Bulletin, December 2006/January 2007

Inside ASIS&T

ASIS&T 2006 Annual Meeting Coverage
As this issue of the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology goes to press, members of ASIS&T have gathered in Austin, Texas, for the 2006 Annual Meeting. Complete coverage of the meeting will be included in the February/March 2007 issue of the Bulletin. But to the whet the appetite for meeting coverage for those who didn’t attend, here are the winners of the 2006 ASIS&T Awards:

Award of Merit – Blaise Cronin

Watson Davis Award – Trudi Bellardo Hahn and Steve Hardin

Research in Information Science Award – Brenda Dervin

Information Science Book Award – Memory Practices in the Sciences by Geoffrey C. Bowker

Thomson ISI/ASIS&T Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award – Tatjana Aparac-Jelušić

John Wiley & Sons Best JASIST Paper Award – Lisl Zach for “When is ‘Enough’ Enough? Modeling the Information-seeking and -stopping Behavior of Senior Arts Administrators”

Thomson ISI/ASIS&T Citation Analysis Research Grant – Jean Phillips and Steven Ackerman

Thomson ISI/ASIS&T Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship – Heather O’Brien

ProQuest/ASIS&T Doctoral Dissertation Award – Vivien Petras

James M. Cretsos Leadership Award – Nadia Caidi and Caryn Anderson

Student Chapter-of-the-Year – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chapter Event-of-the-Year – Buy, Hack or Build: Optimizing Your Systems for Your Users and Your Sanity and Social Software, Libraries and Communities (New England ASIS&T) 

Chapter Publication-of-the-Year – 30 Years of NJ-ASIST, brief history of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology

Chapter Innovation-of-the-Year – Arizona Chapter (AZ-ASIS&T) for using dLIST as a resource for building the LIS community in widely dispersed geographic area covered by the chapter

SIG-of-the-Year – SIG/International Information Issues (SIG/III)

New Officers and Directors Join ASIS&T Board
A new ASIS&T administrative year got underway during the 2006 Annual Meeting in Austin, bringing new faces to the Board of Directors. Three new members were welcomed to the Board at the conclusion of the meeting, while three retiring members were thanked for their service.

Each of the new members will serve the society for three years. Those elected to the Board during the summer balloting are Nancy Roderer, president-elect; and Kate McCain and Julian Warner, directors-at-large. In addition, two bylaws amendments on the ballot passed.

As the new members took their seats, Edie Rasmussen, elected last year as president-elect, assumed the presidency from Michael Leach, who now serves as past president for one year. Former president Nicholas J. Belkin and directors-at-large Gail Hodge and Dietmar Wolfram completed their terms of service on the Board. 

Edie Rasmussen is professor and director of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Prior to joining UBC, she was a professor in the School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, where she chaired the doctoral studies committee and served for three years as department chair. Among many contributions to ASIS&T over the years, she has chaired an ASIS&T Annual Meeting (2002), chaired the Research Committee, held elected and advisory positions for the Pittsburgh ASIS&T chapter and the Pittsburgh Student Chapter and has served on many ASIS&T awards juries.

Nancy Roderer is associate professor at Johns Hopkins University, where she serves as director of both the Welch Medical Library and the Division of Health Sciences Informatics. Previously she worked in medical librarianship and informatics at Columbia University, Yale University and the National Library of Medicine, as well as serving as an information sciences consultant. Among the many highlights of her ASIS&T participation are service as a board member; as an officer of both SIGs and chapters; and on several committees. In addition, Nancy is the recipient of the 2003 Watson Davis Award.

Kate McCain is professor and associate dean at the College of Information Science and Technology at Drexel University. Among her teaching specialties are science and engineering reference, serial literature, scholarly communication and content representation. Her primary research focus for the past 25 years has been quantitative studies of scholarly fields and literatures using tools of bibliometrics and knowledge domain visualization, but she has also published on information retrieval systems evaluation and communication in the life sciences. Much of her ASIS&T involvement has centered on SIG activities, particularly those of SIG/STI and SIG/ED.

Julian Warner is a faculty member in information science at the Queen’s University of Belfast, where he teaches courses in the human aspects of modern information and communication technologies and in information policy. He has been a visiting scholar at the Universities of California at Berkeley, Illinois and Edinburgh and a visiting professor at Indiana University. As an ASIS&T member, he has been involved in international activities through publications, chapters and SIGs, and the Board of Directors.

News about ASIS&T SIGs
Special Interest Group/International Information Issues (SIG/III) has launched a blog as a means for communicating more actively with members, colleagues and others interested in information science. The blog may be found at www.neasist.org/icisc/blog/. The blog is hosting a discussion on trust in information – specifically on how information professionals and members of a general public judge the authority of the information they receive, and how perceptions of trust change in different cultural contexts. 

News about ASIS&T Chapters 
The Michigan Chapter of the American Society for Information Science & Technology held its first-ever “annual meeting” just before members left for the 2006 ASIS&T Annual Meeting. The chapter meeting was planned as an opportunity for chapter members to connect with each other, learn about the chapter and how to get involved, and to prepare for the ASIS&T meeting in Austin, Texas. The evening event also featured a presentation by Robin Sabo, reference librarian/health sciences bibliographer at Central Michigan University, discussing the popularity of searching the Internet for medical information. Are healthcare consumers finding the high quality information they need, or are they being harmed by unreliable or dangerous information? 

The Indiana Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology and the Indiana Online User Group held a joint program on library user-centered design. The full-day program featured a keynote speech by Frank Cervone, Northwestern University, on Moving beyond Usability: Reaching out to People in a Fragmented Information Space. Additional speakers included Ian McKinney, Allen County Public Library, on Exploding the Myth of the Teen Superuser: Web Design for a Teen Audience; Kristi Barber, ATTAIN, on Accessible Websites and Adaptive Technology; and Pascal Calarco and Aaron Bales, University of Notre Dame, on Do It Yourself Usability Workshop: A Hands-on Approach.

The Los Angeles Chapter of ASIS&T (LACASIS) looked at how to incorporate wikis into an organization’s information practices at its November program meeting. Louisa Verna, librarian for the Specialty Coffee Association of America, was to detail the fundamentals of wiki use and development, discussing such topics as cost of wiki technology, security issues and organizational benefits of wikis.

The Potomac Valley Chapter (PVC) of ASIS&T kicked off its new administrative year with a program on Federated Search of Today and Tomorrow. . .What's Current, What's Coming. Shanyun Zhang, Catholic University of America; Bradley Gernand, Institute for Defense Analyses Headquarters Library; and Kathleen McGlaughlin, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Library, talked about the latest research on federated search; what can be expected from future systems; and the pros and cons of systems currently on the market.

PVC followed that up with Ready, Set, Go! Quick but Complete Disaster Planning with Jeanne M. Drewes, chief of binding and collections care at the Library of Congress, offering a disaster manual for recovery of library materials, both print and electronic. 

LACASIS Honors Contributions to Information Science
The Los Angeles Chapter of ASIS&T (LACASIS) will present its 2006 Contribution to Information Science Award (CISTA) to Gary Marchionini, the Cary C. Boshamer Professor at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The annual award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of information science.

Marchionini has a distinguished career as a teacher, researcher and active member of professional organizations. His research interests include information seeking, human-computer interaction, digital libraries, digital government and information policy. He is editor-in chief of ACM Transactions in Information Systems, and he serves on the editorial boards of numerous periodicals in the field, including the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Information Processing and Management, Library and Information Science Research, Information Retrieval, Educational Technology and the Journal of Digital Libraries. 

Marchionini received his Ph.D. from Wayne State University in mathematical education with an emphasis on educational computing. Prior to joining the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science, he was a professor at the University of Maryland and a member in the pioneering Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory.

He will receive his award and speak about his work at the annual LACASIS Awards Dinner in January.


James M. Cretsos

James M. Cretsos, friend and mentor to hundreds of information professionals who have passed through ASIS&T, died August 4, 2006. Throughout the 1970s and 80s and into the 1990s, Jim’s love of his professional society inspired many ASIS&T members to higher levels of involvement and participation in the Society, particularly in chapter and SIG activities which remained at the center of his interests. In 1992, ASIS&T established the James M. Cretsos Leadership Award to recognize new members who demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities.

Jim was born in 1929 in Athens, Greece. He migrated with his family to the United States in 1946 and became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1955. After serving in the U.S. Army, he received a B.S. degree in chemistry from American University. He began his professional career as a chemist for Melpar, Inc., which led to a lifelong career in science information. He later served as director of the information systems library at Litton Industries and as head of the science information systems department at Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals from which he retired in 1991. 

Within ASIS&T, Jim was one of five ASIS&T members honored as initial recipients of the Watson Davis Award, established in 1975 to commemorate the founder of the Society and recognizing members for outstanding continuous contributions and dedicated service to the organization. He served as ASIS&T president in 1979. He served as member or chair of numerous national committees and award juries over the years and maintained an ongoing presence and involvement in the activities of his local ASIS&T chapter, the Southern Ohio chapter (SOASIS), and in several SIGs, most notably SIG/MED.

Following his retirement from professional activities, Jim continued to enjoy his passion for the arts, with regular attendance at the symphony and opera, and his love of photography, reading, writing and tennis.

Wilhelm Karl “Bill” Bartenbach

Wilhelm Karl “Bill” Bartenbach, longtime ASIS&T member, passed away on August 25, 2006. Born in Auenstein, Germany, he immigrated to the United States in 1961. As a professional in information science, he was an active member of many professional organizations. He began his career at the New York Public Library and subsequently held executive positions at PAIS, the H.W. Wilson Company, The Foundation Center and Engineering Information. For the past 45 years, he has been dedicated to the peace movement. The family asked that donations be made to the Bartenbach Foundation Trust (dedicated to peace and conflict resolution) at 173-58 Croydon Road, Jamaica, NY 11432; or the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center, 600 East 233rd Street, Bronx, NY 10466. 

Emile K. Samaha

Emile K. Samaha, director of the Library and Documentation Systems Division of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, 1988-1995, passed away in September in Rome at the age of 73. 
A chemist by education, with a Ph.D. from Lyon University in France, it was during his work at the Lebanese University that Emile Samaha cultivated an interest in scientific and technical documentation. After consulting in the field for various international organizations, he joined FAO in 1979 as chief of the Systems and Project Development Branch and then assumed his directorship in 1988.
Emile Samaha was a true champion of the cause of improving global access to and exchange of scientific and technical information. During his service with FAO, he provided direction to the development of the international cooperative networks AGRIS, CARIS and AGLINET and was strongly committed to efforts to strengthen national capacities in FAO member countries.

Call for Papers for ASIS&T 2007
Joining Research and Practice: Social Computing and Information Science
October 18-25, 2007
Milwaukee, WI

Web 2.0 and social computing are changing the way people use and perceive the Internet as well as the ways they work and play. When users are no longer simply consumers of information, and they become active producers and contributors, what are the implications for information science? How are social computing and Web 2.0 trends affecting the work of information professionals? What current research and applications are shaping future directions? ASIS&T 2007 aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from all aspects of information science, industry, practice and academia for lively discussions and debates about the social aspects of information, about all things 2.0 (or looking to the future) or higher:

  • How and what to study in understanding people’s behaviors in Web 2.0? Are there significant behavioral or attitudinal changes? 

  • How and what to measure in understanding Web 2.0 and library 2.0 impacts? What are the metrics for ROIs? 

  • What are the underpinnings of folksonomy? How does folksonomy mesh with taxonomy? What is the role of metadata in social computing? 

  • How does information architecture affect social computing and vice versa? 

  • What are the trends in user interface design? How will interfaces evolve beyond current Web-based designs as social computing grows? 

  • How might developments in computer gaming inform design for or impact learning? 

  • Is the information world getting flatter? What can we learn from perspectives outside of the United States? 

  • Is social computing creating too much information? How does Web 2.0 influence the way we create, represent, organize, store, retrieve and disseminate information? 

  • How are all the new trends in social computing affecting information science education? 

Types of Submissions
The program committee will accept the following types of submissions: 

Contributed papers present original, recent research and design projects, theoretical developments or innovative practical applications providing more general insight into an area of practice. These are generally reports of completed or well-developed projects on topics suitable for publication in scholarly and professional journals. 

Contributed posters/short papers present new and promising work or preliminary results of research projects or results of design projects, practical implementations of an organization’s practices or industry innovations. 

Symposia and panels present topics for discussion such as cutting-edge research and design, analyses of hot or emerging trends, opinions on controversial issues, reports by practitioners on current information science and technology projects, and contrasting viewpoints from experts in complementary professional areas. 

Pre-conference sessions present topics such as theoretical research, management strategies and new and innovative systems or products, typically for purposes of concept development or continuing education. 
For more information, including submission guidelines and deadlines, please see the complete Call for Participation at http://www.asis.org/am07cfp.html