International Relations

The Special Interest Group on International Information Issues (SIG-III) of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) is pleased to announce its 13th competition for papers to be submitted for the 2013 Annual Meeting, which will take place in Centre Sheraton, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 1-6, 2013. (
Building from the overall conference theme, the theme for this year’s paper contest is: “Beyond the Cloud: Rethinking Information Boundaries”. Papers could discuss issues, policies and case studies on specific aspects of the theme from a global and/orinternational perspective. Topics include, but are not limited to, the following core areas:
1. Human Information Interaction: Information Retrieval; Information Behavior;
Human Computer Interaction; Usability; E-Science & Distributed Collaboration; Virtual Organizations; User Modeling; Mobile Technologies.
2. Information Organization and Representation: Meta data; Taxonomies; Information Visualization; Information Architecture; Digital Libraries; Indexing and Abstracting; Classification; Social Tagging; Semantic Web and Ontology; Social Media.
3. Information Use & Analysis: Information Seeking and User Studies; Strategic, Security & Competitive Intelligence; Information & Knowledge Management; Comparative Analysis of Information Practices; Information Metrics (Bibliometrics/Informatrics/Webometrics).
4. Information Preservation & Access: Digital Curation; Big Data; E-book; Information Quality; Copyright, Intellectual Properties and Related Issues; Information Literacy.
5. Information Environments & Socio-Cultural Aspects: Organizational & Contextual Issues; Security & Privacy; Economics of Information; Social Informatics; Information Policy; Foundation of Information Science; Digital Humanities; Web 3.0 and related technologies; Cloud Computing.
Selection Criteria
There will be up to three winners who will be selected by a panel of judges including: Maqsood Shaheen (IRC, US Embassy Islamabad), Alma Rivera (Universidad Iberoamericana Ciudad de México), and, Fatih Oguz (University of North Carolina at Greensboro).
The judging criteria will be based on:
1.      Originality of paper in the developing world and global information ecosystem (originality of the project described, etc.)
2.      Relevance to the paper contest theme
3.      Quality of argument, presentation and organization
Eligibility & Information for authors
Only papers by a principal author who is a citizen of, and resides in a developing country are eligible. Winners in the 2009-2012 contests are not eligible. The papers should be original, unpublished, and submitted in English. We encourage submissions from librarians, information and network specialists, and educators involved in the creation, representation, maintenance, exchange, discovery, delivery, and use of digital information.
The award for each winner is a two-year individual membership in ASIS&T. In the case of multiple authors, the principal author will be awarded the ASIS&T membership. In addition, depending on SIG III fundraising for this competition, the first place winner will be rewarded a minimum of $1,000 toward travel, conference registration, and accommodations while attending the ASIS&T Annual Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 1-6, 2013.
The international paper contest committee requires that submissions follow the International Information and Library Review instructions to authors. Detailed information is available under the heading, Guide for Authors at:
Publishing opportunities
Submitted papers will be considered for inclusion in a special issue of the International
Information and Library Review, subject to the usual peer refereeing process, for that journal.
ASIS&T Copyright Policy
ASIS&T will have the non-exclusive right to publish any of the papers submitted on its web site or in print, with ownership and all other rights remaining with the author.
Deadline for submission of full papers: Authors are invited to submit manuscripts, not to exceed 5,000 words, by May 31, 2013, to Maqsood Shaheen at, preferably as Microsoft Word or PDF attachments.
Maqsood Shaheen
International Paper Contest Committee, SIG III
American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)


Since 1937, the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) has been the association for information professionals leading the search for new and better theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information.

ASIS&T brings together diverse streams of knowledge, focusing what might be disparate approaches into novel solutions to common problems. ASIS&T bridges the gaps not only between disciplines but also between the research that drives and the practices that sustain new developments.
ASIS&T counts among its membership some 4,000 information specialists from such fields as computer science, linguistics, management, librarianship, engineering, law, medicine, chemistry, and education; individuals who share a common interest in improving the ways society stores, retrieves, analyzes, manages, archives and disseminates information, coming together for mutual benefit.
Techniques and technologies emerge daily in the fields of library and information science, communications, networking and computer science. Yet information professionals in one discipline are often unaware of key developments in others. What an irony that a field advocating the development, sharing and use of information is itself isolated.
If you don’t like working in isolation, examine what ASIS&T has to offer. This Web site will introduce you to ASIS&T and the ways it can make you a more effective information professional… and more indispensable to your company, institution or organization.
The Association seeks to stimulate participation and interaction among its members by affording them an environment for substantive professional exchange.  It encourages and supports personal and professional growth through opportunities for members to extend their knowledge and skills, develop and use professional networks, pursue career development goals and assume leadership roles in the Association and in the information community.  ASIS&T increases the influence of information professionals among decision-makers by focusing attention on the importance of information as a vital resource in a high-technology age and promotes informed policy on national and international information issues by contributing to the formation of those policies.  It supports the advancement of the state-of-the art and practice by taking a leadership position in the advocacy of research and development in basic and applied information science.
To accomplish these goals, ASIS&T edits, publishes, and disseminates publications concerning research and development; convenes annual meetings providing a forum for papers, discussions, and major policy statements; ASIS&T hosted the first Information Architecture Summit and continues to do so annually, holds smaller chapter and special interest meetings, as well as special symposia; and acts as a sounding board for promotion of research and development and for the education of information professionals.


Individual members, login to the ASIS&T site to access these publications via the ASIS&T Digital Library (books sold separately).

JASISTThe Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST) is a scholarly journal devoted to the various fields of documentation and information science and serves as a forum for discussion and experimentation.
BulletinThe Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology is a bi-monthly news magazine packed with developments and issues affecting the field, pragmatic management reports, opinion, and news of people and events in the information science community.
Annual ProceedingsASIS&T offers conference proceedings from past Annual meetings.  These proceeding contain full text, images and power point presentations from annual meeting sessions and are available online at the digital library or at the online bookstore..
Digital LibraryThe ASIS&T Digital Library is where you will find the above ASIS&T publications online, easily accessible, and in one place.  You can search on an individual article or issue, across all publications, current and past.
ASIS&T Online BookstorePurchase books online from the ASIS&T online bookstore.
ARISTThe prestigious Annual Review of Information Science and Technology (ARIST) will cease publication following the release of Volume 45 (2011). As the hardcover series ends its 45-year run, shorter, tightly focused review articles will begin appearing in The Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), also published by ASIS&T. The Annual Review of Information Science and Technology (ARIST)  has long been considered a landmark publication within the information science community. It surveys the landscape of information science and technology, providing the reader with an analytical, authoritative and accessible overview of recent trends and significant developments. One volume is published each year. Several volumes are available in the ASIST Digital Library. Editions for 2011 and prior are available from Information Today.
New ASIS&T Titles from Information Today, Inc.

Information Today, Inc. (ITI) has announced the release of The New Digital Scholar: Exploring and Enriching the Research and Writing Practices of NextGen Students edited by Randall McClure and James P. Purdy. The book is now available and can be purchased at the ITI bookstore. 
For a complete listing of ASIST Monographs, visit the ITI Bookstore or our ebookstore
Thanks for reading. 
Rob Colding
The New Digital Scholar
The New Digital Scholar
Exploring and Enriching the Research and Writing Practices of NextGen Students
Edited by Randall McClure and James P. Purdy
Foreword by Alison J. Head and Michael B. Eisenberg
The New Digital Scholar opens a discussion long silent in academic circles—that the teaching of research-writing is mired in practices poorly suited for digital natives. Randall McClure, James P. Purdy, and more than 20 contributors offer a call to action in this important and timely book.Reminding readers of the history of the academic research paper and the scope of the recent information explosion, The New Digital Scholar presents innovative thinking and research on the educational challenges NextGen students face. Writing teachers, library science professionals, and higher education administrators describe teaching methods and research projects suited for the new digital scholar and designed for the information universe NextGen students inhabit.416 pages | hardbound | ISBN 978-1-57387-475-5
Price: ASIST Members $47.60

Ebook also available

To order, visit the website.

Powering Search
Powering Search
The Role of Thesauri in New Information Environments
By Ali Shiri
Here is a clear and comprehensive treatment of the role of thesauri in search user interfaces across a range of information search and retrieval systems—from bibliographic and full-text databases to digital libraries, portals, open archives, and content management systems. Ali Shiri looks at projects, practices, perspectives, and services from disparate communities, and—drawing on an array of successful applications, usability studies, current research, and firsthand experience—offers practical guidance on using thesauri to build better search engines.336 pages | hardbound | ISBN 978-1-57387-454-0 
Price: ASIST Members $47.60

Ebook also available

To order, visit the website.

Also Available:
Information Need
Introduction to Information Science and Technology
Information Representation and Retrieval in the Digital Age Introductory Concepts in Information Science 2nd Ed

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