How to better engage with ASIS&T members? Lessons learned from SIG-III activities during the COVID-19 pandemic

By Devendra Potnis, Bhakti Gala, Vanessa Reyes,👩‍🔬 Manika Lamba, Nosheen Fatima Warraich, Leili Seifi, Paul Jason Perez in Panel 2023

April 11, 2023



Collaborative engagement with members is crucial to sustained membership in professional associations. It also empowers members to connect, grow, and build relationships across large special interest groups (SIGs) within a widely networked organization. Disengagement, social disconnectedness, and lack of belonging among members are challenges that professional associations deal with at an increasing pace. The ASIS&T SIG-International Information Issues (SIG-III) has over 600 members. One of the challenges of having such a large member base is maintaining engagement and finding ways to connect with an international community of academics and information professionals. Engaging with geographically scattered and culturally diverse members is a demanding situation resulting in weak ties among community members. The pandemic further accentuated the social disruption with the lack of physical gatherings. In this panel presentation, the speakers are officers and members who planned, organized and conducted various successful initiatives. They will share the initiatives they undertook to promote engagement amongst SIG-III members, the best practices for implementing those initiatives, the lessons learned from their experiences, and the outcomes. Other SIGs, Chapters, and professional associations can benefit from the critical lessons shared during this panel.

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April 11, 2023
1 minute read, 187 words
Panel 2023
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