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Bulletin, December/January 2010


Inside ASIS&T

New Officers and Directors Join ASIS&T Board
Each year at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting, a new administrative year begins, and the first official order of business is the introduction of new faces to the ASIS&T Board of Directors. In November in Vancouver, the annual changing of the guard took place, and new officers and directors took their seats on the Board.

Each of the positions filled through the summer balloting process is for three-year terms; in addition, one unexpired seat on the Board was also filled. Those elected are Linda C. Smith, president-elect; and Karen Fisher and Prudence Dalrymple, three-year terms as directors-at-large, and France Bouthillier, to the two remaining years left vacant by the resignation of Peter Morville.

As the new members took their seats, Gary Marchionini, elected last year as president-elect assumed the presidency from Donald Case, who continues on the Board as past president for one year.

Linda C. SmithLinda C. Smith is professor and associate dean for academic programs in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she has been a member of the faculty since 1977. With support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, she has worked with colleagues to enhance curricular offerings in digital libraries and data curation and to build a collaborative distance education model through initiatives of the WISE (Web-based Information Science Education) consortium. She received the ASIS&T Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award in 1987 and has served ASIS&T in many capacities since joining in 1972: SIG and chapter officer and advisor, award jury member and chair, conference program committee member and chair, member of various standing committees, and editorial positions with both JASIST and ARIST.

Karen FisherKaren Fisher is professor in the University of Washington Information School and chair of the Information & Society Center (ISC). She teaches and conducts research on how people experience information as part of everyday life. Frequent author, she is currently studying the benefits of free access to computers and the Internet in public libraries, supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Karen holds Ph.D. and MLIS degrees from University of Western Ontario and a bachelor’s degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Previously, she chaired the UW iSchool’s Master of Library and Information Science program, was a visiting researcher at Microsoft Research and a visiting professor at Oslo University College, Norway. Her ASIS&T activities include leadership activities in SIG/USE, service on the search committee for the JASIST editor and on the program committees for two Annual Meetings.

Prudence DalrymplePrudence Dalrymple is on the faculty of the College of Information Science and Technology at Drexel University where she also directs the Institute for Healthcare Informatics. She holds a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in health sciences informatics from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She has also been on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was the director of accreditation at the American Library Association and served as dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University. Pru attended her first ASIS&T meeting in 1976 as a student and has been an active participant in conferences, committees and SIG/HFIS. She has served on several award juries and standing committees. She is a member of the ASIS&T Task Force on the Information Professional where she is a key participant in the task force’s activities.

France BouthillierFrance Bouthillier is associate professor and director of the school of information studies, McGill University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, her masters in library and information sciences from the Université de Montréal, and she graduated from the University of Quebec in Education and Business Administration. Her teaching areas are related to the management of information services, business information and competitive intelligence. Her recent publications and conference presentations deal with the information needs of small businesses, knowledge management, management of information services, training of information professionals and competitive intelligence. She has worked on program committees for several ASIS&T Annual Meetings and as a reviewer for JASIST for a number of years.

ASIS&T 2009 Annual Meeting Coverage
As this issue of the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology is being prepared for online access, ASIS&T members are at the 2009 Annual Meeting in Vancouver. Significant coverage of the meeting, including photographic montages, will be included in the February/March 2010 issue of the Bulletin, but in this issue we are able to offer a few peeks at the proceedings. First is this list of the winners of the 2009 ASIS&T Awards for which more details will be provided in the next issue. In addition, the articles in the feature package in this issue, including the Special Section as well as articles from the winners of both the ASIS&T Award of Merit and James M. Cretsos Leadership Award, are drawn from the Annual Meeting. Look for more Annual Meeting coverage in our next issue.

Award of Merit Carol Tenopir

Watson Davis Award Edie Rasmussen

Thomson Reuters Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award Diane Kelly

Best Information Science Book Award The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind, by James Boyle (published by Yale University Press)

John Wiley & Sons Best JASIST Paper AwardOfer Bergman, Ruth Beyth-Marom and Rafi Nachmias for “The User-Subjective Approach to Personal Information Management Systems Design: Evidence and Implementations,” JASIST, 59(2), pp. 235-246

James M. Cretsos Leadership Award Cassidy R. Sugimoto 

Pratt-Severn Best Student Research Paper Award Katie O’Leary, University of British Columbia, for "Information Seeking in the Context of a Hobby: A Case Study of a Young Adult with Asperger’s Syndrome”

Thomson Reuters Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship Heather Piwowar for Foundational Studies for Measuring the Impact, Prevalence and Patterns of Publicly Shared Biomedical Rsearch Data

ProQuest/ASIS&T Doctoral Dissertation Award Luanne Freund for Exploiting Task-Document Relations in Support of Information Retrieval in the Workplace

Thomson Reuters Citation Analysis Research Grant Cassidy Sugimoto for Measuring Interdisciplinarity: An Exploration of a Novel Metric Applied to ILS Dissertations

Chapter-of-the-Year New England Chapter of ASIS&T (NEASIS&T) and Potomac Valley Chapter (PVC)

Student Chapter-of-the-Year University of Washington Information School Student Chapter

Chapter Member of the Year Nicole Henning, New England Chapter of ASIS&T

Chapter Event-of-the-Year Introduction to Content Management Systems Workshop, Carolinas Chapter of ASIS&T, and Mobile Mania, New England Chapter of ASIS&T

Chapter Innovation-of-the-Year New England Chapter of ASIS&T for the TED Talks Film Festival

Chapter Publication-of-the-Year Potomac Valley Chapter for the PVC Blog

SIG-of-the-Year SIG/International Information Issues (SIG/III)

SIG Member-of-the-Year Ingrid Hsieh-Yee, SIG/ED

SIG Publication-of-the-Year Visual Representation, Search and Retrieval: Ways of Seeing in the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, SIG/VIS

News from ASIS&T Chapters
The Central Ohio ASIS&T chapter, with co-sponsorship provided by the Northern Ohio Chapter of ASIS&T and the Cleveland chapter of SLA, presented a live broadcast of Geo Tagging Digital Photography for Learning, Research and Just Plain Fun! from Kent State University. Presenter Mace W. Mentch, assessment specialist in instructional technology and academic computing for Case Western Reserve University, discussed the geo tagging of photographs. He also demonstrated geo tagging devices, such as GiSTEQ Phototrackr and Trails, and their integration with Google Maps, Google Earth and Flickr. Examples of using the technology in research applications and for display of walking routes and points of interest were also included.

Ann Roll, a student in the LEEP Online Distance Education Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the first-place winner in the annual Los Angeles Chapter of ASIS&T (LACASIST) Margaret McKinley Memorial Student Scholarship Essay Competition. Ms. Roll’s interests lie in the areas of image retrieval and information visualization. Runner-up honors go to Margaret A. Driscoll, MLIS candidate at San Jose State University, and Donna LaFollette, recent graduatiuon of the LEEP program at the University of Illinois.

News from ASIS&T SIGs
The newly established history fund awards initiated by SIG/HFIS and overseen by the ASIS&T History of Information Science and Technology Fund Advisory Board were awarded for the first time this year. 

The 2009 Research Grant Award was given to Charles Meadow to research the historical background of the digital divide. Meadow is professor emeritus, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, and the author of many books and articles relating to information science.

The 2009 Research Paper Award went to Rachel Plotnick, graduate student at Northwestern University, for her paper titled "Computers, Systems Theory and the Making of a Wired Hospital: A History of Technicon Medical Information System, 1964-1987." Ms. Plotnick is currently working on her Ph.D. in Media, Technology and Society in the School of Communication at Northwestern. 

Both researchers are expected to present their papers at the 2010 ASIS&T Annual Meeting.

News about ASIS&T Members
Denise A. D. Bedford has been appointed the Goodyear Professor in the Information Architecture and Knowledge Management (IAKM) program, School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. The professorship was made possible by the generous support of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. She had been senior information officer at the World Bank since 1997.