Connecting Across Borders:
Globalization and Information Science Research
St. Catharines, Ontario
May 28- 30th 2014
The conference theme Connecting Across Borders: Globalization and Information Science Research reflects both the international make-up of our conference program committee (chaired by three Canadian ex-pats) and the global reach of information science as a discipline. New technologies, an increasing focus on international and interdisciplinary research collaborations, and a complex, internationalized policy and practice landscape affect the research questions we ask and the research activities we pursue. As researchers, we place our work within a framework of international scholarship and scholarly communication; as practitioners, we explore the nature of services, programs, and organizational vision within contexts of increasing complexity across disciplines and cultural spaces. The research landscape in information science explores a diverse range of populations, settings and contexts; we are a global discipline, connected by shared interests and concerns, and drawn together by the latest technologies.
The conference theme points to the increasing need to recognize, explore, and question the social and cultural assumptions of information science as a discipline, and of our chosen research problems and methodologies, in this global context. We seek papers and presentations that address this broad theme, but may also explore strategies for:
We welcome studies that explore any of these issues, or analyses that more broadly address the theme of connecting across borders in information science research.
- Conducting information science research with global partners and collaborators;
- Setting research priorities in a global, knowledge-based society;
- Building a global evidence base to guide information science practice;
- Addressing the challenges of digital and virtual research and practice environments;
- Exploring diversity, marginalization and information inequality across borders.
In 2014 CAIS is partnering with the CARL (Canadian Association of Research Libraries) Librarians' Research Institute (LRI) to present the Inaugural Librarians' Research Institute Symposium alongside the CAIS conference. We are pleased to be hosting these events together at Congress for the first time.
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. CARL LRI Papers: Participants of the Librarians' Research Institute are invited to identify their LRI affiliation when submitting papers, to be considered for two dedicated program sessions highlighting LRI research projects. These papers will be reviewed by members of the LRI conference panel.
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. CARL LRI Posters: Participants of the Librarians' Research Institute are invited to identify their LRI affiliation when submitting posters, to be considered for a dedicated poster session highlighting the work of LRI researchers. These posters will be reviewed by members of the LRI conference panel.
Student- and Practitioner-to-CAIS/ACSI Awards
Submissions by graduate students and by practitioners for CAIS Papers (only) will be considered for these awards. The awards include a monetary prize as well as publication of the full manuscript in the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science / La Revue Canadienne des Sciences de L'information et de Bibliothéconomie. Students and practitioners should submit full papers by April 14th to be considered for this award. Details of the award, including previous winners, can be found at the CAIS/ACSI website at www.cais-acsi.ca.
Submission Deadline for all proposals is January 13, 2014.
CAIS and LRI submissions will be reviewed using the online EasyChair system. Further instructions and guidelines are available on the conference website at www.cais-acsi.ca/authorinstructions.htm and on the CARL website at http://www.carl-abrc.ca/en/research-libraries/librarians-research-institute.html.
Conference proposals will be refereed by the CAIS or LRI Program Committees. Authors will be notified of the decision no later than February 24th, 2014. 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 24th, 2014. 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.
The conference will take place as part of the 2014 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. Registration will be available online through the Congress website (http://congress2014.ca/register).
For further information, please contact the CAIS/ACSI & LRI 2014 Conference Co-chairs.
SLIS, U of Southern Mississippi
Chair, Department of LIS,
Graduate School of Ed,
University at Buffalo, USA
Professor, School of Information Studies
Charles Sturt University
Librarians' Research Institute
Information Literacy Librarian
University of Windsor, Canada
Librarians' Research Institute
University of Windsor, Canada
Local Arrangements Chair
Liaison Librarian/Teaching and Learning Librarian
Brock University, Canada