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