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Dr. Sanda Erdelez Named 2015 ASIS&T SIG USE Outstanding Contribution Award Winner

June 4, 2016

It is our great pleasure to announce that Dr. Sanda Erdelez has been chosen as the 2015 ASIS&T SIG USE Award Winner for Outstanding Contribution to Information Behavior Research. Dr. Erdelez’s work on opportunistic discovery of information has had an ongoing and significant impact in the field of information behaviour research. Her Information Encountering Model is highly cited and has changed how we think about incidental information acquisition. Her contributions to the SIG USE Symposium on theoretical frameworks, followed by her role as co-editor (with Karen Fisher and Lynne McKechnie) of the book Theories of Information Behavior, has had a remarkable influence on information behavior research. The founding Director of the Information Experience Lab at the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, University of Missouri, Dr. Erdelez is now Chair of the Library and Information Science Program. Dr. Erdelez has worked on research projects funded by the US National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Dell Corporation and Southwest Bell.

We are pleased to honor Dr. Erdelez with the 2015 ASIS&T SIG USE Outstanding Contribution to Information Behavior Research Award. As a recipient of this Award, Dr. Erdelez was also inducted into the ASIS&T SIG USE Academy of Fellows.

2015 ASIS&T SIGUSE Awards Winners

June 4, 2016

Elfreda A. Chatman Research Proposal Award ($1000)

Recipients: Debbie Rabina & Emily Drabinsky
Affiliation: Pratt Institute
Title: A Blueprint for Information Intervention for Incarcerated People

Student Travel Award ($500)

Recipient #1: Leslie Thomson
Affiliation: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Recipient #2: Sarah Chizari
Affiliation: University of South Carolina

Recipient #3: Danielle Pollock
Affiliation: University of Tennessee

Interdisciplinary Travel Award ($200)

Recipient: Jenna Hartel
Affiliation: University of Toronto

Best Information Behavior Conference Paper Award ($200)

Recipients: Grace YongJoo Jeon & Soo Young Rieh
Affiliation: University of Michigan
Title: Social Search Behavior in a Social Q&A Service: Goals, Strategies, and Outcomes

Best Information Behavior Conference Poster Award ($200)

Recipient: Leslie Thomson
Affiliation: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title: When PIM Goes Public: A Case Study of OrganizedLikeJen

Innovation Award:

No Award Given

2015 SIGUSE Symposium Call For Participation

July 3, 2015

Submission Deadline for Lightning Talk Proposals extended to September 8, 2015.

Theme: Making Research Matter: Connecting Theory and Practice

Date: November 7, 2015

Time: 1:30 to 6:30 pm

Location: Hyatt St Louis

Keynote Speakers: Ross Todd (Rutgers University) & Safiya Noble (UCLA)

About the 2015 Symposium:

Research and theory development in information needs, use, and seeking are grounded in work with individuals and groups of people from a variety of practice communities and sociocultural contexts. Reciprocally, work developed by information scientists has tangible impact on the life experiences of individuals within these communities. When connections between research activities and their societal and cultural contexts are overlooked, both research and practice suffer, and the usefulness of information science research is lessened.

The 2015 SIG USE Symposium will explore connections between theory building, research, and practice as they relate to information needs, seeking, and use. During the symposium, we will investigate multi-directional connections between theory and research, and societal and practice implications of information science research.


  • 1:30-1:40 Welcome and introduction
  • 1:40-2:25 Keynote 1: Ross Todd
  • 2:25-3:10 Lightning Talks
  • 3:15 – 4:00 Mixer Chat and Break
  • 4:00 – 4:45 Safiya Nobel Keynote
  • 4:45 – 5:45  Table Talks
  • 5:45 – 6:10  SIG USE award ceremony and wrap up


The symposium welcomes all faculty, graduate students, and information professionals who are interested in exploring connections among theory, theory development, information science research, practice, and information use.

Attendees are invited to submit proposals for lightning talks. Lightning talks are intended to provide examples of research, theory development, and practice that will further conversation related to the symposium theme.

Lightning talks will address connections among information behavior research, theory building, practice, and the communities served by researchers and practitioners. Successful/accepted proposals will emphasize these connections and explore interplay among this continuum (or the lack thereof). Proposals will be accepted in a wide range of topical areas, but should address issues such as (but not limited to) the following:

  1. Connections between theory and practice: talks that address practical implications of theory development for improving practice within specific communities or institutions, conduct of applied research, meeting specific information needs, and facilitating information use or seeking.
  2. Implications of research for practice/behavior in communities: Talks that address the social, political, educational, health, and/or behavioral implications of theoretical perspectives (in research and practice) and research methodologies (including ontological, epistemological, and methodological assumptions, and theoretical frameworks) for specific communities and community members.
  3. Influence of practice on theory and research:  Talks that address the implications of practice within varied communities for developing information science research and theory. Case studies based on practice at specific institutions, or more broadly designed work is welcome.

Lightning talk format:  Each lightning talk is permitted 1 speaker, 3 minutes, and up to 3 powerpoint slides. A mixer will follow the lightning talks, allowing discussion and questions about the talks.

Submission guidelines for the lightning talk abstracts:

  • Include your name, title, and institutional affiliation at the top of your submission
  • Proposal text must not exceed 500 words
  • Proposal should include: subject of the lighting talk (if the talk is based on a study, a brief study description), explicit connection to the symposium theme, and a final question to pose to the group
  • Submission is in pdf format with the filename in the format of  “2015_SIGUSESymposium_YourLastname.pdf”
  • E-mail your proposal to ( by midnight EST on September 1, 2015. Deadline extended to September 8, 2015.
  • Accepted submissions will be posted to the public SIG USE website.

2015 SIG USE Symposium Planning Committee