Results from EUChap Panel at AM 2016

For the panel “Tomato tomahto: European perspectives on information science” at the AM2016 organized by our chapter member Julian Isabella gathered and condensed information on how EUChap members  perceive the concept ‘information science’ from their particular point of view and specific background. The descriptions and definitions were categorized and major as well as outstanding viewpoints have been presented during the panel. With the help of 12 members Isabella could build a map of concepts related to ‘information science’ that also provided a ‘visual’ starting point for discussion among panelists and the audience.

Panel slides.

ASIS&T President Lynn Silipigni Connaway Participated in Two Events in Italy

This post was submitted by Anna Maria Tammaro, PhD

Post from asis.org.

ASIS&T President Lynn Silipigni Connaway participated at two events this past October in Italy, introducing ASIS&T to Italian professionals, students and scholars. This was the first time ASIS&T has presented in Italy — the relevance of these events is high, considering that in Italy, Information Science is misunderstood as Computer Science and that there is still confusion about Documentation, Library Science and Information Science.

On Friday, October 21 the DILL International Master Consortia organized the DILL Master’s Student Research Colloquium in Parma University at the Department of Information Engineering. Panel experts included Graham Walton (UK), Ursula Georgy (Germany), Elena Corradini (IT) and DILL professors and was chaired by Lynn Silipigni Connaway. Ms. Connaway introduced the audience to ASIS&T;s networking history, activities and trends; stressing the importance of research as a professional career.

The DILL master’s students had the opportunity to give a lightning talk style presentation on their research projects. There was also the opportunity to network with colleagues, ask questions to the Panel, and discuss their research projects in an open environment.

On Monday October 24, ASIS&T collaborated with DILL International Master Consortia, AIUCD (Italian Digital Humanities branch of the European EADH) and OCLC Research to organize a Workshop entitled “Digital Humanities, Digital Library and Information Science: what relationship?” in Florence at the Biblioteca Umanistica University of Florence. The aim of the Workshop was to engage digital humanities scholars and digital library professionals and researchers in a conversation about Information Science and the research done by the two communities. The objectives of the Workshop were to build a bridge between Digital Humanities and Digital Libraries communities, outlining areas of synergies and possible cooperation.

Ms. Connaway, as keynote of the Workshop, introduced ASIS&T to the 50 participants and described the initial results of research being conducted on digital technology’s impact on scholars and librarians.

Participating Speakers were:

  • Maurizio Lana  University of Piemonte Orientale, creator of digilibLT project and chair of the ADHO Multilinguality Multiculturality Standing Committee.
  • Enrica Salvatori, University of Pisa, Assistant Professor of History, and Archaeological Informatics.
  • Maria Simi. Associate Professor. President of the study programmes in Digital Humanities; Member of the Digital Culture laboratory
  • Gianmaria Silvello is Assistant professor at Department of Information Engineering of the University of Padova
  • Paolo Sirito of Catholic University of the Sacred Heart , Milano. Library Department
  • Liliana Gregori of Catholic University of the Sacred Heart  Library Department,
  • Gabriele Lunati Amministratore delegato  IFNET-OCLC
  • Titia van der Werf is a Senior Program Officer in OCLC Research based in OCLC’s Leiden office. Titia coordinates OCLC Research

As a first result of the Workshop, an interesting conversation started about the gap between Digital Humanities scholars and Digital Libraries. The gap was evidenced on:

  • Weakness of network among staff, librarians, and faculty
  • Lack of shared vocabulary for describing research questions
  • Different teaching philosophies and strategies

After the Workshop, there is the intention to continue the conversation about the following key questions:

  • What kind of partnership (bridge) between staff, librarians, faculty is needed? What collaboration is desiderable?
  • What are the education and training needs of staff, librarians, faculty? Research has to  be done
  • Is Information Science the common discipline?

The conversation continues in Italian in the AIUCD Blog: http://infouma.hypotheses.org

It is also vital to continue the discussion at the international level; and could be very helpful in continuing the collaboration with ASIS&T to bridge the evidenced gap.

Post submitted by Anna Maria Tammaro, PhD,

Chair IFLA Library Theory and Research Section

Presidente Comitato Scientifico UNIPR CoLab

Università di Parma, Italy

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

9:30am-16:00pm

 

Program

9:30

Introduction and Welcome

Anna Maria Tammaro (International Master DILL Digital Library Learning)

9:45-10:30

Opening Keynote

Lynn Silipigni Connaway

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

10:30-12:30

OVERVIEW OF RESEARCH IN DIGITAL HUMANITIES AND DIGITAL LIBRARIES

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)

12:30-13:00

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

13:00-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-15:00

OVERVIEW OF OCLC RESEARCH

Gabriele Lunati (IFNet-OCLC)

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

15:00-16:00

Discussion “Planning the next steps”

Conclusion

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.

EDITOR’S SUMMARY
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 emil.levine@a1.net.

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

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.

ESC Webinar – How to write successful journal manuscripts and convince the reviewer

The European Student Chapter (ESC) invites you to its next webinar on:

How to write successful journal manuscripts and convince the reviewer

The webinar is now online

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Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. CEST (UTC 3:00 pm)

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Experienced reviewers and editors from information science and related fields will answer your questions and give you advice on how to improve your journal submissions and increase your manuscript’s chance to be published.

We are happy to announce that Prof. Dr. Dirk Lewandowski (Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany), Prof. Dr. Loet Leydesdorff (Amsterdam School of Communications Research at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands) & Prof. Dr. Isabella Peters (ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics & Kiel University, Germany) will speak about their experiences from the reviewers point of view and hand out advice on writing better journal manuscripts.

Do you already have some questions in mind that you always wanted to ask your journal manuscripts reviewers? Then don’t hesitate to send them to s.hartmann@hhu.de or agnes.mainka@hhu.de until May 31, 2016. So we can make sure that the most relevant questions will definitely be answered by the speakers. The webinar is open and free to all. To join the webinar on June 15, 2016 please visit the following website https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/escwebinar_jun2016/ and enter your full name.

All information is also available on our website http://www.asis.org/Chapters/Student/esc.

About the Speakers:

Prof. Dr. Dirk Lewandowski

Dirk Lewandowski is a Professor of Information Research & Information Retrieval at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany. He studied library science at the School of Library Science in Stuttgart, as well as philosophy, information science, and media studies at Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. His research interests are in Web Information Retrieval, search engine user behavior as well as the role that search engines play in the society. He authored and edited several books on that topic and is the editor of Aslib Journal of Information Management (formerly: Aslib Proceedings), an ISI-ranked information science journal. Furthermore he is an associate editor of Online Information Review and serves frequently as a reviewer for various journals.

Prof. Dr. Loet Leydesdorff

Loet Leydesdorff is a Professor in the Dynamics of Scientific Communication and Technological Innovation at the Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR) of the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology, a M.A. in Philosophy, and a M.Sc. in Biochemistry. His research interests are in the fields of systems theory, social network analysis, scientometrics, and the sociology of innovation. He has published extensively in these topics and also authored several books on theory and methods for understanding the dynamics of knowledge-based development. In addition, he is on the editorial boards of several journals since 1987, e.g. Scientometrics, Social Science Information, Cybermetrics, Journal of Informetrics, International Journal of Applied Systemic Studies, and received the Derek de Solla Price Award for scientometrics in 2003. Since 2006 he has been Honorary Research Fellow at the Virtual Knowledge Studio of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and since 2007 Honorary Fellow of SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research of the University of Sussex.

Prof. Dr. Isabella Peters

Isabella Peters is a Professor of Web Science at the ZBW (German National Library of Economics) Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and Kiel University, Germany. She studied German Linguistics, German Literature, and Information Science at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. In her research she studies social media and Web 2.0 (with focus on user generated content), Science 2.0, scholarly communication on the social web, altmetrics, knowledge management and information retrieval. She reviews for a couple of international journals and conferences, e.g. PloS One, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Aslib Proceedings, Webology, Social Information Research, International Symposium of Information Science, Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology. Furthermore she is on the editorial board of the international peer-reviewed journal Webology.

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: http://ozk.unizd.hr/lida/

  • 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 emil.levine@a1.net.

ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Copenhagen – CfP

CfP – Pdf

2016 Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Copenhagen, Denmark | Oct. 14-18, 2016

https://www.asist.org/events/annual-meeting/annual-meeting-2016/\

Creating Knowledge, Enhancing Lives through Information & Technology
Information science and technology shape, and are shaped by, decisions, practices and policies that impact people, groups, organizations, governments and societies throughout the world.  The Annual Meeting (AM) of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) is a premier, peer-reviewed international conference that gathers scholars and practitioners from around the globe to share research, innovations, and insights regarding how information and technology mediate the creation and use of knowledge within and across cultures and enhance lives.  Paper, poster, panel and workshop submissions that focus on the production, discovery, recording, storage, representation, retrieval, presentation, manipulation, dissemination, use, and evaluation of information and on the tools and techniques associated with these processes are welcome.
The conference embraces plurality in methods and theories, and encompasses research and development from a broad spectrum of domains, as encapsulated in ASIS&T’s many special interest groups (SIGs).
Important Dates: (all deadlines are midnight, Greenwich Mean Time)

Papers
Submission of papers due: 17 April 2016
Notification regarding submitted papers:  23 May 2016
Submission of “revise & re-submit” papers due:  3 June 2016
Notification regarding “revise & re-submit” papers:  23 June 2016
Camera-ready accepted papers due:  25 July 2016

Panels and Workshops
Submission of panels and workshop proposals due:  3 May 2016
Notifications regarding submitted panels and workshops:  15 June 2016
Camera-ready accepted panels and workshop descriptions are due:  25 July 2016

Posters
Submission of posters due: 24 June 2016
Notifications regarding submitted posters: 30 July 2016
Camera-ready accepted posters are due: 10 August 2016
Submission site: https://www.conftool.pro/asist2016/
Final versions of accepted workshops and tutorials must be formatted according to guidelines provided at: https://www.asist.org/files/meetings/am16/AM16-Template-proceedings.pdf

ISIC: The Information Behaviour Conference

University of Zadar, Croatia, 20-23 September, 2016

CfP – Pdf

The field of human information behaviour and practice is multidisciplinary in scope: researchers from information science, information management, management science, psychology, social psychology, sociology, information systems, computer science, and other disciplines contributing to this field of investigation.

ISIC: the Information Behaviour Conference intends to reflect this interdisciplinary character through attracting papers from researchers in all of these areas. The unifying characteristic, which we see as essential in developing a programme is the relationship between the needs or requirements of the information user, the means for the satisfaction of those needs and the uses to which those means are put in practice by organizations or disciplines.  Thus, papers that deal solely with technological aspects of system design, for example, will not be appropriate for the conference.

Themes of the conference include the following:

  1. Theories and models of information behaviour and information practice, including conceptualizations of the cognitive, affective, social and situational aspects of information needs, seeking, searching, use and sharing.
  2. Research approaches and methodologies, both interpretative and positivist, employing either qualitative or quantitative methods.
  3. Information behaviour and information practices in specific contexts:  e.g., in different sectors and organisations (health care, education, business, industry, the public services and government, the emergency services); in everyday life, and in virtual social networks (including social media, gaming and virtual worlds as arenas for information exchange).
  4. Collaborative information practices: communities, boundary spanning and innovation practices.
  5. Information use and value: the nature of information and how information is used to help solve problems, aid or support decision making
  6. Information behaviour and analytics (social media and enterprise analytics).
  7. Organizational structures and processes and information behaviour and practices.
  8.  The role of information in building and enhancing the adaptive capacity of organisations: strategy and information absorption, transformation and integration.
  9. The mediation of information behaviour: how human or software agents can respond to information needs.
  10.  The design of information delivery systems to meet information needs generally, or in organizational or disciplinary contexts, including social media and Web 2.0 developments such as blogs, wikis, e-learning platforms and open access information resources.
  11. The communication of information to users: relationship between communication theory and information behaviour, including, for example, the relationship of information architectures to information seeking behaviour and the design of information products based on sound communication principles.
  12.  Crossdisciplinary contributions: integrating studies on information seeking and interactive retrieval; integrating information science, management science and information systems.

For the 2016 Conference we shall be particularly interested in papers in any areas that address the connection between information research and information behaviour and practices. Also, analytical, rather than descriptive investigations, will be sought, with strong connections to previous work and to theoretical or conceptual frameworks.

 

Important Dates

Workshop proposals

  • Deadline for suggestions for workshops is extended to: February 15, 2016
  • Notification of Workshop proposal acceptance: February 29, 2016

Full and Short Papers and Posters

  • Deadline for submissions of Full and Short Papers and Posters is extended to: March 20, 2016
  • Notification of Full and Short Paper and Poster acceptance: April 30, 2016
  • Deadline for revised manuscripts (Full and Short Papers): May 31, 2016
  • Notification of Full and Short Paper and Poster final acceptance: June 15, 2016

Doctoral Workshop

  • Submission for Doctoral Workshop attendance: March 10, 2016
  • Notification of Doctoral Workshop acceptance : April 17, 2016
  • Deadline for final modified submission for Doctoral Workshop: June 20, 2016
  • Doctoral Workshop: September 20, 2016

Registration

  • Early bird Registration ends: July 15, 2016
  • Late Registration ends: August 20, 2016
  • Conference main programme: September 21-23, 2016

 

Paper Format

 Full papers

The maximum length of a full paper is 5 500 words (excluding the list of references). Full paper submissions must describe original and unpublished work.The full paper should be prepared by following the author guidelines (http://isic2016.com/?page_id=277)

 Short papers

ISIC 2016 also solicits short papers. Similar to full papers, short paper submissions must describe original and unpublished work. Please note that a short paper is not a shortened long paper. Instead short papers should have a point that can be made in a few pages. Characteristics of short papers include:

  • A small, focused contribution
  • Work in progress

The maximum length of a short paper is 2 000 words (excluding the list of references). The short paper should be prepared by following the author guidelines (http://isic2016.com/?page_id=277)

Poster presentation

Posters provide an opportunity for an informal presentation featuring “give and take” with conference attendees. Presenting a poster is also a good way in which to discuss and receive feedback on a work in progress that has not been fully developed into a paper. The topic of a poster presentation is not limited. However, the topic should be relevant to the themes of the conference specified above.

Poster presentations at ISIC2016 will be competitive and if your proposal is accepted, your poster will be displayed in a poster session during the conference. You will be expected to present your poster at that time. At least one author for each accepted poster must register for and attend the conference.

The format for the Poster proposal should follow the guidelines:

(http://isic2016.com/?page_id=277 )

Workshop

We invite proposals for Workshops to be held at the ISIC 2016 Conference. All proposals should be submitted by e-mail to the ISIC2016 Conference Organisation Office (isic2016@unizd.hr ) as a .pdf document, no later than February 15, 2016. Please follow the guidelines for Workshop proposals (http://isic2016.com/?page_id=812)

 

Paper presentation

Paper presentation format in the conference includes 30 minutes for full papers and 20 minutes for short papers.

 Doctoral Workshop

We also invite doctoral students to submit an application for participation in the Doctoral Workshop held in conjunction with the Conference on Tuesday, 20 September 2016.

Please follow the guidelines for Doctoral Workshop Submission

(http://isic2016.com/?page_id=859)

Conference proceedings

Full and short papers presented in the conference will be considered for publication in Information Research –   a peer-reviewed international electronic journal (http://www.informationr.net/ir/)