EUChap celebrates its members

The European Chapter is proud for its engaging and outstanding members and congratulates Peter Ingwersen and Isabella Peters!

Our member Peter Ingwersen will receive the ASIS&T Award of Merit, honoring his outstanding contributions to the field of information science! -> Official statement (also below)

Our past Chair and Alternate Chapter Assembly Isabella Peters is Chapter Member of the Year, honoring her engagement and her great ideas she brought into the Chapter!

And last but not least, our Chapter can celebrate istself for again receiving the Chapter of the Year Award for its outstanding activtites.

On behalf of the Chair and board members, congratulations to our members. We are looking forward to celebrating with you in Copenhagen!

Statement on Award of Merit, by Chair Virginia Ortiz_Repiso and Peiling Wang, Professor at School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee:

Pdf-Version: statement_2016_award-of-merit

Dr. Ingwersen has made and he continues to make, remarkable contributions to the field of Library and Information Science. The overarching theme of Dr. Ingwersen’s research interlinks the fundamental essence of the disciplinary triangle of information, people, technology and their relationships; and he stands as one of the most widely published and highly cited researchers in the field of Library and Information Science.

Dr. Ingwersen’s research encompasses two chief domains (1) information retrieval, and (2) bibliometric and especially, webometrics.

Hi is known for development of Cognitive Theory of Information Retrieval, as an attempt to globalize information retrieval through the representation of all components in a holistic approach. Traditional models of information retrieval (Boolean, vector, probabilistic), paid little or no attention to the social context of the tasks of indexing and searching. If we consider information seeking and the ways users use the information retrieval systems, we cannot neglect the social context and thus the cognitive aspects. Dr. Ingwersen made this apparent by leading the way in investigating the cognitive processes of interaction between people and systems. He analyzed the impact of computer technology on the search behavior of individuals, and the application of this approach in the information industry, such as structural representations with different levels of complexity cooperating in a process of interactive communication. Ingwersen emphasizes that these are the binding factors of this theory: the subjective nature that every individual and the context in which it operates; that is, studying their mood, their area of interest, the degree of motivation, and other factors.

Derived from the cognitive IIR model, he and associates created the poly-representation of information needs for improving IIR design. This model, based on inferential logic, indicates that the more evidence one has via consultation documents and the relationships between them, the more likely that the results will resemble the information needs of the user. This is what Ingwersen called intentional redundancy. In short, he created a theory and a school that many others have followed. In recognition of his contributions to IIR, he received several prestigious awards, most recently, the 2015 UKeiG Tony Kent Strix Award.

In scientometrics and informetrics, he has developed indicators and metrics to evaluate scientific research across organizations, disciplines, and countries. Peter Ingwersen is not only a rigorous researcher but also an innovative mind that is quick to identify and explore new ideas. He is called the father of Webometrics. Since he and Thomas C. Almind coined the term, Webometrics has grown into an established research area. JASIST published a special issue on Webometrics in 2004. In recognition of this work, Peter Ingwersen received the 2005 Derek de Solla Price Medal.

Peter Ingwersen is one of the most prolific contributors to peer-reviewed journals, books, encyclopedia, and conferences in information science worldwide. His research impact is evident also by the citation indices. Thomson Reuters recognized Peter Ingwersen with the 2005 Thomson Award of Excellence in Denmark for being the internationally most highly cited Danish researcher in the social sciences.

Beyond research, Ingwersen’s significant contributions to the field are also reflected by his teaching and mentoring of new generations of researchers in information science all over the world. As a professor, Peter Ingwersen is a beloved mentor and advisor and a dynamic teacher to many young researchers, doctoral students, and students of his courses. Many of his students and mentees have become successful researchers, academics and award winners. As a luminary in the field, not only does Peter Ingwersen support and encourage the new generation of researchers by commenting on their works and providing tenure and promotion reviews in rarely achieved thoroughness, but he also recognizes them by citing their works.  

Peter Ingwersen is a leader and visionary in the field. He has been selected to many editorial boards of prestigious scholarly journals including J.Doc, IPM, JASIST, ARIST, and Scientometrics. He was elected to the International Advisory Board of China’s iSchool in Wuhan. He collaborates with international researchers through lectures, conferences, and research projects.


Seminar on Digital Humanities, Digital Libraries and Information Science

The Seminar “Digital Humanities, Digital Libraries and Information Science:
what relation?” aims to open a conversation about the relationship between Digital Libraries, Digital Humanities and Information Science.  The Seminar will be opened by the 2016-2017 President of ASIS&T, Lynn SIlipigni Connaway, and includes presentations that highlight the applications of research methods for information issues.

More information in the flyer.

Time and Place

Firenze, 24 ottobre 2016

Biblioteca Umanistica Università di Firenze

Sala Comparetti

Piazza Brunelleschi 4 Firenze





Introduction and Welcome

Anna Maria Tammaro (International Master DILL Digital Library Learning)


Opening Keynote

Lynn Silipigni Connaway

(President ASIS&T, Senior Research Scientist and Director of User Research,  OCLC Research)



Fabio Ciotti

(Università di Roma3 AIUCD)

Francesca Tomasi

(Università di Bologna – AIUCD)

Maurizio Lana

(Università del Piemonte Orientale – AIUCD)

 Paolo Sirito, Liliana Gregori (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Milano)

Enrica Salvatori, Maria Simi (Università di Pisa)

Maristella Agosti, Gianmaria Silvello (Università di Padova)


Discussion “What are the gaps? What are the sinergies?”

13:00-14:00 Lunch Break



Gabriele Lunati (IFNet-OCLC)

Titia van der Werf (Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research)


Discussion “Planning the next steps”


EUChap comes with 14 contributions to Copenhagen

14 contributions of European Chapter members were accepted to be presented at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Copenhagen. Congratulations to all colleagues. We are looking forward to seeing you in October!

Please do also not forget the 1st Student Barcamp organized by the European Student Chapter!

EUChap contributions to AM 2016

AuthorsTitle Contribution
Kjellberg, Sara; Haider, Jutta; Cox, Andrew; Tam, Winnie; Tammaro, Anna Maria; Matusiak, Krystyna K.Making research data possible: negotiating between disciplinary cultures, temporalities, data policies, professional interests and education and training Panel
Huvila, Isto; Budd, John M.; Lloyd, Annemaree; Palmer, Carole; Toms, ElaineInformation Work in Information Science Research and PracticePanel
Julian Warner, Michael Buckland, Fidelia Ibekwe-SanJuan, Isabella Peters, Niels Windfeld LundTomato tomahto: European perspectives on information science Panel
Mainka, Agnes; Castelnovo, Walter; Miettinen, Virve; Bech-Petersen, Sidsel; Hartmann, Sarah; Stock, Wolfgang G. Open Innovation In Smart Cities: Civic Participation and Co-Creation of Public ServicesPanel
Wang, Peiling; Wolfram, Dietmar; Bates, Marcia; Hoyt, Jason; Poschl, Ulrich; Ingwersen, Peter; Smith, RichardThe Last Frontier in Open Science: Will Open Peer Review Transform Scientific and Scholarly Publishing?Panel
Lopatovska, Irene (USA); Byström, Katriina (Norway); Given, Lisa (Australia); O'Brien, Heather (Canada); Rorissa, Abebe (USA)Life After Tenure: Professional Development Strategies for Mid-Career FacultyPanel
Lai Ma, Selenay Aytac, Hsin Liang Chen, Xiao Hu, Devendra Dilip Potnis, and Abebe RorrissaDiversity and Multiculturalism in LIS EducationPanel
Sarah Barriage, Wayne Buente, Elke Greifeneder, Devon Greyson, Vanessa Kitzie, Miraida Morales, Ross Todd, Julie WinkelsteinEthical Tensions in Research:  The Influence of Metatheoretical Orientation on Ethics of ResearchPanel
Ben Heuwing, Thomas Mandl, and Christa Womser-HackerMethods of User Centered Design and Evaluation of Text Analysis Tools in a Digital History ProjectPaper
Domachowski, Alexa; Griesbaum, Joachim; Heuwing, BenPerception and effectiveness of search advertising on smartphonesPaper
Lai Ma & Michael LadischScholarly Communication and Practices in the World of Metrics: An Exploratory StudyPoster
Isabella Peters & Agnes MainkaPush a badly built cart with bumpy wheels along a marshy meadow”. Or: A Short Tale on the Importance of Information SciencePoster
Byström, Katriina; Fichman, Pnina; Freund, Luanne; Rosenbaum, HowardEnhancing lives through Information and Technology: A Combined SIG-SI and SIG-USE Full-Day WorkshopWorkshop
Mei-Mei, Diane H Sonnenwald, Sam Chu; ShanJu ChangTheory development within the information sciencesWorkshop

EUChap is seeking nominations for officer positions in 2016/2017

The ASIS&T European Chapter would like to invite nominations for the following officer positions in 2016-2017 (October-September):

  1. Chair-elect
  2. Secretary/Treasurer
  3. Member Records Holder
  4. Webmaster

List of current officers.

Please send your nominations to Isabella Peters at ipe(at) or Virginia Ortiz-Repiso Jimenez at virginia(at)

Self-nominations are welcomed. Elections will take place 6 weeks prior the Annual Meeting in Copenhagen (October 16th).

East Meets West – Joint Meeting of European and Asian Pacific Chapters at LIDA Conference

A report by Emil Levine and Maja Krtalić in August/September Bulletin of ASIS&T.

The 2016 Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) Conference in Croatia provided an opportunity for ASIS&T’s European and Asian Pacific Chapters to come together for events and discussion of professional issues, with 43 members attending. ASIS&T dignitaries, including past presidents Tefko Saracevic and Diane Sonnenwald, led discussions about how professional associations can aid graduate students starting their careers through networking, academic opportunities and other resources. A Ph.D. forum drew about 60 participants, including LIDA attendees. Special announcements included the winners of top study projects and the LIDA poster contest, earning free ASIS&T membership or a cash award, and a new anonymous donor program for student memberships. The meeting was a valuable channel to promote ASIS&T membership and discuss the Association’s broad and local strategic goals.

The European and Asian Pacific Chapters held a joint meeting at the Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) 2016 conference on June 13 at the University of Zadar, Croatia. Two other ASIS&T events were held there: a discussion of the value of professional organizations and an ASIS&T sponsored Ph.D. forum. The events, open to all LIDA attendees, brought together library and information science scholars, practitioners and students and provided an opportunity to discuss chapter status, promote ASIS&T events and recruit new members, especially students from developing countries. ASIS&T, through the European Chapter, provided refreshments for all events.

The joint meeting of the European and Asian Pacific Chapters was opened by Tefko Saracevic and Diane Sonnenwald, both past presidents of ASIS&T, who discussed the organization and its importance in career development. Elke Greifeneder, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, ASIS&T International Relations Committee Chair, noted the new reduced membership fees based on Gross National Income. For example, student fees are $8 in many countries. Emil Levine, retired and living in Austria, and Christopher Khoo, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore represented the European and Asian-Pacific Chapters at the joint meeting, which 43 people attended. Levine announced an anonymous donor program through which $500 is annually available to each chapter to pay for student memberships with recipients selected by chapter officers and country representatives.
The European Chapter also provided two free memberships to winners of the LIDA poster contest, while five free memberships were provided by an anonymous donor to the five graduate students who presented their study projects. In addition, the winner of the project competition was awarded 500
euros by another anonymous donor. On June 17, prior to the Ph.D. forum,
doctoral and other graduate students met with ASIS&T representatives and talked about the role of professional associations when starting a career,  networking through ASIS&T, looking for Ph.D. possibilities and other professional issues regarding early stage careers. Lynn Silipigni Connaway, OCLC and ASIS&T president-elect, Diane Sonnenwald, a past president, and Tatjana Aparac Jelušić, recently retired from the University of Osijek and recipient of the ASIS&T Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award in 2006, participated together with 11 students. This session was followed by the Ph.D. forum. Altogether, around 60 participants were present at these two events. ASIS&T flyers were available on the registration desk and handed out to LIDA participants.

All ASIS&T sessions were open to all LIDA participants and provided an opportunity to address ASIS&T strategic goals regarding membership: to increase student and transitional memberships; to attract new academic, professional and institutional members; and to expand and strengthen programs and services at the local/regional level.

About the authors: 
Emil Levine, who is retired and living in Austria, has long been an active member of the ASIS&T European Chapter and a champion for ASIS&T in the international community. He can be reached at

Maja Krtalić is an assistant professor at the University of Osijek, Croatia. She can be reached at

ESC organizes Barcamp at AM in Copenhagen

The European Student Chapter invites you to a miniBARcamp during the ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Copenhagen.

October 15th, 2016, 5:30-8 pm

The aim is the bring students and senior reseachers together to share research backgrounds/own interests and get in touch with each other. The event aims at fostering and enabling opportunities for future collaboration and enhancing the visibility of ASIS&T in Copenhagen.

Special guest will be Tjaša Jug – she is the winner of the Movie Meets Science Contest 2016 –  will present her short video and talk about her experience during the contest.

For further information and registration visit the ESC website.

Chapter Meeting at LIDA Conference, Zadar, 13 June 2016

Dear Chapter members,

there will be a joint meeting of European Chapter and Asian Pacific Chapter of ASIS&T  during the LIDA Conference in Zadar:

  • When: Monday,  13 June 2016, 18:30-19:30
  • Where: Main Building – Aula Magna
  • Who: hosted by Emil Levine

Everybody who is there is welcomed to join the meeting.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • volunteers for later elections
  • presence and activities at ASIS&T AM in Copenhagen
  • general information on chapter activities

Please send any further items you wish Emil to introduce at the meeting via