2016/17 SIG III Election Results

On behalf of the Nomination Committee, we are delighted to announce the 2016/17 SIG III elected officers:

CHAIR – Yao Zhang (University of South Carolina, USA)

CO-CHAIR – Ashraf Sharif (The Aga Khan University, Pakistan)

CHAIR-ELECT – Hassan Zamir (University of South Carolina, USA)

CO-TREASURER – Naureen Nizam (University of Toronto, Canada)

CO-TREASURER – Elena Murelli (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy)

SIG CABINET REPRESENTATIVE – Catherine Dumas (SUNY Albany, USA)

INFOSHARE OFFICER – Selenay Aytac (Long Island University, USA)

INTERNATIONAL PAPER CONTEST CO-CHAIR (2 positions) – Innocent Awasom (Texas Tech University, USA)

INTERNATIONAL PAPER CONTEST CO-CHAIR (2 positions) – Shimelis Assefa (University of Denver, USA)

INTERNATIONAL PAPER CONTEST JURY MEMBER (3 positions) – Innocent Awasom (Texas Tech University, USA)

INTERNATIONAL PAPER CONTEST JURY MEMBER (3 positions) – Devendra Dilip Potnis (University of Tennessee at Knoxville, USA)

INTERNATIONAL PAPER CONTEST JURY MEMBER (3 positions) – Premila Gamage (Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka)

WEBMASTER – Fatih Oguz (UNC Greensboro, USA)

COMMUNICATION OFFICER – Muhammed Sajid Mirza (International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan)

MENTORSHIP COORDINATOR – Jisue Lee (Florida State University, USA)

PAST CHAIR – Xiao Hu (University of Hong Kong, China)

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ASIS&T SIG-III Nominating Committee
Anatoliy Gruzd, Abebe Rorissa, Catherine Dumas

2016/17 SIG III Election Nomination

On behalf of the Nomination Committee, we are delighted to announce the 2016/17 SIG III nominated officers:

SIG CABINET REPRESENTATIVE – Catherine Dumas (University of South Carolina & SUNY Albany, USA)

CHAIR-ELECT –

CO-CHAIR-ELECT – Hassan Zamir (University of South Carolina, USA)

TREASURER – Naureen Nizam (Dalhousie University, Canada)

INTERNATIONAL PAPER CONTEST CHAIR (1 positions) – Innocent Awasom (Texas Tech University, USA) ; Shimelis Assefa (University of Denver, USA)

INTERNATIONAL PAPER CONTEST JURY MEMBER (2 positions) – Fatih Oguz (UNC Greensboro, USA) ;  Shimelis Assefa (University of Denver, USA) ; Devendra Dilip Potnis (University of Tennessee at Knoxville, USA);  Premila Gamage (Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka)

INFOSHARE OFFICER – Selenay Aytac (Long Island University, USA)

COMMUNICATION OFFICER (2 position) – Muhammed Sajid Mirza (International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan)

MENTORSHIP COORDINATOR – Jisue Lee (Florida State University, USA)

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ASIS&T SIG-III Nominating Committee
Anatoliy Gruzd, Abebe Rorissa, Catherine Dumas

2016 ASIS&T SIG-III International Paper Contest Winners

By Innocent Awasom, International Paper Contest Chair, ASIS&T SIG-III

We had a busy year planning for the 2016 paper contest. Calls for proposals were sent out March 3rd, 2016 with a deadline of May 31st, 2016.  With permission from the Chair, we included the papers received in 2015 for consideration alongside the 2016 papers. We had 5 papers from 2015 from India, Nigeria and Pakistan and 8 papers in 2016 from Algeria, Ethiopia, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan and Zambia. The great team of jurors worked on a rubric that was used to grade the papers during the month of June and July. The results below were published on August 2nd, 2016.

 

First Place winners:

 

2016:  Yared Mammo and Patrick Ngulube (Ethiopia) – Insights into e-information resources (e-journals) Access Models in Higher Learning Institutions in Ethiopia.

 

2015:  Amjid Khan and Shamshad Ahmed (Pakistan) – Usage of E-Databases and E-journals by Research Community in Pakistani Universities: Issues and Perspectives

 

Second Place winners:

 

2016:  Muhammad Arif and Saima Kanwal (Pakistan) – Adoption of Social Media Technologies and their Impact on Students’ Academic Performance: The only Way for Future Survival of Distance Education Students in Pakistan

 

2015: Hamza Musa and Zakari Muhammad (Nigeria) – Access to online Arabic information resources by the Academics in Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and Bayero University Kano, Nigeria.

 

Third Place winners:

 

2016:  Syeda Batool and Sheila Webber (Pakistan) – Mapping information literacy situation in primary schools: A case of Pakistan.

 

2015:  Deep Jyoti Francis and Vineet Kumar (India) – Cricket and Copyright in Indian Courts: Commercial Interests or National/Public Interests.

 

The principal authors of each of the winning papers will be awarded a two-year individual membership to ASIS&T. In addition, the first place winner will be awarded a minimum of $1,000 to attend the 2016 ASIS&T annual meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark. The winning papers will be considered for publication by Taylor & Francis’ International Information and Library Review (IILR). We thank Routledge/Taylor & Francis for their support of this program. Special appreciation to the jurors for the 2016 competition:  Innocent Awasom (chair, USA), Maqsood Shaheen (Member, Pakistan) and J.K Vijayakumar (Member, Saudi Arabia).

InfoShare Awards for 2016

By Anindita Paul, InfoShare Officers, ASIS&T SIG-III

The Infoshare awards were announced in January 2016. The membership award which is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year if the new member proves to be a strong advocate for ASIS&T in their home country during the course of the year, is an opportunity for professionals, researchers and students to strengthen their relationship with ASIS&T. Thirteen nominations were received out of which 8 were professionals, 2 students and the rest 2 were transitional. One nomination was a renewal from last year. The nominees were from Brazil, Egypt, India, Iran, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. We are happy to announce that with the consent of the SIG-III officers and the budget allocation of this year, all of the applicants were awarded the Infoshare award, including the renewal applications from last year. The award winners are as follows:

·         Azadeh Aletaha, Iran,

·         Bashir Ahmed, Pakistan,

·         Behjat Nezhadmohammad Namaghi, Iran,

·         Claudio Gottschalg-Duque, Brazil,

·         Iman Tahamtan, Iran

·         Manjula Wijewickrema, Sri Lanka,

·         Marzieh Siamak, Iran,

·         Pari Hosseinzadeh, Iran,

·         Sanam Ebrahimzadeh, Iran,

·         Shima Moradi, Iran,

·         Zaheer Ahmad, Pakistan,

·         Jiban Pal, India,

·         Girma Debele Dinegde, Ethiopia

InfoShare Awards for 2015

On behalf of all our fellow officers of the Special Interest Group for International Information Issues (SIG-III) of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), we are pleased to announce the winners of the InfoShare awards for 2015.

Information professionals from developing countries, where the cost of ASIS&T membership would be a burden, are eligible to receive one year of membership. SIG-III officers vote on a roster of candidates nominated by ASIS&T colleagues or others. These memberships are funded by monies raised at the International Reception during the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. 2014 was a very successful year for the reception in Seattle and we are thrilled to be able to offer memberships to 5 outstanding professional candidates and 2 student candidates:

Professional members

Dwaymian Brissette, Jamaica

Elsabé Olivier, South Africa

Olufunmilayo Iyabo Fati, Nigeria

Shima Moradi, Iran

Vesna Vuksan, Serbia

Student members

Amjid Khan s/o Lakhkar Khan, Pakistan

Jiban K. Pal, India

Please welcome these new members into the ASIS&T community!

Nominations for ASIS&T SIG-III InfoShare Membership Award I — Students

The ASIS&T International Information Issues Special Interest Group (SIG-III) is pleased to announce that for 2015 we will be able to sponsor another group of deserving information professionals from developing countries for complimentary ASIS&T memberships (the financial burden of which would otherwise be prohibitive). We are soliciting nominations of candidates for the InfoShare Membership Award. The award will be given to master and/or PhD students.

Please include a one-page curriculum vitae and a one-page description of why this person is deserving of membership, including their willingness to promote ASIS&T within their networks and build relationships between ASIS&T and the national/regional organizations. Awardees will be decided by a vote of the SIG-III officers. All curricula vitae will be kept private, accessible only to SIG-III officers.

Each membership award will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year if the new member proves to be a strong advocate for ASIS&T in their home country during the course of the year. Awardees will be asked to submit a report on their activities by next year’s Annual Meeting, which may include, but are not limited to:

  • sharing ASIS&T publications that they receive (the Bulletin of ASIS&T and JASIS&T) with other colleagues
  • promoting the SIG-III paper contest among their colleagues
  • serving as a contact/coordinator for ASIS&T members traveling to their area who may be able to speak about ASIS&T and information science
  • having the ability to strengthen the relationships between ASIS&T and the national/regional organizations, and
  • sponsoring lectures on information science topics in their area on behalf of ASIS&T

​Nominators can mentor the award recipients for the above activities.

We look forward to welcoming new members to ASIS&T from across the globe, especially from countries that have never been ASIS&T members or have limited ASIS&T membership. Women, minority, and candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Please feel free to circulate the Call in your professional networks (e.g., your alma mater listservs, professional contacts at IFLA, OCLC, international organizations, practitioner groups, academic institutions, etc.). Please send your nominations of deserving candidates to Selenay Aytac (selenay.aytac@liu.edu) or Christine Hagar (christine.hagar@sjsu.edu).

The deadline for submitting nominations is December 31st 2014.

Thank you!

Selenay Aytac and Christine Hagar
InfoShare Program, SIG-III, ASIS&T

Nominations for ASIS&T SIG-III InfoShare Membership Award II — LIS Professionals

The ASIS&T International Information Issues Special Interest Group (SIG-III) is pleased to announce that for 2015 we will be able to sponsor another group of deserving information professionals from developing countries for complimentary ASIS&T memberships (the financial burden of which would otherwise be prohibitive). We are soliciting nominations of candidates for the InfoShare Membership Award. The award will be given to LIS professionals.

Please include a one-page curriculum vitae and a one-page description of why this person is deserving of membership, including their willingness to promote ASIS&T within their networks and build relationships between ASIS&T and the national/regional organizations. Awardees will be decided by a vote of the SIG-III officers. All curricula vitae will be kept private, accessible only to SIG-III officers.

Each membership award will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year if the new member proves to be a strong advocate for ASIS&T in their home country during the course of the year. Awardees will be asked to submit a report on their activities by next year’s Annual Meeting, which may include, but are not limited to:

  • sharing ASIS&T publications that they receive (the Bulletin of ASIS&T and JASIS&T) with other colleagues
  • promoting the SIG-III paper contest among their colleagues
  • serving as a contact/coordinator for ASIS&T members traveling to their area who may be able to speak about ASIS&T and information science
  • having the ability to strengthen the relationships between ASIS&T and the national/regional organizations, and
  • sponsoring lectures on information science topics in their area on behalf of ASIS&T

Nominators can mentor the award recipients for the above activities.

We look forward to welcoming new members to ASIS&T from across the globe, especially from countries that have never been ASIS&T members or have limited ASIS&T membership. Women, minority, and candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Please feel free to circulate the Call in your professional networks (e.g., your alma mater listservs, professional contacts at IFLA, OCLC, international organizations, practitioner groups, academic institutions, etc.). Please send your nominations of deserving candidates to Selenay Aytac (selenay.aytac@liu.edu) or Christine Hagar (christine.hagar@sjsu.edu).

The deadline for submitting nominations is December 31st 2014.

Thank you!

Selenay Aytac and Christine Hagar
InfoShare Program, SIG-III, ASIS&T (Visit us at: https://www.asis.org/SIG/iii.html

2014 ASIS&T SIG-III International Paper Contest Winners

The Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Special Interest Group on International Information Issues (SIG III) is pleased to announce the following winners of its 13th International Paper Contest:

  • First Place Winner:   Bhakti Gala for the paper on “Blogs, Bloggers and Scholarly Publications” (INDIA)
  • Second Place Winner: Muhammad Javed Iqbal for the paper entittled “Scholars’ Perceptions about HEC Library Resources and Services: A Quantitative Study of User Satisfaction” (PAKISTAN)

The principal authors of each of the winning papers will be awarded a two-year individual membership to ASIS&T. In addition, the first place winner will be awarded a minimum of $1,000 to attend the 2014 ASIS&T annual meeting in Seattle, WA (USA).

The first place paper will be considered for publication by Taylor & Francis’ International Information and Library Review (IILR).

We thank the jurors for the 2014 competition: Maqsood Shaheen (Chair), Fatih Oguz (Member), and Alma Rivera (Member).

We also thank Routledge/Taylor & Francis for their support of this program.

2014/15 SIG III Election Results

On behalf of the Nomination Committee, we are delighted to announce the 2014/15 SIG III elected officers:

 

CHAIR – Shimelis Assefa (University of Denver, USA)

CO-CHAIR – Nouf Kashman (McGill University, Canada)

CHAIR-ELECT – Xiao Hu (University of Hong Kong, China)

CO-CHAIR-ELECT – Yao Zhang (University of South Carolina, USA)

TREASURER – Naureen Nizam (Dalhousie University, Canada)

SIG CABINET REPRESENTATIVE – Catherine Dumas (SUNY Albany, USA)

NEWSLETTER EDITOR – Lama Khoshaim (Dalhousie University, Canada)

INFOSHARE OFFICER (2 positions) – Chris Hagar (San Jose State University USA)

INFOSHARE OFFICER (2 positions) – Selenay Aytac (Long Island University, USA)

INTERNATIONAL PAPER CONTEST CHAIR – Maqsood Shaheen (International Islamic University, Islamabad)

INTERNATIONAL PAPER CONTEST JURY MEMBER (2 positions) – J.K. Vijayakumar (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia)

INTERNATIONAL PAPER CONTEST JURY MEMBER (2 positions) – Innocent Awasom (Texas Tech University, USA)

WEBMASTER (2 positions) – Fatih Oguz (UNC Greensboro, USA)

WEBMASTER (2 positions) – Borchuluun Yadamsuren (University of Missouri, USA)

COMMUNICATION OFFICER (2 positions) – Muhammed Sajid Mirza (International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan)

COMMUNICATION OFFICER (2 positions) – Anindita Paul (Indian Institute of Management, India)

MENTORSHIP COORDINATOR – Loni Hagen (SUNY Albany, USA)