Announcement of the 2014 ASIS&T Sig-III InfoShare Award

The ASIS&T International Information Issues Special Interest Group (SIG-III) is pleased to announce that for 2014 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 students (master and/or PhD) and 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 Devendra Potnis ( or Selenay Aytac (

The deadline for submitting nominations is February 16, 2014.
Thank you!
Devendra Potnis & Selenay Aytac

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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:
Melody M. Madriad. A Study of Digital Curator Competencies: A survey of experts. (Philippines)

Second Place Winner:
Maryam Mousavizadeh, et al. Visualizing of the Structure of Subject Trends in Persian Articles Published During 2008-2012 in Information Organization Domain. (Iran)

Third Place Winner:
Ana Mae Kristine U. Hubilla. Information Seeking Behavior (ISB) of Technical Secondary Students: A Basis for a Model on Information Search Process. (Philippines)

The jurors for the 2013 competition included Maqsood Shaheen (Chair), Fatih Oguz (Member), and Alma Rivera (Member).

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 minimum of $1,000 to attend the ASIS&T Annual Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 1-5, 2013.

The winning papers will be considered for publication by Elsevier’s International Information and Library Review (IILR).

We thank the jury members for their hard work and our donors for their compassion which makes it possible to develop and sustain this international network of scholars in developing countries.
Maqsood Ahmad Shaheen
Chair, 2013 ASIS&T International Paper Contest
2013 Annual Meeting
Beyond the Cloud: Rethinking Information Boundaries
November 1-5, 2013, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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SIG III: Getting Published in Reputable International Journals and Other Publications

Webinar Date:  Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 11:30pm-12:30pm (EDT)

The ASIS&T Special Interest Group for International Information Issues (SIG III) has conducted over a dozen annual international paper contests where winning papers are published in the International Information and Library Review. However, some papers that are worthy of being published in the journal, are never published. Authors of those papers are often interested in learning about the policies and procedures for getting their papers submitted, reviewed, accepted, and eventually published in reputable international journals. 

In this webinar, three distinguished speakers, who are all current and/or past editors and/or members of editorial boards of a number of major international journals as well as other major publications, will address the following five broad questions and topics to provide webinar participants with an understanding of the process for evaluation and review of manuscripts:

  1. How do you identify prestigious journals and conferences? 
  2. What fundamental characteristics of manuscripts and their contents would enhance the chance of their being accepted and, eventually, published? In other words, what are the characteristics of an ideal manuscript? 
  3. What problems and pitfalls should authors avoid in getting their manuscripts ready for submission to scholarly journals and publications? That is, what makes a manuscript likely to be rejected by editors in the first or subsequent rounds of review and evaluation? 
  4. Mentors and advisors often talk about finding a scholarly journal and/or publication that is a good fit for a manuscript and its contents. What does that mean and how can one tell? 
  5. What additional advice would you give specifically for scholars and authors from developing countries, including, but not limited to, those for whom English is not their native language?
PresentersThe speakers are three distinguished scholars who are all current and/or past editors and/or members of editorial boards of a number of major international journals as well as other major publications.
Dr. Toni Carbo
Dr. Toni Carbo
 Teaching Professor at the iSchool at Drexel.
Dr. Sam K. Hastings
Dr. Sam K. Hastings
: Director and professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina.
Dr. Diane H. Sonnenwald
Dr. Diane H. Sonnenwald
: Immediate Past President of ASIS&T (2012/2013) and Professor of Information and Library Studies, University College Dublin (UCD); Adjunct professor in Computer Science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
To submit your questions for the speakers (by Monday, September 2, 2013), please visit:
 Webinar Pricing and Registration 
ASIS&T members and non-members: Free              

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.  After the webinar broadcast, you will have unlimited access to the presentation. 
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2013 InforShare Award Winners

We are proud to announce the winners of the InfoShare membership award for 2013. This year we are able to support 7 professionals and students from 5 different countries.


  1. Janakiraman Amirthalingam
  2. Mahmood Khosrowjerdi
  3. Yared Mammo
  4. Ibrahim Ramjaun
  5. Teklemichael T. Wordofa
  6. Fatima Zahra
  7. Maryam Zakerhamidi