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Pre-Conference Workshops & Tutorials


9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The 14th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium: Sociotechnical perspective on ethics and governance of emerging information technologies (SIG-SI)
Emad Khazraee, Kent State University ; Colin Rhinesmith, Simmons College; Catherine Dumas, University at Albany; Jenny Bossaller, University of Missouri; Rachel Simons, University of Texas; Aylin Ilhan, Universität Düsseldorf; Isabelle Dorsch, Universität Düsseldorf

The Information Ethics and Policy, Social Informatics, and Social Media SIGs propose a full day pre-conference workshop on the topic of ethics and governance of emerging information technologies. Technologies, such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality, which only recently were relegated to the realm of science fiction, now blend into our work and social lives. We embrace massive data sets of surreptitiously collected data for our own research as we endure news stories about unwanted data collection and security breaches. This workshop brings together speakers across the information disciplines to critique and discuss ethics, writ large, of new technologies.

This workshop is offering a $40 discount for students! Use discount code SIS40 at registration.

8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Coordinating Scholarship in Searching as Learning (SIG-InfoLearn)
Rebecca Reynolds, Rutgers University;  Eric Meyers, University of British Columbia; Jacek Gwizdka, University of Texas-Austin; Sam Chu, University of Hong Kong; Caroline Haythornthwaite, Syracuse University

Conversations and collaborations in the research area of “Searching as Learning” advance research agendas in human learning and knowledge-building to help further inquiry and human information-seeking research and development. ASIST’s new Special Interest Group, SIG Information and Learning Sciences (SIG InfoLearn) was initiated and launched in Spring of 2017, and hosted a first-year pre-conference workshop to inaugurate the new SIG. Given the success of the first year workshop, we propose to host a follow-up workshop event at the 2018 conference, focused on “Searching as Learning,” to offer scholars whose work falls in this research domain the opportunity to network and engage with one another, share in-progress research study works, and receive feedback from peers and a panel of experts.

1:00 – 5:00 pm
Culture, Community, and Voice in Knowledge Organization Systems (SIG-CR)
Robert D. Montoya, Indiana University, Bloomington; Lala Hajibayova, Kent State University; Shavonn Matsuda, University of Hawaiʻi Maui College; Laura Ridenour, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Maayan Zhitomirsky-Geffet, Bar-Ilan University

In response to the theme of this year’s conference, SIG/CR seeks to more-deeply examine the ethical and human- and community-centered implications of knowledge organization (KO) systems as they are embedded in technological and institutional spaces. In specific we ask, How do KO systems define, liberate, or restrict the capacities (access to information, creation of identity, ability to mobilize, etc.) of communities and/or individuals?

First Nations and indigenous communities will be of particular concern, but any community perspective is welcome, including, marginalized, ethnic, and immigrant populations; gender, economic, and sexual minorities, etc. Community can also reference professional, educational, or other situated communities or groups that are affected by knowledge organizing structures in some capacity. Perspectives on ecological communities would also be very welcome, broadening our discussion into domains often overlooked in studies of KO and technology.

8:00 am – 12:00 pm
HIV Status Disclosure on Geosocial-Networking Apps: Data Ethics, Security, and Privacy Concerns
Megan Threats, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Geosocial-networking apps (e.g., Grindr, Jack’d) and sexual networking sites (e.g., Black Gay Chat, Adam4Adam) are often used by gay, bisexual, trans, and queer men in the USA to identify sexual partners. Use of these online applications has been associated with increased sexual risk behavior. In efforts to reduce risk for HIV infection and minimize the stigma of HIV testing among app users, some apps have incorporated features that allow users to include their HIV status and last HIV test date in their user profiles. Recently it was discovered that some app companies have been sharing its users’ HIV status with third-party applications. This discovery raises data ethics, security, and privacy concerns that hold important implications for the use of mobile apps for HIV prevention.

9 am – 5 pm
Information Ethics and the Future
George Buchanan, University of Melbourne; Dana McKay, University of Melbourne; Cosmin Munteanau, University of Toronto Mississauga

The recent case of Cambridge Analytica demonstrates just how complex issues of information ethics can be. The data used to potentially alter the course of an election was gathered by an academic, under a license from a commercial organization intended to facilitate academic work, then provided to a second commercial organization. That organization then repurposed the data to influence voter opinion for commercial gain. While this is an egregious example of ethical challenges in information use, similar, smaller challenges are played out daily during research involving data on and about humans. Moreover, governments and commercial organizations hold more data about individuals than ever before. Library and information science has long addressed issues of data openness and privacy of information users, and as such is uniquely positioned as a discipline to address these modern challenges. This workshop is aimed at exploring issues of ethics in information use, by researchers, public institutions and commercial organizations, with a view to developing a new understanding of information ethics. This workshop will revisit this long-standing need to focus on ethics in the light of new risks that are emerging from the large-scale availability of personal data, and the ready availability of contended and contentious information.

8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Introduction to Critical Metadata for Practitioners
Deborah Maron, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; John D. Martin, III, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Nannette Naught, Innovative Interfaces, Inc.; Erin Carter, Cisco Systems

Individuals working in metadata, an information phenomenon that deals in all manner of description, representation, and retrieval, are often encouraged on the job to focus on technically pragmatic matters, leaving little opportunity to explore and reflect on the social, ethical and political implications of their practice. In this workshop, entitled “Introduction to Critical Metadata for Practitioners,” we provide critical praxis for practitioners from metadata-dependent fields as diverse as cataloging, archiving, search algorithm design, web design, digital humanities, database design, and professional metadata (e.g., Linked Data and other schema/standards development work). This will help practitioners to (re)consider larger existing metadata systems as pieces of material discourse with power implications, and think about how they as metadata professionals presently approach their own work and what they might do differently (or “reflexively”) if encouraged to use critical apparatuses for thinking and practice.

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fundamentals of Knowledge Management and Knowledge Services
Dale Stanley, SMR International; Deb Hunt, Information Edge

This course links knowledge management (KM) theory to knowledge services, a management methodology that provides a practical framework for considering an expanded definition of knowledge work in organizations. When implemented, this expanded view of KM provides many benefits and opportunities for the information professional as well as the organization itself. The knowledge services discipline converges information management, knowledge management, and strategic learning. It has been characterized as the “practical side of KM” because the blending of these functions can strengthen knowledge development and knowledge sharing, which leads to improved knowledge utilization thus enabling better decision making, better knowledge asset management, and accelerated innovation. 

Participants learn techniques for implementing knowledge services–that is, for “putting KM to work”.  In doing so, they often find expanded roles and opportunities for personal impact on their organizations, thus enhancing their career development and career satisfaction.  As thought leaders and facilitators in knowledge, they can lead their organizations in realizing the benefits of a knowledge culture. 

Topics covered include:
Why the knowledge services concept was developed and why it can be important in one’s organization and one’s career development
• The knowledge services discipline and the role it plays in building a knowledge culture in organizations
• Creating plans and a knowledge services strategy
• Four key skills or methods that are essential for knowledge services implementation and career development

Course Learning Objectives
At the end of this course, participants will understand the role of knowledge management and knowledge services in their organizations and the value of linking organizational knowledge management efforts with strategic learning. They will return to the workplace with an action plan customized for their personal use in their organization. 

9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Metrics 2018: Workshop on Informetric and Scientometric Research (SIG-MET)
Neil Raymond Smalheiser, University of Illinois at Chicago; Timothy Bowman, Wayne State University; Phillippe Mongeon, Université de Montréal

We propose a full day workshop, sponsored by SIG/MET, devoted to informetrics and scientometric research. This workshop will provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of research and applications including new theoretical approaches, indicators, and tools among young and established researchers, PhD students, information professionals and librarians active in the field of informetrics and scientometrics.

1:00 – 5:00 pm
Moving Toward the Future of Information Behavior Research and Practice: 18th Annual SIG-USE Research Symposium
Annie T. Chen, University of Washington School of Medicine; Melissa G Ocepek, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Devendra Potnis, University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Yiwei Wang, Rutgers University

The 18th Annual SIG-USE Research Symposium focuses on the future of information behavior research. This Symposium is an opportunity for faculty, students, researchers, and information professionals, who are interested in information behavior and practices research and in the translation of findings from this research area into professional practice. Major goals include facilitating information exchange between and among scholars and information professionals, serving as a forum for scholars and professionals new to this area to engage critically with the theme, and for scholars and practitioners alike to receive feed-back on preliminary work and works-in-progress. Participants will engage in dynamic break-out discussion sessions as they consider Short Paper and Poster presentations that focus on different aspects of the future of information behavior research, including but not limited to actors/users, applications, contexts and various methods of information behavior research.

This workshop is offering a $30 discount for students! Use discount code USE30 at registration.

8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Professional Development Strategies for Information Science Faculty
Irene Lopatovska, Pratt Institute; Denise Agosto, Drexel University; Heidi Julien, University at Buffalo; Ehsan Mohammadi, University of South Carolina; Joseph Tennis; University of Washington

The workshop aims to offer professional development guidance to the current and future information science (IS) faculty. The workshop continues the conversation that started at the 2016 and 2017 ASIS&T Annual Meetings (Lopatovska et al., 2016; Lopatovska, O’Brien et al., 2017) and identified IS faculty needs in the areas of scholarship, teaching, service, and professional well-being. This workshop on professional development resources and strategies for IS academics will be of interest to faculty, doctoral students and academic administrators.