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ASIS&T Second Virtual Meeting of Regional and Student Chapter Leaders

The purpose of the virtual meeting is to connect regional and student chapters with each other so that they can share information about activities and projects, learn from the experiences of other chapters, and develop collaborative relationships among the chapters. It will also be an opportunity to discuss some of the initiatives of the Chapter Assembly. We believe that encouraging interaction between chapters will help build stronger individual chapters and benefit the overall Association by encouraging knowledge sharing among chapters. 1-2 officers and/or advisers from each chapter are encouraged to attend.


Naresh Agarwal
Naresh Agarwal is an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College, Boston. Naresh's research area is information behavior and knowledge management - the way people look for information and the contextual factors that impact their choice of information sources. Naresh teaches courses in technology / web development, evaluation and knowledge management. He is the Director of the ASIS&T Chapter Assembly and a member of its Board of Directors . In 2012, Naresh was awarded the James M. Cretsos Leadership Award by ASIS&T. He earned his Ph.D. from the National University of Singapore (NUS)'s Department of Information Systems, School of Computing. Prior to entering the doctoral program at NUS, he worked for six years in the industry in technology roles. You can get to know more about Naresh at


Michael Leach
Michael Leach is the head of collection development, Cabot Science Library, at Harvard University. He has worked in science libraries for more than 20 years. In addition, he is an adjunct faculty member at Simmons GSLIS, where he has taught courses on information technology, web publishing, collection development and database management. He is also a doctoral candidate at Simmons GSLIS, focusing on digital libraries and the adoption of corporate principles in academic information settings. Michael has taught more than 45 continuing education programs, reaching nearly 600 colleagues, and he has been a frequent speaker at conferences, including annual meetings of ALA, ASIST, ACRL and SLA. Michael is currently the Deputy Director of the ASIS&T Chapter Assembly, and also a past president of ASIS&T.