2014 Spring Newsletter / School News

Trends in Information Science Examined at SIS Symposium

In July 2013, a symposium on current and future trends in information science research was held at the School with a panel of six leaders in the field of information studies.

The international panel was organized by the School and the McGill Student Chapter of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) in conjunction with the ASIS&T Board of Directors meeting, and was composed of Past, Current, and Elect Presidents of ASIS&T: Diane Sonnenwald, Andrew Dillon, and Harry Bruce, and three Directors-At-Large: Katriina Byström, Sanda Erdelez, and Diane Rasmussen-Pennington. In spite of the very warm weather, more than fifty participants attended the event.

During a lively debate about the future of research in our field, panellists pointed to the unprecedented interest in society as a whole about information and information problems and discussed the changing library and information science (LIS) landscape, including the increasing role of technology in our research and practice. Panellists weighed in on forecasts for hot future research areas which included a host of topics from personal information management to information security at a national level. Several panellists encouraged researchers to approach problems from a human and policy perspective, strengthen LIS research approaches, and connect research to social needs and trends.

The symposium made clear the wealth of opportunities available to forge new interdisciplinary ties in LIS, build on our unique strengths in the field, and to conduct impactful research to benefit citizens and societies.

An article about the symposium by SIS PhD candidate Rhiannon Gainor is available in the Bulletin of ASIS&T (2013, vol.40 no 1, p. 10-12). Read full text here: Selected ASIS&T Board Members Discuss Research Trends in Information Science: A Summary