of the American Society for Information Science and Technology  Vol. 28, No. 6    August / September 2002


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2002 Annual Meeting to Connect in Philadelphia

ASIST President Donald H. Kraft and Conference Chair Edie Rasmussen are ready to welcome ASIST members and colleagues to the 2002 ASIST Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, November 18-21.

Under the umbrella theme of Knowledge, Connections & Community, the meeting will offer ASIST's special brand of cutting-edge opportunities to stay apace of the rapidly changing information environment in which we find ourselves.

As President Kraft will note in his welcome to the conference, this is a particularly significant year for information professionals:

We will be together in the historic city of Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. Yet, recent events have made it all too clear that now information science and technology skills and knowledge, e.g., information organization, classification, representation and management, etc., play crucial roles in our complex global society.

The Annual Meeting will feature papers, posters, presentations, sessions and speakers on issues such as information in society, people and use of information, the digital divide, culture and behavior, collaboration, information production and delivery, information management, information organization, retrieval, and access, and information technology.

In addition to the technical program, other features have become much-loved standards at ASIST meetings. Not only will several continuing education/professional development workshops precede the meeting's start, but some exciting tours of relevant facilities in the Philadelphia area are also planned. The following are among those scheduled by the arrangements committee:

  • Academy of Natural Sciences, focusing on environmental research and public education, Sunday, November 17
  • ISI Production Facility, where thousands of journals are processed each year, Wednesday, November 20
  • Knowledge Management Collaboratory and Institute for Healthcare Informatics, Drexel University, Wednesday, November 20
  • Chemical Heritage Foundation, housing library and archival collection and art galleries, Thursday, November 21

Conference Headquarters

The Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel, located in the heart of Philadelphia, serves as conference headquarters this year. The hotel is within walking distance of America's historical landmarks, including Independence Hall and the Franklin Institute.

Participants and registrants in the ASIST Annual Meeting are eligible for special conference room rates at the hotel:

  • Single: $154
  • Double: $170
  • Triple: $186
  • Quad: $202

Be sure to mention that you are attending the ASIST Annual Meeting when making your reservations.

The hotel can be reached at 

    Wyndham Franklin Plaza Hotel
    17th & Race Streets
    Philadelphia, PA 19103
    Phone: 215-448-2000
    Fax: 215-448-2864

Social Events

The schedule of formal social events, always popular at ASIST Annual Meetings, begins with the Newcomers Reception, SIG Rush and the Welcome Reception on Sunday, November 17, and continues throughout the week with the Alumni and International Receptions, the Dutch Treat Networking Dinners and the Annual Awards Banquet on Wednesday night.

Conference Details

Full details about the 2002 ASIST Annual Meeting are included in the preliminary program, along with registration forms and other important information. The preliminary programs will be mailed to all ASIST members. In addition, the ASIST website at www.asis.org will contain updated information as new details are received and changes are noted.

If you have questions about the meeting and the activities, please contact ASIST headquarters at 301-495-0900.

Candidates Named for ASIST Board Election

The 2002 ASIST Nominations Committee has presented its slate of individuals selected to run for positions on the ASIST Board of Directors.

The election, currently underway by mail to all voting members of the society, will identify individuals who will serve terms that begin with the 2003 administrative year.

 Candidates for ASIST president, the term for which begins with service as president-elect, are

  • Samantha Hastings, assistant professor, SLIS, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
  • Douglas Kaylor, head, Reference & Instruction, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio

Candidates for at-large positions on the Board of Directors (2 will be elected) are

  • Allison Brueckner (née Kopczynski), partnership manager, cyber-state.org, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Beverly Colby, formerly director, Research, Battery Ventures, Wellesley, Massachusetts
  • Myke Gluck, director, Department of Math & Computer Science, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia
  • Matthew Koll, Chairman of the Board, Wondir.org, Bethesda, Maryland

Members of the 2002 Nominations Committee are Joseph Busch, principal, Taxonomy Strategies, San Francisco; Ruth Fenske, head, Reference Unit, John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio; Scott Lapinski , Digital Services Librarian, Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, Ohio; Dave Robins, assistant professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh; and Buzzy Basch, president, Basch Subscriptions, Concord, New Hampshire.

ASIST Classification Research Workshop

The 13th ASIST SIG/Classification Research (CR) Workshop, Reconceptualizing Classification Research, will be held in Philadelphia, Sunday, November 17, 2002, immediately preceding the start of the 2002 ASIST Annual Meeting.

This year's workshop is a departure from those of previous years. Instead of presenting and discussing current work, participants are encouraged to step back and take a more reflective view. Thus, the aim of this year's workshop is to identify and articulate research questions and research agendas that could form the core of classification research in the next decade. 

The underlying assumption behind this approach is that this is an exciting time for classification research, but that the classification research community needs to revisit the current state of knowledge to identify potentially productive directions for future research and future collaborations with other areas of information science. In short, workshop planners are asking the field "Where are we now, and what needs to be done?" 

The outcomes of the workshop could be the formation of a committee or several subcommittees focused on specific areas, recommendations for future directions or a joint paper on the status and future of classification research.

While the time to submit papers for consideration at the workshop has passed, it's not too late to plan your interaction with the research crowd that generally gathers for these valuable workshops.

This year's innovative approach to the field of classification research is the work of the following workshop chairs:

  • Clare Beghtol, Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto;
  • Jonathan Furner, Department of Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles;
  • Barbara Kwasnik, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University; and
  • Jens-Erik Mai, The Information School, University of Washington.

The workshop chairs were assisted by the program committee:

  • Hanne Albrechtsen, Risoe National Laboratory, Denmark;
  • Jack Andersen, Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark;
  • Elisabeth Davenport, Napier University, Scotland;
  • Jane Greenberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;
  • Edie Rasmussen, University of Pittsburgh; and
  • Paul Solomon, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

News from ASIST Chapters

The Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society of Information Science and Technology (LACASIS ) scheduled a look at the information job market for its May meeting. Under the title Great Expectations: Librarians and Information Professionals in Today's Shifting Job Market, speakers were to address such issues as finding one's first job; career changing; new skills requirements in information; and new places to find information jobs. Speakers were Amy Wallace, University of California, San Diego; Murtha Baca, Getty Research Institute; and Billie Connor-Dominguez, Los Angeles Public Library.

For its June meeting, LACASIS scheduled Integrating Digital Reference, a session featuring Alice Kawakami, University of California, Los Angeles, and Nancy O'Neill, Santa Monica Public Library. Together, they were to demonstrate software that allows librarians to escort users through websites and searches in real time.

The Southern Ohio American Society for Information Science and Technology (SOASIST) Chapter is sponsoring a student scholarship essay competition to encourage students in library and information science programs to participate in the activities of professional associations. The winner of the SOASIST contest will receive up to $1000 for expenses to attend the ASIST 2002 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia and a one-year membership in ASIST. Entries must address the question, "What specific benefits do I hope to gain by attending the ASIST 2002 Annual Meeting?" 

The ASIST Seattle Reading Group of the Pacific Northwest Chapter continued its popular discussion format in May with a professional development session focused on Mentoring, utilizing an array of resources available on the Web. Then the group ended its reading year with a potluck barbecue in mid-June and fond adieu until the fall.

The Potomac Valley Chapter presented a June dinner meeting on PDAs and Their Applications, featuring Sam Taylor of Ovid and Brigit Sullivan of the National Institutes of Health. The speakers discussed and demonstrated many of the wonderful, specialized applications available to on PDAs.

The Central Ohio ASIST (CO-ASIST) Chapter presented Judge Charles Schneider of Columbus Municipal Court on The Patriot Act and Its Implications for Libraries.

News About ASIST Members

Jean Z. Piety, who represents the Northern Ohio ASIST Chapter on the Cleveland Technical Societies Council (CTSC), received the Council's Visionary Award at its Scholarship and Awards Banquet. The Visionary Award has been given only three times in CTSC's 60-year history. The award cites Jean's sharing of "her skills and qualities of character and leadership with generations of students, teachers and business leaders throughout Northeast Ohio."

Robert Hayes, professor emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles, was honored by planners and attendees of the Libraries in the Digital Age conference in Croatia for his 25 consecutive years of attendance and service to library and information science programs in Dubrovnik and Croatia. The ASIST European Chapter assisted in the conference.

David S. Walker is the Web Developer Librarian at California State University, San Marcos.

Betty J. Turock, formerly chair of the department of library and information science at Rutgers University, has been named associate dean of the university's School of Communication, Information and Library Studies.

Rachel Anne Kirk, recent graduate of the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee and former president of the student chapter of ASIST, won the Roger K. Summit Scholarship award from Dialog. The $5,000 award is made to a graduate student in library and information science who has demonstrated outstanding interest or performance in electronic information services.  Kirk, named the Information Science Student of the Year by the East Tennessee Chapter of ASIST in 2000, has accepted a teaching position at Middle Tennessee State University. Previous scholarship award winner Michele McGinnis, also a graduate of the University of Tennessee, is now research librarian for the editor of Wired magazine.

Roger E. Flynn, associate professor in the School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh,  was one of four faculty members honored by the institution for outstanding contributions to the community through public service. Dr. Flynn was cited for his "impressive efforts in teaching courses and advising on computer systems and laboratories" at the State Correctional Institution in Pittsburgh (SCIP), a maximum security prison, and for his dedication to the general welfare of humankind in the community.

Peter Young, formerly chief of the cataloging distribution service at the Library of Congress, has been named director of the National Agricultural Library.


Herbert Ohlman, ASIST member for more than 30 years and co-inventor of permuterm indexing (better known as KWIC), died on May 27 in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, following complications from open heart surgery.

Herb Ohlman began his career in information science and technology in the early 1950s.  At the 1958 International Conference on Scientific Information in Washington, DC, he presented a mechanically produced index (using punched cards) to conference pre-print papers, calling it a permuterm index. He was the founding chair of the ASIST SIG/Education for Information Science and chaired several other SIGs during his career.

News from an Institutional Member

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science of the University of Texas at Austin has received a two-year grant of $460,000 outright and $80,000 in matching from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the Preservation and Conservation Studies Program whose graduates take responsibility for maintaining both the integrity of and the continuing usability of the priceless resources of America¹s libraries and archives.

The NEH award will permit the PCS program, ranked number 1 in the most recent survey by U.S. News and World Report, to add preservation of sound to the areas of study available for students; to establish a clinic experience; and to continue offering the instruction fundamental to producing outstanding preservation administrators and conservators of library and archival resources.

Begun 21 years ago at Columbia University, the program moved to the University of Texas at Austin in 1991-1992 and has graduated 150 professionals who occupy senior preservation and conservation positions throughout the nation and in the country¹s most prestigious institutions, including the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution, the Newberry Library, the New York Botanical Garden; Stanford, Harvard and Michigan State universities; and the Universities of California at Berkeley, Florida, Maryland and  Notre Dame.

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