Bulletin, February/March 2014

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Irene L. Travis, Editor

Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology


Montreal was a hospitable and popular site for the 2013 Annual Meeting, which was attended by nearly 600 people. In the off-season, downtown Montreal seemed generally dominated by the pleasant bustle of business and students from nearby McGill. All seemed quiet at night, but then there was the noble and magnificent traffic jam after the Canadiensí hockey game Monday night, which we could all view as light sculpture from our perch in the Salon Club at the SIG/III International Reception. The reception was a significant highlight of the meeting as 41 different countries were represented this year. I was especially impressed with the energy and enthusiasm of the newly created Asian Chapter and of the European Chapter, which won the 2013 Chapter-of-the-Year Award. 

In this issue of the Bulletin, we give you a taste of the Annual Meeting with a look at a variety of conference activities. We begin in Inside ASIS&T with a photo montage of people, places, sessions, parties and other events we enjoyed in Montreal. We then segue into full coverage of the winners of this yearís prestigious ASIS&T Annual Awards and a report from the James Cretsos Leadership Award winner Chirag Shah on what ASIS&T means to him both personally and professionally.

Continuing the Annual Meeting coverage in our feature section, we begin with reports from pre-conference workshops by SIG/USE, SIG/MET and SIG/SI, in which these active SIGs offered intense programs of papers, speakers, posters, panels, discussion groups and award presentations focused on their own specialties. Steve Hardin reports on the talk by Jorge GarcŪa, this yearís keynote speaker. We have also included Award of Merit recipient Carol Kuhlthauís acceptance speech as well as viewpoints on information science from ASIS&T Research Award recipient Susan Herring. 

On his Presidentís Page, Harry Bruce updates us on upcoming actions being taken as a result of the Web Presence Task Force and on steps for expanding membership. 

And finally, our RDAP Report is by Christopher Eaker of the University of Tennessee Libraries, who discusses resources available for educating researchers, especially graduate students, about data management.