SIG USE Officers

Chair: Soo Young Rieh, University of Michigan, USA []

Chair-Elect: Lynn Westbrook, University of Texas, Austin, USA []

Treasurer: Sanda Erdelez, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA []

Awards Jury Chair: Dania Bilal, University of Tennessee, USA []

Communications coordinators: Stephanie Willen Brown [] & Sean Goggins []

Webmaster: Tawnya Means, University of Florida []

Chair Candidate Bios

Dr. Lorri Mon is an Assistant Professor in the College of Communication & Information at Florida State University. She received an MLIS from University of Michigan's Information School and a PhD in Information Science from the University of Washington iSchool. Her research explores intermediated information-seeking and how question-asking and question-answering interactions are impacted by information technologies such as e-mail, chat, instant messaging, SMS text messaging, and virtual worlds. Dr. Mon has taught a variety of courses including a basic reference course, an introductory course on the information professions and an advanced reference course, "Virtual Reference Environments," which incorporates community service learning and hands-on experiences with information technology tools such as wikis, blogs, chat, virtual worlds, social media, and text messaging. As a former federal depository librarian at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Dr. Mon also teaches FSU's government documents course. Dr. Mon has participated in SIG-USE since 2005, including contributing a chapter to the 2005 SIG-USE publication "Theories of Information Behavior." She received the 2007 Elfreda A. Chatman ASIS&T SIG-USE Research Award, and has served on the Chatman award committee. In attending annual ASIS&T conferences since 2005, Dr. Mon has been actively involved as a presenter, moderator, and poster session participant.

Dr. Leanne Bowler is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, where she is responsible for the specialization in children's and young adult librarianship. She teaches courses about technology for young people, children's literature, services for early childhood, and design theory in LIS. Her research interests lie in the area of youth information behavior and design-based research. Her dissertation research resulted in a taxonomy of adolescent metacognitive knowledge during the information search process (Bowler, 2010). Future research will focus on metacognition and youth, within the context of information seeking and the adoption of new media. Recent service to the community includes membership on the selection committee for the Best Books For Babies Award (Beginning with Books), as well as participation in the Early Childhood Working Group for Canada's National Reading Summit. She received her PhD and two master degrees - one in library science and the other in educational psychology - from McGill University. Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked as a children's librarian for over ten years and as an educational consultant for the Quebec Centre for Literacy, on a project to investigate health literacy in a Montreal-area hospital, and for McGill University's Indonesian Social Equity Project (a bi-lateral project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency and the Indonesian government).

Past Chairs:
Crystal Fulton (2008-2009)
Olof Sundin (2007-2008)
Heidi Julien (2006-2007)
Kevin Rioux (2005-2006)
Karen Fisher (2004-2005)
Sanda Erdelez (2003-2004)
Dania Bilal (2002-2003)
Eileen Abels (2001-2002)
David Robins (2000-2001)
Barbara Wildemuth (1999-2000)

Chair-Elect: Soo Young Rieh []

Treasurer: Sanda Erdelez []

Awards Jury Chair: Dania Bilal []

Communications coordinators: Stephanie Willen Brown [] & Sean Goggins []

Webmaster: Tawnya Means, University of Florida []