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Annual Meeting 2020

Plans for the upcoming 83rd Virtual ASIS&T Annual Meeting are well underway, and the scientific program is shaping up to be of superb quality! We are really excited to expand our global reach by offering the meeting virtually. The virtual meeting has also allowed for a much more diverse program, with presenters from around the globe.

Closing Plenary: Information for a Sustainable World: A Call to Action
Thursday, October 29, 2020; 4:00-5:30 pm ET

Moderators: Clara M. Chu, Mortenson Distinguished Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2019-20 ASIS&T President); Kendra S. Albright, Goodyear Endowed Professor in Knowledge Management, School of Information, Kent State University, and Bharat Mehra, EBSCO Endowed Chair in Social Justice & Professor, University of Alabama (2020 ASIS&T Annual Meeting Co-Chairs)

In the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd, ASIS&T issued a Statement on Injustice and Standing with George Floyd, in which we stated that the information science and technology community and our association have a role to play in tackling racism and other forms of injustice. This year we restructured chapters into regions and a new regional chapter was formed, the Africa Chapter.

In the closing plenary, ASIS&T Chapter leaders will describe what their chapter is doing and/or considers critical in its work or in the region to advance the agenda, focused on information for a sustainable world. These experts and regional leaders will share powerful ideas to tackle institutional racism or other systemic biases and other grand challenges, and how we can collectively advance sustainable development. The UN Sustainable Development Goals will frame the dialogue. With information and technologies, we can expose injustices and offer solutions to create a more just, peaceful and sustainable world. This is an agenda setting session and a call to action!

Why attend the virtual meeting? Review the FAQs to learn what this meeting has to offer!

You can view the complete preconference brochure and the conference agenda on our website.

As always, it pays to be an ASIS&T member. Member registration rates are always lower than non-member rates. If you’re not a member, now is a great time to join. Don’t delay, register today!

Sign up now for the Workshops and Tutorials presented on a wide-range of topics. They will be held Thursday, 22 October-Saturday, 24 October and Wednesday, 26 October-Friday, 30 October-Sunday 1 November. Workshops and Tutorials are offered as an add-on to the full conference or as stand-alone events. Conference registration is encouraged but not required.

ASIS&T will celebrate the diversity of cultural perspectives that we each bring in a new series called Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Accelerator Series. The EDI Accelerator Series consists of invited sessions that critically engage equity, diversity, and inclusion in research, education and practice, both locally and globally. This new series will be facilitated by thought leaders who will mobilize the ASIS&T community around urgent information issues such as indigenous knowledge, cultural misappropriation, prejudicial ontologies, counter-narratives, social media activism, civil rights and poverty tourism, transformative information justice, information and technology deserts, biased algorithms, information advocacy, among others. Each session will identify future actions to advance EDI in the information field.

The Industry Series (IS) consists of an invited session that highlights research and technical solutions being carried out in industry, some of which may be of a collaborative nature between academia and industry. The IS creates the opportunity for technical experts from the information industry (1) to bring their problems and ideas to interact directly with academics and practitioners, (2) to present how they support research, and (3) to engage in technical/research exchanges among academics, professionals and industry.

We would like to thank the following sponsors and exhibitors who have signed to help support this outstanding meeting: Emerald Publishing; Wiley; School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and the UBC School of Information.

Consider supporting the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. We have many sposnroship, advertising and exhibit opportunities to fit every budget!

Mark your calendars now for the 2021 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, 30 October-2 November 2021. Since we were unable to hold the 2020 meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, USA, we have selected that location for our 2022 meeting, to be held 29 October-1 November 2022.

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