Harry Bruce president-elect of ASIS&T

iSchool Dean Harry Bruce was named the 2013 president-elect of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) following the annual vote of its members. He will serve as president of the organization in 2014.

In his statement to members prior to the vote Bruce said, "I am deeply committed to a philosophy of leadership through service. I center my efforts and actions on the needs of others; I find out how I can facilitate or support, and insert my influence or expertise where it will provide the greatest value and serve the needs of my peers, collaborators, profession and discipline. I will follow this practice of leadership through service, should I be elected as President of ASIST."

The mission of the organization is to advance the information sciences and related applications of information technology by providing focus, opportunity, and support to information professionals and organizations.

ASIS&T is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and has grown to over 4,000 members worldwide. It has 56 chapters and 20 SIGs in a variety of fields, such as Bioinformatics to Visualization, Images, and Sound.

Members include information specialists from from such fields as computer science, linguistics, management, librarianship, engineering, law, medicine, chemistry, and education; individuals who share a common interest in improving the ways society stores, retrieves, analyzes, manages, archives and disseminates information.