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Springing Into Action

Unless you suffer from terrible allergies, most people welcome Spring with enthusiasm. Here at ASIS&T we've been as busy as the flowers eager to show themselves or the tourists who flock to Washington, D.C. this time of year. This Spring however, D.C. saw a larger number of sciencentists and science supporters than usual. The March For Science was an inspiring event that was held in over 600 cities around the world. ASIS&T members marched in Australia, Germany and Italy. Here in the U.S., members were marching in Syracuse, Phoenix and the main march in Washington, D.C.

The ASIS&T Board of Directors felt it was important to support the March after reviewing the goals of the March For Science. Though ASIS&T is unwaveringly nonpartisan, the current threat to evidence based science and the field itself made it important for ASIS&T to be part of the March.

ASIS&T officially partnered with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Earth Day Network. AAAS held workshops and events throughout the weekend, and ASIS&T members were invited to join the festivities. Our publishing partner Wiley, also participated in the march to show their support for science. ASIS&T members were also invited to join them at a breakfast and sign making before the march. They also created a short video of the March that included ASIS&T members. You can view the video here.

Shawn Douglas:

I attended an AAAS workshop the Friday morning before, which helped paint a somewhat clearer picture of how scientists will have to work to more clearly and succinctly state their research to politicians, including why it's important and how it will impact humanity. That workshop gave me some talking points in my conversations with others at the march on Saturday.

I'm sad but not surprised to see stories like those by Jeremy Samuel Faust in Slate, painting the march as being full of overly liberal zealots casting the word "science" about "as a vague but wonderful entity, what Richard Feynman called 'cargo cult science.'" Admittedly, I had a similar concern come to mind before the march, along with worries of the dilution of what needed to be a clear message.

But I was in D.C. I spoke to tens of marchers, asking them why they were there and what the march meant to them. Faust, on the other hand, admitted that "[t]hanks to the app Periscope, I attended half a dozen of them from the comfort of my apartment, thereby assiduously minimizing my carbon footprint." Faust seems to have formulated an opinion based upon what he saw, not anyone he spoke with. I walked away from the march feeling that while there may have been a few zealous individuals espousing science without much understanding, I was also humbled by the sheer number of scientists I spoke with Friday and Saturday who had a solid understanding of the scientific process and what the defunding and closure of vital research would mean to our country.
In the end, I believe many outside observers will have looked at the march as nothing but a bunch of self-entitled, liberal science supporters who aren't in touch with reality. This would prove to be sadly unavoidable regardless of how pointedly clear the march message was.

However, I know with certainty our lifestyle is what it is because scientific research was funded and conducted in a responsible fashion. Many of us are alive today because of discoveries made through the scientific process. And as I stated in a video Wiley recorded of me Saturday morning, the scientific process is all around us, particularly via the laboratory, and most people don't even realize that fact. Without the thousands of laboratories and the scientific methodologies they use in our lives, our world would be incredibly different, likely for the worse.

Kat Fanning:

I was so glad that I attended the march in DC. There were so many more people than I thought that there would be, even with the awful weather. I think it is important to participate in events so that our voices can be heard (even if through sheer numbers alone). My cousin and his girlfriend came all the way down from Massachusetts to march! I felt an overwhelming sense of hope. We will not be silenced and we will not go backward quietly. There was so much support! There were all types of people there. Scientists, advocates, people that believe in science, people whose job depends on science, and people who use science as part of their jobs. I've attached a few of my favorite signs, and also pictures of Randy (my partner) and I. It was so great to connect with Shawn and the people from Wiley.

ASIS&T Roundup
  • ASIS&T has increased its social media usage to cut back on members receiving emails while keeping members tuned into current events, deadlines and news in between ASIS&T publications. If you haven't signed up to follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook, we encourage you to do so. This will ensure you receive timely reminders of important deadlines, stay current with Information Science news and know how ASIS&T is working hard for you. When you like a posting or retweet a message you help us to know what topics are of interest to you. This helps provide direction to more related news and information. Let us know what you think, because ASIS&T belongs to you!
  • A new partnership is being explored between the User Experience Professional Association (UXPA) and ASIS&T. An initial conversation proved fruitful and ASIS&T has drafted a partnership proposal for UXPA to review. "This partnership will hopefully be one of many" said ASIS&T Board President, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, "We have members who are interested in this field, and this provides an opportunity to expand networking and knowledge exchange. In addition, we see believe this partnership will provide increased visibility as we explore ways to increase funding options, collaborative projects and events.
  • The ASIS&T Career Center is full of information -- from global job lists to position descriptions there's something to help you find that dream job. In addition, employers can advertise position openings and support ASIS&T concurrently! Searching for a new position? We have eight new jobs posted.
  • Toni Carbo, ASIS&T representative to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Science and Human Rights Coalition met back in January. The newly appointed second ASIS&T representative, Abebe Rorissa, also attended the meeting which has over 30 member and affiliated organizations. The Coalition describes itself broadly as "a network of scientific and engineering membership organizations that recognize a role for scientists and engineers in human rights". As Ms. Carbo writes in her report "These discussions reminded us once again of the importance of understanding international issues and needs of specific communities, particularly those related to information needs and to human rights/ethical principles, as we have discussed at many ASIS&T conferences, especially in sessions sponsored by SIG III and SIG IEP. We are working to update and expand the Coalition's Human Rights and Science Bibliography (to which we at ASIS&T contributed several sources); and developing potential new resources. We will provide suggestions for additions, and we encourage all ASIS&T members to submit suggestions." Read Toni's full report.
  • The Communications department is coordinating a new initiative to recognize past presidents of ASIS&T. In addition to listing all past presidents on our website, each year, on the U.S. President's Day holiday, we will feature one past presidents in the Bulletin. We are working with Ken Harold, Chair of SIG HFIS and Irene Travis, Bulletin Editor on this new initiative. If you have any suggestions please contact and let us know!
  • Nominations for the James M. Cretsos Leadership Award is June 1, 2017. The purpose of this award is to recognize a new ASIS&T member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities in professional ASIS&T activities.
  • Calling all SIGs and Chapters to inform the Communications department on how you utilize Social Media and any challenges or barriers that you face. We are looking to see how we can assist you to make it easier and your feedback would help direct this investigation. Please contact Yolande at
  • The Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award was established in 1980 and is administered by the Information Science Education Committee. The award offers a cash award of $1,000. Additionally, Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) will contribute $500 towards travel or other expenses to the grant recipient, contingent upon the recipient attending the ASIS&T annual meeting. Deadline for nominations is August 1, 2017.
  • The ASIS&T Award for Research in Information Science was established in 1984 and is administered by the ASIS&T Awards & Honors Committee. The purpose of the award is to recognize an individual or individuals for an outstanding research contribution in the field of information science. The award is intended to be for achievements that have significant impact in the field and is for a systematic “program of research” in a single area at a level beyond the single study, but not at the level of a lifetime’s work. Nomination Deadline is June 15, 2017.
  • Bob Williams History Fund Research Grant will be for a maximum of $2,000 and will be awarded for the best research proposal. The Research Paper will be for a maximum of $500 and will be awarded for the best paper. Both have a submission deadline of June 30, 2017.
  • The Best Student Research Award was established in 1972 and is administered by the ASIS&T Information Science Education Committee. Since 1996 it has been sponsored by Pratt Institute, School of Information and Library Science, on behalf of the late David Severn, a 1968 Pratt Alumnus. The award shall consist of round-trip travel expenses and full registration for the ASIS&T annual meeting, not to exceed $500, to be paid by Pratt Institute; a certificate; and possible submission of the paper for publication in the Journal of the Association for Information Science (JASIST). Nomination deadline is June 15, 2017.
  • The ProQuest Doctoral Dissertation Award was established in 1974 and is administered by the Information Science Education Committee. Beginning in 1997, ProQuest, formerly University Microfilms International (UMI) undertook sponsorship of the award. The award shall consist of an award of $1,000. Additionally, ProQuest will contribute $500 towards travel or other expenses to the grant recipient, contingent upon the recipient’s attending the ASIS&T annual meeting, and a certificate. The winner may be given the opportunity to present a summary of the doctoral research at the Doctoral Forum. Nomination deadline is June 15, 2017.

Upcoming Events


May 18
From Digital Library to Digital Archive: Implementing Digital Preservation Efforts
Elizabeth La Beaud; Sponsored by SIG DL

May 24
Me4MAP: A Method for the Development of Metadata Application Profiles
Mariana Curado Malta

May 31
Me4MAP: Um método para o desenvolvimento de perfis de aplicação de metadadoss
Mariana Curado Malta

NETSCI 2017 Conference
June 21-23, 2017; Indianapolis, IN

i3 2017 Conference
June 27-30; Aberdeen, Scotland

International Conference on Smart Technologies For Smart Nations
August 17-19,2017, Benglauru, India

New Directions in Knowledge Management by IFLA KM Section -- one-day satellite conference
August 18, 2017, Wroclaw, Poland.

NEH Conference -- Digital Directions: Fundamentals of Creating and Managing Digital Collections -
August 21-23; Seattle

8th International Conference on Information, Intelligence, Systems and Applications
August 28-30, 2017; Larnaca, Cyprus

12th International Conference on Digital Information Management
September 12-14, 2017, Fukuoka, Japan

21st European Conference on Advances in Databases and Information Systems
September 24-27, 2017; Nicosia, Cyprus


Asian Pacific Chapter Promotes ASIS&T at iSchool Conference, Wuhan, China

By Emil Levine and Virginia Ortiz-Repiso

Under the coordination of the Asian Pacific Chapter, ASIS&T offered a presentation at the iSchool Conference in Wuhan, China on March 24th. Entitled, “Professional Organizations in Career Development” members of ASIS&T  presented to over 60 attendees. Representatives from committees, SIGs and Chapters discussed their role in the organization. Emil Levine, Chapter Advisor, Asian Pacific Chapter, introduced the speakers who were:

Virginia Ortiz-Repiso, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Chair European Chapter; Aylin Ilhan, PhD-Student (Information Science at the Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf) and research assistant at the Department of Information Science, Co-Chair European Student Chapter; Hong-Shui Liang, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei Chapter; Xiao Hu, The University of Hong Kong, SIG International Information Issues; Yuelin Li, Nankai University, International Relations Committee, Levine, Asian Pacific Chapter.

All of them discussed the professional activities their groups offered, emphasizing how ASIS&T is one of the most highly reputed associations in our field of knowledge, and constitutes a vehicle for exchanging ideas in a vast international context. The advantages to being a member were explained, with special prominence given on the opportunities for professional development in advancing one’s career and the development of leadership skills. In addition to the benefits of connecting with professionals, researchers, students and organizations both through chapters and interest groups and in yearly events such as the Information Architecture Summit, EuroIA, which will be held in Stockholm this September, and the Annual Meetings.

Marchionini_DillonTwo past presidents, Gary Marchioni and Andrew Dillon, discussed the impact of ASIS&T on their careers, as did Elizabeth Liddy, University of Syracuse. Javed Mostafa, editor of JASIST, described the journal. Koraljka Golub, Associate Professor, Department of Library and Information Science, Linnaeus University, Sweden, and founder of the European Student Chapter, related how ASIS&T had shaped her career.

MostafaMembership procedures, with emphasis on the significantly reduced fees for developing nations, were presented. Twenty-one free student memberships were awarded, five for conference volunteers paid for by the Asian Pacific chapter, and 16 by an anonymous donor (20 Chinese and one Israeli).

The session was closed with a short Chapter meeting, and Miguel Nunes, Sun-Yat-Sen university and incoming chair of the Asian Pacific Chapter, discussed the formation of a Chinese student chapter.

Read Emil's article in Information Today.

Photos: [top photo] Emil Levine with Virginia Ortiz-Repiso and Aylin and Aylin Ilhan (at table), photo by Christine Krieger-Levine; [1st photo] Koraljka Golub, Linnaeus University Sweden, Founder of the Eruopean Student Chapter; photo by Aylin Ilhan; [2nd photo] Marchionini and Dillon (sitting); Javed Mostafa, photos by Emil Levine

Chapters & SIG New

SIG Arts & Humanities will have numerous articles in the June/July issue of the Bulletin. The general theme is related to open forms of research dissemination vis-à-vis open access, the variety and scope of research outputs, and the evolving topic of research assessment in the humanities. I will be writing an Introduction to the Section with a formal discussion around the topic and the submitted essays.

SIG DL's second #SIGDLChats held on April 18th was highly successful. A virtual discussion about what Digital Librarianship look like in the wild and how Digital Libraries contribute to communities was discussed. Check their website for when the next chat will occur.

Reminder that the SIG DL Student Engagement Awards are still open if you are interested in applying. Intended to encourage professional activity in ASIS&T by students who are interested in digital libraries and related initiatives. The First Award is a modest monetary sum to assist with deferring travel costs to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting; the Second Award is a student-level membership to ASIS&T. The awards will be issued to the winning students prior to the ASIS&T Annual Meeting. Award certificates will be presented in a ceremony during the SIG-DL Business Meeting at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

The new SIG presentation template is now up on the ASIS&T website. Like the one created for the Chapters, the PowerPoint presentation allows SIGs to easily market themselves and ASIS&T while adhering to branding and communication guidelines. ASIS&T would like to acknowledge Wei-Chung Cheng for his time and dedication to ASIS&T. Wei-Chung is now working with the Communications department on a presentation for the Student chapters that will be in a video format. Our next goal is to create videos with voice overs in various languages. If you would like to get involved in this project, please let us know by contact Yolande Nanayakkara, ASIS&T's Communications Officer at



Visual Presentation Submission deadline due by June 23, 2017

Member Get A Member Update

The end of the campaign is June, but you still have time to recruit! ASIS&T needs your support in helping us strengthen our organization. Let's make sure we're here for another 80 years! Earn a discount on your renewal and a chance to win a free registration to AM17. Visit the MGM webpage for scripts and information on helping you bring in new members. We will be recognizing all the members who recruited for this campaign in the next issue of Inside ASIS&T.

We want to welcome all the new members who have been recruited through the campaign to the ASIS&T community!!

Elisângela Aganette
Mauricio Almeida
Guilherme Ataíde Dias
Mr. Ricardo R. Barbosa
Paulo  Barros de Almeida
Luiz Cláudio Gomes Maia
Marcelo Junior
George Kuroki Jr.
Ms. Benildes Maculan
Cristiane Netto
Jose Eduardo Santrem Segundo
Marina Severino
Edson Marchetti Silva
Silvana Apareci Vidotti

Roxanne Albutt
Eugenia Bertulis
Dee Wallace

China / Hong Kong
Lok Ting Chan
Tao Liu
Tingyu Luo
Jeremy Ng
Su Rina
Meng Wang (Guangzhou)
Meng Wang (Sham Shui Po)
Sing Tsun Derek Wong
Xi Zhang
Yin Zhang

Hana Marcetic

Magdalena Kwietniewska
Daniel Montes

Augustine Gitonga

Olívia Pestana

Iyra Buenrostro

Sümeyye Akça

John Chagaris
Nicole Eckroth
Yali Feng
Florence Nicosia
Sharon Sadvari
Louis Spinelli
Erin Wise
Tanya Yule
Margaret Zimmerman



GLAM Peak, an alliance of the peak bodies for galleries, libraries, archives, museums, historical societies and other collecting institutions in Australia, has completed the first stage of its Digital Access to Collections project, launching a new website which features a draft national framework for digital access, a toolkit for smaller institutions, and six case studies.

The National Library of Israel recently obtained thousands of rare Hebrew manuscripts and texts from one of the world's largest private collections. Treasures dating back to the 15th century are planned for future display to the public in the library's new facility.

Librarians are mobilizing and creating resources for other library professionals who want to take action. Stephen Abram has put together a #LibrariesResist Resource List. As Abram describes it, "Building a curated list of resources for libraries and library workers in the resistance. Because if Park Rangers can do it, so can we."

A Special section of journal Triple C: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, which we entitled "The Point is to Change It! Critical Political Interventions in Media and Communication Studies" (No 1, Vol 15, pp.: 214-336), has just been published. The section includes six interviews with some of the main representatives in critical media and communication scholarship, amongst them Bogdan Osolnik, member of the MacBride Commission. Interviews cover several intertwined topics and issues, which are connected together in the introduction, where we reflect on the role of critical communication studies and the antagonisms it faced in the past and faces today.

The American Library Association has released The State of America’s Libraries 2017, an annual report released during the U.S. National Library Week, April 9–15, that captures usage trends within all types of libraries. The report finds that library workers’ expertise continues to play a key role in the transformation of communities through access to services that empower users to navigate our ever-changing digital, social, economic, and political society. The Top 10 Most Challenged Books in 2016 are also identified, as well as a list of resources for spotting fake news.

Articles & Case Studies

ALA urges Senate to reject bill to make Register of Copyrights a presidential appointee

Save the IMLS, an Integral Supporter of Libraries

Type-Strong versus Type-Weak Semantic Relationships and Semantic Data Graphs

Data Profiles as tools for Data Lineage and better Data, Information, Records, and Knowledge Management

Introduction to the Special Issue on Web Archiving
Nicholas Taylor

Developing Web Archiving Metadata Best Practices to Meet User Needs
Jackie M. Dooley, Karen Stoll Farrell, Tammi Kim, and Jessica Venlet

The Wikipedia Problem -- Understand why most Enterprise Knowledge Repositories Fail

Case Studies
Case Study: Washington and Lee's First Year Using Archive-It
Alston B. Cobourn

Using RSS to Improve Web Harvest Results for News Web Sites
Gina M. Jones and Michael Neubert

Collaboration Made It Happen! The Kansas Archive-It Consortium
Cliff Hight, Ashley Todd-Diaz, Rebecca Schulte, and Michael Church

CDNLAO newsletter on collaborative activities between libraries and other institutions.

Professional Opportunities

National Endowment for the Humanities Grant Opportunity
•    NEH Common Heritage Grants -- Deadline June 1,2017; Grant amount $12,000 max; Eligible grant activities: Organization and presentation of digitization events for the community.
•    NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grant (HCRR) -- Deadline July 20, 2017; Grant amount $350,000 max for implementation grants and $50,000 max for Foundation Projects; Eligible Grant Activities: Planning; Assessments; Digitization, including audio recordings; Rehousing; Conservation treatment leading to enhanced access. HCRR offers two kinds of awards: 1) for implementation and 2) for planning, assessment, and pilot efforts (HCRR Foundations grants).

The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) is seeking proposals for Advanced Collaborative Support (ACS) project awards. These awards are modeled in the form of HTRC staff and compute time to collaborate on the proposed project during the award period. 4-6 awards are anticipated, and awardees can be individual scholars or a team of scholars, either from HathiTrust member institutions or non-members, though 3 award spots will be reserved for applicants from HT member institutions. The HTRC ACS-dedicated staff will provide a general overview of HTRC components, the HT corpus and HT computational tools, to the awardees over the course of the project’s time period. For this RFP, we are especially encouraging proposals that will utilize our Data Capsule to do analysis on in-copyright volumes in HathiTrust. Proposals should be concise, and include project narrative, detailed description of the data you’re interested in engaging with, a schedule of completion, and list of deliverables. Full details of required components can be found in the full ACS RFP. Deadline June 19, 2017 by 5:00 pm ET.

Social Psychology and Research on Higher Education at ETH Zurich has two (2) PostDoc positions.

Physical Samples and Digital Libraries Workshop -- scholars as well as practitioners in disciplines that depend upon the availability of physical samples, such as earth sciences, biology, hydrology, archeology, etc. as well as information and computer sciences are invited to apply. The workshop will be held on June 22-23, 2017 in Toronto, Canada in conjunction with JCDL 2017. Paper submissions are due May 10, 2017. Organizers include U of Texas at Austin, Columbia University, U of North Carolina.

MANLIBNET 2017 -- International Conference on Innovation in Library Techology, Services and Resources: Current Trends in Libraries Globally will be held at the Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida, India . Abstract deadline is June 15, 2017.

PhD Scholarships available at the School of Information  & Communication Studies, UCD, Dublin, Ireland. (Tuition remission at the EU rate + 10k stipend per year, renewable for 3 years-if you are non-EU, you can apply part of the stipend to International tuition, if you like). Most full-time PhD's in UCD social science complete in 3-4 years. Applications due May 15, 2017.

Call for submissions for the Occasional Paper Series (OPS), an official publication (ISSN 1941-2037) of the Chinese American Librarians Association. Deadline for submissions to the 2017 Fall issue is September 15, 2017.

Call for Papers for the 2nd Join Workshop on Bibliometric - enhanced IR and NLP for Digital Libraries, to be held as part of 40th International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in InformTheation Retrieval (SIGIR 2017) in Tokyo, Japan on 11th August 2017. Submission deadline is May 23, 2017.

International Journal of Librarianship and Information Science (IJoLIS) is actively soliciting manuscripts for publication. The IJoLIS publishes research papers, scholarly opinion papers, reviews of research, brief communications, abstracts of theses, and reviews of books and other media. Papers are selected by a process of peer review, with double-blind review of each paper. Interested authors, referees, contributors, and book reviewers should contact the editor (Dr Pervaiz Ahmad) at

Regional Heritage Stewardship Program, presented by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts is the first workshop series of the Regional Heritage Stewardship Program. Workshops I & II will cover topics vital to staff and volunteers with responsibility caring for cultural collections. Workshops run from June 19-28, 2017. Workshops will be offered at locations in the Appalachian region of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia and Alabama, Mississippi, and the Florida Panhandle. Information and to register

AAAS Science and Human Rights Student Digital Media Competition has extended its deadline submissions to May 16, 2017. Wanted: the most promising and creative student projects building bridges between science and human rights. What's YOUR connection to science and human rights? * Protecting the human rights of scientists, engineers, and health professionals? * Improving access of marginalized communities to science and technology?

Did You Know

Barack Obama may be taking a needed vacation after eight years, but his work continues. The Obamas invite you to share your ideas for a new presidential library and community center slated for Chicago's south side.

In a 2016 survey performed by Library Journal, mid-sized libraries (serving a population of 25,000 to 49,000) increased their technology budgets by over 12 percent. Of course, tech budgets tend to fluctuate from year to year based on upgrades and the need to introduce new technology, and oftentimes these costs don’t emerge from materials budgets but rather state-sponsored sources.

Tokyo has a new hotel called Book and Bed for those who can't get enough of books!

The Women’s March on Washington Archives Project began as a group of archivists stemming from the SAA Women Archivists Section (WArS). Having discussed the social and political importance of the January 21, 2017 Women’s Marches, we decided to ensure the preservation of women's voices regarding the politics, rhetoric, and legislation born of our intensely controversial contemporary political climate. We have been working with archivists, citizen archivists, and state march organizers to actively document and preserve the marches in the United States, as well as globally. Please contact Danielle and Katrina at if you have any questions or want to get involved in this SAA project.

Those who invented the Internet and the Web gifted it to the world so as to promote the public good. The key bodies establishing Internet standards such as the Internet Engineering Task Force and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), were similarly concerned to safeguard the Internet's core values of equality and openness. Inspired by demands from the big content providers, the traditional movie and broadcasting companies, corporations like Apple, Google, Microsoft and Netflix, have come together to use the W3C to develop a new web standard which allows them to gain ever more power over the cultural and economic life of humanity. At the heart of this is the EME, a technical specification which has been developed at the World Wide Web Consortium and is now close to publication an official Recommendation of the W3C. The purpose of EME is to allow for the implementation of Digital Rights (Restrictions) Management (DRM) systems through which publishers will control what end users can do with the content they receive through the Internet. To support an open letter aiming to prevent this visit their website.

Member Photos of The March For Science

Photos from Washington, DC by Shawn Douglas

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Photos from Phoenix, AZ by Rolf Wigand

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Photos from Washington, D.C. by Kat Fanning

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