Statement on cuts to professional library and archival staff at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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The Canadian Association for Information Science were concerned to hear of the cuts to professional library and archival staff taking place at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The work that trained professionals do is vital to the work of national broadcasters in their role of documenting and reporting important societal events, which plays a key role in democratic societies. As the Australian Library and Information Association states, “It is reasonable to expect that the ABC archival collection will be managed according to professional standards for creating, managing and preserving records, standards common to other public institutions responsible for a collection of national significance.” Without librarians and archivists, important collections – particularly for digitised and born digital collections – are put at risk of permanent loss. While our journalist colleagues are highly skilled, they are not trained in print and digital collection management and preservation – the role of librarians and archivists. 

We add our voices to those calling for the ABC to reconsider their decision and commit to hiring professionals to manage archives and information collections for the benefit of journalists and the wider community.

Approved by the CAIS Board, 4 August 2022

CAIS2021 – Call for papers

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Northern Relations: Connecting the Unexpected and Overlooked to Information Science

49th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science /
l’Association canadienne des sciences de l’information (CAIS/ACSI)
June 7 – 10, 2021
CAIS2021.ca

The Canadian Association for Information Science / l’Association canadienne des sciences de l’information (CAIS/ACSI) invites submissions for its 49th Annual Conference, June 7 – 10, 2021. CAIS/ACSI is planned to take place fully online, hosted by the University of Alberta in Edmonton. 

Library and information science is a diverse and relational field, one where different research streams, communities, and cultures meet. However, research, scholarship, pedagogy, and inquiry in information science often centres on the theories, ideas, and practices that have become well-established and privileged. In this time of great change in our communities, cultures, and society, our expectations of “normal” have been ruptured. This contemporary moment simultaneously invites us to re-examine our work by seeking overlooked, under-cited, and emergent voices and scholarship, and transformative methodologies, partnerships, and relationships within and beyond our field. “Northern Relations” calls us to consider both the intergenerational impacts of our work in terms of leadership and pedagogy as well as the constellations of information science that guide us to the emergent, networked, rhizomatic, and connected ideas that take us to literal and metaphorical unexpected and overlooked places and spaces. Facilitating and caring for relations with people, ideas, and non-humans from these entangled, unexpected, and overlooked places and spaces contributes to a resilient and vibrant field in education, research, and practice. 

Under our conference theme of “Northern Relations: Connecting the Unexpected and Overlooked to Information Science”, we invite researchers, practitioners, and students in library and information science and cognate fields to consider entangled, emergent, unexpected, intriguing, and novel aspects of scholarship, research, theory, and practice that offer diverse and inclusive perspectives on data, information, knowledge, libraries, pedagogy, place, space, and communities. Submissions may cover topics including but not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Emergent or overlooked perspectives in library and information research and practices
  • Decolonizing, anti-racist, and critical approaches to pedagogy in LIS
  • Novel or intriguing methodologies, theories, frameworks, or models from within and beyond the field
  • Accountability, responsibility, and taking care of relations in LIS research and practice
  • Connected or networked views of data, information, and knowledge as they are entangled with people, communities, and society
  • Relational, interdisciplinary, and intersectional research, theory, and practice that facilitates equity, diversity, and inclusion

 

We invite papers, panels, and poster submissions representing diverse topics and methods related (but not limited) to the above theme. We particularly encourage individuals to submit papers, panels, and posters with further connections to “Northern Relations”; and that emphasize, support, and facilitate equity, diversity, inclusion, intersectionality, truth and reconciliation, and/or decolonization.

Types of proposals

CAIS/ACSI welcomes proposals reporting on empirical, theoretical, and practice-based research. Proposals may be submitted in English or French.

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

Panels: 90-minute oral presentations from three or more authors on emerging domains, trends, or contrasting viewpoints, including time for questions or discussion. Panels are an opportunity to engage in discussion of shared concerns, including those not available in completed research or yet adequately recognized. Proposals should not be simply a set of related paper presentations; we encourage proposals that offer creative and unique opportunities for engagement and discussion with the audience as part of the panel session. We recommend three to five panelists plus a moderator; there will be an opportunity to modify the list of panelists after acceptance. Proposals should be in the form of an extended abstract (approximately 1000-1500 words excluding references), that identifies the topic to be discussed, provides an overview of the structure of the panel, and includes relevant qualifications and contributions of each participating panelist. Please use this template.

Posters: Visual presentations of projects at any stage of development on topics suitable for publication in scholarly journals. Diverse perspectives (theoretical and applied) and methodologies are welcomed. Proposals should be in the form of a short abstract (maximum 750 words excluding references), reporting on research projects, theoretical developments or innovative practical applications. Presenters of accepted posters will also be invited to provide a 2-3-minute video overview of their work. Please use this template.

Student-to-CAIS/ACSI and Best Paper by a Practitioner Awards: Paper proposals by graduate students and practitioners will be considered for these awards. The Student-to-CAIS/ACSI award includes a monetary prize. 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. In order to be considered for these awards, please indicate if you are a student or practitioner when submitting your proposal. Winners will be selected based on their extended abstracts. Details of the award, including previous winners, can be found at the CAIS/ACSI website at www.cais-acsi.ca.

Proposals will be evaluated on theory/methodology, clarity, impact/originality, and overall quality. Proposals will be received and reviewed using the OJS system: https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/ojs.cais-acsi.ca/index.php/cais-asci/about/submissions. If you run into issues submitting your paper, poster, or panel through OJS by the submission date, please submit instead by email to Robyn Stobbs (stobbs@ualberta.ca) with “CAIS 2021” as the subject line.

Student Research Forum: We are pleased to invite master’s and doctoral students to CAIS’s Student Research Forum. The Forum’s goal is to provide graduate students with an opportunity to present and discuss their research project, get feedback from senior researchers, and make connections with other master’s and doctoral students. Students at any stage of their graduate program are invited to submit to the Forum.

Please be prepared to present informally on an aspect of your research for 5-10 minutes, which will be followed by discussion. More details will be provided upon acceptance.

To participate, please fill out the following submission form.

The submission deadline for all proposals is January 22, 2021, midnight Pacific Time.

Authors will be notified no later than March 1, 2021. Final versions must be submitted no later than April 30, 2021, and will then be published on the conference website and in the conference proceedings. Authors 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.

Initial submissions should be scrubbed of identifying information for double-blind peer review.

Registration: The conference will be free and open to all, with no registration necessary. 

For further information, please contact the CAIS/ACSI 2021 Conference Co-Chairs:

Tami Oliphant
Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Studies
University of Alberta
toliphan@ualberta.ca 

Adam Worrall
Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Studies
University of Alberta
worrall@ualberta.ca  

Robyn Stobbs
Research Data Management Librarian

Athabasca University, and
PhD Candidate, Human Ecology & Library and Information Studies
University of Alberta
stobbs@ualberta.ca

 

Wrapping up CAIS2020

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This year’s conference consisted of 42 presentations (including 4 panels) divided in a series of 20 live events spread over 6 weeks (September 14 – October 26).

The conference proceedings are now published and can be accessed here. You can also access full papers and the recorded presentations on the CAIS2020 website.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in this event and contributed to its great success. We hope to see you again for CAIS2021 and that you will consider supporting our association’s effort to better serve our community by becoming a member.

We would also like to congratulate Martin Nord, this year’s recipient of the Student-to-CAIS award with his presentation entitled The United Church of Canada’s Reconciliation Documents and the Indexing of Collective Memory.

Congratulations also to Alexandre Fortier, Heather Pretty, Daniel B Scott and Olivier Spéciel, winners of the best practitioner paper award with their presentation entitled Are Canadian Libraries Ready to Transition from MARC to BIBFRAME?.

Thank you all and see you next year!

Cancellation of the in-person CAIS conference 2020

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Dear members of the CAIS community,

This is an update concerning this year’s CAIS conference.

Cancellation of the in-person CAIS conference

The Federation moved to a virtual Congress for this year and associations were given the option to hold their conferences virtually as well, as part of the virtual Congress. After consultations with the conference chairs and the Board, we are sorry to announce that the 2020 Canadian Association for Information Science conference has been cancelled. This was not an easy decision, but we wanted to ensure the health and safety of our participants and to support societal initiatives to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

A possible alternative event in the fall

As a replacement for the cancelled conference, the CAIS Board is looking into the possibility of organizing an alternative event (e.g., virtual conference, lecture series or in-person conference) during the fall to enable authors of the accepted conference submissions to present their work. We are investigating all our options and looking at what other associations and conferences are doing for inspiration on how to organize an alternative event that will allow authors to present their work, and maximize participation and engagement.

Congress and CAIS2020 refunds

For those that registered you will be receiving refunds of both your Congress and Association fees at some point in the near future. There is no need to contact Congress to request a refund.

General meeting

The CAIS Board will also be sending out information in the future about the Annual General Meeting which will also most likely take place in the fall and virtually.

If you have any questions, concerns, comments or suggestions, please write to info@cais-acsi.ca

Call for Papers: Congress 2020

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The Canadian Association for Information Science / l’Association canadienne des sciences de l’information (CAIS/ACSI) invites submissions for its 48th Annual Conference, to take place during the 2020 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, June 1-3, 2020 at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.

London is situated where the Thames River (Deshkan Ziibi) forks into its north and south branches and flows separately onwards to distant mouths.  In this space marked by bifurcation, we are invited to consider the ways in which the scholarship and practice of information science is both coming together to a point and diverging along different trajectories.  At this critical juncture that is the present moment, what choices are we to make?  What are the options before us and what are potential solutions to bridge unwanted divides or avoid perilous futures?  Thus, this year’s conference will investigate “Diverging Trajectories in Information Science.”  Applicants can consider, among other subjects, the following:

  • Diverging methodologies in information science;
  • Contested grounds in data collection, data interpretation and study findings;
  • Cognitive versus social approaches;
  • Questions of theory and practice and their divergence;
  • Trajectories and their possibility of future convergence;
  • Scholarship involving information and decision-making.

We invite papers, panels, and posters representing diverse topics and methods related (but not limited) to the above theme. In particular, we encourage individuals to submit papers, panels, and posters on the revised Congress 2020 theme emphasizing the confrontation of colonialism and anti-black racism.

Types of proposals

CAIS/ACSI welcomes proposals reporting on empirical, theoretical, and practice-based research. Proposals may be submitted in English or French. CAIS/ACSI will likely have overlapping dates with several related conference associations such as CAPAL/ACBES.

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

Panels: 90-minute oral presentations from three or more authors on emerging domains, trends, or contrasting viewpoints, including time for questions or discussion.  Panels are an opportunity to engage in discussion of shared concerns including those not available in completed research or yet adequately recognized. We recommend three to five panelists plus a moderator and there will be an opportunity to modify the list of panelists after acceptance. Proposals should be in the form of an extended abstract (approximately 1000-1500 words excluding references), that identifies the topic to be discussed, provides an overview of the structure of the panel, and includes relevant qualifications and contributions of each participating panelist. Please use this template.

Posters: Visual presentations of projects at any stage of development on topics suitable for publication in scholarly journals. Diverse perspectives (theoretical and applied) and methodologies are welcomed. Proposals should be in the form of a short abstract (maximum 750 words excluding references), reporting on research projects, theoretical developments or innovative practical applications. Please use this template.

Student-to-CAIS/ACSI and Best Paper by a Practitioner Awards: Paper proposals by graduate students and practitioners will be considered for these awards. The Student-to-CAIS/ACSI award includes a monetary prize. 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. In order to be considered for these awards, please indicate if you are a student or practitioner when submitting your proposal. Winners will be selected based on their extended abstracts. Details of the award, including previous winners, can be found at the CAIS/ACSI website at www.cais-acsi.ca.

Proposals will be evaluated on theory/methodology, clarity, impact/originality, and overall quality. Proposals will be received and reviewed using CAIS/ACSI’s Open Journal System.

If you run into issues submitting your paper, poster, or panel through the OJS system by the submission date, please submit instead by email to Grant Campbell (gcampbel@uwo.ca) with “CAIS2020” as the subject line.

Doctoral Forum: We are pleased to invite doctoral students to the fourth annual Doctoral Forum. The Forum’s goal is to provide students with an opportunity to present and discuss their research project, get feedback from senior researchers, and make connections with other doctoral students. Students at any stage of their doctoral program are invited to submit to the Forum.

Please be prepared to present informally on an aspect of your research for 5-10 minutes, which will be followed by discussion. More details will be provided upon acceptance.

To participate, please fill out the following submission form.

The submission deadline for all proposals is January 20, 2020 January 27, 2020.

Authors will be notified no later than February 28, 2020. 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 30, 2020. Authors 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.

Initial submissions should be scrubbed of identifying information for double-blind peer review.

Registration: Expect more details soon.  Registration will be available online through the Congress website (http://congress2020.ca/register). Congress 2020 will offer childcare options and family-friendly activities.

For further information, please contact the CAIS/ACSI 2020 Conference Co-chairs.

Roger Chabot
Library Assistant, Western Libraries
Course Instructor, Faculty of Information and Media Studies
Western University
rchabot2@uwo.ca

Grant Campbell
Associate Professor
Faculty of Information and Media Studies
Western University
gcampbel@uwo.ca

Leah Brown
PhD Student
Faculty of Information and Media Studies
Western University
mbrow244@uwo.ca

Dr. Heather Hill appointed as new Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science

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The Canadian Association of Information Science has appointed Dr. Heather Hill as the new Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario. Her scholarship has centred on the areas of accessibility, public libraries, and fringe publishing (self publishing and fanfiction).

One of Heather’s first decisions as editor included establishing an online submission system. Interested authors are encouraged to submit to https://ojs.lib.uwo.ca/index.php/cjils/

A respected source of the most up-to-date research on library and information science, the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Scienceis recognized internationally for its authoritative bilingual contributions to the field of information science. Established in 1976, the journal is dedicated to the publication of research findings, both in full-length and in brief format; reviews of books; software and technology; and letters to the editor.

The editorial policy of the journal is to continue the advancement of information and library science in both English and French in Canada by serving as a forum for discussion of theory and research.

The journal is concerned with research findings, understanding the issues in the field, and understanding the history, economics, technology, and human behaviour of information systems and services.

Published by the Canadian Association for Information Science.

Read this journal online at Project Muse.

Call for Proposals – 2019 Conference

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Information Studies in the World: Conversations Across Institutional Boundaries

47th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science / L’Association canadienne des sciences de l’information

University of British Columbia

Vancouver, BC

June 3-5, 2019

https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=caisacsi2019

The movement of information across borders is of particular interest to information studies, both as this movement occurs through our own scholarly work and as a key phenomenon of information in the world. Focusing on information as action, as becoming informed, we draw attention to how data, facts, misinformation, perspective, or stories circulate in society. How do contemporary modes of communication enable or distort the transmission of information? How does information generated through lived experiences among one group of people leave that context and become meaningful to people in another?

We see information flow and exchange as key elements of the Congress 2019 theme of “Circles of Conversation.” CAIS/ACSI 2019 seeks to feature work that explores information in the context of dialogue, conversation, and exchange. We are particularly interested in work that shows the effect of information studies outside the academy or work that connects with knowledge and voices from outside the academy.

We invite papers and proposals representing diverse themes and methods related (but not limited) to the above theme. Consider the following topics:
• outreach
• conversation health & moderation
• relationship-building
• impact of initiatives outside the library/academy
• impact of the outside world within the library/academy
• knowledge translation
• decolonization and Indigenization
• challenge to established authority

Types of proposals

CAIS/ACSI welcomes proposals reporting on empirical, theoretical, and practice-based research. Proposals may be submitted in English or French. CAIS/ACSI will have overlapping dates with several related conference associations such as CAPAL/ACBAP. If you wish to propose a paper or panel for a shared session, please contact the conference organizers as you prepare your submission.

Papers: 20-minute oral presentations of completed or well-developed projects on topics suitable for publication in scholarly journals. Proposals reporting on completed or ongoing research will be given preference. Diverse and innovative perspectives (theoretical and applied) and methodologies are welcome. Proposals should be in the form of an extended abstract (approximately 1000-1500 words excluding references). Please use this template: CAIS-ACSI-2019-Abstract-Template.

Panels: One-hour oral presentations from three or more authors on emerging domains, trends, or contrasting viewpoints. Panels are an opportunity to engage in discussion of shared concerns including those not available in completed research or yet adequately recognized. We recommend three to five panelists plus a moderator and there will be an opportunity to modify the list of panelists after acceptance. Proposals should be in the form of an extended abstract (approximately 1000-1500 words excluding references), that identifies the topic to be discussed, provides an overview of the structure of the panel, and includes relevant qualifications and contributions of each participating panelist. Please use this template: CAIS-ACSI-2019-Abstract-Template.

Student-to-CAIS/ACSI and Best Paper by a Practitioner Awards: Paper proposals by graduate students and practitioners will be considered for these awards. The Student-to-CAIS/ACSI award includes a monetary prize. 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. In order to be considered for these awards, please indicate if you are a student or practitioner in your proposal. Winners will be selected based on their extended abstracts. Details of the award, including previous winners, can be found at the CAIS/ACSI website at www.cais-acsi.ca.

Proposals will be evaluated on theory/methodology, clarity, impact/originality, and overall quality. Proposals will be received and reviewed using the EasyChair system: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=caisacsi2019.

Doctoral Forum: We are pleased to invite students to the third annual Doctoral Forum. The Forum’s goal is to provide students with an opportunity to present and discuss their research project, get feedback from senior researchers, and make connections with other doctoral students. Students at any stage of their doctoral program are invited to submit to the Forum.

Submission: 250-500 word abstract describing your research project.

Please be prepared to present on an aspect of your research for 5-10 minutes, which will be followed by discussion. More details will be provided upon acceptance.

To participate, please fill out the following submission form: https://goo.gl/forms/rD3Gb6k7knYYfWuk2.

The submission deadline for all proposals is January 22, 2019. Extended to January 31, 2019.

Authors will be notified no later than March 4, 2019. 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 30, 2019. Authors 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 June 3-5, 2019, as part of the 2019 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of British Columbia (June 1-7, 2019). Registration will be available online through the Congress website (http://congress2019.ca/register). Congress 2019 will offer childcare options and family-friendly activities.

For further information, please contact the CAIS/ACSI 2019 Conference Co-chairs.

Julia Bullard
Assistant Professor, iSchool (Library, Archival and Information Studies)
University of British Columbia
julia.bullard@ubc.ca

Rick Kopak
Senior Instructor, iSchool (Library, Archival and Information Studies)
University of British Columbia
r.kopak@ubc.ca

Finalizing your extended abstract for the 2018 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 extended abstract for publication in our open access online proceedings.

Remember to proofread and spellcheck your document before submission, as no further editing services will be provided. Submit your final abstract, up to approximately 1500 words, via EasyChair by end of day April 16, 2018.

Start with page two of the downloadable template.

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

Be sure to include the author(s) name(s) 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.

Western University seeks Dean, Faculty of Information and Media Studies

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Western University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the Faculty of Media and Information Studies. Please see the full posting here: [pdf download].

Consideration of candidates will begin late October 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Nominations and/or applications should be submitted, in confidence, to Gerri Woodford or Laura Brannan at westernfims@odgersberndtson.com.

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