Seminars & Workshops

FRIDAY, Oct. 31

The Discipline of Organizing in iSchools: Collaborative and Digitally Enhanced Teaching of a Core Subject

This half-day workshop focuses on the digital-enabled teaching of Information Organization and Retrieval, a core course in the information studies domain, using the book The Discipline of Organizing (TDO). TDO adopts a unified trans-disciplinary perspective for teaching information organization and retrieval as well as a new model for developing textbooks and associated pedagogical artifacts, such as examples, lesson plans, modules, assignments and projects. Authors of the book, developers of the online book and pedagogical tools platform and instructors who have adopted the book for their courses, as well as those who are interested in adopting the book for future courses, will participate in the workshop.

The TDO project was conceived in response to the question "what is an iSchool" and the corollary questions about what the iSchools should be teaching, i.e., a common core. The Discipline of Organizing proposes as a trans-disciplinary framework the concept of an “organizing system,” an intentionally arranged collection of resources and the interactions they support. The book discusses the main functionalities common to all organizing systems, i.e., selecting resources, organizing them, designing resource-based interactions and maintaining and adapting the resources and their organization over time. TDO draws on the concepts and case studies from many fields, most notably library and information science, computer science, informatics, cognitive science, law, economics and business.

Initiated at Berkeley, The Discipline of Organizing involved faculty from four different iSchools, with a total of 17 co-authors. TDO's concepts and terminology are intentionally interdisciplinary and abstract to demonstrate the applicability to many different domains. Endnotes categorized by discipline (i.e., LIS, law, cognitive science) augment the book to enable more intense engagement from different disciplinary perspectives. The book embodies numerous other innovations in book design and implementation, including interactive self-study quizzes, annotation capabilities and user-contributed content. TDO was already in use at more than a dozen schools during the last academic year. 

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. 

Unmil Karadkar is an assistant professor in the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin. He conducts research at the intersection of Digital Collections and Human-Computer Interaction, touching areas such as data science and research data management in the humanities and sciences. He teaches courses in related areas, such as Digital Libraries, Visualization, and Understanding Research.

Ryan Shaw is an assistant professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he teaches courses on information organization, Web architecture, and digital humanities. He studies how people do (or might) use information systems to conceptualize and model their worlds and pasts.

Vivien Petras is a professor for information retrieval at the Berlin School of Library and Information Science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She has been involved with developing the European Union-funded digital library, museum and archive Europeana since 2007. Her projects research multilingual access and evaluation methodologies in cultural heritage information systems. Her research interests are in the areas of information organization to ensure interoperability and (multilingual) information retrieval and evaluation.

Robert J. Glushko is an Adjunct Full Professor in the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley. After receiving his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from UC San Diego in 1979, he spent about ten years working in corporate R&D, about ten years as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and now has worked over ten years as an academic. His interests include information systems and service design, electronic publishing, Internet business, and human factors in computing systems. Glushko founded or co-founded four companies, including Veo Systems in 1997, which pioneered the use of XML for electronic business before its 1999 acquisition by Commerce One. From 1999-2002 he headed Commerce One's XML architecture and technical standards activities and was named an "Engineering Fellow" in 2000. In 2008 he was made an honorary lifetime member of the Cognitive Science Society "for outstanding, sustained contributions to the general advancement of cognitive science" and in 2011 he was named one of 50 UCSD Alumni Leaders by the UCSD Alumni Association to celebrate the university's 50th Anniversary. 


Early-bird:  Members $100, Non-members $120
Regular:  Members $115, Non-members $135