L L E T I N
2005 Annual Meeting
Pattie Maes to Headline ASIS&T 2005
Pattie Maes, associate
professor at MIT’s Media Laboratory where she founded and directs
the Software Agents Group, will be a featured plenary speaker at the
2005 ASIS&T Annual Meeting, Sparking Synergies: Bringing
Research and Practice Together, October 28-November 2, in
Maes is one of the
pioneers of the research area known as software agents – an
area which builds on such disciplines as artificial intelligence,
human computer interaction, computer-supported collaborative work,
information filtering and electronic commerce. Software agents are
semi-intelligent computer programs that help users with the overload
of information and the complexity of the online world. Maes’ group
pioneered the use of machine learning to build such agents and
invented a range of new algorithms, such as collaborative filtering.
Maes joins a lineup of
dozens of leading researchers and practitioners in information
science and technology who will explore the intersection of research
domains – such as behavioral science, communications, computer
science, sociology, business, biomedical sciences, history,
philosophy and others – with a variety of fields of practice –
such as librarianship, information architecture, systems design and
development, publishing, bibliography, interface design and
usability, teaching and classification.
Technical sessions at the
meeting have been divided into a number of tracks, including
information behavior; digital libraries; information design;
information organization; ethical, legal and policy issues;
knowledge management; medical and health information; online
searching behavior; information resources; social informatics;
foundations of information science; and online help.
Program co-chairs Mike Crandall and Barbara
Wildemuth note several unique additions to this year’s Annual
Meeting plans. For one, they say the poster sessions have been
expanded to two full days, with poster presenters on hand at
designated hours each day for discussion. At all other times, the
posters will be available for viewing. The first poster day will be
focused on the topic Users and Behaviors; the second will feature
Content and Systems.
Another innovation this year is that the Proceedings
of the Annual Meeting will be offered in electronic form only. A
CD-ROM version of the Proceedings will be available at the
conference and provided to all full conference registrants as part
of their registration fees. Additional copies of the CD will be
available for purchase on site. Enhanced content including
information from poster and panel sessions will be added to the Proceedings
after the meeting and will be available at the ASIS&T website.
The Westin Charlotte has
been chosen as the conference hotel. All conference sessions and
events will be held at the conference hotel, unless otherwise noted.
A special discounted room rate of $149 single or double is available
until October 9, 2005.
The 700-room Westin Charlotte offers an uptown
location in the heart of the city's financial district. A convenient
trolley stop whisks guests to the city's hottest dining and
entertainment district. All guest rooms and suites feature dual-line
telephones with voice messaging, large work desk, in-room data port,
complimentary gourmet coffee, in-room movies and minibar. A
full-service concierge and well-equipped business center are
available to attend to last-minute details. A gourmet restaurant and
an outdoor café are guaranteed to satisfy any palate. A number of
attractions are within minutes of the hotel including the shops and
restaurants of Historic South End, the
Workshops and Seminars
As always, ASIS&T’s robust continuing education efforts
will be visible at the 2005 Annual Meeting. Seven courses and two
SIG Workshops are in the schedule.
courses, for which separate registration is required and which are
described in some detail at the ASIS&T website, are Building
Digital Library Collections with Open Source Software; Theory and
Practice of Cognitive Work Analysis: Designing Ecological
Information Systems; Information Architecture & Findability;
Ontology Design Using RDF/OWL and Topic Maps; Resolving Taxonomy
Challenges and IA Conflicts; Building Taxonomies for Information
Retrieval; and Personal Information Management in Theory and
two SIG workshops are the 16th SIG/CR Classification Research
Workshop and the 5th SIG/USE Workshop.
Additional Conference Information
An abridged preliminary program will be mailed
to all ASIS&T members this summer. In addition, complete program
information is available at the ASIS&T website: www.asis.org.
News from an ASIS&T SIG
Group/International Information Issues (SIG/III) raised
over $7000 in just two months this spring for the 6th International
Paper Contest on International Digital Libraries and Information
Science & Technology Advances in Developing Countries. With
fundraising a continuing process, SIG officials expressed pleasure
and expectation for ongoing support from the information community.
The funds support two-year ASIS&T memberships for six to eight
of the paper contest winners each year and cover expenses of the top
winner(s) to travel from his or her home country to the ASIS&T
Annual Meeting. Since
the contest began in 2000, SIG/III has sponsored 32 two-year
ASIS&T memberships to contest winners from 15 different
countries and has supported 15 winners to attend ASIS&T Annual
News from ASIS&T Chapters
For its June meeting, the Los
Angeles Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and
Technology (LACASIS) combined a professional development
workshop on Personal Knowledge Management: Coping with
Information Overload with a business meeting. Aura Lippincott,
UCLA Rosenfeld Management Library, led the workshop participants
in a discussion of personalized strategies for managing one’s own
The Wisconsin Chapter of ASIS&T, in
conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of
Information Studies and libraries, planned What’s So
International About International Librarianship? as its July
meeting. Peter Johan Lor, secretary general of the International
Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), was to
look at what passes for international librarianship in the
literature, explore the rationale and scope of the field and outline
major themes that need to be addressed in contemporary studies in
The New England Chapter of ASIS&T (NEASIST)
has announced the winners of its NEASIST Student Travel Award
competition. The 2005 Best Papers in Information Science
awards go to Jim Campbell, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, for
"Reactions to the Enclosure of the Information Commons:
2000-2004," and Johanna Kasubowski, Simmons College, for
"Providing Subject Access to Images." These awards entitle
each winner up to $750 to help defray the costs of attending the
2005 ASIS&T Annual Meeting in
European Chapter of ASIS&T (ASIST-EC) was
an active participant at the Libraries in the Digital Age 2005
Mabrouka El Hachani, a student at ENSSIB, France, presents her poster concerning the new ASIST-EC student chapter.
News About ASIS&T Members
Joan Durrance and Marian Bouch Hinton are the winners
of ALA’s 2005 Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published
Research, for their article “Information Grounds and the Use of
Need-based Services by Immigrants in Queens, NY: A Context-based,
Outcome Evaluation Approach.” The paper was originally published
in 2004 in the Journal of the American Society for Information
Science and Technology.
William E. Moen, associate professor in the
Trudi Bellardo Hahn, former ASIS&T president, has been named executive
director of the National Commission on Libraries and Information
Science. She had been serving as interim director since November.
Prior to coming to the commission, she was manager of library user
education services and adjunct professor at the
Jagdish Arora, Indian National Digital Library in Engineering Science
Consortium (INDEST), is one of six new members to the IEEE Library
Advisory Council. The council brings together a group of
international corporate, academic and government librarians who
consult with IEEE to help develop products and policies. Members
serve two-year terms.
Lesk has been named chair of the Department of Library
and Information Science at
Harold Wooster, an information scientist widely regarded as a major influence in the development of computer technology, died of a heart attack in late May. He was 86 years old.
In the 1960s, Dr. Wooster served as chief of the information sciences division of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. It was here that he awarded research grants to many of the engineers and scientists whose work would eventually lead to the development of the personal computer and the Internet. Among those whose early work he supported are Douglas Englebart, J.C.R. Licklider, Ted Nelson and Marvin Minsky. Each of these scientists played a critical role in the development of the technological infrastructure that we now take for granted.
In the 1970s, while working at the National Library of Medicine, Dr. Wooster once again proved his pioneering spirit with his supervision of experiments using television to connect patients in remote areas to doctors.
Dr. Wooster was also a lifelong science fiction enthusiast. His son, Martin Morse Wooster, notes that his father “sold one ‘Probability Zero’ piece to Astounding in 1943” and characterized his father’s work at the Office of Scientific Research as a time in which “he was in charge of strange projects.” Martin also noted that his father “was good at spotting promising young talent and giving them money early. He realized these people were doing research that was going to be important.”
Dr. Wooster also had a history with ASIS&T. He co-wrote a chapter on “Biomedical Communications” for Volume 17 of the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology (ARIST). He also co-edited Volume 18 of the Proceedings of the ASIS&T Annual Meeting with Lois Lunin and Madeline Henderson. His work was also evident in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, where he wrote a book review (JASIST 41 (8), 1990) and an article, “Historical Note: Shining Palaces, Shifting Sands: National Information Systems” (JASIST 38 (5).
Ethel Auster, professor at
the Faculty of Information Studies at the
Auster’s research dealt with libraries, management and information
her career she published three books, co-authored two others and
wrote numerous scholarly articles.
Auster is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David L. and
Janis H. Auster, and David’s father, Henry Auster, of
George B. Dantzig
George B. Dantzig, a mathematician credited with devising the formula that revolutionized planning, scheduling, network design and other complex functions key to modern business, industry and government, died in mid-May at the age of 90. Dr. Dantzig was known as the father of linear programming and as inventor of an algorithm for solving linear programming problems.
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