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December / January 1999




Inside ASIS

New Directors Take Seats on ASIS Board

With the conclusion of the 1998 administrative year, the ASIS Board of Directors welcomed four new members to the body and bid farewell to those who had faithfully served the group for the preceding three years.

Joining the Board following their election by the membership-at-large were Eugene Garfield, founder and chairman emeritus of Institute for Scientific Information, president-elect; George Ryerson, senior science information analyst, Chemical Abstracts Service, treasurer; and Gary Marchionini, Boshamer Distinguished Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Victor Rosenberg, associate professor, University of Michigan, as directors-at-large.

Ascending to the presidency for the new administrative year was Candy Schwartz, professor at Simmons College, who served the last year as president-elect.

In addition, Julie Hurd, science librarian and associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was re-elected to a second term as Chapter Assembly Director. Douglas Kaylor, Wright State University, was elected Deputy Director.

Four departing members of the Board were thanked for their efforts. Debora Shaw, immediate past president; Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr., treasurer; and Steve Hardin and Bonnie Lawlor, were thanked for their distinguished service and contributions to the society. Janet Arth, University of Minnesota, was also thanked for her service as Deputy Chapter Assembly Director.

The 1998 ASIS Annual Awards

The Best of Information Science Honored at the 1998 ASIS Annual Meeting

Winners of the prestigious 1998 ASIS Annual Awards were announced and honored throughout the recent ASIS Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh. Nominated by practitioners and scholars throughout the information field and selected by juries of their peers, dozens of outstanding representatives of the field of information science were cited for the highest levels of contributions in their selected specialties.

Award of Merit

Henry Small, director of corporate research, Institute of Scientific Information (ISI), is the recipient of the 1998 ASIS Award of Merit. Dr. Small is cited for outstanding contributions to the field of information science and technology and for his groundbreaking work on co-citation as a dynamic measure of the connectedness of scientific literatures. In pioneering this measure and applying it in several fields of science, he has introduced many novel concepts, such as citations as concept symbols, citation context and content analysis.

His recent work in visualizing literatures through maps in two or three dimensions provides extremely valuable tools for researchers and students at all levels. His contributions continue to live in frequent citations by scholars in many fields, reflecting his profound influence on our understanding of the discipline of information science.

Few individuals have contributed as much as he to the theoretical base of our field; even fewer will have made a genuinely lasting impact on how we view our spheres of intellectual activity. Moreover, the fruits of his sustained research while at the Institute for Scientific Information have translated into a suite of practical, yet elegant, products from which information scientists and others are able to draw real benefits on a daily basis. (See page 23 in this issue of the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science to read Dr. Small's acceptance speech.)

Special Award

From time to time, the ASIS Board of Directors determines that an individual who might not otherwise meet the criteria of the ASIS awards is nonetheless worthy of recognition by the Society for long-term contributions to the advancement of information science and technology which have resulted in increased public awareness of the field and its benefits to society.  To these individuals, the Board confers the ASIS Special Award.

For 1998, Herbert A. Simon is recognized for the breadth of his research in and the magnitude of his contributions to computer science, psychology, economics, philosophy and numerous other fields. (See page 13 in this issue of the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science for a report on Dr. Simon's plenary presentation at the Annual Meeting.)

Watson Davis Award

The Watson Davis Award, named for the founder of the Society, is given annually to an individual who has shown continuous dedicated service to the membership through active participation in and support of ASIS programs, chapters, SIGs, committees and publications.

The 1998 Watson Davis Award was given to Judy Watson, Chemical Abstracts Service, in recognition of her 17 years of active participation in the Society. Judy has worked on many levels within ASIS, including membership and leadership on such national committees as Awards and Honors, Budget and Finance, Conferences and Meetings, Leadership Development, Membership and Publications; contributions to SIGs/BC and STI; and service as director of the Chapter Assembly and as director on the ASIS Board of Directors. One of the comments submitted in support of Judy's nomination was that she is "thoughtful and candid, accepts responsibility willingly, regularly works with newer members to help them develop their leadership potential."

Research Award 

The ASIS Research Award recognizes an individual or organization for outstanding research contributions in the field of information science. The 1998 ASIS Research Award recipient is Marcia J. Bates, professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at UCLA's Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. Dr. Bates has a long and distinguished record of research on searching of information systems, beginning with her doctoral dissertation on factors affecting subject catalog search success. Subsequently, she has examined interface design issues and developed interfaces to facilitate directed searching as well as browsing as a search technique.  Many of her research contributions have explored the role of language in information retrieval.  

She has influenced numerous other researchers, and her key works are considered classics in the field. For her work in the area of searching tactics, she received the Best JASIS Paper Award in 1980. After that award, she continued her research and publication in the areas of information seeking, searching and user-centered design of information retrieval systems.

Among her more recent works cited by the award jury members is her participation in the Getty Online Searching Project. In this work, she has focused attention on the information-seeking behavior of humanists in an electronic environment. Humanists have been less frequently studied than scientists, and her work has identified some unique aspects of their information-seeking behavior when contrasted to that of scientists. One of the jurors remarked, ". . . it has forced a re-examination of the way in which information systems are designed for their client groups." A supporting letter noted that "this study represents a landmark."

The ASIS Research Award has been presented only eight previous times.

James Cretsos Leadership Award

The James Cretsos Leadership Award recognizes a new ASIS member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities in professional ASIS activities. Named for James Cretsos, 1979 ASIS president and continuing contributor to the Society, the 1998 award goes to Michael Leach, librarian in the Harvard University Physics Research Library.

Since joining ASIS in 1995, Mike has been a driving force behind a whole array of chapter initiatives and has been at the helm of many national efforts. He began his ASIS leadership efforts by planning chapter events and moved rapidly to chapter board responsibilities and on to chairing a SIG and teaching CE courses at ASIS Annual Meetings and for the chapter. Throughout the period of increasing national responsibility, Mike has maintained his active local role.

Among the many activities cited in comments in support of Mike's candidacy for the award are the following:

  • mentors students and helps energize the connection between the chapter and student chapter;
  • recruits local members to speak at local programs, initiating them to national conference attendance;
  • has contagious energy and enthusiasm;
  • thinks into the future about what skills we need, learns these himself and then shares them with others;
  • gets people involved and utilizes their strengths to meet their professional growth needs; and
  • exemplifies ASIS leadership.
  • Best JASIS Paper Award 

    Howard D. White and Katherine W. McCain, both at Drexel University, are the winners of the 1998 Best JASIS Paper Award, recognizing the best paper published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science, evaluated on the basis of professional merit, contributions to the field and presentation quality.

    Their article, "Visualizing a Discipline: An Author Co-Citation Analysis of Information Science," appeared in JASIS volume 49, issue 4.

    ISI Citation Analysis Research Grant

    The ISI/ASIS Citation Analysis Research Grant supports either research proposals or research underway that is based on citation analysis. The 1998 recipient of the grant is David Dubin of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign for his proposal, "Evaluation of Document Clustering Tendency: Citation-Based Clusters for Validation Studies."

    Dr. Dubin wrote of the proposed outcomes of his project:

    "This research will contribute a better understanding of clustering in bibliographic data and of the measures by which clustering tendency can be assessed and measured. This understanding will aid and support the use of clustering algorithms in the design and deployment of information retrieval systems."

    ISI Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award

    The ISI Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching information science. The jury considers, among other criteria, innovative and imaginative use of teaching materials and methods and impact on students, colleagues, administrators and others. 

    The 1998 Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award is presented to Elisabeth "Beth" Logan, associate dean and associate professor at the School of Information Studies at Florida State University (FSU). Beth teaches in the areas of information science research, bibliometrics and various aspects of information retrieval systems design and use. She holds information science degrees from Case Western Reserve University.

    Beth's approach to teaching is student-centered, with an emphasis on informed problem-solving. As one example of innovation, Beth offered a course on "Electronic Information Sources and Services" using only the Internet. Students were requested not to attend class or meet with the instructor face-to-face. Analysis of this experience (including student feedback) was used to enhance future Web-based course delivery. 

    Letters in support of Beth's nomination point to those characteristics which make for memorable teachers: imagination, energy and enthusiasm; an ability to convey excitement about a topic; and a capacity always to find time for a student needing help or advice. Doctoral students describe her as a mentor and a guiding light. Faculty colleagues speak of her teaching effectiveness and her commitment to the profession. She consistently receives excellent assessments in course evaluations, and earned the School's Student Appreciation award in 1996.

    Best Information Science Book Award

    The Best Information Science Book Award is given annually to the author(s) and publisher of an outstanding book relevant to information science, including all communications activities and information science and technology fields defined in the purpose of ASIS.

    The winner of the 1998 Best Information Science Book Award is Robert Korfhage, professor in the Information Science Program at the University of Pittsburgh, for his book Information Storage and Retrieval, published by Wiley Computer Publications.

    As noted in the award citation, "This is an excellently written survey of information retrieval. It is a concise and clear coverage of a broad range of information retrieval topics that should be useful both as an introduction to the field and as a reference guide to the more esoteric information retrieval literature. There are many examples and diagrams to ease students' understanding. There are carefully designed questions and exercises at the end of every chapter, which will prove very beneficial to diligent students and extremely helpful to instructors. . . ."

    Dr. Anthony Debons accepted the award for Dr. Korfhage, who was unable to attend the Annual Meeting. Dr. Korfhage passed away shortly after the meeting (see obituary on page 9.)

    Books considered for this award are judged on their importance to information science and technology, readability, validity, originality, research significance and scholarship. 

    UMI Doctoral Dissertation Award 

    Tomas A. Lipinski of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is the winner of the 1998 UMI Doctoral Dissertation Award for his dissertation entitled "The Communication of Law in the Digital Environment: Stability and Change within the Concept of Precedent."

    Tom draws on his background in law and library and information science to produce research offering new insights to both fields. He carefully documents his data collection and analysis procedures.  His efforts to investigate the research questions empirically allow him to test whether trends hypothesized by other researchers are actually observable. This dissertation offers new understandings of the evolution of precedent for legal scholars and demonstrates a new domain of application to those interested in bibliometric techniques.

    Completed dissertations submitted to the UMI Doctoral Dissertation Award jury are judged on the importance of the topic to information science, quality of the literature review, appropriateness and soundness of the research methodology, analysis of the results and conclusions, and clarity or presentation.

    ISI Information Science Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship

    The ISI Information Science Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship, a cash award sponsored by the Institute for Scientific Information, fosters research in information science by encouraging and assisting doctoral dissertations submitted by graduate students who have completed their course work for their doctoral degrees.

    The 1998 ISI Information Science Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship was awarded to Karla Hahn for her proposed research, "Electronic Journals as Innovations: A Study of Author and Editor Early Adopters." Ms. Hahn is a student in the College of Library and Information Services at the University of Maryland.

    The jury noted several reasons for selecting Ms. Hahn's proposal. First, the topic she has selected is timely and important. While it is generally agreed that electronic journals will have a significant impact on the dissemination of scholarly communication, we have little information on which to predict that impact. Second, the research plan and methodology devised by Ms. Hahn are entirely appropriate to the topic, valid and rigorous. Finally, the information within the proposal was presented in an exceptionally clear and organized manner. Taken as a whole, the research described in the proposal is of the highest scholarly standards.

    Chapter Awards

    Chapter-of-the-Year Award

    The Chapter-of-the-Year Award recognizes outstanding chapters for their participation in and contributions to ASIS and the advancement of information science. The Chapter-of-the-Year Jury recognized two chapters for the 1998 award.

    Los Angeles Chapter

    The Los Angeles Chapter of ASIS (LACASIS) organized seven programs last year that collectively reached 423 attendees with an average meeting attendance of 60. Their meetings covered a wide range of topics from the retrieval of information from the Internet to maintenance of Web sites. They did not neglect student members or those new to the profession other meetings included a résumé writing workshop and a career panel discussion. The chapter recognizes special members in an annual awards banquet that features a distinguished speaker from among the membership as well as two awards acknowledging service to the chapter. This chapter excels at involving its members; about 35 are active locally with others active on the national level in various capacities. Examination of their newsletter reveals the impressive level of participation. Surely this is a factor in the retention of members by the chapter. Their newsletter also conveys a sense of enthusiasm for ASIS activities that has led to their winning this award four times during the last five years.

    New England Chapter

    The New England ASIS (NEASIS) Chapter organized four well-attended meetings last year. A one-day conference on knowledge management drew 136 attendees and produced a net revenue of over $4000 for the chapter. The chapter also offered a full-day continuing education workshop on search engines and sponsored an awards dinner recognizing the winner of their Student Paper Award as well winners of their Distinguished Contribution to the Profession Award and the Outstanding Chapter Member Award. This chapter provides a membership directory and a student travel award; it also funds, through the Infoshare Program, ASIS membership for someone who would not otherwise be able to participate in ASIS. This chapter is fiscally sound, socially conscious and focused on member services.

    Student Chapter of the Year

    The Student Chapter-of-the-Year Award recognizes the ASIS student chapter that has participated in and contributed the most to ASIS and the advancement of information science.

    The 1997 Student Chapter-of-the-Year award was presented to the University of Hawai'i Student Chapter. The chapter members were recognized for their range of activities, but specifically for community building. The chapter reached out to students with similar interests in other university programs and used a variety of means to serve part-time students and members at geographically dispersed locations.

    Chapter Member-of-the-Year

    The Chapter Member-of-the-Year 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; fundraising; recruitment; or other significant activities. For 1997, two winners were selected.

    Penelope "Penny" Jane O'Connor of the  Northern Ohio Chapter of ASIS (NORASIS) is regarded by her chapter as "the glue that holds it together." She has been a member of NORASIS since 1991. In that first year of membership and the following she served as newsletter editor. In 1992, when Predicasts left the Cleveland area, taking the incoming chair and many members with them, Penny stepped in as chair. She served as chair for two years, then as chair-elect for one year and as chair again in 1995-96. Currently she is recording secretary.

    Penny has done an outstanding job in getting new members to become involved in the chapter and to be officers. Some were new in town; others were new to the profession. Penny provided new officers with "corporate memory" and gentle reminders about the flow of the chapter year. One of her chapter colleagues said,  "NORASIS currently exists as a direct result of Penny's participation in every area of the chapter." 

    Beata Panagopoulos of the New England Chapter has assumed many roles in the New England Chapter since she first worked on the Program Committee in 1993. She was co-chair/chair-elect of the program committee in 1994 when the chapter offered programs on imaging, gopher development and natural language searching. She assumed the role of chapter chair in 1995 and continues on the board as the current chair of the membership committee.

    In addition to her service as a chapter officer, Beata has also contributed to the chapter newsletter with articles on chapter and national meetings. In 1997 she published the chapter's Membership Directory. She has audiotaped chapter programs on a regular basis and made them available at cost to those who were unable to attend. For the past two years Beata has organized the chapter's Student Paper Awards. She also worked with a team of chapter members to redesign the chapter's awards meeting, an annual event featuring a Distinguished Lecturer and the announcement of the Student Award winner.

    Best Chapter Publication Award

    The 1998 Best Chapter Publication Award, recognizing the best publication produced by a chapter (or jointly by two or more chapters), was presented to the Los Angeles Chapter (LACASIS) for its newsletter, OASIS.

    The newsletter is currently in its 35th volume, and is nicely laid out with good graphics and page design. The four issues submitted for jurying were all impressive in content with news of the chapter, advertising and other articles of interest to the chapter's constituency. A recurring column, "What do You Recommend?" provides recommendations of favorite digital resources from chapter members and other LA-area information professionals.

    LA's newsletter serves a geographically dispersed membership, some of whom may find it difficult to attend its meetings or the Society's national meetings. Articles contributed by a wide range of members describe the content of meetings they have enjoyed and convey a sense of the networking benefits to be derived from attendance at professional events. This chapter has found innovative ways to tap the resources of its membership. OASIS was previously recognized as Best Chapter Publication in 1995 and 1996.

    SIG Awards

    Best SIG Publication Award

    The Best SIG Publication Award recognizes the best publication produced by a SIG (or jointly by two or more SIGs) during the previous year. 

    The 1998 Best SIG Publication Award goes to SIG/Classification Research (CR) for Volume 8 of Advances in Classification Research, proceedings from the 8th ASIS SIG/CR Classification Research Workshop.  Edited by Efthimis N. Efthimiadis, the papers are representative of the quality and depth of recent research in this field. Five previous volumes of proceedings from the annual workshop have been honored with the Best SIG Publication Award.

    News from ASIS Chapters

    Tefko Saracevic, professor in the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies, Rutgers University, and former ASIS president, was the guest speaker of the Pittsburgh Chapter of ASIS and the University of Pittsburgh Student Chapter of ASIS at a colloquium entitled Digital Libraries: Interdisciplinary Conceptions, Challenges, Opportunities.

    The annual Los Angeles Chapter of ASIS (LACASIS) Contributions to Information Science Award Dinner was scheduled for November. The award recipient is Seymour Lubetzky, professor emeritus of the University of California-Los Angeles, renowned for his contributions to cataloging theory and his influence in the development of the "Paris Principles" and the 1967 Anglo-American Cataloging Rules. At the same event, the chapter planned to award its Margaret McKinley Scholarship to Holly Ying.

    The ASIS Wisconsin Chapter planned a November meeting entitled High Speed Networking and Internet2 in Wisconsin, featuring speeches by Tad Pinkerton, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and James Lowe, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. They were to be joined in a panel discussion by Bruce Allen, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

    The Florida ASIS Chapter planned its annual meeting and workshop on Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask about Metadata. Among the scheduled presenters was Vicki L. Gregory, associate professor, University of South Florida. Bahaa El-Hadidy, associate professor, University of South Florida, and chair of the chapter, was to conduct the annual business meeting.

    The Minnesota Chapter of ASIS, in conjunction with the local SLA chapter, scheduled The Business Intelligence Audit: First Step to the Knowledge Advantage for its November meeting. Featuring a presentation by Ron Peters, a marketing and information consultant, the meeting was to provide an overview of how to conduct a business information audit and its benefits.

    The New Jersey Chapter of ASIS (NJ/ASIS) has announced the recipient of its 14th annual Distinguished Lectureship Award, honoring individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of information science. Michael Lesk, division director, Information and Intelligence Systems, National Science Foundation, will receive the award at a series of events on the Rutgers University campus in December. The award presentation was scheduled for an evening session at which Lesk would discuss Why Digital Libraries? Earlier in the day, Lesk was to address students and other interested persons in a colloquium entitled How Much Information Is There in the World?

    The New England ASIS (NEASIS) Chapter will begin the new year with a January look at XML: What You Need to Know! Recognizing that XML is the heir apparent to HTML as the markup language for the Web, the speakers at this half-day program will discuss the differences between the two languages and explore the effects that XML will have on content, libraries, document management and the role of information professionals.

    News About ASIS Members

    William Moen, assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Sciences, University of North Texas, was selected for the Electronic Natural History Museum Reinvention Laboratory, a U.S. government initiative to develop a plan for an electronic natural history museum under the auspices of the U.S. Geological Survey Biological Resources Division.

    Joan Mitchell, chief editor of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) since 1993, has been named executive director and editor-in-chief of OCLC Forest Press, publisher of the DDC. She succeeds Peter Paulson, who will retire on December 31. Paulson has led Forest Press since 1985.

    Mohammed M. Aman, dean of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Library and Information Science, has been named 1998 Librarian of the Year by the Wisconsin Library Association.

    Among the eight candidates for three-year terms as rotating members to the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) were two ASIS members. They are Pamela Mason, assistant to the deputy administrator in the Agricultural Research Service, National Program Staff, Department of Agriculture, and Margarita S. Studemeister, director of the Jeannette Rankin Library Program at the United States Institute of Peace.

    Robert S. Taylor of Syracuse, New York, and 1968 president of ASIS, exchanged wedding vows with Faye Golden, former director of the Liverpool Public Library, in August.

    Amanda Xu, formerly a librarian in the MIT serials and acquisitions services department, has joined KnowledgeCite, Inc., as chief product designer for the KnowledgeCite Library in Boston. She will be responsible for all content design in the library.

    James Shedlock, director, Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University, is a candidate for president-elect of the Medical Library Association (MLA). Wendy N. Carter, Washington, DC, is a candidate for the MLA Board of Directors. In addition, the following are among the candidates for the MLA Nominating Committee: Kay Cimpl Wagner, director of the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center Health Services Library, LaCrosse, Wisconsin; Dottie Eakin, director of the Medical Science Library, Texas A&M University, College Station; and Elizabeth H. Wood, head of research and reference services, Health Sciences Library, Oregon Health and Sciences University, Portland.

    Among the winners of research awards to be presented by the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) at its annual conference in January are three ASIS members. Yin Zhang, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, will receive the Methodology Paper Awards for Using the Internet for Survey Research: A Case Study. Hong Xie, Rutgers University, will receive the Dissertation Award for Planned and Situated Aspects in Interaction IR: Patterns of User Interactive Intentions and Informaiton Seeking Strategies. Karen E. Pettigrew, University of Michigan, and a co-researcher will receive the Research Grant Award for The Use of Theory in Library and Information Science Education and Research.

    Valerie Florance has begun leading a two-year project at the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, DC, to engage health care professionals, information technology experts, educators, researchers, institutional leaders and consumers in defining the ways medical schools and teaching hospitals can best use information technology to improve the health of people and communities.

    Blaise Cronin, dean and professor of information science at Indiana University, has been awarded a higher doctorate in social science (D.S.Sc.) by the Queen's University of Belfast.

    Patricia Earnest, formerly California Library Services Act Program Coordinator, has been appointed planning consultant for the California State Library. She will be responsible for assisting local libraries in their planning efforts and for planning relevant to statewide programs and initiatives.

    News from Institutional Members

    Seven ASIS Institutional Members were among 41 organizations nationwide to receive first-ever National Leadership Grants from the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (ILMS). More than 250 applications were received for grants in four categories: education and training in library and information science; research and demonstration projects to increase access to resources; preservation or digitization of library materials; and model programs of cooperation between libraries and museums to improve community service.  The following ASIS members received grants:

    Education and Training

    Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science, $165, 622 for a two-year project to prepare a selected group of classroom teachers for endorsement as elementary school library media specialists.

    Louisiana State University School of Library and Information Science, $43,502 for a one-year project to develop an archival training course to be offered through interactive compressed video to librarians in Arkansas and Louisiana.

    University of Maryland College of Library and Information Services, $94,400 for a two-year project to recruit individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds to the master's degree program in library science.

    University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies, $151,416 for a two-year project to support master's degree students in the department's Education Project to Enhance Cultural Diversity.

    University of North Texas School of Library and Information Science, $226,791 for a two-year project to produce expert managers of digital images and information.

    Research and Demonstration

    University of Michigan School of Information, $189,026 for a two-year project to investigate the role of librarians in assisting users to find community information on the Internet.

    University of Pittsburgh, $189,215 for a two-year project to deliver digital copies of articles from Chinese language academic journals via the Internet to researchers throughout the United States.

    UNC Names New Dean

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has named Joanne Gard Marshall the new dean of the School of Information and Library Science. Marshall, professor of information studies at the University of Toronto, replaces Barbara B. Moran, who has returned to teaching and research on the school's faculty.

    Paul Evan Peters, who helped found the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) and served as its executive director from 1990 until his death in 1996 at age 48, was honored posthumously with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Information Sciences (SIS) at the University of Pittsburgh.

    Peter's earned a master's degree in information science at Pitt and completed nearly all work on his Ph.D. in the university's interdisciplinary department of information science. His award was bestowed at the recent ASIS Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh. SIS Dean Toni Carbo, former ASIS president, presented the award to Peters' widow, Rosemarie Kozdron, pictured on the left.


    Robert R. Korfhage

    Dr. Robert R. Korfhage, professor emeritus in the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences, died at his home in Squirrel Hill on November 20.  Dr. Korfhage had spent more than 35 years on university faculties before his recent retirement.

    Dr. Korfhage was the author of 10 books, the most recent of which, Information Storage and Retrieval, was honored in late October by the American Society for Information Science as the Best Information Science Book in 1998.

    Contributions in Dr. Korfhage's memory can be sent to the Robert R. Korfhage Award, a scholarship fund which was established upon his retirement. Checks should be made payable to the University of Pittsburgh and mailed to School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, 135 North Bellefield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.

    Jenrose Weldon

    Jenrose Weldon, instructor in library science at the University of Maryland, where she was a doctoral candidate in the College of Library and Information Services, died of a heart ailment in late October at her home in College Park.

    Mrs. Weldon was a graduate of the University of South Carolina and the University of Maryland. She was a Fulbright scholar in women's studies at a university in Hamilton, New Zealand.

    Among her previous professional experiences were stints as a school librarian in Dayton, Ohio, as research librarian for the Ford Foundation in Washington, and as director of information services and executive director of the Business and Professional Women's Foundation in Washington.


    Deadline for Proposals for 1999 ASIS Annual Meeting Nears

    The deadline for proposals for participation in the 1999 ASIS Annual Meeting, Knowledge Creation and Utilization: The Keys to Organizational Effectiveness, is December 15. This deadline covers both intents to submit contributed papers and proposals for panels, technical sessions and other presentations.

    The meeting will be held November 1-4, 1999, in Washington, DC.

    Information and forms for making submissions are available at

    www. asis.org/Conferences/index.html

    Papers Sought for Graduate Student Research Forum

    The ASIS Metropolitan New York Chapter and the ASIS Student Chapter at Long Island University invite submissions of research papers for possible presentation at the Graduate Student Research Forum, April 30, 1999, at the Palmer School in Manhattan.

    Graduate students in any discipline of information studies at either the master's or doctoral level are invited to present papers. Research in any area of information studies is welcome. Among the areas expected are information science, communication sciences, information management, library science and computer science.

    A committee will select the papers for inclusion in the forum. Evaluation will be based on abstracts and will be appraised in terms of relevance, originality, clarity of expression, appropriateness of methodology and level of study. A $100 prize will be awarded for the best paper presented.

    Submissions should include the title and a 150-300 word abstract; short professional biography of the author(s); address, phone number and e-mail of the presenter; address, phone number and e-mail of the faculty sponsor; and a signed note from the faculty sponsor indicating sponsorship of the presenter.

    Abstracts should be submitted on diskette as either Microsoft Word or WordPerfect files. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 1999; notification of acceptance will be sent by March 1. Accepted papers must be submitted in full by April 5.

    NFAIS Publication Offered at Discount to ASIS Members

    The National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services (NFAIS) announces the publication of Computer Support to Indexing, written by ASIS members Gail M. Hodge and Jessica L. Milstead. The report describes the current environment of database indexing, the use of indexing with metadata, plus the surrounding issues, policies and developments since the advent of the Web.

    Computer Support to Indexing provides an overview of the general design of existing indexing systems, aids to the clerical aspects of indexing, support to intellectual decisions, quality control, management and system implementation. It also discusses factors affecting the future of computer support to indexing.

    As a special benefit of ASIS membership, members can purchase this book for $200 ($235 to non-members of NFAIS). Order Computer Support to Indexing (ISBN: 0-942308-50-6) from NFAIS at 215/893-1561.



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