2016 Distinguished Lecture Series: Honoring Dr. Barbara Wildemuth

The 2016 Distinguished Lecture Series event, held on December 7th, 2016, honored Dr. Barbara Wildemuth, Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill for her notable contributions to research in the field of information science. The New Jersey Association for Information Science and Technology (NJ-ASIS&T) and the Department of Library and Information Science at the Rutgers School of Communication and Information hosted the event.

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Prior to the award reception, Dr. Wildemuth spent the day at the Rutgers School of Communication and Information. She met with eight doctoral students for a reading group discussion of her 2014 article published with Luanne Freund and Elaine Toms in the Journal of Documentation, “Untangling search task complexity and difficulty in the context of interactive information retrieval studies.” She also spent time individually with faculty and doctoral students during the day.

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The reception was attended by 30 people, including NJ-ASIS&T members and non-members, faculty, doctoral, and masters students from the Rutgers School of Communication and Information. NJ-ASIS&T chair Dr. Kaitlin Costello introduced the ASIS&T organization and said a few words about Dr. Barbara Wildemuth, and then presented her with the prestigious Distinguished Lectureship award.

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Dr. Wildemuth gave a brief and lively talk on her recent work, defining and describing task-based interactive information retrieval research and offering several questions for future researchers. She presented several examples from her own work on patterns of search behavior at different levels of information task complexity, and discussed how task complexity impacts information seeking behaviors. The talk concluded with future directions and a discussion of open questions in task-based research in interactive information retrieval. Following the lecture, there was an engaging Q&A session.

Dr. Wildemuth has over 30 years of experience in the study of people’s use of information and information technologies, with particular emphasis on people’s online searching behaviors. Her most recent work includes an analysis of the search strategies used by people conducting web searches (in collaboration with Diane Kelly) and a methodological study of the search tasks assigned in interactive information retrieval experiments. Her book, “Applications of Social Research Methods to Questions in Information and Library Science,” has been adopted as a text in a number of ILS schools in the United States and abroad; a second edition was released last month. She teaches courses in various aspects of research methods, human information interactions, and information ethics. She received her Ph.D. from Drexel University, and holds master’s degrees from Rutgers University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She joins a group of distinguished leaders in information science in her receipt of this award, including Dr. Eugene Garfield, Dr. Christine L. Borgman, and Dr. Michael Buckland.

NJ ASIS&T & RU ASIS&T Present 2016 Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Barbara Wildemuth

The New Jersey chapter of ASIS&T is pleased to announce that this year’s Distinguished Lecture Series Award will be presented to Dr. Barbara Wildemuth, Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. To honor and celebrate Prof. Wildemuth, we invite you to join a reception at Rutgers University on Wednesday, December 7th.

Date and time: Wednesday, December 7 2016, 5:00 p.m.
Location: Rutgers Club (199 College Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901)
Cost: Free for students, $10/$15 for professionals (ASIS&T members, non-members). Pay at the door.
NJ ASIS&T, in partnership with the Library and Information Science department at the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, are hosting a distinguished lecture series featuring esteemed scholar Dr. Barbara Wildemuth on Wednesday, December 7th from 5-7 pm at the Rutgers Club. Join us as Dr. Wildemuth reflects on her research on people’s use of information and information technologies, with particular emphasis on people’s online searching behaviors. 
 
To this lecture, Dr. Wildemuth brings 40 years of experience in the study of people’s use of information and information technologies, with particular emphasis on people’s online searching behaviors. Her most recent work includes an analysis of the search strategies used by people conducting web searches (in collaboration with Diane Kelly) and a methodological study of the search tasks assigned in interactive information retrieval experiments. Her book, “Applications of Social Research Methods to Questions in Information and Library Science,” has been adopted as a text in a number of ILS schools in the United States and abroad; a second edition was released last month. She teaches courses in various aspects of research methods, human information interactions, and information ethics. She received her Ph.D. from Drexel University, and holds master’s degrees from Rutgers University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 
 
The lecture series will be followed by a Q&A period and a reception honoring Dr. Wildemuth’s distinguished career. 

The Chapter Event of the Year Award for New Jersey ASIS&T

We are pleased to share that ASIS&T has recognized one of the events we did this year for the Chapter Event of the Year award to be given out at the Annual Meeting in Copenhagen next month. See the announcement below.
Big thanks to Rutgers, Pratt, and Drexel Student Chapters of ASIST, along with NJ ASIS&T officers and volunteers for making this event a big success.
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Chapter Event of the Year
The 2016 Chapter Event-of-the-Year Award goes to New Jersey ASIS&T for the first ASIS&T Regional Meeting held at Rutgers University on April 15: https://www.asist.org/events/asist-regional-meeting-2016-rutgers-university/. The nomination received high point with a theme of participant engagement.

Reviewers noted the timeliness of the topic, diverse and well-known speakers, and opportunities for students and SIGs engagement. It was well-publicized and well attended, both face to face and virtual. As described by the nominator, this event brought together students chapters from Rutgers, Pratt, and Drexel together in working with the NJ Chapter, setting a good example of chapters could collaborate in a mutually beneficial way. In addition to executing a highly successful program, this event created a milestone in ASIS&T and set an example of how ASIS&T could create value for its members at a local level.

Association for Information Science and Technology Regional Meeting

On April 15, 2016, the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) held  a regional meeting at Rutgers University’s Alexander Library and the School of Communication and Information (SC&I).  The full-day program included a creativity workshop and panels on library as community and wearable technology.  There were approximately 30 attendees a the regional meeting.

The regional meeting began with a great welcome from Nadia Caidi, current President of ASIS&T and  Associate Professor at the Faculty of Information (iSchool), University of Toronto.  She opened the day’s program and provided context to the value of the regional meeting.

Nadia Caidi, current President of ASIS&T opening the regional meeting
Nadia Caidi, current President of ASIS&T opening the regional meeting

Creativity, Imagination & Innovation in the Workplace & Home Life: Practical Methods & Techniques.

Michael Leach (Harvard University & Simmons SLIS) led a workshop titled “Creativity, Imagination & Innovation in the Workplace & Home Life: Practical Methods & Techniques.” Michael introduced the concepts of “creativity” and “innovation” both in an operationalized and practical way. Attendees discussed behaviors associated with creativity and innovation such as divergent thinking, ideation, internal motivation, flow, and problem definition, along with several interesting and enjoyable hands-on activities.

Michael Leach, Head of Collection Development, Cabot Science Library, at Harvard University presents on creativity
Michael Leach, Head of Collection Development, Cabot Science Library, at Harvard University presents on creativity

See the video of creativity workshop here.

After lunch, there were two parallel panel session/presentations for attendees.

Panel Presentation 1: Library as Community – New Directions in Multicultural Public Library Research and Services.

Based on research and practical experience, presenters and attendees discussed new directions of research and services related to multicultural public library. Professionals from diverse libraries shared their experiences in the field, research projects and the results, proposing several ways to help library users from multicultural backgrounds(click linklink to see the video).

  • Denise Agosto (Drexel University)
  • Adriana Blancarte-Hayward (New York Public Library)
  • Nadia Caidi (University of Toronto)
  • Fred Gitner (Queens Library)
Denise E. Agosto, Professor in the College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University
Denise E. Agosto, Professor in the College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Libraries, Information & Society (CSLIS), Editor of Journal of Research on Libraries & Young Adults

Panel Presentation 2: Wearable Technology – Behaviors, Data Management & Policies  

The second panel presentation focused on the research on wearable technology. Presenters discussed their research projects that utilized wearable technologies to understand and examine human behavior.  In addition, there were time demonstrations of wearable devices.  Following the presentation, there was a discussion that brought interesting points such as: To what extent can we know and understand people’s behavior? How can we take advantage of the wearable sensor technology to learn and help people’s library and information practices?  (click link to see the video)

  • Chirag Shah (Rutgers)
  • Vivek K. Singh (Rutgers)
Vivek Singh, Assistant Professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University and a Visiting Professor at MIT Media Lab
Vivek Singh, Assistant Professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University and a Visiting Professor at MIT Media Lab

 

SIGs, Student, & Regional Chapters best practices: How to maintain and grow a healthy group at ASIS&T or in your workplace.

The panel, comprised of people who are currently involved in various chapters and SIGs, shared their expertise in ways ASIS&T members can emulate, to have a successful and active group & experience within the organization.  

The discussion was moderated by Tricia Bradshaw, 2016 Chair of SIG KM

  • Panelists:
    • Si Sun, past chair of SIG HLTH
    • Vanessa Kitzie, current chair of ASIS&T @ Rutgers
    • Ziad Matni, current treasurer for NJ ASIS&T
    • Annie Erdmann, current Chair for the New England Chapter of ASIS&T
Panel discussion on best practices: How to maintain and grow a healthy group at ASIS&T
Panel discussion on best practices: How to maintain and grow a healthy group at ASIS&T

See this discussion here.

(From the left) Michael Leach, Chirag Shah, Ziad Matni, Annie Erdmann, Nadia Caidi, Tricia Bradshaw, Vanessa Kitzie, Si Sun, and Dongho Choi

Happy Hour & Happy Holidays!

NJASIS&T happy hour was well attended in three locations!

The New Brunswick, New York City, and Philadelphia groups met at a local restaurant/bar to enjoy a drink with colleagues.   The places varied but all had a good time.  There were discussions, laughing, drinking and a Skype chat.   It was a great evening!

Join us at future events!  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay in touch.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS & A GREAT 2016!

NJ ASIS&T Happy Hour 2015 – First Drink for ASIS&T Members on Us!

NJ and the neighbor ASISTs are going out for happy hour!

To connect our members and reach out to non-members, we are organizing a social gathering on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at three locations: NJ, NY, and PA.

At each of these places, we will meet at a local bar/restaurant for happy hour that afternoon (5-7pm).

Hope you could join, even for a little while. Non-members are welcome too.

The first drink for ASIS&T members is on us!

Date & Time:

Thursday, December 17, 2015, 5 – 7pm
Please RSVP by December 9, 2015, through the following form: https://goo.gl/6UCzp4

Locations & Contacts:

  1. NJ: New Brunswick: Hotoke Restaurant (http://www.hotokerestaurant.com)
    Contact:  Chirag Shah (chirags@rutgers.edu)
  2. NYC: ManhattanFlannery’s Bar (http://www.yelp.com/biz/flannerys-bar-new-york)
    Contacts: Robin Naughton (robin.naughton@gmail.com), Samantha Levin (samanthajlevin@gmail.com) 
  3. PA: Philadelphia: Tattooed Mom (http://tattooedmomphilly.com).
    Contacts: Rebecca Reynolds (rbreynol@rutgers.edu), Kristene Unsworth (ku26@drexel.edu)

See you there!

2015 Distinguished Lecture Series: Honoring Dr. Michael Buckland

The 2015 Distinguished Lecture Series event was held on May 13, 2015, and hosted by NJ ASIS&T (New Jersey Association for Information Science and Technology) and RU ASIS&T (Rutgers University Chapter – Association for Information Science and Technology).  The event honored Dr. Michael Buckland, Professor Emeritus Professor, School of Information, University of California, Berkeley,  for his outstanding research in the field of Information Science.  Professor Michael Buckland is one of the preeminent scholars in the library and information science field.

A Day at Rutgers School of Communication & Information 

Prior to award reception, Dr. Buckland spent the day at Rutgers School of Communication and Information.  He met with faculty and enjoyed lunch with PhD students.  It was a great opportunity for the students and the faculty to have informal discussions with Dr. Buckland.

Opening Reception  

The reception was attended by over 40 people that include ASIS&T members and non-members within and outside of SCI, includingDr. Claire McInerney, Acting Dean of School of Communication & Information (SC&I) at Rutgers University.

2015 Distinguished Lecturer

 

Award Presentation 

NJ ASIS&T Chair Dr. Chirag Shah said a few words about the ASIS&T organization and introduced Dr. Claire McInerney, Acting Dean of School of Communication & Information (SC&I) at Rutgers University.

Dean McInerney presented the prestigious Distinguished Lectureship award to Dr. Michael Buckland

Distinguished Lecture

Dr. Buckland gave a brief talk on his experiences working in the field of LIS.  He provided both practical and theoretical contexts that influenced his perceptions and future expectations.
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NJ ASIS&T & RU ASIS&T Present 2015 Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Michael Buckland

“Information Science Past and Future: A Personal View.”

The New Jersey Chapter of ASIS&T is pleased to announce that this year’s Distinguished Lecture Series Award will be presented to Prof. Michael Buckland, Emeritus Professor, School of Information, University of California, Berkeley. To honor and celebrate Prof. Buckland, we invite you to join a reception at Rutgers University on Wednesday, May 13.  

Date & Time: Wednesday, May 13 2015, 5:00 p.m.
Location: Rutgers Club (199 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901)
RSVP: Kindly RSVP to http://bit.ly/1I4nlIx
Cost: 
  • $5/$10 for students (ASIS&T members, non-members) 
  • $10/$15 for professionals (ASIS&T members, non-members).
 
NJ ASIS&T in partnership with RU ASIS&T are hosting a distinguished lecture series featuring esteemed scholar Dr. Michael Buckland on Wednesday, May 13th from 5-7 p.m. at the Rutgers Club. Join us as Dr. Buckland reflects on how his experiences influenced his view of the field at the intersection of digital libraries and digital humanities.
To this lecture, Dr. Buckland brings 50 years of experience in the study of library services, bibliographical access, cultural heritages, and the history of documentation. His books include Library Services in Theory and Context (Pergamon, 1983; 2nd ed. 1988), Information and Information Systems (Praeger, 1991), Redesigning Library Services (American Library Association, 1992), and a biography, Emanuel Goldberg and his Knowledge Machine (Libraries Unlimited, 2006). His principal project currently is “Editorial Practices and the Web” which makes historians’ working notes accessible at editorsnotes.org. The lecture series will be followed by a Q&A period and a reception honoring Dr. Buckland’s distinguished career.
 
We hope you can join!
 
Questions? Contact: rutgersuasist@gmail.com
 

About NJ ASIS&T: The New Jersey Chapter is a four-time winner of the ASIS&T Chapter-of-the-Year Award. The chapter aims to connect information professionals in both academia and industry to the latest in research and practice relating to information science and technology. The chapter has held presentation and dinner meetings featuring prominent scholars and presented Distinguished Lectureship awards to thought leaders in the field, including Gerald Salton, Karen Sparck Jones, and Eugene Garfield. For more information, please visit: http://www.asis.org/Chapters/nj/
 
About RU ASIS&T: Comprised of MLIS and PhD students, this group focuses on studying the relationship between information behaviors and technology, and how people interact with both. The group holds activities ranging from technology workshops to conference practice talks to job workshops. RU ASIS&T plans to hold additional distinguished lecture series, a career panel, and tutorials in the fall semester. For more information, please visit: http://ruasist.rutgers.edu/

NJ ASIST Happy Hour – First Drink for ASIST Members on Us!

NJ ASIST is going out for happy hour!

To connect our members and reach out to non-members, we are organizing a social gathering on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at two locations: Jersey City and New Brunswick. At each of these places, we will meet at a local bar/restaurant for happy hour that afternoon.  Non-members are welcome too.  Hope you can make it, even for a quick hello.

Date & Time:

Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 4 – 7pm
If you haven’t already sent your RSVP, please do so now: http://goo.gl/3ZPVSI

Locations & Contacts:

Jersey City – Orale Mexican Kitchen (http://www.oralemk.com)
341 Grove Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Contact: Robin Naughton (robin.naughton@gmail.com)

New Brunswick: Hotoke Restaurant (http://www.hotokerestaurant.com)
350 George St. New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Contact:  Chirag Shah (chirags@rutgers.edu)

See you there!