Candidate for President-Elect
Heidi Julien has been a proud and engaged ASIS&T member since 1994, when she joined as a doctoral student. Since then, she has served in multiple roles in the organization, including membership on the Award of Merit Jury, the ProQuest Doctoral Dissertation Award Jury, SIGUSE Award Juries, the Student Chapter Award Jury, and annual conference program committees. She has chaired SIGUSE, the Governance Committee, the Review Committee to select a Monograph Publisher, the Award of Merit Jury (twice), and the SIGUSE Awards Committee. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Association for Information Science & Technology. These experiences have provided a broad understanding of the organization, and positioned her for leadership at the Board level.
In addition to her work for ASIS&T, Heidi brings significant and successful leadership experience from a range of other contexts to her nomination as President-Elect. She has served as President of the Association for Library and Information Science Education, as President of the Canadian Association for Information Science, as a School Director and a Department Chair, and as Chair of the Steering Committee of ISIC (the Information Behavior Conference), among other roles.
Heidi has been a prolific scholar, regularly contributing refereed work arising from externally funded research in the areas of information behavior and digital literacy to many annual conferences, including ASIS&T, and publishing papers in the field’s top journals. She has been an invited visiting professor at universities in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, South Africa, and China. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science, the Pakistan Journal of Information Management and Libraries, and on the editorial advisory boards of Information and Learning Sciences, and Open Information Science. She has served on the editorial boards of Library and Information Sciences Research, and Cosmopolitan Civil Societies. She is a former editor of the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science.
Building on her master’s degree from the University of Alberta, and doctoral degree from the University of Western Ontario, Heidi has worked at multiple institutions in Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. Currently she is on faculty in the Department of Information Science at the University at Buffalo, where she teaches Research Methods and Theories of Information Science. Her community service has included board roles in organizations focusing on literacy development, and library services.
It would be a sincere honor to serve ASIS&T in the role of President-Elect. This organization is our field’s most inclusive, broadly-reaching professional home. ASIS&T welcomes members from all corners of our field, intellectually and geographically, providing opportunities to advance Information Science and Technology scholarship, practice, and community. This comprehensive and hospitable perspective is a significant aspect of ASIS&T’s essential character, which excites me as a member and a potential leader. The important efforts we have made to internationalize our membership and our outlook must be strengthened, and our openness to ideas and practices from across the discipline must continue. It is critical that we continually find new ways to give voice to all who belong to the field of Information Science and Technology, in its broadest sense. While at this point we have not yet adopted our next strategic plan, I am committed to fulfilling its vision, however it is articulated. Because the process being used to develop the plan is carefully designed and widely consultative, I am confident that it will faithfully reflect the expressed needs and aspirations of our membership. I am also committed to continuing to work collaboratively with our affiliate organizations, including ALISE and the iSchools. We are simply stronger together.
ASIS&T grows and prospers when prospective and current members are compelled by our value proposition. I am committed to preserving and strengthening our longstanding value offerings, including a sense of belonging, celebration of our diversities, professional community, intellectual growth, and individual capacity building through organizational engagement and leadership. I am also keen, with other ASIS&T leaders and our membership at large, to explore new value propositions for our members. With wise financial stewardship and the good will of a dedicated ASIS&T community, I am optimistic for our future, and eager to contribute to that future by serving the organization in the role of President-Elect.