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Bulletin, June/July 2008

Inside ASIS&T

ASIS&T Meetings Continue to Set the Tone for Information Professionals


For nine years now, the ASIS&T Information Architecture Summit has proven itself as the premier gathering place for information architects. The ninth annual summit, held in April in Miami, attracted over 600 attendees presenting, discussing or just absorbing cutting-edge information on social networking, gaming, patterns, tagging, taxonomies and a wide range of IA tools and techniques. As one attendee put it, “Jared M. Spool’s opening keynote on Journey to the Center of Design and Andrew Hinton’s closing plenary on Linkosophy were amazing bookends for a great conference.” 

Next up for the IA community is the fourth EuroIA, this year to be held in Amsterdam, September 26-27. EuroIA will explore the theme of Redrawing the Map between countries and online as we look to forge new international alliances to adapt traditional deliverables to the needs of a Web 2.0 world.

And then get ready for the 10th IA Summit, March 18-22, 2009, in Memphis.

But it’s not just the IA community benefiting from cutting-edge conferences sponsored by ASIS&T. The ASIS&T Annual Meeting continues to address the broader fields and boundaries of information science and practice. Coming up in late October in Columbus, People Transforming Information – Information Transforming People will use the lens of the human and social condition to seek a better understanding of the impact of the new information environment made possible by the digital world. 

Check the ASIS&T website regularly for updated information on the ASIS&T conferences.

News about ASIS&T Members
Ching-chih Chen, professor in the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science and an international leader in digital library research and development, is the 2008 recipient of the American Library Association Beta Phi Mu Award. The honor is presented annually to a library school faculty member or individual for distinguished service in librarianship education. Chen is a longtime member of ASIS&T, where she has served in numerous local and national capacities in service to the field of information science.

The award jury responsible for Chen’s selection was “extremely impressed” with her “profound impact on the field of global librarianship,” as well as her devotion to her students and her record of publications and presentations.

News from ASIS&T Chapters
The Northern Ohio Chapter of ASIS&T (NORASIST) took a look at Digital Preservation Basics: How to Ensure Long-Term Access to Your Digital Assets as the theme for an April meeting. Karen Gracy, assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University, planned a presentation to help attendees understand the critical problems of digital preservation, identify the risks to digital collections and devise short- and long-term strategies for keeping collections accessible into the future.

The recently formed Carolinas Chapter of ASIS&T (cc:asis&t) discussed Institutional Repositories: The Great Debate with Helen Tibbo, School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, and Kevin Smith, Duke University. In the spirit of classical oration and political debate, the two speakers were to square off on such topics as scholarly communication, copyright, institutional memory, digital libraries, metadata, intellectual property and digital preservation. 

Homer J. Hall 

The family of Homer James Hall informs us that the 96-year-old research chemist and information scientist, as well as civic leader, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, died peacefully in his sleep in Exeter, New Hampshire, on April 26.

Homer was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, and lived most of his childhood in Marietta, Ohio. After graduating from Marietta College in 1931, he went on to Ohio State University where he earned his Ph.D. in chemistry. Homer worked for Esso Standard Oil of New Jersey for 41 years, where, drawing on his ability to read chemistry research reports in seven different languages, he published research abstracts for chemists and chemical engineers to help them stay current in their field. During World War II, he earned patents for the invention of detergent jet fuel. After retirement, he continued to work in the field of information science as a member of the American Society of Information Science and Technology.

In recent years, Homer served on several ASIS&T committees, including Awards and Honors, Constitution and Bylaws, Leadership, Planning and Professionalism. He was also an officer in Special Interest Group/Information Analysis and Evaluation.

Homer was married to Juliet McCarrell Leiper for 65 years until her death a few years ago. He is survived by four children, seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and his 99-year-old sister. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, a son and his brother. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Amnesty International USA, 5 Penn Plaza, 16th Floor; New York, NY 10001. 

Sandra Tung
Sandra Tung, formerly of Santa Monica and Altadena, California, died April 23. Sandra retired last year from her position as business information manager for business development at Boeing. Previously she worked at Rockwell, Savage Information Services and NASA Applications Center. 

Sandra was a longtime member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society of Information Science and Technology (LACASIS). During the 1980s, she helped make LACASIS a stronger, more vibrant organization. A talented leader with a "can-do attitude," Sandra understood the value of working with new members to insure the next generation of leaders would be strong. She was active in LACASIS for over 15 years, serving as treasurer, marketing/database coordinator, Program Committee member and Awards Committee member. In 1994 she was recognized for her service and won the Outstanding Member Award.

One of Sandra's legacies is the continuing success of LACASIS as a professional organization. She will always be remembered as a LACASIS superstar.

Sandra is survived by her children Doug, Diana and Irene; three grandchildren and a loving extended family. 

Donations may be made in her name to San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity, 770 N. Fair Oaks, Pasadena, CA 91103 (