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Schrage to Keynote ASIS Mid-Year Meeting

Michael Schrage, popular author and consultant on topics related to information technology innovations, will deliver the keynote address at the 1998 ASIS Mid-Year Meeting, May 17-20, in Orlando, Florida.

This year’s Mid-Year Meeting is convened under the theme of Collaboration Across Boundaries: Theories, Strategies and Technology.

Schrage, a Merrill Lynch Forum Innovation Fellow, writes and consults widely on the design and deployment of digital innovations. He is executive director of Merrill Lynch’s Innovation Grant Competition and executive producer of IDG’s Spotlight conference on interactive media. He explores technology design issues as a research associate with MIT’s Media Lab.

Schrage’s ongoing work focuses on the role of prototypes, collaborative worknets and organizational media to support innovation. His book about the cultures of prototyping and simulation in business, Getting Real, will be published by Harvard Business School Press.

The 1998 ASIS Mid-Year Meeting is being planned under the direction of Technical Program Committee co-chairs Kristen Liberman, Ernst and Young; and Diane Sonnenwald and Barbara Wildemuth, University of North Carolina.

The chairs note that a common corporate response to increasing global competition, rapid technological development and decreasing resources is the adoption of collaborative work practices to solve complex problems and produce innovative products. Participants in this meeting will share collaborative theories, strategies, technologies and outcomes.

Among the topics to be addressed are technologies that support collaboration, collaborative work, collaboration in society, collaboration in education, information seeking as a collaborative process, and theories of collaboration.

Schrage is the author of the 1990 Random House publication Shared Minds: The New Technologies of Collaboration, the first book to explore both the tools and dynamics of successful collaboration in business, science and the arts. An updated and revised paperback edition of this work was published in 1995 as No More Teams by Doubleday Currency.

Schrage is also a co-creator of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Science for Development Prize and of PF Magic’s best-selling line of Catz and Dogz virtual pets.

A contributing editor to WIRED, Schrage has written for the Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Red Herring, Fast Company, Forbes ASAP and other publications. For six years, he wrote the internationally syndicated “Innovation” column for the Los Angeles Times, where he remains a member of the Board of Advisers. He currently writes columns for ComputerWorld, Marketing Computers and Luxe magazine.

Meeting Location

This year’s ASIS Mid-Year Meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn International Drive Resort in Orlando. The facility is set on a 14-acre tropical oasis with guest rooms divided among two-story resort buildings and a hotel tower. All rooms are equipped with refrigerators, microwave ovens and coffee makers and are available for $75, single or double. For reservations, contact the Holiday Inn Resort, Orlando, FL Holiday Inn International Drive Resort at 407/351-3500.

The hotel, located just 20 minutes from Orlando International Airport, is surrounded by over 50 shops and restaurants and provides complimentary transfers to Universal Studios, Sea World and Wet ’n Wild. Walt Disney World and Epcot Center are just minutes away.

Travel Arrangements

Conventions in America, the official ASIS travel organization, offers 5-10% off the lowest applicable fares on American Airlines and the lowest available fare on any carrier. Travelers receive an additional 5% off for tickets purchased at least 60 days prior to departure. For car rental, Avis Rent-a-Car has special rates as low as $28.99/day or $98.99/week. Call Conventions in America at 800/929-4242 and ask for Group #425 or visit the Conventions in America Web site at http://www.scitravel.com

To book your preferences directly, call American Airlines at 800/433-1790, Starfile #578UE; Avis at 800/331-1600, AWD #J949007.

ASIS Announces New Award; Additional Sponsors

The prestigious ASIS Annual Awards, already highly prized by information professionals throughout the world, received an additional boost at the end of 1997 with the announcement of one new award and new award levels and sponsorship for others.

For more information or for copies of complete guidelines for the ASIS Awards, contact Michele Devine, 301/495-0900, mdevine@asis.org

The one new award is the ISI/ASIS Citation Analysis Research Grant, co-sponsored by ASIS and the Institute for Scientific Information. The purpose of the grant is to support research based on citation analysis by encouraging and assisting individuals in this area of study with their research. For the purposes of this award, citation analysis is broadly defined, including but not limited to analyses using resources developed by ISI. The Citation Analysis Research Grant consists of a $3000 cash award and a $500 travel reimbursement to the ASIS Annual Meeting.

The following list represents awards for which the prizes have been significantly increased and/or that have new levels of sponsorship. Full nominating details for all ASIS Awards are included on the following pages.

The Best JASIS Paper Award, sponsored by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., publishers of the Journal on ASIS’ behalf: $1500 cash prize and $500 toward travel expenses to the ASIS Annual Meeting.

UMI Doctoral Dissertation Award, sponsored by University Microfilms International: $1000 cash prize and $500 toward travel expenses to the ASIS Annual Meeting.

ISI Doctoral Dissertation Scholarship Award, sponsored by Institute for Scientific Information: $1500 cash prize and $500 toward travel expenses to the ASIS Annual Meeting.

Pratt-Severn Best Student Research Paper Award, sponsored by Pratt Institute: $500 toward travel expenses to the ASIS Annual Meeting and full conference registration.

Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award, sponsored by the Institute for Scientific Information: $1000 cash prize and $500 toward travel expenses to the ASIS Annual Meeting.

See the following story for nominating details, eligibility requirements and deadlines for the 1998 ASIS Annual Awards.

Nominations Now Being Sought for 1998 ASIS Annual Awards

Research Award

The ASIS Research Award recognizes a systematic program of research in a single area at a level beyond the single study and recognizes outstanding research contributions that have had a significant and recent impact on the field.
Eligibility: The award is open to all individuals in the field of information science.
Nominations: Any person may nominate candidates for the award.
Nomination Package: All nominations must include substantiating documentation to demonstrate the nominee's record of research. Copies of publications or other works may be included if they contribute to an understanding of the nominee's work. Deadline: June 1

Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award

This award, co-sponsored by the Institute for Scientific Information, recognizes sustained excellence and the unique contributions of an individual in the teaching of information science. The honor carries a cash award of $1000 and up to $500 travel reimbursement to the ASIS Annual Meeting.
Eligibility: Any individual directly involved in teaching some aspect of information science on a continuing basis, regardless of ASIS membership, is eligible.
Nominations: Nominations must be made by ASIS members.
Nomination Package: Nominating papers must include the nominee's name and address, a 250-word statement of qualifications and nominee's 3-page resume and should be accompanied by supporting evidence, letters of recommendation and testimonials. Deadline: July 1

UMI Doctoral Dissertation (formerly Doctoral Forum)

The UMI Doctoral Dissertation honors outstanding achievements by information scientists in the completion of dissertation projects. The award consists of a $1000 cash award and $500 travel reimbursement to the ASIS Annual Meeting.
Eligibility: All information scientists who have completed their dissertations within the past year are eligible.
Nomination Package: Nomination packages must include a full dissertation in reproducible format and a letter of endorsement from the dissertation advisor. Deadline: June 1

ISI Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship

Co-sponsored by ASIS and the Institute for Scientific Information, this scholarship fosters information science research by encouraging and supporting doctoral students with their dissertation research. The award consists of $1500 and $500 travel reimbursement to the ASIS Annual Meeting.
Eligibility: All active information science doctoral students enrolled in institutions granting doctoral degrees are eligible. Students must have completed all course work and have received acceptance of their dissertation proposals.
Nomination Package: Include in 10 double-spaced pages or less a description of the research; schedule for completion; budget and budget justification; names of dissertation advisor and committee members; a letter of endorsement from the student's advisor; and a curriculum vitae. Deadline: July 1

Pratt-Severn Student Research Award

This award recognizes substantive work performed by students in the field of information science and encourages research and writing. Since 1996 it has been sponsored by Pratt Institute, School of Information and Library Science, on behalf of the late David Severn, a 1968 Pratt Alumnus. The award consists of $500 travel expenses and full registration for the ASIS Annual Meeting.
Eligibility: Any student in a master’s degree-granting institution can submit a paper that falls within the scope of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science. Doctoral theses are not eligible.
Nomination Package: The author's name should not appear on the paper itself. The author should be identified only in the accompanying cover letter. The package should include endorsement of the paper by a faculty member. Deadline: June 15

Best JASIS Paper Award

This award recognizes the best refereed paper published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science (JASIS) each year. Since 1997 it has been sponsored by John Wiley and Sons, Inc. The award consists of $1500 and $500 travel reimbursement to the ASIS Annual Meeting.
Eligibility: All papers published in the volume year of JASIS preceding the ASIS Annual Meeting are eligible for the award. ("Perspective" articles are eligible). Authors need not be members of ASIS to be eligible for the award.
Nominations: No nomination procedure is used for this award. All eligible papers are considered.

Award of Merit

The Award of Merit, ASIS' highest honor, is awarded annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of information science, either through the expression of a new, revolutionary idea; the development of better information dissemination techniques; substantial research efforts; or outstanding service to the information profession as evidenced by successful efforts in the educational, social or political processes affecting the profession.
Eligibility: The award is open to all individuals in the field of information science, regardless of nationality, membership in the Society or other limiting factors.
Nominations: Any ASIS member may nominate candidates for the award. In addition, nominations will be made by the Award of Merit Nominating Committee.
Nominations Package: All nominations must be accompanied by substantiating documentation to include the nominee's name, address, a biographical sketch and a description of the particular work or works for which the nominee is to be commended. Copies of publications or other works should be included if they contribute to an understanding of the nominee's work and support the nomination. Five complete copies of a nomination must be sent to HQ. Deadline: July 1

Watson Davis Award

The Watson Davis Award recognizes an individual member of the Society who has shown continuous dedicated service to the membership through active participation in and support of ASIS programs, chapters, SIGs, committees and publications.
Eligibility: Candidates must have been ASIS members for at least five years. Prior Watson Davis Award winners, members of the Watson Davis Jury and the Membership Committee Chair in the year that the award is given are not eligible. Nominations may come from any member of the Society or jointly by any chapter, special interest group, or any other official unit of the Society.
Nomination Package: Each nomination must be accompanied by documentation which includes at least the following: a letter of nomination with supporting reasons for the choice of the candidate (specific information about the quality and length of service of the nominee, with careful consideration given to the words continuous, service and membership); comprehensive list of the contributions of the member to ASIS; and supporting letters of nomination that provide additional details on the nominee's contributions to the Society. Deadline: July 15

Best Information Science Book Award

This award recognizes the best book published in the field of information science the preceding year.
Eligibility: Any book in the broad area of information science is eligible. Authors need not be ASIS members.
Nomination: Nominations are accepted from publishers and individuals, regardless of ASIS membership.
Nomination Package: Publishers must submit two copies of each title being nominated; individuals nominating books need not send copies of the books, but should provide full bibliographic references for each title. Deadline: June 1

ISI/ASIS Citation Analysis Research Grant

This grant supports research based on citation analysis by encouraging and assisting individuals with their research. Citation analysis is broadly defined, including but not limited to analyses using resources developed by ISI. Because of the limits proposed by timing considerations, the grant may be made for research underway as well as for new research proposed. The grant consists of $3000 and $500 travel reimbursement to the ASIS Annual Meeting.
Eligibility: Any individual is eligible without regard to nationality, membership in the Society or other limitation. The Grant is a once-in-a-lifetime award.
Proposals: Global proposals are sought and may be submitted by anyone. Nominations should be mailed to ISI/ASIS Citation Analysis Research Grant, ISI, 3501 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104.
Proposal Package: Include the following: name, address, affiliation and brief biography of applicant(s); brief statement of the research problem not to exceed a maximum of 1000 words (double-spaced); description of the research design and methodology, including details of how citation data will be used; discussion of the expected impact of the research results. Proposals may be submitted in hard copy, e-mail or fax. Deadline: June 1

James M. Cretsos Leadership Award

This award recognizes a new ASIS member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities in ASIS activities.
Eligibility: Any ASIS member who has been a member for no more than seven years (including years as a student member, if applicable) at the time the award is made is eligible to receive the award. Prior winners of this award, members of the current jury and the chair of the Leadership Committee in the year that the award is given are not eligible.
Nominations: Nominations may come from any member of the Society.
Nomination package: Nominating letter; no more than two pages of data, including name of the award; name, title, affiliation, address, telephone number of nominee; name, title, affiliation, address, telephone number of nominator; year the nominee joined ASIS; ASIS activities (SIG, chapter and/or student chapter); participation in chapter programs; participation in chapter or SIG publications; chapter/SIG projects; ASIS committees; and recruitment/retention activities. No more than five letters of support and no more than two supporting documents. Deadline: July 15

SIG/STI BIOSIS Student Award

The SIG/STI BIOSIS Student award recognizes an outstanding library and/or information science student with an interest biological information. The award consists of a cash grant funded by BIOSIS to provide partial support for attendance at an ASIS Mid-Year or Annual Meeting.
Eligibility: Any student enrolled full-time or part time in a graduate program in library and/or information science with a demonstrated interest in biological information is eligible (full-time enrollment will be given preference). ASIS student membership is not required.
Nomination Package: An application form should be completed and submitted to SIG/STI. To receive an application form contact Kate McCain, 215/895-2486, by fax at 215/895-2492 or by e-mail: mccainkw@duvm.ocs.drexel.edu. Deadline: February 16

SIG/STI Chemical Abstracts Service Student Award

The SIG/STI CAS Student award recognizes an outstanding library and/or information science student with an interest in chemical information. The award consists of a cash grant funded by Chemical Abstracts Service to provide partial support for attendance at an ASIS Mid-Year or Annual Meeting.
Eligibility: Any student enrolled full-time or part time in a graduate program in library and/or information science with a demonstrated interest in chemical information is eligible (full-time enrollment will be given preference). ASIS student membership is not required.
Nomination Package: An application form should be completed and submitted to SIG/STI. To receive an application form contact Kate McCain, 215/895-2486, by fax at 215/895-2492 or by e-mail: mccainkw@duvm.ocs.drexel.edu. Deadline: February 16

Chapter-of-the-Year Award

This award recognizes outstanding chapters for their contributions to ASIS and the advancement of information science.
Eligibility: All ASIS chapters in good standing are eligible to receive this award. There is no limit on the number of times a chapter may win the award, and more than one chapter may win in a given year.
Nomination Package: Six copies of the Chapter Annual Activities Report and Chapter-of-the-Year Criteria and Checklist and attached documentation. Deadline: August 15

Chapter Member-of-the-Year Award

This award recognizes the service of an individual to a particular chapter. It is given for significant contributions to the membership of the chapter through participation in and support of its meetings and publications, fund-raising, recruitment or other significant activities. This award recognizes contributions at the local level.
Eligibility: Any ASIS member who is currently a member of the nominating chapter is eligible to receive this award.
Nominations shall be solicited by mail from the chapter chairs by the Chapter Assembly Director. Nominations can be made by any ASIS member, but are to be associated with the nominee's activities in a particular chapter.
Nomination Package: Include a nominating letter with a 250-word description of the contribution for which the person is nominated; the completed Chapter Member-of-the-Year Nomination Form; no more than two letters of support; no more than two supporting documents; and a 50-word citation which may be used for publicity, if the person is chosen to receive the award. Deadline: July 1

Chapter Event-of-the-Year Award

This award recognizes the best event held by a chapter (or jointly by two or more chapters) during the previous year (July-June).
Eligibility: Any type of chapter event is eligible, including technical programs, seminars, panels, workshops, CE courses, product exhibitions, tutorials, fund raisers or other events. Joint events held with other associations are also eligible.
Nomination package: Include a nominating letter which contains a 250-word description of the event which is being nominated; name, address, phone number and chapter name of the person who is submitting the nomination; no more than two letters of support; no more than three supporting documents; 50-word citation which may be used for publicity, if the event is chosen to receive the award. Deadline: July 1

Chapter Publication-of-the-Year Award

This award recognizes the best publication produced by a chapter (or jointly by two or more chapters) during the previous year (July-June).
Eligibility: Any type of chapter publication is eligible, including newsletters, meeting proceedings, directories or other publications. A publication must be in a format that is readable/usable by the jury members. Any electronic and/or self-published material should be sent to HQ in order to be considered.
Nomination: No nominations procedure is used for this award. All chapter publications produced in the award year are automatically eligible.

Student Chapter-of-the-Year Award

This award recognizes outstanding student chapters for participation in, and contributions to, ASIS and the advancement of information science.
Eligibility: All ASIS student chapters in good standing are eligible to receive this award. There is no limit on the number of times a student chapter may win the award, and more than one student chapter may win in a given year.
Nomination Package consists of the Student Chapter Annual Activities Report and Student Chapter-of-the-Year Criteria and Checklist and attached documentation shall comprise the nomination package. Deadline: July 31

SIG-of-the-Year Award

This award recognizes outstanding professional accomplishments and activities of an ASIS Special Interest Group.
Eligibility: All active ASIS SIGs are eligible to receive this award. More than one awardee may be chosen in a given year. The same SIG may receive the award in consecutive years.
Nomination Package: SIG Annual Activities Report and SIG-of-the-Year Criteria and Check-list and attached documentation. Deadline: August 15

SIG Publication-of-the-Year Award

This award recognizes the best publication produced by a SIG (or jointly by two or more SIGs) during the previous year (July-June).
Eligibility: Any type of SIG publication is eligible, including newsletters, transactions, directories or other publications. A publication must be in a format that is readable/usable by the jury members. Any electronic and/or self-published material should be sent to HQ in order to be considered.
Nominations: Since the SIG publications are automatically submitted to ASIS Headquarters, there is no formal nomination package for this award. ASIS Headquarters shall provide copies of the eligible publications to the members of the jury. Deadline: The first phase of the process shall be completed by September 1

SIG Member-of-the-Year Award

This award recognizes the service of an individual to the program of a particular SIG. It is given for significant contributions to the membership of the SIG through participation in and support of its events at the Annual and Mid-Year Meetings, its publications and its other activities.
Eligibility: Any ASIS member who is currently a member of the nominating SIG is eligible to receive the award. More than one awardee may be chosen in a given year. The same person may not receive the award in two consecutive years.
Nomination package: A nominating letter, briefly describing the contributions of the nominee to a specific SIG; list of the nominee's contributions to current SIG activities, no more than two letters of support; and no more than two documents illustrating the nominee's SIG activities. Deadline: August 15

Awards will be presented at the ASIS Annual Meeting, October 25-29, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, unless otherwise stated. Send nominations to ASIS HQ addressed to "Name of the Award," unless otherwise stated. For more information or for copies of complete guidelines for the ASIS Awards, contact Michele Devine, 301/495-0900, mdevine@asis.org

News from ASIS Chapters

The Los Angeles Chapter of ASIS (LACASIS) joined forces with the Southern California Chapter of the Special Library Association for their annual holiday meeting in mid-December. JPL scientist Adrianna Ocamp Uria was scheduled to discuss, “How Did the Dinosaurs Die?”

In Minnesota, the Minnesota Chapter of ASIS also joined with the local SLA chapter for holiday merriment with an evening of good cheer and a demonstration of the “Open Studio - The Arts Online” project. Open Studio is an Internet system to increase arts and cultural presence on the ’Net.

The New England ASIS (NEASIS) Chapter and NENON scheduled a late January return date for Ran Hock’s Extreme Searching Seminar, a look behind the leading search engines to see how they are put together and how their retrieval and ranking algorithms work. Hock, of Online Strategies, provided a course booklet that serves as an ongoing reference aid.

News About ASIS Members

Marilyn Domas White, associate professor, College of Library and Information Services, University of Maryland, is the recipient of the 1997 Information Science Abstracts (ISA) Research Grant for her project entitled “The Literature of Information Ethics: An Assessment of Access.” The $1500 grant is awarded for a research project oriented toward the study of primary or secondary literature of information science.

Ling Hwey Jeng, University of Kentucky, School of Library and Information Science, is one of 50 candidates vying for 25 positions on the Council of the American Library Association.

Kate Noerr, former CEO of IME, has been named Director of Sales and Marketing at Geac Computers, Inc., Westborough, Massachusetts.

William M. Shaw, Jr., professor in the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has been named the first Frances Carroll McColl Professor. The two-year professorship, funded by an endowment from Hugh L. McColl, Jr., chair of NationsBank Corporation, is based on contributions to research, teaching and service in the school, the university and the information professions.

Alexa T. McCray has been named director of the National Library of Medicine Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communication. The center supports and conducts research and development in health science communication. McCray was previously chief of the center’s Cognitive Science Branch.

Patricia Earnest has been appointed CLSA Program Coordinator for the California State Library. For the past 15 years she held the position of Technical Services and Automated System Manger for the Anaheim Public Library. CLSA (California Library Services Act) distributes funds to local libraries in California to further resource sharing and interlibrary cooperation.

Clifford Lynch, Coalition for Networked Information, and Ed Fox, Virginia Tech, are among the speakers scheduled for the 40th anniversary conference of the National Federation of Abstracting and Indexing Services. Lynch will update the audience on Internet technology; Fox will discuss digital libraries.

Wilda B. Newman, information resources manager for the Administrative Services Department, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, is a candidate for director of the Special Libraries Association in the upcoming balloting.

Ching-chih Chen, professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, is the chief conference organizer of NIT ’98: 10th International Conference on New Information Technology to be held in Hanoi, Vietnam, in March of this year.

Several ASIS members are among those scheduled to speak at an upcoming meeting devoted to search engines. Search Engines and Beyond: Using New Software Tools to Develop Knowledge Management Systems, April 1-2, in Boston, includes presentations by Matthew Koll, Rockville, Maryland; Susan Feldman, Datasearch, Ithaca, NY; Stephen E. Arnold, AIT, Harrods Creek, Kentucky; Elizabeth Liddy, Syracuse University; and David Lewis, AT&T, Floram Park, New Jersey.

Elaine Toms, Dalhousie University, is chair of the program committee for the 26th Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science. Among those joining her on the program committee are Jamshid Beheshti and Andrew Large, McGill University; Pierrette Bergeron and Albert Tabah, Universite de Montreal; Joan Cherry, University of Toronto; Michael Nelson, University of Western Ontario; and Michael Shepherd, Dalhousie University.

Among the members of the program committee for the Fifth International ISKO Conference in Lille, France, are the following ASIS members: Hanne Albrechtsen, Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen; Carol Bean, Lister Hill Center for Biomedical Communications; Clare Beghtol, Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto; Emilia Curras, University of Madrid; Raya Fidel, University of Washington; Robert Fugmann, ISKO; Rebecca Green, University of Maryland; Roland Hjerppe, Linköping University, Sweden; Birger Hjorland, Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen; Barbara Kwasnik, Syracuse University; Joan S. Mitchell, OCLC Forest Press; Steven A. Pollitt, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom; Paul Solomon, University of North Carolina; and Nancy Williamson, University of Toronto.

Stephen Robertson, currently professor of information systems in City University London’s Department of Information Science and director of the Centre for Interactive Systems Research, is moving to the research laboratory recently set up by Microsoft in Cambridge. At Microsoft, he will continue his research on the design and evaluation of information retrieval systems.

News from Institutional Members

UMI and the National Library of Canada have announced an agreement giving UMI rights to publish print and microform editions of doctoral dissertations and masters theses written at universities throughout Canada.

The agreement also gives UMI potential rights to publish electronic editions as well.

Obituaries

Phyllis Allen Richmond

Phyllis Allen Richmond, 76, professor emeritus at Case Western Reserve University and an internationally recognized expert in classification, died October 6 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

The 1972 winner of the ASIS Award of Merit, Ms. Richmond worked as a librarian at the University of Rochester for 13 years and taught for one year at Syracuse University before joining the Case Western Reserve faculty in 1970. In the mid-1970s she received a fellowship to travel to England to study the Precis indexing system developed for the British National Bibliography.

Ben Weil

Benjamin H. Weil, longtime ASIS member and expert on copyright matters, died at the age of 81 in Somerville, New Jersey, on December 30.

Mr. Weil was a chemical engineer at Exxon Research & Engineering Company in Linden, NJ, for 25 years. Since retiring 15 years ago, he had been a consultant in copyright compliance and modern information systems. Throughout his career, he concentrated on information center management, technical writing, editing and publishing.

In the mid-1970s, Mr. Weil helped to design and establish the Copyright Clearance Center and served on its Board of Directors. He was also active in numerous professional organizations, including, in addition to ASIS, the American Chemical Society, National Federation of Abstracting & Information Services and the Society for Scholarly Publishing.

Mr. Weil authored and edited hundreds of articles, papers and books, including the ASIS monograph Modern Copyright Fundamentals, co-edited with Barbara Polansky.

Contributions in Ben Weil’s honor may be sent to the Benjamin H. Weil Memorial Fund, c/o Temple Emanu-El, 756 E. Broad Street, Westfield, NJ 07090.

John H. Sayer

John H. Sayer, ASIS member and prominent information systems consultant who played a leading role in the technical and administrative direction of many of the nation’s major information systems, died of heart failure at the age of 80 at his home in Gaithersburg, Maryland, on December 14.

Among Mr. Sayer’s accomplishments are his leadership of the team that developed the CPM method of planning and scheduling and of the team that conceived and implemented the Securities and Exchange Commission Service. He was also responsible for the design and implementation of the NASA Scientific and Technical Information System and Space Data Program.

Mr. Sayer was the recipient of the Information Industry Association’s first Information Product of the Year award for the Disclosure service, a monthly publication containing indexes and abstracts of all filings with the SEC.

Mr. Sayer held a series of supervisory and management positions with E.I. Dupont over a 20-year period. After leaving Dupont, he held various executive positions in a number of prominent consulting firms and was a leading information systems consultant.