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SIG USE members are concerned with people’s behavioral and cognitive activities as well as their affective states as they interact with information. These activities include:

  • creating information needs
  • recognizing information needs
  • seeking (and not seeking) information that will address those needs
  • exploring information sources present in one’s context/situation
  • retrieving information from available information sources
  • sharing information with others
  • managing personal information collections
  • communicating and collaborating with others concerning an information need or information resources using information and other interactions between people and information.

The SIG wishes to promote contextual studies of human information-related behavior and provision of information services, and to encourage the application of the study results to information systems design.








Members of SIG USE have received numerous honors from ASIS&T over the years. At the 2018 Annual Meeting, Sarah Polkinghorne (Swinburne University of Technology) won the Clarivate Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship and received a New Leader award. Additionally, Crystal Fulton (University College Dublin) received the Clarivate Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award, and Devon Greyson (University of British Columbia) received the James M. Cretsos Leadership Award.

At the 2017 Annual Meeting, Leslie Thomson (University of North Carolina), one of the SIG USE Annual Symposium Co-Chairs, won the Clarivate Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship. Additionally, Tim Gorichanaz (Drexel University) and Saguna Shankar (University of British Columbia) received New Leader awards. Also notable to the interests of SIG USE are Tom Wilson‘s Award of Merit (2017) and Reijo Savolainen‘s Research in Information Science award (2016).

At the 2015 Annual Meeting, Gary Burnett (Florida State University) was honored as ASIS&T SIG Member of the Year.

In prior years, SIG USE was recognized as SIG of the Year and creator of SIG Publication of the Year.

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