Preconference Workshops

Saturday, 19 October, 2019

9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. (FULL-DAY)

Workshop: BIRDS – Bridging the Gap Between Information Science, Information Retrieval and Data Science
Ingo Frommholz, University of Bedfordshire, UK; Haiming Liu, University of Bedfordshire, UK; Massimo Melucci, University of Padova, IT

This workshop aims to foster the cross-fertilization of Information Science (IS), Information Retrieval (IR), and Data Science (DS). Recognising the commonalities and differences between these communities, the workshop will bring together experts and researchers in IS, IR and DS to discuss how they can learn from each other to provide more user-driven data and information exploration and retrieval solutions. Therefore, we welcome submissions conveying ideas on how to utilise, for instance, IS concepts and theories in DS and IR or DS approaches to support users in data and information exploration.
Members: $210 before 8/2  | Student Members: $185 before 8/2 | Non-Members: $245 before 8/2*

President-Elect’s International Incubator: Transformational Actions Using Information to Advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Bharat Mehra, University of Alabama, USA; Kendra Albright, Kent State University, USA; Jia Tina Du, University of South Australia, Australia; Clara M. Chu, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, USA

This international incubator will develop and create transformational actions using information to advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Small group sessions will develop SDG information action briefs and ten action items for each of the 17 SDGs from an information perspective. Results from the pre-conference will inspire membership to act locally or globally, personally or collectively prior to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting in 2020 which will focus on Information for a Sustainable World: Addressing Society’s Grand/Global Challenges. During the interactive international incubator, real-world actions will be discussed over two sessions to develop a comprehensive picture of the role of information in shaping progressive change in the world. Implications will involve transforming the diversity of professions in an emerging information advocacy role in the remaining decade to achieve the SDGs.
Members: $0 before 8/2 | Non-Members: $50 before 8/2*

Workshop: Metrics 2019: Workshop on Informetric and Scientometric Research (SIG-MET)
Philippe Mongeon, Aarhus University, Denmark; Shenmeng Xu, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA; Timothy D. Bowman, Wayne State University, USA

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, Ph.D. students, information professionals and librarians active in the field of informetrics and scientometrics.
Members: $0 before 8/2 | Non-Members: $50 before 8/2*

Workshop: Practical Social Informatics: Collaboration Across Fields, Sectors, and Borders (SIG-SI)
Xiaohua Zhu, School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee Knoxville, USA; Theresa Anderson, University of Technology Sydney, Australia; Kolina Koltai, University of Texas at Austin, USA; Emad Khazraee, Indeed, Inc., USA

The purpose of this workshop is to disseminate current research and research in progress that investigates the interaction of people, technology, and society, with a focus on the social aspects of information and communication technologies (ICT). Aligning with the theme of the Annual Meeting, the ASIS&T Special Interest Group Social Informatics (SIG SI) will hold its 15th annual workshop, with a theme emphasizing the practices of social informatics in various collaborative settings across different fields, private and public sectors, and beyond national borders. Submissions may include empirical, critical, conceptual and theoretical work, as well as richly described practice cases and demonstrations. The workshop will include panel and paper presentations during the day, as well as at a poster session over lunch.
Members: $190 before 8/2 | Student Members: $150 before 8/2 | Non-Members: $210*


9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. (HALF-DAY)

Workshop: Methods and Measures, or How Do We Study Learners and Learning with Information? (SIG-ILS)
Eric Meyers, University of British Columbia, Canada; Kyle Jones, Indiana University-Indianapolis, USA; Samuel Abramovich, University at Buffalo – SUNY, USA

ASIS&T’s Special Interest Group Information and Learning Sciences (SIG InfoLearn) was launched in Spring of 2017 and since then has hosted two successful pre-conference workshops. We propose that measurement of learning is a rich area of intersection for those who focus on learning with information technologies, and will have broad appeal to the ASIS&T membership. Measurement of learning, and methods by which this is achieved, is an important aspect of work in several areas relevant to the ASIS&T community, including learning analytics, e-learning design and research, open education, and work in digital learning environments of all types. Measuring learning goes hand-in-glove with the discussion of methods, and we intend to be inclusive of quantitative and qualitative approaches. We have chosen to make our workshop proposal highly interactive, borrowing and modifying a format called “ConverStations.” Rather than keeping participants idle and listening, we seek to keep participants moving, talking, and engaging throughout the workshop. We anticipate that this format will not only make the session more generative, but also provide an innovative and replicable format for other workshops at ASIS&T.
Members: $100 before 8/2 | Student Members: $60 before 8/2 | Non-Members: $120 before 8/2*

2:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M. (HALF-DAY)

Workshop: Re-Envisioning the Impact and Engagement of Information Behavior Research (SIG-USE)
Tim Gorichanaz, Drexel University, USA; Waseem Afzal, Charles Sturt University, Australia; Millicent Mabi, University of British Columbia, Canada

The 19th Annual SIG-USE Research Workshop focuses on the impact and engagement of information behavior research. This workshop provides an opportunity for researchers, students, faculty, and information professionals who are interested in information behavior and practice research to discuss the impact of that work, particularly the translation of findings and discussions into professional practice in today’s “anyone, anywhere, anytime” information environment. The workshop will facilitate information exchange among scholars and information professionals, provide a place for those new to information behavior and practice to engage critically with the field, and allow both scholars and practitioners to get feedback on preliminary and ongoing work. The workshop will feature a dynamic panel, full paper sessions and posters, as well as engaging breakout discussion sessions to explore different subthemes regarding impact and engagement.
Members: $100 before 8/2 | Student Members: $60 before 8/2 | Non-Members: $120 before 8/2*

Post-Conference Tutorials

Wednesday, 23 October, 2019

9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. (FULL-DAY)

Tutorial: Applying Deep Learning in Information Science: Cases in Network Embedding
Yi Bu, Indiana University, USA; Yong Huang, Wuhan University, China ; Ying Ding, Indiana University, USA; Wei Lu, Wuhan University, China

Deep learning is a broader family of machine learning algorithms based on learning data representations. They have been employed into various disciplines in both natural and social sciences. Deep learning algorithms are quite popular, partly because systems can learn from data, identify patterns, and make decisions with minimal human intervention. They have been pushing scholars to rethink the roadmap of their research.  Using deep learning in information science is beneficial to research. In the era of big data, it’s possible to quickly and automatically produce models that can analyze bigger, more complex data and deliver faster, more accurate results – even on a very large scale. And by employing deep learning algorithms and building precise models, information scientists have a better chance of identifying hidden patterns in the process of information flow, such as organizing, retrieving, processing, and measuring information. Ease of use is one of the biggest advantages of applying deep learning algorithms in information science—in most of the time, only a few lines of codes would achieve a complicated and sophisticated function in research. Thus, in this tutorial, we will showcase how to apply deep learning algorithms into information science.
Members: $210 before 8/2 | Student Members: $185 before 8/2 | Non-Members: $245 before 8/2*

Tutorial: Information Experience Design: Activating Information Research in Practice
Kate Davis, University of Southern Queensland, Australia; Elham Sayyad-Abdi, University of the Pacific, USA

This tutorial introduces the related concepts of information experience (IX) and information experience design (IXD). Information experience explores how people engage with information in a given context, while information experience design is an approach to designing interventions to improve user experiences of information, informed by information experience research. Over the past several years, library and information organisations have adopted methodologies like design thinking to design their services, spaces, products, and programs. These methodologies put the customer at the centre of design process, but do not necessarily focus on the information component of their experience. Information experience design bridges that gap by marrying design methodologies with our disciplinary knowledge about people’s information experience to improve or enhance those experiences. Participants will leave this tutorial with knowledge of the information experience research landscape, approaches to information experience research, an information experience design toolkit, and practical experience working through a design process.
Members: $210 before 8/2 | Student Members: $185 before 8/2 | Non-Members: $245 before 8/2*

9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. (HALF-DAY) 

Tutorial: Developing Successful Publications for Competitive Peer-Reviewed Forums: A Tutorial for Junior Scholars in the Information Field
Caroline Haythornwaite, Syracuse University, USA; Sam Oh, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea; Sam Chu, University of Hong Kong, HK, Javed Mostafa, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

The tutorial aims at making junior scholars, particularly those that are at PhD, postdoctoral, or at assistant professor levels, aware of the established pathways to follow to transform research ideas into peer- reviewed publications. The forum will engage at least 4-5 senior scholars from the information field to share with the participants research strategies, including some common research methodologies, and practical guidelines associated with phasing a research project properly so that resources are utilized effectively and efficiently. In addition, junior researchers are going to learn about securing research startup funding, collaboration tips, and targeting appropriate scholarly forums to incrementally develop a research project (from posters, to scaling up to conference papers, and ultimately to a journal-article level studies).
Members: $135 before 8/2 | Student Members: $115 before 8/2 | Non-Members: $155 before 8/2*

Tutorial: Creativity in Information Research: A Design Thinking Approach (SIG-SI)
Bhuva Narayan, University of Technology Sydney, Australia  Edward Luca, University of Sydney Library, Australia; Indra McKie, University of Technology Sydney: UTS Library, Australia

Design Thinking is an interdisciplinary methodology that is increasingly used within organisations both large and small as a way of generating, prototyping, and testing ideas in a democratic way within teams by cutting out useless meetings and avoiding analysis paralysis. Initially used for product and service design, it is now being used by grassroots organisations and development agencies globally as a way of giving voice to all stakeholders, especially to solve so-called wicked problems, using a holistic systems thinking approach. Challenges can involve anything from societal challenges at large, to discrete user experience challenges within a specific organisational context. The Design Thinking methodology is valuable both for researchers and practitioners as it is useful not just for generating research ideas, but also for tackling human-centred challenges, be it social challenges, organisational challenges, or challenges within your specific context. Participants will work on complex human-centred challenges within real-life scenarios using stages of empathy building, problem definition, ideation, prototyping, and testing.
Members: $135 before 8/2 | Student Members: $115 before 8/2 | Non-Members: $155 before 8/2*

2:00 P.M.-6:00 P.M. (HALF-DAY)

Tutorial: Innovative UX Methods for Information Access Based on Interdisciplinary Approaches: Practical Lessons from Academia and Industry
Fei Yu, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA; Qian Xu, Elon University, USA; Ryan Taylor, Optum/United Health, USA; Kate Moran, Nielsen Norman Group, USA; Javed Mostafa, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

User Experience (UX) designers are in high demand across diverse institutions and businesses.   A group of five experts, from academia and industry, will be conducting a tutorial on cutting-edge UX design principles and methods based on an interdisciplinary approach.   The three UX instructors representing academia are from Information Science, Media/Journalism, and Instructional Design respectively.  Two senior industry UX professionals from United Health/Optum and Nielsen Norman Group will also participate as instructors in this tutorial.  A broad scope of the tutorial and the primary theme of the tutorial will be improvement of interactions with information and information systems.
Members: $135 before 8/2 | Student Members: $115 before 8/2 | Non-Members: $155 before 8/2*

 *Add $25 for workshop/tutorial registrations submitted between August 3 and October 4; add $50 for workshop/tutorial registrations submitted after October 4