Below are minutes from the 2012 SIG-III business meeting in Baltimore last month. This was such a great meeting! They are pretty thorough and I think Shimelis did a remarkable job in capturing the spirit and content of the meeting as the recorder. But please let him know if we missed any significant details or misconstrued anything.
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 paper from the SIG III Social Media squad discusses about the growing reliance on social media among scholars, and how SIG-III’s active online and social media presence further contribute to engage the broader ASIS&T community
If you are attending ASIS&T 2012 in Baltimore, please join us for the following SIG-III Events:
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.
“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.
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!!!
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 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/.
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.