Information Research, Vol. 10 No. 3, April, 2005
Information behavior (IB) researchers are increasingly turning their attention to "special populations", people who share particular situations that yield unique ways in which they need, seek, manage, give, and use information. For example, recent studies of different age groups and studies dealing with people with specific illnesses have contributed to IB theory building and the field's overall understanding in important ways. The goal of the 2005 SIG USE Symposium is to examine selected special populations and ways in which related research has led to changes in the practice of designing and delivering information services.
The symposium will begin with an introductory presentation:
Under the leadership of researchers and practitioners who focus on a special population in their work, participants will discuss key studies and identify their strengths and limitations for understanding and serving different groups. Through this process, participants will gain a deeper understanding of different research and service approaches and will be able to apply them in more valid and fruitful ways in their own work. Ultimately, the symposium may produce a collection of best practice research and service guidelines for special populations.
To apply to the symposium, experienced researchers and practitioners should submit a 1-page synopsis (about 300 words) in which they nominate a particular population for discussion and summarize their (and other key) related current research or practice. Those new to the field should similarly nominate a population for discussion and describe their research or professional interests. Examples of potential populations include:
People dealing with illness
Formal papers are not expected; the symposium will follow a seminar format focusing on participant discussion. Synopses will be posted on the SIG USE website prior to the meeting and will be used to organize small-group discussions.
Synopses should be emailed to the symposium organizers by August 1, 2005; applicants will be notified by September 1. Participation is limited to 40 people. Participants must register with ASIS&T for the symposium. Registration by September 15, 2005: SIG USE members: $50, ASIS&T members: $65, non-members: $75. Registration after September 15, 2005: SIG USE members: $60, ASIS&T members: $75, non-members: $85.