Candidate for Member-at-Large
John M. Budd is Professor Emeritus in the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies of the University of Missouri. He has also served on the faculties of the University of Arizona and Louisiana State University. He has been active in professional associations for more than thirty years, serving (among other offices) as Chair of the American Library Association’s Library Research Round Table. He has also served in many capacities in the Association for Library and Information Science Education, including as President. He has also served as President of Beta Phi Mu. Budd has been on several committees with the Association of Information Science and Technology, including twice on the publications committee. He has been a mentor to several individuals, but as members of ASIS&T and as doctoral students. He has been committed to service since the beginning of his career, first as an academic librarian and then as a library and information science faculty member for twenty-eight years. Budd has been a prolific author throughout his career. He has published well over 100 journal articles in some of the most prominent journals, including Library and Information Science Research, Journal of Information Science, Journal of Documentation, and JASIST. His publications also include a number of books, such as The Changing Academic Library, Six Issues Facing Libraries Today: Critical Perspectives, Democracy, Economic, and the Public Good: Informational Failures and Potential, and Higher Education’s Purpose. He has presented more than 125 times at professional conferences.
As is evident from his Biographical Sketch, I have been committed to the work of LIS through its associations. I have been a member of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) for more than twenty years and have served in several capacities. This is one form of my commitment to the profession and discipline. I have also taught for many years and his course have included creative offerings dealing with the complexities of information and communication. These activities are just some evidence of my commitment.
I look forward to being an active discussant and participant in all of the Board’s decision-making and policy-making actions. I promise to be up-to-date on all issues so that I can speak cogently to any and all discussions. Moreover, I fully support the mission, vision, and value statements of the Association. In particular, the recruitment and participation of practitioners are indeed essential to the health and well-being of ASIS&T. There needs to be strategic activities devoted to the addition of practitioners into the Association, not merely as members, but as active participants in committee membership, presentation, and publication.
As a Board member, I would serve as a liaison to groups within the Association. This is an important role, since there is an essential need for bi-directional communication between the groups and the Board. I would embrace this liaison role and would vow to be a resource for all groups that I would be working with. Having had experience on ASIS&T committees, I am fully aware how important the liaison job is to the committees’ workings.