Chapters’ Presentation at iSchool Conference in Wuhan

Note from Virginia Ortiz-Repiso, EUChap Chair

Dear colleagues,

ASIS&T Chapters and SIGs are collaborating on an ASIS&T presentation at the iSchool conference in Wuhan, China (March 22-25th). The Asian Pacific, European, European Student and Taipei Chapters, along with SIG III will all discuss their programs and how their activities closely support the iSchool concept. In addition we will discuss the value of ASIS&T membership and it’s close correlation to professional success. A raffle will be held at the presentation with prizes being five free ASIS&T membership, and refreshments will be provided by the Asian Pacific Chapter. If you’re attending the conference in Wuhan, make sure to attend this exciting collaborative presentation. The presentation will be held on Friday March 24th from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm at the Southern Lake, fifth floor.

All the best,

Virginia

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