The InforShare Program

InfoShare, a program sponsored by SIG III, awards one-year ASIST memberships to information professionals in developing countries for whom the cost of membership would be a financial burden. This paper provides detail information about the InfoShare program and analyse its impact and contribution interms of introducing ASIS&T to numerous information professionals around the world.

The InfoShare Program
By Abebe Rorissa, Davendra Potnis, and Fatih Oguz

SIG-III’s 30th Anniversary Publication

As part of the celebration of the 75th ASIS&T and 30th SIG-III anniversaries, we are putting together this special publication. Well, an anniversary is symbolic, but there is a very real feeling to it that makes us reflect on a variety of issues, including where we have been, and of course, maintaining the legacy of the SIG-III and shaping its futur. In this regard, current and past SIG-III Officers discuss a variety of issues commemorating the SIG-III’s 30th Anniversary.

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SIG-III’s 30th Anniversary Interviews: Cofounders’ Reflections

“If I have seen farther it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Sir Issac Newton

In preparation of the 75th ASIS&T Anniversary and 30th Anniversary of SIG-III, Daniel Alemneh, Chair of SIG-III, interviewed SIG-III founders and pioneers Toni Carbo and Michel Menou in September 2012.

It is very fitting to open our interview (our “Cofounders Reflections”) with Sir Issac Newton’s famous saying. It is true that leadership qualities are instilled in almost every individual when they are born. But, opportunities for developing leadership skills are provided to everyone as they grow and mature. Taking advantage of these opportunities and learning from the experiences are truly what makes leaders in almost any field. In this regard, the interviews are really an opportunity to visit with the two SIG-III Co-founders, learn from their experiences, and capture their reflections, and make a lasting contribution to SIG-III and ASIS&T history.

  1. Link to interview with Michel Menou:
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  2. Link to interview with Toni Carbo:
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Congratulation to the Winner of the ASIS&T SIG-III Twitter Draw!

To celebrate the official launch of ASIS&T SIG III’s Twitter account (@sig3i), this month we conducted a random draw among our Twitter followers. We are pleased to announce that the winner of our draw and recipient of the $50 Amazon.com gift card is Isabella Peters (@Isabella83) from Heinrich-Heine-Universität Duesseldorf in Germany!!!

Congratulation, Isabella!

We also invite everyone to follow our @sig3i account for the latest news and updates about the SIG as well as tweets about research, news & jobs for ASIS&T members from around the globe.

SIG-III announces 2012 International Paper Contest winners

SIG-III is pleased to announce winners for the 2012 (or 13th) International Paper Contest. This year we received 14 papers from all-across Asia and Africa. The first place award goes to Muhammad Sajid Mirza AND Dr. Khalid Mahmood, both from Pakistan. Their paper is titled “Electronic resources and services in Pakistani university libraries: A survey of users’ satisfaction.” As principal author, Muhammad Sajid Mirza will be awarded a two-year membership to ASIS&T, as well as funding to travel to this year’s annual Meeting.

The second place award goes to Yahya Ibrahim Harnade, from Nigeria, and will be awarded a two-year membership to ASIS&T. Yahya’s paper is titled: “Authorship Patterns in Engineering Education.”

Third place winner is Lallaisangzuali from India and the paper is titled: “Information Needs and Seeking Behaviour of Social Science Post-Graduate Students and Research Scholars of Mizoram University: A Case Study.”

We have a double fourth place winners this year. One of the fourth place winners is Irene Onyancha from Ethiopia and her paper is titled “Addressing Institutional Dementia in Africa: The case of the ECA Institutional Repository – A knowledge base on African socio-economic development.” The other fourth place winners are Ibrahim Usman Alhaji AND Yahya Ibrahim Harnade from Nigeri. Their paper is titled: “Basic Literature of Diabetes: A Bibliometrics Analysis of Three Countries in Different World Regions.”

Those winning papers and other submitted papers for the competition will be considered for publication by Elsevier’s International Information and Library Review: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/international-information-and-library-review/. The principal authors of each of the three winning papers will be awarded a two-year individual membership to ASIS&T. In addition, the first place winner will be awarded a maximum of $2,000 to attend the 2012 ASIS&T Annual Conference.

Please join SIG-III in congratulating our 2012 Contest winners! We hope you will come meet them at the International Reception at this year’s ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, October 26-30, 2012: http://asist.org/asist2012/.

SIG-III May 2012 Newsletter published

We’ve published the SIG-III May 2012 Newsletter: http://www.asis.org/SIG/SIGIII/drupal/newsletter. Here’s what is inside the May issue of SIG-III Newsletter: a message from the chair of SIG-III Daniel Gelaw Alemneh, a full recap of the SIG-III Business meeting and other activities, 2012 Infoshare award recipients, reports and spotlights on sample initaives and International collobrative projects of SIG-III Officers, a listing of upcoming events and activities. Our next issue will appear in September before the annual meeting, which will provide more details on 2012 ASIS&T SIG-III International Paper Contest winners and events that SIG-III is hosting at the annual meeting in Baltimore, MD.

Join SIG-III on Twitter at @sig3i

To encourage and facilitate international informational exchanges via Twitter among ASIS&T members, SIG-III has launched a new Twitter account:   @sig3i
The account is managed by a dynamic team of volunteers who will work to highlight and promote research done by SIG members and colleagues. The account will also feature news from ASIS&T scholars around the globe as well as job and funding opportunities.
To celebrate the launch our new account, we are also announcing a random drawing on Twitter with a chance to win a $50 gift certificate for Amazon.com. For a chance to win:
1) Start following us on Twitter @sig3i  *and*
2) Tell us what you want us to tweet about this year by posting a tweet with @sig3i at the end of your tweet.
But hurry, only tweets posted before July 15, 2012 (extended) will be entered into the drawing!
A winner will be announced by August 1, 2012 via Twitter and on the SIG-III website.