Conference Support and Student Travel Award Winners
We are pleased to announce the 2021 NEASIST Conference Support Award recipients:
Katherine Leonard, School of Library Information Science, Simmons University.
Katherine is the Marketing Chair of the student chapter of ASIS&T at Simmons University. She looks forward to attending sessions related to her career path of knowledge management, data governance, and taxonomy and has already picked out specific sessions of interest. Katherine had left a career in research and brand strategy to pursue an MLIS “to create a community that is more just, equitable, and inclusive of all voices — not just those that have historically been heard.” She “believe[s] that when we empower communities and decision-makers with data and research, we can make more equitable decisions, address gaps, and practice accountability.”
Nick Bodanza, School of Library Information Science, Simmons University
Nick has already been involved with the student chapter of ASIS&T at Simmons University, where he served as a NEASIST liaison. He will serve as co-chair of Simmons ASIS&T for the 2021-2022 academic year. Nick says, “as technology becomes more pervasive in work and life, it is critical to develop, implement, and make them accessible ethically.” The conference will be valuable to him as it would serve “to bridge the gap between research and practice.” As incoming co-chair of Simmons ASIS&T, he also looks forward to the Annual Meeting to make sure the Simmons chapter is aligned with the parent organization and to incorporate new ideas into the Simmons chapter’s events.
Rukmal Ryder, Salem State University
Rukmal is an instruction librarian and is passionate about exploring how technology shapes teaching and learning in both current and future practice: “I think in five years most of the classes would be online and we would need to have the skills to create online materials for Library Information sessions.” She feels positive and excited about using advancing technologies to provide better services: “I feel that with new and advanced technology we can reach out to a wider community and serve better.” She is interested in learning more about cutting-edge technologies like AI in libraries. She looks forward to taking what she will learn from the Annual Meeting and helping the community she serves.
Chapter Member Award Winners
The Association for Information Science and Technology, New England chapter is pleased to present this year’s recipients of the annual Service Awards. These travel awards recognize active members whose participation in chapter leadership contributes significantly to the development and sustainability of the New England Chapter.
The Service Award selection committee has identified two recipients of this year’s award: William Lundmark and Catherine Dixon. They will each receive $750 to facilitate their attendance at the upcoming ASIST Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from Saturday, November 10 – Wednesday, November 14, 2018.
William Lundmark, Electronic Resources Librarian at Worcester State University and NEASIS&T Treasurer, joined ASIS&T and the NEASIS&T board in the last year. In such a short time, he has impressed us with his ability to handle complicated financial matters, his enthusiasm for the organization – both at the chapter and at the national level, and his engagement in programming. He recently spearheaded NEASIS&T’s sponsorship of a webinar series on licensing.
Catherine Dixon, Customer Success Consultant at Wolters Kluwer and NEASIST webmaster. She has been with NEASIST for at least 2 years, and we admire and are grateful for the way she always pitches in. She doesn’t only keep the website running, but she is often thinking of ways to get eyes on the website, and she has developed and facilitated the creation of interesting web content. This past year, Catherine also oversaw the RDAP travel stipends and the selection of the annual Travel Award recipients.