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The Origins of SIG-III and Its 30 Years' Journey: Visions
University of North
In this panel we will discuss the origins of the Special
Interest Group for International Information Issues (SIG-
III) of the American Society for Information Science &
Technology (ASIS&T) and its early years. In addition to the
reflections of the last 30 years, Toni Carbo (one of the co-
founders of SIG-III), Nadia Caidi (SIG-III Advisory board
member), Anatoliy Gruzd (Social Media Administrator),
Daniel Alemneh (SIG-III Chair), and Abebe Rorissa (SIG-
III Chair-elect) look forward and discuss the future of the
SIG-III including strategies to facilitate collaborations and
information exchanges globally.
International Information Issues, interest group, 30th
ASIS&T was established in 1937 with the goal of
stimulating communications and interactions within the
information community. Although it began as a
professional association mainly for professionals,
researchers, students, etc., from North America and
continues to have a significant portion of its membership of
scholars from North America, ASIS&T is a truly
international organization, with members from over fifty
countries from around the world. The international nature
of ASIS&T has allowed for a cross-continental network of
information scholars and professionals to develop, which
has allowed for exchanges on international information
issues, challenges, and opportunities to take place.
In light of the 75th ASIS&T Anniversary Celebration and
the 30th Anniversary celebration of SIG-III, the participants
on this panel will discuss the history of the SIG and its
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future plans. Toni Carbo one of the founding members of
SIG-III, will present on the origins of SIG-III and its early
years as well as provide us with the reflections. Followed
by more presentations and discussions by past and current
SIG_III officers, who will explore the progress over the
past 30 years and discuss how SIG-III plans to foster
international informational exchanges in today's
increasingly digital and connected world.
SIG III: The Origin Story
Founded in 1982, the Special Interest Group for
International Information Issues (SIG/III) is an interest
group of the American Society for Information Science &
Technology. The purposes of the SIG, as outlined in its
mission statement are:
* to promote better awareness among ASIS&T
members and information professionals of the
importance of international cooperation;
* to facilitate and enhance better communication and
interaction among ASIST members and their
foreign colleagues on information issues;
* to develop an international network of digital
scholars and experts on digital libraries and
information technology in developing countries;
* to provide a forum for exploring and discussing
international information issues and problems. SIG
III membership includes most non-U.S. ASIST
members and a true cross-section of U.S. ASIST
SIG III: New Paradigm
This original mission statement remains to be highly
relevant and even more pressing in today's globalized
world. We believe that the ability to form connections with
other scholars from around the world is one of the most
important skills an academic can possess. The formation of
an international network of colleagues allows for academics
to stay on top of current global trends, internationally
disseminate information, and form cross-border and cross-
cultural research teams. However, maintaining international
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Alemneh, Daniel Gelaw; Carbo, Toni; Caidi, Nadia; Gruzd, Anatoliy & Rorissa, Abebe. The Origins of SIG-III and Its 30 Years' Journey: Visions and Reflections, paper, October 2012; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc122172/m1/1/: accessed July 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .