ASIS&T 2006 Annual Meeting

The "Interrogating Social Realities" Research Symposia at ASIST:

Interrogating the social realities of information and communications systems (SIG/SI, DL, HFIS, MED)

Saturday November 4th 8:30 to 12:30 am

See also the SIG SI sponsored 1/2 day ethnography seminar Saturday afternoon!

The purpose of the symposium is to showcase and disseminate current projects and research in progress that investigates the social aspects of information and communications technologies (ICT) across all ASIST SIG areas.

Symposia Draft Schedule

8:30 - 9:15: Leah Lievrouw Keynote Opening Address

Professor Leah Lievrouw of the Department of Information Studies at UCLA will provide a keynote talk for the Symposia. Professor Lievrouw is editor of the 2002 The Handbook of New Media, the 1990 Mediation, Information and Communication: Information and Behavior , the 1987 Competing Visions, Complex Realities: Social Aspects of the Information Society, and many scholarly articles on oppositional new media and other information society issues. She has long been involved with the Social Informatics research community in the United States.

Note to participants: Each speaker will have 8 minutes of presentation time. Time limits will be enforced by bell. We have the capacity to show powerpoint slides. If you choose to do so, we suggest restraining yourself to 3 slides given the time constraints

The sixteen submitted abstracts are available for viewing on the dLIST open access archive.

Authors presenting at the symposium should see the "Commenting Instruction page"


Original call for abstracts:

In the digitized and networked information reality of today , ICT concerns pervade most ASIST interest groups. ICT have become part and parcel of core goals, stubborn problems, and research streams across LIS. From the Google digitization project through open access e-journals; from digital libraries of cultural resources to on-line storytelling resources; from RFID tags to born digital government publications; from electronic medical records to database mining; from technological protection measures on copyrighted material to networked based information sharing infrastructures - ICT permeate our field.

Carrying on the work of the late Dr. Rob Kling- a leading proponent of the study of social aspects of information and communications systems - this half-day "research in progress" symposia will showcase and encourage dissemination of research on the social aspects of information and communications technologies (ICT) between and among the different SIGs within ASIST whose research has come to deal extensively with ICT.

Starting with a broad conceptualization of ICT that emphasizes technologies in tandem with the data, information or cultural resources they store, transport and display, this workshop will highlight research or projects focusing on the social realities of ICT based information systems (broadly defined) of the LIS field in order to better understand the following types of questions:

  1. How are the design, implementation, use, disuse, and ongoing reconfiguration of ICT systems influenced by social groups, organizations, politics, and culture? What are the implications of that influence?
  2. What are the roles of these systems in social change at the group, organizational, political or cultural level?
  3. What are the complex reciprocal relationships between ICT systems and the social groups and environments that surround and pervade them?
  4. What are the variations in meaning or interpretation of ICT systems across social groups?
  5. What are the moral or ethnical consequences of ICT system development and use?
  6. What types of mid-range theories do we need to help us answer these questions?

At the conference, each presenter will be allotted a period of time to present their work, ask for feedback and suggestions, and field questions. The amount of time allotted will depend on the total number of submissions. Observers (non-presenters) are also welcome to comment on submissions.

Symposium organizers:

QUESTIONS: All questions, email Kristin Eschenfelder at eschenfelder at wisc dot edu