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iJournal Publishes Fall Edition

Submitted on Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Faculty of Information student-run journal, published the fall edition iJournal, Volume 2 No.1 (link is external).

The iJournal is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal run by graduate students at the Faculty of Information’s (iSchool), which aims to publish exemplary student research on the divergent topics of information studies, thereby fostering collective identity and interdisciplinary understanding among information students, faculty, and practitioners. All articles are double blind peer-reviewed (reviewers and authors are unaware of one another’s identities), to make the process professional and good experience for all involved.

In the introduction to the journal, Editor-in-Chief Erica Friesen says the changes the journal has undergone in the past year include: expanding its editorial board, increasing the frequency of publication, and launching a new student blog (the Iguana), which provides an informal platform for a discussion of diverse topics impacting the information field.

The current issue contains six unique entries spanning various topics effecting the information field today, from “Snacks in the Stacks: Food and Drink in North American Libraries” by Stephanie Abba, which examines general practices of food within libraries. She says these practices from a conservation standpoint are within the sphere of changing perspectives about food and drink within the library.

There is also “Press Start to Begin: Reinvigorating Traditional Bibliography through World of Warcraft,” by Matthew Fesnak, Sara Klein, and Jess Whyte. “Press Start to Begin” provides updates to bibliographical tools so they can successfully adapt to the constant shift towards digital media, using the World of Warcraft, as an example.

The vast array of topics demonstrates the diverse nature of the field, and each entry is chosen for its appeal across a broad swath of study as well as its relevance in current information studies issues. We would like to congratulate the editorial and design team for their exceptional journal and look forward to seeing what the future holds for the iJournal.

If you are interested in submitting a paper for the iJournal, view the most current/past issues, or just want more information about the publication, please visit: http://theijournal.ca/index.php/ijournal/index (link is external). Students are welcome to submit to proposals for the spring 2017 issue.