Bulletin, April/May 2011

Inside ASIS&T

2011 ASIS&T Annual Meeting
Bridging the Gulf: Communication and Information in Society, Technology and Work
October 9-13, 2011, New Orleans, Louisiana

The 74th ASIS&T Annual Meeting, planned for October in New Orleans, will once again use six reviewing tracks, each with its own committee of reviewers, to ensure that the meeting continues to disseminate research centered on advances in the information sciences and related applications of information technology. The six reviewing tracks, topics within them and their respective chairs are described here:

Track 1. Information Behavior – information needs, information seeking, information gaps and sense-making
Chair: Sanda Erdelez, University of Missouri; co-chair: Dania Bilal, University of Tennessee

Track 2. Knowledge Organization – indexing, index construction, indexing languages, thesaurus construction, terminology, classification of information in any form, tagging (expert, user-based, automatic), filtering, metadata, standards for metadata, information architecture
Chair: Diane R. Neal, University of Western Ontario; co-chair: Margaret Kipp, University of Milwaukee

Track 3. Interactive Information and Design – how human beings use and communicate with information or computers; design of interactive technologies, algorithms, user interfaces, search and retrieval, personalization and recommenders, navigation, information architecture
Chair: Jim Jansen, Pennsylvania State University; co-chair: Soo Young Rieh, University of Michigan

Track 4. Information and Knowledge Management – information and knowledge creation, transfer and use at the personal, group, organizational and societal levels; expertise, insights and judgment in organizations; the management of the processes and systems that create, acquire, organize, store, distribute and use information; knowledge capital; social networking; knowledge sharing and communities of practice
Chair: Robert Sandusky, University of Illinois, Chicago; co-chair: Kenneth R. Fleischmann, University of Maryland

Track 5. Information Use – nature of information and how information is used to help solve problems and aid decision making; information literacy, reading
Chair: Mia Lustria, Florida State University; co-chair: Michelle Kazmer, Florida State University

Track 6. Economic, Social and Political Issues – copyright issues, policies and laws; information policy; privacy; personal rights vs. freedom of information; surveillance; regulation; international information flows and issues; spam 
Chair: Nadia Caidi, University of Toronto; co-chair: Steven Jackson, University of Michigan

Since each of the tracks represents a generic aspect of information science, each may be focused by additional elements such as types of organizations, information, technology, consumers and research theories and paradigms. 

Program Elements
In addition to contributed papers grouped together to address similar topics or themes and panel sessions on specific topics related to the overall meeting theme, the 2011 ASIS&T Annual Meeting will also feature an interactive showcase. This one-night event will be devoted to face-to-face presentations using traditional posters, short videos or live demonstrations. 

Conference Committee
Suzie Allard, University of Tennessee, is conference chair for the 2011 Annual Meeting. She will work with the track chairs to ensure a vibrant and valuable program for all attendees.
For additional information and details about all meeting aspects, including upcoming submission deadlines, please visit the ASIS&T website at http://asis.org/asist2011/am11cfp.html

News from ASIS&T Chapters
The Northern Ohio ASIS&T (NORASIST) chapter offered a program featuring Howard M. Gregory II speaking on Knowing What You Already Know: A Case for the Adoption of a Knowledge Management Approach to Standardized Patient Case Creation, Management and Storage. A recent graduate of the Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM) program at Kent State University, Gregory tied his presentation to the recent announcement of a new health informatics concentration in the IAKM program.

Also by NORASIST, Yin Zhang and Athena Salaba, both of Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science, will present Developing and FRBR-Based System to Support User Tasks at a networking and dinner meeting in April.

News from ASIS&T SIGs
Special Interest Group/International Information Issues (SIG/III) selected six professionals and four students to receive ASIS&T memberships as part of the SIG’s InfoShare program. Information professionals and students from developing countries are eligible for the one-year memberships. SIG/III officers vote on a roster of candidates nominated by others. Professionals awarded 2011 InfoShare memberships are Justin Chisenga, Atanu Garai, Muhammad Sajid Mirza, E. Ramesh, Maqsood Shaheen and Nosheen Fatima Warraich. Student winners are S. Ajeemsha, Claudia Bucceroni Guerra, Navkiran Kaur and Saima Qutab.

Special Interest Group/Metrics (SIG/MET), the newest ASIS&T SIG and the one dealing with the measurement of information production and use, is conducting a student paper contest designed to recognize promising student research in the SIG’s areas of interest and to offer students feedback from specialists in the field. The SIG expects entries to generate new ideas and the conduct of research in metric-related topics, including bibliometrics, scientometrics, informetrics, webometrics and related domains. Deadline for entries is April 10, 2011. Full details are available http://asis.org/SIG/met.html

SIG/III Announces International Paper Contest
Special Interest Group/International Information Issues (SIG/III) announces the 2011 edition of the popular annual contest open to principal authors who are citizens of and residing in developing countries. This annual competition builds on the theme of the upcoming ASIS&T Annual Meeting, which this year is Bridging the Gulf: Communication and Information in Society, Technology and Work.

Up to six winners will be selected to receive two-year individual memberships in ASIS&T. In addition, the first place winner is expected to receive a minimum of $1000 toward travel, registration and accommodations to attend the ASIS&T Annual Meeting, October 7-12, in New Orleans.

This year’s panel of judges includes Maqsood Shaheen, IRC, U.S. Embassy, Pakistan; Johannes Britz and Maria Haigh, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Hong Xu, University of Pittsburgh; Catherine Johnson, Western Ontario; Anindita Paul and Borchuluun Yadamsuren, University of Missouri. 

Complete details of this year’s competition, which closes May 31, 2011, can be found at the SIG’s website: www.asis.org/SIG/SIGIII/index.htm

News about ASIS&T Members
Blaise Cronin, dean of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Indiana University, has stepped down from his position and returned to his role as the Rudy Professor of Information Science, a full-time faculty position. Citing personal reasons for his move, Cronin noted that he would continue to devote time to his scholarly pursuits and interests. He also retains his title of editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Debora Shaw, SLIS faculty member since 1988 and associate dean of the school for many years, has been appointed interim dean of the school. 

Gary Marchionini, immediate past president of ASIS&T and dean and Cary C. Boshamer distinguished professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been appointed to serve on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Health Information Technology (HIT) Report workgroup. The PCAST workgroup is under the auspices of a group of federal committees that advise David Blumenthal, the national coordinator for HIT. In other news, Marchionini is the author of Information Concepts: From Books to Cyberspace Identities. Part of the "Synthesis Lectures on Information Concepts, Retrieval and Services," a series published by Morgan & Claypool that deals with information science and its technological applications, Marchionini's lecture provides a theoretical framework through which other information scholars can make sense of information science's highly charged, infinitely changing present.

Hope Olson, serving as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) School of Information Studies (SOIS) interim dean while dean Johannes Britz serves as the UWM interim provost and vice chancellor, announced that she is stepping down due to health reasons. She will continue as a member of the SOIS faculty to focus on teaching and research. Dietmar Wolfram is serving as SOIS interim dean. He has been a faculty member at SOIS since 1990. He is a noted researcher in information retrieval, user studies and applied informetrics. Wolfram served previously as SOIS interim associate dean and most recently as director of the PhD program in information studies. 

Christine L. Borgman, professor and presidential chair in information studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, is the2011 recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Award. The award, sponsored by the Coalition for Networked Information, the Association of Research Libraries and EDUCAUSE, recognizes notable, lasting achievements in the creation and innovative use of information resources and services that advance scholarship and intellectual productivity through communication networks.

ASIS&T Presents Annual Audit
The report of the ASIS&T auditors on the 2010 financial statements is presented on the following pages.