iConference 2009 - iSociety: research, education, engagement Call for participation, call for reviewers
The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at UNC at Chapel Hill will host the fourth annual iConference on February 8 - 11, 2009 at the William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center. With the theme, "iSociety: research, education, engagement," the conference brings together scholars and professionals who come from diverse backgrounds and shared interests in working at the nexus of people, information, and technology.
Guest speakers, paper sessions, a poster session, roundtables, “wildcard” sessions and opportunities for conversations and connections will be highlights in the conference program. This year's topics include:
• e-inclusion in the iSociety: addressing under represented groups among iDesigners as well as
iConsumers (e.g., women, children and youth, the aging, people with disabilities, racial and ethnic
minorities, immigrant communities, non-Western cultures)
• Becoming a ‘green’ iSchool
• What is ‘engagement’ in a research institution?
• The influence of globalization on the nature and scope of iSchools’ research, education and
• Information infrastructure development in the home, in organizations, in communities, in society,
• Cultural information systems; e.g., multilingual information systems, information systems for
memory institutions or for indigenous and ethnic communities
• Preserving digital information and ensuring information quality, security and privacy
• Information management; e.g., personal information management, life cycle management of information, digital asset management
• Information organization; e.g., ontological modeling, the Semantic Web, social bookmarking
The organizing committee of the iSchools Conference has issued a "Call for Participation" that solicits contributions that reflect on the core activities of the iSchools community as we move more fully into the iSociety. These would include reflections on: research topics, practices, methods and epistemologies appropriate to an iSchool; educational practices in iSchools; and engagement between the iSchools and wider constituencies both in the United States and abroad.
The committee is also seeking interested program reviewers. Program reviewers experienced in the above research topics, practices, methods and epistemologies appropriate to an iSchool serve the invaluable role of shaping the conference in its exploration of the iSociety. For more details, click on "Call for Reviewers."
Watch for more information as it becomes available on this site.