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2014 SIG-USE Symposium CFP

Theme: Context in Information Behavior Research

Date: November 1, 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 1:30 to 6:30 pm
Location: Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle, WA, USA

Keynote Speaker: Professor J. David Johnson, Department of Communication, University of


The importance of context in human information behavior research has been well established. Nonetheless, it has been observed that although contextual aspects are included in most research, they tend to serve as the backdrop of a study, and not as its focus. Stronger emphasis on context will enhance our understanding of information behavior.
The purpose of this symposium is to explore the role and impact of context, aiming to advance scholarship and knowledge concerning this key component of information behavior research.

This symposium will focus on themes including, but not limited to:

  • Conceptual and theoretical aspects: Focusing on the conceptual and theoretical understanding of context in information behavior research, papers may explore questions such as the following: What does “context” really mean? What is the nature of context in the research frameworks of information behavior studies (e.g., as the background/setting, the explanatory factor, the manipulation condition, or the outcome variable of a research study)? How are relationships between individuals, groups, and contexts surrounding the information behavior conceptualized? To what extent and in what way do variables representing features at broader levels of aggregation (e.g., group level, organizational level, societal level) affect the information behavior of an individual? What philosophical and theoretical perspectives and frameworks can be used to study contexts?
  • Methodological aspects: From the research method perspective, papers may examine issues such as: What factors need to be considered when selecting methods and/or instruments for studies of various contexts? What are the methodological challenges and opportunities of studying information behavior in a particular context?
  • Context-related research: With strong focus on contexts, papers may probe questions such as: What is the typical information behavior in a particular context? different is the information behavior in one context from the other? How does the context factor interact with other factors (e.g., user characteristics)?
  • Meta-analysis of context-related research: Context-related research may be analyzed to explore questions such as: What kinds of research have been done in relation to contexts? How do different aspects of context impact different LIS areas (e.g., information literacy, design of information systems/services, etc.) and in what way?


1:45 – 2:35 Keynote presentation

2:35 – 3:25 First round of Lightning Talks

3:25 – 3:45 Break

3:45 – 4:35 Second round of Lightning Talks

4:35 – 5:20 Word Café discussions

5:20 – 5:50 Group report

5:50 – 6:30 Award ceremony and wrap-up


All the interested researchers, graduate students, and information professionals are invited to submit a proposal for a short presentation (i.e., approximately 5 – 8 minutes in the form of lightning talks). Proposals for lightning talks should be one to two pages long (500-1000 words) and outline the topic and themes that will be addressed during the talk. Proposed topics must be relevant to the Symposium theme – Context in information behavior research.

Submission guidelines for Lightning talk proposals:

  • Author’s name, title, and institutional affiliation should be included at the top of the proposal.
  • Proposal text must be 500-1000 words.
  • Submission should be in pdf or doc format. The file should be named as ‘2014_SIGUSEsympo_FirstAuthor’sLastName”.
  • Submission should be done by sending your draft to (Subject: SIGUSE_FirstAuthor’sLastname). A proposal should be submitted by midnight Hawaii Time on September 1, 2014.
  • Accepted submissions will be made available through the public SIG-USE website both before and after the Symposium.
  • Accepted submissions may be invited for publication in the next volume of the SIG USE/ASIS&T Monograph Series.
  • If there are still open spaces available, the symposium will be open to ASIS&T attendees who do not have a Lightning talk. Registration is still required.


  • September 10, 2014: *NEW* Submission due date for extended abstracts or position papers
  • September 25, 2014: Notification of acceptance
  • October 25, 2014: Submission due date for Lightning talk slides


  • SIG-USE Members: $90
  • ASIS&T (but not SIG-USE) Members: $100
  • Non-Members: $120

The registration fee will cover workshop costs, wireless Internet access, and coffee breaks.




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Hope to see you there!

Please forward any questions that you have to K.-Sun “Sunny” Kim ( or Lu Xiao (

K.-Sun Kim & Lu Xiao
2014 ASIS&T SIG-USE Symposium Co-chairs