ASIS&T Annual Meeting Coverage
Looking Back; Looking Ahead
As we now traditionally do each year, we will provide extensive coverage of the 2016 ASIS&T Annual Meeting in the February/March 2017 issue of the Bulletin. At that time, we will include both photographic and substantive coverage of many of the events, the sessions, the parties and the fellowship.
But we’ll whet your appetite in this issue with the complete list of 2016 ASIS&T Annual Award winners, as well as the acceptance speech given by Peter Ingwersen in accepting the prestigious ASIS&T Award of Merit. More details and photographs of the awards ceremony will be provided in the next issue.
When one Annual Meeting concludes, planning for the next is already well underway. In 2017, our Annual Meeting returns to the United States with plans to meet in suburban Washington, DC, and to celebrate the 80th anniversary of our Association. Committees are already hard at work seeking submissions for all aspects of the technical program, suggestions for pre- and post-conference undertakings and ideas for social events and new ways to engage attendees in networking and team-building activities. Mark your calendars for October 27-November 1, 2017, and plan to join us in Crystal City, Virginia.
The theme for the 2017 Annual Meeting is Diversity of Engagement: Connecting People and Information in the Physical and Virtual Worlds, focusing on the diverse ways in which people from different backgrounds, cultures and disciplines forge connections with each other, discover and use information and engage with technology. We will address the opportunities and challenges of navigating through physical and digital/virtual realm with computers, tablets or smartphones to interact in work and everyday activities. Within this information environment, there also are those who choose to disengage, and those who have no access to or knowledge of technology, widening the digital divide. ASIS&T 2017 will provide an interactive platform for exploration of these complex and rapidly changing technological and socio-cultural developments.
As always, the conference committees welcome contributions from all areas of information science and technology. For more information about submission ideas, formats and deadlines, please visit the ASIS&T website at www.asist.org.
New ASIS&T President Sets Ambitious Schedule
Lynn Silipigni Connaway, ASIS&T president installed at the Copenhagen Annual Meeting to serve for the 2017 administrative year, is off to a running start as the international face of ASIS&T in our 80th anniversary celebration year. Here’s a brief look at some of the presentations to which she is already committed on our behalf.
At the end of November, she attended the ASIS&T Regional Meeting at Nankai University in Tianjin, China, where she gave a brief overview of the Association, its activities and the benefits offered its members. It was then on to Edinburg and the ASIS&T Annual Lecture sponsored by the European Chapter.
In early December, Lynn heads to National Taiwan University and National Taiwan Normal University where faculty members at the two institutions will host a meet-and-greet for LIS faculty members and ASIS&T Taipei Chapter members to visit with the ASIS&T president. While in Taipei, Lynn will make presentations on both her work at OCLC Research and the benefits of ASIS&T membership and deliver a keynote address at the annual meeting of the Library Association of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
ASIS&T Participates in International Day of Giving
For the first time, the Association for Information Science and Technology is a part of the #GivingTuesday (www.givingtuesday.org) phenomenon. The global day of giving brings together diverse organizations and communities around the world to give back to people and projects in need of various resources. For ASIS&T’s introduction, the Board selected TechSoup Global as the recipient of donations made in the ASIS&T name. TechSoup Global provides software products to nonprofits, charities and libraries around the world.
The international day of giving was Tuesday, November 29. Final participation numbers are not yet known, but ASIS&T’s first foray into the movement was seen as a chance to make a magical impact on the lives of people without access to technology. Yolande Nanayakkara, ASIS&T communications officer, explains it this way: “#GivingTuesday is a wonderful way for the ASIS&T community to come together and work for a good cause within their field. The Board felt TechSoup Global was a good match because they provide assistance to libraries as well as other types of nonprofits that need help with software on a global basis. We hope to have more programs like this, that allow the membership to participate in activities that do good and bring us together as a community.”
If you missed the magical day, TechSoup Global would still love to have your donation! Visit the TechSoup Global donation page at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1426356 to make your donation. Please make sure to indicate that this is for #GivingTuesday in the Donation Program Designation field.