The Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), formed in 1937, is a not for profit organisation for information professionals. The organisation is a sponsor of an annual conference and also a number of serial publications including the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST). The organisation also supports a number of prestigious sub-divisions known as Special Interest Groups.
Until now there was no Special Interest Group on social media (SIG SM) for ASIS&T. However, due to the significant growth of the field as can be evidenced from conferences, journals, and scholarly articles based specifically related to social media it was now time to formulate such a group. There was strong support for forming the group from ASIS&T members and the decision for the inception of the group was announced at the 80th annual meeting in Washington, DC.
We are a group of diverse and interdisciplinary scholars from across the world. Our mission is to provide a platform for researchers and professionals interested in social media to connect with one another, discuss research in the field, and share their own work. SIG SM aims to cover a wide range of social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, YouNow) and a wide range of methodological (e.g. case studies, content analysis, user behaviour) and theoretical perspectives (e.g. personal behaviour theories, social behaviour theories and mass communication theories). We welcome all of those interested in social media research to join our SIG.
We are also planning to submit a panel for the ASIS&T annual meeting 2018, Vancouver, BC, Canada November 9th to November 14, 2018. Our survey on the panel can be accessed here: https://www.umfrageonline.com/s/421b957.
The SIG SM is likely to be of interest to research groups across the Information School.
You can follow our Twitter account: @Asist_Sigsm
Our Facebook group is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/126040724727450/
You can read more about the team here: https://www.asist.org/SIG/SIGSM/ourteam/
Those who are existing ASIS&T members can log in to their profile on asist.org and update their SIG choices to include SIG SM now - this should also add you to the mailing list.
We hope to have a presence within the iConference and Wasim Ahmed will be happy to answer any questions on the SIG SM.