The Value of SIG Memberships
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Posted by: Brook Pritchett
Many of us seek out familiar faces at various AIS meetings. A newly minted PhD might search for fellow graduates attending the conference. Other academics might look for friends and former colleagues. One of the key ways we can quickly connect with interesting ideas and colleagues at a conference is by joining a Special Interest Group (SIG). SIGs publish journals in our specific field of interest, hold workshops, and offer us opportunities to serve as an officer, workshop coordinator, or presenter. They also serve as a way to initiate friendships and working research relationships that could last a lifetime.
How do I join a SIG?
Interested AIS members in good standing can join or lead a SIG. To do so please login to your AIS Member Portal and select 'Join A SIG' from the options presented in the Membership Profile Information area (please note that most SIGs charge a nominal yearly membership fee). From there you can select from the current available SIGs by selecting the Member option and providing payment information when requested.
How do I start a SIG?
Starting a SIG is a great way to share and receive knowledge on a specific IS topic and starting one is easy! First, review the list of current SIGs to see if your topic is already covered by an existing SIG. If you don’t see a SIG based on your topic, click here for more information on how to start a SIG.
Where can I find a list of all AIS SIGs?
Click here for a current list of SIGs.
As I approach the end of my second term as VP for SIGs, Chapters, and Colleges I truly hope that I have served SIGs, Chapters, and Colleges well, acting as a strong advocate and friend for the past six years.
Julie E. Kendall, VP SIGS, Chapters, and Colleges