ASIS&T Career Profile
Name:  Donald O. Case
Job Title:  Professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of Kentucky
 
Brief Career Biography: 
During college in Washington State I worked in an academic and a government library as a student worker, and volunteered in a public library. That led to a Master's in information studies (Syracuse University) and two jobs as a systems analyst. In the latter positions I decided I wanted to focus on research and teaching, and went to Stanford University for a doctorate in Communications Research, focusing on computer-mediated communication. From there I went to UCLA as an Assistant (and later Associate) Professor. After more than a decade in southern California I accepted the Directorship of the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Kentucky, a state I was introduced to when I conducted research on an experimental information system there in the early 1980s, with Bill Paisley and the late Everett Rogers. After three years as department chair I went back to full-time teaching at UK--and that is where I remain today.
 
Benefits of ASIS&T: 
The benefits vary depending on your career path and stage of career. As an academic, I can say that attending ASIS&T meetings led to a number of good experiences: exposure to new ideas and research, meeting fascinating people, practice in public speaking, opportunities to both interview and be interviewed for positions. At my first ASIS&T meeting I met people whose work I had read; I never dreamt that I would have a chance to talk to them in person. I also first met the editors of major information science journals at ASIS&T meetings. And it has contributed to my life through travel: I have almost always taken a few hours, or even an entire extra day, to see the city where ASIS&T has its Annual Meeting. Among the places that ASIST took me for the first time were Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA, Columbus, OH, Providence, RI, Milwaukee WI, and Austin, TX (of course ASIS&T has taken me to many more cities than those, but not for the first time). For all these reasons, ASIS&T is a great group to be a part of.
 
Advice for New Information Professionals: 
Don't be afraid to move to new cities or change employers.