Information is all pervasive in our society. It touches a myriad of disciplines, identities, and perspectives and, as such, touches all aspects of our lives; however, often people are unaware of the structures that organize information and the effect that these structures have on their work, their educations, their research, and their everyday lives. Understanding the structures that organize information can help us understand the world around us. For instance, this understanding can enable scholars to better appreciate how they perform their work and identify new avenues for research and help members of the public navigate the information structures they encounter as they search the internet or visit their local library. Information science research focuses on exposing these organizational structures and exploring how information is represented, disseminated, and accessed. More than this, it examines how information is embedded in our communities, institutions, and social lives. As such, the Canadian Association for Information Science is devoted to the advancement of information science in Canada. It brings together information scientists and archivists, librarians, computer scientists, documentalists, economists, educators, journalists, psychologists, and others interested in the use, access, retrieval, organization, management, and dissemination of information. Our conference theme "The Warp & Weft of Knowledge: Information Threads Connecting Disciplines, Identities and Perspectives" reflects the broad cross-disciplinary nature of information science and invites provocative and compelling examinations of the role of information in society, scholarship, and our everyday lives.
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Library and Information Science
Deborah Hicks, University of Alberta; Danielle Allard, University of Manitoba; Kate Johnson, Western University
Mandi Arlain, Ryerson University