[Siguse-l] Call for Participation at ASIST '04 Symposium

Rafael Kasprowski rkasprowski at uh.edu
Wed Aug 4 20:26:23 EDT 2004

4th Annual Research Symposium of the
Special Interest Group on Information Needs, Seeking and Use (SIG USE)
of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST)

Saturday, November 13, 2004, 1-6 pm
The Westin Providence, Providence, RI
In conjunction with the Annual Meeting of ASIST


Call for Participation

Researchers embarking on a research project in information behavior (IB) 
are often not aware of the grants available to them, while funding 
agencies may not know about the pertinent research in IB. The objective 
of this symposium is to bring both sides together to discuss the nature 
of IB research and relevant funding opportunities.

The symposium will begin with an introductory presentation about 
research areas and funding trends in IB by Gary Marchionini, Professor, 
School of Information and Library Science, UNC Chapel Hill.

Representatives from major funding agencies, such as IMLS, NIH, NSF, 
OCLC, and DLG, will then present their programs and learn from the 
participants about research conducted in IB. After introducing their 
agencies, the funding representatives will engage in an open discussion 
with the participants about the structure of funding institutions, 
current grant policies, projected trends in funding, and will provide 
other highly useful but not readily available information about the 
funding process. Participants will also have a chance to discuss funding 
ideas for IB research with successful research grant recipients, who 
will participate in a panel.

Formal papers are not expected; the symposium will focus on professional 
development in a seminar format designed for novice and experienced 
researchers alike. Those who wish to participate in the symposium need 
to submit a paragraph (100-150 words) to June Abbas 
(abbasjm at buffalo.edu) no later than September 15, 2004, with description 
of their IB research (topic, RQs, user population, theory, methodology) 
and the names of funding agencies of interest. Important: Upon receiving 
an email confirmation from the symposium organizers the participants 
should register for the symposium via ASIST annual meeting registration 
site (http://www.asis.org/Conferences/AM04/registration.html).

Confirmed participants can register until the early-bird deadline of 
October 1, 2004, at a reduced rate: $40 SIG-USE members; $50 ASIS&T 
members; $65 non-members. Registration is limited to the first 40 
participants. Space allowing, registration will continue until the final 
deadline of October 15 at regular rates: $50 SIG-USE members; $60 ASIS&T 
members; $75 non-members.

Symposium organizers:  June Abbas, School of Informatics, SUNY at 
Buffalo, abbasjm at buffalo.edu; Rafael Kasprowski, University of Houston 
Libraries, rkasprowski at uh.edu; and Ruth Palmquist, GSLIS, Dominican 
University, rpalmq at dom.edu.

Rafal Kasprowski
Assistant Librarian, Electronic Resources
University of Houston M.D. Anderson Library
114 University Libraries, Houston, TX 77204-2000
Voice: (713) 743-9346 Fax: (713) 743-9778
rkasprowski at uh.edu

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