ASIS&T National Meeting Preview

This Monday, the Potomac Valley and Catholic University Chatpers of ASIS&T had a National Meeting Preview Event, where four presenters gave a taste of what they’ll be talking about at the conference. I wasn’t able to attend, but thought I would share:

2008 Social Computing Summit

Doesn’t this sound great?!

The First Annual ASIST Social Computing Summit will bring together researchers and practitioners of social computing for two days of discussion and exploration in Miami, Florida . . . This summit aims to bring together thought leaders, developers, and scholars working in this rapidly changing area, facilitating the conversations required for tomorrow’s innovations.

They’re soliciting abstracts for poster sessions until Monday, Feb. 25.  The conference itself is a couple of days before the Information Architecture Summit. No doubt they will make a great combination!

2007 Student Chapter of the Year!

YES! The official word from ASIS&T:

It’s a tie!

The Student Chapter of the Year Award has two winners this year! The Award will be shared between the student chapters at Simmons College and UCLA. A hearty congratulations to both chapters!

Simmons College student chapter

One committee member remarked that the Simmons chapter “has found a way to its members’ minds — through their stomachs!” The Simmons chapter has also done a good job retaining membership numbers. Their chapter activities take wonderful advantage of the resources available to Simmons because of its geography and academic connections (within and outside Simmons). Their chapter activities are offered consistently and reflect current interests of students and practitioners. The Simmons chapter maintains consistent communications and uses current media for communications. The chapter gave and received awards during the 2006-7 reporting year.

Simmons held a total of 71 meetings, events and workshops—this included 8 meetings, 16 events, 47 workshops over the Fall and Spring semesters. Emerging Technologies Workshops covered topics such as XHTML & CSS, Wikis, User interface design, Podcasting and Internet Radio, Setting up an RSS Aggregator, etc. Members assisted students in holding an Advising Day for incoming GSLIS students, and Speed Geeking II, in which five panelists spoke to small groups of 3 or 4 about technology related jobs. Current membership is 39, a slight decrease from the 44 previous, however they recruited 28 new members, and retained 11.

 Hip hip, hooray!!