of the American Society for Information Science and Technology     Vol. 28, No. 3      February / March 2002


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Editor's Note

This issue is concerned primarily with activities at the 2001 Annual Meeting and the terrorist attacks of September 11. From the meeting we have pictures, as well as the promised complete coverage of the 2001 ASIST award winners. We also have two additional papers from the Hot Topics session (continuing our coverage that began in the last issue), and reports on the two plenary sessions. We also have an article on progress to-date on a mechanism for accrediting programs of professional education in library and information studies in which ASIST is participating. This topic, too, was covered in an Annual Meeting session.

Closely related to this report is Andrew Dillon's Information Architecture column, which discusses problems of professionalism and education in the emerging IA field. Speaking of which, it is still not too late to attend the upcoming ASIST IA Summit in Baltimore, March 15-17, 2002. With this year's strong focus on practice, Refining Our Craft promises to be a unique opportunity for IAs to share their experiences and expand their ideas. Please refer to the ASIST Website (www.asis.org) for further details.

With regard to September 11, we are fortunate to be able to continue a series of articles on Information and the War Against Terrorism by Lee S. Strickland. The first article in this series appeared in our last issue and provided an overview of U.S. experience with and the nature of counter-terrorist campaigns. Given the very timely and informative nature of his material, I have included two more installments here. The first covers the question of whether American intelligence and law enforcement are effectively positioned to protect the public. The second discusses in depth the nature of the existing laws for information gathering in both criminal and counter-intelligence investigations, how they have been changed by the USA Patriot Act of 2001, and their civil liberties implications.

Dr. Strickland is highly qualified to discuss these matters. He is a career attorney with the federal government. He has been a member of the Senior Intelligence Service since 1986 and most recently served as the CIA official responsible for the development of information and privacy policy as well as the management of all information review and release programs. Currently, he is on detail to the University of Maryland where he serves as a Visiting Professor with the College of Library and Information Studies and the undergraduate College Park Scholars Program. We very much appreciate his contribution.

Irene L. Travis, Editor
Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology

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