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Bulletin, April/May 2010


Inside ASIS&T  


ARIST to Cease Publication Following 2011 Volume
The American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) and Information Today, Inc., have announced that the prestigious Annual Review of Information Science and Technology (ARIST) will cease publication following the release of Volume 45 (2011). As the hardcover series ends its 45-year run, shorter, tightly focused review articles will begin appearing in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), also published by ASIS&T. 

ARIST has a long and proud history, from its debut in 1966 with Carlos Cuadra as editor and supported by the Systems Development Corporation and the National Science Foundation, Office of Science Information Service, through more than 20 volumes edited by Martha E. Williams and on to the 10 most recent volumes edited by Blaise Cronin and Debora Shaw, from 2001 to 2011.

Information Today, Inc. has published the series on behalf of ASIS&T since 1991, Volume 26.

"This was an agonizing decision by the ASIS&T Publications Strategic Planning Committee and the Board, especially since Information Today, Inc., was willing to continue," said Gary Marchionini, ASIS&T President. "The emotional and intellectual attachment to a printed ARIST was outweighed by a consensus of where scholarly communication is going and by the desire for instant online access by readers and authors. Once the ASIS&T Board accepted the future scenario for scholarly publishing and research, the decision followed to discontinue separate ARIST publication before the esteemed ARIST series was affected."

JASIST editor Blaise Cronin commented, "Having read ARIST for almost 30 years and edited it for the last 10, I am sad to see the serial come to an end, mindful of the author/reader shifts that led to the decision, and consequently very much committed to developing a high-quality review section in the pages of JASIST for ASIS&T members and others."

ARIST Volumes 38 (2003) through 44 (2010) are available from Information Today, Inc., at http://books.infotoday.com/asist/, as will be Volume 45 beginning in Fall 2010. The working Table of Contents for Volume 45 can be viewed at www.asis.org/Publications/ARIST/vol45.php.

2010 ASIS&T Annual Meeting
Navigating Streams in an Information Ecosystem

October 22-27, 2010, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
For nearly three-quarters of a century, the ASIS&T Annual Meeting has been a primary venue for the dissemination of information science and technology research. Now, with the upcoming 73rd Annual Meeting, organizers are stepping away from tradition and re-inventing the conference in the guise of an innovative ASIS&T 2.0.

ASIS&T 2010 will be built around six tracks, each with its own program and reviewing committee to ensure that the conference meets high expectations for standards and quality. A team of respected reviewers, experts in their fields, will assist with a rigorous peer-review process. The six tracks and topics within them are described here.

Track 1. Information Behavior – information needs, information seeking, information gaps and sense-making in various contexts including work, interests or every-day life activities by individuals or groups

Track 2. Knowledge Organization – indexing, index construction, indexing languages, thesaurus construction, terminology, classification of information in any form, tagging (expert, user-based, automatic), filtering, metadata, standards for metadata, information architecture

Track 3. Information Systems, Interactivity and Design – how people use and communicate with information systems; the design, use and evaluation of interactive information technologies and systems, including interfaces and algorithms; search and retrieval, browsing, visualization, personalization

Track 4. Information and Knowledge Management – information and knowledge creation, transfer and use at the personal, group, organizational and societal levels; management of the processes and systems that create, acquire, organize, store, distribute and use information and/or knowledge. 

Track 5. Information Use – how people re-purpose existing knowledge from a variety of sources (scientific, humanities, news, family, friends, colleagues), forms (articles, books, video, audio, tweets), locations (work, home, in transit) and mediums (cell-phones, PDAs, digital libraries) to advance knowledge, solve problems, improve information literacy and learn

Track 6. Information and Society: Economic, Political, Social Issues – copyright issues, policies and laws; national and international information policies; privacy and security; economics of information, personal rights vs. freedom of information; surveillance; globalization and the flows of information; computerization movements; social informatics.

Program Elements
As generally offered at ASIS&T, many of the program sessions will be contributed papers grouped together to address similar topics or themes and panel sessions on specific topics related to the overall theme and one or more tracks, often proposed and presented by ASIS&T SIGs. But in line with the ASIS&T 2.0 tag, several new session styles will be introduced.

Interactive Showcase. One evening of the Annual Meeting will be devoted to face-to-face presentations using traditional posters, short videos and live demonstrations. These formats will provide opportunities for discussion and feedback.

Workshops. The last day of the conference, which is devoted to themed topics, will feature workshops that provide a more informal setting for the exchange of ideas on a focused topic and to allow discussion of directions for future work. 

Conference Committee
The co-chairs of the 2010 ASIS&T Annual Meeting are Cathy Marshall, Microsoft Research, and Elaine Toms, Dalhousie University. They will be assisted by a conference committee with representatives for each track and other functional areas. 

Track 1: Information Behavior. Chairs: Pertti Vakkan, University of Tampere, and Karen Fisher, University of Washington

Track 2: Knowledge Organization. Chairs: Jane Greenberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Joseph Tennis, University of Washington

Track 3: Interactive Information and Design. Chairs: Diane Kelly, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Luanne Freund, University of British Columbia

Track 4: Information Management. Chairs: Brian Detlor, McMaster University, and Chun Wei Choo, University of Toronto

Track 5: Information Use. Chairs: Catherine Black, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Cecelia Brown, University of Oklahoma

Track 6: Economic, Social and Political Issues. Chairs: Howard Rosenbaum, Indiana University, and Steve Sawyer, Syracuse University

Program for Professionals. Chair: KT Vaughan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Industry Track. Chair: Sandra Hirsch, Microsoft

Program for Students. Chair: Barbara Wildemuth, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Interactive Showcase. Chair: Sherry Koshman, University of Pittsburgh

Conference Venue
The 2010 ASIS&T Annual Meeting will be headquartered at the Hilton Pittsburgh. 

News from ASIS&T SIGs
ASIS&T SIG/III Ties 11th International Paper Contest to Annual Meeting Theme 

ASIS&T Special Interest Group/International Information Issues (SIG/III) has opened the competition for the 11th annual International Paper Contest. Using the overall conference theme for the ASIS&T Annual Meeting, SIG/III invites submissions that address Navigating Streams in a Global Information Ecosystem

Papers should discuss issues, policies and case studies on specific aspects of the theme from a global and/or international perspective. In concert with the Annual Meeting theme, topical areas have been broken down into the six tracks of the Annual Meeting – Information Behavior; Knowledge Organization; Information Systems, Interactivity and Design; Information and Knowledge Management; Information Use; and Information and Society: Economic, Political, Social Issues – and one additional international perspective – Intercultural Information Ethics.

Panel of Judges
Up to six winners will be selected by a panel of judges that includes Michael Zimmer, Johannes Britz and Maria Haigh, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Hong Xu, University of Pittsburgh; Catherine Johnson, Western Ontario University; and Anindita Paul and Borchuluun Yadamsuren, University of Missouri.

Eligibility and Information
Only papers by a principal author who is a citizen of and resides in a developing country are eligible. Previous winners of the ASIS&T SIG/III International Paper Contest are not eligible. Papers should be original, unpublished and submitted in English. Submissions are encouraged from librarians, information and network specialists, and educators involved in the creation, representation, maintenance, exchange, discovery, delivery and use of digital information.

Award
The award for each winner is a two-year individual membership in ASIS&T. In the case of multiple authors, the principal author will be awarded the ASIS&T membership. In addition, depending on SIG/III fundraising for this competition, the first place winner will be rewarded a minimum of $1,000 toward travel, conference registration and accommodations while attending the ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 22-27, 2010. 

More Information 
For more information about the International Paper Contest, please visit the SIG/III website at http://www.asis.org/SIG/SIGIII/ or contact Michael Zimmer at zimmerm@uwm.edu.

News from ASIS&T Chapters
The Los Angeles Chapter of ASIS&T (LACASIS) has awarded its annual Contribution to Information Science & Technology Award to Peter Ingwersen, professor of information retrieval and seeking, at the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark. He is noted for his numerous and continuous contributions in the area of information retrieval (IR) in the context of information behavior and information seeking. Each year, LACASIS honors one or more individuals recognized by their colleagues as exceptional leaders whose dedication, commitment and vision inspire others, or whose singular contribution to the field of information science has been particularly significant.

The New England Chapter of ASIS&T (NEASIS&T) is accepting applications until April 30, 2010, for its annual Student Travel Awards for partial reimbursement of expenses for attendance at the 2010 ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh. Up to two awards for best paper(s) in information science will be offered to student members of ASIS&T in the New England, Upstate New York or Eastern Canada regions. For complete entry information, please visit the NEASIS&T website at http://neasist.org/

News about ASIS&T Members
Gary Marchionini, current ASIS&T president and the Cary C. Boshamer Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), is the new dean of the UNC-CH School of Information and Library Sciences, effective April 1. A Carolina faculty member since 1998, Marchionini heads the school's Interaction Design Laboratory and chairs its personnel committee. He serves on the Campus Research Computing Committee and has helped lead numerous campus initiatives since arriving at Carolina. Last spring, he was nominated by his students and selected as the school's Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

"Gary Marchionini is a distinguished faculty member whose extraordinary academic background is internationally renowned," said Chancellor Holden Thorp. "He is the ideal person to lead our School of Information and Library Science into this new decade when information and technology have never been more important in our society." Barbara B. Moran, dean of the school from 1990 to 1998, served as interim dean since May 2009 when José-Marie Griffiths, the previous dean, completed her term.

ASIS&T Presents Annual Audit
The report of the ASIS&T auditors on the 2009 financial statements is presented on this and the following pages.