Faculty members and students from the School of Information Studies (iSchool) will be presenting and discussing their research at the annual iConference, held this year from March 31 – April 3 at the University of Maryland campus, hosted by the the University of Maryland, College Park in collaboration with the Syracuse iSchool and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

The gathering brings together researchers from information and library science schools across the globe for a week of sharing and learning through paper sessions, poster presentations, talks, tours, and special events. The participating schools are all members of the iSchools Organization,  a collective of information schools dedicated to advancing the information field.

Conference Sessions

Bei Yu, Associate Professor, will lead a Session for Interaction and Engagement titled How do we promote public engagement with science?  from 10:30 a.m. – noon on Monday, April 1. The session includes lightning talks by panelists and invites participants to discuss questions regarding public engagement with science as members of the iSchool community.

Assistant Professor Daniel Acuna, along with Ph.D. student Alain Shema and visiting scholar Tong Zeng, will present their paper Dead science: most resources linked in biomedical articles disappear in eight years on Monday, April 1 at 1:30 p.m. as part of the Measuring and Tracking Scientific Literature session.

Ph.D. student Bryan Dosono is co-author of a paper titled From Gridiron Gang to Game Plan: Impact of ICTs on Student Athlete Information Seeking Practices, Routines, and Long-Term Goals that will be presented on Monday, April 1 at 3:30 p.m. in the Information Behaviors in Academic Environments session.

Radhika Garg, Assistant Professor, will present her paper, Impact of Reddit Discussions on Use or Abandonment of Wearables during the Social-Media Text Mining and Sentiment Analysis Session on Tuesday, April 2 at 10:30 a.m.

Associate Professor Bei Yu and Ph.D. student Yingya Li will present their paper titled Identifying Finding Sentences in Conclusion Subsections of Biomedical Abstracts on Tuesday, April 2 at 3:30 p.m. as part of the Data Mining and NLP session. Also in that session, Assistant Professor Lu Xiao and Xin Huo, master’s student in the Computational Linguistics program at Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences, will present their paper Authority Claim in Rationale-Containing Online Comments.

Poster Sessions

The following faculty will have posters on display at the iConference Poster Session, scheduled from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2.

Assistant Professor Rachel Ivy Clarke:

  • Exploring Design Coursework in Graduate Library Education: iSchools vs. non-iSchools
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings and Controversial Perspectives: Mapping Relationships to Reveal Meaning
  • Metadata for Diversity: A Field Scan of Current Trends in Describing Library Resources

Assistant Professor Bryan Semaan:

  • Designing for Separation: Participatory Design with Military Veterans

Undergraduate Symposium

The following undergraduate students will participate in the new iConference Undergraduate Symposium, taking place on Saturday, March 30. 

  • Megan Clark
  • Joshua Konowitz
  • James Lu
  • Christopher Sekarak
  • Chanzing Wang
  • Louisa Williams

Doctoral Colloquium

The following Ph.D. students and alumni will participate in Sunday’s Doctoral Colloquium program:

  • Sarah Bratt – Ph.D. student
  • Megan Threats G’13 – MSLIS alumna
  • Yaxing Yao – Ph.D. student

A full listing of all events at the 2019 iConference is available on the iConference website.