Upcoming ASIS Events

June 2-4, 1997,
Scottsdale, Arizona
1997 ASIS Mid-Year Meeting
Information Privacy, Security and Data Integrity

The 1997 Mid-Year Meeting of ASIS will examine a variety of social and technical issues associated with the increasing demand for security in the electronic era. Among the issues to be addressed are information policy and legal issues; privacy and ethical norms; social and organizational change; civil rights, empowerment and equality; and electronic publishing.

November 1-5, 1997,
Washington, DC
1997 ASIS Annual Meeting
Digital Collections: Implications for Users, Funders, Developers and Maintainers

The 1997 Annual Meeting of ASIS will look at the emerging phenomenon of collections of digital objects - text, image, sound and multimedia - accumulated in both central and distributed repositories or virtual collections. Topics to be addressed will include research, technical, cultural, political, economic and other key issues for users, funders, developers and maintainers.

For further information on these upcoming meetings, contact ASIS, 8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 501, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 301/495-0900; fax: 301/495-0810.

April 15-17, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom, 1997 Annual Conference of the Ergonomics Society, will provide dissemination of new work in ergonomics; a forum for discussion and debate of new ergonomics work and practice; possibilities for networking within the profession; and opportunities for discussion of current issues in ergonomics. For more information, contact The Ergonomics Society, Devonshire House, Devonshire Square, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3DW; phone and fax: 01509 234904.

April 25-26, Orono, Maine, Spring Meeting of the New England Archivists, held in conjunction with the Society of Maine Archivists, will feature a presentation by the archivist of the United States and sessions on security for small institutions, grant writing, small-scale storage and environmental issues and archives at national historic sites. For more information, contact Pauleena MacDougall, Spring Meeting Registrar, Maine Folklife Center, University of Maine, 110 South Stevens Hall, Orono, ME 04469; 207/581-1891;

May 13-15, New York City, National Online Meeting and IOLS '97, comprehensive electronic information conference and exhibition dealing with all aspects of online databases, CD-ROMs, the Internet and library systems, sponsored by Information Today, Inc. For more information, contact Carol Nixon, Information Today, Inc., 143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055; 609/654-6266; fax: 609/654-4309.

June 5-7, Seattle, Knowledge Executive Institute, a pilot project of the Special Libraries Association, will provide a unique learning opportunity for managers of information units or organizations to grow specific executive competencies needed for knowledge executive roles within their organizations. For more information, contact Valerie Taylor, Special Libraries Association, 202/234-4700, ext. 617; or e-mail at

June 7-15, Yalta, Ukraine, Crimea '97 -- Libraries and Associations in the Transient World: New Technologies and New Forms of Cooperation, the fourth international conference, will focus on such topics as worldwide information infrastructure and interlibrary cooperation; acquisition and preservation of library collections; automated technologies and systems in libraries; and electronic publications: current state and prospects. For more information, contact Lester J. Pourciau, deputy chair, International Organizing Committee, Director of Libraries, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152; e-mail:

June 8-10, St. John's, Newfoundland, Communication and Information in Context: Society, Technology and the Professions, sponsored by the Canadian Association for Information Science, is dedicated to the study of information, its production, organization, distribution, value and use. Sessions will focus on research papers in three broad areas: social studies of information and communications; technological issues and quantitative analyses; and the role of research in the information and communication professions. For more information, contact Bernd Frohmann, CAIS '97 Conference Chair, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Western Ontario, London, ON N6G 1H1, Canada; 519/661-3542; fax: 519/661-3506; e-mail:

July 7-8, Bath, England, IDEA 97, conference on interactive databases and enhanced agents, organized by Infonortics Ltd., of Tetbury, England, and Arnold Information Technology, Kentucky, will look at the need for real-time access to large domains of information in a distributed environment. The conference will focus on innovative technologies for helping businesses and other organizations integrate new database technology, agent software and visualization tools into dynamic business processes. For more information, contact Infonortics at +44 1666 505 772; fax: +44 1666 505 774; e-mail:

July 16-August 8, Brookville, New York, Senior Fellows Institute, biennial leadership program for librarians and information specialists hosted by the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University, features exploration of current and critical issues facing the fields of information science and librarianship. For nomination, application and program information, contact Anne Woodsworth, Dean, Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville, NY 11548-1300; 516/299-2855; fax: 516/299-4168; e-mail: woodswor@aurora.

July 23-26, Philadelphia, 2nd ACM International Conference on Digital Libraries, will include technical papers, posters, demonstrations, videos, panels, workshops and tutorials on such topics related to digital libraries as economic implications; education, learning and collaboration; electronic journals, textbooks and catalogs; hypertext and hypermedia; GIS and multimedia information; and online museums, galleries and studies. For more information, visit the Web site at

July 27-31, Philadelphia, SIGIR '97, 20th international ACM SIGIR conference on research and development in information retrieval, will include sessions on such topics as information retrieval theory, user interaction and behavior, multimedia information retrieval, and natural language processing. For additional information, contact Ellen Voorhees, NIST, Building 225, Room A-216, Gaithersburg, MD 20899; 301/975-3761; fax: 301/840-1357; e-mail:

July 30-August 1, Washington, DC, Fifth International Conference on Japanese Information in Science, Technology & Commerce, sponsored by Japan Documentation Center of the Library of Congress and Asia-Pacific Technology Program, Department of Commerce, will look at information sources, information technologies, techniques for information access, government policies and comparative information cultures. Participants will also discuss the roles played by information specialists, the business community, politicians, bureaucrats and consumers in developing information technologies and policies. For more information, contact Japan Information Access Project, 2000 P Street, NW, Suite 620, Washington, DC 20036; 202/822-6040; 202/822-6044; e-mail:

August 23-25, Nagoya, Japan, IJCAI-97 Workshop on Ontologies and Multilingual NLP, is intended for researchers and practitioners in knowledge-based NLP, artificial intelligence and computational linguistics who have been working on large-scale knowledge-based resources, ontologies, multilingual lexical semantics, interlinguas and their applications. Among the issues to be addressed are design of language-neutral ontologies; acquisition problems in multilingual ontologies; multilingual applications of ontologies; and costs and competitiveness of ontology-based solutions vis-a-vis corpus-based and transfer-based methods for multilingual NLP. For additional information, see the Web page: Events/IJCAI/Workshop on Ontologies and Multilingual NLP.

September 7-11, Lancaster, United Kingdom, Fifth European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, will bring together researchers and practitioners in academia, industry, consulting or government to discuss topics related to the theory, practice, design or support for collaborative work. For further information, contact ECSCW'97 Conference Office, Computing Department, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YR UK./; e-mail:; +44 1524 593041; fax: +44 1524 593608;

September 26-28, Memphis, The Ethics of Electronic Information in the 21st Century, sponsored by the University of Memphis, will address such difficult questions as who will have access to the plethora of information that will be available in the 21st century; will privacy be a thing of the past, given the power of computers and the invasiveness of information bureaucracy and technology; will the possession of information mean riches for the possessors, and will those possessors inevitably be the rich nations and neighborhoods of the earth; and who will own information, and who will be barred from access to it? For more information, contact Tom Mendina, Assistant to the Director, University of Memphis Libraries, 901/678-4310; fax: 901/678-8218; e-mail:

October 15-18, Laurel Highlands, Pennsylvania, COSIT '97: Conference on Spatial Information Theory, will concentrate on theoretical aspects of space and spatial information. Research papers on topics such as cognitive structure of space; languages of spatial relations; structure of geographic information; and spatialization of user interfaces are sought by conference organizers. For more information, contact Stephen Hirtle, School of Information Sciences, 135 N. Bellefield Ave., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260; 412/624-9434; fax: 412/624-2788; e-mail: