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of the American Society for Information Science and Technology       Vol. 29, No. 2      December/January  2003

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Annual Meeting Coverage

The December/January issue of the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology traditionally contains in-depth coverage of the ASIST Annual Meeting, including reports on major technical sessions, full photographic and textual coverage of the winners of the ASIST awards and news of other relevant activities.

This year, however, the mid-November date of the 2002 Annual Meeting fell outside the production cycle for this issue of the Bulletin. Therefore, the bulk of Annual Meeting News will be included in the February/March 2003 issue.

2002 ASIST Award Honorees

The following individuals and organizations were among those honored at the 2002 ASIST Annual Meeting Awards Banquet and at other venues during the meeting. Details of these honors will be included in the next issue of the Bulletin.

Award of Merit - Karen Sparck Jones

Research Award - Carol Tenopir

ISI Citation Research Award - Chaomei Chen

Best Information Science Book Award - Beyond Our Control? by Stuart Biegel

ISI Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship - Joan Bartlett

UMI Doctoral Dissertation Award - Pamela Savage-Knepshield

Pratt-Severn Award - Elizabeth Zogby

James M. Cretsos Leadership Award - Suzanne L. Allard

ISI Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award - Deborah K. Barreau

Best JASIST Paper Award - M. Kaszkiel and J. Zobel

Chapter Member-of-the-Year Award - Stephen Spohn (Potomac Valley Chapter)

Chapter Electronic Publication-of-the-Year - www.lacasis.org (Los Angeles Chapter)

Chapter Print Publication-of-the-Year - OASIS (Los Angeles Chapter)

Chapter Event-of-the-Year - Fall workshop of the Los Angeles Chapter

New Officers and Directors Join ASIST Board

With the start of the 2003 administrative year, the ASIST Board of Directors welcomed three new members and bade farewell to three whose terms have concluded.

Each of the new members will serve the society for three years. Those elected to the Board during the summer balloting are Samantha Hastings, president-elect; and Allison Brueckner and Beverly Colby, directors-at-large.

As the new members took their seats on the ASIST Board, Trudi Bellardo Hahn, elected last year as president-elect, assumed the presidency from Donald H. Kraft, who now serves as past president for one year.

Hahn is manager of Library User Education Services and adjunct professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland.

Hastings is an associate professor of information science and fellow of the Texas Center for Digital Knowledge at the University of North Texas in Denton. She teaches courses in digital image management, telecommunications, and science and technology reference. Her primary research interests revolve around the problems of digital image storage and retrieval. Currently, she is the principal investigator for the Digital Image Managers Project, funded by a federal grant from IMLS.  An ASIST member since 1989, she has organized program sessions, chaired special interest groups (SIGs), served on committees and juries and on the Board of Directors as the SIG Cabinet Director for four years. She believes that the SIGs are the heart of ASIST and has worked diligently to help SIGs meet the challenges of working within a volunteer organization.

Brueckner received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana University. She received her Masters in Information Science from Indiana University in December 1999. Since joining ASIST in 1997 as a student member from Indiana University, Allison has exhibited energy, dedication and leadership in several arenas. Allison has served as the Indiana Chapter chair and program chair. She aggressively recruited quality speakers and presenters for chapter programs, initiated joint meetings with the Southern Ohio Chapter, updated and maintained the chapter website, began a review of the chapter bylaws and organized the first virtual meeting of a chapter executive committee.  Since moving to Ann Arbor in 2000, Allison organized fellow ASIST members to restart the previously dormant Michigan Chapter, currently serving as chair. At the national level, Allison was a founding member and a driving force behind the creation of Special Interest Group/Digital Libraries, serving as the first chair. She set up the website for this new SIG and worked to get its listserv going. She has also served as a member of the Leadership Development Committee and is the chair of the Digital Libraries Task Force. She received the 2001 James M. Cretsos Leadership Award.

Colby is research consultant with the venture capital firm Flagship Ventures. Previously she was director of research with Battery Ventures. She holds the Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. Her ASIST participation includes both chapter and national activities. She was on the board of the New England Chapter for many years and, in the recent past, has worked with a committee to explore outreach for the chapter. Long active in SIG/Management, she currently serves as chair. She has served on a number of standing committees for ASIST, including Leadership Development, Awards & Honors and Nominations. She was one of the organizers of this year's Knowledge Management Summit which preceded the Annual Meeting.

As the new Board of Directors went to work in Philadelphia at the conclusion of the 2002 Annual Meeting, the service of those leaving the Board was acknowledged. Joseph Busch, immediate past president; and Raya Fidel and Kris Liberman, directors-at-large, were thanked for their distinguished efforts on behalf of the Society and its membership.

News from ASIST Chapters

In October, the Arizona Chapter of ASIST was a co-sponsor of a colloquium entitled Classification: The West and the Rest? Hope Olson, professor, University of Alberta, presented findings from her research project on the cultural construction of classification. Over the summer, the chapter spearheaded a Virtual Community Building effort. The group experimented with various software to build virtual communities ranging from the simple to the complex; they had had fun identifying priorities and learning hands-on IT skills.

In September, the Potomac Valley Chapter of ASIST presented Liane Hansen, on-air host of NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, in a session titled Information, Accessibility and Terrorism's Impact on the Information Age. Hansen has an extensive background in broadcast journalism, including more than 25 years of work as a radio producer, reporter and on-air host. She shared her views on information dissemination in today's environment, including the impact 9/11 has had on information accessibility and availability.

The Northern Ohio ASIST Chapter (NORASIS) joined with the Cleveland chapter of the Special Libraries Association to present the annual George Mandel lecture, this year featuring former ASIST president José-Marie Griffiths, speaking on Leadership Skills for the Electronic Age. The two organizations then cooperated on a session on Careers in the Information Profession, featuring a panel of speakers talking about their jobs in technical, business and non-traditional research fields and Marty Jaffe from Cuyahoga County Public Library's InfoPlace reviewing the latest resources and trends in job searching.

Meanwhile, the Southern Ohio Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (SOASIST) joined the Miami Valley Computing Societies to present their 14th Annual Fall Joint Meeting in September. Disruptive Technology: A Panel Discussion on Innovation and Disorder focused on technological changes that radically alter (i.e., "disrupt") business and societal paradigms.

 SOASIST then teamed up with the University of Kentucky Student Chapter of ASIST to present Eric Weig, Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Kentucky, on Metadata and the Digital Library. Weig, digital initiatives librarian at the University of Kentucky, is project manager for the Kentucky Virtual Library's Kentuckiana Digital Library Project.

The Seattle Reading Group of the Pacific Northwest Chapter started its third season in October with a discussion of the question, "What the heck are wikis and blogs?" The discussion articles for this session were "Blogs Take Web Diaries to the Next Level" (www.cnn.com/2002/TECH/internet/05/09/blog/) and "Build Community with Web Logs," (www.clickz.com/tech/lead_edge/article.php/818321).

 Then in November, the Seattle Reading Group discussed job hunting, focusing on "The Info Pro's Survival Guide to Job Hunting" and other articles in the July/August 2002 Searcher magazine (http://www.infotoday.com/searcher/jul02/searcher).

The Los Angeles & New England Chapters of the American Society for Information Science and Technology are offering the first ASIST chapter virtual program on distance education and e-learning. The free, online mini-course uses Blackboard (distance learning) software to discuss methods, technologies and issues of distance education and e-learning and features online video presentations by Howard Besser, UCLA, and Richard Larson, MIT. The program runs from December 9-20, 2002.

SOASIST Student Scholarship Essay Competition

Kitty McClanahan, a student in the College of Communications & Information Studies at the University of Kentucky, is the winner of the 2002 SOASIST Student Scholarship Essay Competition. The competition encourages students in Library and Information Science & Information Studies programs in Ohio and Kentucky to consider the benefits of participation in professional societies.

Competitors were asked to compose an essay addressing the following question: "What specific benefits do I expect to derive from attending the ASIST 2002 Annual Meeting?" Essays were judged by a panel of SOASIST members. The winner won reimbursement funding up to $1000 for registration, airfare, food and lodging expenses to attend the 2002 ASIST Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

This year's award was funded by LexisNexis.

Kitty's winning essay will be published in the upcoming issue of soasis&t ... on the move (www.asis.org/Chapters/soasis/enews/index.html).

News about ASIST Members

Kevin Rioux, formerly a visiting faculty member in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Florida, has joined the faculty of the Department of Library and Information Studies, School of Education, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Rioux's research interests are information sharing in electronic environments, information acquiring behavior and human factors in interface design. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Austin where he recently held the University Continuing Fellowship and the Robert R. Douglass Memorial Endowed Presidential Scholarship.

Don Kraft, immediate past president of ASIST and editor of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, was elected Fellow of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) for distinguished contributions to information science and computer science through research and teaching and as editor of JASIST.  This award is for those whose "efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished."

Edie Rasmussen, currently professor, School of Information Science, University of Pittsburgh, will be the Director of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia, beginning on July 1, 2003. She was the program chair of the recently concluded ASIST Annual Meeting.

Mary Lynn Rice-Lively has been appointed to the newly created position of associate dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Texas at Austin. A former assistant to the Dallas City Manager and, more recently, assistant dean of information technology at GSLIS, Rice-Lively is an expert in management and information technology and has held a variety of management positions during her 25 years of professional work.

Deborah Barreau, assistant professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, received the 2002 Steven I. Goldspiel Memorial Research Grant of the Special Libraries Association for her research proposal, "The New Information Professional: Vision and Practice."  Barreau also received the 2002 ISI/ASIST Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award.


Saul Herner

Saul Herner, 79, a longtime ASIST member who did pioneering work in establishing chemical information systems, died of kidney failure October 11 at Friends Nursing Home in Sandy Spring.  Herner retired in 1996 as president of Herner & Co., a consulting firm in Arlington, Virginia.

Herner, a Washington resident, was an early practitioner in the field of information science, which was fueled in large part by the interests of the federal government, researchers and the defense industry. He wrote about the subject in books and technical journals, defining it as the product of convergences of library science, computer and punch-card science, research and development documentation, abstracting, indexing and other fields and disciplines.

Herner, a native of Brooklyn, New York, moved to Washington in the early 1950s.  The firm he started in the mid-1950s specialized in technical libraries, surveys and other information services for the government.

Mr. Herner earned a degree from the University of Wisconsin and took graduate courses in library science at New York University. He was a research chemist with the Army in the mid-1940s and then a chemical reference assistant at the New York Public Library. He was assistant curator and engineering librarian at New York University before moving to the Washington area to be chief librarian at the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University. In the mid-1950s, he was head of the technical information and library planning group of Atlantic Research Co.  Mr. Herner taught at Drexel Institute of Technology and the University of Maryland library school. He was editor in chief of a technical publishing firm, Information Resources Press and treasurer of Herner Analytics Laboratories in Rockville, which he co-founded with his brother in 1972.

His wife, Mary Alexander Herner, died in 1997. He is survived by his brother Albert E. Herner of Rockville.

Winifred Sewell

Longtime ASIST member Winifred Sewell died recently at her home in Maryland. She was 85. Sewell was senior librarian at Squibb Institute of Medical Research from 1946-1961. Subsequently, she went to Wellcome Research Labs at National Library of Medicine (NLM). She was instrumental in developing MEDLARS as Medical Subject Headings and later served as deputy chair of the Biological Services Division and head of the Drug Literature Program at NLM. Among many honors, she served as honorary president of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in its 100th anniversary year, 1999-2000, the first woman and the first librarian to be so honored.

Albert Tabah

Albert Tabah, 51, professor at the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information (EBSI), passed away on September 30, 2002, following a long illness.

After a 15-year career in the medical, science and engineering libraries at McGill University and Concordia University, in 1990 Tabah returned to school in pursuit of a Ph.D. in information studies at McGill, a degree he earned in 1996. In 1993, he joined the faculty of EBSI and became assistant professor in 1996.

Tabah was a great success as a teacher and a scholar. He published notable research in the areas of bibliometrics in the sciences and in collection development. Both the World Bank and the International Development Research Centre sought his expertise, sending him on several missions to Senegal, Guinea and Burkina Faso.

A colleague, Marcel Lajeunesse, professor at EBSI, writes, "In the nine years he spent among us, Albert Tabah became friends with everyone who knew him. He was a highly valued colleague. We miss him."

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