Free Data Science Fellowship for Academics

Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive six-week fellowship that prepares masters, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM + social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for fellows and supported by sponsorships from dozens of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.
Locations: There will be both an in-person (in NYC and DC) and online section of the fellowship.
Dates: All sections will be from 2015-03-23 to 2015-05-01. The Deadline for applications is in Mid-January.
Who should apply: Anyone within one year of graduating from a masters or PhD program or who has already obtained a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students welcome. There is a common application for both the online and in-person sections. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.
For additional information, checkout our website, blog, Venture Beat article, or Harvard Business Review piece.

Second MAGIC I3 (Idea, Innovation and Inaugurate) Challenge

The Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre, UBC is excited to welcome applicants to compete in the second MAGIC I3 (idea, innovation and inaugurate) challenge. At our first challenge in September, seven teams competed from a number of faculties with a range of ideas and projects. Of those selected, one has applied to be admitted into the into the Plug and Play Accelerator and another has been invited to make a funding pitch at the Cascadia Summit, while other applicants have already moved from initial ideas to developing prototypes of their products.
We invite new applicants for our 2015 challenge: Register and submit a 2 page business model canvas (a graphic representation/presentation) of an idea and road map to inaugurate the idea and innovation. Present a 5-minute pitch of the idea and innovation before a panel of judges drawn from the digital media and investment communities. Successful participants will be rewarded with a 3-month residency in the MAGIC Lab (renewable for another 3 months) and in-kind technical and business support/mentoring, etc. to take the idea and innovation and business proposal to the next stage. This round is open to the entire UBC community, but we particularly welcome applications from graduate students and staff.
Register by emailing by January 19
Submit a 2 page business model canvas by January 24, also to

Pitch: January 29, Computer Science Boardroom, 2pm-5pm

Email Mark Salopek (mark or Siobhán McElduff ( with any questions

Letter from the Director: US Direct Loan Funding Affecting US Students at the iSchool at UBC

We at the iSchool are all greatly disturbed by the sudden and unexpected withdrawal of the Direct Loan funding source for US students. We know this affects a number of you and we have been working with UBC’s Enrolment Services to clarify the issue as well as explore ways to support our students.

This recent clarification of the eligibility requirements for Title IV funding (Direct Loans) under the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid program has had a major impact on many our U.S. students as well as students at other Canadian institutions such as Dalhousie University, Concordia and academic institutions around the world. This clarification is directed at the eligibility of online courses and affects U.S. students who have taken online courses and received the Direct Loan funding. Unfortunately it affects current MLIS and DUAL MASLIS students because the required LIBR 500: Foundations of Information Technology is classified as an online course.

How does this affect current students?

UBC Enrolment Services — the UBC unit that manages loans — has been corresponding directly with affected students and continues to assist and prioritize those students affected by this issue to determine financial need and offer solutions. These students have contact information for reaching Enrolment Services personnel who can work with them on their individual cases. We at the iSchool continue to support the efforts made by the University to find solutions for those immediately affected.

How does this affect future SLAIS students?

As part of general curriculum review, we already had in progress a change to our core courses that makes all these on-campus courses. This will have a positive impact for all future U.S. iSchool students seeking the Direct Loan funding as it will align with the U.S. Department of Education’s requirements regarding online courses. Thus, this will not affect incoming US students who start in Fall 2015. They will, however, be unable to take online courses if receiving these funds; we will counsel new U.S. students about this and about course options offered within the School. At present there are relatively few online courses in our school and we do not expect this to adversely affect students’ programs.

We look forward to a resolution to this situation and we continue to work with Enrolment Services to do whatever is possible to help current students.

NASIG 2015 awards and grants announcement

NASIG is pleased to announce the beginning of the application cycle for its 2015 grants, awards, and scholarships to be awarded at the Annual Conference being held in Washington, D.C., May 27-30, 2015.
Established in 1985, NASIG is an international organization committed to promoting communication and sharing of ideas among all people working with or concerned about serial publications. More information about NASIG is available at

Professional/Para-professional Awards

Champion Award
A $500 award and conference travel grant to attend the NASIG conference, covering costs of registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America. For more details, visit this page.

Serials Specialist Award
Awards for promising paraprofessionals, covering cost of conference registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America.
For more details, please visit this page.

Marcia Tuttle International Award
A $3,000 grant for an individual working in the serials information chain to fund appropriate activities in fostering international communication and education.
For more details, please visit this page.

Horizon Award
Awards for promising new serials professionals, covering cost of conference registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America. Recipients will also be invited to serve on a NASIG committee.
For more details, please visit this page.

Rose Robischon Scholarship
A scholarship awarded to a serials professional lacking funds for travel. The scholarship covers the cost of conference registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America.
For more details, please visit this page.

Student Awards
John Riddick Student Grant
Grants for qualifying students to attend the NASIG annual conference, covering cost of registration, three nights lodging, and travel within North America.
For more details, please visit this page.

Fritz Schwartz Education Scholarship
A $3,000 scholarship and conference travel grant for a graduate student demonstrating excellence in scholarship and the potential for accomplishments in a serials career.
For more details, please visit this page.
The application deadline for the awards listed above is January 30, 2015.

For details about the awards offered by NASIG, please visit

Information for Graduating Students

Information for all Graduate Students that are hoping to have their degree granted in February 2015, and the congregation ceremony in May, 2015. Please advise students that Enrolment Services will not accept any late applications for graduation, and there will be no exceptions to January 23, 2015 deadline.

Students should not apply to have their degree awarded in February 2015, if they are not able to complete the program requirements before January 23, 2015.

Students completing their program requirements after January 23, 2015 should wait and apply to have their degree granted in May 2015. The application for the degree to be granted in May 2015 and the May congregation ceremony will open on January 24, 2015 on the Student Service Centre.

Please refer to the following link for more information on Rolling Graduation.

Friday, January 23, 2015
Last day for applications to be submitted to Enrolment Services by all graduate students expecting to have their degree granted in February 2015. Congregation ceremony will be in May 2015. Application is made through the Student Service Centre.

Last day for final master’s theses and doctoral dissertations to be accepted by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for February degree granting. Must be approved and accepted by 4:00 pm.

Last day for graduate programs to notify the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies that all requirements (including major papers) have been met for non-thesis master’s degrees for February degree granting.

Call for Paper – International Journal of Academic Library and Information Science

The ?International Journal of Academic Library and Information Science? IJALIS is currently accepting manuscripts for publication.
IJALIS publishes high-quality solicited and unsolicited articles, in all areas of the subject such as indexing styles, cartobibliography, information technology, database management, research methods etc. All articles published in IJALIS will be peer-reviewed.

Our objective is to inform authors of the decision on their manuscript within two weeks of submission.

Following acceptance, a paper will normally be published in the next available issue.
Call for papers

One key request of researchers across the world is open access to research publications. The International Journal of Academic Library and Information Science IJALIS is fully committed to providing free access to all articles as soon as they are published. We ask you to support this initiative by publishing your papers in these journals.

Instruction for author and other details are available on our website

Prospective author(s) should submit their complete manuscript online via email attachment to E-mail:

CFP: CAML/ACBM Conference, June 3-5, 2015

The Canadian Association of Music Libraries’ annual conference is June 3-5, 2015. Information about the Call for Papers, along with awards for first time attenders and first time presenters, can be found on our new website (which is still in beta):

NDSR DC Application Period Open

The Library of Congress, Office of Strategic Initiatives and the Institute of Museum and Library Services are pleased to announce the official open call for applications for the 2015 National Digital Stewardship Residency, to be held in the Washington, D.C. area. Interested candidates may apply to the program now through January 30, 2015. To apply, go to the official USAJOBS page here:
To qualify, applicants must have a master’s degree or higher, graduating between spring 2013 and spring 2015, with a strong interest in digital stewardship. Currently enrolled doctoral students are also encouraged to apply. Application requirements include a detailed resume and cover letter, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a creative video that defines an applicant’s interest in the program. (See for more application information.)
For the 2015-16 class, five residents will be chosen for a 12-month residency at a one of the several prominent institutions in the Washington, D.C. area listed below. The residency will begin in June, 2015, with an intensive digital stewardship workshop at the Library of Congress. Each resident will then move to their designated host institution to work on a significant digital stewardship project. These projects will allow them to acquire hands-on knowledge and skills involving the collection, selection, management, long-term preservation, and accessibility of digital assets.
The five institutions and projects selected for 2015-16 are:

• The District of Columbia Public Library: Personal Digital Preservation Access and Education through the Public Library
• The Government Publishing Office: Preparation for Audit and Certification of GPO’s FDsys as a Trustworthy Digital Repository
• The American Institute of Architects: Building Curation into Records Creation: Developing a Digital Repository Program at the American Institute of Architects
• The U.S. Senate Historical Office: Improving Digital Stewardship in the U.S. Senate
• The National Library of Medicine: NLM-Developed Software as Cultural Heritage

We need your help in spreading the word! Feel free to distribute information about this great opportunity to any other relevant listservs or social media accounts.

To learn more about the NDSR program, including how to apply, please visit our website at:

7th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2015) 26-29 May 2015, IUT-Descartes University, Paris, France

It is our pleasure to invite you in Paris (IUT-Descartes University, 26-29 May 2015) for the 7th Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2015, which is organized under the umbrella of ISAST (International Society for the Advancement of Science and Technology, a non-profit organization).
If you already have sent your submission ignore this message. Just download and communicate the attached Conference Poster (a nice view of Paris).  To see poster go to: POSTER-QQML2015
However, you can visit the QQML Journal website at to see the fast growing statistics and find our connection with EBSCO and DOAJ for paper downloads.
This is the seventh year of the conference which brings together different disciplines on library and information science; it is a multi–disciplinary conference that covers the Library and Information Science topics in conjunction to other disciplines (e.g. innovation and economics, management and marketing, statistics and data analysis, information technology, human resources, museums, archives, special librarianship, etc).
Please direct any questions regarding the QQML 2015 Conference to the secretariat of the conference at:

Visual Analytics workshops offered at UBC in Spring 2015

The Spring series of visual analytics workshops are starting from January 2015 at UBC. Any student or postdoc interested in the field of analytics may participate in these workshops.
• Information + registration:
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at

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