DEADLINE EXTENDED: iSchools Promotional Video Contest: You could win up to $5,000


UPDATE: The submission deadline has been exteended through January, with entries due by 11:59 PM [SST (Samoa Standard Time) UTC/GMT -11 hours] on January 29th.

Contest entries received during this extended period will only be eligible for the $1,000 iConference travel support award, and are not eligible for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place prizes.

The iSchools organization announces a video contest that seeks to foster interest in the field of information and promote study at an Information School. Prizes of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 will be given for the top-three most innovative and impactful videos, respectively. The top five finishers will also be offered up to $1,000 in travel support to attend iConference 2016 in Philadelphia.

The submission period is Sept. 1 – Nov. 30, and the contest is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni, the general public. Participants are invited to submit two-minute videos that speak to information as a field of study or to iSchools as exciting, new programs that educate undergraduate and/or graduate students to solve the information problems of the 21st Century.

Contest submissions will be judged by a panel of iSchool deans. Winning videos will debut at iConference 2016, which takes place March 20-23, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA, USA. Videos will also be used on the iSchools Organization website and through other channels to promote the iSchools organization and the mission of Information Schools.

Click here for details, including eligibility, contest guidelines and links to the online entry form.


iSchools Name David Fenske Executive Director


Former Drexel dean to manage worldwide organization of information schools
The iSchools organization has named Dr. David Fenske its new executive director. Fenske, who is dean emeritus of the College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University, will oversee administrative operations for the iSchools organization ( for the next two years. The position of executive director was created earlier this year, in accord with the organization’s recent incorporation in Washington, DC. Fenske is the first individual to hold the position.
The iSchools organization is a worldwide association of information schools dedicated to advancing the information field. These schools, colleges, and departments have been newly created or are evolving from programs formerly focused on specific tracks such as information technology, library science, informatics, information science, and more.
Fenske’s roots with the iSchools organization run deep. In 2001, he was one of five deans comprising the group that would become the iSchools Caucus, or iCaucus. The iCaucus has served as the internal governing body of the iSchools organization since 2005. Fenske served for many years as the iSchools’ banker, and was one of the leaders in its recent push toward incorporation. Fenske was formally offered the position of iSchools executive director after stepping down as dean at Drexel CCI.
“I look forward to my new role with the iSchools organization, and to helping further advance the iSchools movement around the world.,” says Fenske. “Our 65 member-institutions train graduates and provide information solutions that benefit individuals, organizations, and society worldwide.”
In addition to serving as executive director, Fenske is also co-chair, with Jane Greenberg, of iConference 2016, the annual information conference presented by the iSchools. This year’s iConference, which is the eleventh in the series, is hosted by Drexel CCI and takes place March 20-23, 2016 in Philadelphia. This year’s theme is Partnership with Society. More at
iCaucus Chairman Michael Seadle, dean of the Berlin School of Library and Information Science at Humboldt University, notes that the selection of Fenske as the organization’s first executive director was an easy choice. “David has long demonstrated his commitment to the information field and the iSchools movement,” says Seadle “The iSchools organization is fortunate to have someone with David’s experience, passion and dedication.”
For more about the iSchools organization, including its history and a directory of schools, please visit
More about iConference 2016 can be found on the conference website:


New iSchools members


iSchools Organisation has the tremendous privilege to announce that at its annual meeting the iCaucus at this years iConference confirmed the following six new iSchool members:

Department of Information Science, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Institute of Information Studies and Librarianship (IISL), Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague,
Department of Information Management, Faculty of Letters, Hacettepe University (Ankara, Turkey)
The College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS/ The College) at Makerere University
Department Information Management of Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University, (Aberdeen, Scotland),
Departamento de Biblioteconomía y Documentación, Facultad de Humanidades, Comunicación y Documentación. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain),

Congratulations to our new members!


iSchools Announce Year’s Best Doctoral Dissertation


“The iSchools organization is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award is Dr. Xinru Page. Dr. Page’s dissertation “Factors that Influence Adoption and Use of Location-­Sharing Social Media”, was judged the best to have been completed at a member-iSchool in the preceding academic year. The runner up was Dr. Laura Sheble for her dissertation titled “Diffusion of Meta­Analysis, Systematic Review, and Related Research Synthesis Methods: Patterns, Contexts, and Impact”.
The iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award recognizes outstanding work in the information field. Nominations are solicited from all members of the iSchools organization, now 59 institutions worldwide, and judged by a selection committee drawn from leading international schools. The winner receives a prize of $2,500 US, the runner up $1,000. Both honorees also receive a travel allowance so they can collect their award in person at iConference 2015, which takes place March 24-­27, 2015, in Newport Beach, California, USA.”
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Asian-Pacific iSchool leaders will meet to discuss cooperation


Most Asian-Pacific iSchool leaders from the list below confirmed their participation on 12/5-6 (Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea) to discuss future collaboration and how to leverage iSchool branding in this region.

Asia-Pacific School Members:

  1. Charles Stuart University: School of Information Studies
  2. Nanjing University: School of Information Management
  3. Seoul National University, Korea: School of Convergence Science and Technology
  4. Singapore Management University: School of Information Systems
  5. Sungkyunkwan University, Korea: Library and Information Science
  6. University of Melbourne: Melbourne School of Information
  7. University of South Australia: School of Computer and Information Science
  8. University of Tsukuba: Graduate School of Library, Information and Media Studies
  9. Wuhan University: School of Information Management


iConference 2014 a success in European debut


Last March, more than 450 information researchers and scholars traveled to Berlin, Germany, to take part in iConference 2014. It was the ninth annual event in the iSchools’ iConference series, and the first to take place in Europe.

The official proceedings of iConference 2014 are available on the IDEALS open repository, and more information on the event itself can be found on the iConference 2014 summary page.

The iConference is an annual gathering of a broad spectrum of scholars and researchers from around the world who share a common concern about critical information issues in contemporary society. iConference 2014 took place March 4-7, and included the presentation of 39 papers, 36 notes (or short papers), 66 posters and 11 workshops. Also included were a Doctoral Colloquium, a student Social Media Expo, and numerous sessions for interaction and engagement. Keynote addresses were given by Tony Hey of Microsoft Research Connections and Melissa Terras of University College London.

Awards presented at iConference 2014 included the Lee Dirks Best Paper award, which was presented to authors Leanne Bowler, Elanor Mattern, and Cory Knobel for their work entitled Developing Design Interventions for Cyberbullying: A Narrative-Based Participatory Approach. The annual iSchools Doctoral Dissertation Award was presented to Jennifer Lynn Douglas of the University of Toronto Faculty of Information. Click here for more information about iConference 2014 award winners.

iConference 2014 was hosted by the Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin with program administration by the Royal School of Library and Information Science, University of Copenhagen. The presenting sponsor was Microsoft Research.

Next year, the iConference moves to Newport Beach, California. Click here for more information about iConference 2014.


European iSchool leaders meet in Copenhagen to discuss cooperation and EU initiatives


Leaders from the European iSchools met in Copenhagen the weekend of November 7-8, 2013 to discuss cooperation and EU initiatives. Those in attendance:

  • Julie Mcleod, Northumbria University
  • Michael Seadle, Humboldt University
  • Pedro Simões Coelho,  NOVA University of Lisbon
  • Ann-Sofie Axelsson  University of Boras
  • Nicolas Julien, Télécom Bretagne
  • Philippe Picouet, Télécom Bretagne
  • Val Gillet, University of Sheffield
  • António Lucas Soares, University of Porto
  • Kari-Jouko Räihä, University of Tampere
  • Josep Cobarsí Morales, University of Catalonia
  • Per Hasle, RSLIS