Dr. Sanda Erdelez is the co-chair of the annual meeting, and has been involved in a year-long assignment of selecting submissions (i.e., papers, panels, visual presentations) for the technical program.
Erdelez joined ASIS&T 30 years ago because it is the premier association for researchers in library and information science. She also wanted to connect with peers, learn about new research developments, and be a member of a community with like-minded colleagues.
When asked what she is looking forward to most about this year’s conference, she responded, “… the experience of seeing the program come to life that my Annual Meeting 2017 co-chair, Naresh Agarwal, and the rest of the program committee so diligently worked on over the last 12 months. We made some changes such as: adding another day to the conference, to allow for more networking; introducing short papers as a new submission format; and shortening submissions for visual presentations, which resulted in significant increase in the number of submissions.”
For those who haven’t quite decided whether they will attend, Erdelez personally invites them to “come see what’s hot in information science research.” She adds that attendees will hear two engaging keynote speakers: Richard Marks from PlayStation Magic Lab at Sony, who will talk about virtual reality, and author William Powers from MIT Media Lab, who will talk about the human side of our digital future. There will also be an opportunity to explore Washington, D.C. through organized tours to the National Archives and the Library of Congress, as well as a live band performance.
For more information about the annual meeting, or to register, visit www.asist.org/am17.
Students and working professionals interested in staying on top of the current topics in LIS, networking with colleagues, developing skills of professional presentation and communication, and meeting with potential employers, can find more information about joining at www.asist.org/join.
Erdelez has been a member of SISLT faculty since 2001. Her research focuses on human information behavior and usability evaluation of information systems. In her field, she’s best known for her research on information encountering, or experiences of serendipity in human information behavior. Due to the abundance of information in digital environments, people are relying less on information searching and more on information encountering. This research area is gaining a lot of interest, in the context of news reading, social media, etc.