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Date Extended: Call for Proposals to the Upcoming SIG-AH Newsletter

SIGAH invites contributions to the next issue of the newsletter focused on "Violence in society: how can information resources like books, AV media, social media, visual and performing arts, gaming, and more, play their role to reduce violence?"

Information resources like books, AV/social media, performing arts, gaming, etc., can play an important role in a person's life and are a source of creating good positive society. Reading books is an adequate remedy for readers to relieve stress. Books make people stress-free and motivate the readers to change their life by charging them with positive energy.

Share your opinion/thoughts for the upcoming SIG-AH Newsletter about how an information resource can eliminate violence in society. How can society reduce stress through AV/social media and performing arts? How are readings created for positive impacts on society?

For another column in the SIG AH newsletter, entitled "Meet the SIG-AH Member," consider sending your brief intro, job details, hobbies, and pics for your introduction to SIG-AH for this column. This is a great opportunity for networking and developing relationships within the SIG-AH community.

Please send your proposal to, before August 31, 2021.


Call for Participation

The ASIS&T Special Interest Group for Artificial Intelligence (SIG-AI) is seeking proposals for the half-day workshop on AI in Information Research and Practice: Fostering Interconnected Communities. The workshops aims to support and advance an ASIS&T artificial intelligence (AI) community by connecting AI research and practice in library and information environments.

Click here for more information and submission instructions. Abstract submissions are due August 30, 2021.


InfoShare Award Winners

The ASIS&T Special Interest Group for International Information Issues (SIG-III) is pleased to announce the winners of the InfoShare Award for 2021.

  • Jiban, K. Pal; Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India
  • Leili Seifi; University of Birjand, Birjand, Iran
  • Shima Moradi; National Research Institute for Science Policy (NRISP), Tehran, Iran
  • Sadaf Rafiq; Government College University Lahore, Pakistan

The following two InfoShare awardees are granted InfoShare 2021 Award based on their satisfactory performance during 2020.

  • Humphrey Lance Kombe Keah; Knowledge Manager, Nairobi, Kenya.
  • Nicoleta-Roxana Dinu; National Library of Romania, Bucharest, Romania

Congratulations to all awardees, and a very warm welcome to the ASIS&T family!


Call for Proposals-SIG-KM International Research Symposium

The ASIS&T Special Interest Group for Knowledge Management (SIG-KM) and UNT Student Chapter, ASIS&T is organizing SIG-KM International Research Symposium on September 29, 2021. 

Click here for more information and submission instructions. The submission deadline is September 11, 2021.


Call for Abstracts

The ASIS&T Special Interest Group for Metrics (SIG-MET) invites contributions to the METRICS 2021 workshop, which will be held prior to the 84th ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

The workshop continues the successful SIG/MET workshop series held annually since 2011 by providing an opportunity to present and discuss research in the fields of informetrics, scientometrics, bibliometrics, altmetrics, quantitative science studies, and information retrieval among experienced researchers, young academics, and practitioners.

Click here for more information  and submission instructions.  Submissions are due August 31, 2021.


SIG-SI Award Winners

The Awards Jury of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Special Interest Group for Social Informatics (SIG-SI) is excited to announce the winners of our 2021 ASIS&T SIG-SI Awards.

Winning Paper

"Humanistic Infrastructure Studies: Hyper-Functionality and the Experience of the Absurd," published in Information, Communication and Society

John Seberger (Indiana University) and Geoffrey Bowker (University of California-Irvine)

(Full citation: Seberger, J. S. & Bowker, G. (2020). Humanistic Infrastructure Studies: Hyper-Functionality and the Experience of the Absurd. Information, Communication and Society. https//


Honorable Mention

"Leveling the playing field in ICT design: Transcending knowledge roles by balancing division and privileging of knowledges," published in The Information Society

Rachel Simons (Texas Woman's University), Kenneth Fleischmann (University of Texas at Austin), and Loriene Roy (University of Texas at Austin).

(Full citation: Simons, Rachel N., Fleischmann, Kenneth R., & Roy, Loriene.  (2020).  Leveling the playing field in ICT design:  Transcending knowledge roles by balancing division and privileging of knowledges. The Information Society, 36(4), 183-198.)

Second Annual Winner of the Emerging Social Informatics Researcher Award

Jessica K. Barfield, doctoral student in the School of Information Sciences,  College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, for her paper, "Hey There! What Do You Look Like? User Voice Switching and Interface Mirroring in Voice-Enabled Digital Assistants (VDAs)," (co-authored with Dania Bilal)

The paper will be presented during a session at the ASIS&T annual meeting on October 31, 3:00 PM-3:30 PM, MDT.


All award winners will be recognized during the 2021 Workshop (The 17th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium and the 3rd Annual Information Ethics and Policy Workshop: Sociotechnical Perspectives on Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (SIG-SI and SIG-IEP)), to be held in a hybrid virtual and in-person format on October 29, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM MDT,as part of the ASIS&T 2021 Annual Meeting. For more details on and to register for the Annual Meeting and Social Informatics Research Symposium, please go to


Read the complete letter on awards from SIG-SI Awards Coordinator Rachel Simons, Ph.D., including thanks to reviewers and award details.