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of the American Society for Information Science and Technology           Vol. 30, No. 4               April/May 2004

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2004 ASIS&T Annual Meeting

Managing and Enhancing Information: Cultures and Conflicts

With the 2003 ASIS&T Annual Meeting and the 2004 Information Architecture Summit behind us, it's time to turn our attention to the 2004 ASIS&T Annual Meeting, to be held in Providence, Rhode Island, November 13-18.

Under the banner of "Managing and Enhancing Information: Cultures and Conflicts," the meeting will look at the increasing tension within the information society between forces that encourage and discourage integration and cooperation. A major focus will be on conflicts and solutions involving many national and international information cultures, including social, professional, educational and technological interests. These themes and others will be explored by plenary and invited speakers and through refereed presentations.

Within this framework, conference organizers sought and received proposals on a wide variety of information and technology topics, such as the following:

Social, ethical, political, legal and economic issues: issues related to the role of information in society, such as information policy, access, security, privacy and intellectual property, as well as the social uses and abuses of information technologies such as the Internet and World Wide Web in bridging or separating diverse communities.

Technologies for computing and networking: developments in technologies for communication, collaboration, knowledge sharing and management, and security in environments that may include academia, government and commerce.

Information management, organization and access: classification and representation, metadata, taxonomies, indexing, XML, information architecture, digital libraries and digital preservation.

Information seeking and use: the role of information in professional and daily lives, use of various types of information technology and social contexts of information seeking.
Information retrieval: information system performance, interoperability, search engines, natural language processing, data mining, intelligent retrieval and multi- and cross-lingual retrieval.
Interactivity and usability: design and testing of human-computer interfaces, visualization and personalization for all types of information technology.

Information production and delivery: information product creation, publishing, media integration, dissemination and access.

Conference Committee
Linda Schamber
, University of North Texas, is chair of the 2004 Annual Meeting Conference Committee. Joining her on the committee are Suzie Allard, Ethel Auster, Carol Barry, Marcia Bates, Joseph Busch, Michael Crandall, Elisabeth Davenport, Sanda Erdelez, Karen Fisher, Paula Galbraith, Vicki Gregory, Gail Hodge, Peter Ingwersen, Joyce Kirk, David Lankes, Kris Liberman, Jens-Erik Mai, Gary Marchionini, Michel Menou, Karla Petersen, Padmini Srinivasan, Jane Starnes, K.T. Vaughan and Julian Warner

Committee members are responsible for refereeing the vast number of proposals received by the deadlines for the various types of sessions, including contributed papers; contributed posters; and special sessions, such as panels, debates, forums or case studies.

Additional Information

Details of selected sessions, as well as information about local arrangements for the meeting, including hotel and travel details, will be posted on the ASIS&T website during the coming months and in future issues of the Bulletin.

News from ASIS&T Chapters

The ASIST Wisconsin Chapter, in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Student Chapter, presented a November program on Challenges and Problems in the Creation of a Digital Library, featuring presentations by Nolan Pope, associate director for technology in the UW-Madison Libraries, and Patti Day, Digital Spatial Data librarian at the American Geographical Society Library (AGSL) at UW-Milwaukee. Pope reviewed the digital library infrastructure used for the UW System's digital collections. Day addressed issues involved in identifying, acquiring, archiving and providing access to digital spatial data. 

For its November program, the Potomac Valley Chapter of ASIS&T presented Creating and Deploying Enterprise-wide Taxonomies, a look at the World Bank's experience working with and harmonizing different types of taxonomies to create an enterprise-wide logical and physical taxonomy architecture. Guest speaker Denise Bedford, senior information officer at the World Bank, also showed how the World Bank approach could help other organizations manage their content while maintaining the flexibility to integrate future advances in technology. Then in December, the Potomac Valley Chapter held its annual holiday party in conjunction with SLA. The party was held at the Arts Club of Washington.

To get the new year off to a good start, the Potomac Valley Chapter hooked up with the ASIS&T Student Chapter at Catholic University in February to present Taxonomy and Metadata Strategies for Effective Content Management. Speaker Joseph Busch, former ASIS&T president and founder of Taxonomy Strategies, planned to focus on taking advantage of what you already know in managing applied information management projects.

The Northern Ohio Chapter of ASIST (NORASIST) joined forces once again with the Cleveland Chapter of the Special Libraries Association in November for the annual career night, this year featuring Martin Jaffe, master career counselor, with a look at Work: In the Way of Life, or a Way of Life. Jaffe helped participants answer such questions as Have you reached a career pinnacle? Do you see your ideal job as being 5-7 years ahead? Are you deciding what's possible for you? What other avenues does librarianship offer?

Then in February, the Northern Ohio Chapter presented Roger Fidler, director, Institute for CyberInformation at Kent State University, discussing What's Next in the Digital Transformation of Newspapers, a look at the fundamental ways in which digital technologies are changing the way newspapers are created, delivered, displayed and read.

For its November program, the Central Ohio ASIS&T Chapter (CO-ASIST) offered Trisha Davis, associate professor and head of the serials and electronic resources department at the Ohio State University Libraries, speaking on Copyright Catch-Up: What's Happening Now? For its April meeting, CO-ASIST is collaborating with the local SLA chapter to present a workshop entitled "Managing and Working in the Collaborative Environment: Techniques and Technology to Make Collaborations Easier." Mary Stansbury of Kent State University will share insights, techniques and strategies to help foster an environment of teamwork and productive collaboration.

The Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (LACASIS) and the Southern California Chapter of the Special Library Association continued their seasonal tradition with a joint party for their memberships. The Holiday Party featured a cocktail reception followed by dinner and speaker, Kelly Lange, long-time KNBC anchor and mystery book writer.  The chapter then began the new year with its annual Contribution to Information Science Award Dinner featuring award recipient Tefko Saracevic, professor in the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers University, speaking on Human Information Behavior in Digital Libraries. Saracevic is a former ASIS&T president and widely published researcher in such areas as relevance in information science; human aspects in human-computer interaction in information retrieval; user and use studies in information science and librarianship; and evaluation of digital libraries.

The Southern Ohio Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (SO-ASIST) presented Dan Krane, associate professor, Wright State University Department of Biological Sciences, in a February presentation on Analyzing Results of Forensic DNA Tests: Information Technology as a Matter of Life and Death. Professor Krane spoke about the analysis of data captured in forensic DNA testing; the advantages of objective, automated review over human, biased review; and court cases involving problematic results of DNA testing.

For its March meeting, the Southern Ohio Chapter, in conjunction with the local chapter of the Special Libraries Association, scheduled a session to feature Thomas J. Froehlich, professor and director of the Master of Science in Information Architecture and Knowledge Management program at Kent State University. Speaking on Knowledge Management: Dimensions and Tensions, he was to provide an overview of knowledge management (KM) and discuss many of the challenges and benefits facing the KM community.

News About ASIS&T Members

Norman Horrocks, professor emeritus in the School of Library and Information Studies, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, and editorial consultant for Scarecrow Press in Maryland, was elected to honorary membership in the American Library Association at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in January. ALA's highest honor is conferred in recognition of outstanding contributions of lasting importance to libraries and librarianship.

Horrocks interrupted the early years of his library career with service in the British Army's Intelligence Corps in the late 1940s. He returned to libraries with stints in Great Britain, Cyprus and Western Australia. In 1963 he moved to the University of Pittsburgh, where he obtained his MLS and Ph.D. degrees. In 1971 he joined Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he became Director of the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) and Dean of the Faculty of Management. In 1986 he became Editorial Vice President of Scarecrow Press, a position he held until his return to Halifax in 1995.

In addition to serving on ALA's Council, Horrocks has held office in the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), the Canadian Library Association (CLA), Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA), Nova Scotia Library Association (NSLA) and the Halifax Library Association. He is a past president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and of Beta Phi Mu.

News from Institutional Members

UT School of Information Receives Major New Grant

The School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded a $341,294 grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services for "Honoring Generations." This three-year program will recruit and train six American Indian students who will be prepared to take leadership roles at tribal school, tribal college and tribal community libraries. Students will receive mentoring by members of the American Indian Library Association. They will also participate in community-based service experiences including, "If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything," a national reading club for Native children headquartered at The University of Texas. According to Dr. Loriene Roy, principal investigator, "Honoring Generations will be a testament to the role of librarians in indigenous communities. They serve as the cultural bridge between honoring generations past and generations yet to come." Dr. Loriene Roy is Anishinabe, enrolled on the White Earth Reservation and a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.

Expressing his delight with the award Dean Andrew Dillon of the School of Information noted "we intend to educate a select group that will have significant long-term impact on tribal education and in so doing demonstrate the power of an education in information studies to transform lives."

Indiana University Names SLIS Dean

Less than a year after stepping down as dean of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Indiana University (IU), Blaise Cronin, Rudy Professor of Information Science, is set to return. Cronin served as dean of SLIS from 1991-2003, during which time he was instrumental in raising the school's research output, enrollments and international visibility. "I'm delighted Blaise has agreed to return as dean," said Kenneth Gros Louis, IU-Bloomington Interim Chancellor and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. "Blaise's leadership is acknowledged across the campus, and his voice carries more weight with other administrators than the size of his school would suggest."

For more than a year discussions were held about the possibility of a merger of SLIS with the fledgling School of Informatics at IU. When the SLIS faculty voted to end the talks, Cronin, who spearheaded resistance to the proposed merger, agreed to return to his former position because, he said, "I felt there was a need for stability and also a need to reassure our multiple constituencies that a school which had been around for 50 or so years was not going away. My reappointment is a clear signal that the school will continue as an independent unit in the years ahead; that it's 'business as usual.'"


Barbara J. Flood

Barbara Joyce Flood, 72, longtime ASIS&T member and consulting psychologist with the ARC/Philadelphia Development Disabilities Corporation, passed away on January 3, following a valiant battle against cancer. Barbara was the recipient of the 1987 ASIS&T Watson Davis Award and an active participant in the Delaware Valley Chapter for many years.

Donations in Barbara's memory are welcomed at the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19106.

Thomas J. Galvin

Thomas J. Galvin, 71, widely hailed as a pioneer of library and information science education, passed away in Chicago on February 18. At the time of his death, Galvin was professor emeritus, the State University of New York at Albany, an institution he served as inaugural director of its doctoral program in information science and professor in the School of Information Science and Policy from 1989 until his retirement in 1999.

Prior to joining SUNY-Albany, Galvin served as executive director of the American Library Association (ALA) from 1985 through 1989, during which time the organization's membership grew to more than 50,000. Before his ALA assignment, from 1974 to 1985, Tom was dean of the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh.

Galvin held a bachelor's degree in English from Columbia University, a master's degree in library science from Simmons College and a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University. He also was the recipient of many awards and honors, including the 1979 ASIS&T Best Information Science Book Award for The Structure and Governance of Library Networks, co-authored with Allen Kent.

Well-known for his expertise in reference, a field in which he published extensively, Galvin began his career in 1954 as a reference librarian at Boston University. He served as chief librarian at the Abbot Public Library, Marblehead, Massachusetts, from 1956-1959, when he became assistant director of libraries at Simmons College. In 1962, he joined the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons, where he remained until he went to the University of Pittsburgh.

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