Books and References

New ASIS Publications
(books published for the American Society for Information Science)

Annual Review of Information Science and Technology (ARIST), Volume 31, edited by Martha Williams, continues the series begun in 1966 with reviews of numerous topics within the field. The newest edition covers the following eight topics: user acceptance of information technology theory and models; feedback in information retrieval; natural language processing; toward large-scale, robust systems; query expansion; cataloging and classifying information resources on the Internet; music as information; information resources management; and social informatics of digital library use and infrastructure. ASIS Member price: $79.95; non-members: $99.95; ISBN: 1-57387-033-1 (published for the American Society for Information Science by Information Today, Inc., 143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055; 800/300-9868; 609/ 654-6266)

Proceedings of the 59th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science, edited by Steve Hardin, organizes the papers from the meeting whose theme was Global Complexity: Information, Chaos and Control. Leaders in information science address such topics as advances in chaos theory; the impact of chaos and complex systems on information activities; and efforts of information scientists to gain a measure of control in an increasingly chaotic and complex environment. ASIS Member price: $36; non-members: $45; ISBN: 1-57387-037-4 (published for the American Society for Information Science by Information Today, Inc., 143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055; 800/300-9868; 609/654-6266)

Technology and Management in Library and Information Services, by F.W. Lancaster & Beth Sandore, deals with the logical intersection of technology and management in the context of libraries and other information centers. The volume focuses on the management of technology rather than the technology itself. The book will be useful for managers of library and related information services as well as students who will now be facing these new technologies throughout their professional careers. $39.50; ISBN: 0-87845-099-8 (GSLIS Publications Office, University of Illinois, 501 E. Daniel Street, Champaign, IL 61820; 217/333-1359; fax: 217/244-7329)

Technology and Copyright Law: A Guidebook for the Library, Research and Teaching Professions, by Arlene Bielefield and Lawrence Cheeseman, will help non-lawyers anticipate, avoid and respond appropriately to legal difficulties stemming from electronic copyright. Divided into three parts, the book includes a summary of the historical and legal background and looks at future trends; explores technology and copyright in libraries and classrooms, focusing on fair use doctrine, broadcasting, duplication and distribution, first sale doctrine and contractual agreements; and offers information on copyright law and the electronic classroom, networks and international agreements. $49.95; ISBN: 1-55570-267-8 (Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., 100 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013; 212/925-8650)

Serials Management in the Electronic Era: Papers in Honor of Peter Gellatly, Founding Editor of The Serials Librarian, edited by Jim Cole and James W. Williams, assess progress and technical changes in the field of serials management and anticipates future directions and challenges for librarians. Serials managers will learn the importance of offering agency services that locate information sources; providing order and payment consolidation; of accessing provision and resource management; and of providing users with coordinated, cost-effective access to quality information. $39.95; ISBN: 0-7890-0021-0 (The Haworth Press, 10 Alice Street, Binghamton, NY 13904-1580; 800/429-6784; fax: 800/895-0582; e-mail:

Dewey Decimal Classification: Edition 21 and International Perspectives, papers from a workshop presented at the General Conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, edited by Lois Mai Chan and Joan S. Mitchell, addresses the international use of Dewey; its use in national bibliographies; and the inherent challenges of translation. $20; ISBN: 0-910608-56-3 (OCLC Forest Press, 6565 Frantz Road, Dublin, OH 43017-3395; 888/339-3921)

From Print to Electronic: The Transformation of Scientific Information, by Susan Y. Crawford, Julie M. Hurd and Ann C. Weller, examines three fast-moving research areas: the human genome project, space sciences and high energy physics to assess how technology and socioeconomics have impacted on the scientific communications system. In the age of digital libraries and network-based information infrastructure, what are the implications for informal communication, publishing, peer review, vast datasets shared by international groups of investigators and other elements of the system? Using the three research areas, outcome models are projected on electronic versions of paper-based communication, research results refereed or unrefereed, electronic invisible colleges and organizational changes for the information professions. $39.50; ISBN: 1-57387-030-7 (Information Today, Inc., 143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055; 800/300-9868; 609/654-6266)

The Corporate Memory: Information Management in the Electronic Age, by Kenneth A. Megill, addresses using the power of information technology to insure the viability of corporate memory ñ the active historical information an organization needs to keep for reuse. Volume also covers how the institutional memory is evaluated, selected and organized and provides detailed solutions for handling multi-formatted information. $50; ISBN: 1-85739-158-6 (Bowker-Saur, 121 Chanlon Road, New Providence, NJ 07974; 800/269-5372; fax: 908/508-7696)

The Virtual Workplace: One Size Doesn't Fit All, includes presentations from the Special Libraries Association State-of-the-Art Institute that focused on such topics as knowledge management; the role of the workplace in increasing productivity and cost of savings in this equation; evolution of the virtual organization and the adaptation of library services to the new environment; and benefits and challenges of flexiwork and what is needed to make this option successful. $31.25; ISBN: 0-87111-463-1 (Special Libraries Association; 1700 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009-2514; 202/234-4700, ext. 643; fax: 202/265-9317;

Document Life Cycle: A White Paper, by William Saffady, is a report on the process by which businesses and government agencies maintain electronic documents and other types of information according to legal and fiscal requirements for retention periods. The report focuses on document storage technologies used in corporate and government applications and analyzes the changing requirements for information archive and retrieval systems. $129 (Association for Information and Image Management, 1100 Wayne Avenue, Suite 1100, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 301/587-8202; fax: 301/587-2711; e-mail:;

Beyond the Library of the Future: More Alternative Futures for the Public Library, by Bruce A. Shuman, offers eight future scenarios that explore such developments as virtual reality, robots, time travel, biotechnology, computer viruses, security and more within the context of the public library. Current trends are woven into the text as the author investigates issues surrounding the libraryÆs role in the future. $25; ISBN: 1-56308-456-2 (Libraries Unlimited, P.O. Box 6633, Englewood, CO 80155-6633; 800/237-6124)

Collaborative Technologies and Organizational Learning, by Robert E. Neilson, provides new insight from a longitudinal study of a public sector organizationÆs experience with implementing a specific collaborative technology. The book includes a discussion of theoretical bases for organizational learning, as well as practice prescriptions for those interested in the utilization of collaborative technologies to leverage the intellectual capital already existing within an organization. $35.95; ISBN: 1-878289-39-X (Idea Group Publishing, 1331 E. Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033-1117; 800/345-4332; 717/533-8845; fax: 717/533-8661;

Information Science: Still an Emerging Discipline, edited by James G. Williams and Toni Carbo, is a collection of essays by present and past members of the faculty of the Department of Information Science and Telecommunications in the School of Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh, and by F.W. Lancaster and Roger Summit, two pioneers in information science. Written as a tribute to Allen Kent, the essays cover topics that range from traditional areas, such as information retrieval to more recent areas as information network design and the visualization of information. $26.95; ISBN: 1-887969-03-9 (Cathedral Publishing, B-44 - Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260; 412/624-2787; fax: 412/624-0999)

Information Systems Outsourcing Decision Making: A Managerial Approach, by Leon de Looff, supports organizations that are considering or have chosen to outsource. The book provides a model for information systems outsourcing decision making that managers can use during analysis of whether outsourcing will be sensible and beneficial and during the selection of a supplier and design and management of the outsourcing relationship. $39.95; ISBN: 1-878289-40-3 (Idea Group Publishing, 1331 E. Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033-1117; 800/345-4332; 717/533-8845; fax: 717/533-8661;

Technology and Teaching, edited by Les Lloyd, presents an exhaustive selection of computer/multimedia applications case studies in various college courses, such as statistics, sociology, business management, writing, language translation, medical records programs, mathematics, music and art. Chapters provide information on hardware and software selection, as well as teaching strategies to work with the technology and to create software programs tailored to individual courses. $42.50; ISBN: 1-57387-014-5 (Information Today, Inc., 143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055; 800/300-9868; 609/654-6266)

Digital Image Collections: Issues and Practice, by Michael Ester, focuses on what sets the digitization of visual collections apart from other scanning projects. Through his experiences at both the Getty Art History Information Program and Luna Imaging Inc., the author provides library and archives administrators and others who oversee digitization projects with ways of thinking about this activity for the long-term benefit of preservation and scholarship. $15 (Commission on Preservation and Access, 1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 740, Washington, DC 20036-2217; 202/939-3400; fax: 202/939-3407)