Candidate for Member-at-Large
Tim Gorichanaz, PhD, is Assistant Teaching Professor in the College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University, where he also received his Ph.D. A well-regarded instructor in his department, he teaches broadly across the library and information science and human–computer interaction programs. Tim was selected for the 2021 Drexel Teaching Academy, which recognizes and builds upon teaching excellence across the university.
In his years as an ASIS&T member, Tim has served the association in a number of capacities. He was Chair of the SIG for History and Foundations of Information Science (2019–20), Vice-Chair of the History Committee (2018–19), Member Advisor of the SIG Cabinet (2017–19), Webmaster of the SIG for Information Needs, Seeking and Use (2017–19), and Communications Officer of the SIG for Arts and Humanities (2016–17). At Drexel University, Tim also serves on the 2030 Strategic Plan Initiative Team for Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning. Tim has received a number of awards for his service, including a New Leader Award from ASIS&T in 2017 and Outstanding Reviewer Award for the Journal of Documentation from Emerald Global in 2019.
Tim's research explores information experience and information ethics, particularly in the domain of personally meaningful activities. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, and his book Information Experience in Theory and Design (Emerald, 2020) provides a recent statement of his research. His research has garnered a number of awards, including the ASIS&T/ProQuest Dissertation Award and the ALISE/Eugene Garfield Dissertation Award in 2019.
I have been a member of ASIS&T since early in my Ph.D. program, and I credit the association for much of my professional growth and success—as well as many friendships. Moreover, I have served the association in a number of roles over the years, and I have shared my research through our presentation and publication outlets. I believe in a bright future for ASIS&T, and I am committed to helping us build that future.
We are witnessing the birth of a golden age for information research and development. Questions of information and technology are top-of-mind for much of the world, and yet our association and the field of information science generally still have significant room to grow. ASIS&T should be a leader in this age, and we have the opportunity to do so.
As Director-at-Large, it will be my privilege to help guide the association in carrying out our 2020–25 strategic plan. Of all the facets of the strategic plan, I am most energized by the challenge for ASIS&T to more clearly discern our role and identity in a changing landscape, particularly with respect to kindred associations such as the ACM. In my view, a major part of this will be public engagement, which also has the capacity to draw practitioners to join (or return to) the association. Through my prior service activities, as well as my teaching and research, I have demonstrated that I have the capacity to be successful in this role and to bring further honor on our association in this work.