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ASIS and Orlando Collaborate for State-of-the-Art Meeting

Orlando, Florida, home of Walt Disney World, Epcot Center and Universal Studios, and the American Society for Information Science, home of the nation's premier specialists in the design of systems and techniques for information aggregation, retrieval and dissemination, are joining together for the 1998 ASIS Mid-Year Meeting focusing on Collaboration Across Boundaries: Theories, Strategies and Technology, May 16-20, at the Holiday Inn International Drive Resort.

With the engaging Orlando backdrop, ASIS members, invited guests and other attendees will explore collaboration as a workplace technique for solving complex problems and producing innovative products. From classroom to laboratory, from business to community and on to cyberspace, collaboration has become a critical element for success as we approach the millennium.

Michael Schrage, popular columnist for the Los Angeles Times and frequent consultant on the design and deployment of digital innovations, will kick the meeting off with insights he has drawn from his ongoing work on the role of prototypes, collaborative worknets and organizational media to support innovation.

Jeffrey Smith, researcher at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) Multimedia Communications Laboratories, will address the second day's plenary crowd with his view of CSCW, organizational theory, organizational design and classical rhetoric. He will also demonstrate EColabor, an active hypermedia for collaboratively elaborating documents.

In addition to the scene-setting plenary sessions, a variety of panel and contributed paper sessions will highlight the state-of-the-art in collaborative research, modeling and application as seen in the workplace, in education and in society.

For those wishing to develop new skills or knowledge or to refresh their knowledge in certain areas, ASIS has once again scheduled a lineup of continuing education courses that includes such topics as use and evaluation of Internet search engines; harnessing new technologies for collaboration; concepts and technologies for managing digital libraries; copyright and intellectual property in the electronic world; image databases; and building an Intranet knowledge center.

Special Registration Offer

As a special incentive for first time ASIS conference-goers and those who have never attended an ASIS Continuing Education course, ASIS is offering a $50 registration discount for those who register for the full conference and at least one full-day CE course. The offer is not available at the student or retired registration rates.

Preliminary Program Preview

Information, including complete registration details and forms, is included in the Preliminary Program being be mailed to all ASIS members. Updated information and registration materials can also be found at the ASIS Web site at

ASIS and CCC Create Partnership for ASIS Members

ASIS and the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) have partnered to help ASIS members easily obtain permissions to photocopy copyrighted materials through CCC's variety of cost-effective transactional and repertory ("blanket") authorization services.

Through this partnership, ASIS members can get centralized photocopying permissions for over 1.75 million titles and immediate compliance with the U.S. copyright law.

The arrangement provides discounts on CCC services, making permissions not only easy to get, but also more affordable.

For more information on the services and discounts available to ASIS members, contact CCC at 800/982-3887, ext. 2377.

SIG/HFIS to Sponsor Conference

ASIS Special Interest Group/History and Foundations of Information Science (SIG/HFIS), in cooperation with ASIS and the Chemical Heritage Foundation, is sponsoring a Conference on the History and Heritage of Science Information Systems, to be held October 23-25, immediately preceding the 1998 ASIS Annual Meeting.

The conference will explore the history and heritage of the nature, development and influence of all types of science information systems worldwide.

For the purposes of this conference, science information systems is broadly interpreted to include not only the history of specific systems and services developed for the sciences, but also the ideas, concepts and historical context affecting their development.

Among the specific topics of interest are the history of information handling in various scientific disciplines; role of science information systems in scholarly communication; role of science and technology policies; pre-computer era science information retrieval systems; development of major commercial science information systems; and the history of the role of specific international organizations in the development of science information systems.

Additional details on the conference are available at the ASIS Web site. Inquiries regarding the conference should be addressed to Robert V. Williams, College of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208; 803/777-2324; fax: 803/777-7938; e-mail:

UCAID Names ASIS Member to Advisory Council

The University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development (UCAID), a membership group developing the broadband applications, engineering and network management tools for research and education as part of the Internet2 project, has named an ASIS member to one of its three advisory committees.

Clifford A. Lynch, executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) and former ASIS president, has been named to the group's Application Strategy Council, which will advise on the conceptualization, functionality, technical design and development priorities of advanced network applications.

Other councils in the UCAID organization are Network Planning and Policy Advisory Council, to provide input on the planning, development and management of advanced networks for research and education, and Network Research Liaison Council, to provide guidance on how to migrate computer systems and network research into use by UCAID members.

Internet2 is a collaborative effort involving more than 120 U.S. research universities working with partners in government and industry.

News from ASIS Chapters

Generating Natural Language Briefings from Multiple Online Sources is the scheduled topic for the April membership meeting of the New Jersey ASIS (NJ/ASIS) Chapter. Dragomir Radev, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science at Columbia University, will describe a set of linguistic techniques employed by an information summarization system he has developed and show how conceptual information from multiple news articles is extracted, combined, organized and realized using text generation in the form of a natural language summary. In February, NJ/ASIS featured three Rutgers professors, all members of the Text REtrieval Conference (TREC), in a discussion of their cutting edge research in a meeting entitled TRECking on the Wild Side. Nick Belkin described the Rutgers Interactive Track of the TREC project; Paul Kantor focused on the Rutgers work in support of data fusion and multiple schemes; and Josť Perez-Carballo described the work of the Rutgers/General Electric team in more general terms.

The Los Angeles Chapter of ASIS (LACASIS) has had a busy late winter/early spring meeting season beginning with its February program entitled Thin-Client/Server Technology and Networking Solutions that featured Kristopher Eyre of GTC Systems. Then in March, LACASIS presented Stephen Toney, president of Systems Planning, Inc., who described his company's work on the Getty Information Institute's Janus Project, a Web-based fusion of bibliographic data and images. And for April the Chapter has planned Exploring the Library and Information Job Market, a program of two panels focusing first on the kinds of positions available to LIS students upon graduation and then on what information professionals who do the hiring within their organizations are looking for in future employees.

The Pacific Northwest Chapter (PNC) of ASIS is soliciting proposals for presentations at the PNC Annual Meeting to be held in September. Managing the Information Deluge will focus on the variety of issues associated with content management with particular emphasis on organizing and managing Intranets; maintaining access to historical data; determining what information should be kept and who should be responsible for maintaining access; and managing increasingly complex and diverse data objects. In the meantime, the chapter's May meeting will focus on Boeing, an Intranet Case Study with a talk by Mike Crandall, Boeing's Intranet Librarian, on the role of the library in providing content management on a corporate Intranet.

Push Technology: Which Solution Is Right for You? was the title of the February meeting co-sponsored by the Northern Ohio ASIS (NORASIS) chapter and the Cleveland SLA chapter. The meeting featured Helaine Cohen, regional account manager for Backweb Technologies, and Gina Fratarcageli, account manager of PointCast.

The Delaware Valley Chapter of ASIS featured a Fajita Feast and Fun Fest of Information Science at its annual banquet in March. As always, part of the program featured the funniest, worst and most outrageous things that happened in the information industry in the past year.

For its February meeting, the Potomac Valley Chapter (PVC) of ASIS featured current ASIS president Michael Buckland, professor and former dean of the School of Library and Information Studies, University of California-Berkeley, in a presentation on Searching Unfamiliar Metadata. Buckland discussed his current work on a three-year project funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). For March, PVC presented its winter workshop with a course on Breaking the News: Effectively Utilizing News Resources on the Web, featuring Ran Hock of Online Strategies.

The New England ASIS (NEASIS) Chapter has bestowed its 1998 Distinguished Contribution in Information Science Award to Candy Schwartz, ASIS president-elect and professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College. The chapter has also completed its application process for the annual student travel award it bestows for the best paper in information science by a student member in the New England or Upstate New York regions. Eligible papers are those written during the current academic year on any topic in the field of information science. The winner receives a stipend to support travel and registration expenses to the ASIS Mid-Year or Annual Meeting.

The Indiana Chapter of ASIS held a dinner meeting and program in March focusing on Ethics for Information Professionals: Neutrality or Advocacy? Martha Montague Smith, author of "Information Ethics," a chapter in the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, Volume 32, discussed the relevance of ethics to the work of information professionals.

News about ASIS Members

Joseph A. Busch, formerly Program Manager for Standards and Research projects at Getty Information Institute, is the Vice President, Information Product Development, at DATAFUSION, a software start-up company developing knowledge synthesis applications.

Merri Beth Lavagnino is the new director of information technology at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) in Champaign, Illinois. Formerly, she was library systems director and associate professor of library administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Charles H. Davis, former ASIS president and Watson Davis Award winner, has been appointed senior fellow at Indiana University's School of Library and Information Science. He is also professor emeritus of library and information science at the University of Illinois, where he previously served as dean.

Anne Woodsworth, dean of the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, has been elected vice president and president-elect for the Association for Library and Information Science Educators (ALISE).

Winifred Sewell has received the SLA Hall of Fame Award, bestowed to selected members at the end of their active professional careers and honoring them for extended periods of distinguished service to the organization.

Jane K. Starnes, Intel Corporation, is among the authors of The Complete Intranet Source for Information Professionals, a comprehensive development package published by SLA.

Alice Sizer Warner's latest book, Budgeting: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians, has recently been published by Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.

Robert S. Willard has been named acting executive director of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science.

Stephen P. Harter of Indiana University's School of Library and Information Science, is the recipient of the third ISI Citation Research Grant. He received the $3000 cash award for his research proposal to assess the feasibility of doing traditional citation analysis on the World Wide Web.

Thomas E. Pinelli, NASA Langley Research Center, and Ann P. Bishop, assistant professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, are among the authors of the recently published Knowledge Diffusion in the U.S. Aerospace Industry: Managing Knowledge for Competitive Advantage (Ablex, 1997). The book builds on the work of Everett Rogers and others in the diffusion of knowledge and innovation and draws on behavioral theory to explicate and understand the production, transfer and use of federally funded aerospace R&D.

Wilda B. Newman of the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University is leading Phase III of a U.S. - Scottish Joint Project on GUI Icon Standards for Bibliographic Databases, sponsored by IFLA. Phase III proposes that the standard icon set concluded in the first two phases be moved into the standards domain worldwide to ensure its adoption for use in bibliographic information systems.

Bill Fisher, associate professor, library and information science, San Jose State University, has been named a Fellow of the Special Libraries Association. Fellows are called upon to advise and alert the board of directors and membership on issues and trends in the field.

John V. Richardson, associate professor at the University of California-Los Angeles, has been awarded an ALISE research grant to support his study of the early history of Russian library education.

Several ASIS members on the faculty of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Washington will participate in one of the first in-depth studies of how people seek information on the World Wide Web. Raya Fidel, associate professor, will lead the Boeing-funded project to gather detailed information about the "information-seeking" behavior of a group of Boeing engineers. Also participating in the study are Efthimis Efthimiadis, associate professor, and Sam Oh, assistant professor.

Treasurer Presents ASIS Audit

ASIS Treasurer Ernest DiMattia presented the audited financial statements for fiscal year 1997 at the February meeting of the ASIS Board of Directors. The Board accepted the report.