"Digital Liaisons: Shifting Borders in Interdisciplinary Collaborations"
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 15, 2012
ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION: by September 20, 2012
The Special Interest Group for Digital Libraries (http://www.asis.org/sig/sigdl)
of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) is seeking proposals for an Undergraduate, Master's,
and Recently Graduated Students (having graduated May 2010 or later) student research program at the ASIS&T
2012 Annual Meeting in Baltimore Oct. 26-30.
This session is intended to provide students 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: students do not have to attend the conference in order to qualify. To accommodate students
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 address how the borders between specific digital domains and disciplines are being
broken down to create exciting new ventures and initiatives. Proposals can include, but are not limited to, past research, case studies, and current projects on:
- The intersection between digital archives and digital curation
- Internships in archival, library, repository, research, and other environments
- The integration of data curation duties into traditional librarian roles
- Collaborators and stakeholders in the creation of digital initiatives
- Data and digital literacy
- Policies and intellectual property issues in data and digital curation
- Relationships between e-Science, e-Research, and digital humanities
- Trends in digital library, repository, archives, and other cyberinfrastructure
- The "personal" (i.e. soft skills) involved in digital initiatives
- User communication and interactions
- Digital initiatives outside of academic and research environments
Who is Eligible
Submissions can be made as a single author or a group of authors, including collaborations between students from different schools. 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 are encouraged to consult faculty and professional mentors but should not allow
them to be a significant contributor to the content. All research would be expected to be purely the student(s)' or recent graduates' work and could
include schoolwork, internship reflections, work related experience, and independent interests.
Up to 10 posters and 5 lightning talk proposals will be accepted for the panel session. Students should submit abstracts (of no less than 250 words)
for the poster and a two-page paper for the lightning talk presentations. For posters, a one-page storyboard or mock-up of the poster may
be submitted along with the abstract. Students submitting the two-page paper will use the ASIST short paper template available at
http://www.asis.org/asist2012/AM12ProceedingsFormat.pdf Both posters
and lightning talk proposals will be selected based on the following criteria: relevancy of topics to the SIG DL mission, feasibility of
presentation within a compressed format, and originality of research. Students should indicate whether they will be present at the conference
and which format they would like to present in, however these responses will not affect the overall selection process.
The posters will be displayed around the room for the entire session, including during the lightning talks. Students who cannot attend
the session will be allowed to send in their poster ahead of time or have someone else put it up for them.
Lightning talks will consist of 5-minute presentations with no more than 10 PowerPoint/Prezi/etc slides (optional). Presenters could
alternatively present a video if they prefer, particularly students participating in absentia. Participants are encouraged to think
“outside of the box” while maintaining formal language and respect for the audience.
Michael Leach, head of collection development at the Cabot Science Library, Harvard University and adjunct professor at Simmons College
will provide the opening keynote and Dr. June Abbas, Associate Professor at the School of Library and Information Studies, University of
Oklahoma will provide the plenary speech.
A prize of $300 will be given for the best paper and $150 for the best poster. A prize for honorable mention for one paper and one poster
with a prize of $100 each will also be awarded.
UPDATE: Several $50 rewards have been added to the prize pool.
Submission and Deadline
Authors are invited to submit proposals by filling out a form at http://bit.ly/MnxxRj or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org anytime until 11:59 pm EST September 15, 2012. Selections will
be made by the SIG DL members and officers. If you have any questions, please email the SIG DL Officers at