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of the American Society for Information Science and Technology       Vol. 30, No. 6      August/September  2004

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Stars of the Digital World to Set Tone for 2004 Annual Meeting

Two plenary sessions featuring big names in the digital world will highlight a conference program focusing on Managing and Enhancing Information: Cultures and Conflicts, the 2004 ASIS&T Annual Meeting, November 12-17, in Providence, Rhode Island.

The first of the two plenary sessions is Sunday, November 14, when JC Herz, principal of Joystick Nation and a noted journalist and lecturer, will discuss the application of complex systems and game design to products, services and learning systems. Herz's professional focus is networked interaction design and systems that leverage the intrinsic characteristics of networked communication. Herz currently sits on the National Research Council's Committee on Creativity and Information Technology. She was also the first computer game critic at the New York Times.

The second plenary session at the 2004 ASIS&T Annual Meeting features keynoter Tim Berners-Lee, widely regarded as the inventor of the World Wide Web. Berners-Lee currently serves as director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). In his session on Monday, November 15, Berners-Lee will speak on "Semantic Web The Web of Machine Processable Data."  He will, no doubt, draw upon his experiences with the Enquire system he created early in his career, which became the foundation of the World Wide Web as we know it today.

While the two general sessions provide a great deal of sizzle and substance to the meeting, the real meat and potatoes is contained in the six dozen or so contributed paper and panel sessions covering virtually every aspect of information science. All sessions speak to the theme Managing and Enhancing Information: Cultures and Conflicts, which raises awareness of the role of information science in fostering integration and cooperation in the global information society.

 These sessions have been sorted into seven major tracks: disciplinary issues, digital libraries, user behavior, system design, information organization, knowledge management and use, and resources and services. The first four tracks continue all the way through the conference. Overall, the technical program contains 46 panel sessions, 20 contributed papers sessions (61 papers) and 3 poster sessions (85 posters).

Pre-Conference Workshops and Seminars

 Increasingly important at ASIS&T Annual Meetings are the educational opportunities afforded through the pre-conference workshops and seminars. This year's meeting features eight continuing education courses on Friday through Sunday, as well as new editions of two popular SIG workshops on Saturday.

 The following CE courses will be offered:

Friday, November 12

  • Managing User-Centered Design Projects instructors: Scott McDaniel and Laura Snyder
  • Taxonomies for Indexing A Hands On Approach: Introduction instructors: Jay Ven Eman and Alice Redmond-Neal

Saturday, November 13

  • Taxonomies for Indexing A Hands On Approach: Intermediate instructors: Jay Ven Eman and Alice Redmond-Neal
  • Building an Institutional Repository Using DSpace instructors: Margret Branschofsky and Michael Leach
  • Essential Pre-Implementation Planning for Successful Web Content Management instructors: Howard McQueen and Elizabeth Randolph
  • Collaborating with Colleagues Across Disciplinary, Organizational and Geographic Boundaries: Lessons Learned instructors: Diane Sonnenwald and Elizabeth Davenport

Sunday, November 14

  • Personal Information Management in Theory and in Practice instructors: William Jones and Harry Bruce
  • Social Informatics Workshop for Library and Information Science Research instructors: K.R. Eschenfelder, N. Hara, R. Lamb, H. Rosenbaum and S. Sawyer

The two SIG workshops are the 15th Annual ASIS&T SIG/CR Classification Research Workshop and the SIG/USE (Information Needs, Seeking and Use) Workshop.

Conference Arrangements

The 2004 ASIS&T Annual Meeting will be held at the Westin Providence hotel, located in the center of the city. Within walking distance of world-class shopping, theater, cultural events, historical sights and an array of local attractions, the Westin Providence is holding a block of rooms at special conference rates ($179 single/double) for ASIS&T meeting attendees who make reservations by October 21.

Preliminary Programs

The preliminary program for the meeting, containing session descriptions and other conference-related information and registration forms, is being mailed to all ASIS&T members in August. New conference details and updates to the information in the preliminary program will be posted at the ASIS&T website (www.asis.org).

Conference Committee

Linda Schamber, conference chair, was assisted by a committee of dedicated volunteers in assembling the exceptional technical program for the 2004 ASIS&T Annual Meeting. The following individuals served on the committee: Suzie Allard, Ethel Auster, Carol Barry, Marcia Bates, Joseph Busch, Michael Crandall, Elizabeth Davenport, Sanda Erdelez, Karen Fisher, Paula Galbraith, Vicki Gregory, Gail Hodge, Peter Ingwersen, Joyce Kirk, David Lankes, Kris Liberman, Jens-Erik Mai, Gary Marchionini, Michel Menou, Karla Petersen, Padmini Srinivasan, Jane Starnes, K.T. Vaughan and Julian Warner.

News About ASIS&T Chapters

The New England ASIS&T (NEASIST) Chapter named Asim Qayyum, doctoral student at the Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto, the 2004 winner of the NEASIST Student Travel Award competition. He won for his paper entitled, Readers as Authors: Analyzing Markings Made on E-documents in Private or Collaborated Reading Environments, considered the best paper in information science among those entered. Asim will be awarded up to $750 to reimburse expenses for attendance at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island.

The Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society of Information Science & Technology (LACASIS) welcomed students, new librarians and new members at its first summer social brunch in the Fullerton Arboretum at Cal State University in June.

The Central Ohio ASIS&T (CO-ASIS&T) Chapter took a look at the nuts and bolts of digitization projects at its June meeting. Sam Roshon, reference librarian at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, discussed CCVC: The Columbus Circulating Visuals Collection, a project based on photographs taken of Columbus, Ohio, by Howard Heston Bailey in 1872. The presentation focused on the background, history and decision-making process for digitizing selections of the CCVC, as well as the time and equipment constraints involved in the project. 

The Southern Ohio ASIS&T (SOASIST) Chapter featured Keith Instone, information architect on the user experience team for ibm.com and former curator of UsableWeb.com, in a July presentation entitled Faceted Browse - How User Interfaces Represent and Benefit from a Faceted Classification System. The presentation was based on a presentation given at the ASIS&T IA Summit earlier this year in Austin, Texas.

News About ASIS&T Members

ASIS&T President Samantha K. Hastings, associate professor and fellow, Texas Center for Digital Knowledge at University of North Texas, was named the 2004 Jean Key Gates Distinguished Alumni of the University of South Florida. She also delivered the Alice G. Smith Lecture with a speech entitled, "The Role of Information Science in the Post-Googlian Environment." 

Joan Bartlett, winner of the 2002 ASIS&T ISI Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship, has been named to the faculty of the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at McGill University. She recently completed her doctoral degree at the University of Toronto. Her dissertation was on Capturing, Modeling and Utilizing the Research Processes of Bioinformatics Experts. She will teach in the areas of biomedical and scientific information.

 France Bouthillier, previously associate professor at McGill University, has been named acting director of the university's Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. She replaces Jamshid Beheshti, the director since 1998, who has been appointed to the position of associate dean (administration) in the Faculty of Education at McGill.


Douglas J. Foskett

Douglas J. Foskett, former president of the British Library Association, passed away in May at the age of 85. Foskett retired in 1983 after a career in public libraries, special libraries and as Goldsmith's Librarian of the University of London. In addition to service in various U.K. libraries, he taught in Brazil and at the Universities of Michigan, Ghana, Ibadan and Iceland, and he was a consultant for UNESCO and ILO. In 1962 he published the 13-page pamphlet, The Creed of a Librarian: No Politics. No Religion. No Morals, still cited as a classic statement of the role of the librarian in intellectual freedom matters.

Angela Haygarth-Jackson

Angela Haygarth-Jackson, a pioneer in the new discipline of information science who had the distinction of achieving senior management status within ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries) at a time when there were few women managers in the chemical industry, died earlier this year at the age of 74. She was also the first woman to be president of the Institute of Information Scientists.

Haygarth-Jackson earned a masters degree in botany from Manchester University. Deciding not to pursue further research, she joined ICI Pharmaceuticals Division in 1956 as an information scientist in the Techno-Commercial Department then based in Manchester. She transferred to Cheshire in 1957 and began development of the division's information services as a member of the library staff. In 1968 she was promoted to head of Literature Services Section with responsibility for the three libraries and technical information services that supported ICI Pharmaceuticals' international business. In 1984, when the Information Services Section was formed from the merger of literature services and data services, she headed an even larger group.

As new technology became available, Haygarth-Jackson and her colleagues implemented dramatic advances in information processing techniques. This had an impact not just on the company's pharmaceuticals division; she was also a member of the management team which coordinated activities within the ICI Group Information System.

She lectured widely on information science in England and throughout the world. Following her retirement, she served as editor of Training and Education for Online. She was also chairman of the editorial board of the Journal of Documentation for many years, finally resigning at the end of 2001.

Wendy Warr

Opportunities for ASIS&T Members

Product Review Site Needs Writers

The North Texas Regional Library System, Inc., and the Automation and Technology Round Table of the Texas Library Association have announced the development of Library Technology Now, a one-stop resource for library technology news and product reviews written by library people for library people.

The website, located at librarytechnologynow.org, will include product reviews that will outline features and functionality of library technology products. The reviews will also summarize the reviewers' own personal experiences with the products. 

In addition to the reviews, library technology news will be gathered from around the world and disseminated on a daily basis. The site's target launch date is April 2005.

The site producers are seeking volunteers to write product reviews for the site. They also need people to join both the web development team and the marketing team. Please email webproducers@librarytechnologynow.org for more information.

Digital Preservation Program Launches Research Grants Initiative

The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program of the Library of Congress (NDIIPP), in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF), has established the first research grants program to specifically address the preservation of digital materials. NSF will administer the program, which will fund cutting-edge research to support the long-term management of digital information.

"One of the most critical issues we face in the preservation of digital materials is a need for better technology and methods to manage these objects over long periods of time," says Laura E. Campbell, who is directing this initiative for the Library. "We are very pleased to be working with the National Science Foundation to encourage important research breakthroughs. This will help the Library of Congress, as well as our network of partners who are working with us, to preserve America's digital heritage for future generations."

The research program coincides with plans for the Library of Congress and NSF to collaborate over the next decade in a broad set of research activities related to digital libraries and digital archives. Through their leadership, NSF and the Library will encourage other government agencies to continue research support for improving the state of knowledge and practice of digital libraries and digital archiving.

The new Digital Archiving and Long-Term Preservation research program, which expects to make approximately $2 million in initial awards using NDIIPP funds, has three main focus areas for which proposals will be sought: digital repository models; tools, technologies and processes; and organizational, economic and policy issues.

 The NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Division of Information and Intelligent Systems, will issue a call for proposals shortly; check the NSF Web site at www.cise.nsf.gov/div/index.cfm?div=iis for current information.

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