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

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ASIS&T 2005

Sparking Synergies: Bringing Research and Practice Together

The ASIS&T 2005 Annual Meeting, zeroing in on Sparking Synergies: Bringing Research and Practice Together @ASIST ‘05, is scheduled for October 28-November 2, 2005, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

ASIS&T 2005 will focus on the diversity of perspectives and insights from all those participating in the information science and technology community, as they generate innovative ideas, define theoretical concepts or work out the nuts and bolts of implementing well-tested ideas in new ways and in new settings. A wide variety of plenary and invited speakers, moderated panels, poster sessions and refereed papers will explore this theme.

Though submission deadlines have passed, the program was not yet solidified as this issue of the Bulletin was prepared for press. Based on the suggestions received as of the deadline, conference planners anticipate an exciting schedule of contributed papers, posters and panels on many of the following topics:

·         Information retrieval

·         Social informatics and related issues 

·         Information representation and organization            

·         Organizational and management issues  

·         Human information behavior          

·         Research methodology  

·         Information technologies  

·         Theories and theory development  

·         Informatics in specific domains, e.g., science or medicine  

·         Bibliometrics/infometrics/scientometrics 

·         Systems design/development         

·         History and foundations of information science  

·         Information resources and collections         

·         Ethical, political and legal aspects of information creation, dissemination and use 

Conference Committee

The ASIS&T 2005 Annual Meeting is being planned under the direction of co-chairs Michael Crandall and Barbara Wildemuth. They are assisted by Andrew Grove, Proceedings editor; Abby Goodrum, contributed papers manager; Carol Hert, posters manager; Kris Liberman, panels manager; and committee members Katherine McCain; Joseph Busch; Javed Mostafa; Andrew Dillon; Igor Perisic; Vicki Gregory; and Samantha Starmer.

Conference Venue

            The ASIS&T 2005 Annual Meeting will be headquartered at the Westin Charlotte. Full conference and hotel details will be available in the coming months.


ASIS&T 2005

SIG/CR Classification Research Workshop

ASIS&T Special Interest Group/Classification Research (SIG/CR) will sponsor the 16th SIG/CR Classification Research Workshop in conjunction with the ASIS&T 2005 Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. Under the theme, What Knowledge Organization Does and How It Does It: Critical Studies in and of Classification and Indexing, the daylong event, Saturday, October 29, 2005, will focus on developments in the field of classification research.

Much classification research, and knowledge organization research in general, has been concerned with rules, principles, standards or techniques; that is, with prescriptive issues. This workshop will focus on descriptive issues. In a world where people are more in touch with systems of organized knowledge than ever before, such systems play a vital social, political and cultural role in our professional and everyday-life activities as they mediate, shape and are shaped by forms of social organization. Knowledge organization research must therefore be concerned with producing understandings and reflections of the role of systems of organized knowledge in human activities in order to inform research and users, perceived as active social and cultural agents, of those systems.

This workshop will critically examine knowledge organization in action – how, why, by and for whom knowledge organization operates.

Keynote Speech

            Joacim Hansson, associate professor, Swedish School of Library and Information Studies, University College of Borås, Sweden, will deliver the keynote address on "An Institutional Perspective on Knowledge Organization – Implications for Theoretical Development."

Conference Themes

            Among the many themes expected to be presented by conference participants are theoretical & empirical studies of knowledge organization systems in action; classification and indexing as social action; and genre, critical, social and activity theories and their connections to classification and indexing. The final program will be prepared after all paper submission deadlines have passed. In addition to their presentation at the workshop, accepted papers will be published in Advances in Classification Research.

Conference Committee

Conference chair for the 16th SIG/CR Classification Research Workshop is Jack Andersen, assistant professor, Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark.  Members of the Program Committee are Clare Beghtol, University of Toronto; Mats Dahlström, University College of Borås, Sweden; Birger Hjørland, Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark; Bernd Frohmann, The University of Western Ontario; Jens-Erik Mai, University of Washington; Marianne Lykke Nielsen, Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark; and Stephen Paling, University of Buffalo, State University of New York.

News from ASIS&T Chapters

The University of Washington (UW) Student Chapter of ASIS&T and Efthimis N. Efthimiadis of the UW faculty hosted the school’s annual Thomson ISI Samuel Lazerow Memorial Lecture in late November, featuring Marcia Bates, professor emerita at the University of California at Los Angeles. Bates spoke on the topic, Fundamental Forms of Information: An Evolutionary Perspective. The Thomson ISI Samuel Lazerow Lecture Series is an annual event sponsored by Thomson ISI's Corporate Awards Program to honor the memory of Samuel Lazerow, an outstanding librarian, administrator and pioneer in library automation.

The Los Angeles Chapter of ASIS&T (LACASIS) also supports a Samuel Lazerow lecture sponsored by Thomson ISI. This year’s event featured Rick Prelinger, CD-ROM developer, media archaeologist and film scholar, in an afternoon lecture at the University of California at Los Angeles. Later that day, LACASIS presented its annual Contributions to Information Science Award to former ASIS&T president Eugene Garfield, founder and chairman emeritus of the Institute for Scientific Information and originator of the Lazerow lecture series which honors his friend and colleague.

In other LACASIS news, the chapter planned a late March program entitled Vietnamese Americans: Cultural and Personal Information Archiving. With an authentic Vietnamese restaurant in Orange County’s Little Saigon serving as the backdrop, Jeff Brody, Cal State University, Fullerton, and Anne Frank, University of California, Irvine, were to present “Vietnamese Americans: Self-Portrait of a People” and a digitization project of the collection.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) will introduce a new doctoral program in medical informatics in the fall of 2005, the first of its kind in Wisconsin and one of only two in the Midwest.  Medical informatics combines medical science and information technology. Students in this new program will train to become leaders in the use of information systems to improve health care delivery, research and education. The new degree program will be offered in collaboration with the Medical College of Wisconsin and will focus on ways to integrate clinical and administrative applications of information technology in medicine and health care.

The Potomac Valley Chapter (PVC) of ASIS&T took a late winter look at From Soup to Nuts: Blogs, Blogging and the Greater Impacts to Information Science in its March dinner and networking meeting. Three panelists, James Melzer, SRA International; Christina Pikas, R.E. Gibson Library and Information Center; and Thomas Vanderwal, INDUS Corporation, were to discuss such blogging topics as what they are; their impact on information architecture; institutional blogging; and using blogs for research.

The Northern Ohio ASIS&T Chapter (NORASIST), in conjunction with the Cleveland Chapter of SLA, also took a look at the blogging phenomenon with a program entitled, To Blog or Not to Blog, featuring explorations of the topic by Nancy Stinson, Stark County Law Library, and Chad Boeninger, Ohio University.

The Central Ohio ASIS&T Chapter (CO-ASIS&T) scheduled a March meeting to showcase the new library in the Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture. Jane McMaster, architecture librarian, and Lorrie McAllister, visual resources curator, were to share information about the building, its design and its use.

News from an ASIS&T SIG

New SIG/VIS Weblog Invites Online Comments and Dialogue

ASIS&T Special Interest Group/Visualization, Images & Sound (SIG/VIS) has begun a new weblog with regards to information visualization for 2005, and we invite the larger ASIS&T membership to view and comment. The weblog can be found at http://informationvisualization.typepad.com/

During the past few months, we have had great entries from some of the leaders in the field, including Donald Norman, Eugene Garfield and Chaomei Chen. The weblog is very much live and open for comments as SIG/VIS is very much interested in generating larger dialogue and debate with the larger ASIS&T community. Please feel free to click on the comment link at the bottom of our weblog entries and send in your comments! We are very interested in hearing larger ASIS&T opinions, reflections, observations, generating dialogue and finding out about larger community directions.  

Also, ASIS&T members interested in writing brief entries related to information visualization, please feel free to contact SIG/VIS co-chair Ray Uzwyshyn at ruzwyshyn@miami.edu and we’ll be glad to consider your entries. SIG/VIS would like to use the new weblog as an informal incubator and idea generator, and we’d be glad to publish preliminary research intuitions, illuminations, observations or interesting applications for our larger community. We are very interested in beginning to generate fresh dialogue about some of the new research going on in information visualization, and we’d be glad to highlight current research/applications/observations for further constructive criticism and community building.

Ray Uzwyshyn

News about ASIS&T Members

Joseph T. Tennis, most recently both a student and teacher at the University of Washington, joined the faculty of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS) at the University of British Columbia, effective January 2005. Tennis joins the faculty as assistant professor.  He was to have defended his dissertation in the fall and receive the first Ph.D. from UW’s new doctoral program. He also holds degrees from Lawrence University and Indiana University. Tennis continues to be active in the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI), moving from his previous role as researcher for the Education Working Group to project manager in collaboration with Siderean Software on digital library solutions for the growing body of DCMI metadata publications.

Former ASIS&T President Cliff Lynch, executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information, discussed "Libraries and Library Systems in the New Information Landscape" at the 2004 LITA National Forum. Among the topics included were preservation, learning management systems and personalization.

Michael Lesk, professor in the Department of Library and Information Science, Rutgers University, has been elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, in recognition of his contributions to UNIX applications, information systems and digital libraries.

James Allan, University of Maryland, is co-author with Anton Leuski of the paper selected as the winner of the 2004 James Chen Annual Award for Best Journal Article published in User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction: The Journal of Personalization Research. The cited article is “Interactive Information Retrieval Using Clustering and Spatial Proximity,” published in June 2004.

John Budd, University of Missouri professor in the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, has been elected 2005 president of the Association of Library and Information Science Education (ALISE). As a result of the election, he is serving as 2005 president-elect and will take office as association president at ALISE’s 2006 annual conference in January in San Antonio, Texas.

Former ASIS&T President Wins DOI Conservation Service Award 

Bonnie Carroll, former ASIS&T president and president of Information International Associates, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, has won the Department of Interior's (DOI) Conservation Service Award for 2004. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton presented the award at the DOI awards ceremony in February. The Secretary recognized Carroll for "outstanding contributions" to the development of the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) and other biological informatics efforts. Norton cited Carroll's "strategic vision" both with NBII and with the Office of Science and Technology Policy's Biodiversity Informatics Working Group. She also commended Carroll's "tireless efforts" as co-chair of the NBII Coalition to raise NBII visibility to trade and professional associations, NGOs and others.


Burton W. Adkinson

Burton W. Adkinson, a pioneer in information science, died late last year at the age of 95. With a Ph.D. degree in geography, Adkinson served with the OSS during World War II as chief of the map intelligence division. Following the war, he joined the Library of Congress, serving from 1945 to 1957, concluding his tenure as director of the reference department. Adkinson was a strong advocate for making LC a major international collection of scientific information, resulting in the establishment of the division of science and technology.

From 1957 to 1970 Adkinson was head of the Office of Science Information Service (OSIS) of the National Science Foundation, a tenure described years later at an ASIS&T meeting as a period in which he “shaped OSIS and guided information science researchers and practitioners toward common goals using judiciously placed grants and persuasion.” Other commentators noted the importance of his role in fostering a true collegial environment in the United States and internationally for researchers in this newly developing field.

Following his retirement from NSF, Adkinson became director of the American Geographical Society (New York City) until 1973. He then returned to Washington, DC where, at the age of 70, he completed a detailed history of the development of scientific and technical information services in the federal government, a volume that remains the most complete historical record of these activities.



In our photographic coverage of the ASIS&T Annual Awards presented at the 2004 Annual Meeting (Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, February/March 2005), we inaccurately identified an accepter of two of the awards. On pages 8 and 9, Linda Rudell-Betts is accepting Chapter-of-the-Year and Chapter Event-of-the-Year honors for the Los Angeles Chapter of ASIS&T (LACASIS). We apologize to all concerned for our error.

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