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)


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)


Silent Auction at International Reception – ASIS&T 2014

The international reception will be held on Monday, November 3rd at 8pm in conjunction with a silent auction and a raffle, two major SIG-III fundraising activities. Contribute to the silent auction by bringing international items that can be auctioned. These can be given to anyone from SIG III for the auction. All proceeds go to the SIG III InfoShare program to sponsor international members from developing countries.
Some of the items that have been donated already include these beautiful hand knit scarves:
  • Half-circle shawl with sparkle–tencel and beads
  • Long, dark teal alpaca scarf, traditional Shetland pattern
  • Long merino-silk lace scarf
  • Long mohair-silk lace scarf

SIG III Webinar: Not All MOOCs Are Created Equal: A Comparative Evaluation of Popular MOOC Platforms

ASIS&T Presents …

Not All MOOCs Are Created Equal: A Comparative Evaluation of Popular MOOC Platforms

Webinar Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 1:00pm-2:00pm (EDT)

MOOCsTwo years ago, Time magazine declared 2012 as “the year of the MOOC.” Since then, many Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) have emerged promising to provide free or low-cost education to the masses through custom learning management platforms. Such abundance makes it difficult for educators who are considering entering into the realm of MOOCs to decide which provider or platform is best suited to the needs of their students. While each provider boasts grand claims, it is simply the case that not all MOOCs are created equal. Our presentation will critically examine several of the most prominent MOOC platforms to showcase principal features and weigh the positive and negative attributes of each. We will explore how the different MOOCs make use of course building software and learning analytics to allow instructors to engage with learners in a novel or unique way. Additionally, we will highlight the targeted learning style of each platform to help give potential instructors a sense of which MOOC is optimal for their course material and pedagogical style. Webinar sponsored by SIG/III – http://www.asis.org/SIG/SIGIII/

Lee Wilson Lee Wilson is a graduate student at the School of Information Management in the Masters of Library and Information Studies program. He is currently working as a research assistant at the Social Media Lab (http://socialmedialab.ca/) on a research project entitles “Learning Analytics for the Social Media Age” funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Anatoliy Gruzd Anatoliy Gruzd (http://anatoliygruzd.ca/) is an Associate Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management and Director of the Social Media Lab at Ryerson University, Canada. He is also a co-editor of a new multidisciplinary journal on Big Data and Society published by Sage. Dr. Gruzd’s research initiatives explore how the advent of social media is changing the ways in which people communicate, collaborate and disseminate information and how these changes impact the social, economic and political norms and structures of modern society.
Webinar Registration and Pricing
 REGISTER: The webinar is now over Video/Screen Recording is available at https://www.asis.org/Conferences/webinars/Webinar-10-15-2014-Not-All-MOOCs-Are-Created-Equal.wmv
 COST:  Members:  Free Non-Members:  Free
System Requirements PC-based attendees Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 ServerMac®-based attendees Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newerMobile attendees Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

Call for Participation: Donate Items for the Silent Auction in Seattle, WA, 77th ASIS&T Annual Meeting 10/31 – 11/4 2014

It is not too early to start thinking about what you would like to donate to the silent auction held each year at SIG III’s International Reception. This event is always one of the highlights of the Annual Meetings.

The money that is raised by this event is used to help fund SIG III’s InfoShare project which awards 1-year ASIST memberships to InformationProfessionals in developing countries for whom the cost of membership would be a financial burden.

This year we are going to have a page on the SIG III website for you to showcase your items months in advance of the silent auction.

The first step in the process is to go to this formhttp://www.formpl.us/form/0B4nZCvpgLedRRlhjb3NWeVB2YUE/ and provide a description and an image of the item(s) you wish to donate. We plan to post some of these items and their pictures on the SIG III website around the end of August. We are looking forward to all of your wonderful donations.

For more information contact Catherine Dumas at cdumas@albany.edu


Attending the ASIS&T 2014 Annual Meeting in Seattle this year? Mark your calendar to attend the following SIG-III events:

NOTE: Please see the conference programme to confirm the location for each of the event listed below. 



Workshop on Trust & Information Policy in the Age of Data    




Welcome Reception – Special Interest Groups and Chapters will be represented, giving members and potential members a fun opportunity to share ideas and get acquainted.




Panel: Open Access: The Global Scene (co-sponsored SIG/IFP & SIG/III)

Shimelis Assefa1, Abebe Rorissa2, Krystyna Matusiak1, Daniel Alemneh3, Kris Helge3, Sam Hastings4
1University of Denver, United States of America; 2University at Albany, United States of America; 3University of North Texas, United States of America;4University of South Carolina, United States of America




SIG III Business Meeting (All SIG members are welcome!) 

Location: Madronna — First Room

International Reception


Panel: The Role of Social and other Media in the Unrests in Egypt, Turkey and Ukraine

Anatoliy Gruzd1, Selenay Aytac2, Nouf Khashman3
1Ryerson University, Canada; 2Long Island University, USA; 3McGill University, Canada




Panel: How can information providers connect information resources to entrepreneurs to spur innovation in economic development?

Kendra Albright1, France Bouthillier2, Tao Jin3, Yao Zhang1
1University of South Carolina, United States of America; 2McGill University, Canada; 3Louisiana State University, United States of America



2014 ASIS&T SIG-III International Paper Contest for Developing Countries

The Special Interest Group on International Information Issues (SIG-III) of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) is pleased to announce its 14th competition for papers to be submitted for the 2014 Annual Meeting, which will take place in Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle, WA, October 31- November 4, 2014. (http://www.asis.org/asist2014/). The competition is supported by the Taylor and Francis Group.

Building from the overall conference theme, the theme for this year’s paper contest is: “Connecting Collections, Cultures, and Communities”.  Papers could discuss issues, policies and case studies on specific aspects of the theme from a global and/or international perspective.  The maximum length for a paper is 10 pages, single-spaced.  Papers could discuss issues, policies and case studies on specific aspects of the theme from a global and/or international perspective.  The SIG-III welcomes contributions from all areas of information science and technology. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following core areas:

Arts & Humanities; Bioinformatics; Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts; Classification Research; Critical Issues; Digital Libraries; Education for Information Science; Health Informatics; History & Foundations of Information Science; Human Computer Interaction; Information Architecture; Information Needs, Seeking and Use; Information Policy; International Information Issues; Knowledge Management; Library Technologies; Management; Metrics; Scientific & Technical Information; Social Informatics; and Visualization, Images & Sound.

Deadline for submission of full papers: Authors are invited to submit manuscripts, not to exceed 5,000 words, by May 31, 2014, to Maqsood Shaheen at ShaheenMA@gmail.com, preferably as Microsoft Word or PDF attachments. For more information, please see http://www.asis.org/SIG/SIGIII/paper-contest

Publishing opportunities: Submitted papers will be considered for inclusion in a special issue of the Taylor and Francis’s International Information and Library Review (IILR), subject to the usual peer refereeing process, for that journal.

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 (dpotnis@utk.edu) or Selenay Aytac (selenay.aytac@liu.edu).

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

InfoShare Program, SIG-III, ASIS&T (Visit us at: https://www.asis.org/SIG/iii.html)