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Annual Reports Due

All chapter leaders are asked to submit their Annual Reports no later than July 3rd. These reports are required in order to receive your FY 21 allocation, but more importantly, they are used to decide the winners of the various Chapter Awards. Please take the time to promote your chapter and let us know how you are doing!

Africa Chapter

The Board of Directors has approved the new ASIS&T Africa Chapter!

The purpose of the Chapter is to provide an organization through which members of ASIS&T located within the Chapter area (Africa) may participate in and carry forward the programs and purposes of ASIS&T. The Chapter shall promote the interests of the Association and its programs and shall make every reasonable effort to involve students of information science and related disciplines who are located within its boundaries. Stay tuned for updates on the newly formed chapter.

Asia Pacific Chapter

In light of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, the Organizing Committee of the ASIS&T Asia-Pacific Regional Conference has decided to virtually hold this conference. The new conference dates are set on December 12-13, 2020.

We aim to provide opportunities for both intellectually stimulating discussions and also socially engaging meetings during the virtual conference. Details about the arrangement of virtual presentations will be announced closer to the conference date. We are now calling for submitting papers/panel proposals. We look forward to receiving your submissions.


As an essential part of ASIS&T, the Asia-Pacific Regional Conference provides a platform to advance the information sciences and related applications of information technology, and support to information professionals and organizations within the Asia Pacific area. ASIS&T Asia-Pacific Regional Conference 2020 aims to promote the multidisciplinary and ever-evolving area of information behavior and human-computer interaction. There are various kinds of users’ contextualized interactions with information, including information behavior, information practice, information seeking, information experience and so on. Human-computer interaction (HCI) refers to a multidisciplinary field of study focusing on the design and deployment of computer technology as well as the interaction between humans (users) and computers. Various information behaviors underlie user-information interactions, which can be transformed to useful patterns to optimize information consumption. Research on relevant topics would lay a key foundation for connecting users and designers.

The conference intends to provide an open platform for the information community to engage with the dynamism of the information field. It will provide an arena for researchers and practitioners to discuss the way people interact with information and technology in a myriad of contexts. The challenging work concerning contextualized information activities will be presented through papers, panel discussions and so on. Scholars, students, and professionals from information science, library science, communication studies, information management, education, management science, psychology, sociology, information systems, computer science, and other disciplines contributing to the research field are warmly welcomed. More information can be found by going here.

NEASIS&T Chapter

NEASIS&T Conference Support Award

Application Deadline: Monday, June 22  [DEADLINE EXTENDED!]
Notification of Award Winner: Friday, June 26
Application Link:

The Association for Information Science & Technology, New England Chapter (NEASIS&T) is pleased to announce two conference support awards to support participation in the ASIS&T Annual Meeting, which will be held virtually this year.  Our goals are to support scholarship and connect research and practice, bringing new voices to the chapter. There is one student award and one practitioner award.  Each award will support your year-long membership in ASIS&T as well as your conference registration for the 2020 ASIS&T Annual Meeting; enrollment fees for pre/post-meeting workshops and tutorials may also be covered in whole, or in part, up to the award limit. The award will come in the form of a reimbursement with submission of receipts after the conclusion of the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. There is a reimbursement limit of $800 for each award.

The Annual Meeting will be focused on the theme of "information for a sustainable world."  For more information, you can visit the annual meeting webpage. It is still about 5 months out from the annual meeting, so the registration costs and programming schedule have not been fixed yet.

Benefits of ASIS&T membership include:

  • Membership in our New England regional chapter
    • Mentorship and networking with experienced NEASIS&T members
    • Opportunities to build professional skills (including project management, budgeting, marketing, etc.)
  • Discounted conference registration for ASIS&T and NEASIS&T events
  • Webinars (free to ASIS&T members!) and discounts on other publications
  • A year's subscription to the Journal of ASIS&T and the Bulletin

Eligibility & Applications

Applicants must be either current graduate students (current students in their last semester of their program are still eligible) or practitionersin the field of information science at the time of their application and living and/or working in New England (ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, or CT). We define information science broadly: librarians, archivists, data/knowledge managers, information architects, web developers, faculty, etc., are all encouraged to apply.  Previous NEASIS&T travel award recipients are not eligible. Applicants do not need to be current NEASIS&T members. However, the award winner is expected to participate (in person or remotely) in some NEASIS&T programming activities in 2020-21 (see Terms of Awards below).

Here is the application link:

Terms of Awards

Each award winner will be welcomed into our New England regional chapter by participating in events in person or remotely. As a conference support award winner, you will:

  • Participate in one other NEASIS&T meeting or (virtual) event between July 1, 2020 and October 23, 2020.
  • Share your conference experience with the NEASIS&T chapter via a blog post due December 1, 2020.
  • Share your conference experience at a NEASIS&T meeting (virtually) held between November 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021.
  • Review award applications for the 2021 Awards. This is typically done online in a short meeting in April of the award year.
  • Submit receipts documenting membership and conference registration expenses.

*If the winner is unable to meet all of the terms due to a relocation, NEASIS&T should be notified immediately.

**If the winner cannot attend the 2020 ASIS&T Annual Meeting, they will forfeit the entirety of the award.

Questions? Contact Louisa Choy at


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