Thursday, August 03, 2017

CFP: Framing Inclusion and Exclusion in Information Behavior Research and Practice - 2017 ASIS&T SIG-USE Symposium (Washington DC)

2017 ASIS&T SIG-USE Symposium Call for Participation:
Framing Inclusion and Exclusion in Information Behavior Research and Practice

Date: October 28, 2017 (Saturday)

Time: 1:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Location: Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Washington, D.C. (Arlington, VA), USA

Keynote: Dr. Paul T. Jaeger, College of Information Studies and the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC), University of Maryland

The 17th Annual SIG-USE Research Symposium focuses on the theme of inclusion and exclusion. This theme acknowledges that advances in information and communication technology, such as the Internet, social media, and mobile devices have afforded individuals and communities new ways of connecting with one another and of accessing vast quantities of information, but that many individuals and groups still remain at the periphery of the information society. These groups include, but are not limited to: older persons, geographically or socially isolated persons, migrant persons, disabled persons, economically disadvantaged and displaced persons, global youth, and others who are often considered at-risk and vulnerable. While some scholars have considered these populations and their information behavior and practices, the aims of this Symposium are to strengthen and build the community of scholars and information professionals who critically consider issues related to inclusion and exclusion in their work. It also aims to provide an opportunity for scholars and professionals to reflect and gain feedback on their ongoing studies, to take in new perspectives, and to engage in theoretical debates.

SIG-USE Symposium organizers invite poster (~500-word abstract) and short paper (<2000-word abstract) contributions that describe completed research and research-in-progress, and that showcase empirical, conceptual, theoretical, and methodological findings or rich practice cases and demonstrations, from researchers, graduate students, and practitioners. To read the SIG-USE Symposium's full Call For Participation, please visit:

Poster and short paper abstracts should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Be submitted as two versions: the first should include (a) name(s), title, and institutional affiliation(s) at the top; the second should be blinded to facilitate review, and not include name(s), titles, or affiliation(s).
  • Be submitted as two .pdf files, named according to the following conventions: '2017_SIGUSESym_####_Lastname.pdf' and '2017_SIGUSESym_####_Blinded.pdf' (where '####' is a 4- or 5-digit number of your choosing, to avoid multiple files with identical names).
  • Be e-mailed to Leslie Thomson ( by midnight EST on September 5, 2017.

Accepted documents will be circulated prior to and following the Symposium, when possible. Please indicate in the text of the submission e-mail whether or not we may post the abstract to the public SIG-USE website before and after the Symposium is held.

To register for the 2017 ASIS&T Annual Meeting and the SIG-USE Symposium, visit: (early bird deadline September 15, 2017). For more information about SIG-USE or this event, visit:

Neither submission nor acceptance of an abstract are requirements for registration at the SIG-USE Symposium.

We hope to see you there!

Leslie Thomson
Chi Young Oh
Stan Karanasios
2017 ASIS&T SIG-USE Symposium Co-chairs