of the American Society for Information Science and Technology       Vol. 27, No. 3       February/March 2001


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ASIST Annual Meeting Coverage, Part 2

The first official celebration of the new name for our Society, American Society for Information Science and Technology, was held amidst great fanfare at the ASIST 2000 Annual Meeting in Chicago in November. Comments from those in attendance suggest that both the new year and the new name bode well for the Society and its members. 

In the December/January issue of the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, we initiated coverage of the meeting with some substantive reports that were provided to the Bulletin in advance of the meeting and, thus, in time for the deadline. We promised then additional coverage in the February issue.

In this issue, coverage continues with photographs from the Awards Banquet and the president's Inaugural Address in Inside ASIST, and elsewhere in the issue, the Award of Merit acceptance speech and another of the plenary speeches.

2000 ASIST Award Winners Accept Honors

A highlight of every ASIST Annual Meeting is the Awards Banquet and the presentation of honors to the winners of the prestigious ASIST Annual Awards.

The winners of most ASIST awards are announced in advance of the meeting. This year, the advance announcements were covered in the December/January issue of the Bulletin, which was completed prior to the Annual Meeting in November. These winners are included in the following pages, but more detail about the specific awards can be found in the last issue.

In addition, the winners of four awards are kept secret until the Annual Meeting. Those four are covered here.

Watson Davis Award

The American Society for Information Science and Technology is pleased to announce that this year's winner of the prestigious Watson Davis Award is Dr. Candy Schwartz, a professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College.

During her tenure in the Society, Dr. Schwartz has served as president, chair of the Nominations Committee and chair of the Membership Committee. She has also served as a member of the Budget & Finance Committee, the Conference & Meetings Committee, the Committee on Inter-Society Cooperation, the Education Committee, the Information Science Education Committee, the Executive Committee and the Research Committee. Currently, she chairs the Society's Program Advisory Board, charged with developing highly visible new programs and services for members and potential members of ASIST.

She has been an active member of four ASIST Special Interest Groups: Arts & Humanities, Classification Research, Education for Information Science and International Information Issues. She has also served on or chaired six Society award juries.

Dr. Schwartz has also been a long-time active member of the New England Chapter of ASIST. She received the Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award in 1994 and serves as the advisor for the Simmons College Student Chapter of the Society.

One of her colleagues noted that "Candy and her work are just exactly what the award is intended to recognize."

The Watson Davis Award commemorates the founder of the Society and is given to members for outstanding continuous contributions and dedicated service to the Society. It was established by the Society in 1975 and is administered by the Membership Committee.


The Chapter-of-the-Year Award recognizes outstanding chapters for their contributions to ASIST and the advancement of information science. The winner of the ASIST 2000 Chapter-of-the-Year Award is the Los Angeles Chapter of ASIST (LACASIS).

LACASIS operates an exemplary chapter program. It promotes information science through activities such as its Contributions to Information Science award and dinner. It encourages students to participate in professional societies by awarding a scholarship each year to send a student to the ASIST Annual Meeting. LACASIS communications include an excellent newsletter, website, online survey and chapter discussion list. In the year 2000, LACASIS held six meetings with an average attendance of 67; one workshop was attended by more than 80 members.

The chapter builds on these programs and maintains an active member recruitment and retention program. It involves a large number of volunteers to carry out its work and recognizes local member involvement with an Outstanding Member award. The chapter is financially sound and has a strong administrative organization.

Student Chapter-of-the-Year

The Simmons College Student Chapter is commended for the level of enthusiasm and participation it has been able to inspire in its members. It has actively recruited and retained members; sponsored activities that are varied, interesting and frequent; maintained effective communication with its members and the school; made good use of available funds; and recognized students with awards. These students and their faculty advisor truly set a standard for creativity and involvement by information science professionals.

SIG-of-the-Year Award

The purpose of the SIG-of-the-Year Award is to recognize the outstanding professional accomplishments and activities of an ASIST Special Interest Group. There are several categories in which a SIG must excel in order to win, and the SIG that won this year SIG/III excels in all of them. In the jury's opinion, the place where it shines brightest is in its public service efforts, but it also has strong offerings in internal and external communications, member services and contributions to the society. Here's the short list of SIG/III's accomplishments this year:

  • Continued its INFOSHARE program, which pays for memberships in ASIST for members from emerging countries.
  • Organized and coordinated ASIST participation in a FID/IFLA seminar at the inauguration of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt, in 2001.
  • Is investigating the feasibility of holding the 2nd International Information Conference in Egypt to be sponsored by ASIST.
  • Engaged in several activities to attract members, the most interesting being the Digital Scholars Fund Raiser and competition designed to attract librarians and information scientists from developing countries to participate in ASIST.
  • Sponsored its usual round of sessions, auctions and receptions.
  • Supported the SIG/III website, which has many useful elements for international users.

ASIST thanks SIG/III's leadership and members for creating a tremendous presence for ASIST in the international information community in 2000 and for setting an example to the rest of the Society by showing us what an energetic, committed SIG can do.

Previously Announced Awards

The following 2000 ASIST award winners were originally announced in the December/January issue of the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. More information on each award and the winners can be found there.

Award of Merit

The Award of Merit, established in 1964, is the Society's highest honor, bestowed upon an individual who has made a noteworthy contribution to the field of information science, including the expression of new ideas, the creation of new devices, the development of better techniques and outstanding service to the profession of information science.

The 2000 ASIST Award of Merit is awarded to Dr. Donald R. Swanson, University of Chicago, for his "lifetime achievements in research and scholarship."

The citation awarded Dr. Swanson at the ASIST Annual Meeting says in part, "Don is an icon for what information science could and should aspire to be. This is largely due to Don's pioneering work on undiscovered public knowledge, or as it is more technically described, complementary non-interactive literatures.

"[He] has made his case in lucid and engaging prose, backed by encyclopedic learning. . . . A hallmark of his work has been his exquisite research taste; his flawless scholarship; and the openness and passion in his communication."

Research Award

Recognizing an individual or organization for outstanding research contributions to the field of information science, the 2000 ASIST Research Award goes to Dr. W. Bruce Croft, a nationally and internationally respected scholar.

Dr. Croft developed the first system to integrate multiple search strategies, multiple document representations, user models, hypertext search and intermediary strategies.

ISI Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award

Established in 1980 and sponsored by the Institute for Scientific Information, the ASIST Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated sustained excellence in teaching information science.

The 2000 ASIST/ISI Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award is presented to Barbara M. Wildemuth, professor at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Barbara teaches in the areas of systems analysis, information systems, information ethics, interface design and communication.

Among the comments in papers nominating her for this honor was this description: "an inspiring teacher, who serves as a role model to students and colleagues alike."

Best JASIST Paper Award

Marcia Bates, University of California, Los Angeles, received the Best JASIST Paper Award for The Invisible Substrate of Information Science, published in Volume 50, Number 12, pages 1043-1050, of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

Best Information Science Book Award

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

Charles T. Meadow, Bert R. Boyce and Donald H. Kraft, authors of Text Information Retrieval Systems, Second Edition, published by Academic Press (1999), are the recipients of the 2000 ASIST Best Information Science Book Award.

Charles Meadow is professor emeritus in the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto; Bert Boyce is professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Louisiana State University; and Donald Kraft is professor in the Department of Computer Science at Louisiana State University and editor of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

Their book offers a holistic, encompassing view of information retrieval as a communication process that links together human actors and communities, computer systems, and organizations.

James M. Cretsos Leadership Award

Recognizing a new ASIST member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities in professional ASIST activities, the 2000 James M. Cretsos Leadership Award is presented to Helen Atkins of the Delaware Valley Chapter.

Since joining ASIST, Helen has participated in a wide variety of Society activities at both the local and national levels.

ISI/ASIST Citation Analysis Research Grant

The 2000 ISI/ASIST Citation Analysis Research Grant to support a research proposal or research underway is awarded to Dr. Michael Kurtz of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts, for his proposal, "The Joint Analysis of Citations with Readership Information."

Dr. Kurtz, who invented the Astrophysics Data System, proposes to extend his previous research to develop new measures of scientific productivity and further examine electronic publications' impact on scholarly communication.

ASIST/UMI Doctoral Dissertation Award

Recognizing outstanding recent doctoral candidates whose research contributes to some aspect of information science, the ASIST/UMI Doctoral Dissertation Award for 2000 is presented to Daniel Dorner for his dissertation entitled Determining Essential Services on the Canadian Information Highway: An Exploratory Study of the Public Policy Process.

ISI Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship

The ISI Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship fosters research in information science by encouraging and assisting doctoral students with their dissertation research. The 2000 Scholarship is awarded to Anne R. Diekema of Syracuse University for her proposal, Spurious Matches in Cross-Language Information Retrieval: Lexical Ambiguity, Vocabulary, Mismatch and Other Causes of Translation Error.

Pratt-Severn Best Student Research Paper Award

The 2000 Student Research Paper Award, recognizing outstanding work of a current student in a degree-granting program in the information field, goes to Karen Weaver .

Online Submissions for ASIST Annual Meeting

The American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) is excited to be using online submissions for the 2001 Annual Meeting, November 4-8, 2000, in Washington, DC.

The Community of Science, Inc. (COS) "Abstract" Management System (AMS) is a Web-based system designed to manage the creation, submission, peer review and scheduling/print output of accepted proposals. [It is called an "abstract" management tool but it has been customized to accept full, draft contributed papers as specified in the ASIST Call for Papers


for this meeting.]

This system is designed to simplify the cumbersome and complex set of tasks associated with submitting and updating a proposal, as well as for reviewers and conference planners managing proposals via paper or disk. You can simply log on to the COS/ASIST Website, register and interact with the system from the comfort and privacy of your own office.

The system will allow you to modify and revise your proposal as necessary unless it is closed for reviewing, printing, etc. It will also guide you through the steps. You can leave your proposals in a "draft" state if you need to get "required" information (e.g., e-mail addresses for additional presenters in a panel session) and come back. Your proposal can be revised and modified almost at will unless it is "closed" for reviewing, printing or other such processes.

The AMS user-interface is intuitive and user-friendly providing step by step instructions to guide you through submission and revision steps. The COS Help Desk is available, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., free of charge with a response time of 24 hours, maximum. Follow the links from the "Troubleshooting/FAQ" page.

Nominations Sought for ASIST Board of Directors

With administrative year 2001 just barely underway, the ASIST Nominations Committee is already preparing for 2002. Always chaired by the immediate past president of ASIST, the committee is responsible for the presentation of a slate of officer and director candidates to the Board for election in the Summer of 2001.

This year's Nominations Committee chair, Past President Eugene Garfield, provides the following information for guidance in suggesting appropriate individuals for committee consideration.

For the slate presented for election this Summer, we are soliciting candidates for president-elect for 2002-2004, candidates for treasurer for 2002-2004 and candidates for director-at-large, 2002-2004. Successful candidates will need to be willing to attend all Board meetings (currently face-to-face three times per year, two usually in Washington, DC, and one at the Annual Meeting) at their own expense and to serve as requested on or as liaison to various committees and task forces.

To recommend candidates for the consideration of the Nominations Committee, send recommendations, with a brief statement of rationale, to the committee chair:

Dr. Eugene Garfield, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Institute for Scientific Information, 3501 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; 215/243-2205; garfield@codex.cis.upenn.edu

The ASIST Bylaws, printed in the Handbook and Directory, provide specific duties and responsibilities of the elected officials of ASIST. Garfield has provided more information on the duties in the following paragraphs, which are expanded upon at the ASIST website: www.asis.org

President-elect/President: The President sets the agenda for the society through planning and appointing task forces and with the advice and consent of the Board of Directors. The President represents the Society to other organizations, both internal and external, whenever possible.

Treasurer: The treasurer is responsible for the stewardship of the association's funds, including chairing the Budget and Finance Committee and

  • ensuring accurate, meaningful and timely financial records
  • ensuring budgets are timely and reflect the society's needs and plans.
  • safeguarding and managing the organization's financial assets.
  • ensuring compliance with federal and state reporting requirements
  • issuing an annual report to the members.

Director-at-Large:  Directors attend Board meetings, hold confidential all matters discussed in executive session, observe how the society is functioning and listen for opinions and gripes of members, consider how to meet needs whether officially brought to the Board or not, consider the good of the society as a whole above personal preferences, and represent the society.

News About ASIST SIGs

ASIS Special Interest Group/Knowledge Management (SIG/KM) issued a broad call for participants in a planned session on Affective Issues in Knowledge Management, to be held at the 2001 ASIST Annual Meeting in November. The session convenor, Louise Gruenberg, indicated she welcomes speakers who can discuss emotional intelligence, cross-cultural and/or multicultural issues in KM and the effects of the adoption of technological innovations.

News from ASIST Chapters

The Central Ohio ASIST Chapter (CO-ASIST) focused on CORC Cooperative Online Resource Catalog) in an evening meeting at the end of the year 2000. Among the speakers was Tschera Harkness Connell of the Ohio State University Libraries.

A joint holiday meeting of the Los Angeles Chapter of ASIST (LACASIS) and the local SLA chapter featured novelist Christina Schwarz, former Californian, whose first novel, Drowning Ruth, is a New York Times bestseller and a selection in the Oprah Book Club. LACASIS followed up in January with a dinner program entitled The Internet and Web Privacy, presented by Karen Coyle, who explained the privacy risks of Internet use and how these relate to library patron and staff use of the 'Net.

News About ASIST Members

Taemin K. Park, serials librarian at Indiana University, is the 2001 winner of the Marcia Tuttle International Grant given by NASIG to provide funding for serials work of international scope. Dr. Park will use the $1,000 award to present a paper at the 12th International Conference on New Information Technology in Beijing. Her topic will be library education in information organization and access of networked resources.

Emil Levine is serving as the acting librarian of the new United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Library and Knowledge Management Center in Vienna, Austria. Levine was a consultant on the design and development of the new library.

Cooking Light magazine, one of the nation's premier epicurean magazines, selected Food FAQs: Substitutions, Yields & Equivalents, by former ASIST executive director Linda Resnik and Dee Brock, as one of the 45 "most indispensable ideas, products, ingredients, techniques and tools we've ever found . . . . " The list was included in an article entitled "Essentials" in the magazine's January/February 2001 issue. Published by FAQs Press ( www.FAQsPress.com), the book was first introduced in July 2000.

John Jacob Epstein, formerly coordinator of bibliographic instruction and electronic resources librarian at the J.D. Williams Library, University of Mississippi, has joined the staff of Ohio University Libraries as reference librarian/Web manager.

Amanda Spink, associate professor of information sciences and technology in Penn State's School of Information Sciences and Technology Internet Research Institute, and two colleagues have received a $50,000 grant from Lockheed Martin. Spink, C. Lee Giles and James Wang will examine how an information user profile can be used to make information retrieval quicker and more effective. Specifically, they will examine the makeup of such a profile, how it is constructed and how it is used.

Publisher Supported Enhancements to JASIST
by Joanne Wasserman

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., publisher of the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), has been moving rapidly to offer enhanced electronic services to its subscribers. In harmony with these efforts the Society itself has felt that its mission and goals make it important and appropriate to support innovation in publishing. The Editor and Editorial Board of the Journal and the ASIST Board and staff have therefore encouraged Wiley to use JASIST as a testbed. Members of the Society are now the beneficiaries of these efforts, as Wiley has recently introduced several exciting electronic journal initiatives that have included JASIST among the earliest participants. A summary of these efforts is outlined below.

Member Electronic Access

Electronic access to JASIST is now available to the ASIST membership. Members may choose from three options for JASIST delivery: print only, electronic only, or print and electronic access. Student members receive the electronic form. Currently, including students, there are 1,333 members who have elected to receive only the electronic publication. For member information on selecting electronic access, please contact ASIST Executive Director Dick Hill ( rhill@asis.org).


In June 2000 Wiley launched the EarlyView service through Wiley InterScience. JASIST was the first publication from the Professional & Trade division to be included in EarlyView.

EarlyView combines the benefits of fast online availability and issue-based archiving. Articles posted online in EarlyView are complete, peer-reviewed, copyedited and author-corrected. They also include all figures and tables. All EarlyView articles are fully citeable. EarlyView enhances information access for authors and readers by reducing the time to publication, offering online presentation of journal content and complete integration of all EarlyView articles into the comprehensive search function that encompasses all Wiley journals available online.

EarlyView articles are posted on average 5-10 days after the receipt of author-corrected proofs, drastically cutting the time from acceptance to online publication. EarlyView articles are easily accessible through the Wiley InterScience search and browse functions, as well as the home page of each journal included. Customers are able to access all articles from a particular journal issue available in EarlyView by linking to the contents page of the journal, where all articles available in EarlyView are listed at the top, under the distinctive EarlyView logo.

Each EarlyView article is fully citeable through its online publication date and Digital Object Identifier (DOI), a unique identifier that is assigned to an article when it is accepted for publication. Like an ISBN for books, the DOI stays with the article permanently. The DOI is visible with each article on EarlyView and also appears in the printed issue. When citing, authors can copy the DOI from the online reference and paste it into their papers.

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. is committed to serving the needs of our editors, authors and subscribers. EarlyView was developed in response to your feedback and input.


The world's leading scientific, technical and medical publishers, led by Academic Press and John Wiley & Sons, have collaborated to form CrossRef, a service that will link reference citations to the online content that those references cite, typically located on a different server and published by a different publisher. Wiley has included JASIST as the first journal in its Professional & Trade division to be part of the CrossRef initiative.

CrossRef operates behind-the-scenes by enabling member publishers to add reference links to their online journals. Users of the online journals see, click on and follow the links directly to the content. The service requires no other interface. CrossRef is run from a central facility operated by Publishers International Linking Association, Inc. (PILA), a nonprofit organization jointly formed by its member publishers. The service utilizes DOIs to ensure permanent links.

More than three million articles across thousands of journals will be linked initially through CrossRef, and more than half a million more articles will be linked each year thereafter. Such linking enhances the efficiency of browsing and reading the primary scholarly literature. It enables readers to gain access to logically related articles with one or two clicks an objective widely accepted among researchers as a natural and necessary part of scholarly publishing in the digital age. For more information about CrossRef, visit www.crossref.org.


"Soft-proofing" is a service offered in conjunction with our typesetter that will allow authors to access the proof pages of their articles through the Internet. When this service is instituted in the near future it will work in the following fashion.

As soon as their pages are ready, the authors will receive an alert via e-mail. This e-mail will contain a Web address where they can access their pages along with a login and password in order to gain entry to their material. The articles will appear in Adobe's Portable Document Format (pdf), which will show a layout exactly duplicating the material as it would appear in print (minus page numbering) along with a separate page that will list any author queries that would need to be resolved. Some other additional materials will be provided to authors at this time, such as electronic copies of the forms used to order offprint copies of their articles, copyright transfer agreements if authors have not yet completed them and lists of proofreader marks. The authors will print out whatever they need and fax the necessary changes or forms back to Wiley, when complete.

The company anticipates that this process will substantially reduce the amount of time it takes to forward proofs to authors via conventional mail. A Web address containing a sample article will be circulated shortly to JASIST editorial board members for their comments.

Wiley expects to announce more exciting online ventures for JASIST in the months ahead.

Joanne Wasserman is editorial director/associate publisher at John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 605 Third Ave., New York, NY 10185; telephone: 212/850-6860; e-mail: jwasserm@wiley.com

Treasurer Presents ASIST Audit

ASIST Treasurer George Ryerson has presented the audited financial statements for fiscal year 2000 to the ASIST Board of Directors..

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