Call for Student and Recent Graduate Proposals “Digital Liaisons: Building Communities and Empowering Culture through Digital Libraries”

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, September 19, 2014
ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION: Monday, September 29, 2014

The Special Interest Group for Digital Libraries ( of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) is seeking proposals for an Undergraduate, Master’s, and recently graduated professionals (having graduated May 2012 or later) research program at the ASIS&T 2014 Annual Meeting in Seattle on October 31 – November 4, 2014.

This session is intended to provide students and recent graduates with an opportunity to present their work during the main conference on areas of interest relevant to information and knowledge management. The session will also serve as a social meeting point to facilitate networking between students, faculty, and professionals. Note: Presenters do not have to attend the conference in order to qualify. To accommodate individuals who cannot attend the conference, we are accepting pre-made video presentations and mailed-in posters. All abstracts, presentation media, and posters will be published on the SIG DL website after the conference.

Poster and lightning talk presentation proposals should focus on innovative projects that explore digital libraries through topics concerning community and/or culture, in keeping with this year’s ASIS&T annual meeting theme. Proposals may include, but are not limited to, past research, case studies, and current projects on  areas such as social network analysis, linked data, open access and new publishing models, crowd-sourcing, big data, digital humanities, citizen science, or other projects falling within the panel’s theme. (The list is meant to be illustrative, not prescriptive.)

Who is Eligible?
Submissions can be made as a single author or a group of authors, including collaborations between students or recent graduates from different institutions. Student chapters are particularly encouraged to submit a poster as a group. Authors do NOT need to be members of ASIS&T. However, they must pay for the conference registration fee and related expenses if attending in person. Students and recent graduates are encouraged to consult faculty and professional mentors but should not allow them to be a significant contributor to the content. All research is expected to be purely the students’ or recent graduates’ work and could include coursework, internship experiences, work-related experience, and independent interests, including theses or other capstone projects.

Selection Criteria
Up to 10 posters and 5 lightning talk proposals will be accepted for the panel session. Poster submissions must include an abstract of no less than 250 words and a one-page storyboard or mock-up of the poster. Lightning talk submissions must include a two-page paper using the ASIST short paper template available at Students should indicate whether they will be present at the conference and which format they plan to present. Both posters and lightning talk proposals will be selected based on the following criteria: relevance of topics to the Digital Liaisons session and SIG DL mission, feasibility of presentation within a compressed format, and originality of research.

Poster Format
The posters will be displayed around the room for the entire session, including during the lightning talks. Students or recent graduates who are unable to attend the session will be allowed to mail in their poster ahead of time or have a colleague put it up for them.

Lightning Talks
Lightning talks will consist of 5-minute presentations with no more than 10 slides (optional). Presenters may, alternatively, submit a video of their talk. Presenters are encouraged to think creatively while maintaining formal language and respect for the audience.

Guest Speakers
Dr. Michael Eisenberg (Dean Emeritus and Professor at the Information School, University of Washington) will make the keynote remarks. and Dr. Karen Fisher (Professor at the Information School, University of Washington) will  give plenary remarks.

The following awards will be given at the session.
$300 for the best paper
$150 for the best poster
$100 for honorable mention paper
$100 for honorable mention poster

Submission and Deadline
Authors are invited to submit proposals by filling out a form at anytime until 11:59 pm EST, September 19, 2014. Selections will be made by a panel of judges. If you have any questions, please email Holley Long at

Link to CfP
Link to Submission Form:

SIG-DL Seeking Chair Elect

SIG-DL is seeking applicants for the position of Chair Elect to serve on the SIG-DL Executive Committee for the remainder of 2014. The position is being filled as a temporary (pro tem) appointment. This is an ideal opportunity to get more involved in SIG-DL and add a national service appointment to your résumé. The successful applicant to the Chair Elect (pro tem) position will be appointed to carry out the current term, which concludes in November 2014. A full description of Chair-Elect duties can be found online:

At the conclusion of the appointment in Nov 2014, the incumbent will be welcome to run for any of the SIG-DL Executive Officer positions. If you are interested in helping out the SIG and want to participate in SIG-DL Executive Committee discussions please email SIG DL Chair, Kevin Comerford ( with a brief statement of interest. Regards, SIG DL Executive Officers

Update 3/2014: SIG DL thanks Joan Beaudoin for filling this position.

SIG-DL Events at ASIS&T 2013

SIG-DL is sponsoring several events at the ASIS&T Meeting in Montreal; all ASIS&T attendees are invited! On Monday, November 4th:


  • The 3rd annual SIG-DL sponsored student panel begins at 1:30. It is entitled Digital Liaisons: Engaging with Digital Curation Theory and Practice. Read more about it here: in the ASIS&T Program.
  • The SIG-DL Business meeting is 5-6pm in Salon 4 of the conference hotel.
  • The meeting will be followed by SIG-DL’s Annual Dutch Treat Dinner at Les 3 Brasseurs (1356 Sainte-Catherine St. W Montreal, QC H3G 2B2, Canada), a 6-minute walk from the conference hotel. All are welcome to join us (SIG DL member or not). We will meet in the hotel lobby at 6:15pm.

A bientot!

2013-14 SIG-DL Officers Election Results

Dear ASIS&T and SIG-DL members,

We are pleased to announce the newly-elected slate of SIG-DL officers. Your officers for 2013-2014 are:

Chair-elect:  Kevin Comerford
Secretary/Treasurer: Elizabeth (Lizzy) Rolando
Communications Officer: Tina Jayroe
Membership Officer: Lyne Da Sylva
Webmaster: Dot Porter

To learn more about your SIG-DL officers, you can read their bios at
Congratulations to the new officers!

Marisa Ramirez
SIG-DL Chair, 2012-2013

Susan Parham Wells
SIG-DL Chair, 2011-2012