SIG USE members are concerned with people's behavioral and cognitive activities as well as their affective states as they interact with information. These activities include:

The SIG wishes to promote contextual studies of human information-related behavior and provision of information services, and to encourage the application of the study results to information systems design.

Awards to SIG USE

ASIS&T 2008

"On behalf of ASIS&T and the SIG Cabinet, I am pleased to announce the 2008 SIG Awards winners. The Special Interest Groups and ASIS&T sponsor three awards: SIG of the Year, SIG Member of the Year, and SIG Publication of the Year. Congratulations to SIG III and SIG USE, Karen Fisher, and the SIG USE book Information and Emotion: The Emergent Affective Paradigm in Information Behavior Research and Theory. Please see citations below. KT Vaughan, SIG Cabinet Director


SIG of the Year: Information Needs, Seeking, and Use (USE)

SIG USE is an excellent example of a SIG that seeks and finds development opportunities beyond those normally expected of a special interest group. The long-standing SIG USE Symposium not only draws attention to the SIG and the Society, but also helps support other programs of the SIG. Through the publication of Information and Emotion: The Emergent Affective Paradigm in Information Behavior Research and Theory (the SIG Publication of the Year), SIG USE managed a trifecta of success: they expanded the available literature in this area, supported the publication activities of their members, and created a revenue stream for the SIG and the Society. SIG USE members (including Karen Fisher, SIG Member of the Year), are also active in supporting recruitment and retention efforts for the SIG and the Society, including hosting their own website, creating a Facebook page, and offering "swag" for members at the annual meeting. A jury member said, "This is a model SIG." We are pleased to recognize SIG USE as the 2008 SIG of the Year for their programs, publishing, and membership efforts.

SIG Member of the Year: Karen Fisher

This year's SIG Member of the Year, Karen Fisher, has been active in many levels of SIG USE. Now treasurer, Karen has also served as the SIG's Chair and program organizer. She regularly organizes successful Annual Meeting panel sessions for the SIG; in 2003 and 2007 she co-organized the annual SIG USE Symposium. Karen co-edited the proceedings from the 2003 symposium into Theories of Information Behavior, a popular ASIST publication. Since becoming treasurer for SIG USE, Karen also initiated an innovative member recruiting project: SIG USE red suitcase tags for 2007 AM, with a printed motto: "How people experience information - Our passion." Because of her involvement in the leadership, program planning, and recruitment activities of SIG USE, we are pleased to award Karen Fisher with the 2007-2008 SIG Member of the Year Award.

SIG Publication of the Year: Information and Emotion: The Emergent Affective Paradigm in Information Behavior Research and Theory

Launched at the 2007 ASIS&T Annual Meeting, held October 19-24, 2007, this monograph is a popular title in the ASIS&T Monograph Series and a first to bring together work on affective behaviour in LIS. Information and Emotion offers a significant new text for SIGUSE members - with contributions by SIGUSE members for the SIGUSE community. The many SIGUSE authors and authors from various fields of study reporting on diverse information behavior research create value in this volume. The book is based on recent theoretical developments and research findings in information science and the cognate fields of cognitive science, psychology, business, education, and computer science. Importantly, this book brings together affective and cognitive viewpoints covering both young and adult users' IB in various contexts and from interdisciplinary perspectives. The book has received excellent reviews from scholars in Information Science (IS), Human-Computer Interaction, and Business, among others. This book's unique contribution to LIS teaching, research, and practice qualifies it for the SIG Publication of the Year Award."