The iSchool at University of Missouri will be at the iConference – Berlin 2014!


Faculty members from the iSchool at University of Missouri, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies (SISLT) will be participating in the iConference 2014,  March 4–7 in Berlin, Germany.

The annual iConference, hosted by the iSchools organization, brings together scholars, researchers, and information professionals from around the world. The conference theme this year is “Breaking Down Walls: Culture-Context-Computing.”

We look forward to seeing you!

SISLT faculty are participating in the following sessions:

#1: 2014 CSST iConference Workshop: Breaking Down and Building Up: Accelerating Sociotech Scholarship in the iSchool Community

Tuesday, March 4th – Time: 9:30 to 5:30
Location:  1.403

Dr. Sean Goggins, iSchool at University of Missouri
Organizers: Warren Allen, Florida State University; Payal Arora, Erasmus University Rotterdam; Ingrid Erickson, Rutgers University; Sean Goggins, University of Missouri; Kalpana Shankar, University College Dublin; Jude Yew, National University of Singapore

The annual Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems (CSST) workshop at the iConference perpetuates a tradition of providing sociotechnical scholars with a place to surface areas and domains ripe for new or renewed attention, highlight synergies that have gone unidentified previously, and establish new relationships. This year’s workshop, “Breaking Down and Building Up: Accelerating Sociotech Scholarship in the iSchool Community,” will pivot around the dual orientation of community building and scholarly action; the full day agenda will combine a morning of introductory talks and discussion with an afternoon of hands-on feedback sessions built around project ideas and paper drafts. We are particularly keen this year to bring together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, nationalities, and histories so that our work together can itself break down barriers between ideas, schools, countries and perhaps continents to establish new mechanisms and pathways for integrated sociotechnical scholarship.


#5: Interdisciplinary Practices in iSchools

Tuesday, March 4th – Time: 9:30 to 5:30

Location: 1.103

Dr. John Budd, iSchool at University of Missouri

Organizers: Elizabeth Liddy, Dean, Trustee Professor, School of Information Studies (iSchool), Syracuse University; Mike Eisenberg, Dean Emeritus, Professor, School of Information (iSchool), University of Washington; Kathleen Burnett, Chair, Professor, School of Library and Information Studies (iSchool), College of Communication and Information, Florida State University; Staša Milojevic, Assistant Professor, School of Informatics and Computing (iSchool), Indiana University;John M. Budd, Professor, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies (SISLT), University of Missouri; Steve Sawyer, Professor, PhD Program Director, School of Information Studies (iSchool), Syracuse University; Harry Bruce, Dean and Professor, The UW Information School; David Fenske, Dean and Professor, College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University; Dorte Madsen, Associate Professor, Copenhagen Business School; Shuyuan Mary Ho, Assistant Professor, Florida State University iSchool

Interdisciplinarity is in the DNA of the iSchools. This workshop invites you to discuss how interdisciplinarity plays out in theory and practice. The workshop’s website is

The workshop addresses the uniqueness of the iSchools, provides an interacting framework to discuss and reflect on interdisciplinary practice, suggests some models and tools to describe relations between disciplines, and offers a venue to brainstorm and envision issues of interest with like-minded colleagues.

The purpose of this workshop is to provide a setting for continuous dialogues among colleagues of how interdisciplinarity plays out in practice. The workshop aims to create a forum for reflection on local interdisciplinary practice(s) and to consider the possibilities of forming research networks.

#11: The Discipline of Organizing in iSchools — Collaborative and Digitally enhanced Teaching of a Core Subject

Thursday March 6th – Time: 11:00 – 12:30
Chair: Heather Lea Moulaison, iSchool at University of Missouri

The workshop centers on a book, The Discipline of Organizing (MIT Press, 2013) that proposes a unified trans-disciplinary perspective on one of the core subjects for iSchools: information organization and retrieval. The printed book and several digital/ebook versions will be the focus of a case study in collaboratively developing and maintaining a teaching resource that supports cooperation across the different iSchools. The workshop will present the concept of the “Discipline of Organizing” (TDO), several examples of TDO in teaching, and invites participants to develop a vision for a collaborative teaching environment and process.