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SIG USE 2011 11th Annual Research Symposium at ASIST 2011


Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 9am-5pm
Location: ASIS&T Annual Meeting at the New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, LA, USA, Salon F&G, 3rd Floor
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White Papers and Symposium Schedule and Flickr Photostream and YouTube video

The 11th Annual SIG-USE Research Symposium at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T)  explored the intersections of information seeking and use with domains outside of information science.  In the last decade, information science’s attention to cross-disciplinary questions has remained a central focus of the field.  To some degree, working in information science inherently means working across boundaries.  As information behavior researchers and practitioners, we must not only be immersed in information science practices and perspectives, but able to entertain, incorporate, and challenge the perspectives of the various other domains in which we work.

This Symposium invited researchers, graduate students, and practitioners to reflect on and discuss experiences in their own work of boundary crossing, boundary living, and boundary pushing.  A series of keynote dialogues  paired information behavior researchers with practitioners from related domains of study, with the goal of stimulating lively and focused discussion sessions among participants.  Participants sought new understandings of and reflections on how working across a wide range of disciplines and domains enables synergies between our world and the worlds of our collaborators.

Speakers at the session included:

  • Carole Palmer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Bo Xie, University of Maryland
  • Nancy Roderer, Johns Hopkins Library
  • Heather Piwowar, University of British Columbia
  • Julie Hersberger, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Jacqueline Solis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Congratulations to this year’s award winners, announced at the Symposium:

  • Outstanding Contributions to Information Behavior Award: Donald Case
  • Best Information Behavior Conference Paper Award: Maria Souden and Joan C. Durrance
  • Best Information Behavior Conference Poster Award: Chang Liu
  • Elfreda A. Chatman Research Proposal Award: Julie Hersberger
  • Ph.D. Travel Award: Xiu Niu
  • Interdisciplinary Travel Award: Jenna Hartel

Our Symposium organizers and moderators were:

  • Denise Agosto, Drexel University
  • Maria Souden, University of Michigan
  • Xiaojun Yuan, University at Albany, State University of New York
  • Barbara Wildemuth, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
and thanks to Natascha Karlova for tweeting the session, and SIGUSE officers Lynn Westbrook, Lorri Mon, Soo Young Rieh and Dania Bilal for helping with the Symposium!
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