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Bulletin, August/September 2010

Inside ASIS&T

Balloting for New ASIS&T Officers and Directors Underway

It’s election season again for the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Electronic balloting is now underway for the election of a president-elect, a treasurer and two directors-at-large. Voting ends September 30, 2010, with newly elected officers and directors taking their seats on the Board of Directors at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh. 

Candidates for president-elect for 2011 and succession to the presidency in 2012 are Diane Sonnenwald and Howard Rosenbaum. Candidates for treasurer for the 2011-2013 administrative years are Vicki Gregory and Victor Rosenberg. Candidates for two director-at-large slots for three-year terms – 2011-2013 – are Katriina Byström, Linda Rudell-Betts, Marcia Lei Zeng and Elaine Toms.

Candidates for President-Elect
Howard Rosenbaum Howard Rosenbaum is associate dean and associate professor in the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Indiana University, Bloomington. He serves as director of the master of information science program and co-director of the graduate certificate in information architecture program. He studies social informatics, online communities and the uses of social theory in information science. Rosenbaum has presented his work at ASIS&T and numerous other organizations. He teaches classes on digital entrepreneurship, information systems design and intellectual freedom. He has been recognized for excellence in teaching and for the innovative use of technology in education. He is the recipient of the Frederic Bachman Lieber Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, IU (2005), a statewide MIRA Award for Technological Innovation in Education (2003) and the Indiana Partnership for Statewide Education Award for Innovation in Teaching with Technology (2002).

Diane H. SonnenwaldDiane H. Sonnenwald is head of school and professor at the School of Information and Library Studies at University College Dublin. She is also an adjunct professor in computer science at the University of North Carolina. She holds a Ph.D. from the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, M.S. from Montclair Sate University and B.A. from Muhlenberg College. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Risø National Labs (Denmark) and a Fulbright professor in Information Studies at the University of Tampere, Finland. Prior to joining academia she worked at Bellcore. Her research has been funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and European Science Foundation, among others. She is the recipient of the ASIS-ISI Doctoral Dissertation Award, U.S. Army Research Laboratory Scientific Contribution Award, ALISE Research Methodology Best Paper Award and Bellcore Award of Excellence. She serves on the editorial boards of JASIS&T, JELIS, Information Research and the Journal of Library and Information Science (Taiwan). 

Candidates for Treasurer
Vicki L. Gregory Vicki L. Gregory, professor at the School of Library and Information Science, University of South Florida, earned her doctorate at Rutgers University and holds an M.A. and M.L.S from the University of Alabama. Since becoming a member of ASIS&T in 1984, she has served as the Florida chapter president and on the national level has been a member of SIG/LAN and SIG/DL, serving as chair of SIG/LAN. She was elected Deputy SIG Cabinet Director and then SIG Cabinet Director. For the last three years she has served as ASIS&T treasurer, following four years a member of the Budget and Finance Committee. She also currently serves as chair of the ALA Committee on Accreditation. 

Victor Rosenberg Victor Rosenberg is associate professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. Formerly, he was chairman and CEO of Personal Bibliographic Software and the developer of ProCite and related software. For 15 years he was responsible for the financial health of a small business. He is the author of numerous papers, films and software applications. His interests include information retrieval, information policy and entrepreneurship. He taught at the University of California at Berkeley after getting his doctorate in library science from the University of Chicago and a masters degree in information science from Lehigh University.

Candidates for Directors-at-large
Katriina Bystrom Katriina Byström is associate professor/reader at the Swedish School of Library and Information Science, University of Borås in Sweden. In teaching and research she focuses on task-based information seeking and retrieval in workplaces and on information architecture. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tampere, Finland, and is an active member of the academic community of LIS within teaching, research and administration. She has been the director of the Swedish School of Library and Information Science and served on numerous committees. She is co-founder and associate editor of the international Journal of Information Architecture and has a broad experience serving as a peer-reviewer in a number of high-standard journals. She has organized international academic events and has curriculum development experience. Furthermore, she works as a senior researcher in a private company. At present, she heads two research projects: Better Search Engine focusing on work task based search support and Better Web with focus on the development of digital information and communication milieus. 

Linda Rudell-Betts Linda Rudell-Betts has been an ASIS&T member since 1991. She has served the award-winning Los Angeles Chapter as publicity coordinator, secretary, chair and now continues as membership committee chair. Her ASIS&T national involvement includes Chapter Assembly committee advisor (1998 to 2002, 2008 to present), Bulletin Advisory Board (2001 to present), Annual Meeting planning committee member (2001 and 2003), Annual Meeting papers and posters reviewer (2005, 2006, 2008). She is a reference librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library, where she does her utmost to pass on her version of best practices in information retrieval to her patrons. Prior to her current public service position, she was an information science consultant, designing, compiling and managing information retrieval vocabularies for periodical databases, Internet software applications and records management systems. She received the ASIS&T Chapter Member-of-the-Year award in 1999. She holds an M.L.S. from UCLA and a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in French literature. To unwind from her day, she plays bassoon with a Santa Monica community band.

Elaine TomsElaine Toms is professor and Canada Research Chair in Management Informatics and runs the iLab at the Faculty of Management, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She was formerly an associate professor in the Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto, and at the School of Library and Information Studies (now School of Information Management) at Dalhousie University. She holds a B.A. in economic geography and education from Memorial University, St. John’s Newfoundland; M.L.S. from Dalhousie University; and a Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario, London. Her research interests lie at the intersection of human computer interaction, information retrieval and the representation and presentation of information. Her work has been funded by NSERC, SSHRC, OCLC, Heritage Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Canada Research Chairs Program. She was/is co-investigator with three Canadian national research networks. Her publications have appeared in journals such as the International Journal of Human Computer Studies, the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology and Information Processing & Management, as well as in the proceedings of a number of national and international associations.

Marcia Lei ZengMarcia Lei Zeng, professor of library and information science at Kent State University, has been a member of the faculty since 1992. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.A. from Wuhan University in China. She was a visiting associate professor at Columbia University during her sabbatical in 1999 and 2000. Her major research interests include semantic technologies and knowledge organization systems, metadata, database quality control and multilingual information processing. Her scholarly publications include more than 60 papers and three books. She has chaired and served on standards committees and working groups for several national and international library and information organizations. She is also a member of the executive board of the International Society for Knowledge Organization and the advisory board of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative and an invited expert on the W3C Library Linked Data Incubator Group. She received the ASIS&T Doctoral Forum Award for outstanding doctoral research in 1992. She has served ASIS&T as chapter chair and officer, JASIST and conference proceedings referee, awards juror, SIG workshop and session organizer and ASIS&T Annual Meeting program committee member. She has been the chair of the ASIS&T Standards Committee and the voting representative for NISO since 2006.

Additional Candidate Information 
For more information about the candidates and to review their position statements defining their campaigns, please visit the ASIS&T website. All current ASIS&T members are eligible to vote for officers and directors. Full information on the electronic balloting process is available at the ASIS&T website at

Navigating Streams in an Information Ecosystem
October 22-27, 2010, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The 2010 ASIS&T Annual Meeting is fast approaching. Plan now to participate in this innovative ASIS&T 2.0 conference centered on advances in the information sciences and related applications of information technology. Check your mailbox for a printed version of the preliminary program, or go online for an electronic version to be posted soon. Registration forms are available in both formats. Make your plans now!

News about ASIS&T Members
Hope A. Olson, associate dean and professor of library and information studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), is the new interim dean of the School of Information Studies (SOIS). With a Ph.D. in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Olson began her teaching career at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. She also holds a master's degree in library science from the University of Toronto. She joined SOIS in 2003. 

Gwat-Yong Lie has replaced Hope Olson as the interim associate dean of the School of Information Studies at UWM. Lie comes from the Helen Bader School of Social Work where she has served as associate professor since 1996. She previously served as associate dean of academic programs and student services for the graduate school at UWM. 

Joseph A. Busch, 2001 ASIS&T president and founder of Taxonomy Strategies, has announced that he will move to the Washington, DC, area as a result of the merging of his company with McLean, Virginia-based Project Performance Corporation (PPC). Taxonomy Strategies, a leader in intranet, public website and e-commerce taxonomy applications, will join forces with PPC which specializes in taxonomy design, knowledge management and systems integration services. 

Joan K. Lippincott of the Coalition for Networked Information will deliver the keynote speech at the 2nd International Symposium on Information Management in the Changing World, to be held from September 22-24, 2010, in Ankara, Turkey. She will talk about the impact of social networks and mobile devices in creating and maintaining personal information environments. She will stress that it is vital to understand user needs and behaviors if libraries, archives and museums are to be an integral part of users' information habitats. 

José-Marie Griffiths, 1993 ASIS&T president and most recently professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named vice president of academic affairs at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island. In her new position, she is responsible for all academic and research programs within the university’s colleges of business and arts and sciences. She will play a major role in the university’s upcoming strategic planning process. 

Jane Greenberg, professor and director of the Metadata Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been awarded the 2010 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research by the Library Research Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA). Greenberg wrote the winning paper, “Theoretical Considerations of Lifecycle Modeling: An Analysis of the Dryad Repository Demonstrating Automatic Metadata Propagation, Inheritance and Value System Adoption." The article explores lifecycle modeling for understanding metadata and reports the results of two extensive studies. The Shera award provides “recognition and monetary support for research employing exemplary research design and methods.”

Barbara B. Moran, professor, School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been appointed the first Louis Round Wilson Distinguished Professor effective July 1, 2010. The professorship is the result of a gift from the estate of the School's founder, Louis Round Wilson, and matching funds from the state of North Carolina. Moran joined the faculty at SILS in 1981 and previously held the position of dean from 1990 to 1998. Moran has taught primarily in the areas of management and academic librarianship, and her research has focused on various aspects of management including leadership, organizational structures and career progression patterns. In addition, she continues to direct the school's international programs where she has expanded the global outreach of SILS, most recently developing a new program to London, England. 

Richard E. Rubin, director of Kent State University's School of Library and Information Science since 1999, is now associate provost for extended education. In this role he will oversee the Office of Continuing and Distance Education, University Press and Summer Programs. Rubin had previously served as interim dean for Kent State's College of Communication and Information, associate professor and assistant professor at Kent State. Before joining Kent State, Rubin served as visiting assistant professor for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science and research assistant for the Library Research Center of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Patrice A. Clemson 

Patrice A. Clemson, longtime ASIS&T member and most recently on the faculty of the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University’s Beaver Campus, passed away on July 6. Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, she began her college studies at Muhlenberg College where she earned a degree in political science. She later received her master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Information Sciences. 

She spent most of her career as faculty or staff in academic institutions. She began at the New York University Graduate School of Business; subsequent positions were at the Penn State University Pattee Library, the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Duquesne University and the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She was also the University of Pittsburgh's data administrator in the Computer Services and Systems Development department. 

Patrice believed strongly that university faculty in her field should have practical experience in industry. Consequently, she also was employed for several years in the information services and data processing divisions of National Data Corporation and Pittsburgh National Corporation. She was also a talented fiber artist and weaver and an accomplished musician. 

Patrice is survived by her brother Commander James F. Clemson, USN (Ret.), her daughter Meredith G. Hennon, her son William P. Hennon, and her husband John G. Hennon. 

News from an ASIS&T Chapter
The New England ASIS&T (NEASIS&T) Chapter announces that the 2010 NEASIS&T Best Paper in Information Science has been awarded to Danielle M. Cossarini, of Dalhousie University School of Information Management, for her paper entitled, “Communicating Scientific Information for Environmental Solutions: A Knowledge Management Perspective.” (A copy of Danielle's paper is available on the NEASIS&T website at ). She will receive up to $750 to help defray the costs of attendance at the 2010 ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh.

News from an Institutional Member
The University of North Texas Department of Library and Information Sciences received a grant from the Robert and Ruby Priddy Charitable Trust to assist rural public libraries in Texas. Funding will support a three-year project, Promoting & Enhancing the Advancement of Rural Libraries (PEARL). The goal of the project is to enhance the role of public libraries in targeted rural communities in Texas. Five scholarships are available for post-masters degree students to complete an online Certificate of Advanced Study in Rural Librarianship. For more information about the grant and scholarship please go to