International Relations Committee


1. The International Relations Committee shall advise the Board of Directors and shall represent the Association's interest in matters related to international cooperation and programs in the field of information science and technology, information services and policies.

2. It shall actively seek avenues to increase ASIS&T's international presence through appropriate initiatives from ASIS&T, participation in international cooperative efforts and collaboration with associations active in the broad field of library and information science.

3. It shall advise the Membership committee on activities to increase international membership, including opportunities for establishing international chapters and student chapters 

4. It shall advise other committees, chapters and special interest groups on ways to increase the involvement and representation of international members in ASIS&T programs, awareness of ASIS&T's international members and activities, awareness of international activities among ASIS&T members.

5. It shall submit to the ASIS&T Board an annual work plan identifying the specific activities and collaborative ventures to be carried out during the forthcoming fiscal year. The financial risk assessment of the proposed activities and their other financial implications should have been duly approved beforehand in accordance with the procedures in place. Upon approval of the latter, the Chair shall be authorized to take required actions for implementing the plan on behalf of the Board. Progress reports should be submitted for Board's information at each of its meetings and regular liaison should be maintained with the President and Executive Director. 

6. The Executive Director shall seek the committee's advice and support in dealing with any matter related to international activities. The President, Executive Director and Committee shall cooperate in dealing with all proposed initiatives or activities occurring outside of those contemplated in the work plan mentioned in Item 5 above.

7. The committee shall consist of 

  • a chair
  • Board liaison
  • the Chair of SIG/IIII or his/her representative
  • 4 or more members as determined by the Chair and President/President-elect, with active exposure to activities in the various regions of the world and international organizations and programs related to information science. Whenever possible one of these members should be a student member. As appropriate the President may entrust these members with a role of international liaison in particular areas. 
  • Executive Director ex officio

The appointments are normally for 2 year renewable term, subject to annual reconfirmation by the President-elect.

8. The committee shall maintain regular contact with the Membership committee, Chapter Assembly advisory committee and the SIG Cabinet Steering committee, through designated liaison persons. 
All committees, chapters and SIGs will be welcome to appoint a liaison person to the committee. 

9. The international liaison persons appointed by the President in consultation with the Chair to promote ASIS&T presence in particular countries or regions shall report to the committee.

Chairs:  Diane Sonnenwald and Mei-Mei-Wu
Board Liaison:
 Fidelia Ibekwe-SanJuan

  • Kendra Albright
  • France Bouthillier
  • Jane Greenberg
  • Vivienne Houghton
  • Hao-Ren Ke
  • Ying-Hsang Liu
  • Theng Yin Leng
  • Takashi Nagatsuka
  • Diane Rasmussen Pennington
  • Marcia Saprop-Ficovic
  • Fang Wang
  • Xiaojun Yuan
  • Shimelis Assefa, SIG III Chair
  • Hans-Christoph Hobohm, New Leader Awardee (2014-2015)
  • Richard Hill, Executive Director, xo