Judit Bar-Ilan is Professor of Information Science at Bar-Ilan University in Israel (the University’s name and her name are identical, but this is a coincidence). She studied computer science and mathematics, and has a PhD in computer science. Her career in Information Science started in the mid 1990’s after she got a position at the School of Library, Archive and Information Studies. The Director of the School, Prof. Bluma Peritz introduced her to bibliometrics. She was fascinated with informetrics and started to explore its applicability for studying the Internet and the World Wide Web. Her current research interests include informetrics, with an emphasis on altmetrics; information retrieval, information behavior and the semantic Web.
She is the winner of the 2017 De Solla Price Award of the journal Scientometrics. She is Academic Head of the Israeli Inter University Center for Digital Information Services which is a consortium of all Israeli Universities for purchasing and subscribing to electronic journals and databases. In addition, she is Head of the Library Committee at my university. She has been an ASIST member since 2004, a SIG/MET officer since 2010, and was SIG Member of the Year for 2013. She is a member of the editorial board of JASIST since 2009, and was a member of the advisory board of ARIST between 2005 and 2010. She also served as Chair of the JASIST Best Paper Award in 2011, and was a member of the James M. Crestos Leadership Award in 2015.
If elected to the ASIST Board, I plan to represent international perspectives and diversity. Milestones in the internationalization process were the establishment of the European Chapter and SIG III, the name change of the Society, from the American Society of Information Science and Technology to the Association of Information Science and Technology, and the first ASIST Annual Meeting that was held outside the American Continent in 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is important to continue this trend and to increase international membership, to enhance ASIST visibility.
There are constant changes in the information world, not only technological but also conceptual. Open access publications and open access journals are becoming more and more accepted. Major funding agencies like the NIH, NSF and the European Commission mandate the publications resulting from the funded research to be open access. Beyond open access is open science, encouraging collaboration, data and resource sharing. I believe that these topics should be discussed by ASIST, and ASIST should form a position on these issues, as they have implications for libraries, librarians and for information science in general.