SIG DL’s Call for Proposals from Undergrads, Master’s, and Recent Grads for ASIST 2012

An opportunity we want to share with you:

“Digital Liaisons: Shifting Borders in Interdisciplinary Collaborations”


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 15, 2012
The Special Interest Group for Digital Libraries (SIG DL) of ASIS&T is seeking proposals for an Undergraduate, Master’s, and Recently Graduated Undergraduate and Master’s Students (May 2010 or later) student research program at the ASIS&T 2012 Annual Meeting in Baltimore Oct. 26‐30.

This session is intended to provide students with an opportunity to present their work during the main conference on
areas of interest relevant to information and knowledge management. The session will also serve as a social meeting
point to facilitate networking between students, faculty, and professionals. Note: students do not have to attend the
conference in order to qualify.
To accommodate students who cannot attend the conference, we are accepting pre-made
video presentations and mailed‐in posters. All abstracts, presentation media, and posters will be published on the
SIG DL website after the conference.

The full Call for Proposals is located here:

ACCEPTANCE NOTIFICATION: by September 20, 2012


A prize of $300 will be given for the best paper and $150 for the best poster. A prize for honorable mention for one paper and one poster with a prize of $100 each will be awarded. Several $50 dollar runner-up prizes will also be awarded.


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InfoCamp 2012 Registration is OPEN!

From Seattle InfoCamp ’12 Planning Team:

Greetings, InfoCampers! Do we have some news for you!


We are excited to announce that registration for InfoCamp Seattle 2012 is OPEN! To reserve your spot for InfoCamp Seattle 2012, visit

When: October 13 & 14
Where: Mary Gates Hall, University of Washington

FYI: If you don’t show, thanks in advance for the donation! (i.e., no refunds)


Although the sessions at InfoCamp are all up to YOU, the participants, we’ve also invited two inspiring and engaging speakers to help us kick things off!

On Saturday, our opening keynote will be given by City Librarian Marcellus Turner, who oversees the Seattle Public Library. Turner holds a master’s degree in library science from the University of Tennessee and has over 20 years of experience in libraries. For more information about Marcellus, check out his bio on the SPL website.

And on Sunday morning, we’ll be hearing from Dan Klyn. Dan started working as an information architect in 1997. As a passionate advocate for the craft, Dan balances IA practice with teaching graduate students information architecture at the University of Michigan’s School of Information.

More information can be found on the InfoCamp Seattle website! Stop by periodically to check out what’s new!

See you in October!
- your Seattle InfoCamp ’12 Planning Team

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InfoCamp Seattle 2012 — Save the Date!

From the Seattle InfoCamp ’12 Planning Team:

Save the Date!

Greetings, InfoCampers!

We’re happy to announce that planning for InfoCamp Seattle 2012 is underway and things are lookin’ GOOD. So mark your calendars for InfoCamp Seattle 2012!

When: October 13 & 14
Where: Mary Gates Hall, University of Washington

We’ll be gathering again at the University of Washington’s beautiful Seattle campus on October 13th and 14th. The Saturday opening festivities and keynote and Sunday plenary speaker will be in the Kane Hall auditorium. All other events, the sessions designed and led by you, our fearless InfoCampers, will happen in Mary Gates Hall (home of the UW’s Information School).

Come (re)experience our unique egalitarian format, in which the sessions are delivered by innovative, inspirational, and ingenious participants — YOU. As always, it will be you, the participant, talking amongst yourselves, driving the content of InfoCamp, and drinking massive quantities of coffee!

This year, to illustrate the nature of InfoCamp, we’re putting together a series of video shorts for your education and entertainment! The first one is posted — view it on our website or YouTube and check back for more episodes!!

For more information, check out

You’ll be hearing from us again when registration opens in August. See you all in a few short months!

- your Seattle InfoCamp ’12 Planning Team

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annual general meeting 2012

Our Annual General Meeting happened today. After last week’s Brown Bag Lunch with Shirley Lew and Courtney Mumma and the previous week’s Cool Tools Day we had a great turnout. We held our elections today, each position was filled by unanimous vote, and I’m pleased to announce our new executive for 2012-2013.

Chair: Kristof Kessler
Vice Chair: Jonathan Kift
Secretary: Sam Mills
Treasurer: Allison Trumble
Communications: Nick Josten

Thanks very much to Andrew Berger, Adam Brownfield, Jamie Fong, Justin Unrau (and Kristof) for their work on the executive this past year.

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brown bag lunch recap

We had an excellent time talking with Courtney Mumma and Shirley Lew at our Brown Bag Lunch on March 16. There was loads of food and lots of good information sharing going on.

We learned about how Canadians need to have an MAS to work in digital archives (causing much self-kicking by various MLIS students in the room) and about the different kinds of tasks these jobs entail.

Shirley told an entertaining tale of troubleshooting a problem and seeing how VPNs and streaming video are interacting in different ways than expected when certain tools were first designed. Both Shirley and Courtney stressed the importance of being an interface between the coders and the information world, which is something we’ve got to do a lot of in the future.

Anyway, it was a great talk. I took more detailed (but rough) notes if you’re interested. Thank you very much to everyone who attended (and handled the food, of which there was a lot).

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meet a systems librarian and data archivist lunch [UPDATE: almost full!]

On Friday March 16th, ASIS&T@UBC is hosting a brown bag lunch with:

This informal round table discussion will touch on topics related to systems librarianship, use and development of opensource software, and digital archives. As well as any other topics that come up. There will be lots of time for discussion and questions.

When: Noon, Friday March 16th until around 1pm.
Where: Trail Room in SLAIS lounge area
What: Brown Bag Lunch, you bring your lunch and we provide drinks and goodies

Space is limited to 15 seats so please register through Eventbrite (no login necessary).. Unless we get a lot of interest in which case we will try to book a larger room. [UPDATE: It's almost full and getting a bigger room might be harder than we thought, so if you're on the fence about the event sign up soon!]

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research day @ SLAIS

Friday March 2 is Reserach Day, the day when all the SLAISers who’ve been doing research (with faculty members or on their own) present what they’ve been doing with poster sessions or full on presentations. There’s a keynote speaker and lunch. At least a couple of ASIS&T@UBC members are presenting, and a few more are volunteering. Check out the Research Day Program and we hope to see you there!

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information architecture meetup on january 30

We just got this email on our list, but in case you missed it (or aren’t subscribed to the list) here’s something interesting happening in Vancouver this month:


I’ve started an IA Meetup group. Our first meeting is January 30 on Commercial Drive, 5:30-7:30.
You can find more details here.

It would be a great place for students those wanting to learn more about information architecture. I’m an ASIST member, an information architect, and working on my MLIS (though not at UBC). I hope you’ll come join us. Bring any questions!

Theresa Putkey

Sadly, I’ll be in a Management course that evening, but I hope someone goes representing us and reports back.

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next meeting january 12

Hey everyone, our first meeting of 2012 will be Thursday January 12, noon-1pm in the Trail room. As our secretary Adam said:

We’re in the early planning stages and are looking to get some input
on what sort of events might appeal to the greater SLAIS community. We’ve got some Cool Tool Days in the works and are thinking about guest speakers and some techy group learning projects.

If you are interested in technology and information (either because you like it or feel you want to learn more), please come!

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welcome new cohort! (and january meeting info)

Hi there everyone, especially those of you just starting at SLAIS. If you’re coming here after meeting someone from ASIS&T at the LASSA orientation on Wednesday, thank you very much for following up the face to face into the digital. I’m not sure that makes an entirety of sense, but let’s roll with it.

ASIS&T@UBC’s most visible function throughout the term is running our Cool Tools days in which you (yes you!) get to tell your peers about the cool digital tips tricks and tools you use. You can also come and just absorb information if you want. (Check out some notes from previous Cool Tools Days on our wiki.) We haven’t scheduled our first Cool Tools day of the term yet but we’ll be doing that at our first meeting.

That meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 12 from 12pm to 1pm in the Trail Room and we hope to see you there. Also, we’re on Twitter @asistubc where we’ll try to keep you informed as to what’s going on.

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