Informal Lunch with the PIE SIGs Meeting this Friday

This Friday, December 3rd at 2pm ET, is the next monthly meeting of the ALISE Information policy and Information Ethics (PIE) SIGs to have a collegial discussion about issues related to information policy and ethics. We invite anyone from the field to join us, regardless of your membership of our SIGs or ALISE! This time we have one reading that has been suggested, “Electronic Monitoring and Surveillance in the Workplace” by Kirstie Ball, University of St Andrews. 

If you would like to be part of this informal, collegial discussion group, please email mzimmerman@fsu.edu for the zoom link and the article. We hope to see a lot of you there!

Information Policy SIG Brings Together LIS Educators to Share Artifacts, Successes

This year the Information Policy SIG assembled five panelists to come together and discuss pedagogical practices related to information policy. Kyle Jones, Jenna Kammer, Emil Lawrence, John Burgess, and Philip Doty all took turns describing examples of actual learning experiences exploring information policy within their classrooms. They then described how these instructional methods were in agreement with their overall pedagogical missions and what the student’s responses were to them. Each presentation was on completely disparate areas of policy but incredibly engaging, and approximately a dozen people watched live and had a stimulating conversation at the end. We expect many more to watch the recorded version, also. Overall, the panel was not only engaging and fun, but gave specific tools to the audience to implement in their own classrooms. 

Invitation to Lunch with PIE, an Informal Get Together

Beginning next Friday, October 1st, at 2pm EST, the Information policy and Information Ethics SIGs will be meeting monthly to hold a research and teaching discussion group. On every first Friday afternoon, we will have a pre-determined topic to discuss followed by a period for open conversation. It is our intention to do this in order to hold onto the energy that builds from the annual conference and carry it into the rest of the academic year.

Next Friday our topic will be on how LIS faculty is addressing the pandemic in the classroom, as an issue that may affect information policy and bring to light ethical considerations- not as the pandemic has influenced course delivery. We invite all members of the field to attend, regardless of your membership of our SIGs or ALISE.

If you would like to be part of this informal, collegial discussion group, please contact us for the zoom link. We hope to see a lot of you there!

Today! The Information Ethics SIG Presents a Panel at ALISE Annual

Dear ALISE PIE community,

Today, Wednesday, September 22nd from 3:15 to 4:45 EST the Information Ethics SIG will present a participatory session on “(Re)envisioning an Information Ethics/Policy Course for the Future.”

From the abstract:

This session of the ALISE Information Ethics SIG will serve as a focal point for conversations about ethics education for resilience, with a special emphasis on collaboratively developing competency-driven goals, learning objectives, and measurable outcomes. Resilience is a cross and interdisciplinary idea, residing in psychological, educational, sociological, ecological, and economic circles. The more of these perspectives are represented in a live course planning session, the greater the potential is to create well-rounded, research-grounded, teaching modules for the information ethics curriculum that can lead to sustained efforts.

You can view more about the session at the virtual conference website.

Today! The Information Policy SIG Presents a Panel at ALISE Annual

Dear ALISE PIE community,

Today, Tuesday, September 21st from 1:00 to 2:30 EST the Information Policy SIG will deliver a panel presentation titled, “Pedagogical Practices for Information Policy Instruction.”

From the abstract:

The panelists to come together and discuss pedagogical practices related to information policy. We understand that a strong grasp of information policy is crucial to shaping the next generation of LIS leaders, and this panel will be geared toward the design and application of meaningful curricula toward that end. Specifically, our call for papers will request panelists prepared to discuss their experiences as professors or other teaching faculty in which they describe a singular learning experience, assessment, or object that they used in their class. The ultimate goal of this dynamic, interactive panel is for the attendees to be able to walk away with fresh ideas for implementing new, vetted information policy pedagogical elements in their courses.

You can view more about the session at the virtual conference website.

2021 ALISE Annual Business Meeting

Dear members and prospective members of the Information Policy and Information Ethics Special Interest Groups:

We invite you to attend their combined business meeting on Tuesday, September 14th at 10:00 EST. Current and new SIG members are all welcome. Here is the Zoom information for the business meeting:  

Join Zoom Meeting
https://fsu.zoom.us/j/92598222491?pwd=RkVPRFVXajg2aU92S2JsS2lpTndrUT09

Meeting ID: 925 9822 2491
Passcode: 2250

In addition, on Tuesday, September 21st from 1:00 to 2:30 EST the Information Policy SIG will deliver a panel presentation titled, “Pedagogical Practices for Information Policy Instruction.” On Wednesday, September 22nd from 3:15 to 4:45 EST the Information Ethics SIG will present “(Re)envisioning an Information Ethics/Policy Course for the Future.” We hope that you will join us for either or both of these engaging sessions. 

Sincerely, 

Margaret Zimmerman, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
School of Information
Florida State University

and

Kyle Jones, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
School of Informatics and Computing
Indiana University-Indianapolis (IUPUI)

The Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy (JIFP) is Seeking Guest Editors

The Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy (JIFP) seeks individuals interested in serving as a guest editor of an upcoming 2021 or 2022 issue. Guest editors oversee the selection of manuscripts and development of an issue focused on a particular topic. We interpret intellectual freedom and privacy broadly; examples of possible topics include:

  • Ethical issues in information organizations, archives, etc.
  • Privacy implications of big data analytics and research 
  • International interpretations of intellectual freedom 
  • How information policy and intellectual freedom intersect 
  • Social media and freedom of expression 
  • Innovative approaches to advocating for intellectual freedom and privacy 

If you have a topic idea, please feel free to discuss it with the editor, Shannon Oltmann. Peer-reviewed articles include literature reviews, theoretical or critical analyses, or empirical research articles and are typically 4000-8000 words long. 

As guest editor, your responsibilities include: 

  • Crafting a call for papers on a focused topic
  • Distributing the call and generating interest 
  • Assisting in recruiting peer reviewers
  • Assisting in editorial decisions 

This is a great role for someone who wants to learn more about academic journals, publishing, and peer reviewing. It is a good opportunity for service to the profession. Length of time commitment will vary (based on time needed to recruit and review sufficient papers). We encourage international participation from both junior and senior scholars. Interested parties should contact the editor at shannon.oltmann@uky.edu and/or submit a topic proposal of 500-1000 words by April 30, 2021.

ALISE Co-Signs “Ethics in AI Statement”

The Association recently signed on to an “Ethics in AI Statement” with the Association for Information Science and Technology and the iSchools in the wake of Dr. Timnit Gebru’s firing from Google. The statement follows:

Recent events surrounding Dr. Timnit Gebru, formerly the co-lead of Google’s Ethical Artificial Intelligence (AI) team, have shed light on the importance of unbiased research into the ethical issues surrounding the use of AI and the need for diverse voices to be part of the discussion. As the preeminent global voice of information science and technology research and its implications for practice, the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) is joined by the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and the iSchools in strongly advocating for rigorous and thorough research into the use of AI to ensure its ethical application in all aspects of society. ASIS&T, ALISE and the iSchools support the work of researchers, such as Timnit Gebru and others, who seek to identify potential flaws and biases in the algorithms used by AI that may disproportionately impact diverse populations. As an association that embraces the diversity of voices contributing to scholarship in the information science and technology field, we encourage continued research into the ethical use of AI and transparency in the dissemination of the results of such research. ASIS&T, ALISE and the iSchools recognize the importance and need for organizations to consider both the positive and negative effects of AI and to find ways to mitigate, if not prevent, the negative impacts of AI while achieving AI’s benefits. Importantly, diverse voices are needed in such discussions.

The permalink for the statement is: https://ali.memberclicks.net/alise-statement-on-artificial-intelligence–ai–ethics