[Asis-l] ASIST SIG III Announces Winners of 2004 International Paper Contest

Yin Zhang yinzhang at slis.kent.edu
Wed Sep 15 15:03:27 EDT 2004

The American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIST) International Information Issues Special Interest Group (SIG III) is pleased to announce the top winners of its fifth International Paper Contest. We are delighted to be able to offer eight awards this year. The winners are:

1	Shivanthi Weerasinghe (Sri Lanka)
The role of financiers as intermediaries in bridging the information gap of micro entrepreneurs of Sri Lanka	

2	G. Thamaraiselvi (India)
Digital divide issues	

3	K.T. Anuradha (India)
Design and development of institutional repositories: A case study

4	S. Majumdar (India)
Preservation and conservation of literary heritage: A case study of India

5 (tie)	Ayoku A. Ojedokun (Botswana)
The evolving sophistication of internet abuses in Africa

5 (tie)	Nafiz Zaman Shuva (Bangladesh)
Implementing  information and communication technology in public libraries of Bangladesh
7 (tie)	V S Cholin (India)
Study on application of information technology for effective access to resources in Indian university libraries

7 (tie)	Ariunaa Bariushanov (Mongolia)
Current situation on Mongolian information technology and demand of library automation

The theme of this year’s paper contest is "Managing and Enhancing Information: Cultures and Conflicts - The Developing World Perspective." The eight winning papers were selected from 25 papers received for this year’s competition. Each winner will be awarded a two-year individual membership in ASIST. 

Thanks to the continued generous support from Elsevier Publishers, the first place winner will be rewarded a minimum of $1,000 toward travel, conference registration, and accommodations while attending the ASIST Annual Conference in Providence, Rhode Island, November 13-18, 2004. These winning papers and other submitted papers for the competition will be considered for publication by Elsevier's International Information and Library Review, which is edited by Toni Carbo. 

Congratulations to the winners! The Contest Committee worked really hard in selecting the winning papers in a short time frame. The Committee this year was composed of Yunfei Du, International Paper Contest co-Chair; 
Sue O'Neill Johnson, co-Chair and Immediate Past Chair of SIG III; and 
Nathalie Leroy, co-Chair and SIG III Chair.
This year’s judges are: 
•	Suzie Allard, University of Tennessee
•	Nadia Caidi, University of Toronto
•	Nathalie Leroy, United Nations
•	Duncan Omole, The World Bank
Their effort makes it possible to maintain this international network of digital scholars and experts on digital libraries and information technology in developing countries. 
More information about the paper competition is available from the SIG III website under Paper Contest. 

Yin Zhang, Ph.D.
SIG III Chair-Elect and Communications Officer
School of Library and Information Science
Kent State University, Kent, OH 44242
email: yinzhang at slis.kent.edu
phone: 330-672-0010

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