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Call for Proposals: ALISE Annual 2019 - Information Ethics Special Interest Group (SIG)

ALISE Annual Conference

September 24-26, 2019

Knoxville, Tennessee


Call for Proposals on the Topic: More Data, More Problems: Strategically Addressing Data Ethics Issues in Library and Information Science Education



Library and information science schools are revising undergraduate and graduate curricula and individual courses to prepare students for data-centric careers, as well as to participate in a data-driven society. To meet these new challenges programs are developing courses on, among other things, data curation, analytics, visualization, algorithm design, and artificial intelligence. While such changes reflect new workforce and society needs, it remains to be seen whether or not such efforts adequately address the very real and serious ethics issues associated with related data practices (e.g., privacy, bias, fairness and justice). Some questions include:

    • Do programs need to reconsider the role of and learning outcomes related to data and information ethics in the curriculum?
    • What structural, organizational, and political issues emerge when attempting to embed data ethics into curricular designs?
    • How can instructors for whom data ethics is an unfamiliar area successfully address related issues in technical courses?
    • Can library and information science schools collaborate with their computer science peers to develop value-sensitive courses?

The ALISE Information Ethics SIG invites presentation proposals that tightly link data ethics to pedagogy, instructional design, curriculum design, and learning opportunities. The SIG especially encourages proposals that will provide session attendees with 1) actual strategies and/or resources for addressing data ethics in courses outside of information ethics and/or 2) opportunities to develop collaborations regarding data ethics education.


How To Submit an Abstract

Please submit a 500-word abstract via email to the SIG convener, Kyle Jones ( OR, by March 10th, 2019. The abstract should include:

    1. A title for your presentation
    2. Presenter name(s) and affiliation(s)
    3. A topic narrative
    4. And three knowledge and/or skill outcomes attendees will learn by the end of your talk


Call for Submissions