2016 Candidate for Treasurer: Winner


June AbbasDr. June Abbas, PhD, is a Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Oklahoma, Norman campus. She obtained her PhD in Information Science from the University of North Texas in 2001 and taught in the Department of Library and Information Studies at the State University of New York in Buffalo from 2001-2008 before joining the SLIS 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. The courses she teaches include those 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 ten digital libraries projects and on task forces to develop institutional repositories. Her book “Structures for organizing knowledge: Exploring taxonomies, ontologies, and other schema” was nominated for ASIST Book of the Year in 2011. She is currently Co-PI on a Mellon funded grant to develop a digital library for Classics.

Position Statement
ASIST has been my professional home since I joined in 1998. I look forward to attending the Annual meeting each year to reconnect with colleagues and friends, to be inspired by novel ideas and innovative research, and to learn.

I have served ASIST in various capacities through the years, both as member and officer. The highlight of my service has been serving as Director at Large for the past three years. Being part of the Board and working very closely with each Board member, HQ, and the Executive Director has helped me better understand how decisions are made within the association, the depth of discussion and consideration necessary to determine all matters related to the functioning and growth of the association, and the vital role that ALL members play. Other highlights of my service to ASIST include: serving as Chair and later Co-Chair of the Information Science Education Committee (a position I held for 4 years) and being elected as Chair of SIG DL. Both experiences have taught me much about ASIST and how our society functions. Each position also allowed me to reach out to members of the ASIST community to encourage involvement. Our society is only as strong as its membership so it is vital that we continue to bring in new members and to encourage more active participation of existing members.

If elected as Treasurer I would work to ensure that the financial health of our organization is sustained through close collaboration with the Board, HQ, and our Executive Director. Providing oversight of our financial matters and reporting out to the Board and membership is vital for continued success of the association’s financial health. Having served on the Board has provided me with valuable insights that I hope will serve me well as Treasurer.