Bulletin, August/September 2013
Exciting Plans Continue for the 2013 ASIS&T Annual Meeting
Plans are firming up nicely for Beyond the Cloud: Rethinking Information Boundaries, the 2013 ASIS&T Annual Meeting taking place in Montreal, November 1-6. As this issue of the Bulletin is readied for publication, conference chairs France Bouthillier, McGill University, and Boryung Ju, Louisiana State University, report that they and their committee chairs have made preliminary selections for all program slots. They previously announced that Jorge Garcia, a senior business intelligence and data management analyst for Technical Evaluation Centers in Montreal, will deliver the keynote address at the meeting.
Pre-conference Workshops and Seminars
To accompany the technical program, an interesting array of pre-conference sessions has been selected for the meeting. Full details will be available in the preliminary program to be mailed shortly and on the ASIS&T website. But make plans now to participate in one or more of these sessions:
Friday, November 1
PIM 2013: Breaking Out to More Practical Progress in Personal Information Management
Metrics 2013: Workshop on Informetric and Scientometric Research (SIG/MET)
Saturday, November 2
9th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium (SIG/SI)
SIG/CR Workshop: Big Data, Linked Data: Classification Research at the Junction
Eye-tracking for Information Science Researchers and Practitioners
13th Annual SIG/USE Research Symposium: Information Behavior on the Move: Information Needs, Seeking and Use in the Era of Mobile Communications
Time to Vote for ASIS&T Officers and Directors
As it is every summer, it’s election season once again for the Association for Information Science and Technology. Electronic balloting is now underway for the election of a president-elect, treasurer and two directors-at-large. In addition, members are invited to cast their ballot for or against a bylaws change proposed by the Board of Directors. Voting ends on August 31, 2013. If you have not received an email containing your special user name and password for this election, contact ASIS&T headquarters immediately for instructions.
Newly elected officers and directors will take their seats on the Board of Directors at the conclusion of the ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Montreal.
Candidates for president-elect for 2014 are Sandra Hirsh and Prudence Dalrymple. Treasurer candidates are Vicki L. Gregory and Lisl Zach. Four candidates vying for two open director seats are Lauren Harrison, Isto Huvila, Mei-Mei Wu and June Abbas.
Candidates for President-elect
Sandra Hirsh is professor and director of the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. Prior to joining SJSU in 2010, Hirsh held a number of corporate jobs, including senior user experience manager at Microsoft and director of the information research program at HP Labs. Before the corporate stints, Hirsh was on the faculty at the University of Arizona. Her research interests focus on information-seeking behavior and understanding the information needs of a broad spectrum of users. Hirsh has served ASIS&T in a number of capacities, including as chair of the current Information Professionals Task Force and on conference organizing and program planning committees. Hirsh was serving as faculty advisor to the SJSU student chapter of ASIS&T when it was named Student Chapter-of-the-Year in 2012.
Prudence (Pru) Dalrymple is research and teaching professor at Drexel University and director of the Institute for Healthcare Informatics at the iSchool at Drexel University, where she works closely with the Colleges of Medicine and Nursing and Health Professions and the Schools of Public Health and Biomedical Engineering. After service as a medical librarian, she joined the faculty at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and was dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University. Within ASIS&T, she has twice served on the JASIST Best Paper Award jury, chaired the Education Committee and participated in the leadership of various SIGs and task forces. She served as director-at-large from 2009-12. She is also the longest serving member of the Information Professionals Task Force. She recently edited a special issue of the Bulletin on health informatics and has presented at numerous ASIS&T meetings.
Vicki L. Gregory
Vicki L. Gregory is a professor at the School of Information, University of South Florida. Since joining ASIS&T in 1984, she has served as president of the Florida Chapter and, on the national level, has been a member of SIG/LAN, which she also chaired, and SIG/DL. She has held the elected positions of both deputy director and director of SIG Cabinet. For the last six years she has been ASIS&T treasurer; previously she was a member of the Budget and Finance Committee, pursuant to which service she developed an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the Society’s finances and as well as the ASIS&T budgeting process. During the last several years she has worked with ASIS&T management to developing a prudent investment program for the organization.
Lisl Zach is associate teaching professor in the College of Information Science and Technology at Drexel University. A member of ASIS&T since 1998, she has served on the Budget and Finance Committee since 2001. She has also served on a number of award juries for ASIS&T and was the SIG/USE liaison officer. Before returning to academia, Lisl spent 20 years working in for-profit and not-for-profit management. In addition to directing basic financial and administrative functions, she worked closely with responsible board committees to develop investment guidelines and monitored the performance of the investment managers of a $40 million endowment fund. She has also helped to develop standards for fiduciary responsibility and to identify appropriate levels of income that could be drawn from endowment funds to support operations.
Lauren Harrison is a senior scientist in pharmaceutical research and development informatics at Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., where she has been employed since 1979. Lauren has served in many global information scientist positions, including manager of library and information science and most recently as part of Hoffmann-La Roche’s newly created Translational Clinical Research Center. Lauren is also passionate about creating a new generation of information scientists so she serves as an adjunct professor at the Palmer School of Library & Information. Lauren has been active in ASIS&T since 1991. On the chapter level, she served as program chair, chapter chair and immediate past chair of the NJ Chapter. She also served as chair of SIG/MED for three terms. On the national level Lauren has served on the Leadership Committee and the ASIS&T Lecture Series Award Jury.
Isto Huvila is senior lecturer at the School of Business and Economics, Åbo Akademi University in Finland. He also works as an associate professor and project director at Uppsala University in Sweden. Isto’s research interests include information and knowledge management, information work, knowledge organization, documentation and social and participatory information practices. The context of his research ranges from archaeology and cultural heritage, archives, libraries and museums to social media, virtual worlds and corporate and public organizations. Isto is past chair of the ASIS&T European Chapter. He has also served on the planning committee of the 2013 SIG/USE research symposium, as a chair of the second ASIS&T European Workshop, technical program chair of the first ASIS&T European Workshop and as the secretary of the ASIS&T European Student Chapter.
Mei-Mei Wu is professor and founding chair of the Graduate Institute of Library & Information Studies at the National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) in Taipei, Taiwan. She has served as chair of the ASIS&T International Relations Committee and chair of the ASIS&T Taipei Chapter. She has organized numerous international conferences and chaired multiple sessions/tracks in conferences. She is the co-founder of Chinese Information Literacy Association (CILA), founded in 2003. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Library and Information Science, an open access journal published by NTNU. She has led nationwide information literacy teaching and research projects and won online teaching awards. Her research publications appear in both Chinese and English, in monographs, book chapters, journal articles and conference papers.
June Abbas is professor in the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Oklahoma, Norman campus. She taught in the Department of Library and Information Studies at the State University of New York in Buffalo before joining moving to Oklahoma. She also held professional positions in public and special libraries. Her research focuses on the development of user-centered digital libraries, institutional repositories and other knowledge organization structures. She conducts research on youth and their use of technology, and the intersection between information behavior, information retrieval, and structures for organizing knowledge. She has also served as project manager on eight digital library projects and on task forces to develop institutional repositories. Her recently published book Structures for Organizing Knowledge: Exploring Taxonomies, Ontologies and Other Schema" was nominated for ASIS&T Book of the Year in 2011.
Additional candidate information, including expanded biographical data and position statements, is available at the ASIS&T website at http://asis.org/elections/.
A proposed amendment to the ASIS&T Bylaws is also included on the ballot. Full details about the proposal are included in the June/July 2013 issue of the Bulletin of the Association of Information Science and Technology, available at the ASIS&T website.
News about ASIS&T Members
Claire McInerney is the new acting dean of the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, succeeding Jorge Reina Schement, who was appointed Rutgers’ first vice president of diversity and inclusion. Dr. McInerney joined the SC&I faculty in 2000 and most recently served as associate dean for curriculum and assessment. She also serves on the editorial board of JASIST, the Journal of the Association of Information Science & Technology.
Heidi Julien, most recently a professor at the University of Alabama, is joining the Department of Library and Information Studies, University of Buffalo, in mid-August. She will serve as chair and professor in the Department of Library and Information Studies. Her research interests focus on information behavior, information literacy and education for information studies. She has served as chair of ASIS&T SIG/USE.
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