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Vol. 26, No. 4

April/May 2000

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Electronic Access to JASIS for ASIS Members

With an eye toward enhancement of membership services, ASIS and John Wiley & Sons, publisher of the flagship Journal of the American Society for Information Science (JASIS ), have announced new options for receipt of JASIS.

Introduced in correspondence by e-mail and letter to all ASIS members, the new plan addresses member interest in the electronic form of the journal. While most publishers insist subscribers continue to receive print versions of their publications and pay additional charges for electronic access, ASIS and John Wiley have a better approach:

  • Regular members of ASIS can choose between the print and electronic versions of JASIS as their primary form for receiving the valuable member benefit. In addition, members who wish to receive both formats may do so for just $25 additional charge.
  • Student members will automatically receive the electronic edition of JASIS; for an additional $15, students may receive both electronic and print versions.

Why differentiate between students and regular members?  The ASIS Board believes that electronic access is the wave of the future because of its superior capabilities overall. However, many existing members have been building their collections of JASIS over many years, and those collections should not be disrupted at this time. Student members, however, have not begun creating print copy collections of JASIS.

In addition, switching students to electronic access of JASIS makes affordable a revision of ASIS policy toward students. Student membership in ASIS is highly subsidized, which is part of the rationale behind the current two-year limitation on student membership.  However, at its February Board Meeting, the Board voted unanimously to request that the Constitution and Bylaws Committee present revised language for the ASIS bylaws to remove this two-year limitation. This measure will be on the ballot this summer with the election of officers and directors.

The Board fully realizes that there are many students who are in work/study programs, whose education is discontinuous for a number of reasons, and that there are a growing number of undergraduate information science majors who would like to be ASIS members.  Additionally, two years of student membership has never been adequate for doctoral candidates.

Electronic access to JASIS was to be available in March. In order to implement the new plan, ASIS must have accurate e-mail addresses for all members. Once members have indicated their preferences and provided accurate e-mail addresses to headquarters, they will be able to register at the Wiley Website (www.interscience.wiley.com). In order to do so, however, members must know their ASIS membership ID numbers.


What can you look forward to at the E-JASIS site? You will have full-text access to JASIS from 1986 (Volume 37) to date in fully searchable format as long as you are a current ASIS member. Additionally, an industry-wide alliance of commercial, learned society and other not-for-profit publishers has agreed to implement uniform standards, based on use of the digital object identifier (DOI), to enable seamless navigation across a broad range of electronic journal article content they publish. John Wiley & Sons has played a leadership role in both the development of the technology that underlies this effort and in the establishment of the central facility that will effect the linking.

    [From a press release] "Twelve leading scientific and scholarly publishers announced today that they are collaborating on an innovative, market-driven reference-linking initiative that will change the way scientists use the Internet to conduct online research. The reference-linking service represents an unprecedented, cooperative effort among John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; Academic Press; American Association for the Advancement of Science (the publisher of Science); American Institute of Physics; Association for Computing Machinery; Blackwell Science; Elsevier Science; The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.; Kluwer Academic Publishers; Nature; Oxford University Press; and Springer-Verlag. It is expected to launch during the first quarter of 2000.

    "Researchers will be able to move easily from a reference in a journal article to the content of a cited journal article, typically located on a different server and published by a different publisher. At the outset, approximately three million articles across thousands of journals will be linked through this service, and more than half a million more articles will be linked each year thereafter. This will enhance the efficiency of browsing and reading the primary scientific and scholarly literature. Such linking will enable 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 scientific and scholarly publishing in the digital age.

    "Each publisher will set its own access standards, determining what content is available to the researcher following a link (such as access to the abstract or to the full text of an article, by subscription, document delivery, or pay-per-view, etc.)."

Privacy and Data Protection Policy

Wiley recognizes the importance of protecting the information it collects in the operation of Wiley InterScience and will take all reasonable steps to maintain the security, integrity and privacy of this information. Wiley will ensure that any information it collects will be adequate, relevant and not excessive for purposes of operating Wiley InterScience; it will be kept accurate and up-to-date based on information provided and will be deleted when no longer needed. Except where necessary in connection with services provided by appropriate intermediaries, who will be required to comply with the confidentiality provisions of this policy, Wiley will not disclose any personal information identifying users to any third party, unless required by law or to enforce Wiley InterScience Terms and Conditions of Use.

Users are given the option of creating a personal "Home Page" where the user may  store links to favorite journals, favorite articles and search criteria, but users do not necessarily have to use a home page. Any private communications or information supplied to Wiley by a user may be used by Wiley for internal business and  research purposes and to help enhance and develop Wiley InterScience, but will not be shared with third parties.

Wiley will only disclose to third parties navigational and transactional information in the form of anonymous, aggregate usage statistics (including "hits" on Wiley InterScience and the Electronic Journal(s)) and demographics in forms that do not reveal a user's identity or confidential information, except as required by law.

Links may be provided from Wiley InterScience to other Websites. In using such links, users should be aware that each Website will vary in terms of its privacy and data protection policies, and Wiley does not take responsibility for the privacy policies of, and usage of personal information collected by, others. 

Please note that Wiley's privacy and data protection policy is reviewed periodically. Any comments or questions concerning this policy should be addressed to Wiley InterScience Privacy Policy at privacy@wiley.com.

Ballot Deadline

 A ballot in the matter of changing the ASIS name has been mailed to all members. These ballots must be received at ASIS headquarters by April 28.

The ballot actually contains two initiatives: one to change the name of the society and a second to lower the percentage of votes required for approval of such changes in the future. Each initiative is separate and independent.

A note regarding how ballots are handled at ASIS Headquarters: As ballots are received, the covering envelope is reviewed to make certain the ballot is from a member. The ballots are not opened until after the voting deadline, and only then under the supervision of a member who is appointed as "teller" to supervise the counting.

News from ASIS Chapters

The ASIS Website home page now offers news on upcoming chapter events. Thanks to ASIS headquarters staff member Jan Hatzakos, chapter events can receive full Web recognition. Links to meeting details on your chapter's Web page are a feature of the enhancement. The listing can include contact information if your chapter does not have a Website.

Check out the ASIS Website at www.asis.org to see what other chapters are planning. Contact Jan at jhatzakos@asis.org to get your chapter's events listed.

The Pacific Northwest Chapter of ASIS has issued a call for proposals for its annual fall meeting. The title of this year's meeting, to be held September 15-16, is Off the Beaten Track: Information Science and Technology in the Third Millennium. The proposal deadline is April 21. For proposal guidelines and forms, visit http://osu.orst.edu/groups/asispnc/current/proposal.html

The New Jersey ASIS chapter will discuss The Interaction of Bioinformatics with Information Retrieval at its April meeting. Guest speaker Craig Nevill-Manning, assistant professor at Rutgers, will speak about his research that employs machine learning techniques to identify important features in biological sequences.

News About ASIS Members

Sheila Webber, University of Strathclyde in Scotland and member of the Bulletin Advisory Board, has been awarded the Information World Review 1999 Award for Professional Excellence. She was also runner up for the European Business Librarian of the Year Award 1999, sponsored by the Gale Group.

Former ASIS Executive Director Linda Resnik is the co-author of the soon-to-be-released Food FAQs: Substitutions, Yields & Equivalents, published by FAQs Press (www. FAQsPress.com), of which she is managing partner.

Four ASIS members were among those selected by the Special Libraries Association to be honored for their contributions to SLA and the information profession. Dorothy McGarry, retired from UCLA, will be inducted into the SLA Hall of Fame. Marjorie M.K. Hlava, president of Access Innovations, Inc., will receive the SLA's President's Award, given to an SLA member who displays on ongoing commitment to the development of the association. Richard P. Hulser, IBM Corporation, and Sylvia E. Piggott, International Monetary Fund, will be named as Fellows of SLA, active members with future leadership potential for the association. The honors will be presented during the SLA Annual Conference in June.

Bonnie Lawlor, president of Chescot Publishing and former ASIS director-at-large, was scheduled to deliver an Update on Database Protection Legislation at a March meeting of NFAIS.


Jeffrey Katzer

Long-time ASIS member Jeffrey Katzer, professor and associate dean in the Syracuse University School of Information Studies, died Saturday, March 4. He was 58.

A member of the Syracuse University faculty since 1968, Katzer played a key role in positioning the School of Information Studies as a national leader in the information field. He helped develop and launch the school's undergraduate program in information management and technology the first of it kind the country. He also built the school's Ph.D. program into a leading national program. He was twice appointed interim dean.

"The School of Information Studies and the information profession at-large are stunned by the loss of a colleague who had such a profound affect on us all," says Raymond von Dran, dean of the School of Information Studies. "Jeffrey was an inspired faculty leader and a gifted organizational developer."

In 1992, Katzer received the ASIS/ISI Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award.

Katzer is survived by his wife Linda, and his children Andrew and Jill. The family asks that memorials be made to the doctoral student fund established in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University.

Shaojun Lu

Shaojun Lu, assistant professor at the State University of New York, Oswego, died March 1 at his home in Oswego. He was 37. Known to many ASIS colleagues first as a doctoral student at UCLA, he moved on to the University of Iowa as a visiting professor before joining the SUNY-Oswego faculty.

Prior to coming to the United States to pursue his now-completed doctoral studies at UCLA, Shaojun had a distinguished and productive career in the School of Library and Information Science at Wuhan University in China.

Surviving Shaojun are his fiancee, Zhaohui Yang, and his family in China.

A memorial Website has been created for Shaojun to allow his colleagues, students and friends to share information and remembrances about him. The site can be found at http://dlis.gseis.ucla.edu/Shaojun_Lu. Messages can be posted to the site by sending an e-mail to David Cappoli at dcappoli@ucla.edu

Condolences may be sent to Ms. Yang at zhaohui_yang@hotmail.com or to Z. Yang, c/o S. Lu, 29 Birch Lane, #20C, Oswego, NY 13126.

Treasurer Presents ASIS Audit

ASIS Treasurer George Ryerson has presented the audited financial statements for fiscal year 1999 to the ASIS Board of Directors.

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