Irene Travis

Irene L. Travis

Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology

This issue of the Bulletin is largely devoted to the latest ASIS&T happenings. Included are comments from 2015 winners of several ASIS&T awards: Award of Merit, James M. Cretsos Leadership Award and Best Information Science Book Award. In addition, Diane Sonnenwald, as chair of the International Relations Committee, reports on the new fee structure for members from countries at various levels of economic development that has been adopted by the Association to promote our international reach. And 2016 president Nadia Caidi discusses the three principal areas of concentration she plans for the coming year on the President’s Page.

Our two feature articles are in the critical area of information policy. Our thanks to Kristene Unsworth for recruiting them. In the first “Indispensable Institutions: Making a Case for Public Libraries as Local E-Government Service Administrators,” A. J. Million advocates for public libraries becoming more deeply involved in making local government records available to the public, for example, by maintaining a digital library of government documents. Next, Chris Alen Sula reviews the ethics surrounding the use of online public data sources such as Google or Facebook in “Research Ethics in an Age of Big Data.”

We complete the issue with two of our regular columns. Laura Creekmore makes suggestions about content modeling in the IA Column, and in the RDAP Review panelists from “Research Data @ Purdue University Libraries” discuss the organizational structure developed to promote campus-wide collaboration among diverse data specialists as presented at the 2015 ASIS&T RDAP Summit.

Look for our traditional, broad coverage of the Annual Meeting in the February/March issue of the Bulletin.