Newly Elected SIG-DL Officers!

Elected slate of officers 2014-2015:

Chair: Kevin Comerford
Chair-elect: vacant
Treasurer/Secretary: Lizzy Rolando
Membership Officer: Lyne Da Sylva
Communications Officer: Virginia (Ginnie) Dressler
Webmaster: vacant

**SIG DL is looking to fill two vacancies: Chair-Elect and Webmaster.
If you are interested in either of these positions, please email me or attend the SIG DL business meeting with a brief bio on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 9:05 am in “Room 2” of the conference hotel at the Annual Meeting in Seattle.**

Congratulations, everyone!

Kevin J. Comerford
Assistant Professor / Digital Initiatives Librarian
University of New Mexico Libraries

ASIS&T SIG-DL News, October 2014

The 3rd SIG-DL newsletter is out!

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SIG DL events at ASIS&T 2014 in Seattle

Please note the following SIG DL events at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Seattle. All ASIS&T attendees are invited!

  • SIG DL’s Business Meeting will be in “Room 2” of the conference hotel on Tuesday, November 4th at 9:05-10:05am. SIG DL is looking to fill two vacancies: Chair-elect and Webmaster. If you are interested in either of these positions, please email or attend the SIG DL business meeting with a brief bio.
  • SIG DL presented the SIG of the Year Award at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, November 4th 12–1:30pm.
  • SIG DL’s traditional Dutch-treat dinner is 6:30pm on Tuesday, November 4th. Join SIG DL members for food and conversation one block south of the hotel at the Elephant Castle (1415 5th Ave.). Meet in the hotel lobby at 6:15pm.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Seattle!

ASIST SIGDL 2014 Deborah Barreau Memorial Award Winner Announced

The Digital Libraries Special Interest Group (SIG-DL) of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) is pleased to honor Ngozi Okoro as the 2014 recipient of the Dr. Deborah Barreau Memorial Award.

As coordinator of the SIG-DL Webinar program for 2014, Ngozi produced an outstanding series of professional development webinars that were attended by SIG-DL and ASIS&T members, as well as Digital Libraries practitioners and students from all over the world. Webinar subjects included web archiving using the Internet Archive’s Archive it application, Digital Asset Management best practices, and data archiving and management using DataVerse.

“This year Ngozi scheduled a variety of timely and topical webinar presentations that were well attended and well regarded by the ASIS&T membership. She worked very independently in this venture, making contacts with speakers, scheduling the webinars and managing the webinar events with little or no outside assistance. The SIG-DL webinar program was very successful this year due to Ngozi’s efforts,” remarked Kevin Comerford, 2014 Chair of SIG-DL.

The Dr. Deborah Barreau Memorial Award honors ASIS&T SIG-DL members who have made significant contributions to the Digital Libraries Special Interest Group through service, projects, research or professional development initiatives that enrich the SIG-DL community. The award is intended to encourage active engagement of SIG-DL members, recognizing outstanding service to the SIG. The Dr. Deborah Barreau Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to SIG-DL was established in memory of Dr. Deborah Barreau, a leader in ASIS&T for many years and served as an advocate for SIG-DL and emerging leaders within the ASIS&T Community.

Ngozi Okoro will be honored during a ceremony that will be held during the SIG-DL business meeting at the ASIS&T Annual Conference on November 4, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.

Call for SIG-DL 2014-15 Officer Nominations: Submit by Friday, October 10th!

SIG-DL is seeking nominations for the below 2014-2015 positions by Friday, October 10th.

– Chair…
– Chair-elect
– Secretary /Treasurer
– Communications Officer
– Membership Officer
– Webmaster

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.

Send nominations / self-nominations to Kevin Comerford ( by Friday, October 10th. Nominations must include the following information:

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

The election will occur online from Monday, October 13th to Friday, October 24th, 2014.

Elected officers should attend the SIGDL Business Meeting which occurs during the 2014 ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington. Elected officers will be expected to actively participate in phone calls and virtual meetings throughout the upcoming 2014-2015 year.

SIG-DL conducts elections before the annual meeting to comply with our bylaws and to ensure a productive planning meeting in Seattle, Washington. 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.


SIG-DL Chair
Kevin J. Comerford
Assistant Professor / Digital Initiatives Librarian
University of New Mexico Libraries
Office: (505) 277-6341
Cell: (425) 205-3904

SIG DL voted ASIS&T SIG of the Year!

Dear SIG DL Community,

We are pleased to announce that our group was chosen as the 2014 SIG of the Year.

We would like to thank you all for contributing to this achievement by volunteering your time toward a variety of projects including: coordinating and attending our webinars; submitting, presenting, or working for SIG DL at various ASIS&T conference sessions; judging several SIG DL awards and general ASIS&T conference paper and poster submissions; and contributing to the SIG DL newsletter as well as the ASIS&T Bulletin.

We hope to see you at the Annual Meeting in Seattle ( for the SIG DL business meeting, the SIG DL dutch-treat dinner, the Digital Liaisons session, and the Awards Luncheon where SIG DL’s efforts will be formally acknowledged.

More details about these events to be posted here soon.


ASIST 2014 Annual Meeting Now Open

See for full information and to register

October 31-November 5, 2014, Seattle, WA

Come to Seattle for the 77th ASIS&T Annual Meeting. The theme for this year’s conference is Connecting Collections, Cultures, and Communities – we chose this theme to celebrate the breadth of information science, its historical roots, its user-centeredness, and its unique aim of bringing people together around ideas, thoughts, and the exchange of information and knowledge.

The program includes 42 papers, 26 panels, 102 posters, 12 workshops, and many opportunities for socializing at receptions. All in all this conference is packed with intellectually stimulating sessions, lots of opportunities to network and meet new people, and engage in the health and well-being of this wonderful association.

We are delighted to present two excellent and accomplished keynote speakers:

  • Kris M. Kutchera is Vice President, Information Technology for the Alaska Air Group
  • Alessandro Acquisti is Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University

2nd 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: