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Sparking Synergies: Bringing Research and
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:
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
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.
Classification Research Workshop
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
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
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 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,
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
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
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
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
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.
members interested in writing brief entries related to information
visualization, please feel free to contact SIG/VIS co-chair Ray
Uzwyshyn at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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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