Dear respective members of the Information Ethics and Information Policy special interest groups (SIGs),
We write to welcome you to our new joint website! Over the past year-and-a-half, the Information Ethics and Information Policy SIGs have been working closely together on a number of initiatives. At ALISE Annual 2019, the two SIGs joined together to share a business meeting, panel, and a social event. Conveners and members of both SIGs saw the overlap of the two areas and the potential for more collaborations in the future.
Since then, the Leadership Team of the two SIGs created this revamped website (along with a new social media handle on Twitter). Part of this activity included building a new infrastructure to support collaboration (Google Drive, Basecamp), researching the history of the two SIGs, surveying the membership, and once again working together to plan for ALISE. While the two SIGs are hosting separate panels during ALISE Annual 2020 (policy, ethics), they are joining efforts again to conduct a business meeting. (You’re probably finding out about this website at that very meeting!)
We’re not sure where this collaboration is taking us but we are glad to see it ongoing. It’s up to you, member, to help craft the identity of this collaboration and see where its activities will take us in support of shared interests in policy, ethics, and LIS education.