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of the American Society for Information Science and Technology         Vol. 29, No. 3        February/March 2003

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Annual Meeting Coverage

Out and About at ASIST 2002

As 2002 drew to a close, the American Society for Information Science and Technology hosted its Annual Meeting in the cradle of liberty – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The worlds of digital technology and post-9/11 information supremacy were ever-present topics throughout the pre-conferences, the technical seminars and the always popular social events that were often scheduled, but just as often spontaneous. The ASIST cameras roamed the hallways and meeting rooms throughout the week and found these images to represent both the fun and the serious sides of being an information professional in the 2000s.

Additional coverage of the ASIST Annual Meeting can be found throughout this issue of the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

2002 ASIST Award Winners

Each year at the ASIST Annual Meeting, the Society honors the winners of the prestigious ASIST Annual Awards. This year’s winners received their accolades at the Awards Banquet and at other venues in Philadelphia. 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.

Award of Merit

Karen Sparck Jones, with a long, rich and remarkable career in information science, is presented with the 2002 Award of Merit for significant contributions to the field of library and information science. As her nominator noted, "It is remarkable, one might even say moving, that someone who co-authored a paper in one of the great founding collections of our discipline, the Proceedings of the 1958 International Conference on Scientific Information in Washington, DC, should still be an architect of information science more than 40 years later."

Additional coverage of the Award of Merit presentation is included elsewhere in this issue of the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

Watson Davis Award

The 2002 Watson Davis Award, commemorating the founder of the Society and given to members for outstanding continuous contributions and dedicated service to the Society, is presented to Tom Hogan, president of Information Today, Inc., and former ASIST president.

In announcing their selection, the members of the award jury cited numerous specific contributions Hogan has made over the years, including an early effort to add "and Technology" to the Society's name; publication of the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology since 1991 with a commitment to lower the cost for Society members; and publication of the ASIST Proceedings and sales to the Society at close to production cost (allowing considerable savings to both the Society and its members).

Among the comments included in the papers nominating Tom for the award were many like these: he has been "uniquely supportive of ASIST and its endeavors," he "has been very content to serve the Society in a quiet, unassuming way” and he “has consistently helped to maintain the bridge between theory and practice, between research and application – he has been an unacknowledged supporter and backer of ASIST and ARIST for more than a decade.”

Research Award

 The ASIST Research Award recognizes an individual or organization for outstanding research contributions in the field of information science. For 2002, the Research Award is presented to Carol Tenopir, professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

 Dr. Tenopir has a research record spanning nearly 20 years. She is an internationally known researcher with a history of innovative and influential work on databases, online searching, scholarly publishing and other topics central to the interests of ASIST members. Her 1984 dissertation on full-text retrieval won both the ISI/ASIS Dissertation Scholarship Award and the Berner-Nash Award at the University of Illinois. Dr. Tenopir has authored over 260 publications, including four books and her highly-visible column in Library Journal. As one nomination letter said, "The usefulness and value of her extensive research are found in her widely read publications and in her outstanding teaching."

For a lifetime of high-quality research in information science, Carol Tenopir is the 2002 winner of the ASIST Research Award.

ISI Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award

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

This year’s outstanding teacher is Deborah K. Barreau, professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Barreau has demonstrated solid evidence of sustained excellence in teaching information science, particularly in the use of information systems in work environments.  The exploration of information use in context has highly significant and practical implications for today’s students, and Dr. Barreau has successfully integrated technology into the classroom to make her students’ discoveries relevant to today’s world.   Her class projects, such as configuring a library’s CD-ROM collection, involve practical execution of higher-level information science concepts. Dr. Barreau’s students say she is exceptional at “presenting complex technical concepts” in an environment where students are “comfortable, yet challenged.” A recent advisee of Dr. Barreau’s describes her as “able to cater to a wide range of student skills… teaching both novice and expert within the same setting.”

 Dr. Barreau’s teaching is backed by significant published research and professional involvement and, thus, she is an excellent recipient of the Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award.

John Wiley & Sons Best JASIST Paper Award

The 2002 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 2002 award is presented to M. Kaszkiel and J. Zobel for “Effective Ranking with Arbitrary Passages,” volume 52, number 4, pages 344-364, in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

According to the award jury, this paper makes a significant theoretical contribution to natural language retrieval by testing empirically the effectiveness of different kinds of passages (rather than whole documents) in document ranking. The study is empirically rigorous. A variety of proposed techniques are thoroughly analyzed and compared to identify the best approach. The results are extremely useful for the development of information retrieval systems. The paper is clearly written.

Best Information Science Book Award

Beyond Our Control? by Stuart Biegel, MIT Press, publisher, is the winner of the 2002 ASIST Best Information Science Book Award. This book is broad-based in its appeal and applicability. The topic – the applicability and limits of existing laws and legal frameworks to the Internet – has proven crucial for both professionals and researchers in our time and technological context. This book has great potential to guide future regulatory decisions concerning the Internet, and the discussions provide a clear and solid foundation from which to think about and model responses to such increasingly difficult issues as cyber-terrorism, online fraud and online extremism. It also addresses the issues in an international context, which is vital to situating any truly workable models.

This book is readable as a scholarly work, but is readily comprehensible to a non-expert in the field as well. The discussion is well-organized, well-paced and extremely clear, and its points are argued well and with originality and lucidity.  This work is very well-documented and uses sources which seem most appropriate to the topic.  Assertions are extensively supported with 70 pages of notes. The book contains an outstanding index which includes legal cases and notes.

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.

Suzanne L. Allard, a doctoral candidate at the University of Kentucky and an ASIST member since 1999, is the winner of the 2002 award. In the relatively short time she has been a part of ASIST, Suzie has made significant contributions to both chapters and SIGs and has achieved a visibility in the society that is rare in new members.

Suzie has played a leadership role in the University of Kentucky student chapter where she has recruited speakers for chapter meetings and provided a program on “Communication Skills for New Information Professionals.” She has also participated in activities of the Southern Ohio Chapter, including serving as a featured speaker on the topic of digital libraries. Suzie has been a leader in establishing the ASIST SIG/DL (Digital Libraries), serving as chair, moderating the new SIG’s listserv and providing content for its Web page. She has also organized and moderated SIG/DL sessions for annual meetings and served as a judge for SIG/III’s international paper contest. Suzie also has expertise in use of focus groups and she has generously contributed those skills to ASIST by leading focus groups to gather information on societal concerns.

One of the writers supporting Suzie’s nomination observed that she “is enthusiastic, energetic, thoughtful, hard-working, caring and focused. She has a remarkable talent for leadership.”

ISI/ASIST Citation Analysis Research Grant

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

The 2002 ISI/ASIST Citation Analysis Research Grant is awarded to Chaomei Chen, College of Information Science and Technology, Drexel University, for his proposal, "Tracing the Transfer of Knowledge." 

In its evaluation of nominations, the jury found that Dr. Chen demonstrates a clear mindset, fine target and a good grasp of the research purposes and objectives. His proposal follows the required research format and asks a set of good research questions. Dr. Chen's proposal clearly describes her research intentions and is well documented. The intention of his research is to provide a set of streamlined analytical and visualization tools to the communities of information science and related disciplines and practitioners in order to stimulate more studies of three currently peripheral areas of knowledge transfer.

His research should facilitate the discovery of knowledge transfer and enable citation analysts to explore citation patterns and trends across heterogeneous sources such as scientific citations, patent citations and funding descriptions. It should help citation analysts to make sense and explain characteristics and trends of knowledge transfer.

ASIST/UMI Doctoral Dissertation Award

 The winner of the 2002 ASIST/UMI Doctoral Dissertation Award is Pamela Savage-Knepshield, for her work entitled Mental Models: Issues in Construction, Congruency and Cognition. This dissertation examines how the depth of presentation detail of an information retrieval system conceptual mode influences a naive searcher’s mental model of the system and retrieval success and satisfaction. The work also examines the effect of repeated use of the system (at a one-week interval) for a different search task. The research contributes to information retrieval systems and cognitive modeling research, theory and practice.

ISI Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship
 The ISI Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship fosters research in information science by encouraging and assisting doctoral students with their dissertation research.

The 2002 scholarship is awarded to Joan Bartlett, University of Toronto, for her proposal entitled, "Capturing, Modeling and Utilizing Bioinformatics Expertise."

The process of interrogating and interacting with bioinformatics data is limited to the expert who has both computing and genomics expertise. To date, this process is passed on from expert to expert within labs using, surprisingly, an oral history tradition that is more typically found in storytelling and folklore. Using a task analysis-like technique, Joan Bartlett is capturing and simultaneously unraveling that process in order to decompose it to its most elemental components from which she subsequently is building a parsimonious procedure. The intent behind this process is to reduce the complexity of doing bioinformatics analyses so that genomics data can be exploited by the typical bench scientists who may not have the computing or genomics expertise.
Pratt-Severn Best Student Research Paper Award

The Pratt-Severn Best Student Research Paper Award recognizes the outstanding work of a current student in a degree-granting program in the information field. Submissions for the award are evaluated by the same rigorous standards as papers submitted to the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

The 2002 winning submission is "Representing Oral History: Challenges and Opportunities for Content-Based Retrieval," by Elizabeth Zogby of Drexel University. Ms. Zogby received high marks in technical competence in information science, significance of the findings to information science and originality. Her paper explores the unique challenges that oral history presents to librarians, archivists, indexers and other information professionals concerned with representation. The paper then describes ways in which frameworks provided by the literature of image and audio representation and retrieval research may be useful for this special historical material. The author provides an excellent overview of the types of problems and opportunities that one encounters when working with oral history.

As one reviewer noted, "The author's ability to synthesize creatively from research in such areas as image representation, auditory translations and text-oriented enhancements, all the while without losing focus on the thesis that the 'centrality of the audio recording must be maintained' is illustrative of the importance of creative synthesis for advances in information science generally." 

Chapter Awards


For the fourth year in a row, the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (LACASIS) received honors as ASIST’s Chapter-of-the-Year.

Chapter Member-of-the-Year

Stephen Spohn from the Potomac Valley Chapter is recognized as 2002 Chapter Member-of-the-Year. Stephen has been a force for chapter revitalization, working tirelessly as chapter secretary, as well as in a number of other activities, including events and meeting planning, strengthening ties with the two local student chapters and improving e-mail communication within the chapter. He embodies all the qualities that will ensure the future health and well being of the Potomac Valley Chapter.

Chapter Electronic Publication-of-the-Year

The website – www.lacasis.org – of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology is the 2002 Chapter Electronic Publication-of-the-Year. With an average of 4780 accesses per month, this website is a convenient window-to-the-world of ASIST and other national and international information organizations. It provides members a convenient way to register for events, serves as a tool for identifying and planning schedules for future events and promotes the chapter and the national organization.

Chapter Print Publication-of-the-Year

OASIS, the newsletter of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, is an outstanding source of news and information for a geographically dispersed chapter. As a print publication, it is well designed, with well-written articles and rich content. The newsletter includes local and national news, information on chapter leadership, events, topics of interest, calendar of activities, new member information and much more.  Over time, it has come to set the standard of what a chapter newsletter can be.

Chapter Event-of-the-Year

The fall workshop of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, California's Gold - Nuggets on Managing, Accessing, Sharing & Developing Digital Resources, is the 2002 Chapter Event-of-the-Year. Held at Chapman University, this workshop invited participants to learn about the latest technologies being developed for the management of and access to digital resources. With 105 attendees, it attracted people from many different companies and organizations throughout California. All shared an interest in exploring new ideas and applications of information science and technology; all benefited from the opportunity to meet other information specialists; and all experienced a showcase of the extraordinary contributions Californians are making to the field.

Student Chapter-of-the-Year

The Simmons College Student Chapter is the recipient of the 2002 Student Chapter-of-the-Year Award for the third time. In the past year, the chapter increased its membership from 32 to 36.  Using a variety of communication media (e.g., fliers to all incoming students, membership information brought to all chapter events, and welcoming messages to new members), the chapter recruited and retained members. The chapter organized workshops, presentations and panels on such topics as XML, Web mastering, taxonomy and alternative careers in information science, each of which introduced members and nonmembers to areas of interest in information science and technology. It also sponsored a presentation at which faculty and student representatives talked about the benefits of their associations.

SIG Awards

SIG-of-the-Year Award

Two ASIST SIGs were awarded SIG-of-the-Year honors for 2002: SIG/International Information Issues (SIG/III) and SIG/Scientific and Technical Information Systems (SIG/STI) .


SIG/III was cited as SIG-of-the-Year for the third year in a row. Among the achievements cited in honoring the SIG this year are excellence in outreach through its website and newsletter/electronic discussion list; participation in governance activities; development of officer positions that meet the needs of the SIG; involvement of the international community through the International Paper Contest and other contests; excellence in fund raising activities, particularly targeted at international participation in ASIST; contributions to the Society through programming at annual meetings, both in scientific presentations and social events; and representation of ASIST at international meetings and conferences.


SIG/STI, a first-time winner of SIG-of-the-Year honors, was cited for such activities as growth in membership; effective use of the sigsti discussion group and the STI website; participation in governance activities; leadership development in identifying and grooming new officers; program development for the members of the SIG and the Society at large; recruitment efforts and activities; encouragement of student participation in SIG activities; and development of and participation in the Tri-Society programs and activities.

SIG Member-of-the-Year

Joette Stefl-Mabry, honored as SIG Member-of-the-Year from SIG/HCI, was cited for creating special sessions at ASIST Annual Meetings. At the 2002 meeting, she and colleagues Barbara Lynch and April Hatcher, organized a Sunday afternoon interactive “delphi-on-the-fly” session for which she recruited tremendous corporate support.  In each of the last two years, her sessions have been both interactive and innovative.

SIG Publication-of-the-Year

The e-mail list of SIG/Information Policy (SIG/IFP) is the 2002 SIG Publication-of-the-Year. The list contains broad policy posts, issued by member Terrence Maxwell, that have recruited a significant number of people to the list.  Information about the list is at http://mail.asis.org/mailman/listinfo/sigifp-l

Cutlines for Awards photos pages 5-8

Tom Hogan, right, accepts the ASIST Watson Davis Award from Steve Hardin.

Carol Tenopir receives the 2002 ASIST Research Award from Don Kraft.

Deborah Barreau, left, accepts the Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award from June Lester.

Suzie Allard, right, receives the James M. Cretsos Leadership Award from Allison Brueckner.

Chaomei Chen, left, accepts the Citation Analysis Research Grant from Don Kraft.

Pamela Savage-Knepshield, left, receives the ASIST/UMI Doctoral Dissertation Award from Austin McLean, ProQuest Information and Learning (formerly UMI).

Joan Bartlett receives the ISI Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship from Don Kraft.

Elizabeth Zogby, left, receives the Pratt-Severn Best Student Research Paper Award from Tula Giannini of Pratt Institute.

Steve Spohn, left, receives the Chapter Member-of-the-Year Award from Doug Kaylor.

Members of the Los Angeles Chapter of ASIST turned out en masse to bask in the glory of the chapter’s numerous awards for 2002.

Ivana Curcic, president of the Simmons College ASIST Student Chapter, receives the group’s award from Heting Chu.

SIG/III members, left to right, Liwen Vaughan, Suzanne Stemler, Yin Zhang, Hong Xu, Sue O’Neil Johnson and Gretchen Whitney, accept SIG-of-the-Year honors.

SIG/STI members on hand to accept SIG-of-the-Year honors were, left to right, Jian Qin, Julie Arnold, K.T. Vaughan, Deborah Helman and Molly Moss.

Joette Stefl-Mabry, left, receives the SIG Member-of-the-Year Award from Gretchen Whitney.

Looking to Long Beach

Winter Doldrums? Contemplate Long Beach
by Bo-Gay Tong Salvador

Are you exhausted from digging out from under the snow and just plain tired of the chill of a long winter? If you are, ASIST has a solution for you. Think ahead only a few (well, about six) months from now, when the 2003 ASIST Annual Meeting will be held October 20-23, in the beautiful and sunny city of Long Beach, California. You’ll be conferencing at the Westin Long Beach, only minutes from the beaches of the blue Pacific Ocean. In fact, your hotel room might have a gorgeous view of the expansive Long Beach Harbor and perhaps the historic Queen Mary. During the month of October, the average daily temperature is a high of 79 degrees, moderated by cool sea breezes, and a balmy 58-degree low. We can’t promise clear skies at all times, but the average rainfall for October is a mere 0.40 inches.

Just where is Long Beach? Relative to major airports, it is approximately 20 miles south of Los Angeles Airport, 40 miles from John Wayne Airport in Orange County, but only 9 miles from the Long Beach Airport. Currently, American, America West, Horizon and Jet Blue airlines fly to Long Beach Airport, a most convenient alternative to the bigger, higher-anxiety international airports. Note that Jet Blue now flies non-stop to Long Beach from New York City, Washington, DC, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and Oakland and provides connecting flights from several cities in New York State.

Long Beach is not “just another beach city,” by any means. The fifth largest city in California, its flagship attractions include the venerable Queen Mary, which houses a museum, a hotel and restaurants, the state-of-the-art Aquarium of the Pacific, the Museum of Latin American Art and the Long Beach Museum of Art. A revitalized downtown showcases eclectic eateries, distinctive shopping and a vibrant night life offering jazz, blues and rock and roll. For the more athletically inclined, there are extensive walking and biking paths along the fabulous 5½ miles of shoreline, not to mention opportunities for swimming, surfing, sailing, jet skiing, fishing and even deep sea diving! And if you somehow overdose on the warmth of the sun and begin to miss the cold temps of winter, you can catch an Ice Dogs game at the Long Beach Arena. (Yes, Long Beach has its own professional ice hockey team).

If you yearn to visit attractions elsewhere in Southern California, driving distances are quite reasonable. Here are some approximate distances (in miles) from downtown Long Beach to a few popular destinations: Disneyland, 26 miles; Malibu Beach, 36; downtown Los Angeles, 25; Getty Center, 32; UCLA, 30; Hollywood, 32; Huntington Library and Gardens (San Marino), 28. If you prefer not to drive the freeways of Los Angeles, many destinations can be reached by public transportation. For instance, the Blue Line of the Metro Rail system begins just steps from the conference hotel and takes you to downtown Los Angeles. You can then transfer to the Red Line which transports you to many attractions in Hollywood as well as to Universal Studios.

In upcoming issues of the Bulletin, this column will focus on more things to see and do in and around Long Beach. In the meantime, save the dates for ASIST 2003 and get your swimsuit out of storage!

Bo-Gay Tong Salvador is the co-chair of the ASIST Los Angeles Chapter (LACASIS).

News from ASIST Chapters

The Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (LACASIS) and the Special Libraries Association - Southern California Chapter (SLA-SCC) held a joint holiday meeting in mid-December, featuring Huell Howser, a public television documentary filmmaker.

 The East Tennessee Chapter of American Society for Information Science and Technology held a late November meeting in the Information Salon format of socializing and sharing of information-related ideas. The salon featured Cary Staples, an associate professor from University of Tennessee’s art department and coordinator of the school’s DesignCenter.  Staples has done extensive design work with multimedia and web interfaces. The discussion centered on a recent paper on the role of information design and the design process (available at www.f-onedesign.com/ChicagoAIGA.pdf)

The ASIST Michigan Chapter held a workshop in December on Distance Education and the Questions of Equivalency," featuring Gary Morrison, professor of instructional technology, Wayne State University, as keynote speaker and a panel of participants from Central Michigan University and Macomb Community College.

The Southern Ohio ASIST Chapter, in conjunction with the LexisNexis Technical Library, presented a speech on The Role of Media Literacy in Auditing Corporate Reputation, by Craig E. Carroll, School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin. The speech was illustrated with examples from mass communication and organization theory to show how mass media news content shapes perceptions of corporate reputation and how the packaging of news content in large-scale databases contributes to this process.

The Seattle Reading Group of the Pacific Northwest Chapter began the new year in January with a discussion of Content Management. The discussion articles for the session were “Losing Sight of the Content in a Content Management System” (www.intranetjournal.com/articles/200204/km_04_02_02a.html) and “Navigating the Content Management Jungle: A Survival Guide” (http://intranetjournal.com/articles/200112/cm_12_19_01a.html).

News about ASIST Members

Three ASIST members are among the four editors of the recently released Implementing Digital Reference Services, published by Neal-Schuman Publishers. The editors include Charles R. McClure, Frances Eppes Professor of Information Studies and director of the Information Institute, and Melissa Gross, assistant professor, both at Florida State University, and Jeffrey Pomerantz, Syracuse University. Digital reference – the process of helping patrons find information via e-mail, live chat, interactive video or other electronic means – is growing rapidly.

News from an ASIST Institutional Member

School of Information Announced at UT Austin

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Texas is changing its name to the School of Information. The new name reflects the broadening of the profession in the 21st century and was selected by the faculty to represent more accurately the diversity of their interests and research.

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