Call for Papers: 2016 Conference

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Information Science in our Communities: Reflections on our Work and the People, Places and Institutions Around Us

Common bonds. Peculiar ambitions. Surprising outcomes; whether we belong to communities or help create them, the associations, guilds, leagues and interest groups we keep company with serve as many different purposes and pursuits as there are names to describe them. In keeping with the 2016 Congress theme of “Energizing Communities,” the Canadian Association for Information Science 2016 CFP challenges you to think about information science at the community level, and invites proposals relating to the broad theme of “Information Science in our Communities: Reflections on our Work and the People, Places and Institutions Around Us.”

Whether we work individually or collaboratively, in highly technological or highly social contexts, in the hotbed of contemporary research or on the periphery, information science inevitably wrestles with aspects of community. What do these communities look like? How do they survive (or not) through adversity and challenge? What does community innovation look like, and how does it affect sustainability? We invite papers and proposals representing diverse themes and methods related (but not limited) to conceptualizations of community. Consider the following ideas:

  • Discovering and defining communities: locally, nationally, internationally
  • Collaboration and independence: within IS contexts and beyond
  • Community benefit and engagement
  • Community building: opportunities, structures, best practices, learning from the past, visions for the future
  • Community participation, service and leadership
  • Organizing information for and with communities
  • Community research and methods
  • Missing and excluded communities
  • Differentiation and integration: among groups, professionals, or on personal levels
  • Supporting communities, listening to communities
  • Traditions and extraordinary changes in IS communities

Call for Proposals

Proposals may be submitted in English or French. Please anonymize all submissions at this time. The conference committee strongly encourages submissions from professional, academic and student researchers. Types of submissions include:

CAIS Papers: 20-minute oral presentations of completed or well-developed projects on topics suitable for publication in scholarly journals. Proposals that report on completed or ongoing research will be given preference. Diverse perspectives (theoretical and applied) and methodologies are welcomed. Proposals should be in the form of an extended abstract (approximately 1000-1500 words excluding references), reporting on research projects, theoretical developments or innovative practical applications.

CAIS Posters: Visual presentations of completed or well-developed projects on topics suitable for publication in scholarly journals. Proposals that report on completed or ongoing research will be given preference. Diverse perspectives (theoretical and applied) and methodologies are welcomed. Proposals should be in the form of a short abstract (with a limit of 750 words excluding references), reporting on research projects, theoretical developments or innovative practical applications.

Student- and Practitioner-to-CAIS/ACSI Awards

Submissions by graduate students and by practitioners for CAIS Papers (only) will be considered for these awards. Details of the awards, including previous winners, can be found at the CAIS/ACSI website.

Submission Deadline for all proposals is January 11, 2016.

CAIS submissions will be reviewed using the online EasyChair system. Conference proposals will be refereed by the CAIS Program Committee. Authors will be notified of the decision approximately February 22th, 2016. All presenters must register for the conference.

Abstracts will be published on the CAIS/ACSI Website once registration has taken place. Final versions must be formatted (template to be provided), and submitted no later than April 22th, 2016. Participants are also encouraged to submit full papers to the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science / La revue canadienne des sciences de l’information et de bibliotheconomie.

Registration

The conference will take place as part of the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta from June 1-3, 2016. Registration will be available online through the Congress website.

For further information, please contact the CAIS/ACSI 2016 Conference Co-chairs.

David H. Michels
Conference Co-Chair
Public Services Librarian
Sir James Dunn Law Library
Dalhousie University, 6061 University Avenue
PO Box 15000, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H4R2
902 494-8856 | david.michels@dal.ca
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Angela Pollak
Conference Co-Chair
Faculty of Information and Media Studies
University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario, Canada
apollak@uwo.ca
www.AngelaPollak.ca