Conference Support and Student Travel Award Winners
We are pleased to announce this year’s 2020 NEASIST Conference Support Award recipients:
Rong Tang, Associate Professor, School of Library Information Science, Simmons University.
Rong is already embedded in ASIS&T activities and is the lead editor for the JASIS&T special issue,"Paradigm shift in the field of information". Rong had also presented at multiple NEASIST events in the past. Regarding this year’s theme, Rong writes, “this theme emphasizes the impact of information on society. In the past, when we think about information or information science, more often we only consider exclusively about the scholarship or advances within our own field. This theme prompts us to think about the value of information broadly outside our own field.”
Francesco Buccella, Student, School of Library Information Science, Simmons University
Francesco writes that attending the ASIS&T Meeting will "assist me in entering the sphere of knowledge by current practitioners, which I would like to soon consider colleagues of mine" and recognizes the opportunities professional organizations provide "to supplement their practice with scholarly discussion". We wholeheartedly agree with Francesco that "it is exciting to be able to start to be a part of that community, simultaneously while starting my graduate studies, rather than beginning after graduation." Regarding this year's theme: "Never before in world history have we had this amount of information in both physical and digital format, and this impressive confluence requires professionals in our field to properly manage it for current use and posterity."
Madison Schallhorn, Student, School of Library Information Science, Simmons University
Madison is excited "for the potential to form relationships with mentors and peers who inspire me. Because of the squelching effects of COVID-19 on my professional future and my ability to gain experience as a current student, I desire to be part of a community of people who share my passion for this field now more than ever." Regarding this year's theme: "As sustainability becomes more important, it is necessary to expand the voices involved in the discourse and research beyond those who are typically involved. I look forward to advocating for our community and showing how our work in information science can offer a different perspective and provide insight on creating a more sustainable future."
We are excited for Rong, Franceso, and Madison to attend the 2020 ASIS&T Meeting in October and for them to share what they’ve learned with the chapter!
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.