SIG-STI Officers – Call for Nominations

SIG-STI is calling for nominations/self-nominations for officers for the 2015-2016 term period. Deadline: Monday, September 1, 2015.

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

Chair-elect (2 year commitment)
The Chair-elect, who automatically becomes Chair in the following year, works closely with the Chair in planning and executing SIG programs and serves as the Alternate SIG Cabinet Representative. The Chair-elect will assume the duties and responsibilities of the Chair in the event of the Chair’s absence, resignation or removal from office. In most ASIS&T SIGs, the Chair-elect assumes the primary responsibility for planning the SIG’s programs during the year, including the technical sessions to be presented at the following Annual Meeting. The Chair-elect is also responsible for ensuring that the officers’ roster for the year he/she will serve as Chair is sent to the Cabinet Director and Headquarters immediately following elections.

Secretary/Treasurer (1 year commitment)
These positions are not required by the standard rules and are indicated in the individual operating rules of each SIG. In most SIGs, Secretary/Treasurer is a combined position elected for a one- or two-year term. As a general rule, the Secretary/Treasurer keeps records of all meetings and correspondence to members and assists in making logistical arrangements for SIG meetings and activities. Secretary/Treasurer must also be aware of Society policies regarding SIG finances and expenses, as this officer, in cooperation with the Chair, prepares and submits the SIG’s budget and receives/reviews the SIG’s financial statements.

Communications Officer (1 year commitment)
The Communications Officer carries out one of the most important functions of the SIG -
communicating with members. This officer should be in regular contact with the membership to solicit information for the newsletter, listserv, blog, wiki, Facebook page, or whatever regular communication channel(s) are used by the SIG. The Communications Officer should not only be familiar with the subject area but should also understand the procedures and mechanisms of producing and distributing the newsletter using ASIS&T-owned/sanctioned channels with the assistance of Headquarters. The Communications Officer may delegate some responsibilities to other volunteers, who will constitute the Communications Committee.

Webmaster (1 year commitment)
The Webmaster is responsible for managing the SIG’s website (http://www.asis.org/SIG/SIGSTI/wordpress/). This officer should update the site content, create pages, and post announcements as requested by the SIG Committee. Other responsibilities might include the proposal and implementation of new website features, and the management of social media tools in collaboration with the Communications Officer.

Current SIG-STI members (including students) are eligible to nominate, vote for, or serve office. Current officers are eligible to run for re-election in their current positions or in any other open positions.

Please send nominations, including self-nominations, to Michael Luesebrink at mluesebrink@fsu.edu by September 1, 2015 and provide the name, professional title, organization, and email address of the candidate along with the title of the SIG-STI office for which the candidate is being nominated.

Candidates will be announced and elected during the SIG-STI Business Meeting that will be held during the 78th ASIS&T Annual Meeting. Candidates are encouraged to attend.

Consider applying, and help us keep SIG-STI an active group.

From the Chair of SIG-STI

Hello!

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!

History

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.”

CURRENT 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!

 

FUTURE PLANS AND GOALS

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 mluesebrink@fsu.edu 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

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 (jqin@syr.edu). 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.

 

Updated 20150203 M.Luesebrink

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!

SIG-STI Officers – Call for Nominations

SIG-STI is calling for nominations/self-nominations for officers for the 2014-2015 term period. Deadline:  Monday, September 1, 2014.

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

Chair-elect (2 year commitment)
The Chair-elect, who automatically becomes Chair in the following year, works closely with the Chair in planning and executing SIG programs and serves as the Alternate SIG Cabinet Representative.  The Chair-elect will assume the duties and responsibilities of the Chair in the event of the Chair’s absence, resignation or removal from office.  In most ASIS&T SIGs, the Chair-elect assumes the primary responsibility for planning the SIG’s programs during the year, including the technical sessions to be presented at the following Annual Meeting. The Chair-elect is also responsible for ensuring that the officers’ roster for the year he/she will serve as Chair is sent to the Cabinet Director and Headquarters immediately following elections.

Secretary/Treasurer (1 year commitment)
These positions are not required by the standard rules and are indicated in the individual operating rules of each SIG.  In most SIGs, Secretary/Treasurer is a combined position elected for a one- or two-year term.  As a general rule, the Secretary/Treasurer keeps records of all meetings and correspondence to members and assists in making logistical arrangements for SIG meetings and activities. Secretary/Treasurer must also be aware of Society policies regarding SIG finances and expenses, as this officer, in cooperation with the Chair, prepares and submits the SIG’s budget and receives/reviews the SIG’s financial statements.

Communications Officer (1 year commitment)
The Communications Officer carries out one of the most important functions of the SIG -
communicating with members.  This officer should be in regular contact with the membership to solicit information for the newsletter, listserv, blog, wiki, Facebook page, or whatever regular communication channel(s) are used by the SIG.  The Communications Officer should not only be familiar with the subject area but should also understand the procedures and mechanisms of producing and distributing the newsletter using ASIS&T-owned/sanctioned channels with the assistance of Headquarters.  The Communications Officer may delegate some responsibilities to other volunteers, who will constitute the Communications Committee.

Webmaster (1 year commitment)
The Webmaster is responsible for managing the SIG’s website (http://www.asis.org/SIG/SIGSTI/wordpress/). This officer should update the site content, create pages, and post announcements as requested by the SIG Committee. Other responsibilities might include the proposal and implementation of new website features, and the management of social media tools in collaboration with the Communications Officer.

Current SIG-STI members (including students) are eligible to nominate, vote for, or serve office. Current officers are eligible to run for re-election in their current positions or in any other open positions.

Please send nominations, including self-nominations, to Hong Huang at honghuang@usf.edu by September 1, 2014 and provide the name, professional title, organization, and email address of the candidate along with the title of the SIG-STI office for which the candidate is being nominated.

Candidates will be announced and elected during the SIG-STI Business Meeting that will be held on Monday, November 3, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. during the 77th ASIS&T Annual Meeting. Candidates are encouraged to attend.

Consider applying, and help us turn SIG-STI into a new and vibrant organization.

Call for Proposals – ASIS&T 2014

Connecting Collections, Cultures, and Communities

77th ASIST Annual Meeting
October 31 – November 4, 2014
Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Seattle, WA

http://www.asis.org/asist2014/

The Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science and Technology is the premier international conference dedicated to the study of information, people, and technology in contemporary society. The ASIST AM gathers leading scholars and practitioners from around the globe to share innovations, ideas, research, and insights into the state and future of information and communication in play, work, governance, and society.

ASIST AM has an established record for pushing the boundaries of information studies, exploring core concepts and ideas, and creating new technological and conceptual configurations — all situated in interdisciplinary discourses.

The conference welcomes contributions from all areas of information science and technology.  The conference celebrates plurality in methods, theories and conceptual frameworks and has historically presented research and development from a broad spectrum of domains, as encapsulated in ASIST’s many special interest groups: Arts & Humanities; Bioinformatics; Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts; Classification Research; Critical Issues; Digital Libraries; Education for Information Science; Health Informatics; History & Foundations of Information Science; Human Computer Interaction; Information Architecture; Information Needs, Seeking and Use; Information Policy; International Information Issues; Knowledge Management; Library Technologies; Management; Metrics; Scientific & Technical Information; Social Informatics; and Visualization, Images & Sound.

Important Dates

Papers, Panels, and Workshops:
Submissions: April 30th
Notifications: June 11th
Final copies: July 15th

Posters:
Submissions: July 1th
Notifications: July 30th
Final copies: August 20th

(All deadlines: midnight, Hawaii Standard Time)

ASIS&T SIG-STI Annual Planning Meeting in Montreal – Nov 4th, 8 am

Our planning meeting will be on Monday Nov 4th, 8-9 am in Salon 4 (Room 1) at Le Centre Sheraton hotel in Montreal, Canada. Coffee and pastries available.

We hope you can join us. Your participation is needed to help SIG-STI serve its members.

Some of the highlights of the agenda will be the selection of our new logo, and the decision over the criteria for selection in our new Student Award for 2014. Ideas for panel/workshop presentations during ASIS&T 2014 will be discussed as well.

In addition, we are still accepting nominations for Officers for the 2013-2014 period. If you want to contribute directly to our progress, you still have time to join the Board. Elections will occur during the planning meeting.

Looking forward to seeing you in Montreal.

SIG-STI Board

Help us become memorable: Participate in the logo contest for SIG-STI

We announce a competition for the logo design of SIG-STI. The contest will give participants the opportunity to have their design represent the group to the larger information science community, while due credit will be given to the winner creator/designer in our website. In addition, the winner entry will receive an Amazon Gift Card (value: $150 US dollars).

By participating in the contest, creators/designers agree to comply with the official rules and guidelines.

- The logo should relate to scientific and technical information, reflecting the focus of SIG-STI (additional background on the group in our About page).

- The logo should be simple and recognizable, work both in color and black and white, and incorporate the acronym SIG STI in the design. It should be suitable for electronic and print media, and adaptable to different scales.

- Entries should be original and should not violate any intellectual property rights. Creators/designers must have the rights for all images and text used in their submission.

- By participating in the competition, the winner creator/designer agrees to transfer all intellectual properties applicable to their entry to SIG-STI. Non-winning creators/designers retain all intellectual properties associated with their submissions.

- Creators/designers should be of sufficient legal age (21 at the time of the entry).

- Entries should be submitted by email to sig.sti.asist@gmail.com. If the file is above the maximum size for an attachment, share the file through Google Drive. Deadline: 12:00 am on November 1st, 2013.

- Submissions should be formatted as .png, .jpg or .psd files on white background, with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. The winner creator/designer should be able to provide a high resolution vector graphic of the winner entry.

- Submissions should include complete contact information for the creator/designer: name, email, phone, and address.

- Submissions will be judged and a winner entry announced during the SIG-STI Annual Planning Meeting on November 4th, during the 2013 ASIS&T Annual Meeting. The winner creator/designer will be notified by email, and the prize sent by certified postal mail.

- If no entry is selected, SIG-STI reserves the right to declare no winner and rerun the contest.

Click here to download a PDF flier for the contest.

SIG-STI Officers – Call for Nominations (deadline extended)

SIG-STI is calling for nominations/self-nominations for officers for the 2013-2014 term period. Deadline:  Monday, November 4th.

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

Chair-elect (2 year commitment)
The Chair-elect, who automatically becomes Chair in the following year, works closely with the Chair in planning and executing SIG programs and serves as the Alternate SIG Cabinet Representative.  The Chair-elect will assume the duties and responsibilities of the Chair in the event of the Chair’s absence, resignation or removal from office.  In most ASIS&T SIGs, the Chair-elect assumes the primary responsibility for planning the SIG’s programs during the year, including the technical sessions to be presented at the following Annual Meeting. The Chair-elect is also responsible for ensuring that the officers’ roster for the year he/she will serve as Chair is sent to the Cabinet Director and Headquarters immediately following elections.

Secretary/Treasurer (1 year commitment)
These positions are not required by the standard rules and are indicated in the individual
operating rules of each SIG.  In most SIGs, Secretary/Treasurer is a combined position elected for a one- or two-year term.  As a general rule, the Secretary/Treasurer keeps records of all meetings and correspondence to members and assists in making logistical arrangements for SIG meetings and activities. Secretary/Treasurer must also be aware of Society policies regarding SIG finances and expenses, as this officer, in cooperation with the Chair, prepares and submits the SIG’s budget and receives/reviews the SIG’s financial statements.

Communications Officer (1 year commitment)
The Communications Officer carries out one of the most important functions of the SIG -
communicating with members.  This officer should be in regular contact with the membership to solicit information for the newsletter, listserv, blog, wiki, Facebook page, or whatever regular communication channel(s) are used by the SIG.  The Communications Officer should not only be familiar with the subject area but should also understand the procedures and mechanisms of producing and distributing the newsletter using ASIS&T-owned/sanctioned channels with the assistance of Headquarters.  The Communications Officer may delegate some responsibilities to other volunteers, who will constitute the Communications Committee.

Webmaster (1 year commitment)
The Webmaster is responsible for managing the SIG’s website (http://www.asis.org/SIG/SIGSTI/wordpress/). This officer should update the site content, create pages, and post
announcements as requested by the SIG Committee. Other responsibilities might include the proposal and implementation of new website features, and the management of social media tools in collaboration with the Communications Officer.

Current SIG-STI members (including students) are eligible to nominate, vote for, or serve office. Current officers are eligible to run for re-election in their current positions or in any other open positions.

Send nominations/self-nominations to Moriana Garcia (sig.sti.asist@gmail.com) by Monday, November 4th. Nominations should include full contact information for the candidate (Name, Professional Title, Organization, email).

Final candidates will be announced and elected during the SIG-STI Annual Planning Meeting in Room 1 at Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal, Canada, on Monday, November 4th, 2013, 8:00 AM- 9:00 AM, during the 2013 ASIS&T Annual Meeting. Candidates are encouraged to attend.

Consider applying, and help us turn SIG-STI into a new and vibrant organization.

The Board.