member spotlight october 2014

Emily Vardell


Emily Vardell, MLS, is a Doctoral Student and Teaching Fellow at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests focus on health information behavior, particularly health insurance literacy and decision-making. As a Teaching Fellow, she has served as the instructor of record for graduate-level courses including Health Sciences Information and Information Resources and Services. She is currently president of the Doctoral Student Association at SILS and a member of UNC’s Future Faculty Fellowship Program.
Prior to returning for her doctoral studies, Emily was the Director for Reference and Education at the Louis Calder Medical Library at the University of Miami. In that position, Emily oversaw all library reference and teaching, was as an Evidence-Based Medicine instructor, and served as one of the University of Miami Hospital librarians. Emily earned her Masters of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University in 2007 as a distance education student in Austria. She began her medical librarian career as a National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow.
Emily is honored to be an ASIST New Leader and Chair-Elect of SIG-HLTH. She is also active in the Medical Library Association, where she is currently Chair of the Public Health/Health Administration Section and serves on the Professional Retention and Recruitment Committee.

Si Sun


Si Sun, MS.,Si Sun, MS, is a PhD Candidate and Part Time Lecturer at the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. With a special interest in personal information management, Si Sun’s dissertation examines how patients living with chronic conditions manage their daily personal health information and how the design of health information technologies can be improved to support this process. Her previous work on clinical health information systems, online health communities, and personal health information management systems design was presented at ASIS&T, AMIA, ACM CHI, and KCHC.

Si Sun is an instructor at the Douglass Learning Community at Rutgers University. She has also assisted the courses Internet and Information Environment: A Quantitative Perspective and Social Informatics. Si Sun holds a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, majoring in Management Information Systems. As an information management system design specialist, Si Sun worked at Beijing Huicong International Information Corporation, SK c&c, China Computer World, and Communication World Weekly.

As an active member of the ASIS&T community since 2011, Si Sun was appointed secretary of SIG HLTH in 2012 and was later appointed SIG HLTH Chair in 2014. Si Sun is also a patient advocate at two U.S. based face-to-face patient support groups and four Chinese organizations for diabetes patients of various demographics and living with different types of diabetes.


SIG HLTH Member Dinner (Monday Nov 3)

Our dutch treat dinner is on:
Monday Nov 3
8pm (we will meet at the registration desk at 8pm)
Wild Ginger @ 1401 3rd Ave Seattle, WA 98101 (5 min walk from Sheraton)
We thank Alexandra Fox for her great suggestions!

Member Spotlight – September 2014

Professor Nancy K. Roderer

Professor. Nancy. Roderer is a Professor Emerita of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, having retired in 2013 from the positions of Director of the Welch Medical Library and the Director of the academic Division of Health Sciences Informatics (DHSI). She has pursued her interests in understanding and facilitating information use and in integrated information management through both operational and research activities at Columbia, Yale and Johns Hopkins Universities. She teaches in the areas of library and information science and health sciences informatics, and is was a co-founder of John’s Hopkins’ post-doctoral training program in informatics. Her recent research efforts have addressed issues related to providing human support to users interacting with digital libraries, and her most recent publication can be found at Nancy has been an active member of ASIS&T since 1972, when she was appointed secretary of SIG/FIS (Foundations of Information Science).

Nancy is a graduate of the University of Dayton (Mathematics and Computer Science) and the University of Maryland (Library and Information Services and Computer Science). She is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and of the Medical Library Association. Since her semi-retirement, she has intensified her study of information habits in exotic locales. most recently Cambodia and Thailand.

Dr. Deborah E. Swain


Dr. Deborah E. Swain, PhD., is a tenured Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Sciences at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. She has over 20 years experience in information development, knowledge engineering, organizational design, and business and technical training. Her most recent research has been about knowledge management in e-businesses and about clinicians applying health informatics tools. Dr. Swain has managed information projects for corporations such as IBM, AT&T, and Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs. Her professional career includes working on human-computer interactions, interface design, and human factors/ergonomic issues as a systems engineer, program analyst, and project manager.

She has published articles and contributed chapters to books based on research in knowledge management, social network analysis, collaboration, health disparities, and clinical/health informatics. In addition to her faculty position at NCCU, Dr. Swain has also taught at Wake Tech Community College, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State University, and Campbell University. She completed her doctorate in Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has a master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s of arts degree from Duke University.

Dr. Swain has presented papers and workshops at conferences for the ASIS&T, ICKM, STC, and IEEE on knowledge management, healthcare, use cases, database design, computer interfaces, information retrieval/indexing, online help design, expert systems, quality and process auditing, business communications, and software engineering. She recently completed research on social network analysis (SNA) mapping of healthcare and emergency management for faith-based and community organizations, businesses and educational facilities. She attends NCHICA meetings and is a member of ASIS&T, SLA, NCALA, and ALA.

Toiletry Donation During ASIS&T 2014 Annual Meeting

This year the SIG HLTH will be sponsoring a collection of donated toiletries. Bring any extra hotel toiletries (either from home or from your hotel) and place them in a box by registration. Shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and soap are encouraged. The SIG HLTH will take the donated toiletries to corresponding organizations. This is an easy way to give back to our host city. Thank you for your participation!

Brochure Design Competition

SIG HLTH will be distributing letter sized one page brochures/posters at health informatics related sessions at ASIS&T 2014. The purposes of these brochures are to promote attendance at health informatics related sessions and enhance member recruitment. These brochures will be designed by SIG HLTH members and selected through public voting. Please contribute your design talent!

Prize: $50 for first place, $20 for second place, $10 for third place.

Requirements: (a) include our SIG logo available on the upper left side of this webpage; (b) include information about our SIG, such as the introduction on our ASIS&T website include information on our events during ASIS&T, such as the activities listed here

Submission deadline: September 30, 2014

Voting deadline: October 15, 2014

Need your input: Time for SIG HLTH dinner on Monday, Nov 3

We are having a SIG HLTH member dinner on Monday, Nov 3. Please indicate what time you would be available to come. Here is the link to the Doodle poll:
The dutch treat dinner will be at a local restaurant with diverse options. We are looking for a good restaurant, and if you have any recommendations, please let us know.
This is a great opportunity for us to get to know each other and make some great connections. Please join us!