Bulletin, February/March 2013

Inside ASIS&T

ASIS&T Changes Its Name, Enhances Its Global Mission 

With nearly 90% of all ballots cast voting in favor of a name change, the American Society for Information Science and Technology will soon become the Association for Information Science and Technology.

While the ASIS&T acronym stays the same, the name change recognizes the growing influence of ASIS&T in the international arena. The opportunities and challenges with respect to the science and technology of information are increasingly international in focus and scope. ASIS&T supports members around the globe in addressing these opportunities and challenges.

When 2012 ASIS&T president Diane H. Sonnenwald, in collaboration with 2012 immediate past president Linda C. Smith and president-elect Andrew Dillon, called for a membership vote on the name change issue, she said, “The word American in our name often makes it difficult for individuals outside the United States to receive recognition for belonging to and participating in ASIS&T. It also fails to recognize the important contributions members outside the United States make to our association and to our discipline.”

In addition, Sonnenwald noted that increasing international participation in ASIS&T will provide additional opportunities for all members to learn from and share expertise and knowledge with colleagues who have different expertise and knowledge.

Currently 18% of ASIS&T members reside outside the United States in 52 different countries. At the recent 75th Anniversary ASIS&T Annual Meeting, attendees came from 25 countries, with 22% coming from countries other than the United States. In addition, ASIS&T runs successful international conferences, notably the annual European Information Architecture Summit, and will hold its 2013 Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada. 

The new name reflects the commitment of our members to international cooperation and global efforts to increase the influence of information science in education, research and applications to ensure the best access, management and use of information in an increasingly interconnected world.

2012 Annual Meeting Coverage – Celebrating Our 75th Anniversary 
In the December/January issue of the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, we provided a brief news report of our 75th Anniversary Annual Meeting and the impact hurricane Sandy had on attendance and activities. But the timing of both the meeting and this publication’s deadlines kept us from providing full photographic and text coverage of the fun, the substantive, the social and the ridiculous at the successful anniversary confab of ASIS&T.

So join us throughout this issue of the Bulletin for a look at some of the work and fun that members and guests enjoyed in Baltimore at the 2012 ASIS&T Annual Meeting. Following a photo montage from the meeting, you’ll find coverage of the ASIS&T Annual Awards presented at the conference and news about the winners of the ASIS&T Student Design Competition. Also in this issue, other Annual Meeting coverage includes reports from many of the pre-conference workshops and seminars; the plenary session headlined by Edward Chang; the Award of Merit acceptance speech delivered by former ASIS&T president Michael Buckland; and an article by our 2012 Research Award recipient Kalervo Järvelin. 

2012 ASIS&T Award Winners
One of the highlights of each year’s ASIS&T Annual Meeting is the presentation of the prestigious ASIS&T Annual Awards. This year’s winners are featured in this section. Because of travel difficulties associated with hurricane Sandy, many winners were unable to attend the meeting, but their awards were noted nonetheless.

Award of Merit
Michael BucklandMichael K. Buckland, professor emeritus in the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley, is the 2012 recipient of the ASIS&T Award of Merit, the highest honor presented by ASIS&T. The award goes to an individual who has made a noteworthy contribution to the field of information science, including the expression of new ideas, the creation of new devices, the development of better techniques and outstanding service to the profession.

Professor Buckland is internationally recognized for his many publications encompassing topics in library services, history of information science, information retrieval, classification, metadata and concepts and theories in information science. Among his most notable articles are “Information as Thing” and “What Is a Document?” – both published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Professor Buckland has been an active member and leader of the American Society for Information Science and Technology since 1975, serving as president in 1998 and winner of the Watson Davis Award in 2005. The Award of Merit recognizes his exemplary career as information scientist, educator, mentor, dean and leader of professional societies. His work has had lasting influence due to its historical and conceptual richness, its acknowledgement of real needs and real problems and its willingness to reconcile tradition with new thought and practice. His project-based research seeks to bring information to people in new, qualitatively rich ways, by rethinking traditional forms and practices through new digital tools. In this 75th anniversary year, as ASIS&T reflects on its history and looks to the future, it is especially fitting that we recognize Michael K. Buckland with the Award of Merit. 

Watson Davis Award
ASIS&T’s Watson Davis Award recognizes the contributions of someone who has shown continuous dedicated service to ASIS&T. In 2012, the person who most effectively lives up to that ideal is KT Vaughan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. KT is an outstanding information science professional who has provided exceptional service to the ASIS&T organization. She has done an incredible job of demonstrating her impressive commitment to the profession of information science. KT brings a high level of dedication and quality not only to her career position that includes sharing her wealth of knowledge with students, faculty and colleagues, but also to the overall profession by working and leading multiple groups and committees from SIG/STI to the ASIS&T Constitution and Bylaws and Leadership Development Committees. She has previously served on the ASIS&T Board of Directors as SIG Cabinet Director. KT's generosity in sharing her leadership talents for the good of ASIS&T, while demonstrating her continuous dedication as a driven member and leader makes her highly deserving of this award.

2012 ASIS&T Research Award 
Kalervo Järvelin, Tampere University, Finland, is the recipient of the 2012 ASIS&T Research Award. During the last decade his rich research has contributed to bridging naturalistic information-seeking behavior and classic information retrieval theory and experiment. His contributions to IR evaluation alone would warrant this award. His theoretical foundation and strive for methodological rigor are always present in his publications and presentations. He integrates cognitive and other theoretical approaches and advanced mathematical models in his often longitudinal and laborious information studies. In addition, his pioneering work on task complexity, his research work on how to bridge the gap between user needs and information systems in context as well as his contribution in natural language IR and cross-lingual IR are also of long-standing value to the LIS community.

Kalervo Järvelin is an exceptional scholar: he has a rare talent to solve problems by joining together apparently incompatible ideas. He is very creative and the most inspirational supervisor. He has formed several long-term influential research teams that have pushed the boundaries of traditional IR research and produced innovative and well-tested methodological breakthroughs, e.g., the generalized measures for non-binary (scaled) relevance assessments. He is an internationally recognized scholar and his work has had a huge impact as evidenced by his 1600 citations in Scopus and 1200 citations in Web of Science

Kalervo Järvelin is one of those few visionary scientists who can not only reflect upon their own ground-breaking work, but also pin it down experimentally using state-of-the-art computational and advanced mathematical models. This has continuously placed him at the forefront of international information science research. Furthermore, his scientific integrity combined with his energetic and wonderful attitude make him a great role model to many younger researchers and a living inspiration to all. 

Thomson Reuters Outstanding Information Science Teacher 
The 2012 Thomson Reuters Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award goes to Dietmar Wolfram, who has been teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies for 22 years. Over the course of his career he has held a variety of positions including professor, acting associate dean, coordinator of the BS program, director of PhD studies and interim dean. 

Dr. Wolfram is responsible for many initiatives aimed toward the advancement of information science in higher education. He was instrumental in developing the bachelor’s degree program in information science and technology, was a pioneer in the school’s online MLIS program and most recently was awarded $815,000 in IMLS funding to support the school’s doctoral program in information studies – a program he worked for years to establish and which began admitting students in 2008. 

As an instructor, he has taught at all three levels of study. He teaches courses in library and information science research methods, foundations and information retrieval where his course evaluations are consistently rated as second to none and reflect an extraordinary ability to inspire and foster true love for the field. He has published widely with his students in national and international journals in the areas of informetrics and information retrieval and has presented his research on six continents. 

He is a committed and active member of several information science organizations at varying levels. In ASIS&T, he has held numerous board, chapter and SIG positions since 1988. 

Professor Wolfram stands as a role model for students and staff alike. His multiple decades’ worth of service and experience combined with his vast knowledge of the field, personal sacrifice and utmost integrity have resulted in significant benefits to his peers, his school, his associations and especially his students to whom he exemplifies exactly what constitutes an outstanding information science teacher. 

Best JASIST Paper
The 2012 Best JASIST Paper Award goes to Sukomal Pal, Mandar Mitra and Jaap Kamps for their article, “Evaluation Effort, Reliability and Reusability in XML Retrieval,” JASIST 62(2): 375-394 (2011). The awards jury calls this a “very satisfying” paper, which is very readable, logically presented, does an excellent job of situating itself with respect to prior work and provides a thorough and comprehensive analysis. A solid IR piece, it is a large-scale investigation that contributes to an understanding of how XML retrieval differs from standard ad hoc evaluation and whether it is better to spend resources judging a few queries deeply or many queries using shallow pools. It also focuses the community’s attention on methods to evaluation passage-retrieval, which is an important extension of the document-centric model that has been the primary target of research in IR and information science for so long. Committee members commented favorably on the paper’s utility: it has clear implications for IR evaluation and for the operation of INEX-type evaluations, giving it the potential for long term impact.

Pratt Severn Best Student Research Paper Award
The 2012 Pratt Severn Best Student Research Paper goes to April Lynne Earle, St John’s University, for her paper entitled, Design of an Application Profile for the St. John's University Oral History Collection

Completed as a semester project for a metadata course at St. John’s University, the paper describes the creation of an application profile that uses both MARC and Dublin Core. As her nominator stated in his submission papers, the project “represents a significant contribution towards getting the project catalogued and ultimately accessible online.” Jurors cited the paper for its original topic, demonstration of “superior technical competence in information science” and provision of interesting implications for practice. 

Selenay Aytec, left, presents Pratt Severn certificate to April Lynne Earle, right, while Diane Sonnenwald looks on
Selenay Aytec, left, presents Pratt Severn certificate to April Lynne Earle, right, while Diane Sonnenwald looks on.

James Cretsos Leadership Award
Naresh Agarwal, assistant professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College, is the recipient of the 2012 James Cretsos Leadership Award, honoring a new ASIS&T member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities in professional ASIS&T activities. Naresh joined ASIS&T as a student member in 2008 and, as a result of an interview at his first ASIS&T Annual Meeting that year, landed the job he currently holds. Naresh also launched his ASIS&T career during that conference when he took the initiative to ask various members how he could get involved. By the next year, Naresh was the vice chair of SIG/SI, chair-elect/vice chair of SIG/HLTH, an alternative representative to the Chapter Assembly and a co-faculty advisor to a student chapter. His pattern of activity has continued throughout the years as he has added positions in other SIGs, as well as the Chapter Assembly and other ASIS&T units. Along the way, Naresh participated in a variety of ASIS&T panels and paper/poster presentations, while contributing to ASIS&T publications as author and reviewer. 

Naresh works hard to promote ASIS&T and its special interest groups and student chapters. One of his goals is to encourage new members, which he accomplishes through such diverse activities as hosting the traditional secret student party at the Annual Meeting, promoting ASIS&T membership among his students and facilitating SIG membership drives. 

Naresh envisions ASIS&T as a dynamic, thriving Society, and he lends his leadership skills to the realization of that vision. Unquestionably, Naresh exemplifies the ASIS&T future leader honored by the James M. Cretsos Leadership Award.

Naresh Agarwal
Naresh Agarwal shares with his young daughter the excitement of being named the James Cretsos Leadership Award recipient.

Best Information Science Book Award 
The 2012 Best Information Science Book Award goes to Ricardo Baeza-Yates and Berthier Ribeiro-Neto for their book, Modern Information Retrieval, Second edition. The book received the highest overall ranking among the 13 books considered for the award.

The jury members offered numerous supportive comments about the book. One juror noted that this book is “[o]bviously of high importance and relevance to information science. It is the definitive text on information retrieval, much improved over the earlier edition.” Another juror noted this is “[a] textbook by some of the most expert authors in the field . . . cohesive and well-written . . . a classic, rewritten and restructured.” Finally, one notation was that this book “. . . expands what was already a good work . . . an important resource both for current and new members of our profession. . . .[I]t lives up to the interdisciplinary nature of IR and LIS.”

Thomson Reuters Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship
The 2012 Thomas Reuters Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship goes to Lori McCay-Peet for her proposal entitled At the Intersection: Investigating the Qualities of the Serendipitous Digital Environment and the Serendipity-prone Person. McCay-Peet proposes an ambitious, multiphase project that will examine the factors involved in, and develop a holistic model of, the process of serendipity within the digital environment. Further, the study proposes to identify the qualities of serendipitous-prone individuals and the inter-relationships among the qualities of the serendipity-prone person, the content of the system and the facets of the digital environment. McCay-Peet's study will add to traditional methods previously used to study serendipity by proposing a novel approach – that of measuring the link between working memory capacity of individuals as an indicator of serendipitous facilitation. Lori's faculty advisor notes, “Lori has developed a solid research idea, a conceptual model to support it and a preliminary pathway to follow. . . . She has a natural ability to identify a problem, voraciously consume the background research and propose a solution or direction. To every project, she has brought a logical and analytical approach with novel and innovative ideas.” The award jurors noted that the proposal is "well-written" and the "methods chosen were sound,” the work proposed was "original and creative" and the results have the potential to make important theoretical and practical contributions to information science and related disciplines.

Lori McCay Peet
Lori McCay-Peet, right, receives Doctoral Dissertation Scholarship Award from June Abbas, left, as Diane Sonnenwald looks on.

ProQuest Doctoral Dissertation Award
The 2012 ProQuest Doctoral Dissertation Award is presented to Jaime Snyder, Syracuse University, for the dissertation entitled, Image-Enabled Discourse: Investigating the Creation of Visual Information as Communicative Practice. Jaime was previously honored in 2010 with the Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship for this topic. This dissertation positions the creation of images during small group interactions as a specific type of information-driven communicative behavior, separate from doodling or artistic practice. This creative and thoughtful study raises many interesting questions that have not previously been studied within library and information science and brings in research from such fields as linguistics, psychology, sociology and communications theory. The study will likely lead to interdisciplinary research that combines visual communication and interaction studies. The exploratory study achieved the objectives set out in the research and added novel findings in the area of image creation in relation to information behaviors. The methodology and theoretical framework are sound and the literature review is excellent. 

Jamie Snyder
Jaime Snyder, right, receives Doctoral Dissertation Award honors from June Abbas.

Chapter Awards
Winners of several 2012 ASIS&T chapter awards were not yet announced by press time for this printed program. They will be presented at the 2012 ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

The European Chapter of ASIS&T is the worthy recipient of the 2012 ASIS&T Chapter-of-the-Year Award. It can be difficult to operate in such a distributed geographic area, but this chapter continues to excel at its activities while engaging members throughout the area. Chapter members are especially to be commended for their work with European conferences, their excellent collaboration with sister societies and their role in facilitating the development of new chapters in other areas with distributed membership. In addition to these activities, the chapter conducted an oral history project, organized a doctoral forum and re-energized its communication channels using social media tools. Perhaps most notable, however, was the detailed action plan submitted with the chapter’s annual report for the ongoing strength and development of ASIS&T in Europe. In all things, this chapter has demonstrated extraordinary organization, commitment and spirit. 

Fedilia Ibekwe-SanJuan
Isabella Peters, left, and Fidelia Ibekwe-SanJuan, right, accept Chapter-of-the-Year honors on behalf of the European Chapter from Diane Sonnenwald.

Student Chapter-of-the-Year 
The 2012 Student Chapter-of-the-Year Award goes to the San Jose State University (SJSU) Student Chapter, a group that started from scratch and achieved incredible results in less than a year. The Chapter is a virtual chapter connected to a fully online program at SJSU, yet it has excelled as an active and communicative chapter for its members offering a great variety of activities, all of which were well promoted. Among 14 online events in the past year are a Second Life Mixer and academic or professional experience sharing talks on YouTube. The Chapter utilizes many virtual communication tools and creative approaches, including email, web conferencing and social media, as part of its outreach and membership activities. The SJSU Student Chapter is a most worthy recipient of the 2012 Student Chapter-of-the-Year Award.

Student Chapter of the Year SJSU
Naresh Agarwal presents Student Chapter-of-the-Year honors to Melissa Hunt-Glickman and her colleagues at San Jose State University.

SIG Awards

The ASIS&T 2012 SIG-of-the-Year Award is presented jointly to SIG/Education for Information Science (SIG/ED) and SIG/Metrics (SIG/MET). 

SIG/ED is recognized for its excellence in organizational infrastructure and use of social media to facilitate planning and development; its outreach to its members through a re-designed website and new quarterly newsletter; outreach to the information science community through a successful series of webinars; for proposing and hosting an online meeting of student chapter officers and advisers; and for instituting a new graduate student travel award. In addition to its many activities throughout the year SIG/ED was successful in having two panels and a workshop accepted for the 2012 ASIS&T Annual Meeting and has already conducted elections to select its leadership for 2012-2013. 

SIG/MET is recognized for its transformation into an active and productive traditional SIG from a virtual SIG only two years ago. In the past year it has been successful in growing its membership, expanding its outreach through a wide variety of electronic and social media; offered a successful and well-attended webinar on information visualization from the perspective of researchers interested in incorporating visualizations into a research project within the fields of bibliometrics, citation analysis, scientometrics, informetrics and webometrics; was the a co-sponsor of Doctoral Forum 2012 “Quantitative Research in Information Science” held at the University of Wolverhampton, UK; held a successful student paper contest for original research, with the prize winners presenting at a workshop at the ASIS&T 2012 Annual Meeting; had two panels accepted for inclusion at the ASIS&T 2012 Annual Meeting; sponsored a panel at the iConference; and, in honor of the 75th anniversary of ASIS&T’s founding, produced a special section on metrics for the August/September 2012 issue of the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology

For these excellent reasons both SIG/ED and SIG/MET are recognized as ASIS&T SIGs-of-the-Year.

SIG Member-of-the-Year
Karen Miller of SIG/Education for Information Science (SIG/ED) is the worthy recipient of the 2012 SIG Member-of-the-Year Award. Karen joined ASIS&T and SIG/ED at the 2011 Annual Meeting and immediately assumed an active role. Her nomination letter states “She was instrumental in transforming SIG/ED into the vibrant, active organization it has become over the past year. This transformation simply would not have happened without Karen’s energy, dedication and hard work as the SIG’s program coordinator.” Karen exhibited leadership in developing a successful series of webinars for SIG/ED, including a virtual meeting for student chapter leaders and advisers. She was also instrumental in instituting the student travel award being offered by SIG/ED and in shepherding SIG/ED’s contributions to the Annual Meeting in Baltimore. Quoting again from the nomination letter, “Karen is a shining example of willingness to do things ‘for the good of the order’ rather than for personal credit.” And thus, we are pleased to honor Karen Miller as the 2012 ASIS&T SIG Member-of-the-Year.

SIG Publication-of-the-Year
The 2012 SIG Publication-of-the-Year Award is awarded jointly to SIG/Arts and Humanities (SIG/AH) and SIG/Visualization, Images and Sound (SIG/VIS) for their collaboration in co-editing the April/May 2012 special issue of the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. The issue, dedicated to current developments in the fields of digital humanities and information visualization, highlighted innovative areas of research and practice not previously covered in such breadth, and its availability was broadly tweeted and publicized. In addition to bringing research issues to the attention of the Bulletin readership, the publication also communicated the value of participating in SIG/AH and SIG/VIS and is an outstanding exemplar of how SIGs can collaborate to produce quality work that embraces multiple approaches. 

News about ASIS&T SIGs 
Special Interest Group/International Information Issues (SIG/III) announces its 13th international paper competition for authors who are citizens and residents of developing countries. Winning papers are submitted for the 2013 Annual Meeting, which will take place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 1-6, 2013. 

Building on the Annual Meeting theme, this year’s paper contest is looking for papers addressing Beyond the Cloud: Rethinking Information Boundaries. Papers may discuss issues, policies and case studies on specific aspects of the theme from a global and/or international perspective. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following core areas:

  • Human Information Interaction: information retrieval; information behavior; 
  • human computer interaction; usability; e-science and distributed collaboration; virtual organizations; user modeling; mobile technologies
  • Information Organization and Representation: metadata; taxonomies; information visualization; information architecture; digital libraries; indexing and abstracting; classification; social tagging; semantic web and ontology; social media
  • Information Use & Analysis: information seeking and user studies; strategic, security and competitive intelligence; information and knowledge management; comparative analysis of information practices; information metrics (bibliometrics/informatics/webometrics)
  • Information Preservation & Access: digital curation; big data; e-book; information quality; copyright, intellectual properties and related issues; information literacy
  • Information Environments & Socio-Cultural Aspects: organizational and contextual issues; security & privacy; economics of information; social informatics; information policy; foundation of information science; digital humanities; Web 3.0 and related technologies; cloud computing

Selection Criteria
Up to three winners who will be selected by a panel of judges that includes Maqsood Shaheen, IRC, U.S. Embassy, Islamabad; Alma Rivera, Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México; and Fatih Oguz, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

The judging criteria will be based on the following elements:

  • Originality of paper in the developing world and global information ecosystem (originality of the project described, etc.)
  • Relevance to the paper contest theme
  • Quality of argument, presentation and organization

Eligibility & Information for authors
Only papers by a principal author who is a citizen of and resides in a developing country are eligible. Winners in the 2009-2012 contests are not eligible. The papers should be original, unpublished and submitted in English. 

The award for each winner is a two-year individual membership in ASIS&T. In the case of multiple authors, the principal author will be awarded the ASIS&T membership. In addition, depending on SIG III/fundraising for this competition, the first place winner will be rewarded a minimum of $1,000 toward travel, conference registration and accommodations while attending the ASIS&T Annual Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 1-6, 2013.

Authors are invited to submit manuscripts, not to exceed 5,000 words, by May 31, 2013, to Maqsood Shaheen at ShaheenMA@gmail.com, preferably as Microsoft Word or PDF attachments.

News about ASIS&T Members

Chirag Shah, assistant professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at the Rutgers University School of Communication & Information, received a $273,000 grant from the IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Early Careers program. His project, CIS3: Collaborative Information-Seeking Support and Services in Libraries, employs a user-focused approach to investigate information seekers’ behaviors while working collaboratively. 

Tomas Lipinski, most recently executive associate dean and professor at Indiana University-Purdue University, is the new director of the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. Lipinski holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; master of laws degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago; and a J.D. from Marquette University Law School. Issues related to copyright, information law and intellectual property are the focus of his ongoing research.

Don R. Swanson
Don R. Swanson
, three-time dean at the University of Chicago Graduate Library School (GLS) and professor emeritus n the humanities division, died in November of 2012 at the age of 88. Don won the ASIS&T Award of Merit in 2000 for his trailblazing work in the relationship between natural and computer language and his belief that electronic databases held the keys to medical knowledge.

Among many groundbreaking discoveries, Don used his theory of undiscovered public knowledge to identify key relationships between dietary fish oil and Raynaud's disease and between magnesium deficiency and common migraine headaches. With these findings inspiring his effort, Don and Neil Smallheiser developed Arrowsmith, software that assists in identifying connections between two sets of clinical research; this model has been adapted to study the correlations of genes with diseases and find possible new uses for medications.

Swanson began his career in physics with degrees from California Institute of Technology, Rice University and the University of California at Berkeley. After working for a while as a computer systems analyst and research scientist, Swanson joined the University of Chicago faculty as dean of the now-closed Graduate Library School. His background as a physical scientist led his GLS focus on computer-aided information retrieval which was a new area of study at the time.

Swanson is survived by his wife Patricia, son Richard and daughter Judith. Another son, Douglas, predeceased him.

Call for Participation
Beyond the Cloud: Rethinking Information Boundaries
76th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
November 1-6, 2013
Centre Sheraton, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The continuing development of computing and mobile technology and the ongoing evolution of the web environment provide new ways for accessing, acquiring, retrieving and storing information which constantly defy traditional boundaries. With the growth of digital content, information objects are blurred, and they challenge information organization. As more people interact and exchange knowledge and information on the web and in the cloud, information environments are transformed and human interactions with information are shifting. As information use increases and becomes more complex, the need for meaningful integration and analysis is growing. 

The ASIS&T Annual Meeting is the main venue for disseminating research on advances in information science, information technology and related topics. The theme of the 2013 gathering offers an opportunity to reflect on all the changes that impact on human information interaction and their implications for information science and technology. Submissions are solicited for, but not limited to, the five tracks below.


Track 1: Human Information Interaction – information retrieval; information behavior; human computer interaction; usability; e-science and distributed collaboration; virtual organizations; user modeling; mobile technologies

Track 2: Information Organization and Representation – metadata; taxonomies; information visualization; information architecture; digital libraries; indexing and abstracting; classification; social tagging; semantic web and ontology; social media

Track 3: Information Use & Analysis – information seeking and user studies; strategic, security and competitive intelligence; information and knowledge management; comparative analysis of information practices; information metrics (bibliometrics/informatics/webometrics)

Track 4: Information Preservation & Access – digital curation; big data; e-book; information quality; copyright, intellectual properties and related issues; information literacy

Track 5: Information Environments & Socio-Cultural Aspects – organizational and contextual issues; security and privacy; economics of information; social informatics; information policy; foundation of information science; digital humanities; web 3.0 and related technologies; cloud computing

Types of Submissions
As always, Annual Meeting organizers are soliciting contributions of the following types: original papers with unpublished research results; panels on topics either research- or practice-oriented; face-to-face presentations – i.e., posters presenting late-breaking results or work in progress; demonstrations of novel technology; videos presenting research or demonstrating technology – related to the tracks and that lend themselves to interactive discussion and feedback in an evening session; and workshops and tutorials to be offered after the Annual Meeting technical sessions conclude.

For full information on topics and submission process, please visit the ASIS&T website at www.asis.org

Conference Chairs
Chairs of the 2013 ASIS&T Annual Meeting are France Bouthillier, McGill University, who can be reached at france.bouthillier<at>mcgill.ca; and Boryung Ju, Louisiana State University , bju1<a>lsu.edu.