translation: turning research into impacts


A World of Informed Systems

We use to think of information as the content of documents and media. But contemporary physicists and philosophers are also suggesting a generalized meaning of information as any “difference that makes a difference.” In this view, absolute information simply is the fact that things are as they are, instead of being different: elephants are grey rather than red, the Eiffel Tower is squared rather than round, and so on. Such informational perspective may help us understand important aspects in the overall structure of the world, that philosophers try to describe in the sub-discipline called ontology. One such structural aspect is the existence of several major levels of reality, including matter, life, mind and culture.


How Do People Search to Generate New Ideas?

The findings of our study lead us to think about how to evaluate search systems for creativity. Should future evaluation of creativity search tools focus on the final ideas generated as a result of searching, the ultimate outcomes, or the assistance provided throughout each of our identified phases?


Can Infotainment and Data Storytelling Be Combined?

In recent years we have been witnessing more and more a spectacularisation of information, in the sense that we are no longer interested in the information itself but rather in the emotional reaction it produces in the audience that uses it. Hence, the term infotainment, which is the combination of two words: information and entertainment.


Human-Centered Security: Bridging the Gap between People and Technology

Human-centred security is no longer an option in a world where technology is advancing at dizzying speed; it is a must. To strengthen and make substantial strides toward safeguarding our digital lives, it is essential to identify and tackle the human aspect of information system design. 


Making Sense of Sense-making

“Do you see,” “I hear you,” “It doesn’t feel right,” “I smell a rat,” “it tastes funny”—all common phrases we use to express whether or not we are making sense of our situations and interactions. Sense-making involves not only the five senses, but physical, emotional, spiritual, and intuitional responses. We strive to make better sense of our situations and our dealings with other people as uncertainty makes us anxious.  


Health Information Craving: A Force to Cyberchondria

Imagine encountering news about COVID-19 for the first time or experiencing unexplained bodily discomfort. Some individuals remain calm, while others instinctively turn to the Internet for answers. However, the digital realm can be both a blessing and a curse. The more information we seek, the greater our anxiety tends to grow. It’s a paradox: the quest for knowledge can inadvertently fuel worry and apprehension.This situation can be described as “cyberchondria”: the compulsive and obsessive health information seeking associated with anxiety, worry, and other negative consequences.

Frontiers: Reaching Beyond Human Knowledge


Unmasking Health Myths: Crafting Quality Standards Against Online Misinformation and Disinformation.

COVID-19 has become the catalyst of health MIDI (misinformation and disinformation) on the World Wide Web. It is difficult for people to know what to believe. If people act on wrong information, their health may get worse. We need to be ready when the next health emergency comes. We need to know how to find good health information.


Mental Health and Title IX: Challenging Privacy and Transparency

How transparent are universities about mental health resources and student privacy relative to Title IX? What are best practices for information dissemination relative to these resources? What should students know about privacy, transparency, and mental health relative to Title IX?


Endangered Social Media Innovations Part 1: Usenet’s Small World Model Preventing Large Scale Content Manipulation

Yet another troubling development in social media is research that looks at ways to help online discussions stay on-topic and to prevent discussions from descending into exchanges of hostilities.

Opinion: Scholarly Ideas, Scientific Curiosity, Bold Propositions

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Social Media is Killing Our Tribes

Social media has not helped us build a strong and resilient tribe with diverse skills and resources. It is now simply geared to help us find others that “like” the same things as we do, which is not the connection points for tribes.


In Its 90th Year the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Sidelined Information Professionals: Here’s How You Can Help

In early June, Australia woke to the news that the nation’s public broadcaster (the Australian Broadcasting Corporation) was making its librarians and archivists redundant.


Wikis: A Viable Platform for Supporting Academic Research Operations

Modern collaborative Wiki platforms can be used to support and facilitate the research process, and to provide a starting point for the efficient implementation of a knowledge management system in academic research settings.

Education: Bring Learning and Enlightenment to your Life


Cross-Border Collaboration: A Decade of Advancing Tibetan Studies

In 2023, a significant milestone was celebrated as the University of Toronto Libraries and Columbia University Libraries marked a decade of partnership in Tibetan Studies collection development and services. This collaboration stemmed from a shared recognition of Tibetan Studies’ historical marginalization in North America, attributed to factors such as geopolitical complexities and the dominance of mainstream disciplines. Together, the two institutions embarked on a mission to address this disparity, striving to increase access to Tibetan resources and foster interdisciplinary dialogue among scholars on both sides of the border.


Teaching Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in China: Strategies and Challenges

Individuals with intellectual disabilities require long-term education in specialized schools or institutions due to their unique learning needs and behavioral habits. Teachers with specialized training are essential in their education process. Based on volunteer experience at non-governmental organizations (NGOs) serving individuals with intellectual disabilities, we summarize common teaching strategies employed by teachers and challenges encountered in teaching to present the landscape of special education in China and to enlighten future LIS research.


Alerting the Imagination: Rethinking Triggers in Publishing

In the evolving landscape of literature, ‘triggers’ serve as alerts for potentially distressing content, sparking debates on the delicate balance between reader well-being and freedom of expression. While aiming to create a safer reading experience, ‘triggers’ face criticism for potentially stifling intellectual growth and creative exploration. The ongoing debate questions whether these cautionary measures infringe on artistic expression and personal choice, akin to warning labels on tobacco products.


Read Smart Read Right

The intricate world of reading techniques and the art of reading goes beyond mere consumption. It is an active engagement with information, an intellectual journey, and a means of personal and professional empowerment.


From Dewey to Digital: Unpacking the Roles of Blended and Traditional Librarians

With the evolving landscape of technology and education, the role of librarians has undergone significant transformations. Two prominent models have emerged in recent years—the traditional librarian and the blended librarian. This article aims to provide a detailed comparison between these two approaches, highlighting their characteristics, responsibilities, and the impact they have on the library profession.


Primary Learning Alchemists: Unveiling the Magic of School Librarians

This article delves into the profound reasons why school librarians’ matter, particularly within the context of primary education.

Spanish: Contenido en español


Desarrollo de competencias de búsqueda de información en línea en escolares

las competencias para la investigación en línea de los estudiantes en Chile, no necesariamente están suficientemente desarrolladas para abordar sus tareas escolares.


Dime cómo planteas tu problema, y te diré qué tan difícil es

Encontrar las palabras correctas para recibir los resultados deseados se puede volver una tarea difícil, y hasta frustrante


¿Se debe estudiar en medio del caos?

Si bien existen múltiples opciones educativas con contenido curado, dentro de las cuales también hay motores de búsqueda especializados, las estadísticas indican que 5 de cada 6 estudiantes prefieren acudir a los motores de búsqueda Web para realizar sus deberes escolares (Byrne, Kardefelt-Winther, Livingstone, & Stoilova, 2016)

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