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ASIS&T 2005 Annual Meeting
Second Plenary Speaker Added
Matthew Szulik, chairman, CEO and
president of Red Hat, will highlight a Monday morning plenary
session at the 2005 ASIS&T Annual Meeting, October 28-November
Szulik has been leading early-stage technology companies, such as Interleaf, MapInfo and Red Hat, into global, publicly traded firms for more than 20 years. In 1998, Szulik and Red Hat founder Bob Young developed a shared vision that the collaborative approach of open source and a great brand could redistribute the economics of the technology industry from vendor to customer. Today, Red Hat is the leading provider of Linux and open source technology to the enterprise and is positioned to be the defining technology company of the 21st century.
Szulik is the chairman of the Science and Technology
Board for the state of
Maes is one of the pioneers of the research area known as software
agents – an area which builds on such disciplines as
artificial intelligence, human computer interaction,
computer-supported collaborative work, information filtering and
electronic commerce. Software agents are semi-intelligent computer
programs that help users with the overload of information and the
complexity of the online world. Maes’ group pioneered the use of
machine learning to build such agents and invented a range of new
algorithms, such as collaborative filtering.
Some changes to the previously announced conference schedule have been made to accommodate Szulik’s presentation on Tuesday. Please check the ASIS&T website (www.asis.org) for changes to the schedule.
Sparking Synergies: Bringing Research and Practice Together @
ASIST '05 reflects the increasing need to bring together the knowledge gained
through empirical and theoretical studies and through
A conscious effort was made to include contributions from
practitioners in the field of information science as well as the
research arena, and the program committee is proud of the
exceptionally diverse range of sessions we have this year.
To keep up with changes in the program schedule or to
preplan your own on-site experience, visit the website often to view
the entire conference program in any of several ways: a pdf of the
entire program; by type of activity; or by day.
Registrations are also being accepted online.
ASIS&T Founder Back in the News
Footnote to the Scopes Monkey Trial
Watson Davis, founder of what we know today as the American
Society for Information Science and Technology and managing editor
of Science Service during the 1920s, had a front row seat at the
famous Scopes “Monkey Trial” in 1925. Though his contemporaries
and other scholars may have known that fact, for most it was news
revealed quite dramatically this past July.
Eighty years to the day after the climactic confrontation
between William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow at the trial,
historian Marcel LaFollette gave an engaging account of the trial at
a AAAS seminar on July 20, 2005. The drama came when LaFollette, who
has been studying the coverage of the trial by a pioneering team of
science journalists, illustrated her account with unpublished photos
of the courtroom participants and the community of
The nitrate negatives had been donated to the Smithsonian in
1971 as part of the archives of the Science Service, an organization
founded in 1921 to promote the dissemination of information about
science in the media. Watson Davis, the managing editor of the
service, covered the trial and took the photographs.
According to LaFollette, Davis and the Science Service worked
with the defense team to arrange for scientists to testify at the
trial on behalf of Scopes. Though such actions might be considered
improper for journalists today, Davis and others were dedicated to
an accurate account of the science of evolution and they recognized
the value of the trial in helping to educate the public.
ASIS&T SIGs and Chapters Cooperate on International
ASIS&T Special Interest Group/International Information
Issues (SIG/III) and the European and
ICISC was created to address three primary purposes:
Help information science researchers and
practitioners learn about conferences that might fulfill their needs
to communicate knowledge and experience;
Help conference organizers avoid time or topic
conflicts or help them coordinate with other groups to create more
coherence and cooperation among professional organizations; and
Encourage interaction among like-minded
professionals around the globe.
Any group or conference organizer is invited to submit
relevant conferences, either confirmed or planned, to the ICISC
calendar. Detailed instructions for registering a conference can be
found on the website (http://icisc.neasist.org).
The sponsoring organizations reserve the right to discard entries
that are not deemed appropriate for this moderated site.
At this time, the calendar is in English, but the organizers
expect to add other languages in the future. Announcements submitted
to the site for consideration can be in any language that can be
presented in Latin characters, provided an English translation of at
least the conference place and title is also included.
In addition to the dynamic and searchable calendar available
for viewing in both block and list style, there is a "Quick
Calendar" listing all the events on a static HTML Web page
useful for printing or for those with slower internet connections.
ICISC further offers the option to subscribe to an RSS feed to keep
up-to-date on the latest additions.
SIG/III Announces Winners of 2005 International Paper Contest
Special Interest Group/International Information Issues (SIG/III)
has announced the winners of its 6th Annual International Paper
Contest. The six winning papers were selected from among 30 papers
submitted by authors from 12 developing countries on the theme of Bringing
Research and Practice Together – The Developing World Perspective.
The following were award winners this year, listed with their
2nd: Sanjeev Kumar & Nandini Dutta,
3rd: M.G. Sreekumar & T.
5th: Alma Beatriz Rivera-Aguilera,
Each of the eight winners receives a two-year individual
membership in ASIS&T. In addition the first place winner will
receive travel assistance to support attendance at the 2005
ASIS&T Annual Meeting.
For more information on the contest and the
winners, visit the SIG/III website at www.asis.org/SIG/SIGIII/.
News about ASIS&T SIGs
Special Interest Group/Information Needs, Seeking & Use (SIG/USE)
has initiated five new awards opportunities available to members of
the group. These awards, to be given for the first time at the 2005
ASIS&T Annual Meeting in October, are for Best Information
Behavior Conference Poster; Best Information Behavior Conference
Paper; Elfreda A. Chatman Research Proposal Award; Master's Student
Travel Award; and Ph.D. Student Travel Award. For information about
eligibility and application for these awards, visit the SIG/USE
website at www.asis.org/SIG/SIGUSE.
News about ASIS&T Members
José-Marie Griffiths, dean of the
Frank Kurt Cylke, director of the National Library Service
for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress,
since 1973, has received the Newel Perry Award for 2005 from the
National Federation of the Blind (NFB). The Newel Perry Award is the
highest honor NFB bestows on an individual who is not a part of the
federation but who has partnered with it in efforts to achieve
equality, security and opportunity for blind individuals.
who is completing her Ph.D. at the
Clifford Lynch, executive director of the Coalition for
Networked Information and 1996 president of ASIS&T, is the 2005
recipient of the EDUCAUSE Leadership in Public Policy and Practice
award. The award recognizes "prominence in the arena of
national and international technology agendas and the linking of
higher education to those agendas." Lynch will be honored at
the association’s annual conference in October.
Amanda Spink, formerly of the
In addition to her new job (above listing), Amanda Spink,
Queensland University of Technology, and Charles Cole, McGill
University, are co-editors of the recently published New
Directions in Human Information Behavior (Springer), a look at
new directions, leading-edge theories and models in human
W. Haas, professor in the
from Institutional Members
investigators for the project are William Moen and Shawne
Miksa. They describe their project – MARC Content Designation
Utilization: Inquiry and Analysis – as a ground-breaking
investigation into the extent of catalogers' use of MARC 21, the
mark-up language used worldwide to create electronic catalog
Computer Library Center (OCLC) will provide the project with
approximately 56 million bibliographic records from its WorldCat
database – a database that contains unique catalog records shared
by more than 50,000 libraries in 84 countries and territories around
is an associate professor in UNT's
is an assistant professor of Library and Information Sciences.
Innovations Receives Patent for Technology
Access Innovations Inc., specialists in creating and
maintaining databases of digitized research, news and other content
for government and business clients, has received a patent from the
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for the underlying database
design and maintenance technology that drives its Data Harmony line
The new patent covers key elements of the software's
machine-aided indexing and content creation features. The Data
Harmony software suite includes tools to design databases, index
content, and build and update a thesaurus, critical for accurate
searching and retrieval of targeted information.
"Protecting our intellectual property is an important
step for us," said Marjorie M.K. Hlava, Access
Innovations chairman and president. "With that protection, we
are able to accelerate our product development efforts and to pursue
a robust growth strategy."
The Simmons College Graduate School of Library and
Information Science (GSLIS) has received a grant of more than
three-quarters of a million dollars to establish a doctoral program
at GSLIS specializing in managerial leadership in the information
professions. The grant from the Institute of Museum and Library
Services is part of the 2005 Librarians for the 21st Century
The new program will focus on the knowledge, skills and personal traits applicable
to leadership in libraries and other information-based enterprises.
The grant will support the preparation of 15 individuals (5 per
year) for leadership roles in library and information organizations.
The program will cater to those who may not be able to interrupt
their employment to gain a degree and will be offered with
non-traditional scheduling to a small, highly selective student
body. Among the outcomes of the program will be a pool of qualified
individuals to lead libraries and information organizations, a body
of scholarly and practice-based research and continual updating and
examination of leadership issues in information-related
Peter Hernon, professor, and Candy Schwartz, professor
and coordinator of doctoral studies, are principal investigators.
College of Information Receives School Leaders Grant
The College of Information at Florida State University has
been awarded a $159,526 grant by The Institute of Museum and Library
Services (IMLS) for School Library Media Specialists for the 21st
Century: Leaders Educated to Make a Difference (Project LEAD).
This project will develop graduate education opportunities and a
research agenda focused on leadership for school library media
As part of Project LEAD an online curriculum will be developed
to prepare school library media specialists for leadership roles.
The curriculum will integrate the tenets of the National Board for
Professional Teaching Standards. Research has established that
educators with National Board certification are more likely to be
Frank H. Spaulding
Frank H. Spaulding, 73, long-time ASIS&T member and
treasurer, died in late July at Hope Hospice in Fort Myers, Florida.
Born in Danielson, Connecticut, in 1932, Frank resided in
Piscataway, New Jersey, for 40 years before moving to Fort Myers in
2002. Before his retirement in 1987, he was employed by Colgate
Palmolive Co. as supervisor of information services in Jersey City
and Piscataway and by Bell Laboratories as manager of library
services in Holmdel, New Jersey.
In addition to his longtime involvement in ASIS&T, he was
active in numerous other information associations, including Special
Libraries Association, which he served as president; Documentation
Abstracts; Universal Serials and Book Exchange; PALINET/LTLC; and
the American Library Association.
He taught graduate library classes at Drexel University and
Frank held a B.A. degree in English literature from Brown
University and a MLS from Case Western Reserve University.
Among his survivors are his wife, Eugenia Spaulding; son,
Geoffrey Spaulding of Santa Clara, California; and daughter,
Jennifer Spaulding of Perth Amboy, New Jersey.
Those who would like to make memorial contributions, please do so to Hope Hospice, Ft. Myers, Florida, or to the American Cancer Society.
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