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iConference Student Symposium

The iConference Student Symposium, a forum for research conducted by Bachelor or Master's students. The deadline is 2nd November 2020.

Call for submissions for iConference Student Symposium

The Student Symposium is an opportunity for undergraduate and master's students to present their research in a friendly setting of peers and invited senior researchers. Students will receive feedback on their work and they will have a chance to network with other conference participants and faculty members.

Participants must apply and be accepted in order to take part.

Application Instructions

All undergraduate and master's students are invited to submit applications to this session. Affiliation with a member-iSchool is not required-applications from students of any educational institution will be considered. The session will consist of student presentations followed by discussions.

To apply, students should write an application that includes:

A brief letter of application (250 words maximum) including name, education level, department, and specifics on your field of study and what excites you about it. In other words, why are you studying what you are studying.

An abstract of up to 250 words to describe your planned presentation. In this outline, you will introduce the theme of your talk, contextualize the theme in relevant research and give details on your method, analysis and findings (if relevant). The presentation may be on completed research or research-in-progress. Student contributions may be based on undergraduate and master's projects or similar. Students may also join forces and collaborate on a submission.

A certificate will be issued to the participants to recognise their contribution and encourage their academic communication activities

Submissions may address any current critical information issues, including:

  • information behavior
  • social, cultural, health and community informatics
  • human-computer interaction
  • education in Library and Information Science
  • information systems
  • social computing
  • information policy
  • knowledge management
  • information retrieval
  • information services
  • information organization
  • digital curation and preservation
  • bibliometrics and scholarly communication
  • history and philosophy of information
  • participatory cultures
  • digital youth
  • social computing
  • human computer interaction
  • knowledge infrastructures
  • computer-supported cooperative work
  • data, text and knowledge mining
  • computational social science
  • digital humanities
  • network science
  • information and communication technology for development
  • data science
  • information economics
  • information work and workers
  • user experience and design

We especially welcome contributions that address the main theme of the conference, Diversity | Divergence | Dialogue.

Applications can be now be submitted through ConfTool.


Application deadline: Monday, November 2, 2020
Decisions announced: Mid-December, 2020

Call for Proposals
Bridging the Spectrum: The 13th Annual Symposium on Scholarship and Practice
Online, Friday, February 19, 2021

The Department of Library and Information Science at Catholic University of America invites researchers, practitioners and students to submit proposals for the 2021 Bridging the Spectrum Symposium, a forum for sharing research findings, best practices, and works in progress in library and information science. The 13th Symposium will be a virtual event. The 2021 keynote address will be delivered by Richard Reyes-Gavilan, the Executive Director of the DC Public Library.

The Symposium will include three types of presentations: briefings, panels, and posters.

  • Briefings are 15-minute presentations of an innovative practice, project, or research activity.

  • Authors can organize panels of speakers to present and discuss an emerging theme or topic.

  • Posters are exhibits describing a practice, project, or research activity.

Proposal topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Community engagement and outreach, including marketing and advocacy for library and information services

  • Information services against misinformation and propaganda

  • New developments in information organization (linked data, semantic web, etc.)

  • Preservation and management of born-digital and digitized resources

  • Management and analysis of data and information

  • Library networks and international collaboration

  • Technology trends and impact on information services

  • Management of information services in cultural institutions

Important Dates

  • Proposals due: October 9, 2020

  • Notification of acceptance: Mid-November

  • Final program abstracts due: December 4, 2020

  • Symposium: February 19, 2021

The submissions can be made here

Overviews of past symposia are available on the Symposium website 

Please feel free to contact the Symposium Committee if you have questions.

Symposium Committee: Drs. Sue Yeon Syn, Youngok Choi and Sung Un Kim

Decolonizing LIS: Activating Social Justice

The Department of Library and Information Science at the Catholic University of America invites you to the Sister Thea Bowman Lecture Series on Social Justice in Library and Information Science.

This year, Dr. Nicole Cooke will speak about "Decolonizing LIS: Activating Social Justice" on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 6pm. EDT.

Please RSVP to receive the link to the online lecture event.

About the Talk

Social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are significant topics within the profession, but are they actually integrated into the fabric of library and information science? Among the areas that require particular understanding and dedication are our classrooms and pedagogical practices. Decolonizing our syllabi (and ultimately our entire curricula) requires looking outside of our discipline and Western norms to engage other scholarship and practices to build a foundation for what decolonization and a more equitable profession look like.

About the Speaker

Nicole Cooke is the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina. Her research and teaching interests include human information behavior, critical cultural information studies, and diversity and social justice in librarianship. She was the 2019 ALISE Excellence in Teaching Award recipient and she has edited and authored several books, including Information Services to Diverse Populations and Fake News and Alternative Facts: Information Literacy in a Post-truth Era.