April 15, 2016
Friday, 15 April 2016
School of Communication & Information
Program & Schedule
9:00-9:45am Arrival, check-in and social
9:45-10:00am Introduction & Welcome by ASIS&T President Nadia Caidi
10:00-11:30am Workshop (Lecture Hall, Alexander Library)
Workshop: Creativity, Imagination & Innovation in the Workplace & Home Life: Practical Methods & Techniques
Michael Leach (Harvard University & Simmons SLIS)
Overview: We hear a lot on creativity and innovation in the workplace – how crucial this set of skills is to products, services and customer relations. Everyone in Silicon Valley is imbued with creativity it seems. Yet, what exactly is creativity? Innovation? How does one create an environment that enhances creativity in workers? As a manager, could I be stifling creativity in my employees and team members? As an individual, how can I develop skills and behaviors that bring creativity and innovation to the forefront – that allow me to define problems and solves them in new and efficient ways.
This workshop will:
- Introduce the concepts of “creativity” and “innovation,” both in an operationalized and practical way;
- Discuss behaviors associated with creativity and innovation, including:
- Divergent thinking
- Internal motivation
- Problem definition
- Provide hands-on activities that increase:
- Individual, group & organizational creativity
- Everyday creativity
- Creativity in the classroom & in research
- And discuss constraints on creativity & innovation.
Michael Leach is the Head of Collection Development, Cabot Science Library, at Harvard University. He has worked in science libraries for more than 25 years, in a variety of positions, including reference, technical services, and management. In addition, he is an adjunct faculty member at the Simmons School of Library & Information Science, where he has taught courses on information technology, web publishing, collection development and database management for more than a decade. He is also a PhD candidate at Simmons SLIS, currently working on his dissertation, which focuses on the information behaviors of creative individuals. Michael has been a frequent speaker at conferences, including annual meetings of ALA, ASIS&T, ACRL and SLA. He is a Past-President of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T, 2006).
11:30-1:00pm Lunch provided in SC&I Presentation Room
1:00-2:30pm Panel sessions/presentations I:
A) Library as Community: New Directions in Multicultural Public Library Research and Services
– Denise Agosto (Drexel University)
– Adriana Blancarte-Hayward (New York Pubic Library)
– Nadia Caidi (University of Toronto)
– Fred Gitner (Queens Library)
Denise E. Agosto is Professor in the College of Computing & Informatics at Drexel University, executive director of the Center for the Study of Libraries, Information & Society (CSLIS), and editor of Journal of Research on Libraries & Young Adults. Her research and teaching interests focus on children’s and teens’ information behaviors and practices, youths’ use of social media, and public library services. She widely published in these areas and is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards and grants.
Adriana Blancarte-Hayward is the Outreach Manager for the New York Public Library, focusing on immigrant affairs. She received her M.S. in Library and Information Science from The Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Long Island University, and her B.S. in Information Systems Engineering from The Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico. She has been with The New York Public Library since 2005. Prior to her current position she was a branch manager where she lead an award winning team (Maher Stern Award for Service Excellence 2012, NYC Neighborhood Library Award Winner 2013). An immigrant and herself, her goal is to create programs and services and build partnerships that will benefit NYC’s immigrant communities while fulfilling NYPL’s mission of to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities. She is former past-president of the New York Library Association Ethnic Services Roundtable, and also contributed in the book “Connecting Cultures: Ethnic Services in the Libraries of New York State. She is an active committee member of the REFORMA Northeast Chapter of ALA.”
Nadia Caidi is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Information (iSchool), University of Toronto. Her research interests focus on information policy and human information behaviour. She received several research grants for her work on the information practices of vulnerable communities, including newcomers and immigrant groups, and Aboriginal communities in remote and isolated communities in Ontario. She has published extensively on these topics. Her current research explores the emergent practices of young people’s expressions of spiritual and religious identities. Nadia is the current President of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T).
Fred J. Gitner has been with the New Americans Program at Queens Library since 1996, becoming an Assistant Director in 2009. In his current position he is responsible for developing new initiatives for library services to residents of Queens whose first language is not English, as well as fostering and maintaining strategic partnerships and coordinating international relations activities for the library. He is a co-editor of “Bridging Cultures: Ethnic Services in the Libraries of New York State” (2001) and “Connecting Cultures: Ethnic Services in the Libraries of New York State” (2013). Fred is currently a member of the Standing Committee of the Section on Services to Multicultural Populations of IFLA and is a Past-President and currently Treasurer of the Ethnic Services Round Table of the NY Library Association.
Chirag Shah is an assistant professor of Information Science, an affiliate member of Computer Science, and the director of InfoSeeking Lab at Rutgers University. His research includes studies of interactive information retrieval/seeking, especially those involving social and collaborative aspects. He uses data collected from social media and wearable devices to help us understand and impact human behaviors. His work is supported by federal agencies such as NSF and IMLS, as well as private organizations such as Amazon, Google, and Yahoo. He is the Director of ASIS&T Chapter Assembly.
Vivek Singh is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University and a Visiting Professor at MIT Media Lab. Dr. Singh holds a Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine and received his post-doctoral training at MIT Media Lab. His work has been published at multiple leading scientific venues (Science, Proceedings of the IEEE), has garnered significant media coverage (BBC, New York Times, National Public Radio), and has received two best paper awards.
2:30-2:45pm Break (drinks and snacks)
2:45-4:15pm Panel session/presentation II:
SIGs, Student, & Regional Chapters best practices: How to maintain and grow a healthy group at ASIS&T or in your workplace
Moderator: Tricia Bradshaw, 2016 Chair of SIG KM
Si Sun, past chair of SIG HLTH
Jodi Shaw, past chair of ASIS&T student chapter @ Pratt
Vanessa Kitzie, current chair of ASIS&T student chapter @ Rutgers
Ziad Matni, current treasurer for NJ chapter of ASIS&T
Annie Erdmann, current Chair for the New England Chapter of ASIS&T
Overview: You joined ASIS&T, you’ve perhaps been to an annual meeting, joined your local chapter or aligned yourself with a SIG. You wish to gain more knowledge and experience: there is great potential to become involved & learn in a variety of ways. But what do you do next? This panel, comprised of people who are currently involved in various chapters and SIGs, will offer their expertise in ways you can emulate, to have a successful and active group & experience within ASIS&T.
Some items to discuss include:
- Provide “the commandants” of running a group in ASIS&T.
- Hear from the panelists about their successes, being a part of a group in ASIS&T.
- Ideas and creative ways to engage your members/group.
- Review resources available to leaders in SIGs and Chapters.
- What to do when things can “go wrong,” turning a challenge into a success.
Tricia Bradshaw: Tricia is the current Chair for SIG KM. She has been involved with ASIS&T since 2011 when she joined ASIS&T @ Pratt and served as treasurer and then vice chair. Located in Brooklyn, NY, she works as a data acquisition specialist for Reis.
Si Sun: Si is the immediate past chair of SIG HLTH. She has been involved with ASIS&T since 2011 and served as secretary of SIG HLTH in 2012 and then as chair in 2014. Si is a part time lecturer at Rutgers University and currently working on her Ph.D. there as well.
Jodi Shaw: Jodi served as the chair of ASIS&T @ Pratt in 2015. She has been involved with ASIS&T since 2014. Located in Brooklyn, New York, Jodi currently works as children’s librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library.
Vanessa Kitzie: Vanessa is the current chair of the ASIS&T student chapter at Rutgers. She has been involved with ASIS&T since 2011 and became chair of her student chapter in 2013. Located in Brooklyn, Vanessa is currently working on her Ph.D. at Rutgers University.
Ziad Matni: Ziad is the current treasurer for the New Jersey chapter of ASIS&T. He has been involved with ASIS&T since 2013. Located in central New Jersey, Ziad is currently working on his Ph.D. at Rutgers University.
Annie Erdmann: Annie is the current chair of the New England Chapter of ASIS&T. She has been involved with ASIS&T since 2014. Located in Boston, Annie works as a Digital Assets/E-Resources Librarian at Simmons College.
4:15-4:30pm Wrap-up following the Student & Regional Chapters presentation; next steps…
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$35 – Professional Member
$25 – Student Member
$50 – Professional, non-member
$40 – Student, non-member
Friday Afternoon Session Only (1:00-2:30pm)
$15 – “Library as Community”
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