With the 75th anniversary meeting of the American Society for Information Science rapidly approaching, Edward Y. Chang, head of Google Research in China, is packing his bags for a trip to Baltimore as the keynote speaker of the milestone meeting. The 75th ASIS&T Annual Meeting will be October 26–30 in Baltimore, featuring dozens of information science and technology researchers and practitioners from around the world.
Edward Chang has been head of Google Research in China since March 2006. He joined the nation's leading search firm after an academic career that began after receiving his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1999. He joined the department of electrical and computer engineering at University of California, Santa Barbara, that year and received his tenure in 2003. In 2006, he was promoted to full professor of electrical engineering. His recent research activities are in the areas of distributed data mining and their applications to rich-media data management and social-network collaborative filtering. His team at Google has developed and launched Google Confucius (a Q&A system, VLDB 10) in 68 countries including China, Russia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, 17 Arabic and 40 Africa nations. Chang also directs Google Mobile 2014 research focused program, which develops novel mobile technologies.
Convening under the theme, Information, Interaction, Innovation: Celebrating the Past, Constructing the Present and Creating the Future, the 2012 ASIS&T Annual Meeting will provide an opportunity to reflect on our past and current research practices, while charting potential pathways for the future. The conference committee, chaired by Shanju L. Chang, National Taiwan University; Crystal Fulton, University College Dublin; and Julia Hersberger, University of North Carolina, is busy preparing the complete program for the meeting. Make your plans now to be a part of the celebration. Check your mailbox for a printed version of the preliminary program, or go online for program updates as they become available.
Balloting Underway for ASIS&T Officers and Directors
As it is every summer, it's election season for the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Electronic balloting is now underway for the election of a president-elect and two directors-at-large. Voting ends on August 31, 2012, with newly elected officers and directors taking their seats on the Board of Directors at the conclusion of the 75th Annual Meeting of ASIS&T in Baltimore.
Candidates for president elect for 2013 and succession to the presidency in 2014 are Harry Bruce and Dietmar Wolfram. Candidates for two director-at-large seats for three-year terms–2013–2015 – are Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Sanda Erdelez, June Abbas and Beata Panagopoulos.
Candidates for President-elect
Harry Bruce is a professor and the dean of the Information School of the University of Washington. Before coming to the University of Washington in 1998, Harry was a faculty member in the Department of Information Studies at the University of Technology in Sydney. Harry is a recipient of the ASIS&T Doctoral Dissertation Award. He has served as a member of the JASIST editorial board. His research and scholarship focus on the study of human information behavior. The purpose of this work is to develop a deeper understanding of how people need, seek and use information in their professional and everyday lives. The new knowledge generated by this research is used to inform the development or enhancement of resources, services and technologies that facilitate information access and use. Harry's research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Washington State Library and the Australian Department of Employment Education and Training.
Dietmar Wolfram is a professor in the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he also recently served as interim dean. He received his PhD in library and information science, MLIS and bachelor's degrees from Western University in Canada. He has published widely in the areas of information retrieval and applied informetrics. He currently serves on five editorial boards, including the Journal of Informetrics and Information Research. Dietmar has been a member of ASIS&T since 1988 and has been involved with the society at all levels. He has served as faculty advisor to the UW-Milwaukee student chapter, occupied every officer position of the Wisconsin chapter and served nationally as chair of the former SIG/OIS, secretary/treasurer of SIG/MET, member of the Education Committee and Annual Meeting Program Committee, co-chair of the Awards and Honors Committee, director-at-large (2004–06) and chair/member of six different award juries.
Candidates for Directors-at-large
Lynn Silipigni Connaway, senior research scientist at OCLC Research, has experience in academic, public and school libraries, as well as library and information science education and corporate and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining OCLC Research, she was vice-president of research and library systems at NetLibrary, the director of the Library and Information Services Department at the University of Denver and on the faculty of the library and informational science program at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Connaway received her doctorate in library and information science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MLS from the University of Arizona. She has been a member of ASIS&T since she was a doctoral student and is a member of SIGs/Classification Research; Information Needs, Seeking and Use; and Digital Libraries. She has served on many ASIS&T award and review committees and is a frequent ASIS&T conference presenter, in addition to serving as co-chair of the 2011 ASIS&T Annual Meeting.
Sanda Erdelez is an associate professor at the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies at University of Missouri (MU). She also serves as associate director for education at MU's Informatics Institute and is the founder of MU's Information Experience Laboratory. Her prior academic appointment was at University of Texas at Austin. She holds bachelor and master of law degrees from University of Osijek, Croatia, and as a Fulbright Scholar received a PhD in information transfer from Syracuse University. Her research and teaching focuses on human information behavior and usability evaluation of information systems. She has been actively engaged in SIG/USE as chair, research symposium organizer and current treasurer. Her contributions to ASIS&T extend to all organizational levels: membership on the program committees and chairing tracks for Annual Meetings, mentoring in the Future ASIS&T Leaders program, regularly reviewing and contributing to JASIST and serving as a faculty co-mentor for the ASIS&T student chapter at MU.
June Abbas, associate professor in the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Oklahoma, Norman campus, obtained her PhD in information science from the University of North Texas in 2001 and taught at the State University of New York in Buffalo before moving to Oklahoma in August 2008. She also held professional positions in public and special libraries. Her research focuses on the development of user-centered digital libraries, institutional repositories and other knowledge organization structures. She conducts research on youth and their use of technology and the intersection between information behavior, information retrieval and structures for organizing knowledge. She teaches courses related to the organization of information and knowledge resources, cataloging and classification, indexing and abstracting, digital collections and digital information retrieval. She has also served as project manager on eight digital libraries projects and on task forces to develop institutional repositories. Her recently published book, Structures for Organizing Knowledge: Exploring Taxonomies, Ontologies and Other Schema, was nominated for ASIS&T Best Information Science Book in 2011.
Beata Panagopoulos is assistant director, technical services at the Mildred F. Sawyer Library at Suffolk University in Boston. As part of the management team, she collaborates in the development of library objectives and formulation of policies consistent with them. Previously, she was head of technical services at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS) library. In 2007 Beata was honored with the Harvard Heroes award for her contributions to the university. Beata has been an active board member of the New England Chapter of ASIS&T since 1994, serving as program chair/chair and membership chair. She serves on the NEASIS&T program committee and conducts the chapter's annual student travel award competition. In 1998, she won the ASIS&T Chapter Member-of-the-Year award. As chair of SIG/PUB, she organized two panels for ASIS&T Annual Meetings. She has also served on various ASIS&T committees, including nominations and leadership development, and she was elected to two terms as chapter assembly director. She has a B.A. in politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, M.A. in political science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and M.S. from Simmons GSLIS.
Additional candidate information, including expanded biographical data and position statements, is available at the ASIS&T website: http://asis.org/elections/. All current ASIS&T members are eligible to vote for officers and directors. Links for electronic voting are sent with a special user ID and password (not your normal ASIST ID and password).
News about ASIS&T Members
Tomas A. Lipinski, currently executive associate dean and professor at Indiana University School of Library and Information Science, will become the new director of the School of Library and Science at Kent State University in January. He will replace associate professor Don A. Wicks, who has served as interim director. Lipinski had previously been professor at the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he also was co-director (and founder) of the Center for Information Policy Research (CIPR). In his announcement of the appointment, Stanley T. Wearden, dean of the College of Communication and Information, said, “Dr. Lipinski comes to us with an exceptional record as a scholar and as an administrator. His combination of expertise in library and information science and law will help the college reshape its curriculum in exciting ways.”
Ryan Shaw, assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS), has been awarded a $218,063 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarians Program – Research in Early Careers development grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to invent tools for understanding collections of histories through computational text processing techniques. The project, titled “Contours of the Past,” will focus on techniques for identifying individual events and their participants within narrative histories related to the civil rights movement. These events will be used as basic units for building up larger-scale models of narrative structure that can be used to link and compare related histories. The specific histories to be used for this project are 80 scholarly monographs and 350 oral histories.
News from ASIS&T SIGs
To celebrate the official launch of ASIS&T SIG/III's Twitter account (@sig3i), the group conducted a random draw among its Twitter followers. Isabella Peters (@Isabella83) from Heinrich-Heine-Universität Duesseldorf in Germany is the winner of a $50 Amazon.com gift card. The SIG undertook the Twitter account to encourage and facilitate international information exchanges among ASIS&T members. The account is managed by a dynamic team of volunteers (http://bit.ly/sig3iTeam) who will work to highlight and promote research done by SIG members and colleagues. The account will also feature news from ASIS&T scholars around the globe as well as job and funding opportunities.
Also from SIG/III are the winners of the 13th International Paper Contest
First Place Winner: Muhammad Sajid Mirza and Khalid Mahmood, Pakistan, Electronic Resources and Services in Pakistani University Libraries: A Survey of Users' Satisfaction.
Second Place Winner: Yahya Ibrahim Harnade, Nigeria, Authorship Patterns in Engineering Education.
Third Place Winner: Lallaisangzuali, India, Information Needs and Seeking Behavior of Social Science Post-Graduate Students and Research Scholars of Mizoram University: A Case Study.
Fourth Place Winner (1): Ibrahim Usman Alhaji and Yahya Ibrahim Harnade, Nigeria, Basic Literature of Diabetes: A Bibliometrics Analysis of Three Countries in Different World Regions.
Fourth Place Winner (2): Irene Onyancha, Ethiopia, Addressing Institutional Dementia in Africa: The Case of the ECA Institutional Repository – A Knowledge Base on African Socio-economic Development.
The jurors for the 2012 competition included Maqsood Shaheen, chair, Alma Rivera, Fatih Oguz, Xiao Hu and members of the SIG/III Board. The principal authors of all winning papers will be awarded a two-year individual membership to ASIS&T. In addition, the first place winner will be awarded a maximum of $2,000 to attend the 75th ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, October 26–30, 2012.
SIG/MET, the special interest group for the measurement of information production and use announces the following results of its 2012 student paper contest: Sharing first place: Research Synthesis: Overview of an Intersection with ILS, by Laura Sheble, and The Determinants of Research Citation Impact in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, by Fereshteh Didegah
Runner-up paper: Visualizing an Information Society: A Network-Based Perspective of Authors and Editors over 30 years in the Context of a Scholarly Journal, by Christopher Mascaro
All three authors will be awarded cash prizes, will receive one-year memberships to ASIS&T and are invited to present their papers at the SIG/MET workshop to be held on October 26, 2012, preceding this year's ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Baltimore. The registration fees for the workshop for all three students will be covered by Elsevier.
Jerry D. Saye, former faculty member at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, passed away at his home in June of this year.
Jerry was an exceptional teacher, recognized by his own school as well as several professional organizations for his classroom excellence. His primary subject areas included cataloging and classification, history of the book, library history and metadata. Jerry authored, Manheimer and Saye's Cataloging and Classification, 5th edition (New York: Marcel Dekker), and from 1997 to 2002, he edited with Evelyn Daniel, the annual Library and Information Science Education Statistical Report. He published many papers, articles and reports, and presented broadly primarily on subjects related to cataloging. He was devoted to his teaching, but he was also a devoted leader at SILS. In 1990, he was appointed assistant dean and in 1994, he was promoted to associate dean of the school.
In addition to a stellar academic career, Jerry served as commander in the U.S. Pacific Fleet in the United States Navy. He spent part of his time at the Pearl Harbor Naval Base Library as a library technical assistant. He later rejoined the U.S. Naval Reserves and retired as a Lt. Commander with 27 years of service.
Jerry's family has requested that memorial contributions be made in his honor to the School of Information and Library Science at UNC at Chapel Hill, the Orange County Rescue Squad or another charity of your choice. You may leave a memory of Jerry Saye at http://sils.unc.edu/remembrance/jerry-saye