of the American Society for Information Science and Technology          Vol. 28, No. 5         June / July 2002


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ASIST Symposium to Study Content Management

Many of the nation's top experts will gather in Chicago June 28-30 to examine the latest trends in content management (CM) and to explore real-world strategies and cutting-edge techniques that help large and small organizations become more responsive, flexible, innovative and ultimately profitable.

Sponsored by the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST), the 2002 Content Management Symposium is designed to help CM professionals keep their organizations ahead-of-the-curve in the fast-changing world of information management and delivery.

The symposium will open with a keynote presentation by Bob Boiko, president of Metatorial Services, author of the Content Management Bible and faculty member at the University of Washington's Information School. Boiko will explore where content management has been, where it is and where it is headed.

Pete Feighner, IT manager for Cisco Systems, will close the conference with a look at how content management can deliver greater bottom-line business value by empowering end-users.

And between those bookends, participants will explore the following topics:

  • CM system evaluation
  • Cutting-edge user navigation techniques
  • How to sell CM systems to management
  • Selecting and implementing the right CM solution
  • Measuring the effectiveness of CM systems
  • Innovative, affordable CM solutions for small- to mid-size businesses
  • Current and anticipated developments related to XML

Expected Audience

If you manage a business unit or are part of the team responsible for developing strategies and implementing systems that capture, manage and deliver critical content, you will not want to miss this event.

Take away a vision of not only what is possible, but proven strategies to begin integrating governance, information and technology architectures to sustain business value. Learn how to enable your information infrastructure to quicken opportunities for content re-use, information portals and other value-added content management solutions.

Experts, consultants, developers and practitioners will show how content management has improved critical information-centric business processes.  Discover how CM has added value to the bottom line and improved organization responsiveness, ability to innovate and become more agile.

For additional information, please point your browser to www.asis.org/cm.

SIG/III Announces 3rd International Paper Contest

ASIST Special Interest Group/International Information Issues (SIG/III) has announced details of its 3rd annual International Paper Contest. The popular competition features reports from developing countries.

The overall theme under which this year's paper's must fall is Knowledge, Connections and Communities: The Developing World Perspective. Paper topics can be at the country or regional level. Papers might discuss issues, policies and case studies on specific aspects of this theme, such as, but not limited to, the following: knowledge management, knowledge sharing, indigenous knowledge, development of electronic resources across networks, connections and connectivity, the digital divide, globalization and cultural identity, and bringing access to information to distant and disadvantaged communities.

Six winners will be selected by a panel of judges comprising Diane Hopkins, The World Bank; Nathalie Leroy, United Nations; Cavan McCarthy, Louisiana State University; Michel Menou, City University of London; and Margarita Studemeister, United States Institute of Peace. Each winner will receive a two-year individual membership in ASIST and the opportunity to present the paper at an ASIST Annual Meeting session this fall.

Information for Authors

Only papers by a principal author who is a citizen of, and resides in, a developing country are eligible. Previous winners are not eligible. The papers should be original, unpublished, preferably in English, but submissions in French or Spanish will be accepted. The deadline for submission of papers is July 31, 2002. For more information or to submit manuscripts, please contact Yunfei Du by e-mail at the following address: ydu@lis.admin.unt.edu

News from ASIST Chapters

The Arizona ASIST Chapter, which has recently come back to life after a long period of dormancy, is planning ways to support and assist its members. Chapter leaders want to provide hands-on benefits for the membership. In that vein, the chapter plans to build the Arizona ASIST Virtual Environment, a virtual community interaction space. In the programming area, Dr. Amy Warner presented The Information Architecture/LIS Connection, co-sponsored with the School of Information Resources and Library Science, University of Arizona at Tucson. The presentation can be viewed online from the chapter's website ( http://goliath.sbs.arizona.edu/~sirasist/), which has been redesigned by the website team of SIRLS students Rick Fitzgerald and Jenna Johnson.

The Seattle Reading Group of the Pacific Northwest Chapter discussed the topic, What information do executives need?, at an April session. The discussion article was "What information do executives need?" by Peter F. Drucker (www.nationalpost.com/features/fpmastering/101601storya.html); a supplemental article was Drucker's "Beyond the Information Revolution," The Atlantic Monthly, (www.theatlantic.com/issues/99oct/9910drucker.htm)

The Southern Ohio Chapter of ASIST presented Thom Hickey, chief scientist in the OCLC Office of Research, at the March meeting. Hickey's topic was ACE, an environment for personal collection management. ACE is an OCLC research project investigating centralized solutions for managing personal collections. In May, in conjunction with Lexis/Nexis, the chapter presented Dr. Bella Hass Weinberg on Thesaurus Design for Semantic Information Management.

For its March meeting, the Los Angeles Chapter of ASIST presented Günter Waibel and Weaving the tapestry of cultural heritage:  Museums and the Online Archive of California, a project integrating museum collections, including multimedia surrogates of collection objects, into a database encompassing primary resources from libraries and archives statewide.

For its Spring 2002 program, the Indiana Chapter presented Katy Börner, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, with a lecture-demonstration on Visualizing Knowledge Domains.

The Catholic University of America Student Chapter and the Potomac Valley Chapter presented Architecting Usable Information: Helping Users GAIN, by Thom Haller. Haller founded Info.Design as a vehicle through which he could help companies apply the science of information architecture in the workplace.

The Central Ohio ASIST (CO-ASIST) Chapter held its annual meeting in mid-May with a program on The Ohio Memory Project – Building an Online Scrapbook of Ohio History, presented by Laurie Gemmill, Ohio Memory Project Manager, Ohio Historical Society. In addition, George Ryerson was to receive a special plaque in recognition of his many years of service to the chapter and the Society.

Also this spring, CO-ASIST, Special Libraries Association and Factiva presented a professional development workshop, Measuring and Assessing the Return-on-Investment (ROI) for Your Information Initiative," by Anne Caputo, director, Factiva Knowledge and Learning Programs, in Washington, DC. Anne discussed how ROI relates to information specialties.

The New England ASIST Chapter scheduled its Annual Spring Awards Dinner, recognizing colleagues for their hard work and valued contributions to the Society, in May. Following the presentation of awards, usability expert Steve Krug, Advanced Common Sense, was to speak about his work with such clients as AOL, Apple, Netscape and Symantec, and his highly praised book, Don't Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability .

The Michigan Chapter of ASIST scheduled a late May meeting on How Many Pixels Is Enough and Where Do You Put Them?, featuring guest speakers W. Curtis Skewes, webmaster, and Robert "Shell" Hensleigh, associate director of photography, both with the Detroit Institute of Arts.

News from ASIST SIGs

SIG/Scientific and Technical Information Systems (STI) is once again co-sponsoring the Tri-Society Symposium in a joint venture with the American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Information and the Chemistry Division of the Special Libraries Association. The 7th Quadrennial event from this partnership will be held at the SLA Annual Conference in Los Angeles in June. The aim of the symposium is to advance cooperation among chemical information professionals.

SIG/Classification Research (CR) will hold its 13th annual workshop, Reconceptualizing Classification Research, on Sunday, November 17, in conjunction with the ASIST Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. This year's workshop will feature a more reflective view of the field than previous years, with the aim being to identify and articulate research questions and research agendas that could form the core of classification research in the next decade. Position papers of no more than 2000 words are due by July 15, 2002. Complete guidelines for papers are available at www.ischool.washington.edu/mai/sigcr/instruc.htm

News about ASIST Members

Stephen Karetzky, Library Director of Felician College, has come out with a new book: Not Seeing Red: American Librarianship and the Soviet Union, 1917-1960 (Lanham, MD, and London: University Press of America). His volume Reading Research and Librarianship: A History and Analysis was given honorable mention in ASIST's annual Best Information Science Book Award after its publication in 1982.

Matt Theobald is advising the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) and consulting on all aspects of technology, including but not limited to the facilities. The vision of iMOCA is to increase the understanding of contemporary art.

The FSU School of Information Studies Information Use Management and Policy Institute has received a $40,000 research award from the Division of Library and Information Services to assist in developing a five-year statewide plan for library development in Florida. Charles R. McClure, Francis Eppes Professor and director of the Information Institute, and John Carlo Bertot, associate professor and associate director of the Information Institute, will conduct the project.

Jessica Milstead, principal in JELEM Company, is the recipient of the 2002 Hines Award from the American Society of Indexers (ASI). This award recognizes Jessica's active and outstanding service to the indexing profession.

Carol Hutchins, head librarian of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences Library at New York University, has been appointed editor-in-chief of Computing Reviews, an online resource for reviews of the best in computing literature.

The Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) has named Jennifer Trant as Executive Director, and David Bearman as Director, Strategy and Research. Trant and Bearman, who have been actively involved in the planning of AMICO through their consulting firm of  Archives & Museum Informatics, will formally join AMICO's staff as of July 1, 2002.

Karla Petersen, ASIST SIG Cabinet Director for 4 years, and winner of the Watson Davis Award in 1997, has been promoted to Dean of Libraries at Loyola University Chicago, effective July 1. At Loyola since 1988, she has most recently been Acting Dean for Bibliographic and Access Services.

Anne Woodsworth, currently dean of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at Pratt Institute, has been named acting provost of the institution.

Carol C. Kuhlthau, director of the MLS program at Rutgers University, is the winner of the Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology for 2002, sponsored by OCLC and LITA. The award is given to a person who has amassed a significant body of research in the field of library and information technology.


Marjorie Hyslop, developer of the Metallurgical Literature Classification System that was adopted as a standard in 1950, passed away in January of this year. She was a fellow of ASM International, received the Professional Award from SLA and the Wilson Award from the American Society of Indexers. 

Mark Rorvig, associate professor, School of Library and Information Science at the University of North Texas, died of a heart attack at his home in Denton on April 10.

Brett Butler, information industry entrepreneur, passed away earlier this year. The family has asked that memorials in Brett's memory be sent to The Caroline F. Libby Music Fund, c/o San Mateo/Foster City School District, 51 West 41st Ave., San Mateo, CA 94403.

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