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Inside ASIS&T, December 2019

President's Column

Clara Chu, President

Dear ASIS&T colleagues,

I am honored to be a member of the ASIS&T community and to have your trust in serving as your President. In the coming year I will work alongside the Board and many of you who will be serving in leadership roles to strengthen and expand our community and advance our interests. Thank you for your commitment and contributions.

The vision of ASIS&T is to establish a new information professionalism in a world where information is of central importance to personal, social, political, and economic progress by: Advancing knowledge about information, its creation, properties, and use; Providing analysis of ideas, practices, and technologies; Valuing theory, research, applications, and service; Nurturing new perspectives, interests, and ideas; [and] Increasing public awareness of the information sciences and technologies and their benefits to society. In the coming year, how do we accelerate this vision not only for organizational transformation but social impact?

In our globalized and technology-connected society, we as an information community are keenly aware that what information people can access will either enhance their opportunities and lives or limit their potential and growth. ASIS&T is the touchstone for information practice, research, education and professional development and can play a critical role in building a sustainable world and transforming lives. This coming year, join me in advancing a three-pronged plan for organizational and social transformation, I am calling it “We are ASIS&T: Be, Belong, Become”. This conceptual approach is informed by the Early Years Learning Framework.

BE: focuses on connecting with ourselves and each other, and contributing to not just ASIS&T but to Society (locally and globally). What are the opportunities to BE?

  1. Join us for the 2020 Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh on October 23-28, 2020, which has the theme: “Information for a Sustainable World: Addressing Society’s Grand/Global Challenges” Thank you to the members of the Annual Meeting Program Committee, co-chaired by Kendra Albright and Bharat Mehra, for their forthcoming work.
  2. Participate in two new series at the 2020 conference: (a) an Industry Series that focuses on research and applications that involves industry participation; and (b) an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Accelerator series that focuses on information research and action designed to address EDI. The conference theme will allow us to explore, for example, the use of blockchain for food distribution in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan; or GIS projects such as Native Land that is mapping indigenous territories/lands, and creator Victor G. Temprano wants it “to plant a seed in settler consciousness and to encourage settlers to engage with Indigenous history and nations.”
  3. Act to advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At this year’s conference, Kendra, Bharat and Jia Tina Du led a full-day international incubator to develop and create transformational actions using information to advance the SDGs. The results from this pre-conference workshop serve as catalysts for the ASIS&T membership and information community at-large to act locally or globally, personally or collectively, in the lead-up to the 2020 Annual Meeting and beyond.
  4. We plan to register ASIS&T’s commitment with the United Nations, and become a partner in advancing the SDGs.
  5. A key aspect of sustainable development and a societal grand challenge is peace, so the ASIS&T community is invited to register and map our actions to advance peace on the Libraries for Peace portal, in partnership with the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  6. Resume Board review of and response to "Diversity and Inclusion in ASIS&T: A Report and Recommendations from AM16 Luncheon Discussion"

BELONG: focuses on a strong sense of identity. What are the opportunities to BELONG?

  • To strengthen our sense of belonging at ASIS&T and expand our community, we will increase opportunities for virtual engagement and exchange, and implement strategies to expand our membership. Please assist us in extending our outreach to Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

BECOME: focuses on thriving. What are opportunities to BECOME?

  • Our current strategic plan ends in 2020 which means that we will be initiating a new strategic planning process that will be led by a task force, chaired by President-Elect Brian Detlor.
  • We will be implementing the Big Ideas approved by the Board, investing in our future, while fiscally managing our present.

These are just some of the activities to BE, BELONG and BECOME.  More information on will be forthcoming in ASIS&T communication.

I look forward to working collectively as an association and collaboratively with other organizations to reach our milestones. Before I conclude I want to thank my family, loved ones and friends for their support in the busy life I lead and professional work I do; the sponsors of this conference and other ASIS&T activities, our ASIS&T leaders and members, and our dedicated staff, Executive Director Lydia Middleton, Director of Membership Terrence Curtiss and, Director of Meetings & Events Cathy L. Nash. I would also like to congratulate the many award winners, whom we will be recognizing and celebrating tonight.

We are ASIS&T: Be, Belong, Become. Enjoy the rest of the conference, stay in touch throughout the year, and see you next October 2020 in Pittsburgh.

Thank you.

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Video Letter From the Executive Director

Lydia Middleton, MBA, CAE

Governance Update

SEPTEMBER 12, 2019

The Board of Directors met on September 12, 2019 via video conference. In attendance were Elaine Toms (President); Clara Chu (President-Elect); June Abbas (Treasurer); Dania Bilal; Sarah Buchanan; Timothy Dickey; Emily Knox; Heather O’Brien; Soo Young Rieh; Lydia Middleton (Executive Director); and Steve Hardin (Parliamentarian). Guests at the meeting were Jim Andrews (SIG Cabinet Deputy Director), Brian Detlor (President-Elect eff. 10/23/19, Ina Fourie (Treasurer-Elect, and Anna Maria Tammaro, Director-at-Large-Elect).

The agenda included the following items:

  • Action on Minutes
  • Discussion of Big Ideas
  • Goals & Priorities
  • Committees

The following issues were discussed and/or decided:

Action on June 12 Meeting Minutes
The minutes of the June 12, 2019 meeting of the Board were approved without amendment.

Goals & Priorities
The Board reviewed the goals and priorities that were laid out for the Executive Director and the Board for Fiscal Year 2020. Several of the goals were reaffirmed, postponed, and one was tabled for consideration in a future year.

The Board addressed the current committee structure and the need for filling gaps that were created in the 2018-19 committee restructuring, particularly the need to reconstitute a Publications Committee and create a structure that could address the issues previously covered by the Constitution & Bylaws Committee. There was general consensus that we need a clearer means to communicate to committees the work they are expected to undertake in each given year. The Board approved a new Publications Committee with Terms of Reference to be developed by Lydia Middleton for action at the October meeting. The Board tabled decision on a Governance Committee until a revised Terms of Reference could be developed for action at the October meeting.

Big Ideas
The meeting concluded without comprehensive discussion of the Big Ideas so that agenda item was tabled until the October 19 Meeting.

OCTOBER 19, 2019

The Board of Directors met on October 19, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. In attendance were Elaine Toms (President); Clara Chu (President-Elect); Lisa Given (Past President) June Abbas (Treasurer); Dania Bilal; Sarah Buchanan, Timothy Dickey; Emily Knox; Heather O’Brien; Soo Young Rieh; Lydia Middleton (Executive Director); and Steve Hardin (Parliamentarian). Guests at the meeting were Jim Andrews (SIG Cabinet Deputy Director), Michael Olsson (Chapter Cabinet Deputy Director), Brian Detlor (President-Elect eff. 10/23/19, Ina Fourie (Treasurer-Elect, and Anna Maria Tammaro, Director-at-Large-Elect) as well as two Wiley Representatives.

The agenda of the business portion of the meeting included the following items:

  • Consent Agenda
  • FY19YE Financial Statements and Variance Report
  • Lois Lunin Award Proposal
  • Planning Process
  • Action on Big Ideas Proposals
  • Chapter Restructuring Proposal
  • JASIST Report

The following issues were discussed and/or decided:

Consent Agenda
The consent agenda, which included the minutes of the September 12 meeting was approved as presented.

FY19YE Financial Statements and Variance Report
Lydia Middleton presented the initial projected year end financial statements for FY19, noting that a number of postings were still pending review by accounting staff. The initial projection is for a positive bottom line in the area of $40,000. She reviewed the areas where we were either above or below budget by a significant amount. The Board thanked the staff for their hard work achieving a positive bottom line.

Lois Lunin Award Proposal
The Board reviewed and discussed a proposal for forming an award using the funds donated to ASIS&T by Lois Lunin. This award will recognize individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to the practice of Information Science and Technology through leadership, mentoring, and innovation. Eligible individuals will be in early or mid-career, and should have a record of experience and accomplishments, and also demonstrate that they are likely to make future meaningful contributions in leadership and mentoring. Recognizing Lois Lunin’s interest in the arts and in the medical/biomedical fields, nominations from these areas will be particularly encouraged.

The Board approved the proposal with one modification to the eligibility criteria to require that nominees be members of ASIS&T at the time of nomination.

Planning Process
The Board voted to amend the ASIS&T planning cycle to a July-June timeframe rather than an Annual Meeting to Annual Meeting timeframe.

Action on Big Ideas Proposals
Based on the morning’s conversation around the Big Ideas proposed by various members of the Board and staff, the following motions were voted upon. All motions passed unanimously:

Motion: To task the Publications Committee to develop a proposal to bring back ARIST with publication by early 2023.

Motion: To task ASIS&T Central with investigating and proposing a way forward vis-à-vis JASIST ABC

Motion: To task the Professional Development Committee with developing a process for webinar/podcasts acceptance and evaluation.

Motion: To task the SIG Cabinet and Chapter Assembly with developing a plan for increasing the quality and number of webinars offered at times that allow participation by members around the world.

Motion: To task the Research Engagement Committee with developing an implementation plan for delivering a symposia series.

Motion: To task the Professional Development Committee with developing an implementation plan for delivering a product that combines the objectives of the 24 hour global conference with the ASIS&T week concept.

Motion: To task the Professional Development Committee with developing an implementation plan for an institute that operates at a break even or profit.

Motion: To establish a Governance Committee.

Motion: To accept the report of the History Committee and task it with:

  1. Finalizing the work of the Knowledge Management Task force and related strategic plan objectives by July, 2020
  2. To document the history of ASIS&T with a view to developing a publication for debut at the 85th Annual Meeting.

Motion: To establish a process for developing annual objectives and deliverables for the Association which are tasked to a Committee or other entity.

Chapter Restructuring Proposal
The staff presented a proposal for chapter restructuring that was initially presented in November of 2018 and included feedback gathered from the Chapter Assembly. The Board asked Lydia to move forward on incorporating the feedback into the proposal then sharing the proposal with the membership for input. See elsewhere in this Inside ASIS&T for information on this proposal.

Two representatives from Wiley updated the Board on the past year’s performance of JASIST and anticipated trends in the publications market.

OCTOBER 23, 2019

The Board of Directors met on October 23, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. In attendance were Clara Chu (President-Elect); Brian Detlor (President-Elect); Elaine Toms (Past-President); Ina Fourie (Treasurer); Emily Knox; Soo Young Rieh; Ana Maria Tammaro; Jim Andrews (SIG Cabinet Director); Michael Olsson (Chapter Cabinet Director); Lydia Middleton (Executive Director); and Steve Hardin (Parliamentarian). Guests June Abbas (Past-Treasurer); Javed Mostafa (JASIST Editor); and Kendra Albright (2020 AMPC Co-Chair); Cathy Nash (Director of Meetings & Events: and Terrence Curtiss, Director of Membership).

Items on the agenda were;

  • Annual Meeting Debrief
  • President’s Report
  • Revenue Plan
  • HQ Office Options
  • HQ Staffing Study
  • Strategic Planning
  • Board Self-Evaluation
  • JASIST Report

Annual Meeting Debrief
Kendra Albright joined the discussion of what worked well and what didn’t at the 2019 Annual Meeting. While there was some negative feedback about the venue and an encouragement to be more sensitive to the timing of meetings outside of North America as well as engaging local members and others in the planning, overall the meeting feedback seemed to be quite positive. An attendee evaluation will be conducted to develop a more comprehensive assessment.

President’s Report
Clara Chu outlined her expectations for the coming year, indicating her desire that the Board hold short monthly meetings rather than quarterly longer meetings in order to better track the progress against our strategic goals.

Revenue Plan
Lydia Middleton presented a plan to increase both dues-based and non-dues revenue in the coming year, focusing largely on member retention, institutional memberships, and sponsor/exhibitor solicitation. She recommended outsourcing sponsor/exhibitor solicitation as a means to increase our market share in that area.

HQ Office Options
Lydia Middleton presented an option for downsizing ASIS&T’s office space and reducing expenses in rent. The Board determined that this was not a good use of staff time and recommended seeking a subletter to use some of the existing ASIS&T office space,

HQ Staffing Study
One of the Executive Director’s objectives for FY20 is to conduct a staffing analysis to determine the most appropriate roles and responsibilities within the ASIS&T staff. Lydia Middleton proposed hiring a staffing consultant who could objectively assess the existing talent and make recommendations for future talent needs. The Board decided to table such an undertaking until closer to AM2020 in order to allow the Committees to determine their support needs as they undertake their charges this year.

Strategic Planning
Brian Detlor, Chair of the Strategic Planning Task Force, reported that he has formed his taskforce. Members are: Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Haze Hall, Michael Olsson, Abebe Rorissa, and Rebekah Willson. He intends to call the first meeting of the Task Force in November.

Board Self-Evaluation
Lydia Middleton presented a Board Self-Evaluation tool to assess how well the Board works together and how strategic their perspective is. The Board made recommendations to improve the tool that will be administered to all 2018-19 Board members following the Annual Meeting.

Javed Mostafa met with the Board to update them on the current status of JASIST.

NOVEMBER 20, 2019

The Board of Directors met on November 20, 2019 via video conference. In attendance were Clara Chu (President-Elect); Brian Detlor (President-Elect); Elaine Toms (Past-President); Ina Fourie (Treasurer); Emily Knox; Soo Young Rieh; Ana Maria Tammaro; Jim Andrews (SIG Cabinet Director); Michael Olsson (Chapter Cabinet Director); Lydia Middleton (Executive Director); and Steve Hardin (Parliamentarian). Guests were Cathy Nash (Director of Meetings & Events: and Terrence Curtiss, Director of Membership).

Items on the agenda included:

  • Consent Agenda
  • President’s Update
  • Strategic Planning Update
  • Diversity & Inclusion Report
  • Staff Updates

Consent Agenda
The following ítems were included in the Consent Agenda:

  • Draft Minutes of 19 October 2019 Meeting
  • Draft Minutes of 23 October 2019 Meeting
  • September 2019 Financial Statement DRAFT
  • Membership Report

President’s Update
Clara Chu reported that the work of populating committees is nearly complete and committees will begin meeting soon. She also reported that she intends to hold monthly gatherings of the Membership (ASIS&T Hour) to make it easier for members to engage virtually with ASIS&T.

Strategic Planning Update
Brian Detlor reported that his task force is formed and would meet the first week in December.

Diversity & Inclusion Report
Clara Chu asked that the Board consider the Diversity & Inclusion Luncheon Report 2016 that was prepared following a meeting held in conjunction with the 2016 Annual Meeting. There was agreement that we should form a Diversity & Inclusion Task Force to address the recommendations from the report and identify necessary next steps.

Staff Updates
Cathy Nash updated the Board on the feedback from the 2019 meeting and provided a rundown of the work currently underway for the 2020 meeting. She also reported that we have proposals from several hotels in Europe for the 2022 meeting in Ireland, London, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Milan and Rome.

The next meeting of the Board will be held December 18 at 8 am USET. Please contact Lydia Middleton if you would like to observe this meeting.

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ASIS&T Chapter Restructuring Proposal

A conversation began at the 2017 Annual Meeting around the role of the chapter and regional groups within ASIS&T. The Board has had broad discussion of this topic and requested that the staff provide a proposal to address the issue of chapter revitalization and restructuring in order to ensure that all members of ASIS&T have a chapter with which to affiliate and engage. A first draft of this proposal was vetted through the Chapter Cabinet in early 2019. Their comments and concerns have been addressed in a revised draft proposal. We now seek member feedback on the proposal. Please take the time to review the proposal and give us your feedback on how it could be improved, as well as any concerns you have with the overall concepts proposed.

Member comment on the proposal will be open until Monday, 17 February, 2020. At that time we will incorporate your feedback into a final draft proposal for Board action. We will make every effort to address all comments and concerns in the revision. Any that are not approved by the Board will be communicated back to the membership for with an explanation.

Many thanks in advance for taking the time to review and comment on the proposal.

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Join Us for ASIS&T Hour - A Monthly Virtual Meet-Up!

Have a question for the Board? Want to give feedback on the Annual Meeting? Want to learn what is planned for the next year? Well this is your chance to meet up with the ASIS&T Board and share your thoughts about how things are going at ASIS&T and learn more about what is coming in the future. As ASIS&T is embarking on a strategic planning effort, your input is critical, and we want to hear from you.

Please join the Board of ASIS&T to share your thoughts. We will hold these meet-ups monthly, alternating times so that those in all time zones can participate.

Wednesday, 8 January 2020 - Strategic Planning: We Want Your Input
9 am ET
Via Zoom (click link to join meeting at the scheduled time)

Wednesday, 12 February 2020 - Strategic Planning: We Want Your Input
6 pm ET
Via Zoom (click link to join meeting at the scheduled time)

Wednesday, 11 March 2020 - iConnect: The Power of the Network
9 am ET
Via Zoom (click link to join meeting at the scheduled time)

Wednesday, 8 April 2020 - SIGs and Emerging Topics
6 pm ET
Via Zoom (click link to join meeting at the scheduled time)

Wednesday, 13 May 2020 - Chapters: ASIS&T Local
9 am ET
Via Zoom (click link to join meeting at the scheduled time)

Wednesday, 10 June 2020 - ASIS&T History Committee
6 pm ET
Via Zoom (click link to join meeting at the scheduled time)

Wednesday, 8 July 2020
9 am ET
Via Zoom (click link to join meeting at the scheduled time)

Wednesday, 12 August 2020
6 pm ET
Via Zoom (click link to join meeting at the scheduled time)

Wednesday, 9 September 2020
9 am ET
Via Zoom (click link to join meeting at the scheduled time)

Wednesday, 14 October 2020
6 pm ET
Via Zoom (click link to join meeting at the scheduled time)

Future ASIS&T Hour topics TBD.

If you missed the first ASIS&T Hour you can catch up by watching the video HERE.

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ASIS&T Central Update

Terrence CurtissWe here at ASIS&T Central are delighted to announce that Terrence Curtiss has been promoted to the role of Director of Membership. In this role Terrence is responsible for all aspects of member recruitment, retention, and member service. In his spare time Terrence also serves as ASIS&T Webmaster and Socia Media expert.

Terrence can be reached at or 301-495-0900 x1300.



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Annual Meeting 2019 Recap

ASIS&T wants to thank everyone who attended this year’s Annual Meeting. We hope you enjoyed your time as much as we did. It was an action-packed five days, full of sessions, posters, workshops, tutorials, social events, and scholarly recognition. The conference was held at the Crown Conference Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

This year’s conference was well attended with 400 attendees hailing from 35 different countries. The theme for this year’s conference was “INFORMATION… ANYONE, ANYWHERE, ANY TIME, ANY WAY”. The strength of the technical presentations at this year’s meeting is a testament to the ASIS&T mission to advance the information sciences and related applications of information technology by providing focus, opportunity, and support to information professionals and organizations. We hope you all agree that this Annual Meeting no different.

We thank each of our 2019 presenters recognizing that the meeting would not exist without their excellent presentations. Attendees flocked between 9 pre/post conference workshops/tutorials, 105 posters, 74 papers, and 20 panels and alternative events which were selected through a rigorous peer review process.

From opening to closing, the two plenary speakers did not disappoint. The ‘anyone’ and ‘anywhere’ facets of this theme were highlighted in the opening and closing plenary presentations. Mikaela Jade shared her industry experience that successfully engages indigenous women in technology during her presentation entitled, “Mixing Reality for Cultural Proliferation”.

Informed by decades of experience with the multitude of information available in health care, the closing speaker, Helena Teede highlighted the importance of delivering information at the right time and in the right way in her presentation entitled “Changing the Paradigm: Creating a Learning Health System Through Disruption Collaboration”.

The Annual Business Meeting provided members with an overview of the past year’s activities as well as a glimpse into the agenda for the coming year. ASIS&T President, Elaine Toms, began the Meeting with an overview of the current state of ASIS&T and achievements of the 2018-19 year, including the development of several Big Ideas that will be explored and launched in the coming year. These include increased and more global-friendly webinars, a research symposium, an institute, and the return of ARIST. ASIS&T Treasurer June Abbas provided an overview of the Association’s financial status and Executive Director Lydia Middleton shared more detail on the nature of ASIS&T revenues and expenses, as well as detailing some of the advancements made this year such as a new website and database, a new communication vehicle, and the new Bylaws. President-Elect Clara Chu shared her vision for the coming year which you can read about in her column.

The premier social event was the Awards Banquet where Various award winners were recognized for their achievements and contributions. The award winners were:

Award of Merit: Christine Borgman
Best Information Science Book Award: Colin Burke
Best JASIST Paper Award: Ian Ruthven, Steven Buchanan, and Cara Jardine
Clarivate Analytics Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship: Adele Paul-Hus
Clarivate Analytics Teach of the Year Award: Hazel Hall
James M. Cretsos Leadership Award: Kanwal Ameen
James M. Cretsos Leadership Award: Rebekah Willson
Pratt Severn Best Student Research Paper Award: Matthew Weirick Johnson
Proquest Doctroal Dissertation Award: Tim Gorichanaz
Research in Information Science Award: Kevin Crowston
Watson Davis Award for Science: Lynn Silipigni Connaway
2019 ASIS&T Regional Chapter of the Year Award: European Chapter
2019 ASIS&T Regional Chapter Event of the Year Award: Asia-Pacific Chapter
2019 ASIS&T Chapter Member of the Year Award: Sam Chu
2019 ASIS&T Student Chapter of the Year Award: University of North Texas
2019 SIG of the Year: SIG-SM (Social Media)
2019 SIG Publication of the Year: SIG-SM (Social Media)
2019 SIG Member of the Year: Heather L. O'Brien

2019 Awards Juries

Award of Merit:
Ralf Shaw, Chair
Judit Bar Ilan
Nick Belkin
Harry Bruce
Michael Buckland

Best Information Science Book
Laura Anderson, Chair
Robert Glushko
Jannica Heinström
Eric Meyers
Helen Partridge

Best JASIST Paper Award:
Theresa Anderson, Chair
Jennifer Berryman
Harry Bruce
Camilla Moring
Qinghua Zhu

Clarivate Doctoral Dissertation
Proposal Scholarship:
Isto Huvila,Chair
Jesse Dinneen
Sanda Erdelez
Ying Hsang Liu
Cristina Pattuelli

Clarivate Outstanding Teacher Award:
Anita Komlodi, Chair
Richard Arias Hernandez
Crystal Fulton
Michelle Kazmer
Mike Twidale

James M. Cretsos Leadership Award:
Mark Needleman, Chair
Toni Carbo
Devon Greyson
Jeremy McLaughlin
Gail Thornburg

Pratt Severn Best Student Paper
Camille Mathieu, Chair
Daniel Alemneh
Ranti Junus
Vanessa Kitzie
Irene Lopatovska

Proquest Doctoral Dissertation
Sam Chu, Chair
Amelia Acker
Steven Bajaly
Luanne Freund
Heidi Julien
Dirk Lewandowski
Eric T. Meyer
Rebekah Willson

Research in Information Science
Ina Fourie, Chair
Ian Ruthven
Lynn Silipigni Connoway
Moriana Garcia
Elke Greifeneder
Olivia Pestana

Watson Davis Award for Service:
Donald Case, Chair
Arne Almquist
Kanwal Ameen
Harry Bruce
Nadia Caidi
Emil Levine

Thank you to all who attended this year’s conference.  And thank you for the generous contributions from our many sponsors.  Your continued support of the ASIS&T allows us to deliver on new and existing initiatives at the core of our mission.

Thank you to our Program Committee, Volunteers & Sponsors

We can’t give enough thanks to the members of the AM19 Organizing Committee.  First and foremost, we would like to thank Conference Program Co-Chairs, Catherine Blake, Ph.D., University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, USA, and Cecelia Brown, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, USA, for their hard work and contributions which resulted in an outstanding meeting in Melbourne. They were instrumental in keeping our focus on both the conference theme and mission. The success of ASIST19 is a result of the tireless work and dedication of the Program Committee:

Paper Co-Chairs: Theresa Anderson, Ph.D., University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, and VG Vinod Vydiswaran, Ph.D., University of Michigan, USA; Panel & Alternative Events Co-Chairs: Joan Bartlett, Ph.D., McGill University, Canada, and Dietmar Wolfram, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, USA; Poster Co-Chairs: Ian Ruthven, Ph.D., University of Strathclyde, UK, and Dan Wu, Ph.D., Wuhan University, China; and Doctoral Colloquium Co-chairs: Pnina Fichman, Ph.D., University of Indiana, USA, and Howard Rosenbaum, University of Indiana, USA.

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ASIS&T2020 and Beyond

Looking forward the 2020, the 83rd Annual Meeting will be held October 23-28, 2020, at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


ASIS&T’s Vision “Establish a new information professionalism in a world where information is of central importance to personal, social, political, and economic progress,” is a call to action for the information professional community (researchers, practitioners, educators, students, stakeholders) to respond to the United Nations 2030 Agenda. ‘Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ that is an ambitious plan of action for sustainable, universal development.  Are ASIS&T members working as change agents actively addressing society’s grand challenges?  What is the impact of having access to information to address the 17 Sustainable Development Goal(s) (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda, and what solutions are needed to tackle society’s associated grand challenges? The 2020 ASIS&T Annual Meeting will serve as a forum to co-learn, problematize, discover, design information work, scholarship, education, and innovation. Collaborations and interdisciplinarity are cornerstones of a collective impact approach and such initiatives and experiences are welcome.

Conference Chairs

Kendra Albright, Ph.D., Kent State University, USA, and Bharat Mehra, Ph.D., University of Alabama, USA

Paper Co-Chairs: Jia Tina Du, University of South Australia, Australia & Dietmar Wolfram, University of Wisconsin, USA

Poster Co-Chairs: Naresh Agarwal, Simmons University, USA & Virginia Ortiz Repiso, Universidad Carlos III, Spain

Panels & Alternative Events Co-Chairs: Mega Subramaniam University of Maryland, USA & Spencer Lilley, Massey University, New Zealand

Doctoral Colloquium Co-Chairs: Howard Rosenbaum, Indiana University, USA; Pnina Fichman, Indiana University, USA; & Jaya Raju, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Industry Track Co-Chairs: Lynn Silipigni Connaway, OCLC Research & TBD

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Track Co-Chairs: Nicole Cooke, University of Illinois iSchool, USA & Joe Sanchez, Queens College, USA

Call for Proposals

We invite original submissions to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting that will shed light on any aspect of information production, organization, discovery, analysis, storage, representation, retrieval, visualization, manipulation, dissemination, use, evaluation, management and consumption. With a long tradition spanning more than 80 years, the ASIS&T community draws from and contributes to a wide variety of methods, theories, and approaches and we encourage authors to employ the best approach to address their information centric research questions. Submissions that emphasize how the place, time and the way in which information is delivered can galvanize or disenfranchise communities are particularly encouraged. Submissions can take the form of a paper, panel, workshop or poster and this year we will introduce an alternative event category.

Join a cadre of scholars and professionals from around the globe to share research, innovations, and insights regarding the impact of information science and technology on individuals, groups, organizations, governments and societies throughout the world.



Submission of papers due: April 10, 2020

Notification regarding submitted papers: May 20, 2020

Camera-ready accepted papers due: June 5, 2020

Workshops & Tutorials

Submission of workshop and tutorial proposals due: April 10, 2020

Notification regarding submitted workshop and tutorial proposals: May 20, 2020

Panels and Alternative Events

Submission of panel and alternative event proposals due: April 10, 2020

Notification regarding submitted panel and alternative events: May 20, 2020

Camera-ready accepted panel and alternative event descriptions are due: June 5, 2020


Submission of posters due: June 5, 2020

Notification regarding submitted posters: July 17, 2020

Camera-ready accepted posters are due: August 3, 2020

Doctoral Colloquium

Proposal submissions due: June 15, 2020

Notification regarding submitted proposals: July 15, 2020

Watch the Conference Website for updates:

Template will be available for download January 6, 2020

Submission site:

Site will open for submissions February 3, 2020

Announcing ASIS&T 2021!

You voted and we heard you. After 329 of you voted, Salt Lake City, Utah won out over Phoenix, Arizona as the location of the 84th Annual Meeting. The meeting will take place at the Marriott Salt Lake City Downtown City Creek October 30-November 3, 2021.

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Chapter and SIG News


A New Board
We congratulate Amanda Scull and Joshua Dull for taking on the roles of co-chairs of the NEASIST board and leading the programming in the absence of a Program Committee Chair (the position is still available. Email if interested!). William Lundmark and Georgiana McReynolds are graciously continuing as Treasurer and Webmaster, respectively. We also welcome our new Secretary, Grete Graf, as the newest member of the board.

Library Carpentry
In October, NEASIS&T teamed up with Brown University and NESCLiC again to hold a 2-day Library Carpentry workshop at Brown University. Joshua Dull, Kristin Lee, and Kate Nyhan led the workshop with Brown University library staff as helpers. Together, they introduced librarians to the fundamentals of computing, including Git, Unix Shell, and OpenRefine. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine NER’s travel stipends helped broaden our reach. There was a good turnout and good feedback.

NEASIST Winter Conference
Registration is now open for NEASIST’s Winter Conference, The Privacy Puzzle: Piecing Together Patron Privacy, Data Efficiency, and the Modern Web! As part of the NEASIS&T team-up with the Simmons ASIS&T student chapter, the event will be held January 17, 2020 at Simmons University in Boston.
The struggle over privacy, protecting our privacy versus the potential benefits from giving up pieces of it, has become part of the mainstream conversation. For libraries and other stewards of information, privacy is not only a familiar conversation, but also a professional responsibility that requires us to be vigilant and proactive. Join us for a day of speakers, workshops, and conversation on this important topic. Register via Eventbrite.

Our 2019 travel award winner, Rachel Williams, will also be giving a short presentation about her experience at this year’s Annual Meeting in Melbourne, Australia!


Election Results: SIG Social Media Officers (Nov. 2019 - Oct./Nov. 2020)

We want to thank everybody who participated in the 2019 SIG SM Election!

We are excited to share with you the election results and, therefore, to introduce and congratulate our new and continuing officers:

  • Chair: Vivek Singh (Rutgers University, USA)
  • Chair-elect: Loni Hagen (University of South Florida, USA)
  • Secretary: Katrin Scheibe (Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf, Germany)
  • Treasurer: Franziska Scheibe (Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf, Germany)
  • Webmaster: Kolina Koltai (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Communications Chair: Catherine Dumas (Simmons University, USA)
  • Communications Chair: Wasim Ahmed (Newcastle University, United Kingdom)
  • Recruitment/Membership: Cansu E. Dedeoglu (University of Toronto, USA)
  • Recruitment/Membership: Nosheen Fatima Warraich (University of the Punjab, Lahore,


  • Archivist: Arjun Sabharwal (Digital Initiatives Librarian/Associate Professor at the University of

Toledo, USA)

  • Designer: Karen F. Kaufmann (Seminole State College of Florida, USA)
  • Past Chairs: Aylin Ilhan and Isabelle Dorsch (Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf, Germany)

As past chairs, Aylin Ilhan and Isabelle Dorsch don't want only to thank SIG SMs continuing officers but their outgoing officers as well.

Without all of you, SIG SM’s success wouldn't be possible for the last two years.

Outgoing SIG SM officers:

  • Philippe Mongeon (Treasurer (2 years))
  • Nicolau DePaula (Secretary (2 years))
  • Kaja Fietkiewicz (Webmaster (2 years))
  • Isha Ghosh (Communications and Social Media (1 year))
  • Souvick Ghosh (Recruitment Membership (1 year))

SIG of the Year and Publication of the Year

We are so deeply thankful and proud to share with you the amazing news! 🙂 We are SIG of the year and our first newsletter achieved the ASIS&T publication of the year. Without you and your support it wouldn't be possible.

Thanks everybody for the effort in the last two years, especially our officers.

We are looking forward to the SIGs bright future with you all as our members and our incoming board officers!
If you want to read the newsletter, check it out here.

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Member Spotlight

Blessings Mawire; Chair Elect SIG-OIM

What attracted you to information science as a profession and field of study?

I had the opportunity to see how information is key for any process in any organisation and institution, especially how if managed well it could enhance processes and when not managed well it could lead to inefficiencies or lagging behind. I grew to appreciate the diversity of career paths that one can take as an information scientist and this too was quite attractive.

In what area of information science do you practice, teach or do research? What about that area of practice/study made you choose it?

I have been working in health, agriculture, environmental and development information for over a decade now. I recently started working in understanding legal information and research. The main influence was the need for information in these areas by a majority of researchers in the African region where I am based. These areas are also quite key in developing countries as they pose many gaps which addressed can improve a country to moving up to the development path.

 One of my passions and current areas of work is developing and implementing capacity building for LIS young professionals in current and futuristic skills that are imperative in our evolving profession. The future of the LIS profession depends on how we learn, adapt and innovate with the changing communities we serve. I chose this area due to gaps in the region and out of an interest to understand the evolving profession and getting a glimpse into what it could look like in the future.

 I am also working in understanding the roles that LIS professionals have in global and health disasters especially in providing first hand support to front line workers and the communities affected, through the evidence we are able to quickly pull together as one of our core skills.

Why did you join ASIS&T?

ASIS&T provides an opportunity to learn and network with other LIS professionals who have a passion for science and research. When I heard about ASIS&T, I joined immediately. In the Sub-Sahara Region such an association is quite key as research is at the center of development.

What advice would you give to young people contemplating information science as a potential profession or field of study?

This is one of the best professionals and it is so diverse, such that you can customize your career to suit your passions and interests. Do not restrict your thinking to one specialty once you qualify, but try out different roles and see how interesting the information science profession really gets.

What do you think will be the biggest challenge for those working in information science in the next decade?

The greatest challenge for information scientists in the next decade is adapting traditional roles to the fast changing environments especially in   technology. Most of the services are slowly adapting to technology now and not even innovating to implement the 4th Industrial Revolution, while many of our communities have already started moving. How information is managed and utilized in the next decade has to be faster, more efficient, adaptable and easily applicable.

As a new member of ASIS&T; what do you forward to participating in the most?

I look forward to participating in the courses, webinars and learning opportunities to understand how other countries are adapting and innovating in practice.

Nominate Someone 

ASIS&T turns the spotlight on members to highlight how they are making a difference and how they have benefited from ASIS&T membership. It offers an opportunity for you to share your story with your colleagues, inspire future information science professionals, and strengthen awareness of the profession and association.  To nominate another member or yourself, submit your nomination here.

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JASIST December Vol 70. No 12,

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