of the American Society for Information Science and Technology   Vol. 28, No. 1    October / November 2001


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AM 2001 Is Ready to Go!

The 2001 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) gets underway in early November, with pre-conference registrants beginning their workshop efforts on Friday, November 2, and main conference program sessions starting on  Sunday, November 4.

Program information has been posted to the ASIST website (www.asis.org) and mailed to members and interested persons. Finishing touches are being put on plans for all aspects of the annual meeting, and Trudi Bellardo Hahn, conference program chair, has a message for information scientists of all stripes.

Message from the Conference Program Chair

It is with great pleasure that I present program details for Information in a Networked World: Harnessing the Flow, the ASIST 2001 Annual Meeting. This year's conference will take an in-depth look at the many issues raised by today's exploding information networks and the obstacles and opportunities created by the resulting array of new products, services, technologies and applications. We the Program Committee hope these sessions will open up new lines of thought and inspiration as together we examine, reflect upon and assess the ways these phenomena are transforming real life, real users and real needs.

One programming innovation we are particularly proud of at this year's conference is the introduction of poster sessions. These sessions will provide you with an excellent opportunity to hear and see exciting new research findings, promising ongoing work and projects that are in their infancy and open to being influenced by questions and discussion.

Another exciting innovation at this year's conference is that we will digitally record all of the speakers who consent. Full conference registrants will have their choice of a CD-ROM set of the 2001 Annual Meeting or electronic access to both the 2000 and 2001 Annual Meetings. This means that you will have a permanent record of the conference with audio and video and even slide presentations. So, if you see two great sessions you want to attend at the same time, no need to worry. Attend one and view the other later! You can see a demonstration of this great new application of technology at www.asis.org/digiscript.html.

This year's extensive conference program encompasses 65 sessions, including 38 Special Interest Group (SIG) programs, nine invited panels, 49 contributed papers (in 16 sessions), 34 posters, seven receptions and two thought-provoking keynote presentations, which will serve as appropriate "bookends" to the conference.

I would like to express my deep gratitude to the members of the Technical Program Committee who were responsible for selecting the papers and panels and giving helpful feedback to the presenters. They are Bob Allen, Elizabeth Aversa, Kyle Banerjee, Marcia Bates, Andrew Grove, Paul Kantor, June Lester, Pat Molholt, Doug Oard, Linda Rudell-Betts, Michael Sutton, Gretchen Whitney and Barbara Wildemuth. I would also like to thank Gretchen Whitney, who was the main point person for the SIG sessions, and Linda Rudell-Betts who organized the poster sessions.

As always, Richard Hill, ASIST's executive director, was extremely helpful in working with authors submitting papers and proposals via the Community of Science (COS) Web management system. I also want to extend thanks to Kelle Gray, COS staff member, who spent many hours working with authors and panel organizers. Lastly, Elizabeth Aversa and Cynthia Manley should be commended for their hard work on the Proceedings.

I look forward to seeing you at the conference and to sharing the excitement as together we discover new tools, knowledge and insights that will have a significant impact on our research and work in the year ahead.

Trudi Bellardo Hahn
ASIST 2001 Conference Program Chair

Election of ASIST Officers Underway

As this issue of the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology goes to press, ballots for the election of new officers and directors of ASIST are still arriving at headquarters. The ballots will be counted in advance of the Annual Meeting. Results of the election will be posted on the ASIST website (www.asis.org) and will be discussed at the Annual Meeting as new members of the Board prepare to take their seats.

ASIST Co-Sponsors University at Buffalo's Digital Frontier

The American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST) is among the co-sponsors of the upcoming Digital Frontier: The Buffalo Summit 2001. Organized by the University at Buffalo, the two-day event, November 2-3, will examine the far-reaching impacts of digital technology in the arts and sciences, medicine, education and various aspects of everyday life.

The symposium will consider a variety of timely questions about the psychological and societal implications of our increasingly digital existence. Sessions will also include demonstrations of new media, digital arts and applications of advanced computing, as well as extrapolations about likely technological developments of the future.

For additional information, see the website for more details and registration information at www.research.buffalo.edu/events/digital%20frontier/

News from ASIST Chapters

The New England ASIST (NEASIS ) chapter ended the summer with a workshop entitled Working with Audio: From Archiving to Web Delivery. Presented by Alec McLane, music librarian and director of the World Music Archives at Wesleyan University, the session covered such topics as conversion to digital audio; recording sound files to digital storage media; web delivery of sound files; and archiving and backup.

Ted Morris, assistant professor in the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science, presented a session on The Structure of Medical Informatics as the July meeting of the Central Ohio ASIST (COASIST) chapter. Drawing largely on research conducted for his defended dissertation, Morris looked at areas of research, practice and education touched by medical informatics and discussed who needs to know more about medical informatics.

The Pacific Northwest (PNW) Chapter of ASIST scheduled a two-day annual meeting for mid-September featuring the theme Search and Will You Find?  Discussion was expected to center around such topics as searching techniques, virtual reference service, data mining and search engine specifics. Donald Kraft, ASIST president-elect and professor of computer science at Louisiana State University, was the scheduled keynote speaker.

Late September was the scheduled time for the annual workshop of the Los Angeles Chapter (LACASIS) of ASIST.  This year's theme, California's Gold: Nuggets on Managing, Accessing, Sharing & Developing Digital Resources, would support discussion of such topics as cataloging Internet resources; developing custom gateways; openURL; and resource sharing. Lucy Wegner, library director of The Rand Corporation, was the scheduled keynote speaker.

The Southern Ohio ASIST (SOASIST) Chapter maintained its typically busy schedule throughout the spring and summer. The March meeting featured Debora (Ralf) Shaw , 1997 ASIST president and Indiana University associate dean, discussing What Is the Web, and What's It Becoming? That meeting was followed in April by a workshop on To e or Not to e: What Are the Questions? The session featured a panel of speakers discussing eBooks and eJournals. SOASIST continued its meeting schedule in May with Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Technologies and in June presented Aboutness: Automated Indexing and Categorization.

For September SOASIST scheduled a meeting on Wireless Technologies, featuring Jim Geier, an international wireless network consultant. The chapter posts slides from most of its programs at its website: www.asis.org/Chapters/soasis/events/past.html

News About ASIST Members

Martha Smith, formerly director of the doctoral program in information studies at Long Island University, has joined the faculty of Clarion University of Pennsylvania. An internationally recognized leader in the field of information ethics, Smith will provide leadership and coordination for the distance education programs offered by the Department of Library Science.

Andrew Dillon, currently at the School of Informatics and the School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, has been named dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Texas at Austin, with adjunct professor positions in psychology and management science and information systems. Dillon went to Indiana in 1992 with visiting appointments in the department of psychology and the Institute for the Study of Human Capabilities. In 1994 he assumed a full time appointment in library and information science and, since 2000, in IU's new School of Informatics. At IU, he held adjunct positions in both Computer Science and Instructional Systems Technology and was a core faculty member of Cognitive Science. Most recently he has been director of the Indiana University program in human-computer interaction. Dillon also writes a regular column on information architecture for the Bulletin. He will join the UT-Austin faculty in January.

Jon Jablonski, MLIS student at the Information School of the University of Washington, received the 2001 LIBRI Best Student Paper Award for "Defining the Object of Study: Actors and Actants in Library and Information Science." The paper was to be published in the September 2001 issue of LIBRI.

Merri Beth Lavagnino has been named deputy information technology policy officer in the office of the vice president for information technology at Indiana University. Formerly she was director of information technology for the Committee on Institutional Cooperation in Champaign, Illinois.

Leo Egghe and Ronald Rousseau, both from Belgium, received the Derek John de Solla Price Award, given by the International Conference on Scientometrics and Bibliometrics for outstanding scholarly contributions to the field of scientometrics.  Named for the posthumous winner of the first ASIST Research Award, previous winners of the Derek John de Solla Price Award include Eugene Garfield and Belver Griffith .

Raya Fidel, University of Washington, is serving as conference chair for the 4th International Conference on Conceptions of Library and Information Science (CoLIS4). Harry Bruce, also of University of Washington, is program chair of the conference, scheduled for July 2002, with the theme Emerging Frameworks and Methods.

Boryung Ju, doctoral candidate from the School of Information Studies at Florida State University, and Kevin Roux, doctoral candidate from the University of Texas at Austin, have joined the faculty of the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Florida as visiting instructors.

News from an ASIST Institutional Member

University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science Celebrates Seven Decades of Service

 The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill celebrates its 70th anniversary during this academic year. First named the School of Library Science, it opened in 1931 with a class of 37 students and five faculty members, including the school's founder, Louis Round Wilson. The school, which added "Information Science" to its name and curriculum in 1987, is now home to approximately 300 graduate students, 70 undergraduates, 30 doctoral students and 21 full-time faculty members.

Along with the anniversary celebration, the school has introduced a new look for its website, which can be found at www.ils.unc.edu. SILS also has a new librarian and a new faculty member. The new librarian is Rebecca B. Vargha, most recently a senior research specialist at Nortel Networks in Research Triangle Park; she has more than 20 years of professional library experience. Joining the faculty is Brad Hemminger, formerly senior research associate in UNC's Department of Radiology. His teaching specialty will be medical informatics. His other academic areas of interest include data mining, human-computer interaction and information visualization.

In other news, Joanne Gard Marshall, SILS dean, has been named a fellow of the Special Library Association. The honor recognizes leadership and outstanding contributions in the field of special librarianship.

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