2008 Annual Meeting Call for Papers

People Transforming Information - Information Transforming People
October 24-29, 2008, Columbus, Ohio

Call for Participation

A great deal of attention has been paid to the rapid growth of the internet, proliferation of information - especially born-digital content, and the development of technologies in response to these trends. Viewing this changing landscape through a lens of the human and social condition would lead to better understanding how human needs drive, are served by and change information and technology. We anticipate an exploration of the human condition from the individual to society as a whole.

ASIS&T 2008 will focus on how people transform information as well as how information transforms people. Submissions by researchers and practitioners are solicited on a wide range of human-centered approaches to topics including but not limited to the following: 

  • Individual identities and how they are transformed by the impact of information technologies
  • The societal archive – is it disappearing and/or being marginalized?
  • Societal attentions and how emphasis on information technology either allows or hinders these
  • Openness, access and privacy issues
  • Generational, economic, and socio-cultural dimensions of impact of information on people’s lives
  • Cognitive and emotional aspects of interactions with information
  • Reshaping the boundary between personal and public information space
  • The effect of collective information creation on authority and trust
  • Information by the people for the people
  • The role of information in connecting people and community building
  • How well is current technology meeting human needs, and what should future technology research and development involve to better meet our needs?

Contributed papers
The submission of original, recent, formally conducted research and projects, theoretical developments, or innovative practical applications providing greater insight into the aforementioned topics is encouraged. These papers are generally reports of completed or well-developed projects on topics suitable for publication in scholarly and professional journals. Contributed papers may be grouped by topic for presentation in contributed paper sessions, suggested for poster or special sessions, or integrated with technical or panel sessions. Submissions must be a maximum length of 10 pages single-spaced (no smaller than 10-pt. font) and include title, author(s) and affiliation(s), abstract, and full text. Accepted papers will be published in the digital conference proceedings.



Contributed posters/short papers
Two types of posters/short papers are encouraged. Contributed research posters present new and promising work or preliminary results of research projects. Contributed “best practices” posters present the results of design projects, practical implementations of an organization’s practices or industry innovations. The content should clearly point out how the application contributes to innovation of thought or design within the field, how it addresses key challenges, as well as potential impact on the participant’s organization and/or practices in the field. Especially welcome are submissions that discuss applications for which a market analysis and/or evaluation of utility has been conducted. Joint submissions from researchers and practitioners showing different perspectives on a single issue are particularly encouraged. Posters are expected to invite questions and discussion in a personal and less formal setting. Submissions for refereeing should be in the form of a short paper, approximately two pages (no smaller than 10-pt. font). They should include title, author(s) and affiliations, as well as the text of the paper and references to substantive supporting materials that will aid reviewers in determining suitability for the conference. The final version of these short papers will be published in the digital conference proceedings. During the conference, presenters are expected to display their work as a poster, incorporating text and illustrations as appropriate. Digital versions of the posters may be included in the conference proceedings at the author’s request. 


Technical sessions and panels
Technical sessions and panels present topics for discussion such as cutting-edge research and design, analyses of emerging trends, opinions on controversial issues, reports by practitioners on current information science and technology projects, and contrasting viewpoints from experts in complementary professional areas. Innovative formats that involve audience participation are encouraged. These may include panels, debates, forums, or case studies. Submissions should be in the form of a short paper (approximately two pages, no smaller than 10-pt. font), providing an overview of the issues, projects, or viewpoints to be discussed by the panel. Submissions must include title, sponsor(s), and names and affiliations of all participants (moderator, speakers, reactors, etc.). The final versions of these submissions will be published in the digital conference proceedings. Additional materials, e.g., Powerpoint slides or short papers by individual presenters, will be published in the digital conference proceedings at the author’s request.



Pre-conference sessions
Pre-conference sessions present topics such as theoretical research, management strategies, and new and innovative systems or products, typically for purposes of concept development or continuing education. Purely promotional programs are excluded. Formats may include seminars, courses, workshops, and symposia. Sessions are scheduled for half to a full day and require a registration fee beyond the regular conference fee. Submissions must include title; sponsor(s) and/or speaker(s) affiliations; duration (half or full day); intended audience and audience size (maximum); difficulty level (intro to advanced); and a description of approximately two pages (no smaller than 10-pt. font), including abstract, objectives, and brief speaker bio(s). Accepted descriptions will be posted on the ASIST Web site.




Jan. 25, 2008 Proposals due for contributed papers, technical sessions panels, and pre-conferences
Feb. 25, 2008 Proposals due for contributed posters/short papers
March 31, 2008 Authors/proposers notified of acceptance
May 27, 2008 Final versions due for conference proceedings

Individuals, ASIST special interest groups (SIGs), or institutions may make any type of submission. Proposers are welcomed from any academic, nonprofit, corporate, or government area in any part of the world. Proposers need not be members of ASIST. ASIST SIG chairs are encouraged to help coordinate proposals from their members. All submissions are made electronically via a link from the ASIST Web site (http://www.asis.org). Details on acceptable file formats, citation style, and specific contact information required in the online submission form are on the Web page. Any problems with electronic submissions should be directed to:

Richard Hill, Executive Director 
ASIS&T, 8555 16th Street, Suite 850, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Fax: 301-495-0810  |  Phone: 301-495-0900  |  rhill@asis.org

Refereeing procedures
All types of submissions will be reviewed by at least two referees. Notices of acceptance or rejection will contain constructive comments from referees. In the interests of achieving breadth and balance in the conference program and dealing with time and space constraints, the committee may suggest changing the type of submission (e.g., turning a paper into a poster) or merging or altering session titles and topics.

2008 Annual Meeting Logo2008 Conference Committee 

Dr. José-Marie Griffiths, Chair
Mike Brown
Rachael Clemens
Dr. Brenda Dervin
Devan Donaldson
Carolyn Hank
Dr. Samantha Hastings
Margie Hlava
Dr. Diane Neal
Andreas Orphanides 
Julia Kampov-Polevoi
Dr. Soo Young Rieh
Dr. Mark Rosso
Dr. Deborah Swain