Preliminary Conference Agenda

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Session Overview
Location: 1105
Date: Sunday, 31/Mar/2019
8:30am - 10:00amWorkshop 6a: Establishing an Inspiring, Inclusive, and Interdisciplinary Research Community Around Young People, Information, and Technology

Establishing an Inspiring, Inclusive, and Interdisciplinary Research Community Around Young People, Information, and Technology

G. Balling, K. Campana, K. Ghazinour, C. Haines, P. Manotipya, M. Martens, J. E. Mills, G. C. Rinnert

The organizers of this workshop are interested in building a research community among scholars interested in the intersection of information, young people, and technology. Specifically, we are interested in addressing questions such as:

• What role can iSchools play in exploring relationships between information, young people, and technology?

• What methods are best for studying young people’s digital practices around reading / writing / gaming, and their effects on how young people participate/engage?

• Which theoretical frameworks support this work?

• How do privacy issues complicate both how young people participate, and how we, as a scholarly community, study them?

While participants are not required to submit, organizers will put out a call for 500-word abstracts due January 15th, 2019. As an outcome of this workshop, organizers plan a special edition of a journal. Abstract authors may be asked to write full papers, which can be included in such journal.

10:30am - 12:00pmWorkshop 6b: Establishing an Inspiring, Inclusive, and Interdisciplinary Research Community Around Young People, Information, and Technology

Part 2 of 2

1:30pm - 3:00pmWorkshop 9a: Beyond Representations: Developing Inclusive Workplaces for Faculty and Staff with Disabilities

Beyond Representations: Developing Inclusive Workplaces for Faculty and Staff with Disabilities

K. Dali, K. M Thompson, P. T Jaeger, M. Dow, B. Lund

Despite continuous attempts to increase the participation of disabled faculty and staff in information science workplaces, both recruitment and retention efforts fall short. Organizational cultures can range from welcoming to marginalizing, which is determined by a combination of policies, attitudes, support mechanisms, etc. This session engages the audience in an honest dialogue about disability at the workplace and offers hands-on activities that contribute to developing an inclusive climate in academic departments and information organizations. The goal of this session is threefold: 1) to generate constructive ideas for improving the recruitment, retention, and promotion of disabled faculty and staff; 2) to demonstrate how these ideas can be implemented through hands-on scenarios; and 3) to engage in introspection into our own perceptions of disabilities at the workplace through a sharing circle exercise. The session is intended for administrators of all levels and anyone interested in disability at the workplace.

3:30pm - 5:00pmWorkshop 9b: Beyond Representations: Developing Inclusive Workplaces for Faculty and Staff with Disabilities

Part 2 of 2


Date: Monday, 01/Apr/2019
10:30am - 12:00pmiSchool Partnerships and Practices, Part 1 of 3
Session Chair: Elke Greifeneder, Humboldt-University Berlin

Collaborating with Industry: Best Practices & Lessons Learned


Data-Driven Innovation: Managing a Project Including Multiple Business Partners

S. Cronholm

University of Borås, Sweden

The proposal describes an ongoing research project called Data-Driven Innovation which comprises 14 researchers and 13 business partners. The project is characterized by partnership, collaboration, and interaction between the involved researchers and the business partners. The purpose of the project is to identify tools that can support the business partners in their efforts to exploit data in order to enhance service delivery and to create competitive advantage. The project is applying a socio-technical perspective in order to avoid a too one-sided technical focus. The proposal ends with presenting a number of challenges due to the increased complexity concerning the management of multiple business partners and researchers. The challenges are: maintaining the balance between competing interests, managing the problem of generalization, mutual learning, and ensure partnership throughout the project.

Title of submission: Innovation recognition as a knowledge management practice in an iSchool: an ongoing experience from Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

J. Conesa, E. Santamaria, J. Cobarsi-Morales

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain

We present our experience of design and implementation of an internal system of recognition of innovation in our iSchool (Faculty of Computer Sciences,Multimedia and Telecommunication at UOC, Barcelona). The system retrieves innovations done by the faculty members, reviews them using a peer review approach, elicits innovation actions done every year and share them among faculty members. We discuss the impact of this experience as an internal initiative and practice of knowledge management in our academic department. We think this experience may be extended to our whole university or to other iSchools, with potential similar benefits we have tested in our iSchool.

Community and Industrial Partnerships for Improved Faculty Research and Student Experience in Biomedical Informatics

H. Wu

IUPUI, United States of America

The Department of BioHealth Informatics at IUPUI School of Informatics and Computing has successfully built strong collaborations and partnerships with local communities, research centers, and biomedical technology industries. The department drafted a 5-year strategic plan to foster the teamwork and practice, which benefit both faculty and students. The department also recruited members for the BHI industrial advisory boards with diverse backgrounds from local industries, which strengthen our programs to meet the industrial needs, promote faculty interactions with local communities, and increase student employment opportunities. BHI faculty have been successful to build new collaborative projects and secure joint grants. Students have enriched learning experience from professional oriented projects and internships with local companies. The practices can be easily extended to other informatics disciplines easily.

1:30pm - 3:00pmBlue Sky Paper 1
Session Chair: John King, University of Michigan

Disrupting the Coming Robot Stampedes: Designing Resilient Information Ecologies

P. G. Feldman1,2, A. Dant2, W. Lutters1

1University of Maryland, Baltimore County, United States of America; 2ASRC Federal

Machines are designed to communicate widely and efficiently. Humans, less so. We evolved social structures that function best as small subgroups interacting within larger populations. Technology changes this dynamic, by allowing all individuals to be connected at the speed of light. A dense, tightly connected population can behave like a single agent. In animals, this happens in constrained areas where stampedes can easily form. Machines do not need these kinds of conditions. The very techniques used to design best-of-breed solutions may increase the risk of dangerous mass behaviors among homogeneous machines. In this paper we argue that ecologically-based design principles such as the presence of diversity are a broadly effective strategy to defend against unintended consequences at scale.

3:30pm - 5:00pmiSchool Partnerships and Practices, Part 2 of 3
Session Chair: Marcelo Milrad

New Teaching Concepts at iSchools


Teaching Functional Coding Skills: Designing assignments that challenge, inspire, and support

J. Proctor

University of Maryland - College Park, United States of America

Teaching programming-aided subjects in an iSchool where coding proficiency is, by design, not a prerequisite, is difficult. Challenges include:

- classes with students of varied experience with coding in general and the chosen language in particular,

- large class sizes complicating 1-on-1 support and troubleshooting,

- students struggling to focus on the classic, boring Code-Along,

- and problems guiding students in the transition from tutorials to writing original code.

This presentation will answer these difficulties by equipping attendees with pedagogical techniques for engaging students through active learning, explaining design principles for challenging students at all ability levels, and exploring methods of helping students develop the skill sets needed for programming independence.

Teachers and aspiring teachers at all professional levels will be able to benefit. The example exercise will focus on an undergraduate data science class and use Python, but lessons are applicable to subjects and levels across iSchool programs.

Relevance in Learning: connecting research and practice through participatory course design

L. Pavlovsky

Rutgers University, United States of America

“Relevance in Learning” is a curriculum development initiative adopted into practice in 2015 for the Master of Information (MI) Program at Rutgers University. It is an approach that engages participation of faculty, practitioners, students, alumni and instructional designers in an effort to balance theoretical, applied, pedagogical and pragmatic components of course design. This presentation will discuss project conceptualization, implementation and application. This initiative brings faculty and practitioners together to discuss content and learning objectives in a way that balances theory and practice. The overarching goal is to facilitate a stronger connection between the knowledge and skills students learn in an academic context in a way that will have greater relevance to the professional worlds they choose to enter.

INSiDR – a multi-disciplinary industrial graduate school in digital retailing

C. Sönströd1, J. Balkow1, U. Johansson2, T. Müllern2, M. Sundström1

1University of Borås, Sweden; 2Jönköping University, Sweden

INSiDR is a multi-disciplinary industrial graduate school in digital retailing, consisting of 10 PhD students within business administration, textile management, informatics, and information technology. The graduate school will provide Swedish companies in the retail industry with highly skilled graduates, whose knowledge and competences will enhance their competitiveness in a market where digitalization has a profound impact. In the school, industrial and scientific challenges related to the digitalization of retail are addressed, spanning from new business models and markets logics to data management and data analytics. The graduate school is implemented in close collaboration with participating companies, from formulation of PhD projects and joint selection of candidates, and through shared supervision and management of each PhD project. The school setup also includes a number of activities for knowledge dissemination, within academia, participating industrial partners, and the wider retail sector.


Date: Tuesday, 02/Apr/2019
10:30am - 12:00pmBlue Sky Paper 2
Session Chair: John King, University of Michigan

Troubled Worlds: Bringing Bodies and the Environment into Computing Research, Practice, and Pedagogy

M. Finn, D. Rosner

University of Washington, United States of America

This blue sky proposal argues that next-generation students, educators, and scholars of computing technology have a critical opportunity to remake the information field by bringing bodies into current conversations on the ecological limits of computing. Building on a vi- brant and growing body of literature on computing ethics, we outline a three-part framework of infrastructure, governance, and intervention. With this framework, we call on information scholars to examine and extend the intertwining logics of social and environmental impact through computing.

Human Security Informatics: A Human-centered Approach to Tackling Information and Recordkeeping Issues Integral to Societal Grand Challenges

A. J. Gilliland, K. Carbone

University of California, Los Angeles, United States of America

Emanating out of ongoing research in archival and recordkeeping studies, this paper proposes Human Security Informatics (HSI) as a new human- and humanitarian-centered rubric and approach under which concerted research, development and educational efforts by the iSchool community, and the different fields and interests it encompasses, could be brought to bear to resolve or mitigate information, data and records-related challenges that are integral to and pervasive in societal grand challenges and wicked problems. The HSI ap-proach is distinctive and provocative for several reasons: it puts humanitarian ethics and a participatory ethos at is core; it surfaces aspects of information in-frastructure, particularly those relating to recordkeeping, transparency and ac-countability that often go unrecognized and unacknowledged as components of these intractable problems; and it places the expertise and scope of iSchools in conversation with each other and with many other fields, institutions and gov-ernments that are on the frontlines of addressing these problems fully demon-strating the intellectual power and societal potential of the iSchools.

1:30pm - 3:00pmBlue Sky Paper 3
Session Chair: John King, University of Michigan

Radical Research Honesty in a Post-Truth Society

M. Twidale1, D. Nichols2

1University of Illinois, United States of America; 2University of Waikato, New Zealand

It seems that in much current research, big truths have to be protected by a bodyguard of little white lies, and a phalanx of unreported inconvenient truths. What would happen if we actually told the truth about how we really do research? Let’s see...

A Little Antagonism Might Be Nice: Investigation in Information Science

D. Carter1, D. Sholler2, A. Acker3

1Texas State University, USA; 2University of California, Berkeley, USA; 3University of Texas at Austin, USA

Academic research often claims to investigate phenomena, but we conventionally insist that such investigations take place with the consent of those being studied. In this blue sky paper, we suggest that information science researchers should consider the contexts in which it might be beneficial to violate this norm and pursue what we describe as antago-nistic investigation. In relation to illegal and socially harmful activities such as platform manipulation, fraud and the spread of propaganda, we argue that researchers should go against the wishes of those they’re studying and possibly, in the process, violate privacy norms, challenge illegal activities and call for accountability as a result of research. While these investigative activities are not conventional in information science research, they draw on core strengths of the field and position researchers to produce impactful work on relevant and pressing topics.

3:30pm - 5:00pmiSchool Partnerships and Practices, Part 3 of 3
Session Chair: Heidi Julien, University at Buffalo, SUNY

Combining industry collaboration and teaching: can it work?


Evaluating Community-Based Experiential Learning

R. Arias-Hernandez, C. Cui

iSchool at University of British Columbia, Canada

This session presents initial results of a strategy to improve iSchool’s Community-Based Experiential Learning (CBEL) initiatives. The emphasis is on developing and testing an evaluation model of CBEL, at the course level that provides the required empirical data to evaluate student’s learning/experience, instructor goals, community partners’ learning/experience, and achievement of iSchool goals in CBEL initiatives. In this session, we present the goals for this project, the evaluation model we developed, and preliminary results of a case study in progress: evaluation of an iSchool’s undergraduate course that uses CBEL intensively. The long-term goal of this project is to provide an evaluation model that can be applied to all programs at the iSchool, that provides effective data collection instruments and empirical data for quality enhancement of CBEL initiatives, and that is flexible enough to be adapted by other iSchools and programs using CBEL.

Learning research data management in an active learning classroom

H. Francke1, S. Ekman2

1University of Borås, Sweden; 2Swedish National Data Service, Sweden

Research data management (RDM) activities are increasingly becoming incorporated in the academic library as well as in iSchool curricula. This paper reports on how active learning classroom (ALC) pedagogy has been successfully used in a blended-learning professional-development course for university staff in RDM support. The course is a collaborative initiative between an iSchool and a national data archive. ALC tasks have been designed to allow participants to combine their respective experiences with learning from course material in order to solve problems, device solutions, and create reference material. Tasks are focused around cases that relate closely to activities the RDM support staff may meet and allow participants to compare local conditions in their respective institutions. The course combines practical, strategic and theoretical content. Both the use of ALC and collaboration between an iSchool and a data archive can fruitfully be transferred to other RDM training initiatives.

Pratt iSchool Fellows Program: Collaborating across NYC

A. Cocciolo

Pratt Institute, United States of America

In this presentation, Dean of the iSchool at Pratt Institute Anthony Cocciolo will discuss its fellowship program, which pays students to do a fellowship for 9-months at a NYC institution. Fellowship sites include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, NYC Mayor’s Office for Data Analytics, among seven others. Cocciolo will discuss the lessons learned, feedback from students and the life-after-school of the students who participated in the fellowship program. The presentation will aim to provide transferability to other institutions who might be interested in putting their scholarship money to work to make new connections.


Date: Wednesday, 03/Apr/2019
8:30am - 10:00amiSchools Meeting 5A: Board of Directors, Part 1 of 2
Session Chair: Sam Oh, Sungkyunkwan University

Invite Only

10:30am - 12:00pmBlue Sky Paper 4
Session Chair: John King, University of Michigan

Establishing an International Computational Network for Librarians and Archivists

R. Marciano1, V. Lemieux2, M. Hedges3, Y. Tomiura4, S. Katuu6, J. Greenberg5, W. Underwood1, K. Fenlon1, A. Kriesberg1, M. Kendig1, G. Jansen1, P. Piety1, D. Weintrop1, M. Kurtz1

1University of Maryland, United States of America; 2University of British Columbia, Canada; 3King's College London, United Kingdom; 4Kyushu University, Japan; 5Drexel University, United States of America; 6University of South Africa

Research and experimentation are underway in libraries, archives, and research institutions on various digital strategies, including computational methods and tools, to manage "Collections as Data." This involves new ways for librarians and archivists to manage, preserve, and provide access to their digital collections. A major component in this ongoing process is the education and training needed by information professionals to function effectively in the 21st century.

Accessible and transferable infrastructure is a key requirement in creating a network of collaboration for information professionals to fully realize the full potential of managing "Collections as Data."

Elements needed include:

1. Open source research and educational platforms to remove barriers to access to curation tools and resources. These are needed to deliver and share computational educational programs.

2. Creation of a Cloud-based student-learning environment.

3. Development of Open Source software architectures that use computational infrastructure.

4. Exploration of new pedagogies for educating librarians and archivists in computational methods and tools.

5. Establishment of a community of practice for developing collaborative projects, and liaising with the wider international iSchool community and practitioners in the field.

Our “Blue Sky” proposal seeks to explore a number of these challenges (infrastructure, computation, collaboration, learning) that stimulate the iSchool research community and have the potential tojumpstart international collaborative networks.

The goal is to establish an international computational network for supporting librarians and archivists, akin to the existing Sloan Foundation funded “Data Curation Network”, which seeks to model a cross-institutional staffing approach for curating research data in digital repositories.

Staring Back at the System: Creating a Center for Surveillance Research

S. Young

University of Arizona, United States of America

Creating a surveillance collaboratory within the iSchools organization has the potential to use research to inspire good in a world full of information surveillance.