From the Chair of SIG-STI


My name is Michael Luesebrink and I am the current chair of the special interest group (SIG) for Scientific and Technical Information (STI).  I am using this column as an opportunity to reach out to the members of STI as part of an initiative to encourage more members to learn about our SIG and to get involved!


Our SIG has a storied past, so to better understand the present state of STI, let’s take a glimpse of our history.   This group began when ASIS&T was called the American Documentation Institute, the original name of the association.  In 1966, the SIG STI was petitioned by F.K. Broome as “Biomedical and Chemical Information Systems” with a membership roster of 39 people.  In 1975, the name was changed to “Biological and Chemical Information Systems,” with the stated purpose of providing a “common ground for a discipline-oriented group of physical and life scientists to discuss or implement information activities.”


Here are a few highlights of last year’s SIG STI activities:

Annual ASIS&T conference in Seattle, November 2014, SIG STI sponsored

  • A panel discussion on 3D Technologies: New Tools for Information Scientists to Engage, Educate and Empower Communities. Led by our current treasurer and past chair, Moriana M. Garcia, the panel presented an exciting overview and real-world examples of the use of 3D technologies in the library and information science arena, primarily as tools for community engagement.
  • A second panel, entitled Curation and Policy Issues in Collaborative Data Research Management Communities: Perspectives from Key Stakeholders, featured three SIG STI members:  Hong Huang, past chair; Kristin Bogdan, Chair elect; and myself serving as moderator. The panel discussed the issues and trends associated with repository development, data curation and research data management services.


New Logo   

After a contest designed to entice graphic artists to find an image that represents scientific and technological spheres, our new SIG STI logo, created by library science student Mallory Thompson, is now in use on our SIG STI website. Congratulations to Mallory and thanks to all who made the new logo possible!



Membership Drive

Our present membership stands at 161 members – coming from a variety of academic, public, and corporate settings where science and technology are vital.  Traditionally, the SIGS recruit members at the annual ASIS&T conference.  While this is a good strategy, we are reaching out beyond this approach:

  • Add a memberships officer to the STI leadership team
  • Send a brief survey to the members for their ideas and input
  • Encourage all members to become involved – write for the blog, participate in webinars, attend conferences, listen in on monthly cabinet meetings.

Anyone interested in participating in STI, please do not hesitate to contact me at for more details.

Multi-SIG Collaboration & Conference Plans

In support of the SIG cabinet meeting desire to have SIGs collaborate, we are seeking ways to do work with another SIG or two on projects including webinars and conference presentations. The call for proposals for ASIS&T’s 2015 Annual Conference is fast approaching!  If you have a panel or other project on scientific and technical information for which you need SIG STI sponsorship, please do not hesitate to contact me.

The ASIS&T annual conference will be in St. Louis this year, home to the St Louis Science Center, one of the largest science museums in the country – and admission is free! Let’s get together an STI group tour.

STI Best Paper Award

If you published an article within the last two years that relates to scientific and technical information or a colleague has written what you think is a prize-winning article, then please consider applying for the STI Best Paper award. (Details to be announced shortly).  First prize is a $500 cash stipend that is earmarked towards your conference expenses next fall and will include a photo op with the STI cabinet in our newsletter.

Also in 2015, SIG STI will set up a task force to create a mission statement for STI, one that reflects our purpose and guides us forward in the future.  If you would like to be involved, but cannot attend conferences, this is a great way to participate.

So, in closing, let me say that if you have any questions, suggestions, or want to participate please contact me!   If you want to share news of a paper you published, or presented at a conference, or just want to start a discussion, be in touch –

All the best,


Michael Luesebrink, Chair

Scientific and Technical Information SIG

ASIS&T SIG/STI Sponsors a Best Paper Award

The special interest group (SIG), Scientific and Technical Information, is pleased to announce their annual Best Paper Award. This award is conferred upon a research article, which is acknowledged by our peers as the best paper in the library and information science literature that pertains to the subject of scientific and technical information.  The winner will receive a cash stipend of $500 that is earmarked for attending the 2015 ASIS&T annual conference, held this year November 6-10, in St. Louis Missouri.

Anyone interested in applying for this year’s STI Best Paper Award, please read the guidelines and instructions below. Please send your paper submissions to the Award Jury Chair: Professor Qin Jian ( Submission deadline for the award is July 31, 2015.


Rules for Applying for the SIG/STI Best Paper Award

1.      Nature of the award

Author or authors who win the STI best paper award will receive a cash stipend of $500, which is ear-marked for the awardee, or awardees, to attend the ASIS&T annual conference.  The award shall be announced by the Jury Chair by no later than one month prior to the start of the annual ASIS&T conference.

2.      Purpose of the award

The purpose of the SIG/STI award is to recognize the best paper in the library and information science literature that is devoted to the subject of Scientific and Technical Information. The paper is required to be published in the literature within the two previous calendar years. It must be published in either a peer reviewed journal or a conference proceeding.

3.      Eligibility criteria for the award

  • Peer reviewed paper or conference proceeding, must be published during the previous two calendar years.
  • At least one author must be a current member of ASIS&T.
  • At least one author must register for the ASIS&T annual conference and attend the SIG/ STI business meeting during the ASIS&T annual conference.
  • The subject of the paper must fall within the subject of Scientific and Technical Information.

4.      Administration of the award

The Paper Award is sponsored by SIG/STI.  It is administered by the SIG STI Awards Jury.

5.      Nominations for the award

Nominations for the Best Paper Award shall be submitted by email to the Award Jury Chair. The nomination must include: a full citation and a brief summary that justifies why the paper was nominated; a copy of the article should accompany the nomination.  An individual may nominate himself or herself.


6.      Selection of the Awardee

Jury members will gain access to the papers nominated for the award. Content of each eligible paper shall be appraised by the jury members.  Each paper will be assessed through an established set of criteria and can accrue a maximum number of 100 points. Each paper will be evaluated in terms of the following criteria:

  • Theoretical or conceptual framework relevant to the description of scientific and technical information systems and services.  (Maximum:  10 points)
  • Well defined problem statement, sound methodology and clearly documented references. (Maximum:  20 points)
  • Significance and implications of the research findings. (Maximum:  30 points)
  • Innovation and originality of research. (Maximum:  30 points)
  • Clarity of expression. (Maximum: 10 points)


7.      Presentation of Award

In recognition of winning the best paper award, the recipient, or recipients, will receive the $500 award, which will be presented at the yearly SIG/STI business meeting held during the annual ASIS&T conference.

8.      Publicity

The award shall be posted in the STI listserv, the STI web site, and STI social media site.  In addition, it shall also be posted by any chapter with which the winner is affiliated.

9.      Deadline

  • The Call for Submissions for the SIG STI Paper Award shall be published during the spring.
  • The Submission Deadline is July 31th.
  • The awardee will be notified approximately one month before the start of the ASIS&T annual meeting.


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SIG-STI at 77th ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Seattle, Nov 2014

Please mark your calendars to attend the following SIG-STI Events during the 77th ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Seattle. All Annual Meeting attendees are invited!

SIG-STI Business Meeting

Monday, November 3, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Madronna Room. Coffee and pastries will be served!


3D Technologies:  New Tools for Information Scientists to Engage, Educate and Empower Communities

Panel Session: Monday, November 3, 2014, 3:30 p.m.

  • Moriana M. Garcia
  • Kevin Messner
  • Richard J. Urban
  • Sam Tripodis
  • Megan E. Hancock
  • Tod Colegrove


Curation and Policy Issues in Collaborative Research Data Management Communities:  Perspectives from Key Stakeholders

Panel Session: Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 4:00 p.m.

  • Michael Luesebrink
  • Hong Huang
  • Kristin Bogdan
  • Dorothea Salo
  • Charles Thomas
  • Jevin West
  • Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson

Nomination Deadline Extended!

SIG-STI is calling for nominations/self-nominations for officers for the 2014-2015 term period. NEW DEADLINE:  Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Please see previous post for the description of these positions:

  • - Chair-elect
  • - Secretary /Treasurer
  • - Communications Officer
  • - Webmaster

We hope you will join us!