Winners of Prestigious ASIS&T Awards to be Honored in Copenhagen
In the fall of each year, information science researchers, practitioners and academics await news of the winners of the prestigious ASIS&T awards, among the oldest and most respected awards in the burgeoning and still-changing fields of information science and technology. Following extensive nomination and jurying processes, winners are generally announced just prior to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. They are then formally presented at the meeting during the annual awards luncheon.
In this special year, in which the Annual Meeting will be held outside of North America for the first time, we take this pre-meeting opportunity to announce winners and details of their nominations and awards for those that were available by the publication deadline for this issue of the Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology. As always, a photo display of winners accepting their awards at the Copenhagen Annual Meeting will appear with full meeting coverage in the February/March 2017 issue of the Bulletin.
Award of Merit
Peter Ingwersen, professor emeritus at the Royal School of Library and Information Science at the University of Copenhagen, is the 2016 recipient of the ASIS&T Award of Merit, the organization’s highest award recognizing individuals who have made sustained and noteworthy contributions to the field of information science.
Peter Ingwersen first joined the faculty at the Royal School in 1973; he became research professor in 2001 and full professor in information retrieval in January 2006. In addition, he is affiliate professor (docent) at Åbo Akademi University, Finland, and the recipient of multiple honorary degrees and international awards. He is one of the most widely published and cited researchers in the field in his domains of interest: information retrieval and bibliometrics, especially webometrics. Additionally, he has been and continues to be active in organizing international conferences, serving on multiple editorial boards and teaching and mentoring new generations of researchers in information science all over the world.
Because of Professor Ingwersen’s extraordinary range of contributions to scholarship, teaching and service, we are delighted to award him our highest honor – the 2016 ASIS&T Award of Merit.
Watson Davis Award
ASIS&T’s Watson Davis Award recognizes the contributions of members who have shown continuous dedicated service to the ASIS&T membership through active participation in and support of programs, chapters, SIGs, committees and publications. For 2016, two distinguished long-time members of ASIS&T are honored: Donald O. Case and Diane Sonnenwald.
Donald O. Case is a distinguished scholar whose long-standing and broad service to ASIS&T exemplifies his commitment to excellence and leadership in the development of information science and its related professions. His research impact is evidenced by the over 4,300 Google Scholar citations of his various journal articles, conference papers, book reviews and monographs. His book, Looking for Information, now in its fourth edition, has emerged as one of the most important books on information seeking, needs and behavior. Donald has shown continuous efforts in the ASIS&T community dating back to 1987 when he was a member of the planning committee.
His service has ranged from being a member of several committees, being a member of the JASIST editorial board, being a chapter advisor, serving on award juries, serving on the board of directors and as the 2008-2009 ASIS&T president. During the time he has served on the editorial board, JASIST has enjoyed improvements to its scope, circulation, citation counts and overall reputation. With his active role on the board and particularly during his presidency, ASIS&T membership grew not only in number but also across a broadened range of scholarly disciplines. His work in developing ASIS&T’s response to the ALA Library Education Task Force continues to be instrumental in progress toward joint efforts on the development of broader standards for professional education and accreditation. As a teacher and mentor, he has influenced many students, faculty and new leaders. Donald Case exemplifies the kind of service that the Watson Davis Award is intended to honor.
Diane Sonnenwald is a distinguished scholar in the field of library and information science, with a large number of publications and over 20 research grants. She has led research projects that address complex and important collaboration- and information-centric problems and challenges which arise in a variety of domains. Diane has provided years of effective and influential leadership to ASIS&T. Since joining as a PhD student in the early 1990s, she has served as the co-chair of the 1998 Mid-Year Meeting, a student chapter advisor and has played an influential role in engaging and recruiting members outside North America. She listens intently, identifies barriers with respect to ASIS&T being more inclusive and works actively using innovative solutions to reduce these obstacles. She led efforts to translate the ASIS&T brochure into multiple languages. She has served on the membership and international relations committees, editorial board of JASIST, the board of directors and as ASIS&T president in 2011-2012. During her presidency, long discussed issues were addressed, including fee reduction for individuals in developing nations and the modification to the name of the society to make it more international, which helped ASIS&T gain new members. Diane nurtured the European and Asia-Pacific chapters and led efforts toward the Board agreement to hold the 2016 Annual Meeting outside North America. She continues to give presentations on the benefits of ASIS&T membership. Her relentless work for ASIS&T continues as the co-chair of the 2016 ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Copenhagen. Diane Sonnenwald is a worthy recipient of the Watson Davis Award.
Going beyond the traditional focus on scholarly and scientific and technical information, Reijo Savolainen has established the research area of everyday life information seeking (ELIS) and conducted a remarkable research program, providing both a strong theoretical foundation and innovative methodologies. His highly original theory of ELIS, based on insightful thinking and extensive research, has become a standard in information science, influencing scholars around the world, including many PhD students who used the ELIS framework. He laid the foundation in his superbly written seminal1995 article Everyday Life Information Seeking: Approaching Information Seeking in the Context of “Way of Life” and cogently summed up the state of research in his 2008 monograph Everyday Information Practices: A Social Phenomenological Perspective. Savolainen played a large part in the movement toward broad information behavior research, looking at the whole information picture of groups and individuals.
Savolainen’s work (including 80 peer-reviewed articles, 20 since 2013) appeared in the field’s top venues; its intellectual quality and impact find their expressions in impressive citation counts: h-index 36; 5,000 citations total, 2700 since 2011; the 1995 article cited 755 times and still going strong; the 2008 monograph 236 times.
In sum, Reijo Savolainen receives the 2016 ASIS&T Research Award in recognition of his outstanding, high-impact theoretical and empirical contributions to information behavior research, in particular as the founder of everyday life information seeking as a research area, which is so important for understanding how searching for everyday information through PCs and mobile devices is becoming an integral part of life.
Best JASIST Paper
The 2016 John Wiley Best JASIST Paper Award goes to Shen-Cheng Huang, Randolph G. Bias and David Schnyer for their paper, “How Are Icons Processed by the Brain? Neuroimaging Measures of Four Types of Visual Stimuli Used in Information Systems” (volume 66, issue 4).
This paper sought to understand how users interpret meanings of symbols commonly used in information systems, especially how icons are processed by the brain. The researchers’ innovative melding of neuroimaging and information behavior paradigms extends the boundaries for each domain while building new ways to explore and understand key research questions in information science and for the design of information systems. In particular their findings show that icons are not as efficient as words in conveying semantics because it takes more brain resources to process them. Their creative research design and clear presentation of the process, analysis and results demonstrate the usefulness of neuroscience to information science.
Best Information Science Book Award
Boundary Objects and Beyond: Working with Leigh Star, edited by Geoffrey C. Bowker, Stefan Timmermans, Adele E. Clarke and Ellen Balka and published by MIT Press, is the winner of the 2016 Best Information Science Book Award. The work of Susan Leigh Star, the late critical thinker, spans multiple fields – among them sociology, computer-supported collaborative work and informatics writ large. This book of essays honors her legacy, and yet it is not merely an homage. This edited volume also reflects on the social context of library and information science, as well as other socio-technical-scientific disciplines. Leigh Star’s work continues to profoundly impact the field of LIS. This volume is an exceptionally good reader for use in introducing this canonical work to newcomers, as well as providing deep scholarly reflection and perspective. Organized around four thematic areas that Leigh Star’s work explores – ecologies of knowledge, boundary objects, marginalities and suffering, and infrastructure – each section begins with a key selection from Leigh Star’s work, followed by well-written essays that explore the theme. Carefully edited, this collection serves as an inspiration to take the time to look at the invisible, the marginalized and the problematic – and an exhortation to be more fully human in our research.
ProQuest Doctoral Dissertation Award
The 2016 ProQuest Doctoral Dissertation Award is presented to Steffen Hennicke, Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Humboldt-Universitat zu, Berlin, for his dissertation entitled, What is the Real Question? An Empirical-Ontological Approach to the Interpretative Analysis of Archival Reference Questions.”
The dissertation analyzed 762 written natural language questions users submitted to two national archives: the German Federal Archives and the National Archives of Norway. Taking historical, archival and formal knowledge representation approaches, the questions were thoroughly analyzed and beautifully conceptualized as the Archival Knowledge Model ontology – the very first ontology to model archival knowledge. The jury for this award found the work “outstanding” in its importance and broad impact to information science, its skillful execution of the applied ground-up method in building the ontology, its thorough data analysis and its comprehensive yet clear presentation. The student’s adviser, Vivien Petras, says, “This is an important analysis and conceptualization for the study of information needs of archival users and their representation in archival information systems. The dissertation represents the outcomes of a very intellectually challenging hermeneutic analysis of the question structures in archival inquiries. Both the methodological approach and the resulting Archival Knowledge Model ontology are superbly discussed and represented. The research question and the hypotheses have been addressed not only adequately but to a precise and outstanding degree.” A member of the jury added that “it is difficult to praise this work adequately.”
An honorable mention for the Doctoral Dissertation Award is presented to Ashlee Edwards, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for her dissertation, Engaged or Frustrated? Disambiguating Engagement and Frustration in Search. Can an IR system detect if users are engaged in or frustrated by their search activities? This dissertation provides operable answers to this key question in interactive IR research through well-designed user experiments that are hard to criticize. In addition to the traditional log data and self-report data, she innovatively collected and convincingly analyzed user physiological data, including skin conductance and heart rate, and then connected the internal mental states (engaged/frustrated) with external observable data. The jury was impressed by the number of subjects used in the experiments, the careful experimental design, analyses of the data and well-supported findings.
Pratt Severn Best Student Research Paper Award
The Pratt Severn Best Student Research Paper Award goes to Deidre Alyse Whitmore, University of California at Los Angeles, for her paper, Seeking Context: Archaeological Practices Surrounding the Reuse of Spatial Information. This paper is well written and well organized. The jury reports that the whole thesis flowed nicely and was conceptually interlined. There was a thoughtful and thorough discussion of the literature, a clear articulation of the research questions and significance of the study. The work was original and creative. It was an excellent piece of work that shows the importance of geospatial data in archaeology.
The jury gives special runner-up recognition to Colin Post, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for his paper, Preservation Practices of New Media Artists: Challenges, Strategies and Attitudes in the Personal Management of Artworks.
Thomson Reuters Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship
The 2016 Thomson Reuters Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship goes to Jesse David Dinneen, School of Information Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, for his proposal entitled, Analyzing File Management Behavior.
Dinneen’s project is designed to provide new insights into personal information management (PIM). At the core of the proposal is a novel software data collection tool that enables anonymous, cross-platform, remote and asynchronous collection of data showing how individuals use files and folders on their devices. Combined with instruments to assess individual differences, the results of the study will show the impact of a range of factors on PIM behaviors. The proposal stands out because of its clear objectives, well thought-out research plan and its potential contribution to the field of information science, with evident theoretical and practical implications. Dinneen is already an active contributor to the PIM and broader information science research fields, and he shows signs of developing into a highly productive and engaged researcher.
Thomson Reuters Outstanding Information Science Teacher
The 2016 Thomson Reuters Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award goes to Lisa Nathan, University of British Columbia iSchool. Dr. Nathan is a radical, passionate and inspiring teacher who challenges her students to take risks, address the challenges facing our society and take ownership of their own learning. The nomination and supporting letters attest to the rich, authentic learning environments she creates and to the way she models critical reflection and respectful, engaged participation in her classes. Her students comment on how she has nurtured relationships, supported research and professional opportunities and – quite tellingly – listened to them. She has transformed the First Nations Curriculum Concentration at the University of British Columbia, centering issues of indigenous knowledge and pedagogy. More generally, she has raised the level of understanding of First Nations to the point that the iSchool now acknowledges its position on unceded Musqueam territory – on every syllabus and at every public event. She has presented on her work internationally, speaking about issues at the intersection of pedagogy, indigeneity and information science. Dr. Nathan has clearly made an enduring impact on her students, on the university and beyond. We are pleased to name Lisa Nathan the 2016 Outstanding Information Science Teacher.
James Cretsos Leadership Award
Adam Worrall, assistant professor at the University of Alberta School of Library and Information Studies, is the winner of the 2016 James Cretsos Leadership Award. Just as capstones hold archways together, so Cretsos awardees hold the ASIS&T future together. In honoring a rising leader for what he has done and will do, the award committee is confident that the coming years will see Adam grappling energetically with the constant evolution of ASIS&T opportunities.
Adam’s accomplishments range from unsung essentials, such as serving on innumerable peer review panels, to ASIS&T-wide strategy development, such as contributing to the Web Presence Task Force. His reviewers speak highly of his integrity and dedication to challenging the more traditional social communication avenues. His invigoration of the ASIS&T blog and regular contributions to real-time conference reporting speak to his communication leadership. Winner of two Florida State University awards, Adam brings a similar vigor to his ASIS&T work, a fact that augers well for reflective development in his future activities. His frequent contributions to panels and presentations in SIG/IS and SIG/USE research events highlight his cross-disciplinary interests.
New Leaders Award
The ASIS&T New Leaders Award is designed to recruit, engage and retain new members and to identify those among them with potential for Association leadership. Only members in their first three years of membership are eligible for the award. For 2016, the new leaders are Rebekah Willson, Alyson Gamble, Hillary Stark, Kayla Hammond Larkin, Benafsheh Asadi, Ekatarina Grguric, Christine Meschede and Laura Ridenour.
For 2016, Chapter-of-the-Year honors go to the European Chapter. In selecting the European Chapter for the award, the jury considered the chapter’s membership, activities, communications, financial and administrative management and contributions to ASIS&T and the broader IS community. The chapter takes advantage of regional information science meetings to hold their own chapter meetings. The chapter was particularly cited for its great focus on the 2016 ASIS&T Annual Meeting and the important contributions the chapter has made to ensure the success of this first Annual Meeting held in Europe. Also, the chapter is noted for its collaboration with and focus on student members and the important and essential role they will play in the ongoing success of ASIS&T.
The chapter surveyed its members to understand members’ needs, and jury members were impressed with the honesty with which the leadership has identified the issues and is tackling the problems.
Student Chapter-of-the-Year Award
The 2016 Student Chapter-of-the-Year award goes to the student chapter at the Pratt Institute’s School of Information (SI). In selecting the Pratt Student Chapter, the jury considered the chapter’s membership, activities, communications, financial and administrative management and contributions to ASIS&T and the broader IS community. Not content to rest after winning the 2015 Student Chapter Membership Award, Pratt began the next year with renewed energy and enthusiasm. Armed with data from their fall membership survey, the officers worked hard to attract new members, plan programs and activities, and expand collaborations with other organizations. Among many other events and activities, Pratt presented its chapter by handing out cord wraps imprinted with the ASIS&T logo to new students at the Pratt SI orientation, collaborated with an ASIS&T special interest group to produce a text mining webinar for the ASIS&T membership, and hosted a series of faculty Speakeasy events. The Pratt student chapter combined learning, networking, career development and fun while strengthening and engaging the membership.
The 2016 winner of the Chapter Member-of-the-Year Award is Isabella Peters, whose outstanding service and leadership to the European Chapter (EC) has been identified by several members and officers. Dr. Peters has served as chair and advisor of the European Chapter and has been a dedicated and active member of ASIS&T for many years. She has actively advertised and administered the ASIS&T free student membership program for the European Chapter, renewed and upgraded the EC website and Facebook pages, and provided advice and support to the EC Student Chapter. Dr. Peters has served as a mentor for the ASIS&T New Leaders program, organized new member brunches at the Annual Meetings and participated in delivering high-value webinars to the members.
For all these reasons, we are pleased to honor Isabella Peters as ASIS&T Chapter Member-of-the-Year.
The 2016 Chapter Event-of-the-Year Award goes to New Jersey ASIS&T for the first ASIS&T Regional Meeting held at Rutgers University on April 15 (www.asist.org/events/asist-regional-meeting-2016-rutgers-university/). Reviewers noted the timeliness of the topic, diverse and well-known speakers, and opportunities for engagement by both students and SIGs. The meeting was well publicized and well attended, in both face-to-face and virtual forms. As described by the nominator, this event brought student chapters from Rutgers, Pratt and Drexel together in working with the NJ Chapter, setting a good example of how chapters can collaborate in mutually beneficial ways. In addition to executing a highly successful program, this event created a milestone in ASIS&T and set an example of how ASIS&T can create value for its members at a local level.
The ASIS&T 2016 SIG-of-the-Year Award is presented to SIG/Metrics (SIG/MET) for the work it does in connecting its 160 members to each other and with other SIG/MET-related communities mainly by virtual means. The SIG’s website offers a section on “How to become a SIG/MET member,” which provides a step-by-step guide, including screenshots, of how to become an ASIS&T and SIG MET member. SIG/MET adopted the new website design to give SIG/MET a stronger visual link with ASIS&T. Content has been updated and expanded to include all past workshop programs from 2011 to 2015 with full text and links to presentation slides, reports published in the Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology, as well as links to slides of SIG/MET-sponsored panels presented at the ASIS&T Annual Meetings.
To keep visitors up-to-date about bibliometrics-related topics and to open information silos, SIG/MET’s Twitter feed has been incorporated into the website. SIG/MET members also have created and maintain a Twitter list with Twitter accounts relevant to SIG/MET. The SIG also maintains a very popular mailing list with almost 1,000 subscribers.
SIG/MET allocates funding for Best Paper Awards and Student Paper Contests presented at SIG/MET workshops during the Annual Meetings which significantly increased popularity and quality of SIG/MET workshops. Moreover, the SIG’s chairs are active in different working groups such as the European Commission, NISO Altmetrics Initiative, the LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) Metrics working group and have also promoted the SIG’s activities there.
In recognition of significant efforts on behalf of ASIS&T SIGs, the 2016 SIG Member-of-the-Year award goes to Alyson Gamble. Alyson’s extensive work for SIG/Digital Libraries (SIG/DL) includes productive administration in her roles as chair-elect, treasurer and secretary. At a broader level, Alyson has been the driver behind SIG/DL’s extensive knowledge management process. On both immediate and long-term levels, her work for SIG/DL has been exemplary.
The 2016 SIG Publication-of-the-Year Award is presented to Moriana M. Garcia and Tod Colegrave, SIG/Scientific and Technical Information (SIG/STI), for “3D Printing and Digital Fabrication Technologies in Libraries and Museums Special Section,” special section of the Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology, October/November 2015, volume 42, number 1.
Just Days Remain Until Annual Meeting Convenes in Copenhagen
If you’re still thinking about making the trip to Copenhagen but need just a little more urging, check out the complete Annual Meeting program online at www.asist.org/events/annual-meeting/annual-meeting-2016/program. That’s where you’ll find the complete lineup of pre-conference workshops, the technical program, social events and numerous opportunities to observe and participate in the governance of your professional association.
And the Annual Meeting in Copenhagen is also where we’ll honor all of these award winners for their incredible contributions to the information profession and to our information association.
SIG/III Announces International Paper Contest Winners
ASIS&T Special Interest Group/International Information Issues (SIG III) is pleased to announce the winners of its 2016 and 2015 International Paper Contests.
First Place winners
2016: Yared Mammo and Patrick Ngulube, Ethiopia – Insights into e-Information Resources (e-journals) Access Models in Higher Learning Institutions in Ethiopia
2015: Amjid Khan and Shamshad Ahmed, Pakistan – Usage of E-Databases and E-journals by Research Community in Pakistani Universities: Issues and Perspectives
Second Place winners
2016: Muhammad Arif and Saima Kanwal, Pakistan – Adoption of Social Media Technologies and Their Impact on Students’ Academic Performance: The Only Way for Future Survival of Distance Education Students in Pakistan
2015: Hamza Musa and Zakari Muhammad, Nigeria – Access to Online Arabic Information Resources by the Academics in Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and Bayero University Kano, Nigeria
Third Place winners
2016: Syeda Batool and Sheila Webber, Pakistan – Mapping Information Literacy Situation in Primary Schools: A Case of Pakistan
2015: Deep Jyoti Francis and Vineet Kumar, India – Cricket and Copyright in Indian Courts: Commercial Interests or National/Public Interests
First place winners will be awarded a minimum of $1,000 to attend the 2016 ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark from October 14-18. In addition, the principal authors of each of the selected winning papers will be awarded a two-year individual membership to ASIS&T. All the winning papers will be considered for publication by Taylor & Francis’ International Information and Library Review (IILR).
ASIS&T Doctoral Student Research Videos
Earlier this year, ASIS&T announced a new benefit for student members and potential members of the association – the Doctoral Student Research Videos. ASIS&T invited students in the dissertation or defense stages of their doctoral careers to submit short videos introducing the world to the exciting and engaging research they are doing, The short videos, similar to elevator speeches, had to focus on their dissertation research related to the broadly defined information field. The producers of the best 20 videos would win a free one-year membership in ASIS&T. All vetted submissions would be featured on the ASIS&T website.
The deadline has passed, and the winners are announced.
Olubukola Oduntan, University of Strathclyde, for her original and creative video Information Behavior of Refugees
Tali Gazit, Bar-Ilan University, Factors Behind Participating and Lurking in Facebook Groups
Jamie Johnston, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Conversation-based Programming in Public Libraries and Immigrant Integration
Vanessa Kitzie, Rutgers University, Examining the Information Practices of LGBTQ+ Individuals
Pei-Yi Kuo, Northwestern University, EcoSanté: Effect of Daily Challenges on Health and Pro-Environmental Behaviors
A.J. Million, University of Missouri, Bureaucratic Organization and Innovation
Carol Sabbar, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Information Seeking by Scholars for Non-English Source
Joan Xu, University of Alabama, User Engagement in Visual Context
Chaired by Iris Xie, other members of the committee were Lisa Given, Fidelia Ibekwe-SanJuan and Diane Pennington. Al of the approved videos are featured on the ASIS&T website (www.asist.org/doctoral-student-research-videos/). This initiative was co-sponsored by the ASIS&T Membership Committee, ASIS&T Education and Professional Advancement Committee and ASIS&T Outreach and Engagement Task Force.
ASIS&T Member Events
Meet the Authors and Webinar Series Offer Development Opportunities for Members
While the ASIS&T Annual Meeting might get the most organization-wide attention, it’s not the only time that ASIS&T offers professional development opportunities for its members. In fact, we have a growing stable of webinars and virtual meetings to attract everyone in the information field.
MEET THE AUTHORS SERIES
The new Meet the Authors series was inaugurated this past July and continued with the second installment in mid-September. The series aims to connect people with ideas and connect us with each other. The organizers have gathered inspiring speakers working on a range of topics and areas both within and beyond the information fields. Speakers get a chance to present their ideas in a Webinar format and then engage in lively discussions with the audience during a question and answer session.
The Meet the Authors series is free to ASIS&T members. Register for the sessions at www.asist.org/events/meet-the-author-series/
Upcoming Meet the Author Webinars
The third installment of the new Meet the Authors series is scheduled for noon, ET, on October 10, featuring James Cortada, author of All the Facts: A History of Information in the United States Since 1870. Dr. Cortada will introduce a framework for studying information history that can be applied at the national level. He will also review the role of information in the private and public sectors, how people have used information in their public and private lives and conclude with an argument in favor of understanding the role of information as a central theme in American history.
Dr. Cortada is a senior research fellow at the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of over two dozen books on the history and management of information technologies and the role of information in society.
Fourth in the series is at noon, ET, on November 4, featuring Wayne Weigand, leading a discussion on the theme of “Falling Short of Their Profession’s Needs: Education and Research in Library & Information Studies.” Weigand is the author of Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library (2015). He offers this explanation of the topic:
I discovered people loved their public libraries for three main reasons: access to practical information; the library as a place; and the transformative potential commonplace stories had for library readers. Because conventional LIS research and education mostly focus on the first, and largely overlook and undervalue the last two, I argue that by not having core courses in “reading and libraries” and “library as place” in American Library Association-accredited programs, and by not conducting much more research on the effects of both, LIS research and education fall short of the profession’s needs.
Wiegand is F. William Summers Professor of library and information studies emeritus at Florida State University. He is co-founding director of the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (est. 1992) and co-founder and first director of the Florida Book Awards (est. 2006), now the nation’s most comprehensive state book awards program. He taught in library schools at the University of Kentucky (1976-86), the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1987-2002) and Florida State University (2003-2010).
Previous Meet the Author Sessions
In September, Christopher S. Yoo and Jean-François Blanchette, editors, as well as authors of two individual chapters, of the text, Regulating the Cloud: Policy for Computing Infrastructure, led a discussion defining the cloud and asking who controls it. Does the cloud change the rules of the game with respect to copyright, privacy, consumer protection and security?
Christopher S. Yoo is the John H. Chestnut Professor of law, communication and computer and information science and the founding director of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at the University of Pennsylvania. His major research initiatives include innovative approaches to connecting more of the world’s citizens to the Internet. Professor Yoo is an influential scholar in the realm of technology and law having written over 70 articles and frequently testifying before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and foreign regulatory authorities.
Jean-François Blanchette is an associate professor in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. His research focuses on the issues of electronic authenticity, computerization of bureaucracies and the evolution of the computing infrastructure for the past 15 years. He is the author of Burdens of Proof: Cryptographic Culture and Evidence Law in the Age of Electronic Documents (MIT Press, 2012), and he is currently completing a manuscript on the evolutionary dynamics of the computing infrastructure entitled: Running on Bare Metal: A Material History of Bits.
The Meet the Authors series began with a discussion of “Surprising Ways in Which the Internet Can Be Used to Alter People’s Beliefs, Opinions and Attitudes – Even Our Votes,” led by Robert Epstein. Framing the discussion was the fact that somewhat accidentally, the Internet has given rise to new techniques for influencing people on a massive scale that have no precedent in human history. When search engines show results that favor one perspective or another, that can easily change the attitudes or preferences of people who are undecided on an issue. Recent research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows, for example, that search rankings favoring one political candidate can easily shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20 percent or more – by up to 80 percent in some demographic groups.
Robert Epstein is senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, as well as the former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today magazine. A Ph.D. of Harvard University, he has published 15 books on artificial intelligence, creativity, stress management and other topics, as well as more than 250 scientific and popular articles, including a recent report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences entitled “The Search Engine Manipulation Effect (SEME) and Its Possible Impact on Elections” (http://bit.ly/1REqzEY).
Stay tuned for news about more upcoming Meet the Author opportunities.
ASIS&T Continues to Score with Webinars
ASIS&T Webinars connect participants with experts and global thought leaders on a variety of topics in information science, management and business. The breadth of areas covered by the webinars so far has scored well with members and non-members alike.
When you register for a live webinar, you have the opportunity to submit questions to the presenter. And once the webinar is broadcast, registrants have unlimited access to the recording. And ASIS&T webinars are free to members. Non-members pay a nominal fee to participate.
In addition to the Meet the Authors sessions outlined elsewhere in this issue of the Bulletin, one more webinar is scheduled for November.
Creating a Campus-wide research Data Services Committee: The Good, the Bad and the. . . will be presented in two parts . Part 1, Building Bridges and Planting Seeds, will be at noon ET, Tuesday, November 15. Part 2, Launching Your Collaboration, is at noon, Thursday, November 17. This webinar is sponsored by Research Data Access & Preservation.
In Part 1, presenters Cinthya Ippoliti, Renaine Julian and Amy Koshoffer will focus on early-stage efforts to build partnerships and bring key stakeholders to the table. They will help participants acquire practical tips for addressing institutional challenges involved in developing a campus-wide data committee and to identify key individuals who could be instrumental in establishing a campus-wide data committee.
Cinthya Ippoliti is associate dean for research and learning services at Oklahoma State University where she provides administrative leadership for the library’s academic liaison program as well as services for undergraduate and graduate students. Renaine Julian is the STEM data and research librarian at Florida State University where he works with researchers to help find, use, evaluate and manage research data. Amy Koshoffer is a senior research assistant in the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Her research group focus is on understanding melanocyte biology.
In Part 2, presenters Christine Kollen, David Minor and Betty Rozum will identify best practices and lessons learned for working with established committees tasked with broad-scale projects and programs.
Christine Kollen is the data curation librarian at the University of Arizona Libraries. She leads the university’s efforts in providing data management support for researchers and graduate students. David Minor is the director of the Research Data Curation Program in the University of California, San Diego Library, where he helps define and lead work needed for the contemporary and long-term management of digital resources. Betty Rozum is the data services coordinator and undergraduate research librarian at Utah State University. She is responsible for, among other things, coordinating the campus-wide data committee.
Over the last three years, ASIS&T has mounted an increasingly strong lineup of webinars for information professionals. Just in the last month, the following webinars were available.
Preparing Information Professionals for an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing Future, sponsored by ASIS&T SIG/Management, looked at degree requirements and continuing education for information professionals, particularly those involved with information management. Information management professionals have the responsibility to collect, organize and provide accurate and timely information to consumers, whether internal or external to their organizations. Adding value to that information is always a challenge.
IIIF: Interoperability of Image Content, Scholarship and Annotation, sponsored by SIG/Digital Libraries, took a look at the IIIF community (http://iiif.io/), which has designed and implemented systems that make it easy to interact with image-based cultural heritage data, enabling developers to build diverse and engaging client applications. This has generated a vibrant international community dedicated to interoperability between systems, allowing images and descriptions of cultural heritage objects and collections to be shared and integrated seamlessly across institutions in a variety of environments.
Technology and Publishing: The Work of Scholarship in the Age of its Digital Reproducibility, sponsored by SIG/Arts and Humanities, featured Martin Paul Eve, Open Library of Humanities and Birkbeck, University of London, and a discussion of chroniclers of the open-access movement who note that the open, online dissemination of scholarly and research material is reliant upon digital reproduction. Yet, is the digital age so different from the previous eras? Why should new technological mutations drive the ways in which humanities scholars disseminate their work? Professor Eve addressed these matters, which are formative elements of the terrain on which scholarship in the 21st century will emerge.
Linking Locally: A Technical Tour of the UNLV LOD Project, sponsored by SIGs/Arts and Humanities and Education, presented an insider’s look at an active linked open data project from an academic library working to implement LOD transformations across digital collections data. This presentation covered the basics of the transformation process, the importance of data quality in machine-readable data and a sampling of LOD visualizations acting on data created from the project.
Be sure to check the ASIS&T website regularly for news of additional webinars in the months ahead.
Andrew Dillon to Return to Classroom
Andrew Dillon, dean of the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, has announced he will resign the deanship in 2017 to return to the faculty. In an announcement to the UT Austin campus, Provost Maurie McInnis thanked Dillon for a decade and a half of service to the iSchool.
In announcing his plans, Dillon said, “Leading the iSchool has been an honor, and it’s hard to believe nearly 15 years have passed. I feel enormously privileged to have had the support of an incredible staff and faculty over this period, and I stand in admiration of our graduates and the changes they are leading in the world.”
After a period of leave, Dillon will return to the faculty in 2018 to resume his scholarly career as a professor. “I always said my ultimate goal was to create the best possible environment in which to be a faculty member, and then to join as a professor myself,” he said. “My administrative career was fascinating but at heart, I am a scholar, and I look forward to concentrating on research and teaching again.”
ASIS&T is greatly saddened to announce the death of our colleague, Helen Manning, on April 6, 2016, in Dallas, TX. Helen was a long-time member of ASIS&T, having joined in 1980. Helen understood the importance of being active to receive the most from her membership, and this is reflected in her numerous activities. She regularly attended the Annual Meetings and was deeply involved in the Ohio and Texas chapters. Helen was also part of SIG/Management for over 10 years. Her dedication to ASIS&T is illustrated by her service: she was a board member, chair of the Leadership Development Committee and the Awards & Honors committee, member of the Nominations and Membership Committees, Board liaison to the Planning, Professionalism and Public Affairs Committees, and she chaired the Award of Merit and leadership award juries.
Helen was born on August 30, 1947, in Ancon, Panama. She earned her MLS degree from Florida State University and worked for FSU Library for more than eight years before joining Texas Instruments and then the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Helen held several offices in the Special Libraries Association and received the SLA President’s Award in 1988. She was an active member on the Conference Board’s Information Services Advisory Council and the Dallas Business Council for the Arts; she was a founding member of Junius Heights Historic District and was a board member of the Madi Museum. She was an avid art collector, artist and supporter of the arts. She loved opera, ballet, symphony performances and going to art museums. And Helen loved to travel. She spent the final year of her life taking special trips to England, Italy, France, Spain, New Mexico and Maine. Her positive outlook on life was most admirable, even contagious some would say. She always had a smile for everyone and was highly regarded by everyone who ever had the opportunity to meet her. Regardless of the challenges she may have had along the way, everyone who’d ever had the privilege of working with her, always found it a special pleasure to work with. This is truly a great loss to our ASIS&T community as a whole. She will be profoundly missed by everyone whose lives she touched with her wit and wisdom.