SIGDL Elections October 26-30: Call for Nominations!

Calling all ASIS&T Digital Libraries Special Interest Group (SIG-DL) members:

SIG-DL is seeking nominations for the below 2015-2016 positions by Friday, October 23rd, 2015.

– Chair-elect
– Secretary /Treasurer
– Communications Officer
– Membership Officer
– Webmaster

Additional details about the roles and responsibilities of each position can be viewed at:

Current SIG-DL members in good standing are eligible to nominate, vote for, or serve office. Current officers are eligible to run for re-election in their current positions or in any other open positions.

Send nominations / self-nominations to Kevin Comerford ( by Friday, October 23rd, 2015. Nominations must include the following information:

1. Full contact information of Candidate (Name, Professional Title, Organization, email)
2. Photograph
3. Short biographical statement
4. Brief description of the candidate’s qualifications for the position.

The election will occur online from Monday, October 26th – Friday October 30th, 2015.

Elected officers should attend the SIGDL Business Meeting which occurs during the 2015 ASIS&T Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. Elected officers will be expected to actively participate in phone calls and virtual meetings throughout the upcoming 2015-2016 year.

SIG-DL conducts elections before the annual meeting to comply with our bylaws and to ensure a productive planning meeting in St. Louis, MO. Details on the electronic voting procedure will be distributed along with the election materials once the nomination period expires.

We look forward to hearing from you and appreciate your willingness to be an active member in SIG-DL.

The SIG-DL Nomination Committee

ASIS&T SIG-DL Seeking Nominations for Deborah Barreau Memorial Award


Release date: August 21, 2015

The Dr. Deborah Barreau Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to Special Interest Group – Digital Libraries (SIG-DL) has been established in memory of Dr. Deborah Barreau, a leader in ASIS&T for many years including SIG-DL Cabinet Representative (2006), SIG-DL Chair (2008), Leadership Development Chair (2008), Board of Directors (2009-2011) and ASIS&T Executive Committee (2011).  Dr. Barreau served as an advocate for SIG-DL and emerging leaders within the ASIS&T Community and she mentored many of the SIG-DL members to become active contributors within the ASIS&T community.

Dr. Barreau was the Frances Carroll McColl Term Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science, where she taught for ten years. An influential researcher, her work on personal information management in particular has been widely cited both inside and outside the digital library field. She was a masterful teacher, winning the school’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2004 and in 2008, and the Outstanding Information Science Teacher International Award from the American Society for Information Science and Technology in 2002. Highly respected and regarded by her colleagues and students, she was known for her dedication, commitment and kindness; exceptional mentoring skills-offering time and advice at all hours; and for creating a classroom environment that encouraged creativity while helping her students understand how what they were learning was related to their own lives.

The Award

The Dr. Deborah Barreau Memorial Award honors ASIS&T SIG-DL members who have made significant contributions to the Digital Libraries Special Interest Group through service, projects, research or professional development initiatives that enrich the SIG-DL community.  The award is intended to encourage active engagement of SIG-DL members, recognizing outstanding service to the SIG. In addition to recognition of exceptional contributions to SIG-DL, awardees will also receive a modest monetary award which will be presented in a brief ceremony during the SIG-DL business meeting held at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

Eligibility & Selection

Only ASIST SIG-DL members are eligible to be nominated. Current SIG-DL Executive Committee members are not eligible.

Selection will be based on an evaluation of the breadth and depth of the contributions to SIG-DL. A panel of three SIG-DL Executive Committee members will select the recipient. Depending on the quality and diversity of the nominations, the award may not necessarily be granted every year. In that instance, the prize money shall be reserved until the following year.

Important Dates

Application due date:  October 1, 2015

Award Notification date:  October 15, 2015

Nominations received after October 1 of each year will not be considered for that year’s award; they will instead be rolled over for consideration the following year.

Nomination Procedure

To submit a nomination, e-mail SIG-DL Chair Kevin Comerford ( with the nomination materials. Self-nominations are not accepted. Nominations will not be considered until all materials have been received.

Nominations will be comprised of the following elements:

  1. The nominee’s name, title, institution, phone and email address.
  2. The nominator’s name, title, institution, phone, email address and the nominator’s relationship with the candidate.
  3. A narrative (no longer than 1,000 words) outlining the activities which illustrate the outstanding contributions of the nominee to the Digital Libraries Special Interest Group.
  4. A brief biography of the nominee.
  5. A current resume of the nominee.
  6. Letters of support of the nominee are optional, but accepted.

Workshop: Data Visualization: Why It Matters and What You Should Know

When: Friday, May 8, 2015, Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Access Innovations, Inc., 4725 Indian School Road NE, Suite 100, Albuquerque, NM 87110 (Call 998-0800 if you need directions)

Speaker: Kevin Boyack, President, SciTech Strategies, Inc.

Data Visualization is a hot topic, but where did this whole idea come from? Why does it matter to you? What can you do with data visualization tools and techniques? What do you need to know to get started on a data visualization project? What kinds of data can be used?

Registration includes lunch.

$20 for SLA RGC and ASIS&T members
$25 for non-members

Register here.

SIG-DL Seeking Chair Elect

SIG-DL is seeking applicants for the position of Chair Elect to serve on the SIG-DL Executive Committee for the remainder of 2014. The position is being filled as a temporary (pro tem) appointment. This is an ideal opportunity to get more involved in SIG-DL and add a national service appointment to your résumé. The successful applicant to the Chair Elect (pro tem) position will be appointed to carry out the current term, which concludes in November 2014. A full description of Chair-Elect duties can be found online:

At the conclusion of the appointment in Nov 2014, the incumbent will be welcome to run for any of the SIG-DL Executive Officer positions. If you are interested in helping out the SIG and want to participate in SIG-DL Executive Committee discussions please email SIG DL Chair, Kevin Comerford ( with a brief statement of interest. Regards, SIG DL Executive Officers

Update 3/2014: SIG DL thanks Joan Beaudoin for filling this position.

SIG-DL Events at ASIS&T 2013

SIG-DL is sponsoring several events at the ASIS&T Meeting in Montreal; all ASIS&T attendees are invited! On Monday, November 4th:


  • The 3rd annual SIG-DL sponsored student panel begins at 1:30. It is entitled Digital Liaisons: Engaging with Digital Curation Theory and Practice. Read more about it here: in the ASIS&T Program.
  • The SIG-DL Business meeting is 5-6pm in Salon 4 of the conference hotel.
  • The meeting will be followed by SIG-DL’s Annual Dutch Treat Dinner at Les 3 Brasseurs (1356 Sainte-Catherine St. W Montreal, QC H3G 2B2, Canada), a 6-minute walk from the conference hotel. All are welcome to join us (SIG DL member or not). We will meet in the hotel lobby at 6:15pm.

A bientot!

2013-14 SIG-DL Officers Election Results

Dear ASIS&T and SIG-DL members,

We are pleased to announce the newly-elected slate of SIG-DL officers. Your officers for 2013-2014 are:

Chair-elect:  Kevin Comerford
Secretary/Treasurer: Elizabeth (Lizzy) Rolando
Communications Officer: Tina Jayroe
Membership Officer: Lyne Da Sylva
Webmaster: Dot Porter

To learn more about your SIG-DL officers, you can read their bios at
Congratulations to the new officers!

Marisa Ramirez
SIG-DL Chair, 2012-2013

Susan Parham Wells
SIG-DL Chair, 2011-2012