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Faculty and Students to Participate in the ASIS&T 85th Annual Meeting
Association for Information Science and Technology attendees will focus on re-imagining an information-resilient society

Association for Information Science and Technology attendees will focus on re-imagining an information-resilient society

The School of Communication and Information’s iSchool faculty and students will participate in the 85th Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Annual Meeting, scheduled from October 29 – November 1 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For the first time, the conference will take place in the same hotel immediately following the Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Meeting (ALISE). The Information Science Summit, scheduled for October 28 and co-hosted by ASIS&T, ALISE, and the iSchools organization, will serve as a bridge between the two meetings; Associate Professor of Library and Information Science Vivek K. Singh is one of the summit’s speakers.

The ASIS&T 2022 annual meeting theme is “Crisis, Transition, Resilience: Re-Imagining an Information-Resilient Society.” As Conference Chair Dirk Lewandowski noted on the conference website, “Quality information can play a pivotal role in helping people spring back after crises but also in preventing them. As the premier international conference in the field, the ASIS&T Annual Meeting is a forum to assist in addressing these issues as we continue to push forward the positive contributions of information and technology.”

At the ASIST SIG-Social Media Workshop on October 29, Associate Professor Singh and SC&I alumnus Isha Ghosh, PH.D.’20, will present their paper, “’Not all my friends are friends’: Audience‐group‐based nudges for managing location privacy,” published in the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. The paper won the top prize in the SIG-Social Media paper competition and received an award at the conference. SC&I alumni Souvick Ghosh, Ph.D.’20, assistant professor at the San José State University School of Information, is chair-elect of SIG-Social Media, and Jiqun Liu, Ph.D.’20, assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies, will transition to co-chair of ASIST SIG-AI during the conference. 

On October 30, at 4:00 p.m., doctoral student Kaitlin Montague will participate in the panel,

Researching in Times of Crisis: Toward Information-Resilient Societies. On November 1, Montague will present the short paper, “’How do You Shelter in Place on the Road?’: Building Information Resilience Through Communal Support for Van Dwellers in the Onset of COVID-19.”

On October 31, at 9:45 a.m., Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science Britt Paris, Associate Professor of Library and Information Science Rebecca Reynolds, and part-time faculty member Gina Marcello-Serafi will present their short paper, “Cultivating Ecological Literacy: A Critical Framework for Understanding and Addressing Mis- and Disinformation,” tied for third place in the best short paper award.

On October 31, at 11:00 a.m., Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science Jessica Yi-Yun Cheng will speak at the panel she co-organized, “Storied Past, Bright Future: A Provenance Jam Session.” Attendees will explore provenance of the past, present, and future in information science and technology, as both a concept and professional and intellectual value.

On October 31, at 11:30 a.m., Associate Professor Reynolds will present her long paper, “Resilience Building Pathways for Pre-Service Students in Librarianship: A Culturally Responsive Mindfulness- and Compassion-Based Approach.” At 2:00 p.m., Reynolds will chair Paper Session 12: Youth Information Behavior and Practices.

During poster presentations on October 31 at 5:45 p.m., Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science Gretchen Stahlman will present “On the Reliability of Funding Acknowledgements as Research Data: Evidence from Astronomy,” and doctoral student Xiaotong Du will present “Transitioning Towards Sustainability: The Information Practices of Sustainable Food Consumers.”

Also participating in the annual meeting will be doctoral student Yehuda Perry, who received the ASIS&T SIG AI Student Research Symposium–Best Presentation Runner-Up Award in June for his presentation, “How citizen science advance human-centered AI-powered systems and make them more transparent”; Perry's Ph.D. advisor is Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science Tawfiq Ammari.

View the complete ASIS&T conference schedule here.

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