Call for Papers: 2017 Conference

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45th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Information Science

The Warp & Weft of Knowledge: Information Threads Connecting Disciplines, Identities, and Perspectives

Ryerson University
Toronto, Ontario
May 31 – June 2, 2017

The conference theme The Warp & Weft of Knowledge: Information Threads Connecting Disciplines, Identities and Perspectives reflects the broad cross-disciplinary nature of information science. Information science research focuses on how information is structured, represented, organized, disseminated, and accessed. More than this, it examines how information is embedded in our communities, institutions, and social lives. Information itself is all pervasive. It touches a myriad of disciplines, identities, and perspectives. As such, those of us who trace the “red thread of information” within and across disciplinary boundaries are uniquely situated to observe how disciplinary and methodological terrains connect, overlap, contradict, and diverge as well as how various perspectives and paradigms are shaped and formed by information. Indeed, as noted by Marcia Bates in her well known 1999 article, The Invisible Substrate of Information, “we always follow the information”.

This year we are picking up on the Congress theme “From Far and Wide: The Next 150” to emphasize not only the length and breadth of information studies throughout the years but also the places, far and wide, across which information science has travelled and from which we draw. The weaving metaphor relates to the red threads of information that not only connect various disciplines, identities, and perspectives but brings to light new ideas and approaches. Along with Canada’s 150th anniversary we also celebrate our past accomplishments and our hopes for the future. We want CAIS/ASCI 2017 to explore the interdisciplinarity of information studies, build on past research, and forge new paths for the future.

We invite papers and proposals representing diverse themes and methods related (but not limited) to the above theme. Consider the following ideas:

  • Collaboration and independence: Within IS contexts and beyond
  • Differentiation and integration: Among groups, professionals, or on personal levels
  • Papers representing methods drawn from other disciplines or mixed methods approaches
  • New and innovative approaches to IS research
  • Papers reflecting on the development and future of IS research
  • Papers from a variety of perspectives: Institutional, social, and ethical
  • Historical examinations of IS as a discipline

We are also pleased to announce that Marcia Bates will give the opening keynote presentation on May 31, 2017. Dr. Bates has published widely in the areas of information system search strategy, user-centered design of information retrieval systems, organization of knowledge, information seeking behavior, and the nature of the information professions.

We welcome proposals that explore or are directly influenced by Dr. Bates’s work.

Call for proposals
Proposals may be submitted in English or French. The conference committee strongly encourages submissions from professional and academic 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- to-CAIS/ACSI and Practitioner Awards: Paper submissions by graduate students and practitioners will be considered for these awards. The Student-to-CAIS/ACSI award includes a monetary prize, and both awardees will have the opportunity to publish the full manuscript in the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science / La Revue Canadienne des Sciences de L’information et de Bibliothéconomie. If you would like to be considered for the award please indicate if you are a student or practitioner in your CAIS/ACSI abstract submission. Winners will be selected based on the submission of their abstract to the conference. Details of the award, including previous winners, can be found at the CAIS/ACSI website at www.cais-acsi.ca.

Doctoral Forum
We are pleased to invite students to this year’s inaugural Doctoral Forum. The goal is to provide students with an opportunity to present and discuss their research project, get feedback, and to meet with other researchers. Feel free to join us, regardless of the current stage of your doctoral project.

Format: 10 minute presentations followed by 10 minutes of discussion

Submission: 250 to 500 words abstract describing your research project

To participate, please fill the following submission form.

Doctoral students interested in attending the Doctoral Forum are also encouraged to submit completed or ongoing research projects for consideration as part of the CAIS conference.

Please note that you have to register to the CAIS conference to attend the Doctoral Forum.

Submission Deadline for all proposals is January 27, 2017.

Submissions will be reviewed using the online EasyChair system. Submissions can be made to EasyChair at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cais2017.

Authors will be notified of the decision no later than February 27th, 2017. 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 submitted no later than April 28th, 2017. 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 bibliothéconomie.

Registration: The conference will take place as part of the 2017 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario (May 31-June 2, 2017). Registration will be available online through the Congress website (http://congress2017.ca/register).

For further information, please contact the CAIS/ACSI 2017 Conference Co-chairs.

Danielle Allard
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Women’s and Gender Studies Program/ Master’s of Archival Studies Program
University of Manitoba
danielle.allard@umanitoba.ca

Deborah Hicks
Lecturer
The iSchool @ UBC
University of British Columbia
deborah.hicks@ubc.ca

Catherine Johnson
Associate Professor
Faculty of Information &
Media Studies
University of Western Ontario
cjohn24@uwo.ca

How to Prepare Your Abstract for the Proceedings

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Instructions for preparing your abstract for CAIS Conference Proceedings

Authors, please adhere to the following formatting guidelines for submission of your final abstract for the electronic proceedings. Remember to spellcheck the document before submission, as no further editing services will be provided. Submit your final abstract, up to 1500 words, on or before April 28, 2017.

Start with page two of the downloadable template

Use Times New Roman, 12 pts, 2.54 cm margins on all sides. Use headings as appropriate.

Be sure to include the author(s) names and affiliations at the top of the first page.

Preparation of copy

Use italics rather than underlining where applicable. Use endnotes rather than footnotes.

Tables and figures

Tables and figures should be numbered separately and placed together at the end of the document. Figures can be sent in separate image files. Insert a location note at the appropriate place in the text (e.g., ”Insert Table 2 here”). Prepare tables as simply as possible. Figures must be sharp and clear and must fit within the text area of a journal page (115 mm × 175 mm).

Style

Tables and figures should be numbered separately and placed together at the end of the document. Figures can be sent in separate image files. Insert a location note at the appropriate place in the text (e.g., ”Insert Table 2 here”). Prepare tables as simply as possible. Figures must be sharp and clear and must fit within the text area of a journal page (115 mm × 175 mm).

Format and references

All references to sources are to be identified in the text by the surname of the author(s), year of publication, and page number(s) where applicable. Examples: (Greenberg 2008, 48); (Olson 2006, 19–21); (Fogel 2004a). For ejournal articles please provide a DOI rather than a URL if possible. The references list should be placed at the end of the main text, and ordered alphabetically by author and by year of publication.

All abstracts should be submitted in PDF format.

Welcome to the New Editor of CJILS!

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The Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Valerie Nesset as Editor of the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science, starting November 2015.

Dr. Nesset earned her Ph.D. at McGill University and joined the Department of Library and Information Studies at SUNY at Buffalo in 2008. She earned tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014. Dr. Nesset’s research lies at the intersection of information behavior and information literacy, which she has published in journals such as Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Information Research, Education Today, and Library and Information Science Research. Dr. Nesset has editorial experience with the McGill Journal of Education, where she was instrumental in helping the journal to transition from a print-based subscription to gold open access (i.e., freely available over the Web). Since 2011 she has been the Book Reviews Editor for Education for Information, and she has recently joined the editorial board of Library and Information Science Research. Dr. Nesset reviews for a number of journals, including Journal of Library and Information Science and Journal of Information Literacy. She has served on the program committees for the annual conferences of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) and the CAIS. In 2010, she co-chaired the CAIS conference, and she co-chaired the poster track for the 2009 ASIS&T conference. Dr. Nesset also chaired the Association for Library and Information Science Education Nominating Committee in 2008-09.

The CAIS Board would like to thank Dr. Clément Arsenault for maintaining the high quality of CJILS under his editorship since 2011. We are grateful for his service to the information science community. The Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science is published by the University of Toronto Press on a quarterly basis in print, and is available online on Project MUSE. We encourage submissions to the journal, directly to the editor. Starting November 2015, please submit manuscripts to Dr. Valerie Nesset, vmnesset@buffalo.edu.

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

Welcome to the new site!

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You may have noticed our new and genuinely improved web presence. Our thanks go to JF Ruest, Montreal librarian and designer, for a beautiful job on the site redesign. JF says,

“The main element of CAIS/ACSI’s new logotype represents a maple samara. This seed, produced by the symbol of Canada, is spread by the wind to cover the largest possible area, as the association publishes a journal to share research about information and library science through the whole world. The light from coast to coast inspires its warm colors. The movement created by the logo is interesting because it illustrates the organic side of science. I wanted to show the CAIS/ACSI dynamism through the movement and colors of its new logotype.”

For information about CAIS/ACSI, feel free to contact any member of the current executive.

Moving the association forward

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The CAIS/ACSI Executive Board has been hard at work moving the association forward. Here are the latest updates.

We look forward to sharing more information with you as these items unfold. Please do not hesitate to contact an Executive Board member if you have any questions.