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Annual Conference on Information and Religion

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Center for the Study of Information and Religion

2014: Fourth Annual International Conference on Information & Religion


Information Management in Religious Organizations


Kenneth Inskeep, Ph.D.

Director, Research and Evaluation, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and co-author of Chasing Down a Rumor: The Death of Mainline Denominations
June 5 & 6, 2014 ~ Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
The Center for the Study of Information and Religion (CSIR) will host its Fourth Annual International Conference on Information and Religion at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, June 6.

Conference Presentations

This year's conference features 24 paper presentations and three posters. Scholars from seven countries will deliver papers in tracks for Librarianship, Information Technology and Research. To view paper and poster abstracts and a schedule of presentations, visit


Registration rates include conference sessions, plus a continental breakfast each day and lunch on Thursday only. The keynote address will be delivered at lunchtime on Thursday, June 6. Rates are as follows:

  • Regular registration: Thursday only, $100  ♦  Friday only, $65  ♦  both Thursday and Friday, $135
  • Student registration:  Thursday only, $60 ♦  Friday only, $35  ♦  both Thursday and Friday, $80

Visit to register.


On-campus housing

On-campus housing is available for $41 per night in one of the Centennial Court residence halls. (View pictures here, but please note that your room layout may not be exactly as pictured.) Each room includes a single bedroom (twin bed) with a private bathroom. Rooms are carpeted and air-conditioned, and also provide a refrigerator, microwave and free wireless internet access. The rooms do not include a television or phone. Linens are provided, but no housekeeping service is available because of the limited duration of the conference.

The residence halls are a five-minute walk from the conference location (the University Library on the Kent State campus) and a 15-minute walk to downtown Kent restaurants and shops, so a car is not necessary; however, a parking permit will be issued to those who drive to Kent and stay in the designated residence hall.

A limited number of on-campus rooms are available. Register for on-campus housing when you register for the conference. Please also refer to this list of items to bring with you to make your stay more comfortable.

Register for on-campus housing at the same link used for conference registration:

Holiday Inn Express in Kent
The Holiday Inn Express in Kent, located on Rt. 43 just off I-76, is holding a limited number of rooms at the special rate of $89.95/night plus tax. Refer to group code "CIR" when making a reservation. For more information about the hotel's amenities and to make a reservation online, visit www.hiexpress/kentoh. You may also call the hotel directly at 330-673-9200 or the central reservation system at 800-HOLIDAY. 

CSIR representatives will provide transportation to and from the hotel twice each day: Thursday morning before the conference and in the evening, at the end of the conference that day; Friday morning and at the end of the conference, around 1 p.m. Exact times will be provided prior to the conference.

Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center
The Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center offers rooms to Kent State visitors at the rate of $109/night plus tax. Because of another conference taking place at the same time, we were unable to reserve a block of rooms here, but you may be able to make individual reservations using the Kent State rate. Visit or call 330-346-0100 to inquire. This facility is located in the heart of downtown Kent, with easy access to restaurants and shops.


By car
If you are driving to the conference, you can use an online mapping site (e.g., Google maps, Mapquest, etc.) to guide you. The "main" campus address you can use is 800 E. Summit St., Kent, Ohio 44240. A campus map is available at

By plane
The nearest airports to Kent, Ohio, are Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE). For information on available transportation to and from each airport, visit

CSIR representatives may be available to pick up and drop off conference participants who are flying via CAK or CLE, but a limited number of times are available, due to the conference schedule: 

  • Pick-up: Wednesday, June 4, around 3 or 4 p.m. at each airport
  • Drop off: Friday, June 5, around 2 p.m.

If you will need transportation to/from the airport, please plan your flights to arrive before 3 p.m. Wednesday and to depart later than 3 p.m. Friday, and understand that you may have to wait a short time for a ride. Email Caylee Heiremans with your schedule no later than Monday, June 2, if you wish to schedule transportation to/from either airport.

Kent and Northeast Ohio

If you wish to extend your stay to visit Northeast Ohio, we encourage you to take advantage of the newly renovated downtown Kent -- featuring restaurants, shops, live music, art galleries and more. See for more information.

On the Kent Campus, you can enjoy a mile-long sculpture walk across a park-like 855-acre campus; stroll back through time at the May 4 Visitors Center; or indulge your senses at the world-renowned Kent State University Fashion Museum.

Kent is a short drive to Akron (11 miles), Cleveland (33 miles), Youngstown (40 miles) and Canton (28 miles). Check out the area convention and visitors bureaus for details on museums, restaurants, shopping and historic sites in those regions.