Milwaukee, WIASIS&T 2007 Annual Meeting
Joining Research and Practice:
Social Computing and Information Science

October 19-24, 2007  Milwaukee, Wisconsin

7th Annual Research Symposium of the Special Interest Group on Information Needs, Seeking and Use (SIG/USE)
Mobility and Social Networks in Information Behavior

Half Day Seminar, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007, 1:00pm-6:00pm (separate fee)

Searching WebMD, checking stock portfolios, meeting up through, chatting with friends on MySpace, playing online games, sharing photos, making plane reservations, paying bills and shopping are all information-intensive activities that can occur outside traditional locales due to mobile technologies. Beyond employing hi-tech tools, mobility can also involve one's social networks – the people with whom one is connected and shares information and other resources. The 2007 SIG/USE Symposium will engage in the discussion of mobility and social networks as increasingly salient and important aspects of information behavior (IB) in an effort to consolidate research approaches in these areas.

The symposium will begin with keynote presentations by Marc Smith, senior Researcher, Microsoft Research, and Caroline Haythornthwaite, associate professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Symposium participants will discuss key studies and current research and identify strengths and limitations for understanding how mobility and social network factors influence IB. The symposium will feature a seminar format focusing on participant discussion.

Prior to the meeting, the participants’ position papers will be posted on the SIG/USE website – – and will be used to organize small-group discussions.


Theresa Anderson, University of Technology, Sydney (
Sanda Erdelez, University of Missouri-Columbia (
Karen E. Fisher, University of Washington (


Members $80, non-members $95, before Sept. 14
Members $90, non-members $105, after Sept. 14