2014 Distinguished Lecture Series: Honoring Dr. Paul Kantor

The 2014 Distinguished Lecture Series event was held on May 14, 2014, 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 Professor Paul Kantor for his outstanding research in the field of Information Science.

Opening Reception

With cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, NJ ASIS&T sponsored reception opened the event and it was well-attended with approximately 50 people that include ASIS&T members and non-members.

Distinguished Lecture Series Opening Reception
Distinguished Lecture Series Opening Reception

Award Presentation 

After some good food, drinks and networking, NJ ASIS&T Chair Dr. Chirag Shah said a few words about the ASIS&T organization and introduced Professor Claire McInerney, Acting Dean of School of Communication & Information (SC&I) at Rutgers University. Dean McInerney presented the prestigious Distinguished Lectureship award to Professor Kantor.

Acting Dean of SCI Claire McInerney, presenting award to Professor Paul Kantor
Acting Dean of SC&I Claire McInerney, presenting award to Professor Paul Kantor

In her introduction, Dean McInerney engaged the audience to respond with answers to a short trivia quiz about Dr. Kantor, highlighting aspects of his academic work and outside interests (including folk dancing and being a pilot). Continue reading 2014 Distinguished Lecture Series: Honoring Dr. Paul Kantor

30 Years of NJ-ASIST (1975-2005)

Thirty Years of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 1975-2005 
A Historical Note

written for The 30th Anniversary of NJ-ASIS&T

This history was researched and written by Ellen Pozzi. Marija Dalbello
provided the organizing framework and conceptual guidance and some writing
for this anniversary edition.

Completed: February 4, 2006. Revised: March 4, 2006.

Opening Paragraph
The New Jersey chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) was founded in 1975 through the efforts of a number of individuals who were interested in having a local chapter and a regional presence for information science community of New Jersey. According to three of the founding members, Don King, Roger Smith, and Leny Struminger, this was in part for geographic reasons. The burgeoning number of New Jersey members considered the commute to meetings organized by the nearest chapter in New York to be too difficult. Roger Smith (one of the early chapter chairs and a founding member), in an interview conducted in 2004 recollects: “There was a lot of enthusiasm for having a separate New Jersey chapter among a lot of the New Jersey people. … They thought [ASIS] was a good organization, but didn’t like the hassle of going into the city” (Oral communication, November 23, 2004).

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