2016 Candidate for President-Elect: Winner
Lisa M. Given is Professor of Information Studies (School of Information Studies) and a Research Fellow of the Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education at Charles Sturt University (CSU). Prior to moving to Australia in 2011, Lisa was a Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta (UofA). Lisa has served in university-level and national leadership roles, including as Associate Dean, Research (Faculty of Education, CSU), as Director, International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (UofA), and on the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts. A past-President of the Canadian Association for Information Science (CAIS), she also served as Secretary-Treasurer on the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Board. Lisa completed her PhD and MLIS at The University of Western Ontario. Her research explores individuals’ information behaviors, focusing on technology use, with funding from the Australian Research Council, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Lisa has served ASIS&T in many roles since joining in 1996. She is Past-Chair of SIG-USE, serves as ASIS&T Chapter Assembly Advisor and is a founding officer of the Asia-Pacific Chapter. Lisa has delivered papers and panels at ASIS&T conferences and was Chair of the 2015 Annual Meeting in St. Louis.
ASIS&T offers scholars, professionals, and students, worldwide, a home for sharing ideas, insights and innovations in information science research and practice. If elected President I will focus on the following initiatives, as aligned to ASIS&T’s Strategic Plan:
- We should deepen and strengthen engagement with members across borders. ASIS&T has embraced its role as an international organization, enabling connections for members worldwide. Having lived and worked on two continents, I know the challenges and benefits of maintaining member relationships internationally. We should facilitate member access to ASIST events across time zones and ensure content is relevant to local contexts. By building on the success of the new ASIS&T website, and the webinar series, and by further developing international Chapters, we can foster connections globally.
- We should broaden the membership base across disciplines and in practice. As Chair of the 2015 Conference, I introduced a focus on applied research as part of a “research impact” theme. This introduced ASIS&T to practitioner-researchers and scholars in other disciplines who were unfamiliar with the Association. We can build on this momentum through targeted strategies to extend ASIS&T’s profile and reach (e.g., multidisciplinary recruiting; webinar topic expansion; co-branding of practice-based events).
- We should foster research capacity building and research leadership. ASIS&T’s conferences and publications disseminate excellent research. We should draw on this expertise by actively encouraging research partnerships between academics and practitioners, by offering (virtual) research design workshops, and by providing opportunities to develop interdisciplinary teams. Partnering with groups working in evidence-based librarianship (for example) could extend our membership base and foster research excellence beyond ASIS&T’s traditional footprint.
- We should develop a structured knowledge management plan for sharing materials within and across ASIS&T’s committees. As Chair of the 2015 Conference and as Chair of SIG-USE, I benefited tremendously from the open sharing of documents and “lessons learned” from previous Chairs. ASIS&T’s committees generate a wealth of knowledge and materials, but we need a systematic and ongoing strategy for gathering and sharing information to ease the transition for new committee members.
ASIS&T has been my primary Association for two decades, since I was a doctoral student. I value the connections I have made and the opportunities to “give back” through ASIS&T’s committees and events. I would be honored to serve as President, to continue to share my energy, enthusiasm, and leadership experience by contributing to the work of the Association over the next three years.