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2015 ASIS&T Annual Meeting, St. Louis MO

78th Annual Meeting
ASIS&T Heads to the St. Louis Arch

The schedule is set and travel plans have been made for hundreds of members and interested information professionals who will be in St. Louis for the 78th ASIS&T Annual Meeting, November 6-10. Conference chair Lisa Given of Charles Sturt University in Australia, working with her incredible program committee, has planned an exciting meeting focused on the theme, Information Science with Impact: Research in and for the Community.

Lisa notes that this year’s meeting introduces a new conference focus on applied research, which recognizes that basic research in information science is also inspired by and connected to various information practice contexts. The conference provides an opportunity for information science researchers – including academics and practitioner-researchers – to discuss the impact of their research on industry and government, on community groups, on individuals, on information systems, and on other practice contexts. Lisa says the two plenary sessions at the meeting will help focus the conference theme and the dozens of concurrent sessions that will speak to it.

Plenary Speakers

First of the two plenaries is Sunday, November 8, featuring Aaron Doering, associate professor in the LT Media Lab at the University of Minnesota, and current holder of the Bonnie Westby Huebner Endowed Chair in Education and Technology. His research involves the design, development and evaluation of online and mobile teaching environments; technology integration in K-12 settings; and the innovative use of technology to support teaching and learning. He will provide an in-depth look at principles he believes spur transformational learning and cultivate community. He will inspire educators from all fields to integrate these principles into their learning spaces to foster change in the way learners interact and experience knowledge creation and research online.

Then on Monday, November 9, Sarah Morton, co-director of the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR), University of Edinburg, Scotland, will discuss “Creating Impact: Issues, Challenges and Solutions.” Sarah leads her center’s knowledge exchange team, facilitating ways in which research on families and relationships can be widely used. She has been working in knowledge exchange for more than 10 years and is interested in all aspects of research use and knowledge to action, particularly social research, and issues in the co-production of research. Her research has investigated the process of assessing the impact of research on policy and practice. She has a specialty in contribution analysis and uses this approach in a variety of projects, often working with non-academic partners.

Pre-conference Workshops

But before the technical program begins on Sunday afternoon, numerous opportunities exist for members and others to take a look at new topics or new approaches to the fields they represent. This year’s pre-conference workshops will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 6 and 7. Separate registration is required for these sessions. Here’s what is planned:

Friday, November 6

So Who’s Managing All That Organizational Information Anyway? (SIG/MGT)
Knowledge Audits: A to Z (SIG/KM)

Saturday, November 7

11th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium: The Impacts of Social Informatics Research (SIG/SI)
Conceptual Crowbars and Classification at the Crossroads: The Impact and Future of Classification Research (SIG/CR)
Metrics 2015: Workshop on Informetric and Scientometric Research (SIG/MET)
Information Visualization Workshop (SIG/VIS)
15th Annual SIG/USE Symposium (SIG/USE)

You’ll find full descriptions of these sessions and more details in the 2015 ASIS&T Annual Meeting preliminary program and on the ASIS&T website.

New Board to be Seated at Annual Meeting

As always occurs at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting, new members of the Board of Directors will take their seats as others move up or down the succession ladder. The passing of the gavel is a ceremonial aspect each year of the Annual Business Meeting, held late in the afternoon on the Tuesday of the meeting. The new board then officially takes office at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting.

The presidential gavel, currently held by Sandy Hirsh, San Jose University, will be passed to Nadia Caidi, University of Toronto, who has served one year as president-elect. As Sandy shifts to the past president seat, newly elected Lynn Silipigni Connaway, OCLC Research, will serve as president-elect.

Abebe Rorissa, University at Albany, SUNY, and Kathryn La Barre, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will join the board as directors-at-large.

Harry Bruce, immediate past president, and Sanda Erdelez, director, are leaving the Board of Directors at the conclusion of this year’s Annual Meeting.

News About ASIS&T Members

Nicholas J. Belkin, professor in the School of Communication & Information at Rutgers University, is the recipient of the 2015 ACM SIGIR Gerard Salton Award for significant, sustained and continuing contributions to research in information retrieval.