2019 Social Informatics Best Paper Awards – Call for Nominations

The ASIS&T Special Interest Group for Social Informatics (SIG SI) is issuing a call for nominations for the 2019 Annual Social Informatics Best Paper Awards, with nominations due by July 10. Self-nominations are welcome and the nomination process is quite short, as detailed below. Winners are also invited to present their work during SIG SI’s Research Symposium at ASIS&T 2019 in Melbourne.

SIG SI seeks nominations for the following two awards:

  1. Best SI Paper: For a paper published in a peer-reviewed journal on a topic informed by social informatics during the 2018 calendar year. The winning author(s) will receive a $1,000 (USD) cash award.
  2. Best SI Student Paper: For a paper published in either a peer-reviewed journal or in peer-reviewed conference proceedings during the 2018 calendar year, authored by a PhD or Master’s student on a topic informed by social informatics. The winning author(s) will receive a $500 (USD) cash award.

Learn more by visiting the SIG SI CFP.

SIG AH 2019 Student Research Award!

SIG AH is seeking previously unpublished research for a Master’s or PhD Student Research Award including a free ASIS&T membership and cash prize up to $500!

The theme, “Games and Information Science,” invites participation from a variety of theoretical and empirical perspectives on the topic. We encourage graduate-level submissions from a broad range of disciplines including the arts and humanities, digital humanities/new media, library and information science, and computer science. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to: 

  • archiving games; 
  • classifying, cataloging, and/or describing games; 
  • teaching with games; 
  • gamification; 
  • games and digital collections; 
  • game communities.

Who is Eligible?

Anyone who is currently a PhD or Master’s student. Students who are graduating in Spring 2019 may apply.

Submissions can be made as a single author or a group of authors, including collaborations between students from different institutions. All submitted works should be previously unpublished. Authors do not need to be members of ASIS&T. All research is expected to be purely the students’ work. Authors are required to secure any necessary permissions related to research findings from internships or collaborative projects being used in this research competition.

Submission Requirements & Selection Criteria

While the contest theme, eligibility, and submission criteria are flexible and invite creativity, research papers should show an appropriate level of graduate research and should include an advanced theoretical or empirical discussion, methodology, and analysis.

Research paper submissions should relate to the 2019 theme (Games and Information Science) and must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Word .doc or .docx format
  • Cover page with title, author names, institutional affiliations, and abstract of 250 words or less
  • 10 single-spaced pages or less (approximately 4,000 words), 12 pt. font, using APA citations and bibliography. Tables, graphs, images, etc. may appear within the body of the text.
  • No headers or footers (with exception of page numbers)
  • Author names should not appear anywhere in the main text.

Submission details should be provided via electronic form and final papers emailed by the May 19, 2019 deadline (details below).

A panel of judges will select award winners based on the following criteria: relevance of topic to the contest theme, originality of research and approach, and quality of student writing. Papers not meeting the above requirements may be excluded from the contest.


One (1) student paper may be awarded the Master’s Student Research Award or the PhD Student Research Award, including a monetary prize of up to $500 and a 1-year ASIS&T membership.

Submission and Deadline

Authors are invited to submit papers, based on the requirements and selection criteria above, by filling out the form at https://goo.gl/forms/pH2HoP8rMsqbHc3Q2 and emailing the document to ASIST (dot) SIGAH (at) gmail (dot) com before 11:59 pm PST, May 19, 2019. Please ensure the information submitted on the web form matches the title and author name on the submitted final paper. Award winner will be announced in June 2019.

If you have any questions, please email ASIST (dot) SIGAH (at) gmail (dot) com

UNT ASIST Newsletter: Issue 1

UNT ASIS&T is starting a newsletter in order to keep our community up to date with chapter activities, upcoming opportunities, and important news.

As you know, being a member of our student chapter is totally free! If you would like to join our international parent organization, student memberships are only $40. This gets you access to the international ASIS&T community, ASIS&T publications, and membership to special interest groups. Best of all, you get to join interesting webinars and virtual symposiums for free! This month we are extra excited because the Arts and Humanities Special Interest Group (SIG AH) is organizing their annual virtual symposium. This year’s theme is Video Games and Information Science. Go to ASIST.org to become a student member and see below for more information on SIG AH’s Virtual Symposium.

Would you like to get more involved with our UNT ASIS&T Chapter? Our chapter has provided our members with opportunities to go to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting (where we won the Student Chapter of the Year Award), to organize events that benefit our students, and to form a student community of information scholars. Whether you are local to Denton or you are a distance learner, we would love to have you join our team. Contact us by sending us an email atuntasist@gmail.com. 



MIRS 2019 Call for Proposals

MIRS is a one-day research symposium co-hosted by the University of North Texas College of Information, the UNT ASIS&T Student Chapter, and SLANT to showcase the research efforts of information scholars and practitioners. The theme for MIRS 2019 is Information, Language, and Power. Students and early professionals are highly encouraged to submit their work.

Abstracts for papers, posters, and workshops are due February 15, 2019. Go to MIRS.UNT.EDU to see the full call for proposals and submit your abstract.

Any questions are welcome and should be directed to ana.roeschley@unt.edu .

UNT Student Chapter Members Win at ASIS&T Annual Meeting

UNT ASIS&T won big at the 2018 Annual Meeting with the chapter winning the Student Chapter of the Year Award. The awards committee stated that we won the award because of our chapter’s active engagement with our members, as well as the quality of our programing and events. We are thankful for this award and share it with all of our chapter members. We are also thankful for the guidance of our faculty advisors, Dr. Jeonghyun (Annie) Kim and Dr. Daniel Alemneh.

Meanwhile, our chapter president, Ana Roeschley, was awarded the New Leader Award. Ana will serve as an ASIS&T New Leader for two years under the mentorship of SIG AH Chair, Christian James.

Call for student posters for “Digital Liaisons” panel and student poster competition at ASIS&T 2018

The Association for Information Science and Technology Special Interest Group in Digital Libraries (ASIS&T SIG DL) is inviting submissions for a student poster competition at this year’s ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Posters proposals should be 500 words in length and include Presenter name(s), a title, a short abstract describing the topic of the poster.

Posters must be thematically linked to issues in Digital Libraries but do not need to reflect independent research. Exploratory posters around a theme are also welcome.

This session is an opportunity for students to participate in a poster session and practice engagement with academic discourse.

Please submit poster proposals to asist.sigdl@gmail.com by November 1st.

Link to website versionhttp://www.asis.org/SIG/sigdl/digital-liaisons-poster-session-2018/

UNT ASIS&T Wins 2018 ASIS&T Student Chapter of the Year Award!

he following message was published in the Inside ASIS&T newsletter. Take a look below and make sure to check out our new student chapter website:

ASIS&T is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2018 ASIS&T Student Chapter of the Year Award is the University of North Texas (UNT) Student Chapter. In selecting UNT ASIS&T student chapter for the award, the jury considered the chapter’s membership, activities, communications, financial and administrative management, and contributions to ASIS&T and the broader information science community.

The award committee was impressed by the variety and quality of chapter activities, including the Multidisciplinary Information Research Symposium 2018 that attracted more than 80 attendees. The success of this event had galvanized chapter members and other students who attended the event and pledged to get involved with the future chapter events. The chapter uses every opportunity to collaborate with the faculty, staff, and other organizations in order to increase its value for its members. In addition to active student leaders, the chapter enjoys continues mentorship of its faculty advisors, Dr. Daniel Alemneh and Dr. Jeonghyun (Annie) Kim who contribute to the chapter’s success.

Congratulations our officers who served the student chapter in AY 2018-2019: Ana Roeschley (President), LeAnn Boyce (Vice-President), and Deborah Caldwell (Communication Officer).

We are looking forward to working with our new officers for AY 2018-2019:
Ana Roeschley, President
Malak Khader, Vice President
Amanda Hovious, Membership Chair
Sahar Behpour, Treasurer
Pranathy Enamela, Communication Officer

Daniel Alemneh and Jeonghyun (Annie) Kim, Faculty Advisor UNT ASIS&T Student Chapter