of the American Society for Information Science and Technology       Vol. 27, No. 5              June / July 2001



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ASIST Website Gets Redesign and New Links

The website of the American Society for Information Science and Technology has been redesigned, incorporating the name change into most of the content and adding links and new benefits.

For the first time ever, sessions from the ASIST Annual Meeting are available online where you can hear, see, read and view overheads from sessions you missed or wish to see again!

DigiScript, Inc., has digitally captured the sessions and is making them available online through the website. This new feature includes video presentations, as well as overheads.

A demonstration of this benefit is currently available, using a presentation not associated with ASIST. (Soon, the demonstration is expected to feature John Seely Brown's plenary presentation from the 2000 Annual Meeting.)

The full listing of ASIST presentations currently available at the site is at

To subscribe to the DigiScript offerings, go to

and click on the link identified as "Now You Can See, Hear and Read the ASIST 2000 Annual Meeting." Once there, select either the ASIST Virtual Library or the DigiScript Virtual Library. The DigiScript option provides unlimited access to both the ASIST Virtual Library and all other offerings available from DigiScript, featuring conferences and symposia from associations and universities worldwide.

Bold Ideas

Another new link at the ASIST website features access to the Bold Ideas collection created by John Wiley & Sons, publisher of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST). Bold Ideas is an online collection of Wiley journals and newsletters in business, management, accounting and finance, and environmental management. JASIST is one of 40 Wiley publications selected for the new online collection.

Bold Ideas grew out of Wiley's desire to create the first comprehensive online collection of business publications. ASIST members can sign up for a free trial period through June 30, 2001, providing full access to all journals included. For a list of the journals, visit

ASIST 2001 to Meet in Washington, DC

Entering the new millennium, ASIST is at an exciting crossroads of multiple information networks. Careening into the crossroads, an incredible wealth of information and new technologies need to merge and converge for traditional and new uses. Racing out from the crossroads, information is exploding in new, previously unimagined, products, services, technologies and applications. The 2001 ASIST conference will be an opportunity to examine, reflect on and assess these information phenomena and the ways they are transforming real life, real users and real needs.

Under the theme, Information in a Networked World: Harnessing the Flow, conference goers will gather November 3-8, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC. Papers and presentations for the meeting will cover such topical areas as

  • Technologies: Computer and network technologies supporting the sharing of intellectual artifacts, communication, collaboration and e-commerce.
  • Information Discovery, Capture and Creation: Data mining, intelligent systems, digital libraries, database design, knowledge management, distributed content authoring.
  • Classification and Representation: metadata, interface design, visualization, taxonomies, clustering, indexing, vocabularies, Web information architecture.
  • Information Retrieval: effectiveness, usability studies, search strategies, cross-language retrieval, multimedia retrieval.
  • Legal, Ethical, Cultural, Social and Behavioral Aspects of a Networked World: policy and politics, ownership and control, privacy and protection, training and education, information seeking, user studies, bibliometric analyses, international issues.
  • Information Dissemination: publishing and use of e-journals and e-books, international and multilingual networks.

The program committee, under the leadership of chair Trudi Bellardo Hahn, has received proposals for sessions dealing with the overall theme. Among the session types for which submissions were sought are contributed papers; technical panel sessions; poster sessions in which exciting new research findings, promising ongoing work and work still in position to be influenced by questions and discussions are presented; and innovative formats, such as debates, group participation sessions, demonstrations and tutorials.

Program Committee

In addition to Hahn, members of the program committee for the 2001 ASIST Annual Meeting are

    Robert Allen
    Elizabeth Aversa
    Marcia Bates
    Sue Feldman
    Andy Grove
    Paul Kantor
    June Lester
    Pat Molholt
    Doug Oard
    Linda Rudell Betts
    Gretchen Whitney
    Barbara Wildemuth
    Kyle Banerjee

For updated meeting information, visit the ASIST website regularly.

News from ASIST Chapters

The Indiana Chapter of ASIST featured information architecture as the topic of its spring program. IA Means Information Architecture: But what does it mean to web developers, system analysts, educators and librarians? asked the session title. Among the speakers scheduled to speak at the May meeting were Daniel P. Johnson, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; Howard Rosenbaum, Indiana University; and Ian McLein, ONEX.

For its annual meeting and luncheon in mid-May, the Central Ohio ASIST Chapter (CO-ASIS&T) scheduled a program entitled The Handheld Electronic Book in Historical Perspective, featuring Martin Jamison, head of information services at the Education, Human Ecology, Psychology and Social Work Library of Ohio State University.

And from Patricia J. Carter of the Southern Ohio ASIST (SOASIS) chapter, we get this rundown of the year's activities:

    In January, Toni Wilson, MarketSmart Research, discussed Fundamentals of Competitive Intelligence, with a look at the purpose and value of CI. 

    In February, Information at Risk , featured David Ausdenmoore of the Hamilton County Regional Computer Crime Section with a discussion of what individuals can do to protect information on their computers, and Bene Bustamante of the Cincinnati FBI discussing hackers and information terrorism.

    In March, What Is the Web and What Is It Becoming? featured Debora (Ralf) Shaw and a talk about information science approaches to the Web and a study that she did on dot.com vs. dot.org sites.

    In April To e or Not to e: What Are the Questions?: A Workshop on eBooks and eJournals included a panel presentation by Mark Beatty, Wisconsin Library Services on electronic book technologies; Jane Thompson, University of Cincinnati Health Sciences Library, on netLibrary and Rocket eBook products; Edith Starbuck University of Cincinnati Medical Center, on licensing; Heidi Patterson, Lane Public Library, on circulating eBooks; and Marcia Deddens, University of Cincinnati Libraries, on eBooks/eJournals in academic libraries.

    In May, program plans called for Peer-to-Peer Technologies featuring Chuck Greenwald from LEXIS-NEXIS and a discussion of P2P truth and fiction, P2P what-to-what, and P2P search and retrieval.

    Future plans include a June session on Indexing and Aboutness, featuring Jill Sellers, Leslie Denton, Teresa MacGregor and Mark Shewhart from LEXIS-NEXIS talking about controlled indexing, search-backed indexing, natural language indexing and aboutness.

News from ASIST SIGs

ASIST SIG/Information Needs, Seeking & Use (SIG/USE) will sponsor a one-day research symposium in conjunction with the ASIST Annual Meeting in November. SIG/USE Research Symposium 2001: Effective Methods for Studying Information Seeking and Use will look at research methods that have proven most successful in studying a wide variety of human information behaviors, including but not limited to information seeking and use. Conference organizers are Barbara M. Wildemuth , University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Ruth Palmquist, University of Texas, Austin; and Ann Peterson Bishop, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

News About ASIST Members

Amanda Spink, associate professor of information sciences and technology, Penn State University, is a co-principal investigator on a project recently funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. A $755,000 grant will support the Visual Image User Study, an extensive look at digital image delivery. The project will examine the use of digital pictures at Penn State in the disciplines of the arts, environmental studies and the humanities.

Janette Bradley, director of AvidProNet of Avid Technology, has been named one of the Top 25 Women on the Web by the San Francisco Women on the Web organization. The award honors women who have inspired others with their efforts to advance technology, contribute to the community and demonstrate the success of the Internet and new media industries.

Marjorie M.K. Hlava, president and chairman of Access Innovations and former president of ASIST, has been elected to an at-large director position in the Special Libraries Association.

Retirements and Job Changes Top Spring News

Several former ASIST presidents and longtime leaders in the organization have announced retirements from their academic positions this spring. Key among them are Josť-Marie Griffiths, Toni Carbo, Ann Prentice and Elisabeth Logan.

Josť-Marie Griffiths , currently professor and chief information officer at the University of Michigan, has resigned her positions in Ann Arbor to become the first holder of the Doreen E. Boyce Chair in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. The chair was endowed by the Buhl Foundation and named in honor of its president. In addition, Josť has been named the first director of the Sara Fine Institute for Interpersonal Behavior and Technology. Her new appoinments will be effective September 1, 2001. Josť was president of ASIST in 1993.

Toni Carbo, currently dean of the School of Information Sciences (SIS) at the University of Pittsburgh and instrumental in the hiring of Josť for the Doreen E. Boyce Chair, has announced her plan to retire at the end of the 2001-2002 academic year. She will return to teaching and research as a professor in SIS and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. During Toni's deanship, SIS enrollment increased to nearly 900 students, and SIS developed the first academic program in information ethics. Toni was ASIST president in 1990.

Ann Prentice, who served as ASIST president in 1992, has retired from her position as dean of the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, where she has served since 1993. Before moving to Maryland she was associate vice president for information resources at the University of South Florida and director of the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee. Among her future plans are building a house on the Caribbean island of Dominica, sailing the Caribbean and writing a book on managing in an information age.

And Elisabeth Logan will retire in August from the faculty of the School of Information Studies (SIS) at Florida State University. In recognition of her significant contributions to the school, Room 206 of the Shores Building, the home of SIS at Florida State, will become the Logan Teaching Lab.

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