President Elect 2014, President 2015
Sandra Hirsh is Professor and Director of the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. Before joining SJSU in 2010, Hirsh leveraged her knowledge as an information professional to pursue career opportunities with leading global companies for more than a decade -- as a senior user experience manager at Microsoft and director of the Information Research Program at HP Labs. Formerly serving on the faculty at the University of Arizona, she earned her PhD from UCLA and a MLIS from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on information-seeking behavior and understanding the information needs of a broad spectrum of users, and has been funded by the National Science Foundation and IMLS. She holds five U.S. patents. Hirsh has served ASIS&T in many capacities since joining in 1994, including as Chair of the Information Professionals Task Force since 2011, on conference organizing and program planning committees (chairing the industry and practitioners tracks, and posters), and a frequent conference presenter. While serving as SJSU Faculty Advisor, SJSU was named ASIS&T Student Chapter of the Year in 2012.
I strongly believe in the value ASIS&T offers members by bringing together the latest information science ideas, scholarship, and practice from around the world and across multiple disciplines. Areas I would focus on as President include:
- We should broaden the international profile and membership of the association. The association’s recent name change is a good start, but we should now identify specific ways that the association can better support international members, explore different ways to enable participation of international members in association activities and conferences through the use of technology and other means, and expand the international visibility of the association.
- We should work as an association, and in partnership with others, to broaden the public's, employers’, and other people’s understanding about what information professionals do, who they are, and what being an information professional means. Given the continuing rapid changes taking place in the information professions, we need to work together in ways that will demonstrate the value of our profession. This advocacy and visibility – through social media, the web, high quality research -- could also help to attract new members to ASIS&T.
- We should identify and implement strategies to attract more members from information practice/industry. ASIS&T currently attracts primarily people from academia, in part, because of the excellent publications/journal, peer-reviewed conference papers, and opportunities to recruit/interview faculty. Building on this strong academic foundation, we should explore ways to broaden the audience. Specifically, we should help people from industry and information practice feel welcome to participate and contribute, and help them understand the benefits of being a member of ASIS&T.
- We should encourage more student engagement in ASIS&T. Investing in students is investing in the future of the association and the information professions. In recent years, some great student activities have been added to the conference, such as the Student Design Competition. We should continue to identify additional ways to attract students to the association and national conference, and strengthen and support student chapters.
ASIS&T has been my primary professional and scholarly community throughout my career – as a doctoral student, professor, and while working in industry. I would be honored to serve as President for ASIS&T, share my ideas, energy, and excitement, and work together with you on initiatives that position ASIS&T as a leader in the field.
Dr. Vicki L. Gregory, is a professor at the School of Information, University of South Florida; she earned her doctorate at Rutgers University and holds an M.A. and M.L.S. from the University of Alabama. Since first becoming a member of ASIST 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 Director of SIG-Cabinet. For the last six years she has served as ASIS&T Treasurer and previously as a 4-year member of the Budget and Finance Committee, pursuant to which service she developed a firm understanding of both the strengths and the weaknesses of the Society’s finances and as well as the ASIS&T budgeting process. During the last several years she has worked with ASIS&T management in developing a program for the prudent investment of those of the Society’s funds not immediately needed for operations and helps to oversee the current investment program.
Dr. Gregory previously served as Chair of the ALA Committee on Accreditation and consults actively with schools around the country seeking accreditation or renewal.
Having been a member of ASIS&T through those years when it seemed that the Society was chronically short of revenues and all too often operating from hand to mouth and in the red, it has been most rewarding to have assisted in the difficult task during hard economic times of putting the finances of our Society on more solid ground and in a position that should ensure its financial well-being into the future through instituting a careful and diversified investment plan.
Moving forward, it will be important for us to continue to use the Society’s funds wisely so as to develop and sustain its activities, publications, and programming to make ASIS&T the first choice for professional affiliation for all information science professionals and researchers. I hope to contribute to that effort by continuing in the role of Treasurer.
Directors at Large
Lauren Harrison is a Senior Scientist in Pharmaceutical Research & Development Informatics at Hoffmann - La Roche Inc. Nutley New Jersey where she has been employed since 1979. Lauren has served in many Global Information Scientist positions, including Manager, Library & Information Science, during her tenure at Roche. Most recently in August of 2012 Lauren was selected to become part of Hoffmann-La Roche’s newly created Translational Clinical Research Center that will be relocating from Nutley to the Alexandria Life Science Center, NYC in January 2014. Lauren is also passionate about creating a new generation of Information Scientists so she currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Palmer School of Library & Information - Long Island University, teaching at the Palmer-Manhattan Campus.
Lauren holds a B.S. in Biology/Chemistry from Howard University and earned both a Masters in Library Science and Ph.D. (Information systems and Communication) from Rutgers School of Information & Communication New Brunswick, while working at Roche full time. Her research interests include Thesauri, Ontologies and their impact on Information Retrieval, Digital Libraries and Text Analytics and its applications in biological science during the “Big Data” era.
Lauren has been very active in ASIS&T since 1991. On the Chapter level, she served as Chapter Program Chair, Chapter Chair and Immediate Past Chair of the NJ Chapter. She also served as Chair of SIG MED for three terms. On the national level Lauren has served on the Leadership Committee and the ASIS&T Lecture Series Award Jury.
I am committed to advancing the use of technology to facilitate the analysis, utility, value and communication of information by using theory to support practical development of information tools and products. I believe that this is achieved through 1) regular interaction with professionals in ASIS&T whose focus is on nurturing new perspectives and interest, ideas and devotion to increasing public awareness of information sciences and technology to the benefit society as a whole. 2) ASIS&T webinars and educational programming.
Dr. June Abbas, PhD, is a Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Oklahoma, Norman campus. She obtained her PhD in Information Science from the University of North Texas in 2001 and taught in the Department of Library and Information Studies at the State University of New York in Buffalo from 2001-2008 before joining the SLIS in August 2008. She also held professional positions in public and special libraries. Her research focuses on the development of user-centered digital libraries, institutional repositories, and other knowledge organization structures. She conducts research on youth and their use of technology, and the intersection between information behavior, information retrieval, and structures for organizing knowledge. The courses she teaches include those related to the organization of information and knowledge resources, cataloging and classification, indexing and abstracting, digital collections, and digital information retrieval. She has also served as project manager on eight digital libraries projects and on task forces to develop institutional repositories. Her recently published book "Structures for organizing knowledge: Exploring taxonomies, ontologies, and other schema" was nominated for
ASIS&T Book of the Year in 2011.
ASIS&T has been my professional home since I joined in 1998. I look forward to attending the Annual meeting each year to reconnect with colleagues and friends, to be inspired by novel ideas and innovative research, and to learn.
I have served ASIS&T in various capacities through the years, both as member and officer. The highlights of my service were when I was asked to serve as Chair and later Co-Chair of the Information Science Education Committee (a position I held for 4 years) and when elected as Chair of SIG DL. Both experiences have taught me much about
ASIS&T and how our society functions. Each position also allowed me to reach out to members of the
ASIS&T community to encourage involvement. Our society is only as strong as its membership so it is vital that we continue to bring in new members and to encourage more active participation of existing members.
If elected as Director at Large I would work to enhance our outreach to new faculty, students and practitioners in efforts to increase their membership in the society. It is often through our combined experiences and involvement that we learn about societal issues that affect us all, regardless of whether faculty, researcher, information scientist, or practitioner.