Thriving on Diversity - Information Opportunities in a Pluralistic World
ASIS&T 2009 Annual Meeting
November 6-11, 2009, Vancouver, BC, Canada

2009 Annual Meeting Call for Papers

Deadline has been extended because of Inauguration Day and Martin Luther King Day holiday

NEW DEADLINES -- - AM 09 Submission Deadlines:

January 29, 2009 Proposals due for contributed papers, technical sessions/ panels, and Pre-conference sessions

HELP Review Proposals:

We will need reviewers for submissions. You are sincerely solicited to volunteer to review. A survey site has been adapted for this purpose and the URl is below. Reviewing will take place in late February and March.

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Call for Participation

We live in a culture where countries, organizations and individuals have never been so closely linked politically, economically and socially, linkages that are founded on rapid and efficient information transfer and access. Yet we also co-exist in a world that displays its rich cultural diversity and relies upon information sharing to reinforce its plurality. ASIS&T 2009 offers participants the opportunity to explore how information research and practice can promote global communication while maintaining diversity. 

Proposals for papers, posters and panels are invited across the broad spectrum of information science and technology. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Multilingual information systems 
  • Cross-language information retrieval 
  • Accessibility and cultural factors in system design 
  • Processing logographic, syllabic and alphabetic scripts in a digital environment 
  • Cross-border data flows 
  • Open access and cultural diversity 
  • Information literacy and challenges of harmony versus hegemony 
  • The role of international organizations in building on diversity 
  • Digital inclusion 
  • Social networking in a linguistically and culturally rich environment 
  • Information behavior in diverse contexts 
  • Knowledge management in diverse contexts
  • Information policy 


Contributed papers
Original, unpublished papers reporting on research projects, theoretical developments or innovative practical applications are invited. These papers should be reports of completed or well-developed projects on topics suitable for publication in scholarly and professional journals The maximum length for a paper is 10 pages, single-spaced (no smaller than 10-pt. font) and the paper must include title, author(s) and affiliation(s) plus a short, abstract, along with the full text. All submissions will be refereed, and accepted papers will be published in the digital conference proceedings.

Contributed posters
Two types of posters are encouraged: contributed research posters presenting new and promising work or preliminary results of research projects; and contributed “best practices” posters presenting the results of design projects, practical implementations of an organization’s practices or industry innovations. The content of the poster should clearly point out how the application contributes to innovation of thought or design within the field, and how it addresses key challenges, as well as the 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 proposal of approximately two pages (no smaller than 10-pt. font). They should include title, author(s) and affiliation(s), 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 proposals will be published in the digital conference proceedings. The presented posters should incorporate 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) with 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 ASIS&T Web site.


Deadline extended because of Inauguration and Martin Luther King Day holidays

NEW DEADLINES -- - AM 09 Submission Deadlines:

 January 29, 2009 Drafts of full papers due for contributed papers, and proposals for technical sessions/ panels, and pre-conference sessions 
 February 25, 2009 Proposals due for contributed posters
 April 10, 2009 Authors/proposers notified of acceptance 
 May 27, 2009 Final versions due for conference proceedings 

Individuals, ASIS&T 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 ASIS&T. ASIS&T SIG chairs are encouraged to help coordinate proposals from their members. All submissions are made electronically via a link from the ASIS&T Web site ( 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, 1320 Fenwick Lane, Suite 510, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Fax: 301-495-0810 Phone: 301-495-0900

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. 

Andrew Large, Conference Chair, McGill University
France Bouthillier, McGill University, Contributed papers Co-Chair 
Corinne Jorgensen, Florida State University, Contributed papers Co-Chair
KT Vaughan, University of North Carolina, Panels and Technical Session Co-Chair 
Pascal Calarco, University of Notre Dame, Panels and Technical Session Co-Chair
Heidi Julien, University of Alberta, Posters Co-Chair
Valerie Nesset, State University of New York at Buffalo, Posters Co-Chair
Karen Fisher, University of Washington
Grant Campbell, University of Western Ontario 
June Abbas, University of Oklahoma
Luanne Freund, University of British Columbia
Sandra Hirsh, Microsoft Corporation
Tao Jin, Louisiana State University