1iSCHOOLS &iCONFERENCE UPDATELiz Liddy, Dean                  iSchools &iConfernce Update    liddy@syr.edu                ...
260 SECOND HISTORY              Move to organizing started with     1988             ‘The Gang of 3’             Deans fro...
3GROWTH OF THE iSCHOOLS                         iSchools &iConfernce Update    liddy@syr.edu                              ...
4THE iSCHOOL ORGANIZATION• iSchool Organization is governed by the iCaucus – the  initial 24 member iSchools• Remaining sc...
5VISION  To maximize the visibility & influence of its  member schools, and their interdisciplinary  approaches for harnes...
6GOALS1.   Lead and promote the information field.     Via collective efforts that will shape the information field, commu...
7CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION1. Substantial sponsored research activity2. An active, research-oriented doctoral program3. Commit...
8ONGOING INITIATIVES• Increasing awareness of iSchools as a valuable  choice for potential students & employers• Supportin...
9ONGOING INITIATIVES• Facilitating collaborative iSchool proposals to large  scale funding initiatives• Bi-monthly Confere...
10NEWER INITIATIVES• Co-ordinated outreach media campaign   – A new, experienced Communications Director on board   – Will...
11NEWER INITIATIVES• MSR-supported Social Media Expo & student team  competition   – To showcase interdisciplinary researc...
12COMMONALITY & VARIETY OF iSCHOOLS   Communication & Information   Communications & Information Studies   Computing   Edu...
13DETAILS OF A (somewhat)TYPICAL iSCHOOL• 1896 – begun as a Library  School• 1974 – changed name to  School of Information...
14iSCHOOL@SU FACULTY                     iSchools &iConfernce Update    liddy@syr.edu                                   De...
15iSCHOOL@SU STUDENTS                      iSchools &iConfernce Update    liddy@syr.edu                                   ...
16DIMINISHING MLS STUDENT POPULATION @SU1970   1980   1990      2000                            2010100%       93%        ...
17iCONFERENCES• Majority of participants are faculty or PhD students   • Not only iSchools, but others (computer science /...
18iCONFERENCES OVER THE YEARS    YEAR     LOCATION            REGISTERED ATTENDEES    2005     PENN STATE    2006     U OF...
19PAPERS SUBMITTED TO iCONFERENCES                         iSchools &iConfernce Update    liddy@syr.edu                   ...
20PAPER ACCEPTANCE RATE AT iCONFERENCES                         iSchools &iConfernce Update    liddy@syr.edu              ...
21UPCOMING CONFERENCES• Look for geographic variety   – 2013 – Fort Worth, Texas – Feb 12 to 15   – 2014 – Berlin, Germany...
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iSchools & iConference Update

  1. 1. 1iSCHOOLS &iCONFERENCE UPDATELiz Liddy, Dean iSchools &iConfernce Update liddy@syr.edu Dean Liz Liddy @lizliddy
  2. 2. 260 SECOND HISTORY Move to organizing started with 1988 ‘The Gang of 3’ Deans from Drexel, Pitt & Syracuse iSchool Caucus officially founded 10 member iSchools 2005 (former ‘Gang of 10’) Mission – To advance the information field in the 21st Century 38 iSchools, in 11 countries, 2012 on 4 continents iSchools &iConfernce Update liddy@syr.edu Dean Liz Liddy @lizliddy
  3. 3. 3GROWTH OF THE iSCHOOLS iSchools &iConfernce Update liddy@syr.edu Dean Liz Liddy @lizliddy
  4. 4. 4THE iSCHOOL ORGANIZATION• iSchool Organization is governed by the iCaucus – the initial 24 member iSchools• Remaining schools elect representatives to iCaucus – 1 for every 10 schools• Annual membership fee is $500• iCaucus Deans hold Annual Meeting at the iConference iSchools &iConfernce Update liddy@syr.edu Dean Liz Liddy @lizliddy
  5. 5. 5VISION To maximize the visibility & influence of its member schools, and their interdisciplinary approaches for harnessing the power of information & technology to maximize the potential of humans. iSchools &iConfernce Update liddy@syr.edu Dean Liz Liddy @lizliddy
  6. 6. 6GOALS1. Lead and promote the information field. Via collective efforts that will shape the information field, communicate its purpose & value & enhance its visibility.2. Create effective responses to strategic research and academic opportunities. Enhance academic initiatives and leverage funding for important research challenges in the information field.3. Provide support for, and solutions to, shared challenges. Provide one another with mutual support and a collective identity, helping constituent schools respond to local challenges and advance the information field.4. Provide informed perspectives on matters of public policy as they affect the collection, organization, dissemination, use, and preservation of information. iSchools &iConfernce Update liddy@syr.edu Dean Liz Liddy @lizliddy
  7. 7. 7CRITERIA FOR ADMISSION1. Substantial sponsored research activity2. An active, research-oriented doctoral program3. Commitment to progress in the information field4. Within North America, the School’s head should be a dean who reports to a provost or president – In other parts of the world, determination is based on reporting structure within that country iSchools &iConfernce Update liddy@syr.edu Dean Liz Liddy @lizliddy
  8. 8. 8ONGOING INITIATIVES• Increasing awareness of iSchools as a valuable choice for potential students & employers• Supporting & strengthening PhD programs – New Annual PhD Dissertation Competition & Award – Mentoring of student paper submissions to iConference• Solidifying professional relationships with corporate sponsors / supporters iSchools &iConfernce Update liddy@syr.edu Dean Liz Liddy @lizliddy
  9. 9. 9ONGOING INITIATIVES• Facilitating collaborative iSchool proposals to large scale funding initiatives• Bi-monthly Conference call amongst all Deans – Discuss & come to aid when local challenges arise – Issues of common interest / concern• Annual iConference – Proceedings are hosted in an open access repository iSchools &iConfernce Update liddy@syr.edu Dean Liz Liddy @lizliddy
  10. 10. 10NEWER INITIATIVES• Co-ordinated outreach media campaign – A new, experienced Communications Director on board – Will utilize iSchools’ strength in Social Media• Exchange program of PhD students across iSchools – Provide access to research domains not available at home school• Increased internationalization of our organization – A global perspective is key to the information field iSchools &iConfernce Update liddy@syr.edu Dean Liz Liddy @lizliddy
  11. 11. 11NEWER INITIATIVES• MSR-supported Social Media Expo & student team competition – To showcase interdisciplinary research and development work from iSchool programs specializing in social media. – Theme of leveraging social media to foster lifelong learning in everyday life. – A team from each iSchool will be selected & sponsored to present & compete in Expo at iConference 2013 iSchools &iConfernce Update liddy@syr.edu Dean Liz Liddy @lizliddy
  12. 12. 12COMMONALITY & VARIETY OF iSCHOOLS Communication & Information Communications & Information Studies Computing Education & Information Studies Humanities, Advanced Technology & Information Informatics & Computing Informatics & Computer Sciences Information Information & Library Science Information & Library Studies Information Management Information Science & Technology Information Sciences Information Studies Information Systems Information Systems & Management Library, Archival & Information Studies iSchools &iConfernce Update liddy@syr.edu Dean Liz Liddy @lizliddy
  13. 13. 13DETAILS OF A (somewhat)TYPICAL iSCHOOL• 1896 – begun as a Library School• 1974 – changed name to School of Information Studies• Now has: – BS in Information Management & Technology – 2 dual under-graduate degrees – 3 Masters degrees – Executive Masters – PhD program – Professional Doctorate – 9 Certificates of Advance Study iSchools &iConfernce Update liddy@syr.edu Dean Liz Liddy @lizliddy
  14. 14. 14iSCHOOL@SU FACULTY iSchools &iConfernce Update liddy@syr.edu Dean Liz Liddy @lizliddy
  15. 15. 15iSCHOOL@SU STUDENTS iSchools &iConfernce Update liddy@syr.edu Dean Liz Liddy @lizliddy
  16. 16. 16DIMINISHING MLS STUDENT POPULATION @SU1970 1980 1990 2000 2010100% 93% 40% 15% 13% MLS Other iSchools &iConfernce Update liddy@syr.edu Dean Liz Liddy @lizliddy
  17. 17. 17iCONFERENCES• Majority of participants are faculty or PhD students • Not only iSchools, but others (computer science / communication / management) • Seeing growth in sponsorship / participation by industry• Increased intensity of research focus• High ratings given to networking opportunities afforded• Individuals in same role (e.g. Asst. Dean for Advancement, PhD Program Director, Communication Director) hold day- long meetings to share best practices iSchools &iConfernce Update liddy@syr.edu Dean Liz Liddy @lizliddy
  18. 18. 18iCONFERENCES OVER THE YEARS YEAR LOCATION REGISTERED ATTENDEES 2005 PENN STATE 2006 U OF MICHIGAN 2008 UCLA 2009 UNC CHAPEL HILL 2010 U OF ILLINOIS 2011 U OF WASHINGTON 2012 U OF TORONTO = 25 REGISTERED ATTENDEES iSchools &iConfernce Update liddy@syr.edu Dean Liz Liddy @lizliddy
  19. 19. 19PAPERS SUBMITTED TO iCONFERENCES iSchools &iConfernce Update liddy@syr.edu Dean Liz Liddy @lizliddy
  20. 20. 20PAPER ACCEPTANCE RATE AT iCONFERENCES iSchools &iConfernce Update liddy@syr.edu Dean Liz Liddy @lizliddy
  21. 21. 21UPCOMING CONFERENCES• Look for geographic variety – 2013 – Fort Worth, Texas – Feb 12 to 15 – 2014 – Berlin, Germany – March 4 to 7• Soliciting bids for 2015• Welcome you all to attend! iSchools &iConfernce Update liddy@syr.edu Dean Liz Liddy @lizliddy

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