Irene Travis

Irene L. Travis

Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology

This issue centers on the 2016 Annual Meeting held in October in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was our first Annual Meeting conducted outside North America, although we have held many IA Summits in Europe and co-sponsored many other events there. As President Lynn Silipigni Connaway reported in her President’s Page in the December/January 2017 issue of the Bulletin, the meeting was well attended with 37 countries represented. In this issue we present reports on many aspects of the meeting – pre-conferences, plenaries and sessions – as well as reflections from four recent recipients of ASIS&T Awards. The most unusual such piece is by the top winner of the newly instituted Doctoral Student Research Video Competition, Olubukola Oduntan, about her research on the information needs of immigrants and how she made her winning entry.

In this issue’s President’s Page Lynn Connaway reports on a recent extensive trip to Taiwan and China, also the subject of articles in Inside ASIS&T. In addition to highlighting some exciting upcoming events, she brings us up-to-date on the search process for a new executive director to replace Dick Hill, who is retiring after more than 20 years of service to ASIS&T. We also regret to report that Dick suffered a stroke suffered in January, but we are pleased to report that he is recovering well. In his absence, ASIS&T is being managed by acting executive director, Jan Hatzakos, ASIS&T director of finance and administration and webmaster. I know ASIS&T is in capable hands with Jan and that all of us will support her in any way we can. We wish Dick a speedy recovery.

Finally, in her IA Column, Laura Creekmore, associate editor for information architecture, considers the importance of metaphor in communicating the essence of a website.

ASIS&T Opposes Executive Order to Suspend Visa to Nationals from Seven Countries

January 31, 2017.
The Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) President Lynn Silipigni Connaway and the Board of Directors express deep concerns over President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order requiring a 90-day suspension of visas to nationals of seven nations. ASIS&T joins countless organizations in urging the lifting ofthe visa suspension.

For 80 years, ASIS&T has been leading the search for new and better theories, techniques and technologies to improve access to information, the free flow of ideas and ethical practices of information provision for the benefit of humankind. Its members include thousands of researchers, developers, practitioners, students and professors in the field of information science and technology of which a large number are citizens of over 50 countries around the world. Collectively, ASIS&T members share and uphold the values of open exchange of ideas as well as the freedom of thought, expression and movement that are central to any functioning society.

The United States has long benefitted from the scientific, cultural and economic contributions of international students and scholars. The information science field has been strengthened by the presence of students and researchers from around the globe, including those from the seven countries specifically targeted by the U.S. President’s executive order. We value the contributions of our colleagues working and teaching in the United States and overseas and appreciate the rich diversity of our global membership and the significance of intellectual exchange across borders. Indeed, the social and economic benefits of advancements in science, technology and innovation have been well documented. Accordingly, we respectfully urge President Trump and his administration to reconsider this decision.