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

SIG USE Symposium: Collaborative Information Seeking and Sharing (10th Anniversary)

Half Day Afternoon Seminar, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, 1:30 - 6:00pm (separate fee)

This year, SIG USE is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and as part of the celebratory events, we are organizing a research symposium on Collaborative Information Seeking and Sharing. Members of the SIG USE community have expressed a growing interest in taking stock of our increasingly social and collaborative information environments, and assessing the models, theories and findings we are collecting in our field and how they can and should inform the design and delivery of collaborative information products and services. This symposium offers an opportunity for SIG USE, as well as other SIG members, to reflect on essential questions around information behavior research and practice in a collaborative context: What are the fundamental questions that we should be looking at in this line of research? How are we to move towards making greater impacts on organizations and designers? 

In an effort to consolidate research that has been undertaken by attendees, the 2009 SIG-USE Symposium will engage in reflection on where collaborative information behavior research is headed. Examining the transformative relationship between people and people, as well as people and information, is at the heart of information behavior research. Taking a people-centered focus to our inquiries, we have amassed understandings about the way people work with information, information systems and the people with whom they interact in the process of information seeking and sharing. 

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 the challenge of communicating the significance of USE research to designers of products, systems and services. 

This year’s symposium is also to be used as another opportunity to bring together researchers in two SIGs (SIG USE and SIG SI) to explore potential synergies between the research interests of the two communities. An afternoon session is requested so that the USE symposium can follow a networking lunch run jointly by SIG-USE and SIG-SI (who are running a morning symposium). 

Symposium Organizers

Nadia Caidi, University of Toronto, Canada
Soo Young Rieh, University of Michigan
Guillermo Oyarce, University of North Texas

Members $95, non-members $105, before Sept. 25, 2009
Members $105, non-members $115, after Sept. 25, 2009

Receive a $10 discount, if you take this SIG USE course and the 5th Annual SIG SI Social Informatics Workshop: People, Information, Technology: The Social Analysis of Computing in a Diverse and Pluralistic World (Sat. 8:30am-12:30pm).