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2012 ASIS&T SIG-USE Awards Winners

November 2, 2012

Best Information Behavior Conference Paper Award

June Ahn, Mega M Subramaniam, Kenneth R. Fleischmann, Amanda Waugh,
Greg Walsh, & Allison Druin

Youth Identities as Remixers in an Online Community of Storytellers: Attitudes, Strategies, and Values

University of Maryland, College of Information Studies (Ahn, Subramaniam, Waugh, Walsh, and Druin), College of Education (Ahn), and Human-Computer Interaction Lab (Ahn, Walsh, and Druin); University of Texas at Austin, School of Information (Fleischmann).


This study by June Ahn and colleagues identifies the “remix” as an emerging information practice among youth, and advances information behavior research by providing a new way of thinking about youth beyond typical information literacy perspectives, arguing that they are “evolving” information literate individuals and demonstrating that their use of remix practices is complex, multi-valued, and multi-dimensional. The problem and questions addressed in this paper are novel and original, the analysis comprehensive, sophisticated, and convincing, and the results insightful.

Best Information Behavior Conference Poster Award

Ji Yeon Yang & Soo Young Rieh

Dual Roles in Information Mediation at Work: Analysis of Advice-receiving and Advice-Providing Diary Surveys

University of Michigan, School of Information


This study by Ji Yeon Yang and Soo Young Rieh uses diaries and interviews to examine information seeking and provision in the workplace, providing a typology of these information practices, and analyzing participants’ perceptions of information exchanges with colleagues and others.  The findings contribute to information behavior research by providing a close look at the workplace setting and describing information mediation interactions between non-information-professionals.

Elfreda A. Chatman Research Proposal Award

Joung Hwa Koo, Yong Wan Cho, & Melissa Gross

“Is Ignorance Really Bliss?”: Understanding the Role of Information-Seeking in Coping with Severe Traumatic Stress Among Refugees

Florida State University, School of Library and Information Studies (Koo and Gross); Catholic University of Daegu, South Korea, Department of Library Science (Cho).


This study by Joung Hwa Koo, Yong Wan Cho, and Melissa Gross will investigate the information seeking practices of North Korean refugees in South Korea, focusing on the relationship between the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and information needs and seeking behaviors.  In the tradition of Elfreda Chatman’s work on the information worlds of underrepresented groups, the study has strong potential to contribute to the theoretical underpinnings of information behavior research.

Innovation Award

none (no submission averaged a score above 80)

Student Travel Award

Laura Christopherson

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Information and Library Science


The focus of Laura Christopherson’s work – individuals’ interactions and communication in the contexts of social media and games – matches well with this year’s ASIS&T conference theme, and addresses issues that have been garnering increasing attention in recent years in both LIS and other fields.

Interdisciplinary Travel Award

Roberto Gonzalez-Ibanez

Rutgers University, School of Communication & Information


Mr. Gonzalez-Ibanez, a doctoral student at Rutgers University, plans to attend the SIG CHI 2013 Conference. His dissertation focuses on the affective dimension of online searching by both individuals and teams.  Mr. Gonzalez-Ibanez’s work has been presented at SIG CHI previously, although he was unable to attend. The diversity of participants at SIG CHI makes it a particularly appropriate conference, and the SIG’s focus on the human factors in computing will be beneficial for the progress of his dissertation work.

Outstanding Contributions to Information Behavior Award

Pertti Vakkari

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