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April / May 1999




Inside ASIS

1 9 9 9   M I D - Y E A R - M E E T I N G
Continuing Education Courses Address State-of-the-Art Issues

The 1999 ASIS Mid-Year Meeting (MYM) is just around the corner, and hundreds of information professionals are planning to gather May 24-26 in Pasadena, California, to delve into Evaluating and Using Networked Information Resources and Services. Beginning on page 7 in this issue of the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science, we offer an overview of what's to come in an article written by the meeting's program co-chairs and a look at the program sessions.

For many of the MYM attendees, the action will actually begin a few days earlier when they arrive in Pasadena to participate in one or more of the Continuing Education/Professional Development seminars scheduled for Saturday, May 22, and Sunday, May 23. These courses are among the most highly rated features of ASIS meetings. Early registration is encouraged.

Continuing Education Courses

Introduction to Image Databases, Saturday, May 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., will explore issues in the design, management and creation of image databases, including capture, storage, display, networking, standards, copyright and vocabulary control. Participants will learn the issues involved in creating and maintaining image databases and how to evaluate image database products. New technologies and approaches such as content-based image retrieval, DVD and image distribution testbeds will be explained.

The workshop is aimed at information professionals with little or no knowledge of the issues involved in creating image databases.

Instructor Howard Besser is a frequently published author and speaker on this subject. He has consulted for numerous organizations and has published articles on automation of image collections in JASIS and other publications. He has served on national committees grappling with issues of metadata for digital information and was a member of the Commission on Preservation & Access "Task Force on Digital Archiving." He received the 1995 ASIS Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award.

XML for Documents, also on Saturday, May 22, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., is intended for Internet administrators, document analysts, documentation  programmers and documentation department managers who wish to learn the purpose of XML; learn how XML syntax differs from SGML and HTML; understand the evolution of the standard; and learn how others have converted their structured SGML databases into intelligent sophisticated Web sites.

This course introduces students to the Extensible Mark-up Language (XML) and gives an idea of its potential and how companies are using it to solve their document management and distribution problems.

Instructor Michael Hahn is a senior consultant for Architag Solutions and instructor for Architag University. He has more than 20 years of experience in information technologies and has spent the last six years analyzing data, writing and evaluating Document Type Definitions (DTDs) and troubleshooting documents and SGML-based publishing systems. 

Metadata for Digital Libraries, offered Sunday, May 23, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., looks at the different types of metadata that a library needs in order to manage the digital parts of its collection. Participants will learn about the importance of descriptive, administrative, structural and intellectual metadata; metadata standards developments; the history and importance of the Dublin Core; and pilot projects such as MOA2 and REACH. The workshop will focus on digital libraries involving scanned images, but much of the discussion will be relevant to other types of material.

Among the specific topics in the course outline are the importance of metadata standards, particularly for digital libraries; types and uses of metadata; administrative metadata; structural metadata; longevity metadata and identification/provenance.

Instructor Howard Besser is an associate professor at UCLA's School of Education & Information where he teaches courses and does research on multimedia, image databases, digital libraries and the social and cultural impact of new information technologies.

Second Generation IntraNet Development, also on Sunday, May 23, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., is designed for content managers, information professionals and Web publishers who are striving to build content-rich, context-based, dynamic IntraNets. Topics to be addressed include metadata initiatives that enhance information retrieval and management; Yahoo!-like browsing to help users establish context; collaborative applications that foster knowledge sharing; implementing user-agent filters to find the pearls; Web-enabling legacy databases and new database opportunities; searching multiple content sources with a single search (integrating external content); new breed of Document Management Systems; and taking advantage of XML.

Instructors Howard McQueen and Jean E. DeMatteo are, respectively, CEO and director of educational programs at McQueen Consulting. They have been working with libraries and research centers since 1985. Today, McQueen Consulting specializes in IntraNet development with an emphasis on application development and content management.  See www.mcq.com for a detailed description of services and schedule of upcoming seminars.


While in Pasadena, MYM attendees have the opportunity to visit the famous Getty Museum (www.getty.edu/museum). A Mid-Year Meeting guided tour will leave the conference hotel on Wednesday, May 26, at 1:00 p.m., and return to the hotel by 7:30 p.m.

The J. Paul Getty Museum collection is centered on Greek and Roman antiquities, Renaissance and Baroque paintings, and European decorative arts. The gardens include trees, flowers, shrubs and herbs like those that might have been found growing in the Mediterranean region 2000 years ago. The various permanent collections include antiquities (Greek and Roman vases, gems, luxury ware, etc.); manuscripts (scripture, liturgy, science, etc.); paintings (particularly Italian Renaissance and Baroque; Gericault's Portrait Study; Renoir's La Promenade); decorative arts (such as French decorative arts from the late 1600s to the late 1700s); sculpture and works of art (such as Cellini's Satyr; Northern European sculpture and French 18th and 19th century works); photographs (25,000 individual prints from the 1830s to the 1960s, thousands of daguerreotypes and about 30,000 stereographs and cartes-de-visite; images by Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston and others); and drawings (Rembrandt, da Vinci, Holbein, Daumier, Degas, Manet, Cezanne, etc.).

Leadership Development Workshop

On Sunday, May 23, at 4:30 p.m., the 1999 Mid-Year ASIS Leadership Development Workshop will focus on a topic important to chapter, SIG and committee officers: how to broaden member participation.  A Cornucopia of Things Volunteers Can Do will offer practical suggestions for how to identify potential volunteers, how to break up projects into doable pieces for volunteers, how to motivate and encourage volunteers and how to handle "difficult" volunteers.  There is no charge for attending this session, but you are urged to register in advance.


All ASIS members are encouraged to involve themselves in governance activities associated with the society. Whether as a member and active participant or as an interested observer, MYM attendees can participate in any of the following scheduled events in Pasadena.

    Saturday, May 22
    ASIS Board of Directors

    Sunday, May 23
    8:30 am  ASIS Board of Directors
    1:00 pm  SIG Cabinet
    2:45 pm  ASIS Officer reports
    3:00 pm  Chapter Assembly
    4:30 pm  Leadership Development

    Monday, May 24
    Noon      Leadership Development Committee
                   Education Committee
    5:30 pm  Constitution and Bylaws Committee
                   Membership Committee

    Tuesday, May 25
    Noon      Awards and Honors Committee
                   Standards Committee

    Wednesday, May 26
    1:00 pm  ASIS Board of Directors

Conference Headquarters City and Hotel

Pasadena, the "City of Roses," lies in the foothills of the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains (in the Angeles National Forest), only 10 miles north of the Los Angeles Civic Center. Well-known for its annual Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl, Pasadena is also a center of world-class museums, cultural and performing arts, historic turn-of-the-century architecture, dining and shopping. From mountains caressed by the sun through gardens radiant with roses to extraordinary turn-of-the-century architecture, no other place is quite like Pasadena.

Contrary to popular opinion there is, in fact, weather in southern California. The climate in Pasadena is considered sub-tropical and semi-arid. The average May temperature is a pleasant 75 degrees high and 51 degrees low. A light jacket or sweater is suggested for evenings and the unpredictability of indoor air conditioning. 

For more detailed information on Pasadena and area activities, please see the ASIS Los Angeles Chapter Web site at www.asis.org/AboutASIS/asis-chapters.html#lacasis or see the special article, "Everything's Coming Up Roses at ASIS Mid-Year in Pasadena," in the February/March 1999 issue of the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science (pp. 3-5).

The Hilton Pasadena, selected as conference headquarters, is located in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and has been a permanent resident of the City of Roses since 1971. The hotel offers a feeling of simply stated elegance. With more than 19,000 square feet of meeting space and 291 guest rooms, the Pasadena Hilton is a perfect location for the ASIS Mid-Year Meeting.

All guest rooms are equipped with in-room coffee makers, mini-bars, computer modem phones and On-Command Video; 70% of the rooms are equipped with irons and ironing boards. The Sports Edition Lobby Lounge, with nine TV monitors, a pool table and a juke box, is an ideal escape after a long day.

The Pasadena Hilton has established a $100 room rate, single or double, for the ASIS Mid-Year Meeting. Check-in time is 3:00 p.m.; check-out is 12:00 noon. For reservations, contact the Hilton by phone at 626/ 577-1000 or 1-800/HILTONS (445-8667) or by mail at 150 South Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101.

Conference Travel

ASIS has selected Conventions in America (CIA) as the official travel agency for this meeting.  Call 1-800/929-4242 and ask for Group #425 to receive the following discounts or the lowest available fares on any other carrier:

American Airlines – save 5% to 10% on lowest applicable fares – take an additional 5% off with minimum 60 day advance purchase. Travel between May 16 - June 1, 1999. Fly into LAX, Orange County, Burbank or Ontario airports.

Avis Rent A Car - special low conference rates are available with unlimited free mileage.

Call CIA at 1-800-929-4242, ask for Group #425. Outside the United States and Canada, call 619/232-4298 or fax to 619/232-6497. Reservation hours are 6:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Pacific Time, Monday-Friday. You can also reach CIA at the Web site:  www.scitravel.com (use #425) or by e-mail at flycia@scitravel.com

Complete Conference Information

For complete Mid-Year Meeting information, including full details on registration and other conference activities, please refer to the ASIS Mid-Year Meeting Preliminary Program mailed to all ASIS members or visit the ASIS Web site www.asis.org for updated information.

Treasurer Presents ASIS Audit

ASIS treasurer George Ryerson presented the audited financial statements for fiscal year 1998 at the February meeting of the ASIS Board of Directors. The Board accepted the report.

ASIS Presents at NFAIS Annual Conference

The expertise of ASIS was noted earlier this year when the organization was one of several invited to participate in the 41st NFAIS Annual Conference in Philadelphia. The meeting entitled Strategic Imperatives: A Meeting of the Minds focused on collections of information.

ASIS was selected as a cooperating organization for the meeting and as such was invited to chair a session on Users and Their Use of Information.


Joe Ann Clifton

Joe Ann Clifton, longtime ASIS member and retired manager of information services at Litton Industries, passed away March 18. Since her retirement, she had lived with her husband in Kingman, Arizona.

During more than 20 years of continuous ASIS membership, Joe Ann distinguished herself in a variety of national leadership roles, including service on the Board of Directors as both Chapter Assembly Director and SIG Cabinet Director, and membership on numerous committees.

She was honored in 1978 with the ASIS Watson Davis Award.

News from ASIS SIGs

ASIS SIG/Classification Research (CR) is well into the planning of the 10th annual ASIS SIG/CR Classification Research Workshop, to be held once again in conjunction with the ASIS Annual Meeting.

This year's workshop will be Sunday, October 31, 1999, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC. The ASIS Annual Meeting will begin that day with its traditional pre-technical program activities.

The SIG is soliciting submissions from active researchers with interests in all aspects of classification theory and application, including creation, development, management, representation, display, comparison and compatibility. Potential participants must submit their proposed research papers by April 5.

News About ASIS Members

José-Marie Griffiths, former ASIS president and currently chief information officer at the University of Michigan, has been named one of the "Top 25 Women on the Web," an honor bestowed by San Francisco Women on the Web. The award recognizes "outstanding women across the nation who have most inspired people worldwide with their efforts to advance technology, contribute to the community and set an example as successful business women in the Internet and new media industries."

Susan Feldman of Datasearch in Ithaca, New York, was a scheduled keynote speaker at the Technology Day Workshop of the Maryland chapter of the Special Libraries Association. Her topic was to be "Intranet and Content Search Engines".



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