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ASIS&T 2004 Just Weeks Away
As this issue of the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science & Technology goes to press, only a few weeks remain before the 2004 ASIS&T Annual Meeting kicks off in Providence, Rhode Island. Registration materials for the November 12-17 meeting have been sent to all ASIS&T members and are available on line at the ASIS&T website – www.asis.org.
Focusing on the conference theme of Managing and Enhancing Information: Cultures and Conflicts, which raises awareness of the role of information science in fostering integration and cooperation in the global information society, dozens of practitioners and researchers in all aspects of the information profession are finalizing their presentations, most of which will fall within seven major tracks.
Program Session Tracks
Among the titles included in the track called Disciplinary Issues are E-Science: The New Environment (sponsored by SIG/STI); National Security Policies (SIGs/III & IFP); Studying Scientific Collaboration (SIG/Metrics & ISSI); Outside Theory on the Inside of LIS (SIGs/HFIS, CR & ED); The State of Libraries and Information Services (SIG/III); Ain't Ms. Behavin' (SIG/HFIS); and contributed papers grouped into three sessions.
The second track, Digital Libraries, includes Important Technical Issues for Digital Libraries (SIGs/III & DL); Use of a Virtual Community (SIG/DL); Building Digital Libraries (SIGs/DL & III); Digital Library Education and Training (SIG/DL); Digital Library Repository Service (SIG/DL); Diffusion of Knowledge (SIGs/HFIS & DL); Digital Preservation (SIGs/DL & STI); and Digital Libraries for Consumer Health Information (SIG/DL) and contributed papers in one session.
User Behavior, the third track, features Empowering Users (SIG/USE); Emotional Design: The Influential Role of Affect (SIG/USE); Mental Models of Information Retrieval Systems (SIGs/USE, DL, HCI & CR); Cognitive Work Analysis (SIGs/CR & USE); Social Network Analysis (SIG/USE); and contributed papers in five sessions.
In the fourth track, System Design, speakers will address Information Visualization (SIG/VIS); Information Visualization for Searching and Browsing (SIG/HCI); Advances in 3D Image Applications (SIG/VIS); Diligently Seeking Collaboration; The NISO Metasearch Activity (NISO & ASIS&T Standards Committee); Beyond the Sandbox: Wikis and Blogs (SIG/STI) and contributed papers in six sessions.
Information Organization, the fifth7 track, features Interdisciplinary Concepts of the 'Work' Entity (SIGs/CR & HFIS); Why Can't Johnny File? (SIGs/CR & USE); Document, Record, Work (SIG/HFIS); Metadata and Ontologies to Support Training and Learning Processes (SIG/DL); and three sessions of contributed papers.
In Knowledge Management and Use, the sixth track, speakers will address Information-Related Management Issues (SIGs/KM & MGT); Blogs for Information Dissemination and Knowledge Management (SIG/KM); Managing Information from Scientific Research Projects (SIG/STI); and Challenges in Knowledge Management Education.
The final track, Resources and Services, focuses on Reference Services and Knowledge Bases (SIGs/STI, LT & USE); LibQUAL+ (SIGs/MGT & KM); and contributed papers in two sessions.
Two plenary sessions featuring big names in the digital world will help to set the tone for the Annual Meeting.
The first of the two plenary sessions is Sunday, November 14, when JC Herz, principal of Joystick Nation and a noted journalist and lecturer, will discuss the application of complex systems and game design to products, services and learning systems. Herz's professional focus is networked interaction design and systems that leverage the intrinsic characteristics of networked communication. Herz currently sits on the National Research Council's Committee on Creativity and Information Technology. She was also the first computer game critic at the New York Times.
The second plenary session at the 2004 ASIS&T Annual Meeting features keynoter Tim Berners-Lee, widely regarded as the inventor of the World Wide Web and recently knighted by Queen Elizabeth. Berners-Lee currently serves as director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). In his session on Monday, November 15, Berners-Lee will speak on "Semantic Web – The Web of Machine Processable Data." He will, no doubt, draw upon his experiences with the Enquire system he created early in his career, which became the foundation of the World Wide Web as we know it today.
Pre-Conference Workshops and Seminars
As always, the ASIS&T Annual Meeting includes several educational opportunities through pre-conference workshops and seminars. This year's meeting features eight continuing education courses on Friday through Sunday, as well as new editions of two popular SIG workshops on Saturday. See your Preliminary Program or the website for details of these courses.
The 2004 ASIS&T Annual Meeting will be held at the Westin Providence hotel, located in the center of the city. Within walking distance of world-class shopping, theater, cultural events, historical sights and an array of local attractions, the Westin Providence is holding a block of rooms at special conference rates ($179 single/double) for ASIS&T meeting attendees who make reservations by October 21.
News from ASIS&T Chapters
The Southern Ohio Chapter of ASIS&T (SOASIST) joined 10 other professional societies in Ohio's Miami Valley for the 16th annual fall joint meeting of the group. Focusing this year on a "ripped from the headlines" topic, the program featured Harold Jones, computer forensic specialist, speaking on Computer Forensics. Computer forensics is the application of computer investigation and analysis techniques to discover, recover, analyze and present computer-based material in such a way that it is usable as evidence in a court of law. Jones is a decorated 25-year police veteran, detective and private investigator. Patricia J. Carter represented SOASIST on the planning committee.
The Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (LACASIS) has named Youn Noh the winner of the 13th annual Margaret McKinley Memorial Student Scholarship Essay Competition. The winner receives reimbursement funding up to $1,000 for registration, airfare and hotel expenses to attend the ASIS&T Annual Meeting and a one-year membership in ASIS&T. Noh is a third-year student in the information studies program at University of California, Los Angeles. Her interests are in the areas of information technology and classification. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a career in academic librarianship.
Also from LACASIS are details about the chapter's annual Fall Workshop, scheduled this year for October 1. Balancing Access, Privacy and Security in Your Organization will include discussion of such topics as California and national legislation; digital rights management; digital reference; and radio frequency identification.
The New England Chapter of ASIS&T (NEASIST) selected Asim Qayyum, doctoral student at the Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto, as the 2004 winner of the chapter's Student Travel Award competition. His paper, "Readers as Authors: Analyzing Markings Made on E-documents in Private or Collaborated Reading Environments," was judged the best paper in information science among those submitted. Asim will be awarded up to $750 to reimburse expenses for attendance at the 2004 ASIS&T Annual Meeting.
News from an ASIS&T SIG
ASIS&T Special Interest Group/International Information Issues (SIG/III) has added its latest membership newsletter to its website – www.asis.org/SIG/SIGIII. This issue (volume 4, number 2) contains an update on the SIG/III International Paper Contest and news on activities at the upcoming ASIS&T Annual Meeting in Providence.
News About ASIS&T Members
Martin Dillon, formerly of OCLC and the OCLC Institute and most recently head of acquisitions and editor in chief of American Reference Books Annual (ARBA) at Libraries Unlimited, has joined Scarecrow Press as head of acquisitions in library and information science.
Amanda Spink, School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, and Bernard J. Jansen, are co-authors of the recently published Web Search: Public Searching of the Web (Kluwer Academic Publishers). The book provides a synthesis of Web search research including the technological, social, organizational and human-computer interaction context of Web search.
Paul Solomon, previously an associate dean in the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, has been named interim dean of SILS. He will serve until a new dean is appointed and arrives on campus. Solomon, whose research focuses on the role of information in people's lives, teaches SILS courses on research methods, international and cross-cultural perspectives, user perspectives, management and organization of information. He holds degrees from Pennsylvania State University, University of Washington and University of Maryland.
Gisela von Dran, assistant professor in Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, has been appointed director of the school's master's degree program in library and information science. In her new position, she will be responsible for the management and leadership of the LIS program and serve as the primary contact to the professionals in the field working with current and potential students.
Two ASIS&T members are among four recent appointments to the faculty of the College of Information Science and Technology (IST) at Drexel University. Robert B. Allen joins Drexel from the University of Maryland, where he was professor of practice. His current research considers many aspects of digital libraries such as interfaces for browsing National Historical Newspaper Digital Library, digital preservation of project documents from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and developing a forum for computer and information science education modeled after Math Forum. Laurie J. Bonnici comes to Drexel after having taught at Georgia Southern University, Texas Woman's University and Florida State University. She has also held positions in the information industry. Her teaching interests include change management and management of information technologies, management and leadership for information organizations, Web design and development, database design and development and systems design and development.
Three ASIS&T members were among the five members of the Special Libraries Association's Competencies Task Force honored as this year's winners of the Factiva Leadership Award for their work revising the SLA competencies document. Winners include Joanne Gard Marshall, dean of the School of Information and Library Science at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Eileen Abels, a professor at the University of Maryland; and John R. Latham, director of SLA 's Information Center.
Jane Greenberg, a faculty member in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill since 1999, has been promoted to associate professor. Greenberg's research, teaching and publication activities focus on metadata and classification. She is the principal investigator of the Metadata Generation Research Project, a collaboration with the National Institute of Environmental Sciences. Greenberg is developing a model to facilitate the most efficient and effective means of metadata generation.
Mary T. Kim, assistant professor and coordinator, Kent State University School of Library and Information Science, died August 26 in a Columbus hospice. Mary joined the Kent State faculty in 1987 and was instrumental in developing the Columbus campus library and information science program. She coordinated the program and taught library and information science research methods and library management classes. Mary was active in professional library organizations, and she also served as Research Record column editor for the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science.
Among her survivors are her daughter, Mison of Dublin, OH; mother, Mary V. Grogan of Cranston, RI; and sister, Nancy Kent of Glastonbury, CT.
A scholarship in honor of Mary Kim has been established through the Kent State University Development Office. Mary was told about the scholarship fund before she died and was very pleased and honored. Donations should be sent to KSU Development Office; P O Box 5190; 1061 Fraternity Circle; Kent, OH 44242 or online to https://www.givetokent.org/secure/form1.asp. Please make note on your check or cover note that your donation is In Memory of Mary T. Kim.
News from Institutional Members
UT Austin School of Information Establishes Center for Preservation of the Cultural Record
With a gift from former Supreme Court of Texas Justice William Wayne Kilgarlin, the School of Information at the University of Texas-Austin will establish the William and Margaret Kilgarlin Center for Preservation of the Cultural Record.
Through research and graduate education, the Center's mission is to advance knowledge and practice in the preservation of the record of human enterprise, creativity and discovery. Building on the School of Information's programs in preservation management and conservation studies, the new center will also address pressing concerns in digital preservation and will promote research, education and public outreach in the broad area of cultural records management.
Andrew Dillon, dean of the School of Information, says, "The Kilgarlin Center is a tremendously exciting undertaking which will bridge traditional intellectual divisions to advance research and education on the significant preservation management problems facing our society."
William Kilgarlin was a member of the Texas House of Representatives and served on the 215th Judicial District Court before being named to the Supreme Court of Texas in 1983, a position he held until 1988.
Florida State University Hosts Anniversary Celebration
The Information Use Management and Policy Institute of the School of Information Studies at Florida State University opened its doors to its public in late August for a reception celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Institute and introducing a new suite of offices.
Charles R. McClure, Institute director and Frances Eppes professor, said, "During its five-year existence, the Institute has been very successful in conducting research related to a wide range of topics within the field of library and information science, such as information policy, management, user needs, evaluation, usability and access."
The Institute has been awarded numerous grants from federal, state and private funding sources, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (see below), the American Library Association, the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services, the Association of Research Libraries, the Florida Division of Library Services and the U.S. General Accounting Office.
Grant projects, totaling approximately $2 million, have resulted in high quality research studies, findings and results. John Bertot, professor and associate director of the Institute, said, "Researchers have also been prolific publishers of research articles, book chapters, online tutorials and books on topics related to Institute research."
In the past five years, the Institute has brought new opportunities to Florida State University faculty and students. Jane Robbins, dean and assistant director of the Information Institute, noted that "numerous faculty members of the university have worked in collaboration with the Institute on research projects, and the Institute has provided funding for a number of faculty members and graduate students to develop their own research proposals."
Gates Foundation Grant
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded more than $300,000 to the Institute to support two national surveys in 2004 and 2006 to study the status of public libraries in their use of technology, their roles in providing network-based services and resources, and the ability of public libraries to impact their communities through technology and network-based services and resources.
Nearly every public library in the nation provides free access to computers and the Internet.
People with lower income and education levels often rely on libraries as their only access point to computers and the Internet.
The survey data will help public libraries better understand their role in the provision of network-based services and resources and will give national and state policy makers, library advocates, practitioners, researchers, government and private funding organizations and other stakeholders a better understanding of the issues and needs of libraries associated with providing Internet-based services and resources.
Bertot, McClure and Paul T. Jaeger, manager for research development at the Institute are co-principal Investigators on the project. Bertot and McClure have conducted similar studies approximately every two years since 1994.
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