- 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.
- March, 2012: AZ Chapter
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.
- 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
- Jan 2012: AZ Chapter was
awarded a Chapter Development Award by ASIST.
- Jan - March, 2012: 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.