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Beyond the Algorithm: Empowering Curiosity

March 30, 2019, 8 a.m. - March 30, 2019, 5 p.m.

Location: Schine Student Center, 304ABC, Syracuse University

Registration is now closed.

The registration for this event closed at 11:59 p.m. on March 1, 2019. 

About This Seminar

Beyond the Algorithm: Empowering Curiosity is the Spring 2019 Helen Benning Regnier iSchool Graduate Seminar.

Managing intellectual assets and information requires deliberate design and process creation. How are today’s information professionals designing to support curiosity and information exploration? What processes and repositories support modern search and research? How are organizations and businesses evolving their knowledge management?

Helpful Guides

March 2019 Seminar FAQ (PDF)

March 2019 Seminar Campus Map (PDF)

Seminar Itinerary

Friday, March 29 (optional events)

Information about signing up for optional events will be sent in your registration confirmation email.

  • 10:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Explore Downtown Syracuse 
  • 10:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Explore Westcott
  • 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Explore Downtown Syracuse
  • 1:30 - 2:10 p.m. - Special Collections Research Center Tour
  • 1:45 - 2:05 p.m. - iSchool Tour
  • 2:15 - 2:35 p.m. - iSchool Tour
  • 2:15 - 3:00 p.m. - Belfer Audio Archive Tour
  • 3:00 - 3:45 p.m. - Syracuse University Campus Tour
  • 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. - Faculty Research Panel
  • 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Graduate Reception

Saturday, March 30 (required events)

Full attendance of the March 30 scheduled events is required for milestone credit towards graduation from the IM, LIS, and EDS  academic programs, as well as IM for Executive-Status Students who matriculated October 2018 or later.

8:15 - 9:00 a.m.

Seminar check-in and breakfast buffet*

*Attendance for the breakfast buffet is optional. Required events begin at 9:00 a.m.

9:00 - 9:20 a.m.

“Information Discovery,” Distinguished Lecturer
Kelly Delevan, Information Literacy Librarian at Syracuse University Libraries (SUL)

9:20 - 10:05 a.m.

Design Breakouts: Introduction

10:05 - 10:20 a.m.15 minute break
10:20 - 10:40 a.m.

Lightning Talks

  • Curiosity and Entrepreneurship: speaker Caitlin Moriarty, Learning Experience Design Manager, Tech Garden
  • Data Modeling: speaker Jian Qin, Ph.D.
  • Knowledge Management: Practitioner
10:40 - 10:50 a.m.Q&A with Presenters
10:50 - 11:20 a.m.Design Breakouts Part 2
11:20 - 11:35 a.m.

Design Breakouts Part 3

11:35 - 11:50 a.m.

Design Breakouts Part 4

11:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Design Breakouts Part 5
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Buffet and Networking

1:00 - 1:25 p.m.

Lightning Talks

  • Curiosity: Research
  • Content Discovery and Need Finding: speaker Ariel Norling, Senior Product Designer at Copper
  • Interface Design: Practitioner
1:25 - 1:45 p.m.Design Breakouts Part 6
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.All Instructors/Presenters Panel
2:45 - 3:15 p.m.Coffee and Dessert Break
3:15 - 4:05 p.m.

Afternoon Discussion Groups

  • Information Literacy
  • Design Thinking
  • Data Mining
  • Knowledge Management
  • Inspiring Curiosity
  • Interface Design
  • 3-5 Student suggested topics
 4:05 - 4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks

Sunday, March 31 (optional events)

Information about signing up for optional events will be sent via email.

  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Post-Seminar Workshop (includes breakfast, Unconference Discussion Groups, Networking time, and choice of events: Practitioner Panel, Taking Your Design Project Live, or work with Practitioners to develop global problem solutions)
  • 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. -  Community Service Volunteer Project
  • 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Everson Museum Trip
  • 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Fayetteville Free Library & Makerspace Trip
  • 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Syracuse Makerspace: Visit & Innovate
  • 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Explore Downtown Syracuse
  • 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Explore Westcott

Hotel & Room Block Information

For students and alumni visiting Syracuse for the seminar, there are rooms available at a group rate at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center.

Book your room online


Free parking: Free parking Friday/Saturday/Sunday is available along Walnut Ave and Walnut Place (close to Bird Library and Schine Student Center) through 8:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. depending on the street signs.

Street parking: City street parking (6:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. alternating even and odd days) is also free and available on streets close to campus, such as Harrison St. and Madison St. There is a parking garage with fees associated across from the Schine Student Center on Waverly Ave.

Metered parking: Metered parking areas will be free on Sunday for those attending Sunday optional events. Please plan to spend half an hour finding parking and walking to campus, depending on parking location.


Lyft and Uber are widely available in Syracuse, as well as local taxi services. If you are planning to use the bus system to get to the event, please plan accordingly to arrive by 9:00 a.m. for the start of the seminar required events.

Code of Conduct

This is a laptop-free event. Notebooks will be provided for note-taking.

Please be courteous and respectful toward your fellow attendees. This event is intended to provide a harassment-free conference experience for all, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical appearance, religion (or lack thereof) or different ability. We will not tolerate harassment of conference participants, speakers or facilitators in any form.

Please be aware of a 2-strike policy for violating the conduct policies above:

  • Strike 1: you will be handed a warning card by an event facilitator describing the policy you have violated.
  • Strike 2: after two violations of conduct policy, you will be asked to leave the event and will not receive credit for attending the event.

Full attendance of the Saturday scheduled events is required for milestone credit towards graduation from the IM, LIS, and EDS academic programs.

Accessibility Policy

Syracuse University values diversity and inclusion; we are committed to a climate of mutual respect and full participation. Our goal at the iSchool is to create learning environments that are useable, equitable, inclusive and welcoming.

If you believe you need accommodations for different abilities to attend this event, please describe your need on the registration form when you register for the event. The deadline for accommodation requests is three weeks prior to the event; contact Margaret Craft at

Questions & Contact

Event Coordinator: Margaret Stockman Craft, Academic Operations Analyst (

Online Student Point of Contact: Vicky Williams, Director of Online Education (

Faculty Host: Dr. Scott Bernard, Executive Professor (

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