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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.