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ASIS&T SIG-USE Awards Winners Announced

More information and past winners

Best Information Behavior Conference Paper Award:  June Ahn, Mega Subramaniam, Kenneth R. Fleischmann, Amanda Waugh, Greg Walsh, & Allison Druin
Best Information Behavior Conference Poster Award:  Ji Yeon Yang & Soo Young Reih
Elfreda A. Chatman Research Proposal Award: Joung Hwa Koo, Yong Wan Cho & Melissa Gross
Student Travel Award:  Laura Christopherson
Interdisciplinary Travel Award: Roberto Gonzalez-Ibanez

Best Paper Award
June Ahn, Mega Subramaniam, Kenneth R. Fleischmann, Amanda Waugh,
Greg Walsh, & Allison Druin
Youth Identities as Remixers in an Online Community of Storytellers:
Attitudes, Strategies, and Values

This study by June Ahn and colleagues identifies the “remix” as an emerging information practice among youth, and dvances information behavior research by providing a new way of thinking about youth beyond typical information literacy perspectives, arguing that they are “evolving” information literate individuals and demonstrating that their use of remix practices is complex, multi-valued, and multi-dimensional. The problem and questions addressed in this paper are novel and original, the analysis comprehensive, sophisticated, and convincing, and the results insightful.

Best Poster Award
Ji Yeon Yang & Soo Young Rieh
Dual Roles in Information Mediation at Work: Analysis of Advice-receiving
and Advice-Providing Diary Surveys

This study by Ji Yeon Yang and Soo Young Rieh uses diaries and interviews to examine information seeking and provision in the workplace, providing a typology of these information practices, and analyzing participants’ perceptions of information exchanges with colleagues and others.  The findings contribute to information behavior research by providing a close look at the workplace setting and describing information mediation interactions between non-information-professionals.

Chatman Award
Joung Hwa Koo, Yong Wan Cho, & Melissa Gross
“Is Ignorance Really Bliss?”: Understanding the Roll of Information-Seeking
in Coping with Severe Traumatic Stress Among Refugees

This study by Joung Hwa Koo, Yong Wan Cho, and Melissa Gross will investigate the information seeking practices of North Korean refugees in South Korea, focusing on the relationship between the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and information needs and seeking behaviors.  In the tradition of Elfreda Chatman’s work on the information worlds of underrepresented groups, the study has strong potential to contribute to the theoretical underpinnings of information behavior research.

Innovation Award
none (no submission averaged a score above 80)

Student Travel Award
Laura Christopherson

The focus of Laura Christopherson’s work – individuals’ interactions and communication in the contexts of social media and games – matches well with this year’s ASIS&T conference theme, and addresses issues that have been garnering increasing attention in recent years in both LIS and other fields.

Interdisciplinary Travel Award
Roberto Gonzalez-Ibanez