Annual Reports Due
Greetings! It is that time of year when we ask that SIGs complete their Annual Report. This form is required in order to secure your allocation for the next year. The form also serves as a nomination for the various SIG awards so it is very important that it is completed on time in order for your SIG to be considered.
The SIG-AH Virtual Symposium is set to take place on August 5th! The symposium will focus on humanities data curation and visualization and we are now accepting proposals.
Please send your presentation ideas to our SIG Chair, Julie Carmen. Make sure to include your name, contact information, and brief description of your proposed Virtual Symposium topic. We look forward to seeing your ideas!
After a blind peer review process, the 2020 International Paper Contest committee has selected the following winners.
First Place: Visibility of Library and Information Science and Scientific Communication in Iran (by Golnessa Galyani-Moghaddam and Zahra Ojagh, Iran)
Second Place: Children as Individual Subjects through Digital Competency (by Seran Demiral, Turkey)
Third Place: A Comparative Study of Public Libraries of Nagaland, Patna (Bihar) and Vadodara (Gujarat) of India (by Pichano Kikon and Sourabh Suman, India)
The committee has provided a detailed feedback to all the participants. Authors of the winning papers are invited to submit their papers to Libri, the International Journal of Libraries and Information Studies, where papers would go through a double-blind peer review process before publication.
Sociotechnical Change Agents: ICTS, Sustainability, and Global Challenges
Aligning with the theme of the 2020 ASIS&T Annual Meeting, Special Interest Group Social Informatics (SIG SI) will hold its 16th annual symposium in conjunction with SIG Social Media (SIG SM) and SIG Information Ethics and Policy (SIG IEP), allowing for ASIS&T members to better discuss how we might work collaboratively as "change agents actively addressing society's grand challenges" (ASIS&T, 2020). This two-part pre-conference workshop will investigate how research and practice focused on the interaction of people, technology, and society may support social change, including addressing the United Nations' 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (United Nations, 2015).
Call for Participation
We are seeking paper and panel proposals and brief poster proposals that consider the use of ICTs (e.g., traditional technologies, computer/networking systems, mobile and pervasive devices, social media platforms, data analytics, and artificial intelligence) in relation to addressing any societal "grand challenges," including sustainability efforts. We are also interested in broader research in social informatics, social media, and information ethics and policy that considers the social and technical aspects of using ICTs. We additionally welcome practitioners from business sectors, ICT communities, and human rights organizations.
Submissions may include empirical, critical and theoretical work, as well as practice cases and demonstrations. Some topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Digital equity and the digital divide
- Sustainability and environmental concerns in ICT manufacturing
- Human rights to information and technology
- Equitable and/or sustainable information and knowledge systems
- Sustainable data protection, storage, and/or privacy
- AI for change and/or sustainable development
- ICTs and social change movements
- Big data approaches to supporting social change and/or sustainability
- Automation and sustainable job markets
- Using ICTs to address and/or discuss social challenges (e.g., misinformation spread, spam/bot/cyberbullying detection, health support communities, political analysis of social media)
- Sociotechnical approaches to supporting the U.N.'s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
- Implications and social influence of ICT design
We encourage submissions in the form of extended abstracts (1,000–2,000 words, including references) that either propose a panel discussion or present work in these topic areas. We additionally encourage the submission of virtual poster proposals (500 words) for works in progress and early research ideas.
Rather than taking a "paper presentation" approach, participants will be encouraged to present their work during breakout discussions using methods adapted from participatory design (Simonsen & Robertson, 2013), thereby allowing them to not only share their own work and ideas but to generate meaningful synthesis and new collaborations. We will organize submissions into themes and focus areas, so that participants may discuss their related work together in more detail during the workshop breakout sessions. Authors should accordingly take this format into consideration in their submissions.
All submissions should be anonymized for review and in PDF format. Submissions can be made HERE.
Submissions will be due at 11:59 pm (PST) on July 12, 2020.
It is our great pleasure to announce the recipient of the 2020 SIG-USE Outstanding Contributions to Information Behavior Research Award, Dr. Heidi Julien. Candidates are nominated by their peers for this prestigious award and the selection is made by a jury comprised of two past SIG-USE Chairs and one previous winner.
Dr. Julien is a Professor at the University at Buffalo Department of Information Science. For more than two decades, Dr. Julien has been researching in the areas of information behavior and information literacy, particularly focused on under-researched areas such as the affective side of information behavior and the methodologies and methods used within the field. During her career, Dr. Julien has brought in 25 research grants (including prestigious grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada), as well as published in top venues such as the Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology (JASIS&T), Library and Information Science Research, and Information Research. She has 1310 citations in Scopus and 3657 in Google Scholar and has won Best Paper Award at the Canadian Association for Information Science (2014, 2019) and the Australian Conference on Information Systems (2010). In addition to her numerous peer-reviewed articles and conference papers, she has contributed 7 encyclopedia entries in the fields of information science and qualitative research methods and co-authored an ARIST chapter on Information Behavior in 2009, a distinction accorded to top scholars in their field.