Nominations are open for SIG DL 2019-2020 Executive Committee

Nominations for the SIG Digital Libraries 2019-2020 Executive Committee are now open. Positions on the Committee eligible for nomination include:

  • Chair-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer (may be combined as Secretary/Treasurer)
  • Communications Officer
  • Webmaster

Full description of roles and responsibilities of each position can be viewed at:

Submit nominations and self-nominations here:  

Nominations to include the following information:

  1. Full contact information of nominee.
  2. Brief description of the candidate’s qualifications for the position.
  3. Short biographical statement.

Nominations will close Thursday, August 29, 2019. (Deadline extended)

Current SIG-DL members in good standing 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.

Elected officers must attend (virtually or in-person) the SIG-DL Business Meeting at the 2019 ASIS&T Annual Meeting. Elected officers will be expected to actively participate in monthly virtual team meetings throughout the upcoming 2019-2020 year.

For questions about positions or the SIG-DL elections process, contact

ASIS&T SIG-DL Seeking Nominations for Student Engagement Award

Deadline: Monday, July 15, 2019
Original Release date: April 26, 2019

The Student Engagement Award, offered by Special Interest Group-Digital Libraries (SIG-DL), has been established to assist promising students in becoming active contributors within the ASIS&T community through involvement in SIG-DL. The award will be granted through a single submission cycle.

The Award
The SIG-DL Student Engagement Award is intended to encourage professional activity in ASIS&T by students who are interested in digital libraries and related initiatives. The award is comprised of a modest monetary sum to assist with deferring travel costs to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. A single award value is up to $1200 to cover Annual Meeting registration and travel. The award will be issued to the winning student prior to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. An award certificate will be presented in a ceremony during the SIG-DL Business Meeting at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

Eligibility & Selection
Only graduate students currently enrolled in information science or library and information science programs are eligible to be nominated. Current and former SIG-DL Executive Committee members are not eligible for the awards.  Applicants will be evaluated based on demonstrated interest in actively contributing to the mission and goals of ASIS&T. Financial need will be considered as part of the applicant’s eligibility for the awards.

Selection will be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s essay, biography, and resume. The awards will be granted to the most relevant application.  A panel of three SIG-DL Executive Committee members will select the award recipient. Depending on the quality and diversity of the nominations, the awards may not be granted every year. In that instance, the prize money shall be reserved until the following year.

Important Dates
Application due date: Monday, July 15, 2019
Awards notification date: Friday, July 26, 2019

Nomination Procedure
To submit a nomination, email SIG-DL ( with the nomination materials. Self-nominations are accepted. Nominations will not be considered until all materials have been received.  Nominations will be comprised of the following elements:

  1. The nominee’s name, title, institution, phone, and email address
  2. An essay (250-500 words) outlining how attendance at the Annual Meeting will enable the nominee to increase contribution to ASIS&T in general and SIG-DL in particular
  3. A brief biography of the nominee
  4. A current resume of the nominee
  5. Letters of support of the nominee (optional, but encouraged)
  6. Optional: Explanation of financial need, should nominee choose to disclose

2018-2019 SIG-DL Officers & Committee Conveners

Welcome to the 2018-2019 SIG-DL Executive Team & Committee Conveners!

2018-2019 SIG-DL Executive Team

Chair: Tamarack Hockin
Chair-elect: Ekatarina Grguric
Secretary: Alessandra Seiter
Treasurer: Nushrat Khan
Communications Officer: Bushra A. Jaswal
Webmaster: Carla Colombati
Past Chair: Nushrat Khan

2018-19 SIG-DL Committee Conveners

Webinars: Anna Maria Tammaro

You can find their bios on the Officers page.

Still time to join SIG-DL

SIG-DL is looking for a new promising member to fill in the Secretary/ Treasurer position. There is still time join this amazing and diverse group! Please fill in your nomination in this form by Monday, November 12th – Nominations for SIG-DL 2018-2019 Executive Board.

We look forward to working with you!

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Call for student posters for “Digital Liaisons” panel and student poster competition at ASIS&T 2018

Deadline extended: all submissions now due November 9th.

The Association for Information Science and Technology Special Interest Group in Digital Libraries (ASIS&T SIG DL) is inviting submissions for a student poster competition at this year’s ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Posters proposals should be 500 words in length and include

Presenter name(s), a title, a short abstract describing the topic of the poster.

Posters must be thematically linked to issues in Digital Libraries but do not need to reflect independent research. Exploratory posters around a theme are also welcome.

This session is an opportunity for students to participate in a poster session and practice engagement with academic discourse.

There is a monetary prize for “best poster” to support student engagement in ASIS&T.

Please submit poster proposals to by November 9th.

Webinar: Intersection of Digital Libraries and Research Data

Thursday, November 1st, 2018, 11:00am – 12:00pm EDT (UTC 15:00:00 – World Clock) – Sponsored by SIG-DL

The growing amount of data in research and the aspired culture of data sharing make it necessary to improve data documentation in digital libraries. The Webinar will focus on the intersection of digital libraries and research data, presenting best practice, theoretical framework and research results in USA and Europe.

Please join the webinar:

The webinar is led by:

Nushrat Khan is currently a Research Data Librarian at the University of Bath while conducting her PhD at the University of Wolverhampton in the UK. She is exploring the impact of research data sharing and open research data metrics under the supervision of Professor Micheal Thelwall. Prior to this, she was a Fellow and Faculty Librarian at the North Carolina State University Libraries. She received her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the iSchool at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Hazel C. Rediger Award.

Brian Cain is a Library Technology Professional at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a United States Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration laboratory. He manages e-resources and works on various initiatives related to research data management. He is one of the leads on the laboratory’s Nucleus project, a pilot collaborative research platform based on a local install of the Open Science Framework. Prior to joining the laboratory in 2015, Brian worked at the University of Missouri, first as a paraprofessional in Access Services then as a librarian in the Cataloging and Digital Services Departments. He has a Masters in Library Science and Learning Technologies from the University of Missouri.

Esmeralda Moscatelli is research and policy officer for Internet Governance at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). Previously, she worked at the University of Texas at Austin where she supported the research activities of the Institute of Classical Archaeology and the Institute of Geophysics. These data intensive fields have taught her the importance of good data management practices for sharing and reuse of research data. Esmeralda holds a Masters in Policy and a Masters in Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

Call for Nomination for SIG-DL 2018-19 Election

SIG-DL is seeking nominations for the below 2018-2019 positions by Monday, October 22nd.

  • Chair-elect
  • Secretary /Treasurer
  • Communications Officer
  • Webmaster
  • Webinars Committee Convener

Additional details about the roles and responsibilities of each position can be viewed at:

Current SIG-DL members in good standing 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.

Submit nominations / self-nominations using this online form ( by Monday, October 22ndExtended deadline – Sunday, October 28.

Nominations must include the following information:

  1. Full contact information of Candidate (Name, Professional Title, Organization, email)
  2. Short biographical statement
  3. Brief description of the candidate’s qualifications for the position.

The election will occur online from Friday, October 5th to Monday, October 22nd, 2018.

Elected officers *must attend* the SIGDL Business Meeting virtually or in-person which occurs during the 2018 ASIS&T Annual Meeting. Elected officers will be expected to actively participate in virtual meetings throughout the upcoming 2018-2019 year.

SIG-DL conducts elections before the annual meeting to comply with our bylaws and to ensure a productive planning meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. Details on the electronic voting procedure will be distributed along with the election materials once the nomination period expires.

We look forward to hearing from you and appreciate your willingness to be an active member in SIGDL.

Nushrat Khan & Tamarack Hockin

Save the date! Digital Liaisons Twitter chat, Thursday September 27th, 10am – 12pm EST and again at 5pm – 7pm EST


We are hosting a Twitter Chat

on Thursday September 27th

at 10am – 12pm EST

and again

at 5pm – 7pm EST

to accommodate different time zones.


Join us at the hashtag #SIGDLChats and follow SIG DL @sigdl

Topic:  Transitional roles and upskilling in Digital Libraries.

Questions we will pose during the chat:

  1. Librarians are often faced with the need to develop new skills on the go while working in a demanding job. What are strategies you have employed to upskill in your work?
  2. How has your role changed over time? This could refer to your specific job or your professional identity as you have adopted new skills.
  3. Has upskilling had a positive impact on your work? Has it been stressful?
  4. How do you decide when to upskill and which skills to focus on?

Everyone is welcome. You do not need to be a member of SIG DL to participate.

We look forward to hearing from you at the Twitter Chat!

2018 SIG-DL Student Engagement Award Winner Announcement

Alessandra Seiter

The Special Interest Group-Digital Libraries (SIG-DL) is delighted to announce the winner of the SIG-DL 2018 Student Engagement Award: Alessandra Seiter.

Alessandra Seiter is a MLIS candidate at Simmons University School of Library and Information Science, concentrating in Cultural Heritage Informatics. Her LIS praxis is informed by an undergrad education in human geography and a robust background in political activism. Much of her research has focused on collective action and the online/offline spaces where it occurs. Alessandra is passionate about using technology to facilitate social change.

In her essay for the Student Engagement Award, Alessandra presented her idea to explore “how to best ensure technology’s use as an arbiter of human wellbeing for all—rather than as an aggravator of inequity,” based on “the conviction that organizing information from grassroots sources could serve as a means of community empowerment.”

As the recipient of the Student Engagement Award, Alessandra will be funded to attend the 2018 ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Vancouver.

The SIG-DL Student Engagement Award is intended to assist promising students in becoming active contributors within the ASIS&T community through involvement in SIG-DL. The award is granted annually. The 2018 application process was highly competitive and SIG-DL recognizes the outstanding candidates, including Alessandra, who applied for the award this year.