Columbus, Ohio

The 8th SIG USE Research Symposium:
Future Directions: Information Behavior in Design & the Making of Relevant Research

Half Day Workshop, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, 1:30-6:00pm (separate fee)

Sponsors: SIG USE, with SIG-SI 

Deadline:  August 15, 2008

ASIS&T 2008’s conference theme, People Transforming Information – Information Transforming People, provides an important opportunity for the SIG USE symposium to offer guided reflection on the big questions around which information behavior researchers and practitioners can (or should) be making a difference. Our people-centered approach has enabled us to deepen our understanding of the ways in which people interact with information, information systems, and other people. Communicating these insights to researchers and practitioners in related areas of study and design, however, continues to pose a challenge for our community. Thus, the reflective moment to be offered by this year’s Symposium will be used to consider one particular challenge: communicating the significance of information behavour research to designers of products, systems and services.

The symposium consists of two keynote speeches and seminar discussions:

  1. Keith Instone, Information Architecture Leader, Keith will share some of the IA challenges he faces every day working on a large and distributed corporate web site. 

  2. Professor Mike Thelwall, Leader of the Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group, University of Wolverhampton, UK. Mike has developed tools for gathering and analysing web sites, blogs and social networking sites. 

Position Paper Submission for Attendees: Formal papers from attendees will not be expected; the Symposium will follow a seminar format focusing on participant discussion. Researchers and professionals interested in participating should submit a 1-page position paper (about 300 words) reflecting upon critical questions for information behavior research to the Symposium Organizers not later than August 15, 2008. Applicants are invited to reflect on the four questions that will frame the symposium and present ways that their research addresses them:

Experienced researchers may share information about their current research and insights from lessons learned through past projects, while those new to the field may describe their research or professional interests related to the Symposium themes. Position papers will be posted on the SIG USE website ( prior to the Symposium. Small discussion groups will be organized around symposium questions and themes emerging from position papers. Participants must register with ASIS&T at for the Symposium. Symposium participants are invited to attend a SIG SI/USE networking lunch during the time between the SIG SI and USE symposia. Cost: Pay-on-your-own. Further details to be announced later.

Keith Instone
, Information Architecture Leader,
Professor Mike Thelwall, Leader of the Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group, University of Wolverhampton, UK

Symposium Organizers
Yungrang Laura Cheng
, School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University, Columbus, Ohio. Email:
Ruth Vondracek, Research & Innovative Services, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. Email:
Theresa Anderson, Information and Knowledge Management Program, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney. Email:


Members $90, non-members $105, before Sept. 12, 2008
Members $105, non-members $120, after Sept. 12, 2008

Receive a $10 discount, if you take this SIG SI course and The 4th Social Informatics SIG Research Symposium: People, Information and Technology: The Social Analysis of Computing (8:30am-12:30pm)