Preliminary Conference Agenda

Session Overview
Location: Patuxent Room
Date: Monday, 01/Apr/2019
10:30am - 12:00pmSIE 1: Education for the Information Professions
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Education for the Information Professions

H. Julien, S. Oh, C. Chu

This session is organized by ALISE as the first inter-association (ALISE, ASIS&T, iSchools) session at the iConference. This follows on similar panels (different topics) presented at the 2017 ASIS&T conference, the 2018 ALISE conference, and scheduled for the 2018 ASIS&T conference, as well as earlier discussions on the topic of education for the information professions at various conferences. This session is intended to be one of several avenues for cooperation among these three disciplinary associations. This SIE session will consist of a focused discussion on education for the information professions, to identity areas of agreement, common challenges and issues, and to generate ideas and creative approaches to teaching and learning in the information fields. The purpose is to focus on high-level questions and issues, rather than specific pedagogical techniques or concerns.

1:30pm - 3:00pmSIE 3: Playing around: Informing, including, and inspiring youth-centered information researchers
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Playing around: Informing, including, and inspiring youth-centered information researchers

M. Cahill, R. Morris, D. E. Agosto, K. Gavigan, S. Barriage

This interactive session will bring together youth information scholars, graduate students who study youth and information, and practitioners who work with youth in a variety of information environments for a creative ideas exchange about youth-centered information research writ large. It will address methods for negotiating access to youth research participants, ideas for navigating the wild world of IRB, other institutional policies, and community-wide directions in information research both with youth and with the adult intermediaries who serve them. Ideas exchange will comprise creative interaction methods, including verbal, tactile, and visual activities that can be used with youth in youth-centered research projects or with students in academic settings, from preschool to graduate school. Above all, this session will serve to uncover research and scholarship synergies among iConference participants with interests in young people’s interaction with information.

3:30pm - 5:00pmSIE 4: Undergraduate Data Science Education in iSchools: Current Practices and Future Directions
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Undergraduate Data Science Education in iSchools: Current Practices and Future Directions

L. Hagen, M. Zamir, J. Andrews, D. Hamerly

Since Song and Zhu (2016) concluded that undergraduate data science programs are “at the beginning step” in 2016 (Song & Zhu, 2016), many iSchools have initiated diverse data science programs to meet the shortage of data scientists. Educators of iSchools may have questions regarding how to define, and cultivate data science programs in iSchools, which originally have grown from the combination of computer science, statistics, and mathematics disciplines. Participants from institutions with undergraduate data science programs will present undergraduate data science recruitment processes,

curriculums, barriers, and best practices through panel presentations. The session then has active discussion sessions with the audience. The session will conclude by initiating the development of a common repository of undergraduate data science curricula (syllabi, assessments, etc.), articulating a framework from which to build a successful undergraduate data science education model, and building consensus on possible future actions and venues for maintaining a network of undergraduate data science educators.


Date: Tuesday, 02/Apr/2019
10:30am - 12:00pmSIE 7: Domain-centric and cross-disciplinary educational opportunities in iSchools
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Domain-centric and cross-disciplinary educational opportunities in iSchools

B. Badurina, J. Mostafa, K. Golub, E. Liddy, A. Doracic, G. Marchionini, V. Singh, E. Salvatori

Information schools and programs have always had, broadly speaking, a focus on specialized information services, going back many years (e.g., art librarianship, music librarianship, health librarianship). Nowadays, partly due to the rapid advances of information technologies the core information needs and practices in many disciplines are also changing quickly. It is not uncommon to find among iSchools, tracks, certificates, and degrees being offered that are domain-centric (e.g., health informatics, digital humanities). Furthermore, Digital Humanities provide the potential to bring together ‘old’, well-established departments such as archaeology, linguistics, history, religion, ethnology and others to develop new programs and new educational profiles. Such offerings are becoming increasingly common in iSchools. Hence it will be highly useful to create an interactive session which allows seasoned academics, researchers, and professionals to discuss, share, and learn about approaches for integrating domain-centric educational opportunities into core educational programs of iSchools.

3:30pm - 5:00pmSIE 11: iStories: Reimagining the narratives of information research
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iStories: Reimagining the narratives of information research

M. Kaczmarek, B. Tulloch, S. Shankar, A. Hoff, L. Nathan

What are the narratives our research tells and how do they connect? For decades, the language used by the institutions, professions, markets and industries concerned with the treatment of information have influenced and constructed the ways we define, study and value information (Buckland, 2017; Day, 2001). In this 90-minute interactive session, we invite information scholars to consider and discuss their role as storytellers describing the information field. Through group discussion and art-based activities, we draw attention to the diverse ways that our research speaks to the larger meta-narratives of information research and question the stories that are told and untold. By reimagining researchers as storytellers, this session is designed to highlight the diversity and possibility within the interdisciplinary iSchool community, imagining new ways of using our research to inform, include, and inspire others within and beyond the field.


Date: Wednesday, 03/Apr/2019
10:30am - 12:00pmSIE 13: Finding a Third Path: Complexity and Ambiguity in Professional Ethics
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Finding a Third Path: Complexity and Ambiguity in Professional Ethics

J.-F. Blanchette, S. Becker

Ethical dilemmas in computing and information systems are often framed as simplistic binaries: open/closed, public/private, dystopian/utopian, etc. In practice, however, information professionals work in ethical grey zones that defy such easy categorization. Using police body worn camera programs as a timely and representative use case, we will explore the ways in which rhetorical, technical, and structural approaches to the ethical use of information can embrace complexity and ambiguity. The organizers will first present examples of technology and policy solutions that are more (or less) successful examples of a “third path” approach. Participants will then work to identify similarly nuanced alternatives for a range ofbinaries common in the field of surveillance and recordkeeping. In doing so, we seek to reclaim the middle ground as a site for rich ideas, innovative designs, and effective, equitable information policies.