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Chapter News, July 2023

Africa Student Chapter

Professor Marlene Holmner played a key role in establishing the student chapter for the ASIS&T African Chapter, encouraging academic collaboration and knowledge exchange in the region. With a focus on empowering aspiring scholars, she guided the creation of the student chapter, providing a supportive platform for students in the field of information science.

Through seminars, workshops, and collaborative projects, the student chapter will facilitated knowledge-sharing and cross-cultural learning among its members. This student chapter will provide an inclusive platform for African students to exchange ideas, conduct research and explore emerging technologies.

The chapter plays a vital role in empowering the next generation of Information Scientists in Africa, nurturing their talents and eguipping them to make meaningful contributions to their communities and the broader Information Science landscape.

If you are a student in Africa and would like to join the Chapter, log in the ASIS&T website, and select "My Info" from the left-side navigation in the Info Hub. Then click the + sign next to "Lists/Committees" and select the Africa Student Chapter. If you need help, please contact Pamela Yonker at

Europe Chapter

The ASIS&T European Chapter is seeking submissions for two paper awards, including one for students, both due 29 September. The winners will be announced in October at the 2023 ASIS&T Annual Meeting in London, UK. For more information about the awards, eligibility, the submission process, and so on, please follow the link.

European Student Chapter

On 20th June 2023, the European Student Chapter and iSchools ran a ThesisIn3 competition for students as part of the the Information Science Trends 2023 conference.

On behalf of the European Student Chapter, we would like to express our gratitude to all those who took part, from our student presenters to those who were in attendance as part of the audience. This event was an engaging and positive experience, where students could present their work and develop their skills and confidence while receiving and offering constructive feedback.

Students from all over the world presented their research topics in exciting and innovative ways and it was decided that each of the presenters would receive a prize for their submissions.

The European Student Chapter and iSchools are delighted to announce the following students as prize winners in the ThesisIn3 competition:

  • Camilla Lyckblad, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Jessica Barfield, University of Tennessee, U.S.A.
  • Fahad Alenezi, University of Sheffield, England
  • Madelin Burt-D’Agnillo, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Qian Wu, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Congratulations to all our winners from ASIS&T’s European Student Chapter, the European Chapter and iSchools!

Middle East Chapter

Please join us for the Middle East Chapter's webinar "Early Career Researchers and Scholarly Communication: Attitudes, and Challenges" on 24th August 2023 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)

Please register here. You will receive a separate email with a Zoom link one-hour before the webinar.

Webinar Description

This presentation will discuss the attitudes and behavior of early career researchers in relation to scholarly communication and issues such as open science, peer review, publishing, metrics, and the use of social media in research. It focuses on the findings of two large studies (Harbingers projects) led by a team of international researchers that studied ECRs' scholarly communication before and during the pandemic using mixed methods (including longitudinal interviews and international surveys). The presentation will discuss the challenges that ECRs face in their research life and the current scholarly communication landscape, and whether they are or can be agents of change in scholarly communication. Learning outcomes: Learn about ECRs' behaviors and attitudes in relation to scholarly communication; how the pandemic affected the work-life of ECRs; and what in scholarly communication can change to better support ECRs.

Dr. Hamid R. Jamali, Associate Professor and Associate Head of School at the School of Information and Communication Studies at Charles Sturt University (Australia).

South Asia Chapter

We are excited to announce Call for ASIS&T South Asia Chapter Best Research Paper Award (2022-2023)

The award is established to recognize high-quality research papers in the LIS field. The award winner will receive a certificate. The Award will be sponsored by the South Asia Chapter of ASIS&T and will be administered by the elected Committee for the year.
Interested applicants must meet the following qualifications:
Authors need to be members of the ASIS&T SA Chapter.
The jury will consider those papers published between 1st July 2022 to 30th June 2023.
The nominated paper should have been already published in a journal with an ISSN and should have been indexed in a national/international indexing service acceptable to the jury. The papers published in the ASIST proceedings within the period concerned are also eligible.
The submitted paper should be in the English language.
Each author can submit only one paper.
Nominations Process
Submission link:
Complete all details and attach a copy of the published paper or the full journal.
Self-nominations are welcome.
Selection Process
The content of each eligible research paper shall be appraised in terms of the following criteria as appropriate:
a. Societal or scholarly significance of the topic discussed
b. Appropriateness of the methodology
c. Creativity and originality of the content
d. Clarity of expression;
e. Presentation quality
Presentation of the Award
The award shall be presented to the winner at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting and/or through email.

Important Dates:  
Submission deadline: 31st August 2023.
Notification of the Winner: 20th September 2023

US Central Ohio Chapter

The US Central Ohio Chapter (CO-ASIS&T) has been hosting in-person library tours this summer in their "CO-ASIS&T Summer of Tours" series. The first event the Chapter hosted was a tour of the OCLC Headquarters on July 20, 2023. OCLC is a nonprofit global library organization that provides shared technology services, original research, and community programs so that libraries can better fuel learning, research, and innovation. Through OCLC, member libraries cooperatively produce and maintain WorldCat , the most comprehensive global network of data about library collections and services. With headquarters in Dublin, Ohio, USA, OCLC operates offices, data centers and engineering sites around the world. CO-ASIS&T is hosting another tour on August 3, 2023 of the Martin Luther King Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. If you are in or plan to be in Columbus, Ohio, register now for the tour.

US Midwest Chapter

Howard Rosenbaum will receive the Watson Davis Award at the Annual Meeting. Howard is Professor of Information Science in the Department of Information and Library Science in the Luddy School of Informatics, etc.  at Indiana University.

Lydia Ogbadu Oladapo, a doctoral student from the University of North Texas and member of the UNT ASIS&T student chapter as well as the ASIS&T Midwest Chapter, was selected as the recipient of the ASIS&T Annual Meeting registration award. Lydia will be presenting "An investigation of the use of theories in misinformation studies," at the conference on October 31 at 9:30am Greenwich Mean Time.

The ASIS&T Midwest Chapter will host a webinar titled "Exploring ChatGPT: Unveiling the power, ethical issue, and educational potential of AI language models" on Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 11AM Eastern Time. The webinar will be moderated by ASIS&T Midwest Chapter Member, Dr. Andrew Smith (Emporia State University), and will include presentations from ASIS&T Midwest Chapter Members Dr. Amanda Hovious (Emporia State University), Dr. Lala Hajibayova (Kent State University), and Dr. Brady Lund (University of North Texas). More information about the webinar can be found here:

US Northeast Chapter

The Northeast Chapter of ASIS&T (NEASIS&T) is offering three conference support awards to support participation in the ASIS&T 2023 Annual Meeting. The awards will go to practitioners/professionals or graduate students in the field of information science. Our goals are to support scholarship and connect research and practice, bringing new voices to the chapter.

Each award will support your year-long membership in ASIS&T as well as your conference registration for the 2023 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 $1000 for each award.

NEASIS&T members may view the award information and link for the application here.