Events of 2013
  1. October 15th from 9:30am to 10:30am: Guest Presentation: Career Path by Trish Rose-Sandler.

    AZ-ASIST is sponsoring this interactive talk by Trish Rose-Sandler, whose dynamic career path is an inspiration for information professionals.

    About our speaker: Trish Rose-Sandler has 23 of experience working in libraries, archives and museums and started her professional career as a librarian at the University of California, San Diego where as a metadata librarian she was responsible for the high-level policy and conceptual framework for the metadata aspects of the UCSD Libraries' Digital Library Program. While at UCSD she also worked on the UCAI project which was a prototype system for sharing metadata records for art images.  Since 2010, she’s worked at the Missouri Botanical Garden in the Center for Biodiversity Informatics where as a data analyst she provides data management assistance to the Biodiversity Heritage Library.  In addition, she serves as the Principal Investigator for two research projects:  the NEH-funded Art of Life project which begin in May of 2012 and the IMLS-funded Purposeful Gaming and BHL which will begin in December of 2013.

    During this presentation she will share why her career path was reshaped during her three years in graduate school, how the importance of work experience impacts the beginning of one’s professional career, and what positions she’s held since graduate school that took her from metadata librarian to principal investigator for research projects.  She’d like this to be an interactive session so please come with any questions or concerns.

    To join this session online:

    Link for attendees with NetIDs:

    Link for your attendees without NetIDs:

    To join this session in person:

    Come to the SIRLS Multi-purpose room. Please note Ms. Rose-Sandler will be joining us online via Elluminate, but SIRLS faculty and students and AZ-ASIST members will be there in person.

    To watch the recording:

  2. Jan - March, 2013: Ever thought of building a real ontology that will be used? Please join us to create a plant habitat ontology to support information access of plant information. The activity will be led by Dr. Hong Cui and her Research Assistant Julian Etienne (both are Chapter members) and is related to several NSF-funded projects (also led by Dr. Cui). We have everything ready to start the project including a botanist who will supervise the quality of the ontology. Your involvement in the project may be identifying good habitat terms from our pool of candidate terms extracted from Flora of North American, figuring out where in the ontology the term should be added, and/or adding the terms to the ontology. You can get involved anywhere from the world at any time you would like. To join the project, please sign up at before March 25, 2013.
Events of 2012
  1. May, 2012: The first Award Ceremony of the School of Information Resources and Library Science, University of Arizona was held on May 4, 2012. AZ Chapter was a cosponsor. The Chapter presented the Best Presenation awards to the four winners noted in March 2012 event and welcomed the four students as new members of ASIST and the AZ Chapter. Chapter Representative Hong Cui gave a brief speech on ASIST and the Chapter. Chapter Chair Yan Han presented the awards.
  2. March, 2012: AZ Chapter cosponsored Library Student Organization's 2012 Annual Symposium with the School of Information Resources and Library Science, University of Arizona. The event featured ten presentations given by the Masters and Ph.D students of SIRLS and drew around 40 attendees. By the votes of the audience, four best presentations were selected, including those by Ph.D student John Walsh (presentation topic: use information literacy to help community college students learn), Masters students Edward Mccain (presentation topic: digitization project at the Center of Creative Photography), Stacey McCraw (presentation topic: being an ambassador of Wikipedia), and Sharon Thompson (presentation topic: controlled vocabularies and ontologies). It is worth noting that all presentations were liked by the audience. 
  3. Jan - May, 2012: AZ Chapter Web Design Contest. We announced a Chapter Web Design contest in Jan 2012. Yan, Qianjin and Hong prepared the contest guideline and Hong prepared the content that should be included in the website and advertised the event at 1. the School of Information Science and Technology, School of Management Information Systems, and Computer Science Department at University of Arizona, 2. Pima Community College, 3. Computer Science Department of Arizona State University, and 4 Computer Science Department of Northern Arizona University. All four officers reviewed the final submission. Unfortunately no website was selected to be the winner due to limited submissions.
  4. Jan 2012: AZ Chapter was awarded a Chapter Development Award by ASIST.