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. Dr. Dan Russell of Google will provide the keynote.

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.

The SIG CR is offering a $30 registration discount to all student registrants, as well as free student membership with online registration for this pre-conference session.

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.