Keynotes/Plenary Speakers

Plenary Session I: iSchools as Crucible: Melding public good, technical efficiency, and knowledge

Gary, at ASIST

Gary Marchionini

Abstract

iSchools bring together people, information, and technology.  We do so by considering all aspects of socio-technical systems ranging from the genesis, flow, and management of knowledge to the creation and use of information technologies to theories of human behavior and social practices.  In today’s globally informated world, our fundamental human capabilities, tendencies, and beliefs are being challenged on physical, cognitive, and affective levels.  For example, it is one thing to create and manage knowledge repositories—libraries, archives, Google, and Amazon Web Services routinely do so at scale.  It is quite another thing to trust those repositories and the knowledge they steward.  iSchools study and teach strategies for appraisal, documentation and provenance, and the human consequences of technical efficiencies. Together with attention to changing technologies, these interests make us well-positioned to address issues of trust in many kinds of knowledge-intensive enterprises.

 

Brief Bio

Gary Marchionini is the Dean and Cary C. Boshamer Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He teaches courses in human-information interaction, interface design and testing, and digital libraries. He has published over 200 articles, chapters and reports in a variety of books and journals. Professor Marchionini has had grants or research awards from the National Science Foundation, Council on Library Resources, the National Library of Medicine, the Library of Congress, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Kellogg Foundation, NASA, The National Cancer Institute, Microsoft, Google, and IBM among others.  Professor Marchionini was Editor-in-Chief for the ACM Transaction on Information Systems (2002-2008) and is the editor for the Morgan-Claypool Lecture Series on Information Concepts, Retrieval, and Services.  He was program chair for ACM SIGIR (2005) and ACM/IEEE JCDL (2002) as well as general chair of ACM DL 96 and JCDL 2006.  He served as President of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (2010).  He received the Library and Information Technology Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology (2000) and the ASIST Award of Merit (2011).  His current interests and projects are related to interfaces that support information seeking and information retrieval, and issues arising from data science and ubiquitous information.

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Plenary Session II: The Art of Participatory Leadership

Chris Corrigan

Abstract

Working in complexity requires that we learn how to convene teams and meetings to induce many different voices and ideas. Beyond good facilitation, this requires us to develop a leadership practice based on good dialogue and rigorous practices to make sense of our world.

In this plenary session, Chris Corrigan will introduce you to the Cynefin framework and discuss its implications for developing our leadership practices. We will also engage in dialogue exercises to ground the learning about this framework in our real life challenges.

 

Brief Bio

Chris Corrigan is an Art of Hosting practitioner, a well known facilitator and writer who has been working in the field of dialogic organizational development for twenty years. He has focused his work on teaching about the intersection of dialogue, leadership, facilitation and complexity.  He lives on Bowen Island, British Columbia and runs Harvest Moon Consultants with his partner Caitlin M. Frost.