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Member Spotlight- Diane Velasquez

In each issue of Inside ASIS&T, we ask a different member questions about their perspectives, advice, and experiences in the field of information science and technology. If you would like to be a featured member, email Pamela Yonker at

How long have you been an ASIS&T member and why did you decide to join ASIS&T?

I’ve been an ASIST member since 2013. I joined ASIST to be involved in an international organisation since I moved to Australia from the U.S.

How have you benefitted from being an ASIS&T member?

I have benefited being a member by being able to work with international academics especially through the honours and award committee.

Do you have any advice for new ASIS&T members?

For a new member, I suggest getting involved by volunteering for either a committee or SIG.

What is a project you are working on right now that excites you?

I’m working on revamping a research project on evaluation of websites for public libraries to include accessibility.  The best part of the project are my University of South Australia postgraduate students do the data collection as an assigned project.

What is the most important skill you have developed in your career?

The most important skill I have developed is to look at everything I do through the lens of the student when I teach. Students are the who benefits from our LIS schools and we need to remember to include authentic assessments within our courses.