Howard Rosenbaum, professor of information science and director of graduate programs for information and library science at the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, will receive the prestigious Association for Information Science and Technology’s Watson Davis Award for Service.
The Watson Davis Award for Service recognizes an ASIS&T member who has shown continuous dedicated leadership and service to the association, and made substantial and lasting contributions to ASIS&T governance, chapters, special interest groups, committees and publications. It will be presented during the association’s annual fall meeting.
Nominees must be current members in good standing with at least 10 years of service.
“I am honored and humbled to be recognized for the contributions I have made to my primary professional organization,” Rosenbaum said. “I would like to thank the many colleagues with whom I have worked on ASIS&T activities over years. Without their help, this would not have been possible.”
Rosenbaum has been an ASIS&T member since 1989, and was a 2022 ASIS&T Distinguished Member. Other organization honors include 1996 dissertation of the year recognition, a 2011 Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award and the 2014 SIG Publication of the Year honor with Pnina Fichman, Luddy professor of information science.
Rosenbaum has published in the organization’s Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, regularly presented papers, moderated sessions, and participated on panels at the annual conference, many focused on preparing graduates for the academic job market. He has served on several major ASIS&T committees, been on the conference program committee since the early 2000s, and run the doctoral colloquium at the annual meeting for more than a decade with Fichman. He’s also co-organized a long-running workshop on social informatics.
“I have been always impressed by Howard’s dedication to service, especially all the service contributions to ASIS&T,” said Noriko Hara, professor of information science and chair of Information and Library Science. “He contributes significantly to the field of information science, shows continuous dedicated leadership, and is deserving of the award.”
Rosenbaum is the third Luddy professor receive this honor. The others are Debora Shaw, professor emerita informatics and computing, and Charles H. Davis, former adjunct professor library and information science.
ASIS&T is the only professional association that bridges the gap between information science practice and research. For nearly 85 years, it’s led the search for new and better theories, techniques and technologies to improve access to information. It strives to be the preeminent global voice of information science and technology research, and advance research.
The Watson Davis Service award is named for ASIS&T’s founder. It was established in 1975.