SILS Shines at ASIS&T Annual Meeting

October 26, 2011

The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill had a shining representation at the annual meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology that was held in New Orleans, LA on October 9 - 11. From organizing post-conference seminars and workshops, to participating on panels, making presentations, presenting posters and winning awards, the School was well-represented by students and faculty.

Following are some of the activities in which our students and faculty were involved:

Post-Conference Seminars and Workshops:
Collaborative Information Seeking: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice, Rob Capra (co-organizer)

Where Your World Meets Mind: Information Use Across Domains (SIG USE), Barbara Wildemuth (co-organizer)

The Future of the Profession - Socio-Technical Viewpoint, Gary Marchionini

Shaking it up: Embracing new methods for publishing, finding, discussing and measuring our research output, Jason Priem

Capturing the complexity of information interactions: Measurement and evaluation issues, Barbara Wildemuth

Preparing for the academic job market: An interactive panel for doctoral students, Laura Christopherson (co-organizer), Barbara Wildemuth, and others

Can u help me plz?? Cyberlanguage accommodation in virtual reference conversations, Laura Christopherson

Is amount of effort a better predictor of search success than use of specific search tactics?, Earl Bailey and Diane Kelly

Local government use of Web GIS in North Carolina, Jon Breece (winner of Pratt-Severn Best Student Paper Award)

Possession and self-extension in digital environments: Implications for maintaining personal information, Amber Cushing (winner of the Thomson Reuters Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship)

Effectiveness of real-time query expansion in a library catalog, Xi Niu and Bradley Hemminger

Does domain knowledge influence search stopping behavior, Maureen Dostert

Editorial control over linked data, Ryan Shaw (and Michael Buckland, Berkeley)

Scrolling and pagination for within document searching: The impact of screen size and interaction style, Laura Marcial and Bradley Hemminger

Self extension and the desire to preserve digital possessions, Amber Cushing

Sensemaking in collaborative exploratory search, Johanna Shelby and Robert Capra

Shaken and stirred: ASIS&T 2011 attendee reactions to "Shaking it up: Embracing new methods for publishing, finding, discussing, and measuring our research output", Jason Priem (and others)

Beginning to track 1000 datasets from public repositories into the published literature, Heather Piwowar (NESCent), Jonathan Carlson (UW-Madison), and Todd Vision (UNC-CH)

Student Design Competition, Stephanie Haas (organizer)

ASIST Doctoral Seminar on Research and Career Development, Barbara Wildemuth (organizer)


During the conference, awards were presented to Dr. Gary Marchionini who received the prestigious Award of Merit; Brooks (Jon) Breece who was presented with the Pratt-Severn Best Student Paper Award; and Amber Cushing who was awarded the Thomson Reuters Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship. 

The student design competition was won by a team of students who worked to address the "Filter Bubble" or the personalized customization of search results. Members of the team included SILS doctoral student, Justin Brinegar. Other members of the team included CAS student Elin Bammerlin of Illinois; master's student Melissa Hunt Glickman, San Jose State University; and Tanja Mercun, doctoral student, University of Ljubjana, Sloven.

Not included in this impressive list are the many SILS alumni who were also presenting posters, papers, workshops and more. Congratulations to all who were accepted to present their research at this impressive event.