SLIS Community News, November 2018

November 29, 2018

Jeannette Allis Bastian

SLIS Faculty and students present at ASIS&T.

Congratulations to Professor Jeannette Bastian on the publication of Decolonizing the Caribbean Record, An Archives Reader, edited by Jeannette A. Bastian, John A. Aarons and Stanley H. Griffin (Litwin Books). This somewhat hefty volume (over 800 pages) speaks to many information and cultural heritage concerns about underrepresented communities. It includes 40 original essays written primarily by academics and archivists from within the Caribbean with some contributions from the diaspora. The essays cover a broad spectrum of cultural heritage and records issues for former colonial entities, illustrating dilemmas but primarily demonstrating how the decolonized society re-conceptualizes its records and re-constructs its archives.

The following faculty and students presented their work at the 81st Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) 2018 Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, November 10-14:

Associate Professor Naresh Agarwal presented a co-authored paper "Ascertaining the Place of Library & Information Science in Knowledge Management Research."

Assistant Professor Catherine Dumas was part of a Special Interest Group: Social Media panel, "Politicians & the Public: The Analysis of Political Communication in Social Media." In addition, Dumas and Assistant Professor Colin Rhinesmith were part of the program and organizing committees for a workshop, "The 14th Annual Social Informatics Research Symposium: Sociotechnical perspective on ethics and governance of emerging information technologies."

SLIS Director Sanda Erdelez co-presented her paper, "Distraction to Illumination: Mining Biomedical Publications for Serendipity in Research."

PhD Student Alyson Gamble participated in a panel, "Digital Liaisons: Connecting Diverse Voices to Support an Ethical and Sustainable Information Future in Digital Libraries."

Assistant Professor Ann Graf co-lead a panel, "Everyday Documentation of Arts and Humanities Collections." The panel was composed of a diverse group of academic researchers and practitioners from Canada, the U.S. and the U.K., and focused on "everyday documentation" of arts and humanities-based collections done by those outside libraries, archives, and museums, and how such documentation practices can and should inform institutional practice and technological developments.

Assistant Professor Colin Rhinesmith's paper, "Edge Perspectives in Online Scholarly Communities: A Network Analysis of #critlib," was presented by co-author Philip Coombs. 

Associate Professor Rong Tang presented her short paper, "Information Behavior Research in Need of Paradigm Shift" at ASIST SIG USE Research Symposium on November 10. She presented a full paper, "Towards a More Inclusive Technical Website: Knowledge Gaps, Performance, Experience, and Perception Differences Among Various User Groups" on November 12. She co-hosted a panel session "ALISE@ASIS&T: Building an LIS Research-Teaching Nexus" on November 13.

Assistant Professor Rachel Williams co-presented her paper, "Making the Case for Data Archiving: The Changing 'Value Proposition' of Social Science Data Archives."

Congratulations to the SLIS alumni who have served as leaders of NEASIST, which was chosen by ASIS&T as Chapter of the Year: Board Co-Chairs Louisa Choy '11MS and Kate Nyhan '15MS; Secretary Julie Goldman '15MS; Webmaster Catherine Dixon '16MS; and Simmons Chapter Liaison Syeda Saffana Anwar '18MS. Membership Chair Annie Erdmann has a graduate certificate in digital stewardship from Simmons SLIS.