of The American Society for Information Science and Technology

Vol. 27, No. 2

December/January 2001

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Banner Year for ASIST

New Name, New Officers and New Address Highlight End-of-the-Year Activities

The Name

From the Executive Director:

As you know, the ASIS Board of Directors voted at its May meeting to change the name of our Society to the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST). This action follows over a year of discussion among the membership in many forums. The new name better reflects the professional interests of the membership and positions the Society to compete and thrive in the future.

There has been a debate for many years over the best way to expand the reach of this information science society in response to the dramatic advances in information technology over the past decade. We should view these rapid advances in computer and communications technology and the coming ubiquity of information technology as an important opportunity for us. We have been talking about the "information society" since 1970, but now it is upon us.

One way to view recent developments is that a distributed telecomputing infrastructure has been put into place. But there are significant information management challenges that need to be solved before this dazzling new structure can function as a global library. Guiding this next generation of information technology is part of the mission of our Society.

We must define a new information professionalism by providing analysis of practices and technologies and by nurturing new perspectives, interests and ideas in a world where creating and communicating information is of central economic, social and political importance.

This past spring, a mail ballot of the membership resulted in approximately 70% approval to change the name of the Society. With this direction from the membership, the Board approved amending the ASIS charter to change the name of the Society to the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

This change is an important opportunity for us to take advantage of the new value being placed on information science, technology and their applications. Anyone who attended our Spring summit on Information Architecture was struck by the large number of new faces and the energy they generated. While change can be jarring, this is a time for us to reaffirm the core values of our Society theory, research, applications and service.

Our change of name (but not our soul) provides us an opportunity to revise our mission and goals, focus on making sure that we provide unique services that meet members needs. We are very excited about the opportunities and challenges to be faced as the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST). We count on you to help us achieve our objectives in the coming year. Let us know your thoughts about how we can work with you to accomplish our mission and your goals.

Richard Hill

The Officers

ASIST Board Seats New Members

 As the ASIST administrative year came to an end at the conclusion of the 2000 Annual Meeting, new members of the ASIST Board of Directors took their seats for the 2001 administrative year.

 Joseph A. Busch, Metacode Technologies, Inc., assumed the presidency from Eugene Garfield. In addition, as a result of membership balloting conducted during the summer, three new members joined the Board. Donald H. Kraft, professor in the Department of Computer Science, Louisiana State University, and editor of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, took his seat as president-elect; Dudee Chiang, database information consultant at Amgen Libraries, Amgen, Inc.; and Michael Leach, director of the Physics Research Library, Harvard University, assumed their duties as directors-at-large.

 As the new Board began its work, the service of those leaving the Board was acknowledged. Candy Schwartz, immediate past president, and Pat Molholt and Ray Larson, directors-at-large, were thanked for their distinguished efforts on behalf of the Society.

The Address

Headquarters Move Completes the Y2K Trifecta

 The Y2K Trifecta of the Society was completed when the staff moved headquarters to a new address. Effective in late September, all headquarters operations have been housed at 8555 16th Street, Suite 850, Silver Spring, MD  20910. All telephone and fax numbers remain the same, as do addresses for e-mail and Website operations.

2000 ASIST Awards Honor "The Best"

The winners of the prestigious ASIST Annual Awards for the Year 2000 were honored at the 2000 Annual Meeting in Chicago. Nominated by practitioners and scholars throughout the information field and selected by juries of their peers, dozens of outstanding representatives of the field were cited for the highest levels of contributions in their selected specialties. The following winners were announced in advance of the meeting before the deadline for this issue of the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Winners whose names are kept secret until the meeting will be noted in the next issue of the Bulletin when full meeting coverage is provided.

Award of Merit

 From the citation honoring Dr. Donald R. Swanson as the recipient of the 2000 ASIST Award of Merit:

 "Dr. Donald R. Swanson's lifetime achievements in research and scholarship fully qualify him for ASIST's highest honor. . . .

 "Don is an icon for what information science could and should aspire to be. This is largely due to Don's pioneering work on undiscovered public knowledge, or as it is more technically described, complementary noninteractive literatures.

 "The significance of this work goes to the very heart of what information science is and what information scientists should do. Don has set out an agenda for the field that is much more actively and intensively involved with information as knowledge, with its highest aim the creation of new knowledge, than is now the norm in the field. He clearly refocuses our attention on substance rather than form. Don views science as a system of multiple parallel activities that do not always communicate effectively, pointing out the need for new retrieval mechanisms that bridge disciplinary boundaries. . . .

 "Don Swanson has made his case in lucid and engaging prose, backed by encyclopedic learning. . . . A hallmark of his work has been his exquisite research taste; his flawless scholarship; and the openness and passion in his communication. Don Swanson is a warm, generous human being on top of being a brilliant scientist."

Research Award

 The ASIST Research Award recognizes an individual or organization for outstanding research contributions in the field of information science. For the year 2000, the Research Award is presented to Dr. W. Bruce Croft, a nationally and internationally respected scholar.

 Dr. Croft advanced work in clustering in significant ways, thereby improving its effectiveness. He developed the first system to integrate multiple search strategies, multiple document representations, user models, hypertext search and intermediary strategies (I3R). His work on probabilistic retrieval and Bayesian inference networks has produced the INQUERY experimental system, which is used to build search engines by the Library of Congress, InfoSeek and Sovereign Hill Software (now part of Dataware Technologies).

ISI Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award

 The Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award, sponsored by the Institute for Scientific Information, recognizes an individual who has demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching information science.

 This year's outstanding teacher is Barbara M. Wildemuth, professor at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Barbara teaches in the areas of systems analysis, information systems, information ethics, interface design and communication.

 Barbara's contributions to information science education extend beyond her classroom, encompassing leadership in curriculum development, recruitment of students to the discipline and mentoring of both faculty colleagues and students at all levels. In ASIST her commitment to IS education has been demonstrated by many activities, including service as chair of the ISI Dissertation Scholarship Jury, chair of the Best Student Paper Award Jury, active membership on the Education Committee and in SIG/ED, and coorganizer and comoderator for the ASIST doctoral seminars on research and career development.

 The statement nominating Barbara describes her as "an inspiring teacher, who serves as a role model to students and colleagues alike."

Best JASIST Paper Award

Marcia Bates, University of California, Los Angeles. The Invisible Substrate of Information Science, JASIST Volume 50, no. 12, pg. 10431050.

 The Best JASIST Paper Award recognizes the best paper published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, evaluated on the basis of professional merit, contributions to the field and presentation quality.

 The 2000 award is presented to Marcia Bates for a paper which, according to the jury members, clearly articulates information science, including our roots, our interdisciplinarity and our skills. It is a paper that readers will return to and that will become a part of our core literature. It is sure to be required reading in information science classes and will be cited for years to come.

Best Information Science Book Award

Text Information Retrieval Systems, Second Edition, by Charles T. Meadow, Bert R. Boyce, Donald H. Kraft; Academic Press (1999), publisher.

 The winners of the 2000 Best Information Science Book Award are Charles Meadow, professor emeritus in the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto; Bert Boyce, professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Louisiana State University; and Donald Kraft, professor in the Department of Computer Science at Louisiana State University. Their book is the second edition of Text Information Retrieval Systems, published by Academic Press.

 Text Information Retrieval Systems offers a holistic, encompassing view of information retrieval as a communication process that links together human actors and communities, computer systems, and organizations. The book embraces the richness and complexity of these interactions and provides a systematic discussion on the structure and dynamics of the information retrieval process. As the authors declare, "The book's purpose is not to teach readers how to become searchers, but to teach people who will be searching how the systems they use work." That purpose has been realized in an admirable book that combines scholarship with enthusiasm.

James M. Cretsos Leadership Award

 The James M. Cretsos Leadership Award recognizes a new ASIST member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities in professional ASIST activities.

 In the few years since joining ASIST, Helen Atkins, recipient of this year's James M. Cretsos Leadership Award, has been making a significant contribution of time, talent and leadership to ASIST, to her local Delaware Valley Chapter and to the information profession.

 Since 1994, she has been on the board of the Delaware Valley Chapter serving as chairelect and chair, plus three years as program chair. It is in this latter capacity that Helen demonstrated her commitment to bringing speakers "that will impart an impartial and comprehensive viewpoint that will enrich and educate" to chapter meetings. She expanded on this theme when she collaborated with the local SLA chapter on a oneday program that drew over 150 participants.

 On the national level, Helen has actively served ASIST on a Mid-Year committee, the Standards Committee and the Chapter-of-the-Year jury. She was instrumental in the creation of the ISI Citation Analysis Grant Award, writing the guidelines and serving on the jury. Through her efforts, ASIST became a cosponsor of what has become the new ISI/ASIST Citation Analysis Award, and she continues to sit on this jury.

ISI/ASIST Citation Analysis Research Grant

 The ISI/ASIST Citation Analysis Research Grant supports either research proposals or research underway that is based on citation analysis.

 The 2000 ISI/ASIST Citation Analysis Research Grant is awarded to Dr. Michael Kurtz of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts, for his proposal, "The Joint Analysis of Citations with Readership Information."

 Dr. Kurtz, inventor of the Astrophysics Data System, earlier this year compared readership data for particular articles with their citation rates. This proposal will extend that research to develop new measures of scientific productivity and further examine electronic publications' impact on scholarly communication. The methodology and findings of this innovative work will be easily applied to other disciplines.

ASIST/UMI Doctoral Dissertation Award

 The winner of the ASIST/UMI Dissertation Award for 2000 is Daniel Dorner , for his dissertation entitled Determining Essential Services on the Canadian Information Highway: An Exploratory Study of the Public Policy Process.

 This dissertation was strong in all four areas: importance of topic, soundness of methodology, organization and clarity of presentation, and quality of data. Jurors commented not only on its use of appropriate methods to produce a great deal of highquality data but on its critical treatment of these methods. The work is praised for being wellconceived, systematic, wellinformed with regard to relevant extradisciplinary perspectives and extremely thorough.

ISI Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship

Anne R. Diekema, Syracuse University. Spurious Matches in Cross-Language Information Retrieval: Lexical Ambiguity, Vocabulary Mismatch and Other Causes of Translation Error.

 Ms. Diekema's study of translation problems in crosslanguage information retrieval is a research problem of concern to information science. Her study examines language related mismatches between queries and documents in a cross-language retrieval system. Her proposal clearly discusses the research plan and the significance of the problem. This research will contribute significant new knowledge to information retrieval research. The study is well planned and is guided by solid research questions and rigorous methodology. Researchers in many disciplines have a growing need for systems that can effectively retrieve information in other languages. The results from this study will be of practical and theoretical interest for those developing cross-language retrieval systems to meet this need.

Pratt-Severn Best Student Research Paper Award

Karen Weaver, OCLC. Cataloging Internet Resources at MIT and US San Diego Libraries.

 Tackling the most critical issue in cataloging at this time, this research uses a case study approach to identify the issues, problems and solutions encountered while librarians at MIT and UC San Diego started cataloging Internet resources.

CHAPTER AWARDS

Chapter Event-of-the-Year

 The Pacific Northwest Chapter of ASIST is the recipient of the Chapter Event-of-the-Year award for the fall meeting "Bridging the Gap: Innovative Approaches to Providing Information Services."  The meeting featured a workshop on using metadata in a corporate library setting, eight other sessions on a variety of topics related to the overall theme, and concluded with a buffet dinner with a keynote address by Marcia Bates. The Pacific Northwest Chapter is geographically dispersed and they have adopted this meeting model, a single annual event, because it seems to serve their members' needs. The event attracted over 100 registrants.

Chapter Member-of-the-Year

 Patricia Carter of the Southern Ohio Chapter is the 2000 ASIST Chapter Member-of-the-Year. Pat is currently chair-elect of her chapter and chair of its program committee. She accepted informal responsibility for the program committee last year when a vacancy arose unexpectedly. To plan meetings that would be wellattended, she developed and conducted a survey of chapter members. Her contributions to her chapter have been numerous, especially in areas related to member recruitment and meeting planning. One member, writing in support of Pat's nomination for this award, observed that she "has helped us all develop, grow and become revitalized as information professionals."

Chapter Print Publication-of-the-Year

 The Chapter Print Publication-of-the-Year Award goes to the Los Angeles Chapter's newsletter, OASIS . The newsletter is a repeat winner of this award confirming the strength and vitality of the chapter that produces it. The three issues submitted for jurying were impressive in content and offered reports of ASIST and other professional meetings, interviews with chapter members and thoughtful issuefocused analyses. The newsletter provides summaries of chapter and national ASIST meetings, as well as reports on continuing education, other conferences and workshops attended by chapter members. Other articles address topics of concern to the whole society. LA is to be commended for the richness of content that this newsletter provides to a diverse and dispersed membership.

Chapter Electronic Publication-of-the-Year

 This award, recognizing the changing nature of our communication system as we move increasingly toward digital means of reaching our constituencies, is presented to the Web site created by the Los Angeles Chapter to provide local and national society information for Los Angeles ASIST members and other area information professionals. The site was redesigned this past year by Webmaster Eileen Flick with advice from the chapter's advisory and executive boards and reflects principles of good Web design in its look and functionality. The pages provide a record of recent chapter events and an archive of the chapter's newsletter in PDF files suitable for printing and downloading. The site also announces upcoming meetings with Web registration forms; recent data show 44% of total registrations for local events arriving via the Web! Marianne Afifi who nominated this electronic publication indicated that the chapter also plans to use the site to support an upcoming member survey. The LA chapter's Web site serves as an outstanding example of technology employed to enhance member communication.

SIG AWARDS

SIG PublicationoftheYear Award

 SIG/HFIS is honored with the 2000 SIG Publication-of-the-Year Award for the published proceedings of the Conference on the History and Heritage of Science Information Systems held in October 1998 in Pittsburgh. Mary Ellen Bowden, Trudi Bellardo Hahn and Robert V. Williams edited The History and Heritage of Science Information Systems. The proceedings were published by the Chemical Heritage Foundation and ASIST as part of the ASIST Monograph Series. This publication continues SIG/HFIS' fine work in illuminating both the theoretical foundations of presentday information science and its personal and historical foundations. The volume is dedicated to the pioneers of science information.

SIG MemberoftheYear Award

 The SIG Member-of-the-Year Award goes to Bahaa El Hadidy for his tireless contributions to SIG/III and the Society. Bahaa has been the driving force behind the rebuilding of SIG/III over the last couple of years, sparking new membership programs, developing new ways of serving the international community and building new leadership teams. In the words of one of his fellow SIG/III members, "Bahaa has been the heart of SIG/III for years. He has never ceased to work on its behalf. . . . he greatly cares about SIG/III and comes through with dependability and suggestions based on his knowledge of the SIG and ASIST."

SECRET AWARDS

The winners of these awards were not announced in advance of the Annual Meeting and, therefore, could not be included in this issue of the Bulletin. They will be included in the full pictorial coverage in the February/March 2001 issue.

Watson Davis Award

 Commemorating the founder of the Society and given to ASIST members for outstanding contributions and dedicated service to the Society.

Chapter-of-the-Year

 Recognizing outstanding chapters for their participation in and contribution to ASIST and the advancement of information science.

Student Chapter-of-the-Year

 Recognizing the student chapter that has shown the most progress and activity during the preceding year.

SIG-of-the-Year

 Recognizes a Special Interest Group's professional accomplishments that reflect a major impact on the field of information science.

News from ASIST Chapters

 Immediate past chair Jim Cretsos of the Southern Ohio ASIST Chapter (SOASIS) submitted the following end-of-the-year report on his chapter's activities.

     SOASIS held a mid-August workshop at LEXIS-NEXIS in Miamisburg, Ohio. Jo McDermott of Catalyst for Change Consulting presented a half-day workshop on Practical Leadership. SOASIS posted the slides from that workshop on the ASIST Website.

     On September 21, SOASIS participated in the Fall Joint Meeting of the Miami Valley Computing Societies as a cosponsor of that event. That meeting was held in Dayton, featuring Roger Wilson of the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center who spoke on Taking a Byte Out of Cyber Crime. SOASIS set up a display featuring ASIST and SOASIS publications, the announcement of the ASIST 2000 conference, ASIST membership brochures and a poster that showed past and future SOASIS technical programs. Many of the more than 150 attendees visited the SOASIS display and 32 of them picked up an ASIST membership brochure.

     On October 13, SOASIS held its Annual Business and Awards Meeting at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. The meeting was cosponsored by the University of Kentucky's School of Library and Information Science and the ASIST Student Chapter. The technical program featured UCLA professor and ASIST member Dr. Marcia J. Bates, who presented the ISI sponsored Lazarow Lecture on The Biological and Technical Consequences of Information Seeking.

     Prior to Dr. Bates' presentation, SOASIS held its annual business meeting and presented the following SOASIS Awards:

    The SOASIS Outstanding Member Award was presented to Patricia J. Carter of LEXIS-NEXIS for her most active involvement in SOASIS, the exceptional quality of her participation and her timely delivery of many services to the SOASIS membership. Patricia received an award certificate and a check for $100.

    The John Kahles Membership Award was presented to Elna Saxton of the University of Cincinnati for her lengthy and valued contribution as editor of soasis. . . on the move, the SOASIS quarterly newsletter. She used graphics, creative layouts and substantial relevant content to generate the voice of SOASIS members. Elna received an award certificate and a check for $100.

    The Heberle Eyles Leadership Award was presented to Glen Horton of the Greater Cincinnati Library Consortium for his leadership in many Chapter activities. He was instrumental in reactivating the SOASIS Website and making it visually more appealing and more substantive in content. Glen received an award certificate and a check for $100.

    The SOASIS Student Chapter Member-of-the-Year Award was presented to Karen J. McClanahan for her legendary leadership in helping establish the ASIST Student Chapter at the University of Kentucky. She helped recruit 59 new student members, developed the student chapter technical programs and presented a research paper at the 22 nd Communications Research Symposium at the University of Tennessee. Karen received an award certificate and a check for $30.

    Additionally, each of the 18 active Chapter members who kept soasis. . . on the move received a commemorative ASIST pin.

     Looking for new ways to increase member retention, SOASIS embarked on another innovative program. It is called Branding. The program is strictly voluntary, but those who participate in it will keep their ASIST memberships for life. Those SOASIS members can be easily identified by their arm tattoos, displaying a most colorful soasis. . . on the move. For details, please see page 6 of the PDF version of the September issue of the SOASIS newsletter, posted on the SOASIS Website.

 The New England ASIST Chapter (NEASIS) will present A Walk on the Wireless Side, an all-day meeting in mid-December, featuring speakers from MIT, Rochester Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon, Neda Communications and others.

 The Central Ohio ASIST (CO-ASIST) Chapter was to discuss the Cooperative Online Resource Catalog (CORC) in a November program meeting which was to feature, among others, Tschera Harkness Connell, OSU Libraries. Speakers were to describe the background of CORC; how it can be used to identify, select, catalog, maintain and access Web resources; and its public service aspects.

 In a September meeting, CO-ASIST featured Edward Humphrys, information specialist at the National Air Intelligence Center, in a discussion of Machine Translation.

 Former ASIST President Michael Buckland, professor in the School of Information Management & Systems at the University of California at Berkeley, was named the recipient of the 2000 Contributions to Information Science Award of the Los Angeles Chapter of ASIST. In ceremonies held in October, Buckland accepted his award and delivered a speech entitled, Who Was Goldberg? A Forgotten Pioneer of Information Science.

 The New Jersey ASIST Chapter (NJASIST) held a late September program on Knowledge Management and Technology, featuring guest speakers Simon Beaulah, Synomics; Martin Sumner-Smith, Base4; and Alan Marwick, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.

News from ASIST SIGs

 SIG/International Information Issues (SIG/III) has announced the names of four individuals who will receive one-year memberships to the society and the SIG through the Infoshare program. The new members are Emilija Banionyte, Lithuania; Rubens Ribiero Goncalves da Silva, Brazil; M. Suriya, India; and Bakelli Yahia, Algeria.

News about ASIST Members

 Charles R. McClure and John Carlo Bertot, of the Information Use Management and Policy Institute, Florida State University School of Information Studies, have been awarded a U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant of $230,000. They will conduct a study that investigates ways in which to design and implement a national data collection, analysis and reporting system for public library network statistics and performance measures.

 Sue O'Neill Johnson, chair of SIG/III and information officer at The World Bank, initiated and led an effort for the District of Columbia chapter of the Special Libraries Association to raise money and select librarians from developing countries to attend the SLA Global 2000 Conference in Brighton, England, in October. The group raised more than $80,000. Two dozen individuals from 23 countries were selected.

 Ball State University presented its 2000 Outstanding Faculty Award to Jatinder (Jeet) Gupta, professor, Department of Management, on the "basis of his cumulative record of teaching, research, administration and service." No more than one faculty member in the entire university receives this award each year.

State-of-the-SIGs

by Michael Stallings, SIG Cabinet Director

The American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) saw some great developments in SIGs in 1999-2000. SIG/IA sprang full-blown from the Information Architecture summit in Boston; SIGs/DL and KM were formed and are growing rapidly; other, more established SIGs were engaged in a wide range of exciting activities as I discuss in the report below. To all the hardworking officers and members who kept the SIGs running in 1999-2000, thank you!

 Volunteering in a SIG can be demanding, but the rewards are considerable. The biggest return on my own investment in SIG work has been the chance to get to know other energetic, committed information science professionals. If you want to get more involved in your SIG or any SIG, there are several ways to find out how:

  • Contact a SIG officer as found at the ASIST SIG Web page.
  • E-mail one of the Steering Committee Liaisons indicated at the end of the chart.
  • E-mail me (mstall@microsoft.com) or Deputy Cabinet Director Gretchen Whitney (gwhitney@utkux.utcc.utk.edu)
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              SIGs and Their Highlights and Lowlights, 1999-2000

               

              Arts & Humanities SIG/AH  

 178 members; Balance: $1778

No activity report for 1999-2000. No Website. No activity apparent.

 

Automated Language Processing SIG/ALP

 132 members; Balance: $1540

No activity report for 1999-2000. No Website. No activity apparent.

 

Classification Research SIG/CR

 348 members; Balance: $4948

1999-2000 activity report received. During the past year year SIG/CR continued its tradition of excellent scholarly publication in classification research. This was Volume 10 of Advances in Classification Research. In addition, SIG/CR sponsored or co-sponsored 6 technical sessions at AM '99. SIG/CR is leveraging the "Idea Mart" portion of its annual workshop to attract new members to itself by creating an opportunity for presentation of innovative ideas, especially from doctoral candidates. Finally, SIG/CR has been greeting new members through the MEMALERT program.

 Website last updated February 2, 2000.

 

Computerized Retrieval Services SIG/CRS

 273 members; Balance: $2250

No activity report for 1999-2000. No Website. No activity apparent.

 

Digital Libraries SIG/DL

 33 members; Balance: NA

SIG/DL was chartered in June this year. The SIG is working quickly to build membership and formally re-launch its listserv. They have also just created a cool web site at www.ASIS.org/SIG/sigdl/

 SIG/DL has three speakers for the technical program confirmed, and chair-elect Suzie Allard is moderating a SIG/DL contributed paper session in the interest of raising awareness of the new SIG.

 

Education for Information Science SIG/ED

 207 members; Balance: $912

1999-2000 activity report received. In the last year SIG/ED sponsored a Doctoral Research Forum at AM '99 and has sent welcoming mail to new members through the MEMALERT program. SIG/ED is actively looking for new officers.

 Website last updated July 2000.

 

History & Foundations of Information Science SIG/HFIS

 131 members; Balance: $1525

1999-2000 activity report received. SIG/HFIS remained faithful to its publishing imperative when SIG/HFIS members edited The History and Heritage of Science Information Systems as a part of the ASIST Monograph Series. In addition, members produced several Websites focused on historical issues and used special project funds to grant $4000 to the University of South Carolina to promote the study of the history of information science in North America. SIG leaders also set up an ASIST fund to support the history of information science and technology. Last but not least, SIG/HFIS members contributed heavily to JASIS 50th anniversary issues on historical and theoretical topics and organized 3 sessions at AM '99.

 The SIG/HFIS Website is a cool-looking site whose highlight, surprise, is the "History" section.

 

Human-Computer Interaction SIG/HCI

 482 members; Balance: $2553

1999-2000 activity report received. SIG/HCI produced 3 technical sessions for AM '99 and has been sending welcoming e-mail to new members. SIG/HCI has been actively engaged in looking for new leadership and some progress has been made in that direction in recent months.

 No Website.

 

Information Analysis & Evaluation SIG/IAE

 226 members; Balance: $1970

1999-2000 activity report received. SIG/IAE leadership is doing a wonderful job examining their SIG, its purpose and its scope during a time of transition. You'll hear more about this at the Annual Meeting.

 No Website.

 

Information Architecture SIG/IA

 96 members; Balance: NA

Very active listserv from a very new SIG! SIG/IA was formed as a result of the Boston IA summit this spring and is an excellent example of how ASIST can stimulate collaboration and communication with a community that was not previously involved with the Society. SIG/IA is currently working on an ambitious Website and has formed an editorial team to produce a book based on the listserv discussion to be titled "Trends in Information Architecture."

 

Information Generation & Publishing SIG/PUB

 204 members; Balance: $1768

1999-2000 activity report received. SIG/PUB, collaborating with SIG/LAN, sponsored 3 technical sessions at AM '99, and with SIGs/STI, LAN and MGT is creating a suite of panels on e-publishing at AM 2000. They have also made an excellent flier to pass out at SIG Rush this year.

 Website last updated March 28, 2000. It's a great site: it tells browsers how they can get involved, has a nice way to sign-up for the SIG/PUB listserv and has an archive of SIG/PUB program proposals.

 

Information Needs, Seeking and Use SIG/USE

 196 members; Balance: $684

1999-2000 activity report received. SIG/USE is a little more than a year old and has attracted a good membership base during that time through the efforts of its leaders in involving as many people as possible during its planning and chartering. Membership letters have gone out to all those who signed the petition to form SIG/USE.

 SIG/USE leadership has this to say about their experience helping give birth to USE:. . . SIG/USE has set the example that it isn't so hard to start a new SIG and that much of the current interest in other new SIGs is encouraged by the success of SIG/USE's beginnings.

 Website last updated May 3, 2000.

 

Information Policy SIG/IFP

 115 members; Balance: $1959

No activity report for 1999-2000. No Website. No activity apparent.

 

International Information Issues SIG/III

 215 members; Balance: $1389

1999-2000 activity report received. SIG/III has a history of serving their constituency well and they continued that tradition with another busy year. Here are the highlights, which don't begin to tell the story of the tremendous amount of work put in this year by III's leadership:

  Organized and coordinated ASIST participation in a FID/IFLA seminar at the inauguration of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt

  Is investigating the feasibility of holding the 2nd International Information Conference in Egypt to be sponsored by ASIST

  Engaged in several activities to attract members, the most interesting being the Digital Scholars Fund Raiser and competition designed to attract librarians and information scientists from developing countries to participate in ASIST

  Held an auction to raise funds for INFOSHARE program, which pays for memberships in ASIST for members from emerging countries.

  Once again sponsored the International Reception at AM '99.

  Sponsored a technical session at AM '99

 Website last updated April 2, 2000. The SIG/III Website has many useful elements for international users: information about SIG/III's Infoshare program; a Useful Links section targeted at the international user; and a section for its informative newsletter.

 

Knowledge Management SIG/KM

 231 members; Balance: NA

SIG/KM is one of the newer SIGs and is growing fast. The SIG/KM Website has one great feature and one tantalizing one. The great one is that it pulls together an extensive set of resources related to knowledge management in the "Links and Resources" section. The tantalizing one is the "Idea Exchange" section, which is blank now but shows great promise if the name is accurate.

 

Library Automation and Networks SIG/LAN

 428 members; Balance: $3244

1999-2000 activity report received. SIG/LAN planned 3 technical sessions at AM '99. Website last updated February 23, 2000. SIG/LAN's Website notes some of the commendable self-examination undertaken by their activist leadership, especially their membership survey, the results of which will be available soon. SIG/LAN is also considering the possibility that its name needs a touchup given the changing nature of electronic interchange.

 

Management SIG/MGT

 289 members; Balance: $1949

No activity report for 1999-2000. Website last updated December 20, 1999. 

 

Medical Informatics SIG/MED

 183 members; Balance: $1232

1999-2000 activity report received. SIG/MED has been participating in the MEMALERT program by sending welcoming letters from the chair to new members. Their AM '99 technical session was on the interesting topic of Telemedicine in the Everest Extreme Expedition. MED also produced 3 citation lists directed at its membership.

 Website last updated September 7, 2000. The MED site includes its great, up-to-the-minute newsletter SIGMEDPulse.

 

Metrics (virtual SIG) SIG/MET

 Membership: NA; Balance: NA

Website last updated July 26, 2000. SIG/MET is a virtual SIG put together to fill a hole in ASIST's offerings. Their Website is primarily a starting point for their listserv, which has 216 members from 31 countries. SIG/MET is managed by the listserv moderator Gretchen Whitney, with support from Eugene Garfield.

 

Scientific & Technical Information Systems SIG/STI

 268 members; Balance: $1777

1999-2000 activity report received. SIG/STI sponsored 3 technical sessions at AM 2000 and continued its commendable program of awarding student travel grants to two students for each AM. SIG/STI also inaugurated its listserv. It is participating in the MEMALERT program by sending out welcoming messages to new members.

 Website last updated January 12, 2000.

 

Technology, Information and Society SIG/TIS

 374 members; Balance: $2421

No activity report for 1999-2000. No Website. No activity apparent.

 

Visualization, Images & Sound SIG/VIS

 188 members; Balance: $1648

No activity report for 1999-2000. Website last updated April 15, 1999. No activity apparent.

           

Note: SIG membership numbers do not include institutional members. Fund balances are indicated as "Balance." SIGs created during the reporting year do not have fund balances and are not required to submit activity reports.

 

Steering Committee Liaisons

Laura Cousineau (laura.cousineau@duke.edu) SIGs/AH, DL, ED, USE, III, LAN

Mike Crandall (mikecran@microsoft.com) SIGs/ALP, CR, CRS, HFIS, IA

Erica Lilly (elilly@kent.edu) SIGs/HCI, IAE, IFP, TIS, VIS

Michael Leach (leach@eps.harvard.edu) SIGs/PUB, KM, MGT, MED, STI

Gretchen Whitney (gwhitney@utkux.utcc.utk.edu) SIG/MET

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