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of the American Society for Information Science and Technology       Vol. 31, No. 4    April/May 2005

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This issue has brightened my February gloom amid inconsistent groundhog prognostications, and I trust it will still be appreciated as the vernal equinox arrives. I think it strikes a chord because it reflects the authorsí enthusiasm and passion for their pursuits, however various, and their love of exploration and learning.

Our special section focuses on the Global Information Village Plaza (aka Global Plaza), a Special Interest Group/International Information Issues (SIG/III)-sponsored activity. The Global Plaza was created primarily by Nadia Caidi and Michel Menou and seeks to improve dialog, understanding and common sense about the impact of information and communications technology on our lives and our responsibilities as information professionals and particularly its complex role in international development. It is a manifestation of ASIS&Tís increasing commitment to expand the horizon and the membership of the organization beyond the United States. SIG/III has consistently been one of our most energetic and highly dedicated groups and has played a large role in creating and carrying out this agenda.

The passion of personal scholarship and historical curiosity clearly drives the recipient of the 2004 ASIS&T Research Award. Boyd Rayward has been one of the most prominent scholars of the history of information science. His description of his past and present investigations is engaging and enlightening. Only a true explorer could find in studying the 20th century documentation movement a plausible reason to investigate 18th century coffee houses.

Turning from the passion of the researcher to the passion of the student, we have both humor and considerable wisdom from Jeanette Ezzo, one of many grateful people who have had the benefit of studying thesaurus construction at the University of Maryland with ASIS&T Award of Merit recipient Dagobert Soergel. Dag had already been teaching the course for a while when I first met him in 1972, and I feel certain that no small percentage of ASIS&T members involved in thesaurus construction owe their training to him or his textbooks, either directly or through his students. Jeanetteís description of her lessons learned from the course induces flashbacks for me to Mary Doria Russellís inimitable character Anne Edwards in The Sparrow Ė not to turn literary or anything. I hope you find it as engaging as I did.

Turning to the Society itself, ASIS&T President Nick Belkin reviews current priorities and programs and some concerns that have surfaced in his recent visits to chapters. He makes a plea for broader feedback from all of us. 

Finally, Andrew Dillon meets Blink and doesnít. You wonít want to miss this short course in IA and the culture of quick.

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