Bulletin, April/May 2012

Inside ASIS&T

ASIS&T Lecture Series Features Canadian Educator

Dr. Gloria Leckie, professor emeritus of the University of Western Ontario (UWO), Canada, delivered the 2012 ASIS&T Lecture Series presentation, sponsored by the School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, the recipient of the 2nd ASIS&T Lecture Series award. The speech was delivered at the National Library of Australia, Canberra as this issue of the Bulletin was being prepared. 

Dr. Leckie’s talk – From Facebook to Twitter and Into the Cloud: Where is Library and Information Science in our Googleized World – explores the meaning of libraries and information centers in today’s technological world, through a discussion of educational and research-related issues.

ASIS&T created the ASIS&T Lecture Series to promote the progress of information science and technology. Charles Sturt University is the first Australian host for this series. 

Dr. Leckie holds a master of library of information science, as well as a master of arts and a PhD in geography. During her professional career, she has worked in a number of different positions as a research librarian in the Canadian government; coordinator for the Cataloguing in Publication Program for Eastern Canada; and in academic roles. Currently, Dr. Leckie continues to work with her doctoral students and gives lectures and workshops. She has also taken on faculty associate position in UWO’s Teaching Support Centre, where her mandate is to examine North American trends in the development and characteristics of professional master's programs across a wide variety of disciplines; she also advises faculties and departments who wish to develop such programs.

In her speech, Dr. Leckie explored the three faces of library and information science: as an academic discipline, as an educational space for the modern librarian and as a profession that cares about the role of information in society. Each aspect was examined through specific topics, including the changing role and worth of the library, the need to be proactive with technology (e.g., digital preservation projects), how we can (and should) interact with other academic disciplines and the challenges faced by educational institutions in preparing the librarians of the future.

Deadline Extended for History of ASIS&T Pre-Conference
The ASIS&T 75th Anniversary Task Force has made a few alterations to the call for papers for the 2012 pre-conference on the history of ASIS&T and the fields of information science and technology. That’s good news on two fronts: the call is undoubtedly improved, and the deadline for submitting abstracts is extended to March 19. The pre-conference will be held immediately prior to the 2012 Annual Meeting of ASIS&T, October 26-31, 2012, in Baltimore, Maryland. 

This conference will explore the 75 year history of ASIS&T and the longer history of information science and technology worldwide. Abstracts of papers (maximum 1,000 words) not previously published or submitted elsewhere are eligible. All submissions will be refereed by a panel of experts and accepted papers will be published as a web-based publication prior to the conference. Submissions by students and authors outside the United States are particularly encouraged. 

Among the topics detailed in the revised call for papers are the following:

  • development of the foundational ideas and theories of information science and its earlier name, documentation;
  • forces that contributed to shaping the research agenda and scope of the field of information science worldwide over the past 75 years and how the field might evolve over the next 75 years;
  • major researchers and developers of the ideas, practices and theories in information science and closely related fields of study;
  • evolution of the multifaceted and multiple-named field of information science with a focus on what the past says about the future of information science research and development; 
  • treatment of the origin and evolution of information science ideas and practices specific to an individual country;
  • historical contexts of major technological innovations, and the impacts they have had on societies, organizations, governments or individuals worldwide;
  • development of ASIS&T (and its predecessors, the American Documentation Institute and the American Society for Information Science) as a professional organization and scholarly society in context with its times; 
  • role of government (nationally or internationally) in influencing the development of information science and technology, with particular attention to the support of research and development of information policies;
  • development of information science education and its relationships with other fields of study. 

For more information and questions about this call for papers contact Robert V. Williams at bobwill<at>sc.edu or call 803-777-2324. 
Abstracts should be submitted electronically to www.softconf.com/asist2/Hist_Pre_Con/

SIG/USE Starts Anniversary History Project
SIG/Information Needs, Seeking and Use (SIG/USE) is the latest ASIS&T unit to launch a project in celebration of the upcoming 75th anniversary of the organization. In response to a call from the ASIS&T leadership for SIGs to help in the effort to preserve the Society’s history and its historical artifacts, SIG/USE is collecting papers, photos, presentations, links, videos and other memorabilia pertaining to the SIG’s storied past. Sanghee Oh, assistant professor at Florida State University, is leading the project with the SIG/USE wiki at http://siguse.wikidot.com set up to share all appropriate materials. If you have an item or information to contribute or would like to join the team working on the SIG/USE history project, contact the group at siguse_history@yahoo.com

Deadlines Approaching for History Awards Entries
The ASIS&T History Fund, established by the ASIS&T Board of Directors in 2000, supports and encourages research and publication in the history of information science and technology. To that end, the fund sponsors two annual awards: Research Award and Best Paper Award. Nominations for both are due by May 1.

The ASIS&T History Fund Research Award goes to the best research support proposal on a topic relevant to the history of information science and technology. A proposal should state the central topic or question to be researched, qualifications of the researcher, a budget and how the funds will be expended. The award carries a maximum $1000 grant.

The ASIS&T History Fund Best Paper Award, a $500 award, will honor the best paper on a topic relevant to the history of information science and technology. The paper should not have been previously published or submitted to a journal, and it should not exceed 30 pages double-spaced, including notes/references, using APA style manual. If an award is made for 2012, the winner will be expected to present the paper at the 2012 ASIS&T Annual Meeting pre-conference and give first rights of refusal for publication to the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

For more information about the awards, contact Lai Ma at lama@indiana.edu
The ASIS&T History Fund is supported by donations (including book royalties) from ASIS&T members and others with interest in the history of information science and technology. The Fund Advisory Board encourages donations from anyone interested in supporting historical study of information science and technology.

Members of the ASIS&T History Fund Advisory Board for 2012 are Kathryn La Barre, chair; Sarah Buchanan, chair-elect; Julian Warner, past chair; Michael Buckland; and Samantha Hastings.

News about ASIS&T Members
Linda C. Smith, immediate past president of ASIS&T and professor and associate dean in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the recipient of the 2012 Service Award from the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE). Linda has served ALISE in a variety of capacities, including board service as secretary-treasurer; director for special interest groups; and vice president, president and past president. She joined ALISE as a doctoral student in 1977 and says the organization has been significant at “every stage in my career.” 

Marjorie M.K. Hlava, former ASIS&T president and founder and CEO of Access Innovations, received the 2012 Ann Marie Cunningham award for outstanding service from the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS). The honor, named for a former executive director of NFAIS, honors members who go above and beyond the normal expectations of service to the organization. Hlava was cited for what current president Keith MacGregor calls “her years of hard work as chair of the NFAIS Standards Committee” and her years of service in numerous other capacities, such as board member, former president, committee member and editor of meeting papers.

News from ASIS&T SIGs
SIG/Metrics (SIG/MET) is looking for entries in its second student paper contest designed to recognize promising student research relating to the interests of the SIG – the measurement of information production. The contest is open to any full time student regardless of ASIS&T membership. Submissions must be single-author, original and previously unpublished. Among the topics suggested by contest planners are metric-related theory; methods and new techniques; citation and co-citation analysis; altmetrics; webometrics; and research policy. Entry deadline is April 30 to www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sigmetspc2012. Queries can be made to Chaoqun Ni at chni<at>Indiana.edu or Carrie Change at carriehc<at>gmail.com.

News from ASIS&T Chapters
The New England Chapter of ASIS&T (NEASIS&T) will present Going Mobile: Library Websites, Services and Apps on Mobile Devices, a half-day workshop designed to help libraries better understand their mobile users of today and the future; plan for mobile-friendly content; ensure contextually relevant information; and collaborate with technology partners. The April 23 program will be held at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Dr. Deborah Barreau Deborah Barreau

Message from Gary Marchionini, dean of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

It is with great sadness that I share news that our friend and colleague, Dr. Deborah Barreau, lost her battle with cancer in mid-February. Although some of you may not have had the opportunity to know Deborah, she was a talented and gifted teacher and researcher who specialized in personal information systems, organizational behavior and organizational communication as well as the design, development and use of information systems. She was a student of our school, graduating with her master's in library science in 1986, before earning her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland at College Park. She was a Tar Heel at heart, receiving her bachelor's and master's degrees in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

She came to SILS in 2002 from Catholic University where she had been an assistant professor. Deborah was a wonderful addition to our faculty, most recently serving as the Frances Carroll McColl Term Professor. She always put our school above her own ambitions and did many things to make us civil, effective and collaborative. She did this through her wisdom, warm smile and willingness to go the extra step to give us all her time, advice and a sympathetic ear. She was an exceptional teacher, winning the school's Award for Teaching Excellence twice and the outstanding teacher award from the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). Her involvement with professional associations such as ASIS&T, where she was elected to the Board as director-at-large; Association for Library and Information Science Education; Special Libraries Association; and others, demonstrated her extraordinary commitment to the field. 

Deborah was not only a remarkable faculty member and researcher, she was also one of the most compassionate and understanding people I've had the opportunity to know. She truly cared about her students and their successes and her fellow faculty members and staff. I have never met anyone as selfless and devoted to others, especially to our students. She has been a great influence in my life, the lives of her students and colleagues and has brought true meaning to the words kindness and integrity. Deborah had a quote on her door that exemplified her beliefs and her life practice: "Everyone is indispensable." She believed this and lived her life accordingly. Her spirit and inspiration are truly indispensable, and although we will miss her terribly, we are all better for having known her. Her death is an incredible loss to SILS and to the information and library science world. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with Deborah's family as they struggle with this great loss. A memorial tribute to her life will be held on Friday, April 27, 2012, at 2 p.m. in the George Watts Hill Alumni Center Ballroom on the UNC at Chapel Hill campus. 

The SILS Award for Teaching Excellence, which Deborah won twice, has been renamed in her honor. Contributions to the Deborah Barreau Award for Teaching Excellence fund can be made by sending a check payable to UNC SILS with a note directing the donation to fund 2954 or online at https://secure.dev.unc.edu/gift/default.aspx?

ASIS&T Presents Annual Audit
The report of the ASIS&T auditors on the 2011 financial statements is presented on this and the following pages.