous opportunity to advance our research and teaching,” Dean Dillon said.

Judge Kilgarlin died in 2012 at the age of 79. He is buried in the Texas State Cemetery.

The son of a refinery worker from Houston, Judge Kilgarlin was a member of the Texas House of Representatives in the late 1950s. He later became a district judge in Harris County. From 1982 to 1988, Judge Kilgarlin served as a justice of the Texas Supreme Court, where his colleagues described him as warm, fiercely intelligent, and devoted to defending the rights of the underprivileged.

“Bill Kilgarlin was a Texas legal legend,” said former Chief Justice Thomas R. Phillips, according to an obituary released by the court. “He had a passion for fairness, and his opinions as a judge and his briefs as a lawyer were skillfully crafted in memorable and persuasive prose.”

Learn more at https://www.ischool.utexas.edu/news/school-renames-conservation-lab-honor-donor

 

New School of Computing and Information at University of Pittsburgh Will Address “Profound Effect” of Data Expansion

 

PITTSBURGH—Business, medicine, science, engineering, humanities: widely divergent fields of study though they are, they have in common a growing requirement of students—an understanding of and proficiency in using computing and information resources.

University of Pittsburgh trustees today approved creation of a new school aimed at addressing that need. In an era characterized by the outsized influence of technology on advances in other major fields, the School of Computing and Information (SCI) at Pitt will host an array of academic programs that integrate computing and information with core disciplinary strengths across the University.

The result will be a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment that supports discovery, innovation, and entrepreneurship driven by data and technology, said Pitt Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Patricia E. Beeson.

“The new School of Computing and Information will provide an environment rich in discovery. I am confident the innovative programs and collaborations envisioned by our faculty will be transformative for our students, and for research across the University,” said Beeson.

The University has an opportunity to take advantage of these emerging trends to better prepare all Pitt students for the world that they will shape, and to accelerate progress in research and innovation, she said.

The school, which will begin operations with the opening of the new fiscal year in July and officially enroll its first cohort of students in fall 2017, is a key element in Pitt’s strategy to support research in data and computation-intensive fields across the University.

“With this launch, Pitt and our board have recognized the rapidly growing importance of computing and information in virtually every discipline—and in solving both large and small issues facing our society today,” said Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. “I want to thank our provost for her leadership and her vision on this effort, and to recognize the many faculty members who collaborated to bring this to fruition. Your vision is a compelling one, and I can’t wait to see it come to life.”

Architects of the school envision training a new generation of computing and information scientists who work in collaboration with colleagues in discipline-based organizations to develop context-responsive solutions.

“This is so critical for our students,” said Trustee Emeritus Al Moyé (A&S ’68). “Not only will it benefit the students, but it will make it easier for them to understand what kind of opportunities there are for them in the modern world.”

Work to develop the guiding principles of the new school began formally in April 2015 when faculties of the School of Information Sciences (SIS) and the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Department of Computer Science were asked to consider how best to structure computing and information at the University.

“As [representatives of] disciplines, we must remove technological silos and insular research and education efforts to place computing within the context of its use,” said an early description of the effort.

Former IBM executive Leona Mitchell, now a visiting professor of practice in SIS, described the intersection of data and computing across disciplines as “worlds colliding.”

“The school can become a center of gravity in this emerging field,” she said. “This will differentiate Pitt, not only in the country, but in the world. We have a unique value proposition in this new school.”

SCI will initially organize teaching, research, and outreach along three themes:

  • Connected Life, Health, and Medicine will capitalize on Pitt strengths in machine learning and data mining and explore data-driven technologies to advance decision making in next-generation health care systems.
  • Synergistic Computing in Education will integrate computing into the education of students, teachers, and the workforce, potentially transforming teaching and learning to adapt to the differing needs of individuals and varied contexts in which learning must take place.
  • Computing at the Extremes takes advantage of the power of supercomputing with “big data” to solve some of the world’s most complex problems, particularly in biomedical sciences, genomics, and climate studies.

Students and recent graduates of the existing computing and information sciences programs have reacted to the proposal with enthusiasm.

Brendan Quay (ENGR ’15), who studied computer engineering and cofounded HiberSense, a company he created with another student and a professor, said, “I think it will provide the necessary infrastructure for students to accelerate their learning through innovation. Every opportunity you have to be innovative, you should really take it … because that’s what the real world is. It’s being able to create things that actually affect the world.”

Faculty for SCI will initially be drawn from the School of Information Sciences and Department of Computer Science, augmented by a five-year, $30 million investment in faculty expansion and development of innovative interdisciplinary degree programs and research collaborations.

Students currently enrolled in the existing programs will have the option to continue their studies as originally planned or join the new school, taking advantage of anticipated enhancements to the curriculum. New certificate programs are expected to enhance students’ career goals. Bachelor’s and master’s degree programs will begin to include domain-specific computing and data-analytics topics developed in collaboration with domain departments.

The University has formed a search committee and engaged a professional search firm to conduct a nationwide search for a founding dean for the new school.

“This is truly a remarkable opportunity,” said Ron Larsen, dean of SIS. “This will take the research and scholarship of the School of Information Sciences to a new level and provide Pitt an exciting new opportunity to shape society’s use of information and computing resources.”

“The school will provide a shared conceptual framework to enable researchers to jointly explore discipline-specific theories and holistically address multifaceted problems critical to our society,” said Taieb Znati, professor and chair of computer science. “It will usher in a new culture of collaboration, where the silos disappear.”