Every year, members of the iSchool student body organize a conference at the Faculty of Information, sponsored in part by the Master of Information Student Council. The conference aims to facilitate discussion and knowledge sharing on a new information-related theme each year, while encouraging student participation and showcasing student work.
2017: Canada Now: Disrupting the Past, Activating the Future
Organizers: Claudia Palermo, Anja Hamilton, Martin Chandler, Elisa Tate, Cvijeta Sonoc, Sari Gutman
2016: Defying Conventions
Organizers: Lillian Rigling, Mia Clarkson, Claudia Palermo, Anja Hamilton
2015: Share Connect Discover
Website: facebook page
2014: Information in Formation - Building a Profession
This years conference seeks to identify and discuss how we understand information—i.e. information as power, information as economics, or information as a service—while engaging with current information studies practices.
This is an opportunity for self-reflection and educated prognostication; it allows students, faculty, scholars and professionals to build an understanding of an iSchool program, the work performed there and what it means for the future of the field.
Organizers: Richard Laurin, Brian Joe, Nora Venezky, Katharine Snider McNair
2013: Theory, Practice, & Praxis
Created in response to recent debates within the Faculty of Information as to the ideal balance of theory and practice in information education and professions, this year’s conference aimed to engage students from a variety of perspectives and experiences. Archival theorists, Terry Cook and Verne Harris, set the tone as keynote speakers. Students were welcomed to participate by submitting work, volunteering, or attending the three-day event! Photos from the event can be found on Facebook.
Organizers: Catherine Falls, Chelsea Jeffery, Caitlin Tracey-Miller
2012: Collaboration, Convergence, & Communities
The Fourth Annual University of Toronto iSchool Student Conference took place from March 2nd to March 4th, 2012. The conference explored growing trends of collaboration, convergence, and communities in cultural heritage institutions and the information profession. It aimed to bring together students of the various information professions to create, develop, and encourage interdisciplinary communication and networks among the information professions and among galleries, archives, libraries, and museums (GLAMs). The keynote speaker was Diane M. Zorich, a consultant specializing in information management and digitization issues in cultural organizations.
Organizers: Stacey Redick, Rachel Meloche
2011: Boundaries, Frontiers, & Gatekeepers
Boundaries, Frontiers & Gatekeepers was the third annual University of Toronto iSchool Student Conference. It was a three-day event hosted between March 4th to 6th, 2011 in the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information. It brought together students from throughout the faculty, elsewhere in the university, and beyond. The keynote speaker was best selling author, activist, and blogger Cory Doctorow.
Organizers: Danielle Cooper, ginger coons
2010: Information Access: Commons, Control, Controversy
The 2nd Annual University of Toronto iSchool Student Conference took place on March 19th and 20th, 2012. It focused on the theme of information access and all its aspects as related to archives, libraries, museums, and information systems. A keynote address was delivered by Joseph Janes from the University of Washington.
Organizers: Laura Shtern, Patricia Ayala
Website: ia3cconference.ischool.utoronto.ca (now defunct, link goes to Internet Archive)
2009: Housing Memory
Housing Memory was the first annual graduate student conference at the iSchool, which took place on March 13th and 14th, 2009 on the seventh floor of Bissell. The conference stimulated discussion on the subjects of memory and its architectural manifestation in archives, libraries, museums, information systems, and material and digital artifacts. The event was bookended by an opening keynote address from Dr. Geoffrey Bowker, and a closing round table on "Housing Memory: The Architectures of Practice."
Organizers: Monica Rettig, Ania Dymarz