We all rely on electronic data that we expect to be secure from compromise. But developments in technology are occurring faster than we can articulate acceptable norms for conduct and ethical organizational and individual behavior. Who owns data? How can we verify accuracy of data and verify that data are authentic? What can you do when data about you are incorrect or misappropriated? What values for privacy, data sharing and ethical responsibility will we need? How can you protect your organization and its information? These are among the concerns of the 1997 ASIS Mid-Year Meeting.
Though changes in the program schedule continue to be made, the following highlights are current as this issue of the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science is being prepared. For up-to-date information, session descriptions, schedule, registration information and more, please see the ASIS Web site at http://www.asis.org/midyear-97/ or contact ASIS directly.
Special and Plenary Sessions
Monday, June 2
Online Privacy and Free Speech: The Munitions Laws & You -- What's Happening with Personal
Information and Communications in the Digital Age?
Janlori Goldman, Deputy Director/co-founder, Center for Democracy and Technology
Internet Security -- The Good the Bad and the Ugly
Jeffrey I. Schiller is the Internet Engineering Steering group's (IESG) Area Director for Security and oversees security related Working Groups of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
Online Property Rights
Lance Rose, Attorney; contributor to Wired
Update on the World Intellectual Property Organization
Tuesday, June 3
Emerging Legal and Public Policy Issues in Developing the National Health Information
Kathleen A. Frawley, director of the Washington, DC, office of the American Health Information Management Association
Wednesday, June 4
Information Security, Privacy and Data Integrity
Bob Frankston, co-creator of Visicalc, advanced technology projects in the next generation of software at Microsoft
Michael Lesk, Computer Science Research Department, Bellcore
Technical Program Sessions
Continuing Education/Professional Development
Saturday, May 31
Copyright and Intellectual Property in an Electronic World (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Mickie A. Voges,
Chicago Kent School of Law
Preparing for the Explosion of JAVA on the World Wide Web (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Micah Beck and Terry Moore, University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Sunday, June 1
Harnessing New Technologies for Collaboration (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.), Micah Beck and Terry
Moore, University of. Tennessee-Knoxville
Introduction to Image Databases (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Howard Besser, University of Michigan
Building the Virtual "Intranet" Knowledge Center (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Howard McQueen, McQueen Associates
From Boolean/Thesaurus to Non-Boolean/ Free-Text Searching: An Information Survey in Historical Perspective (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Ev Brenner
Introduction to Computer and Network Security (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Michael R. Leach, Harvard University Applied Physics Library, and Geoffrey W. McKim, McKim Group
Data Communications: Understanding the Basics (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), James E. Rush, Palinet
ASIS Leadership Development Program: Meeting Facilitation (10 a.m. - Noon), Bonnie Carroll, Information International Associates
Friday, May 30
Sedona & Oak Creek Canyon
Saturday, May 31
Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West
The Heard Museum
Sunday, June 1
Tuesday, June 3
An Evening in the Old West - Rawhide
ASIS Conference Headquarters
The Radisson Resort Scottsdale is the location for all ASIS Mid-Year Meeting program sessions. This incredible facility boasts elegant appointments both inside and out. ASIS has arranged for a limited number of rooms to be available at extremely desirable rates for the Mid-Year Meeting. Make your reservations by May 5, 1997, and pay only $85 per room, single or double occupancy. For reservations, call 602/991-3800 or 1-800/333-3333; or write Radisson Resort Scottsdale, 7171 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85253-3696.
In addition to the full schedule of technical and social events associated with the ASIS Mid-Year Meeting, the ASIS Board of Directors, numerous committees and several other governing bodies will meet during the Mid-Year Meeting. All ASIS members are invited and encouraged to attend any of the governance sessions and to let the leaders know if they would like to participate formally in any of the groups.
Sunday, June 1
9 a.m. - Noon ASIS Board of Directors
10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Leadership Development Program
3:15 p.m. ASIS Officers Reports
3:30 p.m. Chapter/SIG Officer Workshop
4:30 p.m. SIG Cabinet
5:15 p.m. Chapter Assembly
Monday, June 2
12:30 p.m. Leadership
6:30 p.m. Membership
Tuesday, June 3
12:30 p.m. Awards
Constitution and Bylaws
Wednesday, June 4
2:00 p.m. ASIS Board of Directors
The Technical Program Committee responsible for assembling the program for the 1997 ASIS Mid-Year Meeting is chaired by Gregory B. Newby, University of Illinois,Urbana-Champaign, and Mark Needleman, University of California. Members of the committee are Karla Petersen, Loyola University, Chicago, and Ellen Sleeter, Morris Automated Information Network, Morristown, New Jersey.
For a quick look at the daily schedule for the upcoming Mid-Year Meeting, please turn to pages 6-8 of this issue of the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science. For additional information about the meeting, please check the ASIS Mid-Year Meeting Web site at http://www.asis.org or contact ASIS at 8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 501, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 301/495-0900.
Applicants Sought for Information Science Abstracts Research Grant
Documentation Abstracts, Inc. (DAI), owner/sponsor of the monthly abstracting and indexing publication, Information Science Abstracts (ISA), has announced the schedule for the awarding of the 1997 Information Science Abstracts (ISA) Research Grant of $1500. This grant is awarded annually by DAI to one or more information professionals to conduct a research project oriented toward the study of the primary or secondary literature of information science.
Applicants must submit a completed application package by August 31, 1997, outlining the scope and nature of the proposed project, providing evidence of an established methodology and a viable research design. Examples of possible topics for research include the use of information resources, comparison of tools, quality of the literature and bibliometric analysis. Recipients of previous ISA grants have researched such topics as ISA and ARIST: Linkages to Enhance Literature Searching; A Model for Quantitative and Qualitative Database Evaluation Using the ISA Database; and Selecting Literature on Bibliometrics through Bradford's Law. The goal of the research must be to produce a publishable paper.
All applicants for the ISA Research Grant must be information professionals and hold a graduate degree in library or information science. No individuals who are associated with ISA are eligible. This includes members of the Board of Directors of DAI, employees of Plenum Publishing Corporation, SilverPlatter, and KRI/Dialog.
Half the amount of the $1500 grant will be paid upon announcement of the award and the balance will be paid upon successful completion of the research project. In addition to the cash award, access to ISA CD-ROM will be provided for the length of the grant. Announcement of the award will be made December 1, 1997.
For further information and for application instructions, contact Judith E. Watson, CAS, PO Box 3012, Columbus, OH 43210; 614/447-3662; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; or fax: 614/461-7158.
News from ASIS Chapters
The March meeting of the Los Angeles Chapter of ASIS (LACASIS) featured a special program on The Getty Vocabularies: Organizational Tools for a Chaotic World. The meeting was held at the new Getty Center. Vivian Hay, systems project manager, and Murtha Baca, Senior Editor, discussed traditional and innovative applications of several structured vocabularies developed at the Getty. The presentation was based on familiar tools, such as the Art & Architecture Thesaurus and the Union List of Artist Names, that have long supported research in the humanities and demonstrate how they are being used to support improved information retrieval in large databases on the World Wide Web.
For April, LACASIS plans to discuss career skills for information professionals in the years ahead in a session entitled, Librarian, Cybrarian, Internaut or Knowledge Navigator, featuring several speakers who have placed information professionals in jobs and will look at trends and patterns that they have observed.
The New Jersey ASIS (NJASIS) Chapter presented a dinner meeting focused on digital libraries for its March meeting, featuring a presentation by Krishna Pendyala of Carnegie Mellon University on Intelligent Access to Video Information: CMU's Informedia Digital Video Library. As a result of the Informedia project, Carnegie Mellon University is developing new technologies for data storage, search and retrieval and is embedding them in a video library system. The new digital video library technology will allow more independent, self-motivated access to information for self-teaching and exploration, which can bring about a revolutionary improvement in the way education and training are delivered.
The Metropolitan New York Chapter of ASIS, in conjunction with the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science, is sponsoring a Graduate Research Forum in May. Faculty in all information disciplines have been asked to select and sponsor suitable papers by graduate students for inclusion in the forum. A committee will then review the papers for relevance, originality, clarity of expression and appropriateness of methodology and select the papers and authors that will be invited to participate.
The Pacific Northwest Chapter of ASIS was a co-sponsor with Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility of the sixth DIAC (Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing) conference held in Seattle in March. Community Space & Cyberspace: What's the Connection? featured discussions on economics, education, high-technology social mediation and other topics related to areas in which citizens can make new technology more responsive to citizen needs.
The Potomac Valley Chapter (PVC) of ASIS held its annual mid-winter workshop in March with a look at Power Searching on the World Wide Web, a course designed for information professionals who want to gain proficiency in using Web resources. Among the topics included were a systematic examination of the range of research material available on the Web; the various kinds of search engines; and traditional online databases available on the Web. Randolph E. Hock, a consultant specializing in the design and marketing of Web-based research services, was the instructor.
And following its mid-winter workshop, the Potomac Valley Chapter (PVC) of ASIS held its 1997 Joint Spring Workshop in April with a program entitled Desk Set 1997: Partnering with Information Systems, tackling the challenge of what happens when library and systems departments forge new relationships. Sponsors of the joint workshop, in addition to ASIS, were the Washington chapter of Special Libraries Association, CAPCON Library Network, District of Columbia Library Association, Federal Library and Information Center Committee and Law Librarians Society of Washington, DC.
For its March meeting, the Minnesota Chapter of ASIS offered a look at Sun's JAVA technology and the computing revolution some say it is creating. Ian Griffith of Sun Microsystems presented a brief history of JAVA and an overview of the latest developments associated with it. Dan McCreary of Integrity Solutions offered a demonstration of Web-based JAVA applets.
The Northern Ohio ASIS (NORASIS) Chapter joined forces with the Cleveland Chapter of the Special Libraries Association to present a March dinner meeting on Intranets. Presentations at the meeting looked at the benefits of having corporate intranets and the multiple skills that librarians and information professionals need to coordinate intranets.
And in another part of the state, the Southern Ohio ASIS (SOASIS) Chapter presented Managing Web Servers: The Technical, Fiscal and Personnel Issues as its March meeting. The full-day session covered such topics as server basics (types of server software, platform and operating systems, and directory/file issues); server tools (document/format converters, link managers, log/statistics modules, interactive map and graphics editors, and Java wizards); personnel issues; fiscal issues; and policy issues. The speaker and facilitator for the event was Michael Leach, head librarian of the Physics Research Library at Harvard University.
The March meeting of the Wisconsin Chapter of ASIS took a look at Computer Ergonomics: What You Can Do to Prevent Computer-related Injuries. Among the speakers was Rose Trupiano, computer reference librarian at Marquette University Memorial Library; Rich Marklin, assistant professor in mechanical and industrial engineering, and Guy Simoneau, assistant professor in physical therapy, Marquette; Janet Palmatier, physical therapist; and Joy and Scott Joslin, Scott Ergonomics Systems, Inc.
The Delaware Valley Chapter (DVC) of ASIS held its Annual Chinese Banquet and Award Dinner in mid-March. The DVC Achievement Award was given to Barbara Flood for her contributions to the information industry and the Delaware Valley information community. Barbara has served on numerous ASIS committees and task forces, and she was the program chair for the 1984 ASIS Annual Meeting held in Philadelphia. She is also the 1987 recipient of the Watson Davis Award, given to members for outstanding contributions and dedicated service to the Society.
The Pittsburgh Chapter of ASIS is the co-sponsor with the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences of a seminar on Studying the Value of Library and Information Services: Establishing a Theoretical Framework, and Methodology and Taxonomy. Tefko Saracevic, former ASIS president and professor in the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers University, will talk about research on that topic that he has conducted with Paul Kantor.
News from ASIS Special Interest Groups
Plans are well underway for the 8th ASIS SIG/Classification Research (CR) Workshop to be held in conjunction with the ASIS 60th Annual Meeting, November 1-6, in Washington, DC. The annual CR Workshop is designed to promote the exchange of ideas among active researchers with interests in classification creation, development, management, representation, display, comparison, compatibility, theory and application. This year's workshop is chaired by Efthimis N. Efthimiadis, assistant professor in the Department of Library and Information Science, University of California at Los Angeles.
News about ASIS Members
F. Wilfrid Lancaster, professor emeritus of library and information science at the University of Illinois, has published a new book, Technology and Management in Library and Information Services. The book, authored jointly with Beth Sandore, is issued by the Publications Office of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Four of Lancaster's earlier books have received ASIS awards.
Ching-chih Chen, professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College, has been appointed to President Clinton's 20-member Advisory Committee on High-Performance Computing and Communications, Information Technology and the Next Generation Internet. The committee will provide guidance and advice on all related areas with a focus on interagency programs and broad issues of federal technology investment. Earlier this year, Chen as chosen as the first ALISE/Pratt-Severn National Faculty Award recipient.
Paul Solomon, assistant professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been selected as a Fulbright scholar to lecture and conduct research in Finland during the 1997-98 academic year.
Toni Carbo, former ASIS president and dean of the School of Library and Information Science, University of Pittsburgh, was a featured speaker at the NFAIS Annual Conference, where she delivered her Miles Conrad Memorial lecture on Just-for-You Services.
Clifford Lynch, director of library automation for the University of California and ASIS past president, also spoke at the NFAIS Annual Conference, where he delivered a wrap-up speech with an on-the-spot review of the conference.
Mary Summerfield, coordinator of the Mellon Online Project at Columbia University, discussed Potential Marketplace Arrangements for Online Scholarly Books at a symposium in New York sponsored by the Eastern New York and Greater Metropolitan Area chapters of the Association of College and Research Libraries.
Elizabeth Aversa, dean of the School of Library and Information Science at Catholic University, was one of several speakers presenting a U.S. perspective on the topic International Dimensions of the Information Profession at a recent meeting sponsored by the Special Libraries Association at the World Bank.
Joan S. Mitchell, editor of Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC), is co-editor of Dewey Decimal Classification: Edition 21 and International Perspectives, a compilation of papers from a workshop presented at the 1996 general conference of IFLA in Beijing, China. Among the contributors to the volume, in addition to Mitchell, is Julianne Beall, assistant editor of DDC.
Charles R. McClure, distinguished professor in the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University, and J. Timothy Sprehe, president of Sprehe Information Management Associates, Inc., Washington, DC, are principal investigators for a research project entitled Analysis and Development of Model Quality Guidelines for Electronic Records Management on State and Federal Websites. The project is funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Chandra Prabha, research scientist at OCLC, is co-editor of "Resource Sharing in a Changing Environment," the winter 1997 issue of Library Trends. Among the contributors and their articles are Clifford A. Lynch, University of California, Building the Infrastructure of Resource Sharing: Union Catalogs, Distributed Search and Cross Database Linkage; Jennifer A. Younger, Ohio State University, Resource Description in the Digital Age; Bruce R. Kingma, State University of New York at Albany, Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing: The Economics of the SUNY Express Consortium; and Prabha, co-authoring with Elizabeth C. Marsh, Commercial Document Suppliers: How Many of the ILL/DD Periodical Requests Can They Fulfill?
Marjorie Hlava, president of Access Innovations and former ASIS president, is featured in an article in the March 8 issue of Science News. "Vaulting the Language Barrier" describes developments in machine translation and focuses in part on the work that Hlava and her company are doing with Russian scientists at VINITI.
James G. Neal, director of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University, has been elected vice president/president-elect of the Association of Research Libraries. He will assume the organization's presidency in October.
Marilyn Domas White, University of Maryland, College Park, and Peiling Wang, University of Tennessee, are co-authors of a new technical report entitled Document Selection and Relevance Assessments During a Research Project, released by the College of Library and Information Services, University of Maryland, College Park.
Julia Blixrud, formerly director of training and education at the CAPCON Library Network, is the new senior program officer at the Association of Research Libraries. She has responsibilities in the statistics and measurement program and in communications.
James M. Matarazzo, dean and professor in the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, is one of two scheduled speakers at the 22nd Betty Burrows Memorial Seminar, sponsored by the Cleveland chapter of the Special Libraries Association. Matarazzo is to speak on Evaluating the Special Library.
Herman H. Fussler
Dr. Herman H. Fussler, long-time ASIS member, died recently in Raleigh, North Carolina. Among other ASIS activities, he was an associate editor of American Documentation (predecessor to the Journal of the American Society for Information Science) during its first two years of publication. The following obituary was provided by the University of Chicago.
Dr. Herman H. Fussler, a pioneering librarian who helped make the University of Chicago Libraries a leading international resource for scholars, died March 2 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was 82.
Fussler, who retired from the University in 1983, was the director of the University of Chicago Libraries for 23 years. The University's Joseph Regenstein Library, built under his direction, became a model research library for the humanities and social sciences. He was a leader in applying computers to library applications, developing in the 1960s a plan to convert the library's bibliographic data into computerized form.
On the completion of the Regenstein Library in 1971, he joined the faculty of the Graduate Library School on a full-time basis. He was named the Martin A. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor in 1974.
"I remember him as an inspiring teacher and a formidable intellect," said Martin Runkle, the current director of the University of Chicago Libraries and a former student of Fussler's. "He was greatly admired throughout the library and academic community."
Fussler began his library career in 1936 when he arrived at the University of Chicago to establish and direct its pioneering Department of Photographic Reproduction. While there, he developed processes that helped establish the use of microfilm in research libraries. Concurrently, he became Science Librarian in 1943. In 1947 he was promoted to assistant director and then associate director of the library. He was named director in 1948.
Fussler also served the Manhattan Project as the assistant director of the information division and librarian of the Metallurgical Laboratory from 1942 to 1945.
He received presidential appointments to the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine (1963) and the National Advisory Committee on Libraries (1966). He received the Melvil Dewey Medal from the American Library Association in 1954, the Distinguished Career Citation from the Association of College and Research Librarians (1989) and the Ralph R. Shaw Award for library literature in 1976. Fussler was a member of the advisory committee to the Librarian of Congress on the study of automation in the Library of Congress. He was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and honored as a distinguished alumnus of the University of North Carolina in 1983.
Fussler was born in Philadelphia, but later moved with his family to Chapel Hill, NC, where he attended the University of North Carolina, receiving a B.A. in mathematics in 1935 and a B.A. in library science in 1936. He received his M.A. in 1941 and his Ph.D. in 1948 from the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago.
He is survived by daughter, Lynn Padgett, her husband Thomas J. Padgett and granddaughter, Ellen Elizabeth Boyd of Raleigh, and sister Julia Lunsford of Medford, Oregon. His wife, Gladys Otten, died in 1991.
University of Chicago
Mary Herner, who served as treasurer of ASIS in the late 60s and early 70s, passed away on March 9 in Fairfax, Virginia.
With her husband Saul, in 1958 she founded Herner and Company, a specialized business in the fields of information systems, clearinghouses and databases. She retired as president of Herner in 1996. Over the years she supervised the company's abstracting, indexing and database projects and became an authority on nuclear medicine.
Born in Scotland, Mrs. Herner was a physics honors graduate and was proficient in French, German, Spanish, Russian and Japanese and studied Latin and ancient Greek. She was the author of 15 works published in technical journals.
News from Institutional Members
UMI has announced the development of ProQuest Digital Dissertations, a new digital library of doctoral dissertations and masters' theses that will make these academic publications available on the World Wide Web. The new library will be created from electronically submitted material as well as from UMI's conversion of traditional paper-based dissertations into digital format. Currently, UMI's dissertation database, amassed over 60 years, totals nearly 1.4 million titles, beginning with the first U.S. dissertation accepted by a university (Yale) in 1861.