2012 Information Fluency Conference - March 14-16, 2012 - Orlando, FL

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The 2012 Information Fluency Conference will be held March 14-16, 2012 and will feature a keynote address, plenary session, and concurrent sessions with presentations on the various aspects of Information Fluency. This year's theme is "Information Fluency & the Digital Divides." For additional information please go to www.ce.ucf.edu/if.

Dr. S. Craig Watkins studies young people's social and digital media behaviors and will be the keynote speaker. He teaches at the University of Texas, Austin, in the departments of Radio‐Television‐Film, Sociology, and the Center for African and African American Studies. Craig is also a Faculty Fellow for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement and a Global Fellow for the IC2 at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan.

His book, The Young and the Digital: What the Migration to Social Network Sites, Games, and Anytime, Anywhere Media Means for Our Future (Beacon 2009), is based on survey research, in‐depth interviews, and fieldwork with teens, young twenty‐somethings, teachers, parents, and technology advocates. The Young and the Digital explores young people's dynamic engagement with social media, games, mobile phones, and communities like Facebook.

His other books include Hip Hop Matters: Politics, Pop Culture and the Struggle for the Soul of a Movement (Beacon Press 2005), and Representing: Hip Hop Culture and the Production of Black Cinema (The University of Chicago Press 1998).

The plenary speaker will be Dr. Fay Cobb Payton. Dr. Payton is Associate Professor of Information Systems at North Carolina State University in the College of Management. She is the editor of Health Systems an official journal of The OR Society (Operational Research) which is the discipline of applying advanced analytical methods to help make better decisions.

Dr. Payton's research involves healthcare and digital equity in the context of information and communication technologies (ICT). She is the co‐editor of Adaptive Health Management Information Systems: Concepts, Cases, & Practical Applications (2009) and lead co‐editor for the Journal of the Association of Information Systems (JAIS) ‐ Special Issue of Health Care Information Systems: People, Processes and Patients. The Special Issue is published in two volumes and was released in February and March 2011.

This year we will examine the digital divides from various disciplines and perspectives. Possible topics for presentations include:
--User generated tagging vs. mechanized information retrieval
--Politics of information
--Physical, political, cultural, and social access to the Internet
--Information seeking behaviors
--Global Information
--Revisions of library space and function
--Meta thinking about technology
--Digital rhetoric
--Role of political institutions in diffusing technology
--Technology, resources and skills necessary for digital citizenship