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Workshop: iConference 2014, Berlin

Time: Tuesday March 4, 2014, 14:00 to 17:30, at the ISchools Conference in Berlin, Germany
Organizers: Robert J. Glushko; Vivien Petras; Ryan Shaw

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.

Participants will discuss and exchange experiences in teaching core concepts of information organization and retrieval from different disciplinary perspectives and explore inter-school collaboration in a shared digital teaching environment. The main questions to be explored are:

1. How can we create a “living” book that moves beyond the main text (while maintaining its integrity) by augmenting the content with student- and lecturer-generated disciplinary perspectives generating “versions” adapted to specific classes or schools?

2. How can we develop a resource-sharing environment, which provides teaching tools (not only a “text”book”, but digitally enhanced learning and collaboration features) moving iSchool education into the digital world with all its capabilities?


 Schedule (with Links to Presentations)


Eileen Abels, School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College

Margy Avery, MIT Press

Fred Chasen, School of Information, University of California Berkeley

Ron Day, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University

Robert J. Glushko, School of Information, University of California Berkeley

Leif Kajberg, Türk Kütüphaneciliği/Turkish Librarianship Journal

Myeong Lee, University of Maryland

Unmil Karmakar, School of Information, University of Texas Austin

Ian MacFarland, School of Information, University of California Berkeley

Murray Maloney

William Moen, School of Library and Information Sciences, University of North Texas

Gary Olson, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine

Vivien Petras, Institut für Bibliotheks- und Informations­wissen­schaft, Humboldt Universitat zu Berlin

Ryan Shaw, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina

António Lucas Soares, Department of Informatics, University of Porto

Yasar Tonta, Hacettepe Univ Dept of information Management, Ankara, Turkey

Kathryn Voglebacker, iSchool Inclusion Institute

Nina Wacholder, Department of Library and Information Science, Rutgers University School of Communications, Information and Library Studies


Resources to Consider before the Workshop

  • Current edition of enhanced ebook
  • TDO in a browser