ASIS&T 2006 Annual Meeting

SIG USE 6th Annual Research Symposium at ASIS&T 2006:  Information Realities:
Exploring Affective and Emotional Aspects in Information Seeking and Use

Sponsored, in part, by Information Today and Microsoft Research.
Half Day Seminar, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, 1-6pm (separate fee)

Over the past 25 years, information scientists have explored situated information needs, seeking and use in order to gain a fuller understanding of human information behavior (HIB). These explorations have revealed the vital role of emotions and affect in information behavior. The development of new information systems and services, as well as theoretical and empirical investigations, must take into account emotional and affective factors. In an effort to develop a holistic approach to the user-centered paradigm, the 2006 SIG-USE Symposium will engage in the discussion of this increasingly salient and important aspect of information behavior.

The symposium will begin with introductory presentations:
The Influence of Affect in Information Seeking and Use: Considerations for Research and Practice.

Carol Collier Kuhlthau
Professor II Emerita, Library and Information Science and Director, Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL)
Rutgers University

The Affective Revolution and Information Behavior Research

Diane Nahl
Professor and Chair, Library and Information Science Program, Information and Computer Sciences Department
University of Hawaii

Under the leadership of researchers and practitioners who focus on emotional and affective issues in their work, participants will discuss key studies and identify strengths and limitations for understanding how emotional and affective factors influence information behavior. In addition, participants may discuss their own information behavior grounded in data they collect and analyze prior to the conference. Participants to the symposium may voluntarily choose to keep an information behavior journal for two weeks that documents their own seeking and use practices, focusing on the emotional components of those practices. Through this process, participants will gain a deeper understanding of different research and methodological approaches to these issues. 

To apply to the Symposium, experienced researchers and practitioners submit proposals. Examples of potential research areas include: 

Affective components of the information seeking, information sharing, or information encountering processes 
Affective needs of searchers
Methodological approaches to the study of affect
Emotional design issues
Value-sensitive systems
Affective issues in specific populations

The Symposium will follow a seminar format focusing on participant discussion. Synopses will be posted on the SIG USE website ( prior to the meeting and will be used to organize small-group discussions. 

SIG USE Symposium 2006 Discussion 2006 Discussion Session Clusters


Group 1:  Theoretical Issues
Group 2:  Special Populations A
Group 3:  Technology Applications & Design A
Group 4:  Work-related


Group 1:  Heath
Group 2:  Web Behavior
Group 3:  Youth
Group 4:  Special Populations B
Group 5:  Technology Applications & Design B

Symposium Organizers:

Diane Nahl, Information & Computer Sciences Department, Chair, Library and Information Science Program, University of Hawaii (
Dania Bilal, School of Information Sciences, College of Communication and Information, University of Tennessee ( 
Eric Meyers, The Information School, University of Washington (
Crystal Fulton, School of Information and Library Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland (
Ruth Vondracek, University Libraries, Oregon State University (
Laura Cheng, School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University (

Carol C. Kuhlthau is Professor II Emerita of the Library and Information Science Department and Director of the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers University. Known for her research into the user's perspective of the information search process, she has written numerous papers, articles, and books including Seeking Meaning: A Process Approach to Library and Information Services. Her Information Search Process (ISP) model was the first to incorporate the affective components of information seeking. She is a frequent presenter on information literacy and topics related to her research. Among her many honors and awards are the American Library Association Jesse Shera Research Award, the AASL Distinguished Service Award, and Library and Information Technology Association Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology.

Diane Nahl is a Professor at the University of Hawaii, Information and Computer Sciences Department, and Chair of the Library and Information Science Program. She holds a BA in Psychology, an MLS and a PhD in Communication and Information Sciences from the University of Hawaii. She is co-editor of the upcoming SIG USE book Information and Emotions and her integrated ACS (Affective, Cognitive, Sensorimotor) information behavior model has been used to design information literacy curricula. Her 20-year research program has focused on affective issues in information seeking encompassing information behavior, information problem solving, human-system interaction, information technology literacy, and affective and cognitive information processing.


Members $80, non-members $90, before Sept. 22
Members $90, non-members $105, after Sept. 22
This workshop does not qualify for a $75 discount