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of the American Society for Information Science and Technology       Vol. 31, No. 3    February/March 2005

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Throughout this issue of the Bulletin, we take a look at some of the fun and some of the work that wrapped up 2004 for ASIS&T and its members.  

2004 ASIS&T Award Winners

Each year at the ASIS&T Annual Meeting, the Society honors the winners of the prestigious ASIS&T Annual Awards. This year’s winners received their accolades at the Awards Luncheon and at other venues during the meeting. 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

      Howard White has made fundamental and profound contributions to the field of information science continuously and persistently over decades, not only to the field’s core, but also to the interdisciplinary frontiers. Howard is one of the most original and inventive minds in information. His recent work is both empirically innovative and philosophically deep. He is driven by an enjoyment of conducting research and by the commitment to making things useful for readers.

      The solid research and detailed analysis presented in his papers convincingly show that Howard is a talented researcher and thinker, a visionary and an innovator. He has continuously brought new ideas, techniques and methods to our field. He invented several methods of author co-citation analysis in the early 1980s and has since developed new methods and tools for author-citation analysis (ACA).

      The 1998 White-McCain study (Best JASIST Paper Award, 1998) is among a handful of information science works that has overcome the disciplinary barrier. The study is an exemplar of many kinds, with rigorous scholarship and craftsmanship that delineate clearly so a reader outside the field can understand. Howard’s work has raised the awareness and visibility of the field of information science to a level that productive and interdisciplinary communications become possible and are, in fact, taking place.

Howard has labored productively in a number of areas. He has contributed to reference work, domain analysis, evaluation and performance of retrieval systems, collection evaluation, on-line searching methods, librarianship and more. His recent studies on bibliometrics and social network analysis are seminal and will be quoted for years to come.

Howard White’s research best exemplifies the traditions, topical concerns and academic standards of the field of information science. The Award of Merit is a fitting acknowledgement of the distinctiveness and heft of Howard White’s contributions to the field.

Special Award

The American Society for Information Science and Technology is pleased to honor Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, KBE, with the prestigious ASIS&T Special Award. The founder of the World Wide Web joins a distinguished list of prior winners of the Special Award, including such luminaries as Isaac Asimov (1968); Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey (1978); Al Gore (1991), for his work in shepherding the government's release of the Internet as a distributed, open access system; Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf (1993), for their work in developing the Internet protocols; and Douglas Engelbart (1996) for his lifetime work in “augmenting human intelligence.” A citation honoring Berners-Lee reads as follows:

Whereas, one goal espoused by the founders of the American Society for Information Science and Technology was to promote the spread of scholarly information so it was available universally, and

            Whereas the World Wide Web is today and tomorrow's "lingua franca" for a growing amount of scholarly information and research; and

Therefore, the American Society for Information Science and Technology hereby bestows its Special Award on Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, KBE, in recognition of his unprecedented work in fathering the World Wide Web, and his work in maintaining the Web universal document identifiers, as open source, royalty-free, platform independent, and governed with distributed authority.

Watson Davis Award

The 2004 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 Joseph Busch, former ASIS&T president and founder of Taxonomy Strategies.

Joseph has contributed to the Society in numerous ways. He has been involved with a number of SIGs (including AH, CR, HCI, KM and USE) as both a member and an officer; he served on the SIG Cabinet Steering Committee; and he won the SIG Member-of-the-Year award in 1992.  He was an active member of the Los Angeles Chapter of ASIS&T for many years contributing through program planning and new member activities.

Joseph served as an ASIS&T director-at-large from 1994 to 1996 and was elected in 2000 as president-elect, succeeding to the presidency in 2001. He was the chair of the technical program committee for the 1997 Annual Meeting and has presented papers, served on panels and moderated sessions at a number of ASIS&T meetings throughout the years of his membership.

Joseph has most recently served on both the project team selecting and implementing the Society's new member records management system and on the ASIS&T Digital Library design and implementation task force.

Joseph is a tireless ambassador for the Society when meeting with students and new members and is always focused on the people who make up the membership.  He has been described as the heart and soul of the Society and his contributions as wide-ranging and steadfast. The Society is very pleased to recognize Joseph Busch for all of his dedicated service by awarding him the Watson Davis Award for 2004.

Research in Information Science Award

W. Boyd Rayward, the winner of the 2004 ASIS&T Award for Research in Information Science, is noted for his pioneering work investigating the development of the International Institute of Bibliography/International Federation of Information and Documentation and the role of Paul Otlet. His work has significantly improved our understanding of the many connections between the early years of information science and current issues and research problems, revealing important developments and ideas that would otherwise remain unknown to contemporary researchers and practitioners. He has provided a much richer intellectual history for present-day theory and practice in information science and technology. He has fostered the work of other researchers in the history of information science and technology through his leadership in organizing conferences on History and Heritage of Science Information Systems, editing issues of IEEE Annals of the History of Computing on the history of library automation (upcoming as part of an ASIS&T monograph he is editing) and a recent issue of Library Trends on pioneers in LIS, and mentoring students in their pursuit of historical research in information science and technology.

Thomson ISI/ASIS&T Outstanding Information Science Teacher

Don Cleveland, University of North Texas , is the 2004 winner of the Thomson ISI/ASIS&T Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award recognizing a distinguished teacher of information science, based on such criteria as unique contributions to the teaching of information science and impact on colleagues and students. Dr. Cleveland’s classroom message is that when we solve the theoretical problems related to information, we can then know the solutions to practical information situations, whether we are conducting stem cell research, managing libraries or engaging in other information-based human endeavors.

Perhaps his major contribution to the field of information science has been his leadership role in developing the interdisciplinary information science program at the University of North Texas . Some 40 faculty from seven major disciplines have come together to create an internationally known Ph.D. program in information science.

Best Information Science Book Award

A History of Online Information Services 1963-1976 (published by MIT Press, 2003), by Charles P. Bourne and Trudi Bellardo Hahn, is, according to the award jury, “a landmark achievement based on a prodigious amount of research over many years... it is doubtful this book will ever be superseded. The topic is of central interest to ASIS&T. It is a model of its kind. We should be grateful that it has appeared."

This book provides a rich narrative of the early development of online information retrieval systems and services during a period important to anyone who uses a search engine, online catalog or large database. Drawing on personal experience, extensive research and interviews with many of the key participants, the book describes the individuals, projects and institutions of the period. It also corrects common errors and misconceptions and provides milestones for many significant developments in online systems and technology.

John Wiley & Sons Best JASIST Paper Award

The 2004 John Wiley & Sons Best JASIST Paper Award goes to Cecelia Brown for “The Role of Electronic Preprints in Chemical Communication: Analysis of Citation, Usage, and Acceptance in the Journal Literature” (Volume 54, Issue 5, March 2003; pp. 362-371).

Jurors found the paper to be a carefully executed and well-presented study of the many factors that influence information seeking. The paper documents the conflict between chemists' use and perception of the value of the Chemistry Preprint Server and editors' hesitation to allow publication of papers previously submitted to an e-print server and citation to e-prints. This work should advance thinking about a complex situation that eventually implicates the whole social structure of the refereeing/publishing system.

James M. Cretsos Leadership Award

            The 2004 James M. Cretsos Leadership Award, honoring new ASIS&T members who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities in ASIS&T activities, is given to two deserving members: Stacy Surla and Tom Terrell.

Tom Terrell is recognized for his service to ASIS&T in a variety of national and local capacities. Among his accomplishments and contributions thus far have been participating in national and chapter meetings; helping to found SIG/Digital Libraries and serving as chair; serving on the ASIS&T Leadership Development Committee, the Leadership Award Jury, the Information Science Education Committee and the UMI/ProQuest Doctoral Dissertation Award Jury; continuous participation in the Florida ASIS&T chapter, serving as chair-elect/chair; and organizing the ASIS&T student chapter at the University of South Florida where he continues to serve as chapter faculty advisor. Tom’s good humor and enthusiasm make any activity in which he is involved more fun for others.

Stacy Surla, a valued member of the Potomac Valley Chapter, is honored for her service to ASIS&T in both national and local chapter meetings; her production of the 2004 IA Summit website; chairing the 2005 IA Summit program; service as a founding member of the DC Information Architects (DCIA), a local chapter of the ASIS&T IA SIG; and for team leadership in planning and creating the redesigned ASIS&T website. Stacy excels at motivating and leading project teams to the timely and effective accomplishment of goals while keeping all team members involved, and she is recognized for her organization, communication and leadership skills, her pleasant demeanor that allows others to enjoy themselves, and for recruiting participants in IA Summit meetings to become members of ASIS&T.

Thomson ISI/ASIS&T Citation Analysis Research Grant

            David Hubbard, Texas Tech University, is the winner of the 2004 Thomson ISI/ASIS&T Citation Analysis Research Grant for his proposal entitled, “Nature and Persistence of Corrected Journal Literature in the Field of Chemistry,” a context analysis of retracted/corrected chemical literature.

This project will extend knowledge into additional subject areas and will yield useful insights. While limited in scope, the project is practical and doable. Hubbard has the content knowledge to conduct the study, which will involve a significant amount of work in collecting and classifying the particular data set, as well as classifying the citations to those items.

Thomson ISI/ASIS&T Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship

            Meng Yang, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill , is the 2004 winner of the Thomson ISI/ASIS&T Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship for Task-dependent Video Relevance Criteria – A Proposed Naturalistic Study.

            Meng Yang has shown commendable courage and creativity in her choice of research topic. She has taken relevance, a core concept in information science, and given it a contemporary twist by using it to study video, one of the most pervasive and influential forms of current human expression. Ms. Yang's research will investigate how people make relevance judgments when they search video. She proposes to identify the criteria they apply and the factors that influence these criteria using a combination of qualitative research methods.

She has crafted a well-reasoned, articulate and persuasive plan of research for her dissertation that augurs well for her successful completion. Her meticulous attention to data collection and analysis using multiple methods to ensure reliability and validity, her clear and detailed articulation of her proposed research, her balanced understanding of the likely contributions of her work, her impressive record of research and publication that deepened her expertise in the area all combined to convince jurors that Meng Yang is indeed a worthy recipient of this honor.

ProQuest/ASIS&T Doctoral Dissertation Award

            Lennart Björneborn, Royal School of Library and Information Science , Denmark , is the winner of the 2004 ProQuest/ASIS&T Doctoral Dissertation Award for Small-World Link Structures Across an Academic Web Space: A Library and Information Science Approach. This dissertation expands and enriches the application of bibliometric approaches to the study of the Web. Specifically, it uses a sophisticated Web hyperlink analysis to investigate the “small world’ phenomenon on the Web. It defines several new, intriguing concepts and metaphors that will facilitate future research of the Web. The methodology is original and well designed with a comprehensive and well-defined typology of the Web links. The arguments are constructive with compelling evidence to support the claims. The dissertation is well organized with many fascinating diagrams, charts and figures. The dissertation makes a significant contribution to the emerging field of Webometrics.

Pratt Severn Best Student Research Paper Award

            Tori Orr, Drexel University , is the winner of the 2004 Pratt Severn Best Student Research Paper Award for Review of Literature: Representing Personal Histories in a Social Context. This innovative review examines the challenge of representing biographies, memoirs and related personal, family and cultural information and resources as informative, visible, searchable networks. The author takes a broad, interdisciplinary approach to the problem and brings together current research literature from information science, ethnography, sociology/social network analysis and theater arts. Each of these disciplines provides tools and approaches that, together, can be used to build and explore individual and community “networks of memory.”

The paper is creative in its topic, scholarly in its approach and well written. It provides a foundation for research and development in the indexing and representation of oral histories and similar rich, descriptive, narrative information resources in a format that can be easily integrated into digital libraries.



            For the sixth year in a row, the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (LACASIS) was named ASIS&T Chapter-of-the-Year, sharing the honor for the second year in a row with the Southern Ohio Chapter of ASIS&T (SOASIST).

LACASIS places a high premium on recruiting. Each year the chapter appoints a coordinator for membership recruitment, welcome and retention. After each chapter meeting or event, the coordinator sends letters to all potential members who participated in some way. In addition, the chapter reaches out to potential student members with the appointment of a student chapter coordinator who, along with other LACASIS board members, visits library and information student events, such as career fairs, professional association days and resume workshops. Students are recruited as volunteers for the Annual Fall Workshop and in return receive free workshop registration. The chapter also sponsors a student scholarship competition, which awards travel to an ASIS&T Annual Meeting and student memberships in ASIS&T.

This year SOASIST was determined to leverage its funds for the benefit of not only its current membership, but for the wider community as well. To that end, the chapter hosted a free seminar on the USA Patriot Act, presented by Thomas S. Blanton. Because the chapter leaders believed it important to inform as much of the public as possible of the implications of the Patriot Act, the meeting was supported by a well-planned publicity campaign to encourage attendance and facilitate dialogue on the topic. SOASIST also collaborates on programs with other organizations in its area, allowing it to reach a broader audience and make effective use of their resources. The chapter also posts HTML/PDF slides of most of the past programs. The enthusiasm and leadership of this chapter are very evident, making SOASIST a chapter on the move, as the newsletter motto so aptly states.

Student Chapter-of-the-Year

            For the second year in a row, and for the sixth time since 1992, the University of Washington Student Chapter of ASIS&T is the winner of Student Chapter-of-the-Year honors for 2004. The chapter presented an impressive annual report for the equally impressive activities and events they organized in the past year.

            The chapter had a net increase of 59 members as a result of a variety of recruitment and retention activities, in addition to their technical programs. Among their recruitment activities were social welcome events for incoming and distance-learning students and a free membership and several scholarships (co-sponsored with the school and local chapter) to students for attending the national and Pacific Northwest annual meetings.

            Throughout the year, the chapter hosted a wide range of activities, including programs, workshops and discussions on such topics as the Library Online Resource Analysis (LORA) system, CSS, Photoshop, FrontPage, project management and Bliss Classification.

Chapter Member-of-the-Year

Nicole McNeeley Kallas of the Potomac Valley Chapter is the 2004 winner of the ASIS&T Chapter Member-of-the-Year Award recognizing the service of an individual to a particular chapter.

During the past two years, Nicole Kallas has actively worked to grow the Potomac Valley Chapter. She has organized programs that serve the interests of PVC members, increasing program attendance significantly; she developed a website, served as chapter officer, hosted a major fundraiser and involved new members in chapter activities. She brings all the qualities that will ensure the future for the Potomac Valley Chapter: leadership and initiative, enthusiasm, follow-though on all promises, creativity in programming, and, at the same time, appreciation for the chapter’s history and traditions. Her successful and inspiring efforts to reinvigorate the Potomac Valley Chapter are applauded by ASIS&T.

Chapter Event-of-the-Year

            Two ASIS&T chapters share 2004 Chapter Event-of-the-Year honors: The Los Angeles Chapter (LACASIS) for its 2003 Fall Workshop and the Potomac Valley Chapter (PVC) for a program on taxonomy.

The 2003 LACASIS Fall Workshop, "Database-Driven Technology," provided an opportunity to learn basic techniques and to view applications of exciting new applications of web-based technology. Speakers included industry professionals and representatives from academic, corporate and public institutions. More than 100 attendees from information organizations of all types throughout California and Arizona were in attendance. As one of the jurors enthusiastically remarked, "The Los Angeles Chapter does a masterful job of designing and implementing programming."

The Potomac Valley Chapter presented "Taxonomy and Metadata Strategies for Effective Content Management," providing real-world examples of how the right taxonomy can organize content so users can find the right information at the right time to solve the problem at hand. More than 80 people registered for the program, featuring Joseph Busch, former ASIS&T president and founder of Taxonomy Strategies (and winner of the 2004 ASIS&T Watson Davis Award). He demonstrated the re-use of existing vocabulary sources to create company-specific taxonomies and debunked many myths, including the myth that taxonomy creation and descriptive cataloging can’t be done by mere mortals. The Potomac Valley Chapter provided its constituents a highly entertaining and educational program on a timely topic.

Chapter Electronic Publication-of-the-Year

            OASIS (Observations of the American Society for Information Science and Technology), the newsletter of the Los Angeles Chapter, and the website of the Southern Ohio Chapter of ASIS&T (SOASIST) are the recipients of the 2004 Chapter Electronic Publication-of-the-Year Award.

OASIS, the electronic newsletter of the Los Angeles Chapter, has been published since fall 2003 exclusively as an electronic publication. OASIS is a true electronic publication as all facets of its creation – submissions, coordination, layout, editing, distribution – utilize various forms of electronic communication and media. Electronic publication of the newsletter has provided significant cost savings to the chapter and has decreased production time of each issue. Creating OASIS in electronic format has allowed its distribution to grow, effectively educating a wider audience about activities within information science. It is a beautifully designed and organized website, from its muted, cool colors which are easy on the eyes to the good navigational links and its timely and relevant content for chapter members.

The SOASIST website provides a clean entry point to excellent resources, including listservs, newsletters, events and PowerPoint presentations. The job lists and event notification forms are particularly useful. Much thought has gone into the design and maintenance of the site in order to keep it simple, yet elegant and up-to-date. The site is a great portal for interesting and relevant resources.



            Recognized for its significant contributions to the Society in programming, collaborative opportunities, member participation and leadership, Special Interest Group/Scientific and Technical Information Systems (SIG/STI) is the winner of the 2004 SIG-of-the-Year Award. Among the activities for which SIG/STI was cited was its partnership with the New England Chapter of ASIS&T in the production of the successful DASER Summit, the first cooperative effort of its kind between a SIG and a chapter. In addition, the jury noted that SIG/STI had been active in the sponsorship of program sessions and in recruitment efforts at ASIS&T Annual Meetings. The jury commended the entire membership of SIG/STI and gave special commendation to SIG chair Ann Eagan, Northern Arizona University, for her leadership during the year.

Nominations Sought for 2005 Awards

With the conclusion of the 2004 ASIS&T awards process, the juries and committees responsible for the awards in 2005 immediately go to work. Deadlines for this year’s nominations begin popping up as early as April. All members are encouraged to review the information regarding the purpose and the nomination procedure for all ASIS&T awards and to consider nominating colleagues throughout the information profession to be recognized with one of the prestigious ASIS&T awards.

            Complete awards information can be found on the ASIS&T website at www.asis.org.

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